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Project Management Insights: Where Does Project Management Fit into a Strategic Plan?

June 1, 2020 - in Articles, Column

I was recently working with a 250-person engineering firm, helping them develop a new strategic plan. In the ramp up before the meetings, I sat with leaders and managers across the company, talked to them individually about the future, and listened to their…

Project Management Insights: Managing Remote Teams (Or During a Pandemic)

April 13, 2020 - in Articles, Column

Depending on where you live and work, there may be a stay-in-place order recently issued by your state or local government. Your firm or office building…

Project Management Insights: Delivering on Brand Is Integral to AEC Marketing and Management

February 21, 2020 - in Articles, Column

How you deliver projects either supports or hurts your branding. At a rudimentary level, the role of marketing is to create awareness and generate demand…

Project Management Insights: Project Management or Else

November 4, 2019 - in Articles, Column

A contact of mine was considering an administrative assistant position with an engineering firm this summer and wanted my opinion on the job description. She isn’t an engineer but has served in several marketing and support roles throughout her career. The…

Project Management Insights: Don’t Keep Falling for These Project-Management Myths

July 29, 2019 - in Articles, Column

In an industry that claims innovation and technology are necessary, welcomed and respected, it’s counter-intuitive and unprogressive to hold onto myths—especially regarding project management. Perhaps you or a colleague are steadfast in agreement of the…

Project Management Insights: Setting Goals that Get Results

January 25, 2019 - in Articles, Column

We are nearing the end of the year, and firms soon will be asking personnel to establish their goals for the new year. Although sometimes tiresome, it is an important exercise—especially for firms that are learning organizations, tie incentive compensation…

Project Management Insights: When Everyone Is a PM, No One Is a PM

November 16, 2018 - in Articles, Column

About 10 years ago, the #lifegoal in the industry was to become a Principal within one’s engineering or architecture firm. With that position came prestige, owner perks, financial and professional security, and decision-making authority on strategic matters.…

Project Management Insights: Is Project Management a Weakness in the Armor?

April 16, 2018 - in Articles, Column

When my consulting firm (Morrissey Goodale) works with clients to develop a strategic plan, several elements go into the effort well before we bring everyone around the table. Conversations with the firm’s leaders and top managers are one such component.…

Thoughts From Engineers: Leadership Resolutions for 2018

February 23, 2018 - in Articles, Column

So ... how are you doing on your New Year (professional) resolutions? This is only relevant, of course, if you actually set some. Perhaps you’re not necessarily making a resolution as much as you’re committed to business initiatives outlined in your strategic…