Why Is Project Management 90% Communication?

Project Management is 90% communication is a statement often heard by Project Managers early in their career (or by aspiring Project Managers) without know why or how. The fact of the matter is that everything the Project Manager does has to do with communication, from initiating the project, to developing the project plan, managing resource/stakeholders/conflicts/risks to closing the project. A Project Manager’s time not spent on communication is spent preparing reports or charts to be later communicated.


What Is Project Management 2.0?

Project Management 2.0 is a term coined in 2006 (or maybe a bit earlier) to highlight the influence of the new social media on project communication. Project Management 2.0 is mainly about collaborating between the Project Manager, the project team members, and the project stakeholders using the new social media and/or collaboration tools (whether paid or free). Project Management 2.0 is not a replacement to traditional Project Management, it’s just about making communication streamlined and more knowledge more accessible. Some concerns associated with Project Management 2.0 are security, privacy, reliability, and availability of the hosted collaboration tool. Project Management 2.0 is highly adopted in small Internet and software companies.


What Is the Difference Between Good Project Managers and Bad Project Managers?

Good Project Managers are good communicators, proactive, not attached to a methodology, punctual. They know how to say “No”, and they have a healthy work-life balance. Bad Project Managers are bad communicators, reactive, fanatically attached to a methodology, bad at managing stakeholders, procrastinators, and always late to meetings. Bad Project Managers always say “Yes” to requests they can’t fulfill, and they have no problem with stressing their team trying to fulfill these requests.


What Is a Hidden Agenda in Project Management?

A hidden agenda in Project Management is a secret plan or thought adopted by stakeholders that usually conflicts with the project’s interests. A hidden agenda is the result of selfishness, is easily detected, but is very hard to deal with. The smart Project Manager acknowledges hidden agendas and carefully navigates through them to make sure that his project succeeds.


Who Is the Project Champion?

The Project Champion or project advocate is an informal role providing moral support for the Project Manager and the project team, promoting and praising the project in front of different stakeholders, and addressing problems by proposing company-wide acceptable solutions. The Project Champion is a staunch defender of the project. The ideal Project Champion is a respectable senior manager and a good communicator with skills in navigating company politics and with a comfortable level of Project Management experience.


Can Someone Become a PMP Without Project Management Experience?

The short answer is no, a person cannot become a PMP without the necessary Project Management experience. However, some people use some deceptive techniques to document fake Project Management experience, which has a detrimental effect on the PMP certification and Project Management as a whole.


What Is Student Syndrome in Project Management?

Student Syndrome in Project Management, is the act of leaving all the work until the very last moment. The term was first coined by Eliyahu M. Goldratt. The main reasons behind the Student Syndrome are poor Project Management, concurrent and competing projects, and of course, our innate habit of procrastination. There are several disadvantages of the student syndrome, including (but not limited to), reduced quality and scope, as well as a stressed team. Avoiding the student syndrome is best done through Proactive Project Management and breaking down large tasks into smaller ones.


What Is “Fast, Cheap, Good: Pick Two” in Project Management?

Fast, Cheap, and Good is a term in Project Management stating that Project Managers can only deliver 2 out of the 3 constraints in any Project. They can choose “fast and cheap”, “cheap and good”, and “fast and good”. “Cheap and Good” is the worst and is rarely used, “fast and cheap” is used a lot in software projects while cutting from the scope, and “fast and good” is often used in “construction projects”.


What Will Happen in Project Management in 20 Years?

Project Management will greatly advance thanks to state-of-the-art means of communication, better education, mature industries, and adoption on the government level.