Are We Really Only as Old as We Feel?
Sometimes, after a hectic day of crises, panics, deadline pressures and all the other stress factors that make up the workday, we can feel a lot older than we really are. But, no matter how we feel, we all fit into what Adwoa Buahene and Giselle Kovary refer to as “generational cohorts.” In their article Leading a Multigenerational Team, they point out that each of the four cohorts they define, has unique, values, characteristics and skills based on its life experience. The challenge for the project manager is to engage all team members, and direct the intergenerational skills to the success of the project.
No matter what cohort you belong to, the ability to make sound decisions is critical to the success of the project and, very likely, your success as a project manager in a very competitive field. Sean Best and Tamara Best stress the importance of finding and trusting your data and focusing your attention for the greatest gain. In their article, Decision Making: Trusting Your Data, they discuss how to turn ‘information’ into ‘data.’
After reading the National Association of Colleges and Employers Job Outlook 2007 survey, Michelle LaBrosse realized that the qualities and skills that employers rated most highly paralleled those inherent in project management. In 10 Ways Project Management Skills Can Help Your Career, Michelle discusses something she’s believed for years: Project management skills are a career accelerator, no matter what career you’re pursuing.
To many, television is about glamour, adventure and excitement. To others, it’s the task of making sure that everything runs smoothly. TVOntario, Canada’s equivalent to PBS, needed a solution to manage projects involving input from multiple team members, many of them off-site. In Creating and Delivering Great Television Programming, Cynthia West tells us how the problem was solved.
And our regular bloggers, Claude Emond, Andrew Miller, David Barrett are back with their take on what’s going on in the world of project management. We would also like to welcome a new member to the team, Mike Lecky, who will share his views on different aspects of project management each month.
That’s an overview of the September 2007 Project Times. As usual we hope you find it informative and helpful. We also look forward to your comments, because they go along way towards helping us get better with each issue.