Tag project management

The (New) Hierarchy of Needs – Part V

[This is the final segment of a five-part series on project management that is based upon Abraham Maslow's "Hierarchy of Needs"] Problem Solving The next level starts to go into the core of the project - problem solving.  This is essentially what all projects are about. What is a problem?  A problem is an obstacle which [...]

The (New) Hierarchy of Needs – Part IV

[This is part four of a series on project management that is based upon Abraham Maslow's "Hierarchy of Needs"] Accountability The next level up moves beyond this “foundation” and starts to get into the tactical level – “who’s involved and who’s accountable?”  In this layer, we build an organizational chart that shows who is involved [...]

The (New) Hierarchy of Needs – Part III

[This is part three of a series on project management that is based upon Abraham Maslow's "Hierarchy of Needs"] Constraints The next level “encapsulates” mission and objectives within the triple constraint: time – scope – budget. When the topic of project management comes up, one of the fundamental concepts is the triple constraint.  Needless to [...]

The (New) Hierarchy of Needs – Part II

[This is part two of a series on project management that is based upon Abraham Maslow's "Hierarchy of Needs"] Having managed projects of various sizes and complexity over the past several years, I was puzzled with the absence of “interpersonal” elements in project management literature given that the team is ultimately at the core of [...]

The (New) Hierarchy of Needs – Part I

“The real goal of any project is to have a team where each individual is striving to be the best.  If each team member can work within an environment or “operating structure”  such that they are able to realize their full potential (i.e. she/he is involved and engaged) and reach a state of “flow” (self-actualization), [...]

The Project Survival Kit

If you were deserted on a stranded island, what three things would you take with you?  While there is no official answer to this question, you could answer this question by identifying the core fundamentals of survival – essentially, food, water and shelter.  If your three things address these needs, you have a good chance [...]

The Crystal Ball.

“Begin with the end in mind” is based on the principle that all things are created twice. There’s a mental or first creation, and a physical or second creation to all things. – Stephen Covey One of the many things I’ve learned in project management is that “starting with the end in mind” is one [...]

The Hierarchy of Needs.

In one of my earlier posts, I discussed the concept of “Flow” and how the key to achieving flow – and ultimately happiness – is being able to live a life filled with involvement and enthusiasm in all areas. In retrospect, is this reasonable given that one’s life circumstances aren’t necessarily such where “happiness” or [...]