Project Management Articles

saving a failing project

Saving a Failing Project Doesn’t Always Mean Extra Resources

As project managers we all know the value of extra resources – if only we had that extra time in the schedule, an extra member of the project team or additional budget we would be bound to complete our project successfully. Wouldn’t we? Well that certainly can be true sometimes and on some well-managed projects…

Read More
importance of project communication

Project Beginning: Why Communication Is Key

Communication is always important within project management, but particularly at the beginning of the project. Here we look at why this is in more detail. Communication is important in all companies, businesses, organisations and of course, within project management. It is important all the way through a project, but particularly at the beginning of the…

Read More
Unhappy project manager

Unhappy Project Manager: Control Your Negative Emotions

Here we look at a couple of different negative emotions you might feel at work as a project manager, and how to deal with those emotions so you remain professional and are not an unhappy project manager.     Frustration   Perhaps you feel like you are in a situation you can’t get out of,…

Read More
project management profession

Project Management: Is It Really a Profession?

One of the major international project management organisations (APM – Association for Project Management) has been working hard to obtain chartered status for the profession in the UK. This is the type of recognition that a lawyer or accountant might enjoy; the case is currently at the court of appeal but it looks likely that…

Read More
project management career

A Career in Project Management

Whether you have trained specifically for a career in project management through a degree or Masters course at college or university or whether you have been one of the many “accidental” projects managers who happened upon this career path by chance there are plenty of opportunities to develop in the project management world right up…

Read More
motivating a project team

The Key to Successful Project Management

A project could be something as relatively simple as designing a new kitchen, through creating a new website to building your dream house or relocating an entire company overseas. Projects crop up in our personal life and in almost all areas of business and industry on a regular basis but what makes for successful project…

Read More
How project managment courses will make you a great project manager

A world in which every project is a success?

“We know why projects fail, we know how to prevent their failure — so why do they still fail?” Martin Cobb, CIO, Treasury Board Secretariat, 1995. The reasons why projects fail are well understood they include[i] Poor project definition including announcing major funding decisions before the business case has been fully developed. Optimistic assessment of…

Read More

Performing a SWOT Analysis to Improve Teamwork

SWOT Analysis is a technique used frequently in project management to assist with decision-making. It is useful for project planning and risk management of complex projects and, as a consequence, it can also help to improve teamwork within a project team. The acronym SWOT stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. These terms indicate that…

Read More
managing expectations on a project

Managing Expectations As A Project Manager

  Managing expectations is an important part of a project manager’s job role. Here we look at some simple ways to manage expectations in any project.   No matter how much project management training you have had, you will always come up against problems that need addressing in creative ways throughout your career – it’s…

Read More