Happy New Year
I sincerely wish all of you and your loved ones all the best for 2012. May there be health and direction in this changing world that we live in. There will definitely be changes in the way we manage projects and interact with each other. “Change is the only constant in the world we live in”.
Focus for 2012
During 2011, I had many interactions with several of you. The focus of this blog for 2012 will be based on those interactions. I think that focusing the content of this blog on the questions and requests I received last year, is a good way to start the new year. Also throughout 2012 I will focus on any new areas of attention that you may bring up. So let your voice be heard.
Mentoring continues to be a hot topic. Many project managers are struggling with certain areas of project management. Some in the area of how to sell project management, others in the area of how to plan and execute their projects. Whatever the case is, the struggle in a certain area is usually over with a few emails and or phone calls. I have also joined a mentoring group with the intention of becoming a better mentor.
Finding a Job
finding a job as a project manager remains to be frustrating. Getting the often required experience creates a chicken or the egg situation: you need experience to get the job, while you need the job to get experience. The approach I usually take in helping people find a job as a project manager, is to scrape up the little experience they have managing little projects and package it as good as possible. Eventually all do find a job.
Business Start Ups
What does business start ups have to do with project management? It is the other way around. many project managers want to start their project management consultancy. One approached me for advice in starting up a consultancy in July 2010 During 2011 she was able get her consultancy up and running. I became one of her first customers.
Many students contact me to review their thesis. This is a spin-off I never anticipated. However, I enjoy helping students and I have to say that some of them have some very interesting case studies.
Developing Hard Skills
During 2012 I will be giving some more attention to hard skills than I did in 2011. I will be discussing the close relationship between project scope, schedule and budget. This is based on a request I received to discuss the link between scheduling and budgeting (resource loading).
Developing Soft Skills
I will try to find a balance between soft skills and hard skills. Some project managers do not see soft skills as part of project management. The truth is however that you can not manage anything without soft skills.
The topics of the eBook I write are based on questions and requests I receive from my followers. The idea is that the eBook is for you and by you. So I will ask your input for a certain topic and I will ask some of you to review the draft. I try to answer all questions related to the topic of the book. Most eBooks also include bonuses that will help you apply the eBook in your work. All eBooks include unlimited support. There is a price for each eBook, but the support is free.
I am looking forward to successful relationships in 2012. Mentoring is usually just for a few weeks/months, but the relationships outlive the mentoring. Relationships is what matters. All the best.