Sad but true, most projects are set within a political culture that is hard to decode, and even harder to manage. This webinar will consider the psychological dynamics in play while also sharing practical ways that you can learn more about the politics and begin to manage them more effectively without betraying your sense of integrity.
The challenges are increasing for the continuity of business in the present time and in the future. It requires development of a conscientious plan to follow not only to build organizational competence coupled with changing environmental demands, but also to enhance capability to move in the desired strategic direction.
We often encounter work that may not be properly documented. This practitioner designed this template for his clients to define their business or operating processes (when those are contentious). This template may be used for projects that create an SOP document as a deliverable.
In the world of IT, each project comes with a different set of expectations and requirements that make everyone nervous about estimating cost, time and level of effort. Estimations based on a mature estimation model (function points) are more likely to be successful than projects that are estimated ad hoc, based on expert judgment alone. Function points translate all project functionalities into equivalent efforts. Combined with a well-defined process, they serve as a powerful tool for accurate estimations.
Question: Ah, the dreaded new boss! This organization works through other vendors to deliver our international training services. My team reviews them for longevity, education and certification of instructors, stability of organizational structure, quality and content of their materials, publicity and webpage honesty, and similar traits found in a high-value partner. The new boss has no background or understanding of our industry or training in general, and immediately wants to impose strict metrics to evaluate my team and me. This doesn’t seem like a good idea. Am I missing something?
Metrics or concrete, short-term data about the performance of each person working for an organization are crucial to make sure that team members are not slacking off and occupying a position someone else could use to bring the company more value.
The new boss is trying to make his or her mark by introducing the new metrics to have something concrete to show. These statistics will prove to not be a good idea over time, so let the organization figure it out for itself. Collecting them is the equivalent of the lion’s roar to mark this territory to all within earshot.
Only people who are fearful of what the data will show will object to having it collected, formed into charts and submitted to management. In fact, since you know what is being gathered you can change your daily performance to be sure you look good in these new metrics regardless of whether or not it is the best use of your time.
An organization should look at the need for and value received from any metrics gathered and used. Unless they are collecting data that is meaningful and will lead to better results, they are a waste of company time and resources, may be misleading and may be discouraging for the team.
We have risk registers, risk workshops and other options. Yet many projects are still derailed by risks that result in delays, loss and public criticism. Big Data—a term that took off in the 2000s—is part of the answer.
Question: There is good news and bad news! I have been asked to head the largest project of my career—that’s the good part. The bad part—it’s about knowledge management. Of course I know in general terms what that means, but somehow with the budget and size of the team I’ve been assigned, I think they are expecting a much broader scope that I may have anticipated. How can I get a quick update of the latest version of the extent of this generic term?
This can mean many different things within an organization. Update yourself with some quick reading, then check with the project sponsor or business analyst to make sure you aren’t including or leaving anything out of the scope that management is expecting.
Ask your team to see if any of them have encountered this term in past jobs or in a user group setting. Don’t be afraid to let them fill you in on what this means in today’s terms, especially if they are young.
Check at your local community college or with national training vendors to see if they have a two-day class on this topic. If a project manager like you has questions, there must be many other people in your area who need the same information.
Ask the Project Management Office (PMO) in your organization to have the training department conduct a training session for you and your team so that everyone has the same information. In that way you can learn about it yourself without having to expose your current lack of knowledge.
Establishing a “program approach” allows leadership to control performance across multiple projects to achieve maximum efficiency and ensure alignment to strategic goals. The “Intelligent Project Management” model (iPM) provides a fully integrated approach utilizing smart controls, greater visibility of performance data and ensuring people have the right capabilities to support delivery.
We often want people to feel that certain tasks are urgent. In order to do that, we have to create consequences to get people to act with urgency in otherwise non-urgent situations. This means that we deliberately want people to feel that something bad could happen if they don’t work quickly. And that's a problem. A culture of urgency makes it difficult for long-term thinking, and reinforces finding the quick fix.
We are undergoing a revolution in the way that information about our purchases, conversations, social networks, movements and even our physical identities are collected, stored, analyzed and used. Are we ready for it?
How do you select the best data extraction/transformation toolset for your data warehouse? Evaluate features, functionality, vendor reputation... the works. Follow the example set by this robust tool evaluation.
Even though you've built the perfect data warehouse, it's better to be safe than sorry if something goes wrong during its operation and you need to restore the original data files. Take the time to document your backup and recovery procedures, as in this example.
Mission-critical projects need to be well-justified, with clear goals that can be referenced throughout the life of the project. This business case template offers an excellent approach to goal-setting and a way to communicate those goals effectively.
Code is a developer's signature on a software project, and not all developers play by the rules of good coding standards. Ensure that your development team leaves a coding legacy that not only implements the application at hand but can be understood by others and maintained during future development cycles.
Are you putting together a data warehouse? This Microsoft Project plan will help you keep tabs on all the complex stages and steps involved in building decision support systems and a knowledge-based applications architecture and environment.