There's a good interview on Projects@Work with Susan Snedaker, author of How to Cheat at IT Project Management.
Some key points (paraphrased):
- At status meetings, focus on outcomes instead of endless discussions on issues.
- To insure risks aren't overlooked, appoint a "risk management" person on your project team and/or specify checkpoint milestones on your project.
- To control scope, use past lessons to remind stakeholders of the potential impact of scope creep.
- If you don't like dealing with people ---- well, get out of project management (or at least take a more specialized role on projects).
All good points! Here's the interview...