Examples of Poor Project Management - Mistaking E-mail for Communication

One of the mistakes I have encountered reasonably often in projects is with people (both managers and resources) mistaking e-mail for actual communication. After sending an e-mail, people assume many things, including that: it is read in a timely fashion, the message is understood by the receiver(s), it is enough to generate the action/result desired by the sender. Unfortunately this is rarely the case and overusing e-mail instead of more effective communication mediums (face to face, video-conference, phone or chat), easily generates problems in projects: people not taking action on time, people completing wrong or incomplete deliverables, messages being forwarded to the wrong audience and generating conflicts, etc. In this article I would like to cover why people tend to overuse e-mail, the problems encountered with this communication medium and how to figure out by yourself when you should not use e-mail but a more effective communication medium.

Book Review - The Project Management Book, by Richard Newton

The Project Management Book is part of a series of business books that deals with popular topics like strategy, management, leadership, project management, etc. This series is published by
by Financial Times Publishing. Both the title of this book and its cover are appealing, but what about the content? Is this book worth reading?

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What Nobody Asks in Change Projects: What Should Stay the Same?

When I am involved in change projects I usually start with my clients by trying to define a clear and, as far as possible, unambiguous vision for what the organisation will look like after the change. This part of the change project can be the most fun as thinking about the future, as opposed to the hard work of actually getting there, can be exciting. But in the excitement of planning the future, there is one thing that is often forgotten - what is it that makes this organisation special?

Dream It, Do It, Live It - available in UK and US Stores

"Dream It, Do It, Live It" is book that's very dear to us. We had the idea for it in the first half of 2011. We talked it through and decided to go ahead and write it together. Our work started in August 2011 and now it is a reality. Here's what you should know about it and where you can purchase it.

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Dream It, Do It, Live It - Book Launch Event in Bucharest, Romania

Richard and I, authors of the book "Dream It, Do It, Live It" have the pleasure to invite you to our book's launch event in Bucharest, Romania. It will take place on Thursday, June 20 at The HUB Bucharest, at 7 PM. To learn more about how to attend, what you get for attending and how to book your seat, read this article.

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What You Will NOT Earn From a PMP Certification

In April 2010 I managed to obtain my PMP certification and I’ve found out that I am one of the 360.000+ certified project managers in the world. That’s quite a large number (and I’m not counting other project management certifications) and, while reading this, it made me feel a lot less unique and outstanding. I then started reading about the reasons why others get this certification and I was pretty disappointed. What I’ve seen all over the Internet is that many people claim false benefits for this certification. That’s why I decided it would be time to share my own view on what you will earn from being PMP certified and try to demystify some of the benefits that are being sold to us.

Examples of Poor Project Management - Introducing an Intermediary between the Project Manager and the Client

I will continue our series on Examples of Poor Project Management with a scenario from some of the projects ran by multi-national companies, with geographically distributed teams: having a project team member act as the intermediary between the project manager and the client of the project. I’m not saying that this is always a bad idea but unfortunately, more often than not, I have seen projects fail to some degree due to having such a project setup. In this article I will explore the reasons why projects can have such intermediary roles and how this can lead to negative results. After reading this article, please share your experience on this subject.

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