The Gap between project tasks and what is happening

by Dr Neil Miller 25. March 2010 14:43
One of the greatest challenges for a project manager is to close the gap between what people are actually doing and the progress being reported.  In construction projects, this gap is generally small because the project manager can see what is happening. However in most other projects, you cannot see what is happening.  Consequently you need to rely on a flow of information based on reporting progress against tasks and milestones.  Unfortunately most people reporting to you do not have simple management methods that provide a similar discipline to that being employed by the p... [More]

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What is the biggest single problem facing Project Managers?

by Dr Neil Miller 11. March 2010 12:19
The following is my answer to the subject question in a LinkedIn Project Management Group. After over 35 years project management experience, I believe the standout is poor coordination between project tasks and the work (action) plans used by people to complete project tasks. Where there is no explicit connection, variations in work plans are usually not picked up until a blowout occurs in the project task schedule.  Usually by this time, it is too late for the project manager to recover lost time.  In many cases, work plans are in people’s heads.  Consequently minor ... [More]

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