Unofficial Project Managers Need to Make Progress Clear
Mark Mullaly posted his thoughts on www.ProjectManagement.com, recently, concerned about people working on creative activities - including problem solving - where it's difficult to measure progress.
According to Mark, "Asked how we are doing, we might say, “It’s coming along.” Or “I’m making good progress.” Or “A few hiccups, but nothing major.” Occasionally, you might here a “I’m having issues, but it’s nothing that I can’t sort out and get addressed.” When you get down to it, these noncommittal updates are the status equivalent of meaningless cocktail-party chatter. It’s uttering words, while saying absolutely nothing."
This is clearly a problem for someone who has milestones to meet and has a VP looking over their shoulder.
When an HR team came to Versatile's office recently to attend Microsoft Project training in Seattle, we spent time working on their Work Breakdown Structures, because the way we structure our tasks is the foundation of effective project management. Every task can have tangible outcomes, even creative ones.
If your project management class doesn't teach you how to make your tasks tangible, you are attending the wrong project management training.
When You Need to Simplify Microsoft Project – Trust the Experts
55205 Mastering Microsoft Project is the industry standard for a thorough, easy-to-learn Microsoft Project course.
But you don’t want to attend Microsoft Project training that teaches you everything the tool can do.
You want a class that has been scaled to fit your needs.
The team that authored the best Microsoft Project training has also authored Tame Microsoft Project – the class that keeps it simple and focused on your needs.
A Practical Book for the Occasional Project Manager
You want something that is easy to read, easy to scan, and super practical.
This is the book we hand out in our project management training for non-PMs.
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