In keeping with the Co-Manager model introduced in an earlier article, the Client Checkpoint is a major decision step in the ECPM Framework.
A March 2016 HBR article shared the results of the first round of a research study conducted by Dr. Sunnie Giles, which focused on identifying a short list of key leadership competencies. The study involved the participation of 195 leaders from 30 organizations in 15 countries.
Congratulations! You’ve passed the interview, shook hands with the boss and landed yourself a desk of your very own. Of course, that was the easy part; now it’s time to tackle your very first job in project management. For many PM graduates, this will be the most challenging aspect of the transition from student to professional.
There will always be a debate about certifications and whether organizations should support them. Some feel they are an essential and growing part of professional life. Others feel a credential does not make practitioners a better business analyst, Agilist, or project manager. Both sides have a point, and the debate will continue.
Six years ago we wrote an article on five children’s rules of world cup soccer and how those rules apply to the world of projects. (see Five Rules for Project Success). Our 6 grandsons have grown and acquired new skills, so keeping up with them is a challenge. New rules have emerged—not rules of soccer, but guidelines for playing soccer that also apply to project work.
Often, the goals we set ourselves are done with the best of intentions. Eat a healthier diet, get more exercise, visit our family more often. There is a myriad of examples, but following through on plans is hard. Circumstances change, things crop up, our motivations fluctuate and sometimes we just run into pure bad luck. It doesn’t make us failures, yet our plans and goals still end up taking a hit.
In my experience, there are warning signs that a project may be going in the wrong direction. Below are some signs that indicate your project may be in trouble. I have found that these are not as obvious as time, cost and quality delays but have been useful to me in foreseeing when a project may be heading for problems.
Recruitment for project management jobs can be ruthless and fast-paced. Experts say you have 6 seconds to make a great first impression before your CV lands squarely in the rejection pile. In this case, well-established experience, a diverse skill set and unique character will set you apart. But how can all this be communicated quickly on a piece of paper?
The ECPM Framework aligns with the Lean Principles. That alignment is assured through iteration planning that utilizes two artifacts: Probative Swim Lanes and Integrative Swim Lanes.