Kaizen 改善

Some time ago I promised to write about various terms which I believe are related to Project Management. Today I’m going to tell you about one of my favorite ones: KAIZEN, the Japanese word for improvement.

I’m not going to write about history, where it comes from, etc. You can check it out on wiki. I’m going to tell you what Kaizen is, why it is working and how it is related to Project Management.

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PM = P___ Manager

Have you ever considered any other defintion of the acronym PM other than Project Management? How about People Manager? Would you agree? I do 100%. Today I’m going to share with you some advice I once received from a great man. I asked once the following question to a man, who is very senior to me and has a lot of experience in leading people:

As Project Manager I’m leading different teams of different people on different projects. Those people also work on many projects, mine is just one of them. What is more, I’m not their functional manager. I can’t give them more salary, I can’t fire them and I have no other real influence on their work. Now, if you could give me 1 piece of advice. How can I motivate those people to work on my projects first or at least have them working on them with higher priority?”

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Methods, methodologies, approaches, organizations…

In my earlier days when I heard terms such as Agile, Scrum, PMP, PMI, PRINCE2, ITIL, Kanban, Kaizen, Lean Project Management or my favorite “He’s got a black belt in Six Sigma”. I had no clue what Six Sigma is, but I wanted to be also Six Sigma black belt certified. Sounds like Mr Miyagi Project Management… good old days Show me wax on and wax off…  Continue reading

Why do we need Project Management? Do we need it? Part 2/2

I’m back again. I’d love to say “did you miss me?”. I guess this would be a question to myself, hahahaha.

Ok, let’s get back to the topic. In my last post I tried to show you how a construction would look like without planning. Now, I will try to make a very high level overview of how I would approach. I’m sure it can be done in many different ways.

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Why?

Who am I?

I’m a Project Manager.

Why am I writing this?

I want to be a better Project Manager.

Why am I writing this blog?

I want to write about topics which are related to project management. This blog will be my personal review of Project Management knowledge.

Why not a personal cloud document but a public facing blog?

I hope that at some point my knowledge will be good enough so people will stop by to read my posts and share some feedback and experience they have. I’m really looking forward to learn from your experience.

Please tell me about your way of Project Management!