How to identify the right IT project stakeholders

“How to identify the right IT project stakeholders” on HPE.com, May 13, 2019. Alan Zucker, founding principal at Project Management Essentials, learned the hard way to include production operations and technology support. “Once, we decommissioned an old accounting platform and replaced it with a shiny, […]

How to Build Rapport in the Workplace

“How to Build Rapport in the Workplace” on Toggl, May 8, 2019. “The most valuable form of power is relationship power,” adds Alan Zucker, Founding Principal of Project Management Essentials, LLC. “It is the most enduring and the one that will produce the best results.” […]

CIO Strategies: 5 tips for enabling the business

“CIO Strategies: 5 tips for enabling the business” on mrc’s Cup of Joe, April 25, 2019. Eliminate silos photo credit: anthony arrigo via photopincc It’s a common problem. IT departments and the business are often viewed as two separate entities. “The biggest barrier to IT […]

Executive dashboard best practices: 7 rules to follow

“Executive dashboard best practices: 7 rules to follow” on mrc’s Cup of Joe Blog, April 11, 2019. “After talking to your users, start with low-fidelity prototypes,” says Alan Zucker, Founding Principal of Project Management Essentials LLC. “See how the executives interact with the data. How […]

Why We Need to Empower and Trust People to Do the Right Thing

“Why We Need to Empower and Trust People to Do the Right Thing,” on Forward 2.0, March 26, 2019. Alan Zucker, Founder at Project Management Essentials, says today’s employees succeed when empowered to make decisions and where we trust them to do the right thing. […]

5 red flags: When DevOps might not be a good fit

“5 red flags: When DevOps might not be a good fit” on TechBeacon, 2/20/19. Alan Zucker, founding principal of Project Management Essentials, a consulting and training organization, said the decision was not binary. “I would suggest shifting the question slightly to ‘Which DevOps is right for […]

Project governance model

Project governance model, on Autoesuela Alcante, on 2/17/19. Step 1: Name a person responsible for the success of your project. assign a person who is a constant during the life of the project. This person is not the project manager, however. They should be the […]

Project Management Software Trends and Its Future in 2019

“Project Management Software Trends and Its Future in 2019, SelectHub, 2/1/19. Widespread Agile and the Tools You Need There are several project management principles a business can put into effect, but one seems to be rising above the rest. Founding Principal of Project Management Essentials, […]

Ein guter Vorsatz für 2019: Projekte beerdigen

“Ein guter Vorsatz für 2019: Projekte beerdigen” (“A good intention for 2019: to bury projects”) on Handelsblatt, 1/1/19. Translated from German… Justify the project In the end, the hardest question is: to continue or not? In this process, project managers should not allow further money […]

What’s the best methodology for project teams under 10?

“What’s the best methodology for project teams under 10?” on Get App Lab, on 12/13/18. 11. What exactly does ‘Agile’ mean? “Agile” isn’t one methodology. Rather, it’s a set of methodologies (including Scrum and Kanban) that help project teams address change. Given this broad goal, […]