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.
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!
Summary: 20 Practices & Attitudes That Might Help You Become a Better Project Manager
- Hire the best, most experienced people you can.
- Encourage team members to speak up and make themselves heard when they see something’s going wrong.
- Do any menial work that’s needed to keep your team moving.
- Know your project life cycle cold.
- Continually sell the value of your project’s systematic, iterative life cycle to sponsors and stakeholders.
- Don’t let your sponsors get out of making the tough decisions.
- 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.
- Make sure your sponsors provide or, at the very least, approve all the experts on the team.
- Protect your project team members.
- Fight for enough time to do things right.
- Know when to give in.
- Understand that the brain is a physical mechanism that needs to be rested to work properly.
- Stay humble about your PM. And accept this in your heart: PM is overhead.
- Step into the fear.
- Be on the lookout for team members who are in pain and help them find ways to eliminate it.
- Think of yourself as a switchboard.
- Fight for what’s right.
- Insist that the sponsor (customer) sign off and approve deliverables as they are evolving.
- Develop a sense of humor and a “willful suspension of disbelief.”
- Plan, plan, and re-plan.
For full descriptions of each, download the 9-page PDF document. Then post your comments below.