The “Control Procurements” process in the PMBOK® Guide (Project Management Institute, 2017, pp. 492 - 501) focuses on the responsibilities of the procuring organization.
But what if you are the “procur-ee” (my… Read More
Do you ever feel that as Project Manager you are playing whac-a-mole with all the vendor contracts that you need to manage? Sure, you have a procurement manager on staff on the project, or maybe even an entire department back at corporate.
But… Read More
It was right there in black-and-white. I ought to know. I wrote the language in the Request for Proposal.
It had been approved by the client. The IT providers had responded with this in mind. They had priced their offers based on… Read More
Over the course of my career, I’ve noticed that monitoring project risk is hit-or-miss.
Some Project Managers focus on it diligently, almost territorially.
Others have the attitude that “stuff happens.” They will deal with risk… Read More
You’ve created your Risk Management Plan. You’ve identified the initial risks. You’ve performed a qualitative risk analysis, maybe a quantitative one as well. You’ve planned risk responses, and even implemented some.
Monitoring risk… Read More
Steaming. Ranting. Arrogant. Oblivious.
“I don’t get it. We work our <synonym for tails> off for these people, and all I get is grief. Why don’t they show a little appreciation? A little more cooperation?”
I looked… Read More
In a previous article I recommended that Project Managers monitor the written communication of their teams closely. Not in terms of snooping or spying or with the intent to chastise, but simply to ensure that all written communication… Read More
That’s all I’m asking of you. Just ask.
“Ask?” you ask.
“Ask,” I say.
I initially introduced the topic of project communications in an article entitled, “How to… Read More
The nature of the business was that it was data intensive and decision based. The design of our automated solution was to collect this data efficiently and to optimize the… Read More
In my previous article, I wrote about how Project Managers often take the monitoring and controlling of physical project resources for granted. It is almost as though laptops will mysteriously appear when developers arrive, development environments will… Read More