Articles By Rob Black

Pre-sell your ideas before you present them in a meeting

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles” — Sun-Tzu, The Art of WarIn my last column I announced a New Year’s resolution

Published on: March 22nd, 2006 Rob Black

New Year’s resolutions for a project managers

January was resolution month. Although it is cliché and we're a month passed the date, for project managers it is ingrained in our psyches. In the project management handbook, we call it lessons

Published on: March 7th, 2006 Rob Black

Make a list, and check it twice

The Project Manager’s secret for success is keeping good lists. That’s it. Earlier this year I took over a project from another project manager. He was removed from the project for failing to

Published on: December 20th, 2005 Rob Black

Proper planning can help project managers avoid raging fires

What kind of Project Manager are you: The explorer or the firefighter?I have a riddle for you. If successful project managers spend 90 per cent of his time communicating and 40 per cent

Published on: November 21st, 2005 Rob Black

Successful sponsors make time for their projects

Your project will need to have an effective sponsor who is a true partner working to help achieve success. If your sponsor doesn’t have the right stuff, your project will be in trouble.In

Published on: October 20th, 2005 Rob Black

Project managers need to be able to stand up to sponsors

Ever done a post-mortem on a project to figure out why it blew budget and schedule? If your projects are like the ones I have witnessed for the last 23 years, many times

Published on: September 22nd, 2005 Rob Black

When bad news comes down, it’s best to come out shooting

When it comes to Project Managers, there are two types: The quick and the dead. In a recent job interview I was asked what I thought was the single most important thing a

Published on: May 5th, 2005 Rob Black

Don’t misinterpret that light at the end of the tunnel

When does a project end? It's a tricky question, but the correct answer is usually six months after most project teams think they're over. Here's why. Projects typically have difficulty ending. The end

Published on: January 19th, 2005 Rob Black

Leadership is the heart and soul of project management

If you could add a chapter in the project management body of knowledge (PMBOK), what would it be? The chapter I would add is ""Leadership."" The PMBOK is the textbook that teaches us

Published on: November 22nd, 2004 Rob Black

PMOs need to share the burden when things go wrong

""To change and to change for the better are two different things."" – German Proverb when I did some research on the benefits of implementing a project office in an organization, I found

Published on: September 30th, 2004 Rob Black

Create an objective yardstick to measure the merits of all potential projects

""When it comes to approving projects, the first question to ask should be: ‘How will this project help deliver my corporate objectives?’"" – Stick to your Knitting, Tom PetersWay, way back in the

Published on: August 18th, 2004 Rob Black

Emulate the actions of top leaders to achieve management success

""I planned each chartered course, each careful step along the byway, but more, much more than this,I did it my way."" For me those words written by Paul Anka and immortalized by Frank

Published on: July 9th, 2004 Rob Black

The sales approach to project management

If that is true, project management is no exception. Here are five reasons why a good project manager is also a great salesperson. * The customer is always right. You must never lose sight

Published on: April 23rd, 2004 Rob Black

Solid risk management is not a luxury, but a necessity

My experience in recently implementing a project peppered with risks has reminded and convinced me that having a solid risk management plan is not a luxury, it is a necessity. And what have

Published on: April 1st, 2004 Rob Black