Hi there and welcome to my website. If you’ve come here, you’re probably looking for information on project management.
Project management as a skill is in hot demand in the job market and offers great career prospects. But as a discipline it can be challenging to master, especially for newcomers to the field.
Coming to my website, you could be in one of the following situations:
You’re new to project management, you’ve taken on a new project and you’ve no clue where to begin.
Perhaps you’ve taken on a new project management role and have no clue where to begin.
Maybe you’re a seasoned project manager looking to refresh your memory on specific topics.
Or perhaps you’re a business analyst, programmer or test manager who has been tasked to lead a team and want to pick some project management skills.
Whatever your motivation, this website will provide you with the information you need.
My goal is to provide you, in simple layman language, all the project management advice, methodology and tools you need to successfully lead and deliver projects.
Contrary to those who might think successful project management is just “common sense” or just “depends on luck” – there ARE established methods to run a project successfully.
There ARE tools and templates you can use to achieve project success. And I’ll show you what these tools and templates are in this website.
Who Am I?
My name is Gary Tan. I’m a 39 year old and married with kids. I’m an optimistic, driven and friendly kind of guy – in case you can’t tell from m picture on the left.
In my spare time, I love to read, watch movies and play computer games. I’m also passionate about preserving Singaporean culture and providing career counseling to students at the local university. Oh, and share my experiences about project management and business analysis, of course.
Pretty much the life of your typical married man (I hope).
I currently work for a leading management consulting firm in Singapore. I’ve over 16 years’ experience across both banking and consulting, and have project managed several large-scale Business and IT transformation projects for leading Asian Banks and insurance companies.
Questions or comments? Please drop me a note here. I’d love to hear from you.
My New Book: Banking Domain Knowledge for Business Analysts
Hi there! If you’re a Business Analyst working on projects in the banking industry, one of your struggles may be picking up the requisite “banking domain knowledge”.
Without banking domain knowledge, it would be tough to run a banking project successfully for your stakeholders or clients.
Imagine running a workshop to gather system requirements for a new core banking system and one of your stakeholders asks “So how do we handle Letters of Credit in the new system?” or “How do we handle client-level Loan-To-Value Ratios?”
If you can’t answer or even understand what your stakeholder is asking, you’re risking your credibility (and career) as a Banking Business Analyst.
So here’s the good news …
I’ve decided to consolidate all my know-how about the banking domain and also the Banking Business Analyst career into one huge resource – a book entitled “Banking Domain Knowledge for Business Analysts“.
Inside, I first give you a solid overview of the banking industry – from retail, corporate, investment to private banking. I use a simple framework to give you a broad perspective into bank’s business models, customers, sales and distribution channels, regulations, strategy and also operations.
What You’ll Get Out Of My Site
I’m so glad you’re visiting my website to learn more about project management, its tools, techniques and related disciplines.
Here’s a sample of the information you can get from my site:
- What is project management?
- The fundamentals of project management
- The skills a project manager needs
- Project management tools and techniques
- Project management software and templates
- Your career path as a project manager
- The average salary of a project manager
- The first things to do when starting a project
… and much, much more.
Project management skills can be learnt – you just need to take it step by step.
Learn to apply the project management techniques, tools and templates in my site. Soak up the domain expertise and insights which I’ll share with you based on my many years of running projects for financial institutions.
With time, you’ll become one of the strongest PMs around – able to delivery projects on time and on budget, to the satisfaction of your stakeholders!
Here’s a sample of the articles you’ll find in my website:
An overview of project management
A project management overview for those new to the discipline.
Learn about project management fundamentals
Describes the fundamental building blocks of project management.
5 critical skills every project manager should haveLists the 5 critical skills every project manager must have in order to successfully deliver projects.
Disciplines related to project management
A list of disciplines related to project management, such as business analysis, software design and test management.
3 essential project management tools
This articles describes the 3 essential project management tools.
The career path of a project manager
Learn about the career path open to a project manager who has delivered several projects successfully.
Project management and delivery resources
Other great informational sites on project management and delivery.
A little information about me
Some general information on project management, project delivery and my life
Project-Skills.com Site Map
A site map showing all the articles in Project-Skills.com.
Tools and Templates
A review of Scrum: A Breathtakingly Brief and Agile Introduction
This article provides a review of Scrum: a Breathtakingly Brief and Agile Introduction, an excellent book on scrum and agile methodology.
Top 4 project management software
A list of the top 4 project management software programs to help you deliver projects. These tools are an invaluable aid for project managers overwhelmed by resources, tasks and documents.
Top 3 PMP preparation books
A list of the top 3 PMP preparation books for those about to take the PMP exam. You will need one of these books to help you prepare.
The best project management books
Learn about the best project management books out in the market.
Click here for more tools and templates.
Tips and Tricks
Are you suited to be a project manager?
A simple questionnaire to help determine if you’re suited to be a Project Manager. Project Managers have certain traits that help them be successful. Do you have these traits?
How to draft a stakeholder communication plan
A guide to drafting a stakeholder communicaion plan to make sure your stakeholders are kept up to date with your project.
How to break into a project management career if you’re a PMO Coordinator
Learn how to break into Project Management if you’re currently a PMO Coordinator. One of the best ways to position yourself for a PM career is to take on a BA role in a large scale Business and IT transformation project.
5 tips for picking up banking domain knowledge
Learn 5 tips for picking up banking domain knowledge quickly, so you can be more credible when speaking to your banking project stakeholders.
Banking domain knowledge for business analysts
Learn how to get banking domain knowledge quickly and become a better business analyst. Get an overview of how banking works so you can speak credibly to your bank stakeholder and customers.
What is banking domain knowledge?
This article defines what is banking domain knowledge and why it is so important to banking Business Analysts and other professions out there in the banking job market.
Why fresh graduates should join the front office
If you’re a fresh graduate out of university, the best kind of job to apply for is one in the front office. The front office gives you so much exposure and learning opportunities and is the best thing you can do for your career early on.
Do you need to know IT to be a project manager?
Explains whether you need to have IT knowledge in order to be a project manager. IT skills are not a must, but good to have for a project manager.
Click here for more tips and tricks.