The 5 Secret Jobs of an IT Project Manager

Did you think a Project Manager had just 1 job? There’s a lot more going on behind the scenes than simply “managing a project.” PMs are often overwhelmed, and always looking for spare time between meetings to get work done. They are pulled in a number of directions, and can easily be distracted from more important tasks. If they’re not… Read more

PM Pointers: Managing a Team Member Who is Coasting

Part 2 in our 5-part Managing Needy Team Members series. As project managers, we often run into team members who require a great deal of attention. In an opening post for this series, we discussed a general approach to dealing with resources that need TLC. This post offers techniques for getting the most output from folks… Read more

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A Day in the Life of an IT Project Manager

IT project managers cover a lot of ground during the workday. From meetings with their team, business counterparts, stakeholders, and users, to prep work before and after meetings, to sending ad hoc communications as the project demands, PMs are birds in flight. Let’s follow along a day in the life of a typical project manager… Read more

No More Excuses: IT Initiatives Must Deliver Measurable Business Outcomes

Delivering on scope, on time, and on budget aren’t enough. Internal customers want tangible results from IT. They want real value. But too often, those in charge of IT programs and projects tend to shy away from taking responsibility for delivering actual business outcomes. In this video, Mikhail debunks the 2 most common myths used as… Read more

PM Pointers: A “Needy” Team Member Is a Project Risk

A solely results-oriented project manager (PM) sees every project as a personal opportunity to achieve success. On the other hand, some PMs see a project as a series of process steps where their individual role is simply to check boxes. Neither of these approaches is effective. To be a great PM, one needs an array of leadership skills…. Read more

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How to Increase IT Project Team Intensity

Motivation is a concept well-covered in project management resources, and is required constantly for project success. Intensity is the level of focus by a project team on a particular activity. Without taking deliberate steps, intensity tends to naturally slide. Maximum intensity is not appropriate to maintain at all times, as it could lead to burnout. However,… Read more

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Great Traits: What Makes an IT Project Manager Exceptional

Throughout my projects with Abraic, I have worked with quite a few project managers. And while some were first-rate, others had a little catching up to do. Below are my observations on what makes an IT project manager great. It boils down to two key areas – vision and emotional intelligence.

5 Risk Tolerance Considerations for Project Managers

How Much Risk You Are Willing to Tolerate? Every project manager deals with risk assessment and risk management. If done right, the project manager will ensure the overall project plan includes a risk management plan early in the project. The risk management plan is typically guided by the risk attitude of the project stakeholders, which… Read more

Change Management: 3 Success Factors for Faster Buy-In

Tweet: How does change happen on an #ITProject? Inspiration, Personal Buy-In & Quality #Abraic IT organizations generally pride themselves on their ability to embrace change. Their project execution methodologies are built around an assumed ability to rapidly identify, respond, and adapt to change. PMOs establish standardized development lifecycles and a comprehensive governance process for… Read more

Divergence - When the Business Doesn't Take IT's Advice

Dealing with Divergence: When the Business Doesn’t Take IT’s Advice

You’ve just completed a lengthy requirements gathering phase with business users and are evaluating 3 software solutions. The solutions vary in price, but all 3 meet your “must-have” requirements. The highest-priced solution offers extensive capabilities which were identified as “nice-to-haves” that would ease multiple pain points. You appreciate the importance of these features and the positive… Read more