PM Pointers: Managing Superstars

Part 5 in our 5-part Managing Needy Team Members series. As project managers, we often run into team members that 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 managing superstars, who are often in… Read more »

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PM Pointers: Managing a Team Member with Personal Issues

Part 3 in our 5-part Managing Needy Team Members series. As project managers, we often run into team members that 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 out of… 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 »

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 »

Shining a Light on Shadow IT

Too often, Shadow IT systems—those not authorized by IT—are used by the business to perform work. Here are a few common examples: A cloud storage system (such as SharePoint) may be authorized and managed by IT, but employees may use external cloud applications (such as Dropbox or Google Drive) when working with external vendors. A collaboration tool (such… Read more »

traits of a great IT Project Manager

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 »

The Iterative Vendor Engagement Model

Whitepaper Preview: The Iterative Vendor Engagement Model

The following post is an excerpt from The Iterative Engagement Model: A Calculated Risk and a Whole Lot of Reward. The traditional vendor engagement model is flawed. Technology initiatives are only getting more and more complex, time consuming and costly. Consequently, the risks associated with technology investments continue to pile up. Complexity increases the number of weak links,… Read more »