Friday, May 26, 2017

Beginners Guide To Project Management
Part 20 - Keeping Stakeholders Happy

Bobby McFerrin in "Don't Worry Be Happy"
After a short break (actually it was more like a year and a half break), we now continue with the Beginners Guide To Project Management, now on part 20 - but just 4 more parts or so to go. And this time we're discussing what you can do to keep your stakeholders happy with your project which is also called stakeholder management - not just the project team but also the people around and about your project, the ones that can influence your project it and the ones that may be interested in your project.
Now, we talked about stakeholders before, namely on Beginners Guide to Project Management Part 9 - Getting a Project Team and Beginners Guide to Project Management Part 11 - The Project Communication Plan but back then we were in the context of planning. At this stage, however, you already have your plan. What you want now is to execute it and make sure that people are getting their expectations fulfilled - are they still as much involved in the project as they were back then?

Previously on the Beginners Guide to Project Management:

Executing and monitoring

Friday, April 28, 2017

Start-Stop-Continue Feedback Model

There’s a big pressure for being productive, both as an individual and collectively in the workplace, and this pressure is ever increasing. There is David Allen's Getting things done, there's Lean Management, there’s a general pressure to cut costs, the pressure we all feel to answers our boss' email on the fly at any time and even the pressure to see the Manneken Pis when we go to Brussels on vacation - regardless if we’re having fun or not, what we really must do is to go see the Manneken Pis. Is there anything when can do to ease this pressure?

Friday, October 28, 2016

To lead is to serve the team

Does this make sense?

Is to lead to serve? That doesn't make any sense as those concepts are opposites... and what does the team stand in between leading and serving? This post title is very confusing, to say the least...
Well, let's start with leading. Probably you associate a leader with someone important, high in the hierarchy at the office and in society, someone with power and always on center stage with the spotlight on, right? Probably someone like your boss, someone who tells you what needs to be done and when it has to be done. Someone to whom you report and in return he/she reviews your performance each year.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Yes! We're back!

And we're back - finally, and after a long, long while, there will be new content on this blog!

The commitment is now to publish a new article per month, which it's perfectly doable. And that I believe was the main problem before: the goal was a weekly article and that was just too much relatively to the time I was able to dedicate to writing. And once a goal is missed, it's all the same to the one day late or one week late...

So there are now 2 things I would like very much to put here on the blog. One is about Servant Leadership and the other one is regarding the series of articles started on 2010 "Beginners Guide to Project Management".

Friday, July 31, 2015

Guest post on

Last month I wrote this article "Why $50 Can Kill Your Project" on

The article is basically another take on irrationality and behavioral economics - in particular, about loss aversion, sunk costs and the endowment effect.

You can read it there.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

It's our 5th Birthday!

5 years have passed by since the very first article "Project Management and Change Management" was published on this blog. During these 5 years, 447 posts have been published with content ranging from "The Beginners Guide to Project Management" to Irrationality applied to Project Management (eg, "Project Evaluation Wrap-up") and Agile (eg, "ScrumBut is a Good Thing After All").

Many guests have taken the time to write here too, and to them a big thanks! From the very first guest post back in 2010 from Bas de Baar to Bruce Harpman, 17 people have taken the time to write something meaningful that happened to them relating to Project Management.

What do I take from here? New friends! And also the fun and feeling of accomplishment that this 5 year effort gives me back.

But all this is just for you. To help you get started on Project or to share with you advanced topics, it's all for you. Thank you for reading and thank you for the feedback you've been providing from the very start. Thank you!

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Friday, March 27, 2015

How much concrete do you need to build a happy home?

Imagine you're building your house. You will probably try to translate the options you are faced with into the benefits you and your family can get, that is, you may decide to build a back porch if you want a place to get all the family together (in this example, the option is to build or not to build a back porch, the benefit is to have a place big enough for the entire family). On and on, your aim is to build a happy home. Right? On the other side, the constructor has to put a dollar figure on it, right? He has to figure out how much of each material is needed, how long will it take to place it and how many people will he need for each necessary skill. In short, your constructor will have to answer questions such as this:
How much concrete do you need to build a happy home?
Easy, isn't it?

Friday, December 5, 2014

Project evaluation wrap-up

Carlos Bana e Costa introduced the MACBETH approach to multi-criteria evaluation as a means to support decision making, some 20 years ago. In a nutshell, he showed that the analytic hierarchy process didn't work well and presented a solution: MACBETH.
In the past few articles, I've been covering the problems that can arise when evaluating (and that Carlos Bana e Costa fixed with his MACBETH) so you may want to start from there:

These articles are not about the MACBETH but about the problems it solves and how to work around them.