My PM Vision & Values

20 Practices & Attitudes That Might Help You Become a Better Project Manager

Here are some bits of Project Management (PM) wisdom I’ve accumulated over the years. I can trace each of them to a PM trauma, scar, hard-won victory, or a behavior pattern that seemed to consistently produce good results. I hope you find these valuable! And I look forward to seeing your comments posted below.

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Summary

Below is a summarized list of the 20 Practices & Attitudes that make up My PM Vision & Values. Full descriptions, examples, and war stories are provided for each of these in the PDF. If these look interesting to you, I recommend you download the full, 9-page document and review it. The please return here and post your Comments. I look forward to hearing from you!

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Summary: 20 Practices & Attitudes That Might Help You Become a Better Project Manager

  1. Hire the best, most experienced people you can.
  2. Encourage team members to speak up and make themselves heard when they see something’s going wrong.
  3. Do any menial work that’s needed to keep your team moving.
  4. Know your project life cycle cold.
  5. Continually sell the value of your project’s systematic, iterative life cycle to sponsors and stakeholders.
  6. Don’t let your sponsors get out of making the tough decisions.
  7. Always create some sort of blueprint, design, flowchart, system specifications, outline, or other detailed “on paper” description of your finished product before you build the real thing.
  8. Make sure your sponsors provide or, at the very least, approve all the experts on the team.
  9. Protect your project team members.
  10. Fight for enough time to do things right.
  11. Know when to give in.
  12. Understand that the brain is a physical mechanism that needs to be rested to work properly.
  13. Stay humble about your PM. And accept this in your heart: PM is overhead.
  14. Step into the fear.
  15. Be on the lookout for team members who are in pain and help them find ways to eliminate it.
  16. Think of yourself as a switchboard.
  17. Fight for what’s right.
  18. Insist that the sponsor (customer) sign off and approve deliverables as they are evolving.
  19. Develop a sense of humor and a “willful suspension of disbelief.”
  20. Plan, plan, and re-plan.

For full descriptions of each, download the 9-page PDF document. Then post your comments below.

Posted: November 3rd, 2010 under Project Management.
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