Sunday, November 30, 2014

Motivational Quotes: "Entrepreneur/Technician"

Motivational Quotes: "The entrepreneur builds an enterprise; the technician builds a job."
-- Michael Gerber, Author and Entrepreneur

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

As a project manager, what should I delegate and what should I do myself?

As a project manager, what should I delegate and what should I do myself?

Project management responsibilities are generally
yours for any project where you are the designated leader. Delegation
of some of this work to others can be necessary and appropriate on
very large programs, but for the most part it is best to ‘‘delegate’’ all of
it, or at least the most essential parts, to yourself.
Project leaders can safely assume that their project management
responsibilities will consume roughly 10 percent of their time per contributor
on their teams. This time is consumed in meetings, communications,
care and feeding of stakeholders, problem solving, hand-holding,
and other general project-related tasks. If your team is larger than about
nine people (whether they all report directly to you or not), you won’t
have much bandwidth available to take on other assigned work. Even
part-time contributors count—even though they might theoretically
require less attention, often they actually require more because of their
distractions and other priorities.

Your project will probably be your primary responsibility, but it may
not be your only one. Consider how much time any other work you are
committed to will require, and include that with the overall assessment
of your workload. Also include any planned time off or other interruptions
such as organizational meetings that will take time away from your
project. If you have only modest other demands on your time and your
project is small, or you have a very experienced and competent team
that will require little attention, you may find that you do have some
amount of time to devote to other assigned work on the project.
In gauging your capacity, it’s prudent not to schedule more than
about 90 percent of your time in advance; you will need to be able to
react quickly to problems and issues as they arise.

Even if you do appear to have some available work capacity, set a target
to delegate nearly all the project activities you define to your contributors.
Consider yourself a last resort, and only assign yourself work that
is easily interrupted and not schedule critical. Your first priority should
be to the project as a whole, and if you assign yourself critical work you
are liable to find yourself with conflicting top priorities.
You may find that there are activities for which you are by far the
most qualified and experienced person on your team. Even for this work,
you should not consider yourself as the first option. It is difficult to
assign work to people who are less competent than you are, and it can
be painful to watch people fumbling through tasks that you can do blindfolded.
If you intend to take the role of project leadership seriously, you
need to get over this. Assigning work to your team members will build
the base of skills on your team, and it will leave you open to help and
mentor as needed in addition to all your other responsibilities.
In short, assign to yourself scheduled activities (other than those
directly related to project management) only when you have available
capacity, the work is noncritical, and you appear to be the only reasonable

Throughout your project, things will happen that won’t be as you
planned them. The main reason for leaving some available capacity for
yourself unscheduled is so you will be able to take on unanticipated,
emergency work as the need arises. If a key contributor is out ill or
otherwise indisposed, someone will need to step in. Effective project
leaders are always assessing the overall status and rebalancing the work
in the face of reality, so that progress can continue more or less as
planned. Delegating work to yourself during the project is nearly inevitable,
and if your ‘‘normal’’ workload consumes all of your capacity, the
only option open to you will be to work overtime. If you plan to see
much of your home and family during your projects, exercise great
restraint when delegating planned work to yourself.

Kshitij Yelkar

Motivational Quotes: "Doing what you love"

Motivational Quotes:  "Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life."
-- Wayne Dyer, Self-help Author

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Project Management Mistake - Micromanaging Projects.

Project Management Mistake - Micromanaging Projects.

"Don't babysit," "It's very common for budding project managers to treat their job like an enforcer, policing the project team for progress and updates."

Solution: "Instead of babysitting the project team, let it be known from the start [i.e., the kick-off meeting] that there will be regularly scheduled updates for the duration of the project. This lets your team know that status updates and progress are expected from them weekly and will encourage them to "vocalize any issues or delays in advance."

Good managers empower their employees to do well by giving opportunities to excel; Bad managers disempower their employees by hoarding those opportunities. And a disempowered employee is an ineffective one – one who requires a lot of time and energy from his supervisor.

Kshitij Yelkar

Motivational Quotes : "Your Day"...

Motivational Quotes : "When you do the things you need to do when you need to do them, the day will come when you can do the things you want to do
when you want to do them."  -- Zig Ziglar, Motivational Speaker

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Challenges in Project management: Allowing the Scope to Frequently Change.

Challenges in Project management:
Allowing the Scope to Frequently Change.

"Any project that doesn't have an ultra-clear goal is doomed,"

a Web-based project management tool, "scope change is one of the most dangerous things that can happen to your project. If not handled properly it can lead to cost and time overrun." Even something small, like changing the color of a logo or adding a page to a website might cause unexpected delays,

Solution: Define the scope of your project from the outset and monitor the project regularly to make sure you and your team are keeping within the scope. And to avoid delays and deviation from the original scope, "track change requests separately from the original project scope, and provide estimates on how it will affect the schedule -- and get explicit customer/stakeholder approval for each change,"  .

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Motivational Quotes : "Excellent leader."

Motivational Quotes : "If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then you are an
excellent leader." -- Dolly Parton, Singer

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Project Management Mistake - Team Behind the Project.

Project Management Mistake

Failing to Get Everyone on the Team Behind the Project.

Too often, projects are doomed to fail because they didn't get enough support from the departments and people affected by and involved in the project. Either managers: "

1) Didn't make clear what everyone's role was.

2) Didn't describe the personal payoff everyone would get when the project was completed

3) Didn't tell how each person's contributions to the project would be evaluated. And/or

4) Failed to generate a sense of urgency about the project, leading the team to think business as usual will be fine,"

Solution: "The project manager should start by calling the team together (being certain to include off-site staff via the best technology available) and delivering a presentation about the project and its significance in a way that gets everybody fired up."

Kshitij Yelkar


Motivational quotes : "Opportunity to learn"

Motivational quotes : Be thankful when you don't know something, for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Motivational Quotes: "Nail of success"

Motivational Quotes: "It takes the hammer of persistence to drive the nail of success."
-- John Mason, Writer

Kshitij Yelkar

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Motivational Quotes : "Focus"

Motivational Quotes : "What matters is where you want to go. Focus in the right direction!"
-- Donald Trump, Billionaire Real Estate Developer

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Motivational Quotes : "Time flies"...

Motivational Quotes : "Time flies. It's up to you to be the navigator." -- Robert Orben

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Motivational Quotes: "Who will win."

Motivational Quotes: The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win."
-- Roger Bannister, Runner

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Motivational Quotes :"Success"...

Motivational Quotes :"Success is the maximum utilization of the ability that you have." -- Zig Ziglar, Motivational Speaker
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Motivational Quotes : "Time"

Motivational Quotes : "There is a time to let things happen and a time to make things happen."
-- Hugh Prather
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Monday, November 10, 2014

Motivational Quotes: Miracles

Motivational Quotes: "Ingenuity - plus courage, plus work - equals miracles."
-- Bob Richards, Olympic Gold Medalist

Kshitij Yelkar

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Motivational Quotes : "Faith"...

Motivational Quotes : "Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the staircase."
-- Martin Luther King,

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Friday, November 7, 2014

Motivational Quote: "True failure"...

Motivational Quote: "Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure."
-- George Woodberry, Poet

Kshitij Yelkar

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Motivational Quotes : Sunlight

Motivational Quotes : Don't stand in someone else's shadow when it's your sunlight that should lead the way.

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Motivational Quotes: Don't be afraid

Motivational Quotes:  Don't be afraid to show your emotions laughing and crying make you feel better

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Motivational Quotes : "The beginning"...

Motivational Quotes : "The beginning is the most important part of the work." -- Plato, philosopher