Author Archives: Chrissy Voeg

PM Traps: Over-Optimism and Lack of Self Awareness

Have you ever worked with someone who consistently says she’s going to do something and then doesn’t?  And then you wonder.. Is she just saying she’s going to do it so I’ll go away? . . . Or so the client … Continue reading

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Consistently 5 Minutes Late: OK or Not?

We’ve all been on those conference calls – where you’re listening to hold music and wondering if you got the time wrong while waiting for the leader to show up. If you’re the project manager in charge of starting the call, … Continue reading

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5 PM Best Practices to Implement on Day 1

Getting a project off on the right foot can be a challenge.  There is so much to figure out you can feel like you’re drowning right from the very beginning. These 5 best practices can help – implement them early and they’ll become … Continue reading

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Before You Send: Formatting Checklist for Project Managers

Last week Seth Godin posted this on the “wrapper” – about how the box, the frame, the presentation matters, even if its not the point. Earlier this week I saw a document that was sent to a client with no header, … Continue reading

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Just Show Up

“Eighty percent of success is showing up” – Woody Allen Is it ever OK for the PM to skip a client meeting? Short answer – never. Longer answer – maybe, if there’s a family emergency or a sudden illness. And … Continue reading

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The (Un)Communication Trap

We’ve all worked with that manager, co-worker, client, (or dated that person) that for some reason doesn’t ever tell you the whole story. Maybe he’s “protecting you” from all the details that he doesn’t think you need to know. Maybe he’s especially forgetful … Continue reading

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Being the PM Means You’re in Charge. Right?

I thought I was in charge at the beginning.  it makes sense, right? You’re the project lead. The person in charge, the “one throat to choke” as they say.  You’re responsible for everything – even things you can’t possibly control – … Continue reading

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