Do program managers have executive skills?
The debate on whether program managers would make effective senior executives has gained attention in recent years. The team at PM Oracles turn to management guru Peter Drucker to see if program managers might make good C-level executives.
Anatomy of an effective project manager
There are five particular personal characteristics that can make a person effective as a project manager: the need to be an extrovert, to display personal courage, to possess a measure of charisma, to have a ‘can do’ attitude and to be a good team worker, states PM Oracles. Do you agree?
The unspoken additional constraint of project management
There exists an important additional constraint to managing projects which is always considered in project needs but not necessarily thought of as a key constraint: user or customer satisfaction. PM Oracles on how to include customer satisfaction in quality requirements.
What makes a successful project manager?
A project manager’s success must primarily come from their leadership qualities, and their expertise and ability to ‘walk the talk’. It is not necessary to know everything about the project being delivered, but people skills are paramount, note PM Oracles.
Rescuing the troubled project
You are not impervious to having troubled projects in your portfolio. Any project can fail. Even the most seasoned and skilled project manager may, at one time or another, find themselves at the helm of a troubled project. PM Oracles gives advice on how to spot a troubled project and suggests some lifesaving suggestions.
Evaluating a program management office
Many organisations have contemplated or implemented program management as a means of managing interrelated projects within their organisation, with varying degrees of success. PM Oracles asks, how do you know its value?
Employment trends and the project manager
If you were unemployed tomorrow, could you compete in the current project management job market? PM Oracles sent Jeff Hodgkinson on a research mission where he compared job postings on major sites to obtain a picture of the current job market for project management.