During 50 years as a consultant, I’ve participated in many project interviews held by potential clients as part of their consultant selection process. I’ve been a member of a proposing team, a selection panel member and interview coach at different times. I’ve seen a variety of interview disasters.
Why has there been increasing interest in the Progressive Design Build (PDB) project delivery method? What is PDB? And why is PDB being heavily promoted by companies that provide Design-Build (DB) services? In both DB and PDB the owner contracts with a private entity to design and build the project.
Teams come in all shapes and sizes. Team members come with diverse communication habits and preferences. As a project manager or team member how do you accommodate these preferences and still have cohesive team communication? Here are 5 No-Brainer Tips for facilitating effective team communication:
The 2016 ASCE list of publications has just been released and The Lead Dog Has the Best View – Leading Your Project Team to Success by Gordon Culp and Anne Smith is on the best seller list. This book shows you how to make the crucial transition from project manager to project leader. Project teams
What’s the perfect “tool” for tracking project progress on engineering projects? Is there a “system” that can track all the following information that is typically needed to assess if you are on or off track on your project? Costs to date Invoicing and payments status M
Scope Creep on a Project is Bad: – True or False? It depends! For the Client/Customer, it is bad if there isn’t enough budget or it’s an unwelcome surprise, or it could be good if it adds value to the project. For the Consultant/Provider, it could be good as it adds to the value o
How do you know what your customer/client really wants before you start work on their project? Just saying you always meet with the client at the start of the project sets a low bar. Often, they are clearer about what they don’t want than knowing what they do want. Just hearing their demands a
Anyone like to get bad news? How about “surprise” bad news? You’ve probably been on the receiving end of it, so you know what you felt, panic, disappointment, anger, hurt, fear, stress? How did you react outwardly? Be honest, did you “Kill the Messenger” – Fight R
So you want to get a group decision on an issue or action! Where do you start? How do you guide them through the decision-making process so you end up with an acceptable resolution that can be supported by all? Here is a short animated video featuring a group trying to get to a decision on an issue
Giving constructive feedback to someone may rank close to giving a presentation and death in terms of people’s fears! There are many reasons given for this: being paralyzed by the projected reaction or push back, not knowing how to address the issue, hoping the issue will just go away, not wan