Become a Better Project Manager

Become a Better Project Manager - Becoming a Better Project...

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1 contents This content was adapted from Internet.com's Project Manager Planet Web site. Contributors: Morris Panner, Michelle LaBrosse, Amy Zuckerman, Cynthia West, Will Kelly, and Jed Simms. Becoming a Better Project Manager, an Internet.com Project Management eBook. © 2008, Jupitermedia Corp. 2 Five Steps to Becoming a Strategic Project Manager Morris Panner 4 Overcoming Project Jams Michelle LaBrosse 7 Using ISO 9000 as a Project Management Tool Amy Zuckerman 9 Building Reusable Project Templates Cynthia West 12 Reading GANTT Charts for Fun and Profit Will Kelly Becoming a Better Project Manager [] 2 4 7 9 12
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T hefate oftheprojectmanagerisnotallthatdifferent from thatof IT— ifwerewind theclock10orsoyears. Itwasn'tthatlongagothatuppermanagement thoughtof ITas somethingakintoan auto repairshop: These peoplehavetalent, thelogicwent,and they getthe jobdone, but wewouldn't consultwith themforanyth ing but repairs. Fast-forward to the present: Today, it's hard to find a top organization that doesn't have a CIO in the boardroom. IT is not just a business tool, but a business driver and CIOs are every bit as valuable as other C-level execu- tives. This trend has had a trickle-down effect. The middle managers in IT have more of a voice. They have the proper channels to communi- cate through, so the daily insights coming from people in the trench- es regarding security, Web traffic, new applications for collaboration, and new trends like Web 2.0 make their way up the chain of command and influence the organizational at a global level. The same can be true for project managers and the service professionals they lead. Bringing a project in on time and under budget is a mechanic's way of thinking. Investing in lead generation, employee satisfaction, customer loyalty, up-sell opportunities, branding, and other broader organizational goals is how a strategic project manager should examine each and every proj- ect (and how project managers will deliver bottom-line value to the organization, of course). Five Steps for Change The first step is to change how you think about projects. Project managers must stop thinking of projects in a transactional sense, and begin thinking like upper- level managers. They have to extend their core leadership skills and start building data communi- cation skills. We all know great PMs create great teams. Their stock in trade is leadership. They bring people together to achieve great things. These are critical skills, but to join upper-level management, these are table stakes. Organizational management involves something more. It requires that managers abstract the data needed to 2 Becoming a Better Project Manager, an Internet.com Project Management eBook. © 2008, Jupitermedia Corp.
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