Cathlynn Carman

I'm a Project Manager with a passion for consistently finding new ways to make projects run smoother. With certifications with PMI and Scrum, I am torn between two worlds (traditional and agile), but love both. I live and working in the greater Cincinnati area and enjoy spending my non-work time with my family and friends.

4 Steps to Getting a Runaway Project Back on Track

Anyone out there ever gotten a project already in the works that seemed like a “train wreck” waiting to happen? Most of my career has been spent coming into places where I have to take over for someone else. And while I think it’s frustrating, I’ve made a career out of it and an interesting one at that. Sometimes it’s easy to come fresh into a project and see the glaring things – lack of documentation, lack of communication, lack… continue…

How to Fix Resource Issues on a Project Team

During my entire project management career, it’s always been an interesting challenge to create the right path for escalating a resource issue. I’ve read all kinds of books and have had the right training, but when someone isn’t doing their job, telling them is tough. I’ve learned that to set a team up for success, it’s important to lay the ground rules from the project’s start. As a general rule, go beyond the communication plan. Dig into why certain things are… continue…

Project Management A Case of Common Sense? Not

A few days ago, I overheard another project manager say: “project management is easy – it’s just common sense.” I cringed a bit when I heard this. Is that all it is? Really?  I’ve thought about this over a couple of days and came to a simple conclusion – everything in life can be considered common sense. However, my argument that project management was not just common sense didn’t come together until this past weekend. I participated in a photography… continue…

How to Communicate Effectively With Your Team

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When someone says “communications skills,” two things come to mind. One is the actual skill of communication, the other is the communication plan for a project. While it’s important to develop a plan and execute it correctly, how you communicate with others helps drive the relationships that you build with your colleagues and your project teams. Technology is great. It’s all around us, though I’ll admit I don’t like it in my daily life. I rarely use email or instant… continue…