Education, opinion, and fresh insights on Project Management by authors worldwide.

What Makes a Good Project Manager? 10 Questions You Need To Ask of Prospective Hires

A Project Management Article by Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT

What qualities make a good Project Manager? Whether you’re in a position to hire a new Project Manager, or are looking to advance to this position yourself, there are a few characteristics common to Good Project Managers (and Bad Project Managers) that I’ve identified over several decades of working with many Project Managers in all industries. What I’ve found is that there are a few telltale signs of Good and Bad Project Managers that prospective employers can identify early in the hiring process. Recognizing these signs sooner rather than later can save employers countless headaches that result from dealing with a bad hire - and help aspiring Project Managers avoid behaviors that can limit their potential for career advancement.

Evaluating Project Management Training: How to Find a Program That’s Worth Your Time and Money

A Project Management Article by Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, Chief Cheetah and Founder of Cheetah Learning

As a leader in your organization, you know the value of Project Management principles and tools. You know that good PM education can get your whole team speaking the same project language, streamlines processes for making decisions, and facilitates effective communication among stakeholders. The trouble is, you know that PM trainings vary widely in quality, and can be costly and time-consuming for your organization. Without testing them all out for yourself, how can you discern which PM trainings are worth your time and money?

In this article, we discuss the three areas that anyone considering investing in PM training needs to consider. They are: the program’s education philosophy, instructor qualifications, and program outcomes. When you know what to look for in each of these three key areas, you’ll be well-prepared to decide which PM trainings are worth your time and money - and which are not.

Project Management on a Sailboat

A Project Management Article by Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, Chief Cheetah and Founder of Cheetah Learning

I recently took a class to learn how to navigate the Inside Passage to Alaska. The class was held on a 65-foot rebuilt wooden 1929 boat with the original diesel engine: the "David B." This adventure originated because a colleague wanted me to help sail a 32-foot sailboat from Washington to Alaska to use for our corporate retreats. I realized doing this might require some unique skills, so I sought out a class to get a handle on what would be involved in this pursuit.

The goal of the class was to get the David B 740 miles from Bellingham, Washington to Ketchikan, Alaska in twelve days. The speed the boat traveled was dependent on the capabilities of all the systems on the boat, the strength of the crew to be at sea, the wind, the tides, the currents of the various channels and passages, and any obstacles or distractions encountered en route.

Embracing Your “Geeky” Side to Become a Highly Effective Project Manager

A Project Management Article by Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, Chief Cheetah and Founder of Cheetah Learning

The most recent 2015 Pulse of the Profession study from the Project Management Institute (PMI)® found that the ability to acquire and keep highly talented employees is one of the best predictors of an organization’s success. As they authors explain in their conclusion of the report, “Organizations continue to recognize the value of people who are versatile, have deep strategic insight, and who champion knowledge development and knowledge transfer as essential to performance improvement and competitive strength” (PMI 2015). In today’s competitive job market, what does it mean to be “highly talented” in Project Management?

The Model for a Customer-Centric Oral Presentation: The Philly Cheesesteak

A Project Management Article by Larry Tracy

Readers may assume from the title of this article that it is a parody, a satire on the How to be a Better Public Speaker genre of self-help articles.

Not so. It is neither parody nor satire. Nor is it derivative classroom theory. It is instead based on the real-world experience gained by the author in delivering over 3000 presentations, many to demanding, sometimes hostile, audiences. It is based particularly on the knowledge gained in conducting scores of training programs for Project Managers and their teams of technical experts preparing to deliver oral presentations for lucrative federal government contracts.

Creating More Value for Others through Better Project Management

A Project Management Article by Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, Chief Cheetah and Founder of Cheetah Learning

How do you define career success, and how do you know when you’ve attained it? Perhaps there’s a particular salary level you’d like to reach, or maybe for you “career success” means working in your dream job. But think a little deeper. Say you get that dream job - what would it look like for you to reach your highest potential in that position? Here at Cheetah Learning, we tend to define “success” a little differently than the way most people use this term. With regard to our students, we truly believe that their success is our success.

That is to say, we find that the value you create for others is a crucial part of your own career success. Regardless of your job type or position, there are numerous ways you can leverage your strengths to help others reach their personal and professional goals. In this article, we’ll outline ways you can create more value for others in four key dimensions of your professional and personal life: work clients and other direct project beneficiaries; your supervisors and your organization; your co-workers; and, outside of work, the people you’re closest to in your life.

Email or Phone Conference? Making the Most of Communication Technologies in Each Project Phase

A Project Management Article by Michelle LaBrosse, PMP, CEO, Cheetah Learning LLC (PMI-REP®)

Many projects team members do not work in the same location any longer - even those working in the government sector. And even if they are in the same location, team members rely extensively on virtual communication tools rather than face to face communication. Using communication and collaboration technology tools is the norm - and we’re not even addressing all the cool software tools designed specifically to manage projects.