Leading a campus-wide initiative: What can go wrong?

This is a post about leadership. It’s about the responsibilities of the individual asked to lead a campus-wide initiative. Here’s the context. You are leading something like a website relaunch, a redesign of the alumni magazine, or the deployment of an intranet. You’re a smart person so you've already rounded up executive support for the … Continue reading Leading a campus-wide initiative: What can go wrong?

I had some fun on #higheredlive talking about the great website overhaul at Webster University.

Earlier this month, I joined Seth O'Dell, Patrick Powers and Jeremy Rex for a Higher Ed Live episode about the great website overhaul at Webster University. Working with mStoner and Omni Update, Patrick launched a new responsive site and a new CMS on the same day. Oh, and he was a day early. If you … Continue reading I had some fun on #higheredlive talking about the great website overhaul at Webster University.

Project managers have to be willing to be the bad cop.

It's not easy to manage projects and an effective PM sometimes has to play the bad cop role. In other words, the PM is sometimes the least popular person at a project team meeting because the PM is supposed to say what needs to be said. For a range of reasons, people show up to … Continue reading Project managers have to be willing to be the bad cop.

Project Management: Don’t it always seem to go. That you don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone.

Of course I know Joni Mitchell wasn't singing about project management in Big Yellow Taxi. I also know that project management isn't always noticed...until it's gone. For the past two weeks, it's been gone and I'm noticing. My colleague, Fran Zablocki, is the project manager for the team I lead at mStoner and he has … Continue reading Project Management: Don’t it always seem to go. That you don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone.

What Project Managers Need Most: People Skills

As we plan web redesign projects with mStoner clients, I am often asked to recommend a structure for the internal team project team. After all, we’re starting a partnership and there is complex and important work to be done. The campus leadership in place for a web relaunch project matters and we have some advice … Continue reading What Project Managers Need Most: People Skills