- Created on Tuesday, 12 October 2010 08:00
"Erik, what tools can you recommend me?"
Quite often, both as a (project) manager and trainer, do I get asked that question:
I usually counter that question with a counter question:
"Tools for what?"
Mostly I get a reply in the order of:
"To be a good/successful (project) manager"
I won't go into the topic of what constitutes a good and/or successful manager. Yes, there is a difference! I will give you though, my top 3 tools-of-my- trade answer.
Most people are somewhat surprised when I give them my answer. I suspect that has to do with the fact that a lot might expect something like MS-Project, Primavera or some sort of electronic tool. No it's much simpler. My Top 3 Tools-of-my-Trade are:
3 COMMON SENSE
The reaction by the recipients of this answer is quite often a combination of puzzlement, surprise and amusement. Although my answer is very serious I cannot help but be amused each time I see the reactions. Let me explain a bit what makes me give this answer.