Day in the Life of a Project Manager

What do Project Managers do all day?!? Almost every day in the life of a project manager is different. Every day can be a new adventure. However, there are some themes that emerge from the unpredictability. I generated a histogram chart to explain what occupies my time during one week for a non-project manager audience. … Continue reading Day in the Life of a Project Manager

Leadership Guidance from Jamaica

I recently attended LearnFest Caribbean 2019 in Kingston, Jamaica. It was a top-notch project management conference with a festive environment and an excellent line-up of inspirational speakers. The conference was held under the theme “Level up and Set Yourself Apart”. I want to highlight the leadership guidance from the opening keynote speaker, Hon. Floyd Green, … Continue reading Leadership Guidance from Jamaica

Project Manager as an Asset Not a Taskmaster

Several months ago I participated in a lecture panel discussion at the Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Design. My role on the panel was to bring a project manager’s perspective on design projects, specifically for development of software applications in the healthcare sector. One of the key messages I shared with the graduate students was … Continue reading Project Manager as an Asset Not a Taskmaster

Tips for New Project Managers

Here are some tips and lessons learned that I would share with anyone starting off a career in project management: Spend time up front to identify your stakeholders. Understand who the project champion (or sponsor) is. Typically he/she is not the project requester, but someone whose business will benefit from or be impacted by the … Continue reading Tips for New Project Managers

Effective Project Management

Earlier in  2018, I worked on a turnaround project that needed some additional project management discipline and rigor. One of my key responsibilities was to work with the existing project managers to help build up their skills, tools, and expertise with managing creative teams. After the initial discovery and mentoring sessions, I generated some guidance … Continue reading Effective Project Management

9 Tips For Managing Creative Teams

An alternative title for this article could be:  “Make space for creativity, investigation, and failure on your team.” As project managers, we need to balance process rigor and control with allowing our teams to do their best work with us micro-managing them. We need to apply project management processes at a higher level to give … Continue reading 9 Tips For Managing Creative Teams