When I get asked what is the secret to being a good manager I answer: don't be afraid to hire subject matter experts, give them the support they need to be successful and then trust them to do their job. So many managers don't understand that their job is to make their team successful.
Do you need to know enough about the subject to discuss it intelligently? Yes. Do you need to tell an interactive designer what images to use? No. If they aren't good enough to pick effective images you have hired the wrong person. Give team members feedback, relay comments and questions from stakeholders and community members, but don't do their job for them. That path leads team members withdrawing and negativity. Work with your team and don't be afraid to learn from them. You'll get more respect for leading a collaborative team and the team will much more successful if members feel they have the freedom to be creative, than you will get for dictating which image to use and rewriting the Content Writer's copy.
Such a simple lesson.
So few managers understand, believe and practice this.
Glad to see someone discussing how to use the various methodologies and the circumstances appropriate to each approach. I've talked to some organizations which are effectively using a Web Project Management with the Scrum Model, however, the role is different than with the other methodologies. I recommend this article if you don't quite feel like your process is working for your organization and/or clients.
In a recent analysis of causes of how projects lose money, a few key drivers emerged as causing 80% of losses — the most common being client communications failures.
I wouldn't use this with a client that was professional and who followed up responsibly, but for those problem clients and stakeholders, this TWIST approach is a good idea. Worth a read if you struggle with clients who delay projects and don't communicate.
The comprehensive list of 149 Project Management acronyms and abbreviations will help to quickly lookup and define the meaning of any acronym or abbreviation in Project Management glossary.
I had a lot of fun going through this list. You might enjoy it as well. At the very least it is a handy guide for those times when you work with a client/stakeholder who has picked up some obscure PM acronyms from another project manager.
Project Management Institute (PMI), the world’s largest not-for-profit membership association for the project management profession, has launched Managing Change in Organizations: A Practice Guide for practitioners and organizations seeking to...
Managing change for a sequential Web Project is key to containing costs. If you are struggling with this issue you might want to check out the PMI's new guide on change management.
Please customers and search engines alike when you apply these tips to your content.
Not every Web Project Manager gets to enjoy the services of a Web Content Manager. For thos who must handle content management on their own, this is a good article. Also, it provides a good checklist of your sub-contractor's knowledge if you deal with outside content writers.
Learn 5 Things to Never Say to Clients. Find out 5 things that you should never say to clients so you can avoid extra work and keep you from losing money.
Although this list is for designers, Web Project Managers should take note as well. Violating these 5 rules can doom a new Web design firm faster than anything else. You think you are being generous, but in trying to please the client you are not doing either one of you a favor.
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I have been helping my students with a Web project manager's dialy checklist to stay on top of the latest developments in Web Project Management. Here is good checklist that can be easily adapted to your Web Projects as well.
"Don't work on projects, work on products!" is a cry often heard in the agile community. But if you have a team pulled together to support an ongoing product, it doesn't make sense to use typical project management techniques.
There are two sentences here that strike a chord for me: "Projets aren't the problem - organizational structures built around a project mentality are.." and "bring the work to the team instead of the naming people "resources" and bringing them to the work," only to disband them.
:: Christy Belden, LEAP :: Poor link building. Once the bastion of search engine optimization, it continues to come under attack by Google – and for good reason. Over the years, many SEO practitioners have used misleading, black hat techniques to...
Web Project Managers need to be a master of all web trades. You don't need to be the expert, but you do need to be able to talk intelligently about all aspects of design, programming, SEO and marketing. So here is a good article on staying current with link building.
Does your design team have an internship for Web Project Management? You could provide a great experience for a young Web PM and help grow the profession. Now is the time to start planning for a 2014 summer intern.
As business operations and goals grow increasingly complex, employers have begun to recognize the need for greater accountability in their firms. A decade
An MBA and a Project Management background are a great combination for a Web Project Management career.. If you are an MBA looking to utilize your knowledge in the Web world or a Web PM looking to help your team improve their efficiency, read the advantages listed in the article of supplementing your knoweldge.
Gone are the days when a graphic designer and programmer could design and maintain an organization's website by themselves. Today, entire teams of graphic designers, content writers, programmers, v...
One thing everyone has learned from Agile - there is a big benefit in involving the entire Web team in the development and management of Web projects. I detail more advantages in my first Firmology article.
SWOT stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. The SWOT analysis is a simple but powerful technique for strategic planning and identifying risks. Learn how to perform a SWOT analysis.
If you aren't familiar with SWOT analysis you'll want to read this article as it provides a comprehensive explanation in an easy to understand format.