Category Archives: Technical Project Management

Mobile Website Project Considerations

Mobile optimization of websites is becoming expected by a growing percentage of mobile device users. Thus, making a mobile version of a website is a mandatory complement to a brand and vital to making users happy. When companies are planning on delivering a mobile browser friendly adaptation of a website there are many factors that […]

Project Communication, Translating Technical Jargon

Project managers often act as translators between technical and non-technical project team members. For example, team members all use English as their first language, but they can encounter communication problems when conveying project expectations due to the differences in design vocabulary and technical vocabulary. It is important that non-technical people feel they are intelligent and […]

Communication in Single vs. Multiple Vendor Projects

Project management relationships can easily take on a different dynamic depending on the project requirements and the client’s need. Clear communicating is crucial to any successful project, especially complex projects that use an agile approach. The more resources that are involved in a project makes clear communication more important, and, at times, more difficult. When […]

Project Testing - Measure Twice, Cut Once

Quality assurance and testing for marketing-driven technical projects is something that must be taken seriously. Since most marketing-driven technical projects are on tight deadlines, it is important to test as early and often as possible. The extra testing, and the assurance that comes with it, is made possible by an agile programming process. Many marketing-driven […]

Avoiding Mistakes in Technical Project Management

Companies need to adjust quickly in order to be successful. Project drivers need to use new methods to keep up with the fast-paced technology world while maintaining up-to-date priorities, avoiding new mistakes, and not repeating past ones. We all know mistakes will happen on rare occasions, so how they are handled determines a project’s success. […]

Building Effective Technical Project Timelines

I prefer to be the one to propose timelines which I base on the project requirements and technical specifications in addition to proper programming and time estimates for creative. But, like I've discussed previously, marketing-driven technical projects usually have a rigid deadline and are very constrained on time. So, we do our best here to […]

Marketing and Technical Project Management, Part 2

The following formula can be frustrating at times for the technical project manager and development team: a large amount of demand for success, plus minimal information, plus an often tight and rigid deadline. That formula is why in the beginning of the process, the project team must focus more on goals than details. Every team […]

Marketing and Technical Project Management, Part 1

The technical project management approach is affected by which department initiates a project. In the next couple of posts I'll highlight some ways a marketing-requested technical project changes the overall approach. In an IT driven project, the approach is usually very rigid. The plans are normally carried out with military precision. Because there’s no room […]

Trans-Generational Project Management, Part 2

Per my last post, generations weaned on scheduled, pre-packaged communication mediums are most comfortable when project communications are presented in a similar fashion. However, as Wikipedia sagely observes, Millennials and beyond have a very different set of expectations shaped by the technology they have grown up with. According to Wikipedia “Millennials, like other generations, are […]

Trans-Generational Project Management, Part 1

I'm not a big fan of the generational labels (baby boomer, X, Millennial, etc.). There is some truth, however, to the observation that people of different ages do have different expectations when it comes to project best practices. Projects are, at their core, about communications and collaboration. Ensuring your team understands what must be done […]