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The Project Manager’s Survival Guide: 5 Best Practices

People often ask me what my top tips are for new project managers. Even those old hands with lots of practice want to know the secrets to success (not my personal success, by the way—just project success generally!). The secret is that there aren’t any secrets. Whether you’re running a project for the first time...

5 Tips to Manage Remote IT Teams—Without Micromanaging

Recently I’ve been managing a couple of projects with a large technical element. I’ve been lucky to work with experienced and knowledgeable colleagues who have managed to work out what needs to be done and then take action—with very little guidance from me. However, getting the balance right when you’re working with a remote IT...

10 Killer Interview Questions for Project Managers on the Job Hunt

Your dream company has invited you to interview for a project management job. They’ve asked you their questions, and now it’s your turn to find out whether the company is a good fit for you. Asking the right questions can give you an accurate glimpse of what it will really be like to work for...

The New Secret to Successful Teams: a Diverse Mindset

I like to think that if I was about to do something stupid on one of my projects, one of my colleagues would speak up and tell me. Unfortunately, here’s the reality: they wouldn’t. Margaret Heffernan, author of “Wilful Blindness”, knows exactly why this happens. In a presentation she gave earlier this year, she explained...

Portfolio Careers: The Future of Work

There’s a subtle shift happening in the workplace. Actually, it’s not that subtle. I see it in my colleagues and my coaching clients. It has even happened to me. What am I talking about? Portfolio careers. It’s the future of work. Portfolio careers explained A portfolio career is one that is person-centered, not organization-centered. Gone...

A Look into the Future at the PMI Global Congress EMEA 2015

If you ever feel like you need a confidence boost and to recharge your project management batteries, then a conference is the way to do it. At the PMI EMEA Global Congress in London this month I met an IT project manager doing the same project as me but in Lithuania. It was reassuring to...

How to Stop the Planning Fallacy From Disrupting Your Projects

This week I’m rushing to review a book chapter before sending it back to the editor. I have known about this deadline for months, and I am not the kind of person to leave the work to the last minute. The truth is, doing the review is taking far longer than I accounted for. It’s...

Raising the Profile of Project Management in Your Organization

Project managers know that good project management practices help organizations achieve better results with tighter cost control and a stronger focus on managing risk. In business terms, project management helps you deliver more with less. You know that. But do people higher up the organization understand it in the same way? The role of project...

10 Killer Interview Questions for Hiring Project Managers

(Editor’s Note: We recently published an updated version of this article, where we asked recruiters for their favorite PM interview questions. Check it out.) Interviewing project management for open positions is something I have had to do but I don’t find it easy. How do you know what to ask? And how do you use what is...

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