Project Management Coaching with Adrian Neumeyer

Do you want me to help you boost your project management and leadership skills? 

offer 1:1 project management coaching for ambitious individuals who enjoy learning and who are committed to personal growth.

Why Project Management Coaching?

Project management is not a skill you can learn from a textbook. You actually have to PRACTICE it. But then the problem with pure practicing is: without any guidance, you might likely struggle, focus on the wrong things and your project can get off track quickly.

Coaching is a great way to build your project management skills because it is centered around your current work. This means in a coaching session with me, we will look at the specific issues and questions you are facing in your projects at the moment. And through conversations, we will brainstorm potential solutions that you can implement. Coaching calls will not only give you helpful answers to your most burning questions. You will also hone your problem-solving skills and learn how to think like a project manager

Hi, I'm Adrian Neumeyer

I'm Adrian Neumeyer and I provide project management coaching for project leaders

I’m the founder of Tactical Project Manager and a former Project Manager. I have managed projects for over 10 years as a corporate project manager in global organizations such as Bosch and HILTI. Mostly projects at the intersection of IT and business with multi-million dollar budgets and international teams located on multiple continents. My project portfolio includes ERP rollouts, warehouse system implementations, financial accounting, security/compliance and document management projects. Connect with me on LinkedIn

1:1-Project Management Coaching

Coaching sessions will be tailored to your specific needs and goals. We can do a single session or you can work with me on a continuous basis, for example having a weekly 1-hour call via Zoom where we discuss your questions.

Examples of areas we can work on together:

  • Your leadership skills & leading your team
  • Making sure work gets done on time
  • Dealing with unforeseen issues
  • Your systems & increasing productivity (organization, documentation)
  • Improving stakeholder engagement
  • Communication skills
  • Approaching risks
  • Mindset
Picture of me in a project management coaching session with one of my students

What You Can Expect From Coaching With Me

We Focus on What’s Most Pressing for You

In a coaching session, we talk about the issues that are most pressing for you at the moment. What tasks are currently on the agenda? Is there anything you would like to have feedback on? It might be about planning a new project or preparing for a project meeting or a presentation. Or perhaps a conflict with a stakeholder is slowing down the project, and the question is: how do we move forward from here? No matter the issue, in a personal coaching call, we closely examine each point and I offer concrete tips based on my experience in project management.

Full Flexibility

You decide how much coaching you want and what we should discuss in a call. That’s why my coaching services are designed to be flexible. Whether you need me for just an hour or if you’d like to have ongoing guidance with your project, such as 1-hour meeting every week to discuss project progress: I’ll try my best to accommodate your needs.

Coaching sessions can also be arranged on short notice, typically with a two-day lead time. Rescheduling is always possible.

Let’s Tackle Any Challenge – Together

Managing projects means being able to tackle unexpected issues that don’t have a standard solution. I can offer you specific tips for many common project challenges based on my professional experience as a project manager. However, some challenges will be unique to your project. In those cases, we’ll collaborate to create solution strategies, and I’ll think about what I would do if I were in your shoes. This approach to problem-solving helps you act quickly and keep your project on track.

Virtually Right Beside You

Coaching calls are performed via Microsoft Teams or Zoom, which means no hassle for either of us. We can work together personally and confidentially. And thanks to desktop sharing, it’s easy to discuss content like presentations or project plans if needed. Of course, everything we discuss will be treated as confidential.

Topics We Can Discuss As Part Of Project Management Coaching

Project management is such a broad field involving a range of areas — such as planning, leadership, communication, risk management, cost management, and many other sub-areas.

To give you an idea of the guidance I can provide, here are examples of relevant questions.

Project Planning & Preparation

  • How do I plan a project?
  • How do I create a project plan?
  • How do I figure out who needs to be involved?
  • How can we ensure we didn’t miss any important steps?
  • What’s the best way to structure the project?
  • What documents should we create at the beginning?
  • What’s the best way to reconcile my plan with the contributors and stakeholders?

Task Management

  • How do I ensure people actually deliver on their tasks?
  • How to structure tasks so it’s clear what needs to be done?
  • What’s the best way to manage task lists/to-do lists?
  • How do I prioritize my own work as a project manager?

Leadership

  • I’m the type of person who prefers to do everything myself. How can I learn to delegate?
  • How do I handle difficult people?
  • How do I motivate my team, who are already at their limit?
  • I sometimes feel like my older colleagues don’t take me seriously. How can I gain their respect?
  • How do I gain authority as a project leader without formally being the “boss”?

Mindset

  • I often feel unsure and don’t know if I’m doing my job right.
  • I’m not an expert on many topics, but I need to coordinate technical decisions.
  • I feel overwhelmed by the number of things I’m responsible for.
  • I’m someone who tries to please everyone. This puts me under tremendous pressure.

Communication

  • How do I deal with difficult stakeholders?
  • How do I keep clients and stakeholders updated on the project status?
  • I’m aware I should communicate more.
  • How do I become a confident communicator?
  • How do I properly communicate with executives?
  • How do I prepare for a steering committee meeting?

Project Management Process, Project Documentation, and Project Governance

If you are looking for general guidance on how to make your project delivery process more robust end efficient, for example by using project checklists, establishing quality gates, or documentation standards, I can also assist.

Over the course of my project management career, I’ve worked with a variety of project management processes. I also successfully implemented project governance frameworks for my employers. Therefore I have a good understanding of the pros and cons of the various mechanisms and the key factors for their successful implementation.

The topics listed above are just examples of things we can discuss in a coaching call.

Let’s discuss your needs and expectations in a short discovery call.

What it's like to be in charge of a project

Some of the topics we talk about in my coaching sessions

My Approach To Project Management

I take a very practical approach to things, always relying on common sense, my own experience and a deep understanding of how human beings behave in team settings (psychology). When it comes to the formal side and project documentation, I follow the rule: ‘As little as possible, as much as needed’. I also put great emphasis on building a great team and fostering a culture where people automatically strive to give their best. This will not only make your project more successful. You’ll also have to worry less about micro-managing every step.

What Coaching Clients Are Saying

„In just a few short months of working with Adrian, I have experienced what I can only describe as a sense of peace and confidence. I now feel confident that I have someone on my side, and I can handle any work situation because no matter what the situation is Adrian will have an answer and solution for me. The leadership, people and project management insights, tips and tools that he has shared have enabled me to overcome "I don't what to do next" feelings, and I am greatly thankful for that. Adrian is very flexible, helpful in every way and one of the best decisions I ever made was to Whatsapp him in Feb 22.“

"Adrian, Thanks again. I'm extremely grateful for your guidance. Especially because I'm new to this area. Now I have a better understanding of what it means to be a PM. The way you explain things is so great. It encourages us to understand the logic behind our actions."

How You Can Benefit From Coaching

  • You’ll feel more in control of your project
  • You will develop a strong ‘leader mindset’. With this mindset, you’ll approach problems confidently on your own, make tough decisions without doubting yourself and always maintain a great relationship with your team members and stakeholders.
  • Your level of confidence will go up and you’ll enjoy taking on more responsibility

Get in touch with me

Are you interested in working with me? Just drop me a message and we can set up a free 15-minute discovery call to discuss your needs and expecations.