100 episodes

PM Happy Hour is the place for frank and honest discussion about real world issues in project management. We do it in a way that’s not too dry, though it may get a bit salty from time to time.
Each episode, your hosts Kim Essendrup and Kate Anderson we will cover a problem faced in project management today, and share practical advice, real-life examples and the occasional project horror story.
Not only that, but every podcast is also an online class! Our host is a PMI Registered Education Provider, who has structured each podcast as an easy-to-listen-to lesson. To get credit, go to our web site at PMHappyHour.com, purchase your class, take the test (based on the content from our podcast) and you get your PDU certificate instantly!

Project Management Happy Hour Kim Essendrup and Kate Anderson

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PM Happy Hour is the place for frank and honest discussion about real world issues in project management. We do it in a way that’s not too dry, though it may get a bit salty from time to time.
Each episode, your hosts Kim Essendrup and Kate Anderson we will cover a problem faced in project management today, and share practical advice, real-life examples and the occasional project horror story.
Not only that, but every podcast is also an online class! Our host is a PMI Registered Education Provider, who has structured each podcast as an easy-to-listen-to lesson. To get credit, go to our web site at PMHappyHour.com, purchase your class, take the test (based on the content from our podcast) and you get your PDU certificate instantly!

    094 - Agile vs Waterfall Smack-Down!

    094 - Agile vs Waterfall Smack-Down!

    For the first time, Kate and Kim find an Agilist brave enough to join them on the podcast to talk about some really hard questions about working Agile vs Waterfall. Let’s get it on!
    We ask the questions that PM’s want to ask - frustrated, annoyed PM’s who are told to work “agile” by people who maybe don’t even understand Agile - or Waterfall, for that matter.
    In this refreshingly honest talk about the reality of ways of working, Kate, Kim and their guest Agilist, David Asch, talk in real-world terms about Agile, Predictive and the reality in-between.
    About our amazing (and brave) guest, David Asch David Asch has a 36-year career in startup and mid-stage commercial software companies. He’s worked in various industries, including transportation, supply chain, retail analytics, scientific marketing, blockchain, and secure communications. From his experience with the challenges and successes of delivering software over a long career, David founded 10xPrinciples, a management/organizational consulting company, to help technology companies navigate the transition from startup to mid-stage. 
    During a time of rapid growth and change, teams typically find that the ”wearing many hats” culture from their startup days is no longer the best approach to honoring commitments. David helps these companies weave Agile practices into the fabric of their cultures. David’s recognized expertise in companywide Agile-driven management makes him invaluable to clients who need to implement Agile principles and methodologies into their unique business environments.
    Get David’s book, The Agile Enterprise: Applying Agile Principles to Drive Organizational Success, on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Agile-Enterprise-Applying-Principles-Organizational/dp/1637425473/ 
    Connect to him on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidasch1/ 
    And check out his website: https://10xPrinciples.com 
     
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    093 - Rising from Tactical PM to Strategic Advisor, with Gregg Richie and Ralph Kliem

    093 - Rising from Tactical PM to Strategic Advisor, with Gregg Richie and Ralph Kliem

    Project Management is weird. You can have the same job title and be a very tactical execution-minded project manager - which is the way most of us start. Or you can be a strategic part of the leadership team, recognized for your ability to help executives make their vision a reality. 
    So, how do you develop yourself from tactical implementer to strategic partner? 
    This episode we are joined by two experienced leaders, Ralph Kliem and Gregg Richie, who have made this transition, and rose to provide pivotal strategic partnership roles with executive teams to help them develop Disaster Recovery capabilities. In fact, they wrote the book on it: Business Continuity Planning: A Project Management Approach. Ralph and Gregg will talk us through how to step beyond the mindset of a tactical project manager and engage with our leadership teams as a strategic partner.
    About our amazing guests, Ralph Kliem and Gregg Richie
    Ralph Kliem, M.A.,PMP, CBCP, is the author or co-author of twenty books, including the Management Lessons of the Great Explorers; Political Risk Management and the Global Supply Chain; Business Continuity Planning; and Leading High Performance Projects. He has also published in the Project Management Journal and PM Network. 
    He managed numerous business continuity projects and programs for major airplane programs at The Boeing Company as well as financial, operational auditing, and information systems projects. He is now retired after over 40 years in the private and public sectors. 
    Gregg D. Richie, has over 40 years of experience in project management.  His education includes a MBA with a specialization in Project Management from Indiana Wesleyan University, a BS in Workforce Education and Development from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and a Master’s Certificate in Applied Project Management from Villanova University.
    He has managed, participated in, or consulted on more than 1200 projects in his career, and  He authored three books on Microsoft Project.  As a retired member of the US Navy SEABEES, he uses real-world experiences in teaching project management concepts.
    You can follow or connect with Gregg at: 
     @GreggDRichie
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/greggrichie/
     
    You can find their book on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Business-Continuity-Planning-Management-Approach/dp/1482251787/ 
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    STUMP THE PM’S!
    We love to hear about your tough PM issues, so please hit us up at podcast@pmhappyhour.com or on Linkedin and we’ll see if we can help you. If we use your question, we’ll send you a PM Happy Hour coaster you can enjoy at your next happy hour.
     

    • 1 hr 8 min
    092 - Goblins in the room! Managing meeting misbehaviors, with Rich Maltzman

    092 - Goblins in the room! Managing meeting misbehaviors, with Rich Maltzman

    Meetings. Love them or hate them, they are core to what we do as project leaders. We need to pull people together (real or virtually) to discuss, plan, check-in, and get things done. But as we know, when we get people together, sometimes their misbehaviors - “goblins” - tag along, too!
    Being able to manage effective meetings can make or break us as PMs. And learning how to manage these misbehaviors in meetings can make or break each meeting. Fortunately, we have help! This episode we are joined by Rich Maltzman of Boston University. Rich and his colleague Jim Steward wrote the book, “Great Meetings Build Great Teams: A Guide for Project Leaders and Agilists.” In this book, Rich and Jim write about these “meeting goblins” - how to identify them, and how to respond effectively to keep your meeting on track. 
    Join us and learn how to tame the meeting goblins! 
    You can find Rich’s book on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Great-Meetings-Build-Teams-Agilists/dp/1637424752/
    And check out the website here: http://projectmeetings.us
    You can connect directly with Rich and his co-author, Jim on linked in here: 
    Rich: https://www.linkedin.com/in/exclaim/
    Jim: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jimstewartpmp/
     
    And if you would like to study project management with Rich at Boston University, you can read about their globally respected program here: https://www.bu.edu/met/programs/project-management/
     
    About our amazing guest, Rich Maltzman
    Rich considers himself a ‘pracademic’ – and is now Master Lecturer at Boston University, an author, and a consultant, providing clients with a deep learning experience and improved results. He had a 40-year career in telecom, mainly in engineering and project management.  At the University level, his focus is always on converting weaknesses into strengths while teaching clients/students how to apply learned skills to everyday situations. 
    Rich co-founded EarthPM, LLC, a company devoted to integrating sustainability thinking into project management. His integration of a holistic, global view of project management has resulted in international consulting and speaking engagements in which the focus is the long-term success of projects, with an eye towards ecological and social systems. His blog at the projectmanagement.com site has become very popular.
    A co-author of seven books on project leadership, Rich is a former VP of Professional Development for PMI Mass Bay (the Boston area PMI Chapter), and was on the Review Committee for the 7th Edition PMBOK® Guide, helping to assure that sustainability thinking finally made it into the Standard and the Body of Knowledge.
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    STUMP THE PM’S!
    We love to hear about your tough PM issues, so please hit us up at podcast@pmhappyhour.com or on Linkedin and we’ll see if we can help you. If we use your question, we’ll send you a PM Happy Hour coaster you can enjoy at your next happy hour.
     

    • 1 hr 1 min
    091 - The Perfect Status Report: How to measure percent complete

    091 - The Perfect Status Report: How to measure percent complete

    “What percent done are you?” 

    Status reporting is a core skill (and responsibility) of project managers. It is an opportunity for you to check in with your team, and to build rapport and engagement with stakeholders. But it’s also something we often take for granted. 
    In this episode, Kate and Kim talk about how to approach status reporting whether your project is big or small, and how to leverage this key communication point to help with overall project success.  
    Why Status Reporting? 
    Essential for communicating project progress and challenges
    Builds trust with stakeholders by demonstrating progress
    Tailoring Status Reports
    Reports should be adapted to audience needs
    Understanding the audience (executives, team members, stakeholders) is crucial!
    Components of an Effective Status Report
    Executive Summary: A clear, concise overview
    Accomplishments: Completed tasks or milestones
    Upcoming Tasks: Planned activities or next steps
    Risks and Issues: Key challenges and potential problems
    Go-to-Green Plan: Strategy for addressing significant off-track areas
    RAG Status: Red, Amber, Green indicators for project health
    Budget Status: Financial overview (where applicable)
    Timeline Overview: High-level graphical representation of key events
    Approaches to Percent Complete
    Debate on the utility and accuracy of percent-complete metrics
    Preference for tying status to key milestones over percent completion
    Status Report Frequency and Medium
    Weekly status meetings with teams
    Different report cadences for different audience levels (e.g., executive status monthly)
    Possible mediums: Email, PowerPoint, Slack, or other communication tools
    Challenges in Status Reporting
    Ensuring stakeholder engagement and consumption of reports
    Potential pushback on RAG status, especially when reporting red or amber
    Importance of team input and alignment on report content
    Additional Recommendations
    Focus on highlighting value and progress in reports
    Importance of clear, effective communication in status reports
    Using status reports for accountability and project alignment
     
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    • 47 min
    090 - How to tell other people what to do

    090 - How to tell other people what to do

    Being a project manager is tough. You are assigned a team of people who may never have with each other (or you) before, and you need to lead them to accomplish a task, solve a problem, or create a new deliverable. And by definition, this is a unique task - so it hasn’t been done before, at least not in this way, for these stakeholders. 
    In among these challenges is perhaps the toughest one: you have to lead this group of people. As project managers, these people almost never report to us - someone else is their boss. So, how do we provide leadership and direction to a group of people when you are not their boss? How do you tell them what to do? 
    Sure, we could talk about servant leadership and how a PM is a facilitator, who should be working to enable, motivate and coach the team. But in the real world, you need to get these people to get stuff done, or you are all going to fail. 
    In today’s episode, Kate and Kim talk about this conundrum, and offer advice based on their real-world challenges trying to get people to do things - who don’t report to them. 
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    STUMP THE PM’S!
    We love to hear about your tough PM issues, so please hit us up at podcast@pmhappyhour.com or on Linkedin and we’ll see if we can help you. If we use your question, we’ll send you a PM Happy Hour coaster you can enjoy at your next happy hour.
     

    • 42 min
    089 - Reorgs and Restructurings: sailing the waves of organizational change chaos

    089 - Reorgs and Restructurings: sailing the waves of organizational change chaos

    It can be hard getting a project started correctly: getting the right executive and stakeholder sponsorship and support, getting them all to agree on the scope and approach, getting funding, approvals, and all the other things required to get a project off the ground.
    You negotiate with other departments and get committed resource assignments and timelines. You finally get your amazing project off the ground, you’re humming along then, BOOM! The organization changes. 
    Your stakeholders change. Your executive sponsors change. The structure or ownership of the organization changes. Your resources are all moved to different teams. 
    And you’re caught-out like a PM with a flip-phone at an iphone convention. 
    What now? What do you do? How do you re-align your project and ensure its success in the new (or ever changing) organizational environment? This is the problem that Kate and Kim are painfully familiar with, and tackle on this episode. 
    JOIN THE HAPPY HOUR!
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    STUMP THE PM’S!
    We love to hear about your tough PM issues, so please hit us up at podcast@pmhappyhour.com or on Linkedin and we’ll see if we can help you. If we use your question, we’ll send you a PM Happy Hour coaster you can enjoy at your next happy hour.
     

    • 47 min

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