One area of Project Management that I feel is often overlooked is the presentation of information. This applies to both presenting to your immediate project team members as well as the project stakeholders. The value of providing good presentations to your audience reinforces their confidence in you as the Project Manager, and it also builds credibility within the Project Team.
I recently attended a class on Presentation Skills provided by Dr. James Brown. He stressed a number of points that I believe are the key to the successful delivery of a presentation, and here are my top takeaways:
As a Project Manager, it’s important to understand that your time is usually spread over several tasks and/or projects for any given day. For this reason it is extremely important to set the correct expectations with customers. Over the last couple months this lesson has been reiterated to me again and again in several different forms.
ILINX Import has a cool function that allows you to do metadata only updates to records in an EDMS system without having to upload or replace an image. This functionality is exposed at the web service layer of Import so it must be consumed by another program.
A Free Range Project Manager™ has the power to use his or her judgment to circumvent the project management process when it makes sense to do so. Check out the LinkedIn group titled Free Range Project Managers ™ with SebaSolutiuons and Dr. James T. Brown. Looking forward to some exciting discussions here with this group. Be sure to join and share your thoughts.
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Brian Alderman’s previous publications include Windows 2000 Professional and SQL Server 2000 Administration. He is an active speaker at SharePoint Industry conferences including SharePoint Saturday’s and the SharePoint Best Practices Conference.
Every organization should establish a target project planning horizon based on the kinds of projects, customers, deliverables and services they provide. It is essential to minimize time planning schedule details when there is a high degree of uncertainty. – Dr. James T. Brown (On Project Managers)
As Project Managers we are involved in providing project estimates almost all the time. I have recently been working on a lot of project estimates. While reading some of my favorite authors articles I found this article, “What Causes Bad Estimates…And What You Can Do About It” by Dr. James T. Brown both relevant and timely.
Do you give in to the pressure to underestimate the project so the project is either sold or moves forward or do you stand your ground and communicate what it actually takes to make the project successful? I would love to hear what others think about the practice of providing estimates.