tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.” - George Patton The most valuable and least used word in a project manager's vocabulary is "No". - Unknown
busy people were more important than everyone else. Otherwise why would they be so busy? I had busy bosses, busy parents, and always I just thought they must have really important things to do. It seemed an easy way to see who mattered and who didn’t. The busy must matter more, and the lazy mattered less. This is the cult of busy. That simply by always seeming to have something to do, we all assume you must be important or successful. It explains the behavior of many people at work. By appearing busy, people bother them less, and simultaneously believe they’re doing well at their job. It’s quite a trick. - Scott Berkun What does this mean? organization, prioritization, procrastination, fear, rejection,
type of clients do you get? Do you ever need to bid on projects? Do you sign any formal contract with your client? How long does a typical project last? How about the cost? How many projects do you get in a month on average? How many clients do you have? Do you provide hosting services? Not everything that counts can be counted and not everything that can be counted counts. ~ Einstein
project cost? How do you determine the cost and price? How do you control a project cost? Do you always keep the cost in control? What are the common reasons for cost slippery? How do you charge the overhead? How much do you bill/bid per hour?
team? How is a team organized? Do you use virtual (contract) team more or in house teams? How do you manage the contract—cost, schedule, and quality? How many people are usually in a team, on a project? Do you have regular project team meetings? If yes, how often? Do you document the meeting and keep meeting minutes? Do you require formal reports from team members? “It’s important that nobody gets mad at you for screwing up. We know screwups are an essential part of making something good. That’s why our goal is to screw up as fast as possible.” - Lee Unkrich, director of Toy Story 3, Wired magazine
with clients? How often do you communicate with client? How do you manage excessive communication request from the client? Do you have a measure between the actual project hours billed and the time spent on communication? How do you deal with difficult clients? “Don’t try to please everyone. There are countless people who don’t want one, haven’t heard of one or actively hate it. So what?” - Seth Godin
schedule? Do you always keep project on schedule? What are the common reasons for schedule slippery? How do you make a schedule? Do you revise pre-set schedule often? “Project management with lot of documents is not project management.” - Unknown
to be a successfully project manager? Any other advices? “Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, you ought to set up a life you don’t need to escape from.” - Seth Godin “I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone.” - Bill Cosby Half, not half assed. - 37 Signals