Author: Mike Harkin

August 23, 2019 Mike Harkin

Project management has a wide range of rolls and an ongoing demand for more resource. Organisations of all types need to increase their project management capability.  You may hear a lot of talk about automation and project management skills changing, but even with this trend there will be a shortage of People to carry out…

August 14, 2019 Mike Harkin

The pragmatic project manager needs to balance formal process against conforming with the client’s wishes. There are situations where rigid obedience to project management process can yield poor results; either because of opposition or because the process may not be suited to the environment in which it is used. Knowing when to bend to the…

July 1, 2019 Mike Harkin

Stakeholder engagement becomes increasingly important in all areas of business life.  Projects need to work closely with people to succeed.  But how can you expect the project team to meet all the demands of their stakeholder engagement expectations. Agreeing a common understanding of stakeholder engagement Each group, and sometimes each individual, can hold a different…

June 6, 2019 Mike Harkin

With the range of project planning tools increasing all the time, we have clear opportunity to build better project plans..  There has never been more choice in how you can document and use your project plan.  But seemingly, just like the wealth of choice we have now in Television, Films and other forms of entertainment…

May 28, 2019 Mike Harkin

Trends in big data and business analytics are growing year on year.   Project Management and PMOs need to stay up with trends to maintain and increase performance from projects.  Data analytics is at the core of changing the way PMOs can add value. Where to capture data Using data to change the way projects are delivered is not new. …

March 4, 2019 Mike Harkin

All projects have risks in some form.  As a project manager you should have a clear assessment of the risk involved in your project.  But although most project management best practices recommend a clear risk assessment of some form at the planning stage of a project; many do not achieve this. What puts people off…

January 15, 2019 Mike Harkin

Getting resource management under control is a key element of any project.  Projects rarely complain that they have too many resources.  But is resource management only about people; that being the case why not call it people management or staff management.  Most project management functions seem to treat resource management as just people.  It is…

January 11, 2019 Mike Harkin

New project managers are told to focus on the product and embrace the agile way. Do not focus on the project but focus on its end goal. Time, budget, and scope are not important. The flexible approach of a self-organising team will deliver results. Being hung on up estimates, costs and planning is all the…

January 7, 2019 Mike Harkin

It is very common that project managers keep the tasks schedule and cost profile for the project in different tools.  But this leads to additional work to track the project.  As well as possible mismatch between your task status and the costs profile.   In this post we will discuss recording costs in Microsoft Project,…