We can’t be an effective project manager if we’re not able to articulate what we need our project team to do. And we’re not only going to be communicating with our team, we’ll need to communicate with everyone associated with our project, internal or external, technical or functional, junior or senior.
In a recent PMI Pulse of the Profession report, it was revealed that the most crucial success factor in project management is effective communication with all stakeholders. The research finds that effective communication leads to more successful projects. Also, it’s been estimated by the Project Management Institute that a project manager’s job is some 90 percent communication, hence this comprehensive blog.
Importantly, as project managers we need the confidence and the communication skills to speak up when it’s necessary. The sponsor wants a ridiculous variation? It’s our job to explain why … Read More »
In project management, resources are required to carry out the project tasks. Having a plan for our project doesn’t mean we should only have listed the tasks it takes to deliver it. Planning also includes knowing what resources we’re going to need, how much, and when. Resourcing isn’t just about people, it’s also about materials and equipment.
Whether the project is developing a new software feature or the construction of a building, resource planning directly contributes to the project’s end result. An over-resourced project wastes time, those with too few resources risk missing critical milestones, and those that use the wrong resources won’t meet expectations. Project managers need to understand what resources a project needs before completing project plans. The basic steps for the preparation of our project resource schedule are these:
Step One: Finalise the project schedule, typically in Gantt chart … Read More »