Posted by: kerrywills | June 17, 2011

Nail the basics

There are so many people who have the title “project manager” yet so many of them don’t do the basics. I am not talking about making stunning presentations, influencing senior management, leading difficult teams….I literally mean the basics…

  • Keeping plans updated with the right dates, % complete, and owners
  • Sending a status to stakeholders to inform them of progress and what is coming up
  • Following up on open items
  • Knowing the details of the projects they are managing

People like this really give the project management profession a bad name and perpetuate some beliefs that we are glorified admins who just set up meetings and take notes.  If project managers aren’t on top of the basics, then the project team won’t have the direction, organization and communications required to be successful.

I am not sure what some people think it means to be a project manager but lets get back to fundamentals! Well at least the “fun” part and not the “mental” part.


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