Status meetings are for wimps

This was one of the most shocking statements I had ever heard came from the mouths of an industry renowned PMP trainer and expert in the field of project management.  It was many, many years ago and I wasn’t quite sure if we were supposed to laugh or argue with her.  It turns out that what she was trying to convey to us was that the typical boring status meeting where the project manager sits in a room and goes around the table asking every individual for status is ineffective and usually pointless.  The project manager should have an up-to-date understanding of where all aspects of the project are at any point in time — especially with today’s sophisticated collaboration tools that make information sharing easy and transparent.  These meeting should be designed to address exceptions to expected results (aka management by exception).  (more…)

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