When it comes to business challenges, especially large and complex ones, you need clearly defined priorities and a timeline that you can actually stick to. Easier said than done, right? There are bound to be a lot of opinions from different areas of your company, not to mention plenty of unexpected dependencies and surprises along the way.
You’re in a meeting presenting to your stakeholders, what you thought, was a perfectly formulated delivery plan, when you’re faced with one of these dreaded statements: “Where did you get…?” “Why did/didn’t you…?” “I don’t remember…” “This isn’t correct.” You quickly realize your stakeholders are not all in agreement and any changes could have a real impact to your project. Now, it’s important to get their concerns captured correctly and ensure agreement before moving forward.
Ever have that gut feeling when something isn’t going quite right? We’ve all been there.
If you’re an optimist, the best advice always seems to be forward-focused. Set goals for the future. Never look back. Who wants to dwell on the past, right? But after years of working in a team setting in both marketing and technology, I’ve learned the best way to improve is to look back. If you set aside time for you and your team to reflect on what you’ve done together, you will improve personally. So will your projects.
Welcome to my first blog! What you can expect to see in the upcoming months: tidbits from the day in the life of a Project Manager, tips and tricks to making our jobs as Project Managers effortless, and insight into Project Management processes.
Ilija Studen, a developer based in Serbia, has released an open source project management tool called activeCollab that is strongly based on Basecamp from 37signals. Ilija was inspired by the post “Being 37signals for Free”, on Wisdump in April of this year, in which the author wondered why nobody had yet tried to duplicate the 37signals products and give them away for free or undercut their prices.