Well, its that time of year. People are renewing their gym memberships, revising their budgets and swearing off vices. Most of those resolutions will fall by the wayside around the middle of February as people fail to reset habits and fall back into their old routines. Still, its a good time of year to reset, review the last year, and set goals and objectives for the new year.
Even after fifteen years of managing projects and programs, I always set goals for myself for the coming year. Here are five of mine specific to things I want to improve on my team and for myself in 2016.
1. Standardize my Project Management hiring practices
When I worked for Sapient, we had a standard set of interview questions that we used to help us find candidates with the hard skills, competencies and soft skills that we believed led to excellent project management. We mapped the questions to sets of Core Values, hard skills, and behaviors and trained our interviewers to look for key indicators and “tells” that would lead us to the best candidates. It didn’t always work, but it dramatically improved the odds that we’d hire the right candidate.
Today, I use my intuition, fifteen years of experience and practiced interview skills to select candidates for employment. By standardizing and documenting my process, and training my team, I can preserve the knowledge and improve the interview and selection skills of …Read More