2012: What to Expect

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

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.

Students

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.

eBooks

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.

 Relationships

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.

 

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4 thoughts on “2012: What to Expect”

  1. David, thank you for your encouraging comments. I am learning so much from the comments i receive on this question abour PM or PL.
    Thank you for your extensive explanation of your view on this topic.

  2. thank you sir for your wonderful blog. i am particularly pleased with the high quality of your mentoring and look forward to more inspirational guidance from you.
    there are three ways to view a leader when it comes to a project. in a building project, the PM is traditionally the client's representative on the project team to protect the client's interest and ensure smooth floe of funds. the Architect usually performs the role of architect and project manager ensuring that all parties are fairly treated. in fact, the legal contractual document recognized by the federal Republic of Nigeria basically recognizes the Architect and the Contractor as being held liable for the project success or failure.
    1- technical competency may determine whether the project manager is the project leader – for building construction projects, the technical knowledge of the Architect has made him/ her the leader of the building team. for an oil rig project / nuclear plant / hydro-electric power dam, obviously an engineer becomes leader due to his technical knowledge. to organize an office Christmas party requires less technical skills. so the more technically difficult a project is, the more likely that leadership falls on the most competent person technically.
    2- Managerial skills may determine whether the project manager is the project leader. for example, if there is an urban renewal project, then the project leader must be competent enough to handle relocation of people, road construction, public finance, political bureaucracy, etc. he or she will be coordinating several building teams
    3- He who pays the piper dictates the tune. where the PM fully represents the client (e.g. the client is out of the country or is to  busy to oversee the project), the PM can take up the position of project leader. this is different from when the PM acts like the personal accountant for the client to ensure smooth flow of well managed funds
    therefore, the nature of the project determines whether the PM will take up the responsibility as project leader

  3. Mandy, thank you for your comment. I have a little write up on how to "projectize" the little experience you have. I will email it to you.

  4. Hi Victor
    I just finished reading all of the posts published here.
    I must say they are so simply and to the point written that i dont feel anybody with or without the Project Management background having difficulty in understanding them.
    I am a recent CAPM and I am having difficulty finding a job because of the job experience issue that you have described in the " Finding a Job" section in your post titled 2012: what to expect.
    I would like to get your views on my resume. How can we work this out. Please get back to me at khera.mandy@gmail.com
    I will be obliged.
    Thanks
    Mandy Khera

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