Episode 056: Recommendations for Informal Projects Part II - The Simple Dynamic Schedule

This week The PMO Podcast™ Featured Story presents, "Recommendations for Informal Projects Part II - The Simple Dynamic Schedule", presented by Mark Perry (about Mark), host of The PMO Podcast™. Today’s episode is the second in a five part series aimed at recommendations for informal projects. Informal projects can mean different things to different people. Some people view informal projects as all of those projects in which no real methodology is being adhered to. Others view informal projects to be all of those ubiquitous projects that exist all throughout the business that will seldom be managed by a certified project management professional and are not part of the formal project portfolio of the PMO or IT department. For many of these kinds of informal projects, the schedule of the project exists in the form of a task list, each with static milestones, just waiting for potential problems, issues, and difficulties to arise. Rather than using and relying upon such a task list oriented schedule, a key recommendation for these informal projects is the use of a simple dynamic schedule.

The PMO Podcast™ Points Memo suggests, “Recognize that your people are always communicating, tune into their body language." As PMO manager, you may not realize it, but you and the people around you are always communicating, verbally and non-verbally. Is your colleague, boss, direct report, vendor, or consultant making direct eye contact or avoiding your gaze? In general, a person who looks you directly in the eye is assumed to be forthright and truthful. On the other hand, a person who averts his eyes may not be totally open or able to be totally truthful. Effective communication is tough enough. The more you are aware of non-verbal communication, the more you can use it to you advantage.

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