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Bruce Harpham

Bruce Harpham, PMP, is the editor of ProjectManagementHacks.com, a resource for growing IT project managers. Bruce’s experience includes leading projects in the financial services industry and in higher education. Bruce received his Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto, Master of Arts (History) from the University of Western Ontario and Master of Information Studies degree from the University of Toronto. Outside of his professional pursuits, Bruce’s interests include history, world travel, wine and science fiction. Bruce lives in Toronto, Canada. You can view Project Management Hacks at the button below.

October, 2015

  • 2 October

    How to Build Your Internal Network in 4 Weeks: Keys to Getting More Done

    What comes to mind when you think of networking and building relationships? For me, I think about going to events – PMI events, conferences and parties. In many cases, these are enjoyable activities and I often learn about new people as well. Your external network is valuable for many reasons, including giving you new perspectives and opportunities. In your current role, your internal network is even more important. For project managers and IT professionals, there …

September, 2015

  • 11 September

    4 Steps to Build Better Relationships at Work

    Building relationships at the office is a skill and asset that project managers can use over and over again through their careers. Why Project Managers Need to Build Relationships More opportunities. Project managers working on contract are always marketing. Building better relationships will send more opportunities your way. Build influence. Project managers often have limited traditional authority over staff in their work. By having friends who know, like and trust you, persuading people to work …

July, 2015

  • 27 July

    How to Become an Innovative Project Manager in 6 Steps

    Projects are about changing the world for the better. Many project managers I talk to tend to be most proud of their highly innovative projects. For example, Jon McGowan PMP is proud of the mobile banking application project he developed. The excitement and challenge to deliver a truly innovative project is well worth the effort. That just leaves one question – how exactly do we become highly innovative project managers? Here is a six-step process …

May, 2015

  • 21 May

    4 Principles to Maintain Focus on What Matters at Work

    Recently, I read the new 2015 edition of David Allen’s book Getting Things Done. As GTD enthusiasts will know, the book offers both a robust methodology and numerous practical tips. In this article, I will explain a few ways that professionals can streamline their daily schedule. Before going further, let’s revisit a few key findings on time pressure, work and productivity: Half of time spent in meetings is wasted according to industry surveys (source: CBS …

March, 2015

  • 25 March

    7 Ways to Help Your New Team Members Become Productive

    Bringing new people up to speed quickly is a challenge that project managers often face. As more and more of our projects rely on contractors and short-term assignments, integrating these new team members will become more important. Let me tell you a story. Several years ago, I started my first full-time position at a large bank. It was an exciting transition that I looked forward to. Unfortunately, I felt overwhelmed for a long time. I …

February, 2015

  • 9 February

    10 Things That Great Project Managers Do Every Week

    Habits are becoming recognized more and more as a key to excellence and success. For many of us, the trend started with Stephen Covey’s classic 1989 book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. In 2012, Charles Duhigg released The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business. In early 2015, I’m looking forward to reading Gretchen Rubin’s new book: Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives. …

December, 2014

  • 15 December

    Reports, Metrics and Data: Are You Producing Value or ‘Overhead?’

    Most people who work in modern offices are familiar with the 1999 film Office Space. In one memorable scene, the protagonist receives multiples requests for “TPS reports” from different people. While the content of the report is never defined, the film implies this report has little value and is perceived as ineffective bureaucracy. Are you producing meaningless reports, or helpful reports that people use to make better decisions? It’s a challenging question that deserves to …

  • 1 December

    Are You Building Professional Assets as a Project Manager?

    Assets are a fundamental building block of success in the business world. My favourite definition of an asset comes from the classic personal finance book Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki: An Asset is something that puts money in my pocket. Of course, you can substitute time and resources for money in the above definition. As project managers, we make use of organizational assets – procedures, checklists and systems – to work on our …