Unofficial Project Managers Often Have Distributed Teams
A question came up on the LinkedIn Project Manager community: "Tips for remote teams?"
First, all teams benefit from the Nine Components of a High Performance Team, which you can read about in The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management.
Then, emphasize the use of technology that eliminates distance, such as www.GoToMeeting.Com and www.WebEx.com.
At www.PMI.org there are always more thoughts on this topic.
PMP Certification Isn't for Everyone
One obstacle to promoting Project Management training is the misperception that all project management training is geared toward passing the PMP Exam. Versatile's Project Management for Non-PM class is completely skill-focused, and scaled to address the kinds of projects that the unofficial project manager typically encounters.
Remember that PMP Certification is appropriate for people whose job title is project manager or PMO leader. For many other project leaders, project management is a skill set. They need to know key techniques - but not every technique.
Everyone needs a little Scrum in their projects!
A recent question posted to the Project Management discussion group asked, "What's the difference between Prince2, Agile and Scrum?" Check out these helpful responses. Our online project management training would be a great place to continue this discussion.
Scrum and agile emphasize iterative delivery when requirements can't be completely understood. That works well when we are problem solving - and it is a good way to prototype your way to a solution. Except that with agile, you don't finish with a prototype - you finish with a working product that your customer owns.
Attend project management training in Seattle to discuss how this iterative delivery method would fit into your project.
Are You Juggling Multiple Projects?
One challenge most Accidental Project Managers have in common is juggling multiple projects along with their regular duties. The problem gets bigger as more people are assigned to each project, and each of those people is juggling multiple projects.
Erick van Hurck provides some useful suggestions for visualizing the resource jumble in Microsoft Project. Read his post at Microsoft Project Users Group.
Versatile's Project Management Training in Seattle, Online, and Onsite, includes multiple strategies for juggling many projects and never missing a deadline.
First, Pick the Right Projects.
A provocative question came up on LinkedIn's project management discussion group. What's the difference between a product manager and project manager?
Product managers provide a vision for a product when there are many customers. If your firm manufacturers tools, cars, computers, or appliances, you have thousands - maybe millions - of customers. A product manager seeks to understand the customer need and set the product vision (features). Project managers get involved to deliver on those features.
This video does a good job of explaining the difference. Thank you ProjectManager.com!
Unofficial Project Managers Need Practical Advice
More and more people are working on projects. The number of accidental project managers and unofficial project managers is growing.
Part-time project managers want to keep it simple. This isn't their full-time job. So insights from the experts need to be distilled. For example, these practical MS Project tips from Eric Uyttewaal are easy to understand - although they take skill and discipline to put into action.
Project management training for non-Project Managers must cut through the jargon and make project management easy to understand!
A Simple Explanation of Project Management
Project management is a big topic. The PMBOK has 43 processes (and adding more!). So Todd Brown's practical question was refreshing: "On day 1, what are the top 3 things a PM must do when hired for an existing Project?" Everybody who answered included "review the S.O.W" in their top three.
When asked a similar question during a recent project management training in Seattle for Amazon, I replied, "Today is the first day of the rest of your project. Make sure your Statement of Work is accurate and that you have agreement from all stakeholders."