Welcome to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival on project management and planning. We’ve been doing a lot of work with project managers and their teams in our corporate work as well as speaking at a number of Project Management Institute conferences and events. We’re always looking for new best practices and insights to support people doing this vital work. So, we asked thought leaders from around the world to share their very best post on this topic.
Thanks to Joy and Tom Guthrie of Vizwerx Group for the great pic and to all our contributors!
Next month’s Frontline Festival is all about meetings that get results and that people want to attend. New contributors are always welcome. Submit your relevant blog posts here!
Components of Project Management and Planning
Rachel Gray of Patriot Software, LLC gives Four Tips for Devising and Effective Small Business Project Management Plan. Project management encourages small businesses to reach their goals on time and within budget. Create easy-to-follow project management plans to outline the necessary steps for reaching these goals. Follow Rachael.
John Hunter of Curious Cat Management Improvement gives us Good Project Management Practices. Good project management practices require that you deliver a working solution quickly, prioritize and limit work in progress. Follow John.
Beth Beutler of H.O.P.E. Unlimited offers 10 Tips for Planning a Low-Stress Event. Events are a project in themselves. Beth shares observations from a well-planned event she had the privilege to attend. Follow Beth.
True success has more components than one sentence or idea can contain. – Zig Ziglar
Gaining Commitment: Project Management and Planning
Paula Kiger with Lead Change gives us Disaster and Contingency Planning Lessons from the ICU. Are you a leader tasked with planning for routine operations along with the response when routines are disrupted in ways big or small? Then you need to remember that success, in Swanepoel’s words, “Isn’t just the next move – it’s what you do three, four, even 10 steps after that really counts.” Follow Paula.
Julie Winkle Giulioni of DesignArounds writes about Deconstructing Delegation. Project planning, management and execution rarely happen in an isolated vacuum. You need to draw others in, engage their hearts and minds, and eventually pass off tasks that must be done. Effective project managers are also effective delegators. This article offers a framework for getting the most from your delegation efforts. Follow Julie.
Jesse Stoner of Seapoint Center for Collaborative Leadership shares Create a Team Charter to Go Faster and Smarter. The six elements of a team charter clarify the important agreements about the goals and how the team will work together to accomplish them. Taking the time to get clear agreements might slow things down in the beginning, but will help you later go faster in the right direction with smarter decisions. Follow Jesse.
Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort. – Paul J. Meyer
Challenges in Project Management and Planning
In our work with project managers, one of the biggest challenges is having the courage and skills to have the tough conversations. Here’s a short video about how project managers can apply our Winning Well, I.N.S.P.I.R.E. model to their work.
Robyn McLeod of Thoughtful Leaders Blog provides, Are You Over-committing? How to Wow Them AND Take Control of Your Workload. In it, she shares that by using the strategic approach of under-promising and over-delivering, you can make commitments that you can reasonably achieve without overloading your team and pushing to the limits. Follow Robyn.
Tony Mastri of Marion Marketing gives us Four Must-haves in Your Marketing Plan for Small Business. Planning and managing your small business’s marketing can’t be too hard, can it? You might find that shortly after you get your feet wet, you’re in over your head. Learn which pieces of a marketing plan for small business are non-negotiable so you don’t drown in the details. Follow Tony.
The biggest challenge is to stay focused. It’s to have the discipline when there are so many competing things. – Alexa Hirschfeld
We would love to hear your thoughts and best practices for becoming a more effective project manager. We encourage you to leave your ideas in the comments section, or links to your favorite resources.