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Top 10 issues for Project Managers

Before you drop down to the list, we are going to plug two events that are coming up that might be useful to you. Both workshops are set up by internationally recognised experts in IT procurement and programme management.


Programme Management in a Business Context
One-day workshop
Facilitated by: Michel Thiry, Managing Director, Valense

Negotiating Major IT Contracts
Understanding and leveraging your legal and commercial bargaining strengths
One-day workshop (includes complimentary report)
Facilitated by: Julian Gyngell, MLB, LLB, Dip IPL Solicitor and attorney with more than 25 years of experience in IT contract negotiation, and formerly a Partner in top-tier law firms in London, Hong Kong and Sydney


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Top 10 issues for project managers
For those of you who are sitting in the office thinking "no one has it harder than me in this company" then this story might make you feel a little better. Every role has a set of challenges and today we are pulling together a few that project managers face from day to day:

  1. The administrative tasks associated with running several projects
  2. “Sharing of resources. Not only do you have to track and allocate your own resources time you have to monitor someone else’s project timelines to keep the productivity level at par. Then the game of let’s make a deal starts—I can lend you developer X for Monday and Wed, if you let me have developer Y for two days to finish a GUI interface..oh and I will throw in a lunch.
  3. Handling vendor related tasks, such as dealing with contracts, negotiation rates and policies, and SLAs. Especially dealing with union shops, as they have different rates for jobs at certain times.. All play a key part in your project success when you are trying to stay under budget and on time.
  4. Dependencies and having to rely on other people for success.
  5. Lots of negative feedback & ‘waffling’ from various team members, as they don’t consider you to be on a ‘management’ level even though you’re responsible for and tracking their work.
  6. Difficulties setting correct scheduling/resource expectations with the customer, when they don’t fully understand dependencies on different projects (they want everything done ASAP).  And, in turn, when you can’t deliver on their requests, you’re viewed as the bad guy.
  7. Virtual/Multinational teams present added challenges…not taught in your typical college class or PM boot camp:
    Some examples include:
    i) Most people will assume they understand the time zone thing, but when you start scheduling meetings across multiple time zones, the reality hits hard.
    ii) When working with multicultural teams it is important to understand the basics of each culture. In some cultures, yes doesn’t mean I agree, it means I heard you.
    iii) While most countries have English speaking resources, there plenty that do not and verbal translation slows down progress & often results in wasted effort. Accents also make understanding verbal communication a challenge.
  8. While budgets are part of the triple constraint, major aspect of project management, it is somewhat rare for the PM to actually own the budget.  Often you are given a number before you get out of concept phase or monies are shifted at the exec level without input from the PM.  Often, actual budget control turns into simply tracking & reporting. 
  9. With all the talk of managing projects via Twitter, web-based tools, and more collaborative/social mediums there is still a lack of wide-spread adoption of PM/PPM management tools at many organizations.  Many projects still cobble together some Excel spreadsheets, static MS Project file, and MS Viso schemas into a PowerPoint presentations.  Version control, standardization, collaboration, real-time updates, etc are all so close yet so far away!
  10. Project Managers can be typecast pretty quickly, so pick your industry well or jump into a few industries early on. 

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