Risks, improv, and chocolate

By Bernie

(This post contains affiliate hyperlinks. Please read my full disclosure. Adam states that most books on branding “focus on what it takes to make a brand great: follow these steps and tick the boxes on a flowchart.” “PRINCE2 (r) training is exactly like that,” I respond. These documents will make your project a success if…

LiquidPlanner now with tailored views

By Bernie

Charles Seybold says that he puts a lot of the blame on the tools when he discusses why projects fail. LiquidPlanner CEO Charles Seybold believes Microsoft Project is too complicated and it’s easy to lose track of what’s going on. Then you add up all the mess with a percent complete. He says, “How do…

LiquidPlanner: new version available!

By Bernie

On Tuesday, I saw a demo version of LiquidPlanner (the project management scheduling and collaboration tool). It’s now available – it’s still in Beta testing so it’s still free! Bruce Henry guided me, a long-time user of MS Project through the main features. Although I have tried ConceptDraw Project 3 & Niku, LiquidPlanner is the…

How to Motivate Your Project Team

By Bernie

(This post contains affiliate hyperlinks. Please read my full disclosure. Ruth Pearce is an expert on motivating your projectteam. She has even written a book about it. Ruth was kind enough to talk to me about motivating teams and why it’s something that you should be doing. Ruth, let’s get started at the beginning. Why…

An interview with Jeff Furman: Getting some answers

By Bernie

(This post contains affiliate hyperlinks. Please read my full disclosure. Jeff Furman is the author and editor of The Project Management Answer Book. I asked Jeff Furman why he wrote it, and how it felt putting it together. Hello, Jeff. Please tell me why you wrote The Project Management Answer Book. Hi, Elizabeth. Hi Elizabeth.…

Change Management in Projects: 5 Tools to help you do it

By Bernie

When I first started managing projects, change management was a very important role in large organizations. Lucky project managers had their own Business Managers for big projects. This person was responsible for integrating the project’s change into the company’s operations. The main focus of change management was on communication and training. This article will discuss…

Building the Olympic Park: A PM success story

By Bernie

The Olympic Park and the new tower. Photo credit: msdeegan at FlickrLouise Hardy was the infrastructure manager for the construction work of the London Olympic and Paralympic Games. She presented at a PMI event on the project work involved in preparing London 2012. She stated that she was involved in the programme for five-and-a-half years…

Part 4: Working together by PMs and BAs (part 1)

By Bernie

This is the final installment of the series ‘Working Together’. I’ll be discussing how to improve working relationships between business analysts and project managers. Changes in working relationships are often more about culture than specific tasks. However, there are things you can do that will help to smoothen any kinks between project managers and business…

Ada Lovelace Day Interview With Melanie Franklin

By Bernie

Melanie Franklin was my last encounter. I didn’t think I made a good impression. I told Melanie that I wrote mainly about handbags*, and I expected to come off as a bit flippant. So it was with some trepidation that after work I sat down at Maven Training to interview her for Ada Lovelace Day.…