When Passion Meets Recession
the recession for just a moment as a person, let’s say Mr.
Recession, and that person is someone who has been visiting your
house for too long, and you want Mr. Recession to leave and go back
to where he came from. In a typical household, how might we get Mr.
Recession to leave? We might ask the kids to turn up the volume on
the things they love to do that drive us crazy. Crank the Metallica
up extra loud for ultimate vibration. Practice Guitar Band while
Mr. Recession is listening to more doom and gloom on the news. If
you don’t have kids, but you live with your sweet heart – ignore the
fact that Mr. Recession is even in the house and get busy being
passionate with whatever you love to do. You get the picture.
Basically, unleash your passion and do what you love – who cares
about what the lingering lout Mr. Recession is up to?
Whether you can
get Mr. Recession to leave tomorrow, or if he decides to stick
around for a while longer, just get on with your life. Use whatever
it is you’re passionate about to propel you forward, and if your
passion is Project Management, this is a tool that can actually help
you capitalize on volatile times. Yes, you can actually capitalize
on the recession with Project Management.
Top Five Ways
to Profit from your PM Passion
Bottom-line like Your New Best Friend
So, plug into your
PM passion and see what happens when Passion Meets Recession. Think
of your bottom-line like the ally it is, and use your PM skills to
boost it. The bottom-line is not just for accountants and
executives. It’s a sure-fire way for project managers to show their
value and make themselves a valuable player in any financial
goals with gusto.
goals need to inspire you and your team, and they need to be
clear and focused. Once you’ve written down your goals – either
personal or for a project – ask yourself what are the biggest
barriers to success? How you will jump over those barriers
needs to be in your project plan. Don’t shy away from what’s
standing in the way of your success. Instead, call out the
barriers clearly and focus every day on how you will overcome
them. Be clear and make it measurable because a wise woman once
said, “What gets measured, gets done!”
and dollars spent with exacting enthusiasm.
always matter, but when times are tough, they matter even more.
It’s hard to make decisions about where to cut costs if you
can’t clearly identify where they are. When you can show your
boss and your team exactly where you are, both in terms of time
allocated and actual dollars spent, you’re speaking their
language. Nothing makes upper management more confident than
knowing exactly where they are on a mission-critical project.
You know how
good it feels when you’re meeting deadlines. It’s the buzz of
accomplishment, no caffeine necessary. Set deadlines that are
real and have impact, so when they are met, they have meaning.
Avoid false deadlines. They are the business version of “Crying
Wolf.” Always use deadlines to measure progress and as an open
forum for discussion about what is and isn’t working on a team
or within a project plan. When you understand what impedes
meeting deadlines, you can get answers that not only put your
project back on track, but save your organization time and
unearth the hidden gems in your project agreement and
documentation, you are digging out valuable information for your
team going forward. Too many people mistake documentation as
busy work instead of using it to get at its real value. When
you close out a project, don’t literally put it to bed.
Instead, ask these questions: Did you have enough resources
allocated to this project? At what points did this project
falter and why? What was behind the cost variance between our
original budget and actual budget? If you don’t capture the
intelligence in your documentation, understand it and share it,
you’ve missed a huge opportunity to make you and your team more
productive, effective and efficient.
consistent and standardized approach to Project Management.
know this seems like a no-brainer, but I see companies every day
that expect their people to learn Project Management by
osmosis. I know you’ve seen this too: “Let the new people
shadow Susan for a few days because she’s a great project
manager.” This is a good start, but you can’t have
enterprise-wide impact from Project Management unless you have a
consistent way of approaching Project Management. This is why
the PMP certification has become important to many businesses
and government. These organizations have started to see the
value of having whole teams and whole departments and even
entire companies working from the same body of knowledge.
About The Author
Michelle LaBrosse, PMP is Founder & Chief Cheetah, Cheetah Learning, the author of the Cheetah Success Series, and a prolific blogger whose mission is to bring Project Management to the masses. Michelle has been designing and teaching accelerated learning programs for business since the early '90's and traditional courses since the '80's. LaBrosse holds a B.S. Aerospace Engineering, and an M.S. Mechanical Engineering. She has done extensive postgraduate work with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Advanced Educational Studies and the University of Washington Industrial Engineering Program in accelerating adult learning in corporate environments. Her research focused on using the Internet to accelerate adult learning and in determining effective adult learning strategies using accelerated learning with improvisational comedy.
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