Three imperatives of good project manager:
Eric Knight in this HBR blog shared experiences of senior executive and experienced project leaders to ensure projects are managed effectively. Three tips are highlighted by experienced project managers interviewed by Eric.
Shortage of skilled project managers is disadvantageous to businesses:
A recent survey & study on project manager salary and development by ESI international as narrated at CIO.com states that there has been increase in complexity and size of projects but organizations are finding themselves understaffed and lesser-trained project management professionals.
Survey claims that of the reported understaffed project management professionals position in organizations it surveyed, more than 40 % positions are for senior-level project managers, and almost half of the respondents have said that it is really difficult to find experienced, senior project management professionals.
Project management needs essential tools
In this article author points out essential features of project management tool to effectively management projects. Here is a quick list
Though author has suggested few options like MS Project, Basecamp, Sharepoint etc. Let me also suggest our own tool here : ZIlicusPM - project management software.
Recognising risk in project management
In this article, the author points out the typical way in which project managers handles project risks. He rightly noted that project managers miss key point in lifecycle of risks - The Trigger Point and he goes further to list out three points in the lifecycle of a risk where PMs can manage risks.
Though author mentions that there is no clear demarcation where one can say this is 'Trigger point' in future, but the best strategy is to tackle risk is at point number one (i.e. before it can happen). The next best time is when it is happening. However once it has happened, project team is left with limited options like Contingency or Mitigate route.
Risk highlighting and risk management can not be solely be done by project manager. It is a team effort and has to be considered in a holistic way of managing projects.
In this interesting article at PMHut, author has emphasized the importance of defining success criterion and measuring success for project management. Let me list out few major points here