Entries by Barry Curry

Managing high performing project teams

In this article we look at how project teams can be built and maintained for optimal performance. This is an essential trait of effective project leadership. Creating the right environment in which the team can thrive is key to success. Choose a good balance of knowledge, energy and experience. I put these three headings together […]

Managing remote project teams

In this article, we look at how projects can be managed remotely and effectively by making just a few tweaks to the way you work. Can I trust my team to work remotely? I’ve been managing projects remotely for several years now. The hardest part is starting. A question that I often get asked is […]

Project Managers need to be leaders not administrators

Project management is about getting the job done, not pleasing the PMO Lately I’m hearing more and more complaints from experienced project managers because they are being used as expensive typists and spreadsheet crunchers to keep the PMO happy. Some companies are not seeing the difference between effective project management and administrative project management. PMOs […]

Projects and Dark Matter

Dark Matter One of the biggest risks that software project managers face is “Dark Matter”. On a software project it is defined as “The entity that we know exists but cannot see”. It is most prevalent on projects where you require an intimate knowledge of business processes. At the beginning of a project, the Subject […]

Managing Small Project Teams

Teams While working recently with a client, they asked for some specific advice for managing small project teams when delivering software projects. Previously their project teams were quite large, but the nature of their work now needs small project teams completing software modules in less time. This is to enable them to support ever-changing market […]

MES Systems and Benefits

Definition With so many different variations of MES (Manufacturing Execution Systems) in use today, it can be difficult to define exactly what MES is and how it is used. The use of the system will vary from company to company. Manufacturing Execution Systems can be defined as systems that record and control the execution of […]