Author: Michel Dion

Two Rights Make a Wrong in Project Management

View our latest post on the AITS Blogging Alliance, published on November 4, 2016  The challenge question Do you have a common understanding with the business team on the project on the various elements of the project? Two Rights Make a Wrong in Project Management Read on AITS facebook Follow Twitter Follow Google+ Follow Subscribe To Our NewsletterJoin our mailing list to receive our messages directly in your inbox. SUBSCRIBE! You have Successfully Subscribed! We always respect your privacy, and you can unsubscribe at any...

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Build a positive work environment

The Leadership responsibility As a leader, the quality of the workplace you create is one of your responsibilities. It is a very important one. It is first a human responsibility. We are in 2016. Some behavior should not be accepted. The passive approach is to think that we inherit the work environment. The leadership approach is that we can influence it and build a positive work environment. It may not always be easy, but it is the best path. PMI Code of Ethics As a project manager, it is also part of our Code of Ethics. The PMI Code...

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Book Review – Project Management for You

Cesar Abeid recently published his first book titled Project Management for you: How to turn your ideas into reality, deliver on your promises, and get things done. The book is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle format. I bought a copy and had the pleasure of reading it. I am sharing here my thoughts on this new book on project management. Cesar Abeid is the host of the podcast PM for the Masses. I have been a regular listener to his podcast since the very beginning. He has produced more than 90 episodes since July 2013. Subscribe on...

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Our first half of 2015

A Busy Period It has been a very busy year in 2016. So much that, at times, I could not keep up with my goal of posting a new article once a week. Despite that, it remains my goal to publish one article on Project-Aria every week while maybe giving myself 3-4 weeks off for vacation. A Book: Leadership Toolbox for Project Managers Publication In 2015, I published my first book, Leadership Toolbox for Project Managers.  It was first published on Amazon Kindle in February, then a paperback version in April, and on 6 other digital platforms in May....

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Reporting the reality of the project

Communication in project management We all have heard about the importance of communication. We all know that there is a chapter in PMBOK called Project Communication Management. Projects require numerous discussions with various stakeholders. You will have to present the project plan to the sponsor or a governance committee. During the execution phase, progress reports will regularly be presented to debrief on the status of the various tasks and deliverables. Communication definitely helps the success of your project. However, communication can only help if you keep it real. If it doesn’t meet this condition, then the communication is only...

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Leading with vision and strategy

The importance of project leadership Project management is a powerful tool. It is one of the best tools to support strategic initiatives of organizations. If we are to manage projects of strategic importance, it is essential as project managers to be able to think strategically. It is a subject I covered in depth in my book, Leadership Toolbox for Project Managers. Your project needs your leadership, and this is especially true in a dynamic world evolving and changing rapidly. Project Management should not be confined to the narrow world of task supervision. As the project manager, you have to...

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Put it in writing

Key decisions, requirements, and commitments for your projects should be put in writing. Find how putting in writing key information can help you manage your projects successfully.

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Book Review | Real Project Management

A refreshing book I had the pleasure of reading the latest book written by Peter Taylor, also known as the lazy project manager. Peter Taylor is the author of books on project management, including The Lazy Project Manager, The Lazy Project Manager and the Project From Hell, and The Project Manager Who Smiled. The Book is titled: [easyazon_link identifier=”0749471212″ locale=”US” tag=”projectariaus-20″]Real Project Management: The Skills and Capabilities You WILL Need for Successful Project Delivery[/easyazon_link]. It is one of the best business and management books I have read in a while. It is very easy and entertaining to read, which...

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Project managers: you are part of the project team

The Project Team Project Management is all about adding value. A project is created to deliver a specific result, which should be aligned with the strategic objective of an organization. To complete the project, resources are identified, and a project team is created. The project team can be of various sizes. It can be a very small team, or a very large team as an epic multi-year project would require. What is the right size for a project team? It depends. There is no one unique answer. It must be aligned with the size, context and complexity of each...

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The ultimate level of leadership

Beyond being an expert In project management, we usually come to the profession from another path. We are first experts in a particular field. We start to work on various projects and, based on our successes, we are assigned more and more responsibilities. It is the usual and normal career progression. As part of our professional development, it is often necessary to go beyond the life as an expert, and acquire other skills. Management Skills With more responsibilities come the obligation of learning how to manage. You will need to add management skills to your resume. Being the experts...

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Comindware Project – review

Product overview Product Comindware Project is a project management and team collaboration online software.  It is designed to help project managers and  project teams successfully manage projects, and collaborate on tasks.  It provides a unified workspace for planning, task assignment, project execution, document sharing, visibility of information, and commenting on tasks. Company profile website: http://www.comindware.com/project/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/comindware Twitter: @Comindware Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/comindwareinc Google+ Page: https://plus.google.com/+Comindware/posts YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Comindware  Pricing and market The price structure of project management online applications can be grouped into two categories.  They either charge: per user and unlimited projects per projects and unlimited users Comindware Project...

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managing problems and issues

A  good project plan When managing a project, it is important to spend sufficient time designing a good project plan. Proper planning is one of the most important concepts in project management. The project management plan is a central document that defines the basis of the work required to complete the project.  It will integrate all the subsidiary plans: Scope and requirements Time Cost Quality Human Resources Communications Risk (all uncertainties: threats and opportunities) Procurement Stakeholder The plan should document the deliverables and work required, and bring a consensus on them.  It is much harder to have this discussion...

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Project Leadership

My book project Update I have been working on my book since the beginning of last October. I started the writing part on October 4.  So much has been not since.   The book is on leadership for project manager.  It is a guide for project manager, to help them develop leadership skills, and achieve better results.  It is not a tactical book, but a professional and personal development approach to leadership.   I have been interested in the subject of leadership for many years, and also in project management.  I have been exposed to many leadership programs and...

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Top 10 of 2014

a year in review It is the time of the year to look back at our publications.  Project-Aria continue to progress, publishing various thoughts on project management and leadership. A few statistics: 46 articles were published it includes 4 guest posts June was a bad month with zero publication I started the year with 15 articles in the first quarter (January to March) I ended the year with 15 articles in the last quarter (October to December)   I thought I published less in the last quarter, as a consequence of spending so much time on writing my book. ...

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Basecamp shortcuts

Team collaboration with Basecamp Are you a Basecamp user?  If so, you may enjoy this post from Café Quill, a website to chat about work, life, and everything in between. I have used on a few projects Basecamp. Their service is well-designed to support team collaboration.   What is Basecamp? Here is a short description, from their website: Basecamp makes it easy for people in different roles with different responsibilities to communicate and work together. It’s a place to share files, have discussions, collaborate on documents, assign tasks, and check due dates.   Shortcuts and hot keys The article...

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Udemy best of 2014

Discovering uDemy In 2014, I discovered uDemy.  I mean, I was aware of the platform, but never took a course on it before 2014.  As I started to write my book at the beginning of October 2014, a book on leadership in project management to be published in early 2015, I was searching for information.  I knew I had to learn many details on how to publish a book on Kindle.  It was my first ebook.  Writing was not my biggest unknown.  I have written many long business reports in my career.  I also have seen the process used...

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Project management books on Amazon

Learning with books It is important as a project manager to constantly improve and learn.  This is how we continue to add more value to our projects. The work environment is dynamic and very competitive.  It is up to us to be proactive and manage our career.  Of course, you can obtain certifications, complete a formal course and program, or attend a conference. Sometimes, reading a book on a specific subject will bring numerous benefits.  A book will include more details than many other approach.  With the detailed explanation, tt will be easier to implement in your projects than information...

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2014 UK Project Manager Salaries ebook

Career in project management A website on project management often focuses mostly on knowledge related to project management.  We do the same on Project-Aria, with the addition of leadership and productivity.  But the project manager is also a person, so I added two very important categories: mind and health Career and training After all, the project manager should also take care of him as a person.  He is also responsible to manage his career, which is one of the most important projects of his life. Project manager salaries in UK Today, I’d like to share with you a recent...

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A new book on leadership in project management from Susanne Madsen

Leadership in project management I am very interested in the subject of leadership in project management.  I always have been interested in psychology and personal development.  Being an executive for more than 7 years, I also have had the opportunity to learn and explore leadership concepts, and their importance.  I focus my learning in the past years on knowledge and leadership.   I often find that leadership and decision-making are absent in articles and books on project management.  And when you can find something on leadership, it is  often too narrow and only focused on team motivation.   Susanne...

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Basics of leadership – habits of happy people

Leadership in project management   Leadership in project management is essential.  As the profession becomes more and more important in organization, and not just used for minor activities here and there, it has to play a more strategic role.   Leadership in project management becomes even more important as you are assigned more complex projects, more strategic projects, visible to senior management in the organization.   It is not sufficient for project managers to be taskmasters, even if they are great at that.  That is the tactical side of the profession.  While important to deliver successfully the project, the...

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Career advice from women… for all

Women in the business world   Here is a good presentation on Slideshare.  It provides career advice from women.   I think it is great to have as much diversity as possible in the workplace.  We need multiple point of view.  If you want a weak organization, make sure you only hire people that fits a very specific mould.  It will create the ultimate groupthink and lack of innovation.   It is nice to say society embracing more and more diversity and to see women in top business positions.  We probably still need more, and more women on board....

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