Chris Croft
Tips of the Month Archive

Project Management Tip 12


Blow your own trumpet

Be assertive at the start

What is a Gantt Chart?

Avoiding people problems

Listing all the tasks

Internal projects

How to discover the key project driver

Three methods of project costing

Why I love Gantt charts

Three ways to handle uncertainty

Overspend or underspend?

Why PM is difficult

My instant guide

Why review?

Some eccentric PM abbreviations

What exactly is a PID?

Its never too late to plan

Why PM is good

Good questions to ask a project manager

Why Project Management is difficult.
(and why Project Managers need support and understanding!)

"Not in at the start" - often the job has been arranged or sold or promised or bidded without the project manager being involved, and is already an impossible combination of cost time and quality.

The people on the Project Team are often not your own, but usually borrowed and still possibly more loyal to their line manager (who controls their pay!)

May be lonely... You are managing a team but not part of it.

Or the reverse - you may be a "working Project Manager" who has to do some of the tasks as well as managing all the others, thus giving rise to the temptation to believe that you should spend nearly all your time doing and not enough of your time managing (especially if management is non-bookable).

Frustration of many obstacles which are constantly having to be overcome - projects are always new things which have not been done before (otherwise they are processes) so there WILL be problems.

Only noticed if you fail. Successful projects are usually either not noticed or assumed to have been easy.

Exposed: accountability if you fail. It's more obvious if a project goes wrong than almost anything else.

Vulnerable to external factors, but still your fault if you failed to anticipate them.

but don't worry, there are advantages too. Maybe next month.

onwards and upwards

visit and have tips like this one sent to you free by email once a month - they never repeat!