Thursday, March 28, 2013

5 Project Management Secrets You Can Use

Project management is one of those fields of which many people have heard, but few are familiar. In fact, some people can view it as downright intimidating, especially considering the size and complexity of some of the projects they handle: construction, software, etc.

While project management does employ specialized knowledge and strict procedures, it uses key principles that everyone can use, regardless of your industry.

1. No goal, no success.

How can you tell if you’ve achieved success if you haven’t defined what success is? Sales people know this to a T, which is why they work off sales targets and projections. But this applies to any aspect of a business, whether its customer problems solved within a week, bugs squashed in a day, or words written in an afternoon. Keeping your goals measurable and achievable is a great way to track performance while improving morale.

2. You don’t have to know all the answers to lead.

This is one of the biggest secrets of good leadership. Project managers lead teams of highly talented and educated people, with technical knowledge and experience far beyond the norm. Project managers are not there to show you up, or be a threat, or expose your ignorance. They’re there to extend your knowledge base. Knowing where to get answers is just as important as knowing the answers yourself.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The New Microsoft Project Online

A couple of weeks ago Microsoft released to the public Project Online, its cloud version of Project Server 2013. I am really excited about it and can't wait to implement it at my company. But I have a big problem... I can't find a Microsoft Partner that knows anything about it!

I've contacted some of the "Gold Project and Portfolio" partners but they all seem to want to push me to Project Server 2013. I can't find any training classes for it and even my EPM Rep at Microsoft doesn't seem to know much about it.

Am I too far ahead of the curve here?

Need some help! If you know of a Microsoft Partner that is up to speed on Project Online, or you know of any virtual classes available for this product, please post a comment with the details.

Appreciate the help!