Category: Room for inspiration

The door to the Room for Inspiration is opened 24 hours a day. It its meant to help put things into a perspective and to discover ways your project management skills can make a difference. Inspiration is a free commodity. I just have to open my eyes and look around me. Sometimes a bird building her nest can help you learn a trick or too about project management for house building :)

Thought of the week: productivity

“Productive people and companies force themselves to make choices most people are content to ignore.”  Charles Duhigg in ‘Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business”


Thought of the week: Time to get bored

I know. End-of-year deadlines of all sorts. Rush. Frustration to getting out-of-office responses. Overheated payments processing…. And once all is done (whatever is possible) – it is time to do nothing and get bored.

Boredom is beautiful. It gives a chance to new seeds to be planted and new ideas to grow. Here is to growth and creativity!

Thought of the week: Preparation

Thought of the week: “prep unto others as you would have them prep unto you” borrowed from top chefs advice.

Every kitchen has a Kitchenhand. Their tasks include basic food preparation such as washing salad and peeling potatoes. Yet rheir role is essential for the whole kitchen. If they do not come to work or stop doing the preparations, the whole kitchen stops. The chef might remember their names only when the supply is not at hand. Yet, he/she will pay the price if the kitchenhand is not looked after.

I find similarities in the project management world. Picture a big and important decision making meeting, for which the interpretation equipment was not tested and prepared. Or a new service launch day for, which the clients’ applications are not ready. Or an interoperatibility module which has two systems in test mode to connect to.

Basically, any of the above are tasks performed by what is tempting to see as “little people”: an assistant, an IT staff without a corner office, a liaison officer, etc. By my book, these are the most important links in the chain of a project.

Therefore, as a project manager Do:

– check regularly on them, to identify any difficulties they may have;

– help them with anything beyond their control:

a reminder to the supplier/contractor of its obligations under the contract for that interpretation equipment

a meeting with other departments/members of the team on that interoperability,

a cup of coffee or tea if they run out of breath doing all they can for the big project day.

Thought of the week

“Strength lies in differences, not in similarities” Stephen R. Covey.

It might sound strange coming from a project manager who loves standard operating procedures and

streamlining. Some recent and not so recent manifestations showed me that by

listening to a different point of view,

embracing it and

acting on it together, in spite of our differences

is what makes a project great to work on.