Project Management Master Class: the Fifth Project of Heracles

Project Management Master Class: the Fifth Project of Heracles

Storytelling is an effective coaching technique, but it is rarely used in project management. Fortunately, the history of mankind is replete with wonderful examples of projects delivered by individuals who lived long before project management as we know it was born, so we can learn from their mistakes.  

Positive Reinforcement for Engineers

Positive Reinforcement for Engineers

A young manager in a major industrial company, trying to explain their reporting procedures, had trouble pronouncing the word “hierarchy.” When I did it for him after his third attempt, he was grateful – but not at all uncomfortable: “I am an engineer, you know, long words is not really my cup of tea.” Indeed, […]

The ROE: Return On Engagement

The ROE: Return On Engagement Cathedral

A traveler passes a construction site and sees three men working. He asks the first man what he is doing and gets a reply: “I am laying bricks.” The second says: “I am building a wall.” Finally, the third man answers: “I am building a cathedral.”  

PMP Certification: Facts and Thoughts

PMP Certification: Facts and Thoughts

A couple of weeks ago, I asked fellow PMs in three LinkedIn groups to share basic data on their academic background. I received 280 responses, out of which 268 contained meaningful data. As promised, I am sharing some results with you.  

The End of Project Management as We Know It

The End of Project Management as We Know It

“How many project managers would it take to build a Pyramid? – None: we are all going Agile now.” Did you hear this one before? Neither did I, as I just made it up.  

7 Tips to Ensure Your Meetings Never End

7 Tips to Ensure Your Meetings Never End

Meetings are a vital part of a manager’s daily routine. The number of meetings you have booked on your calendar defines the level of your importance in the corporate food chain and is a good indicator of your future potential in the organization. Therefore, every aspiring manager must do his bit to expand the number […]