It's vital to never forget the significance of stakeholder management. This chapter from Project Management: Influence and Leadership Building Rapport in Teams presents a discussion about stakeholder management and the notion that stakeholders differ in their perceptions, and also offers strategies for influence.
A virtual team can be effective by adopting proven virtual collaboration tools, establishing team performance metrics and promoting supplementary processes that align with the organization’s project management methodology.
Can a project manager manage their team virtually, and if so what adjustments are necessary? To be successful, a virtual PM has to overcome many communication-related issues. Here we explore an effective approach.
Will the principles of project management work in a culture that is very different from North American culture? The author of this article just tested that in Eastern Europe...and the results are sweat, tears and smiles.
A virtual project manager is physically separated from the project team, the stakeholders and perhaps even the client. How can PMs make sure they are effective in this role?
No project manager would ever be so foolish as to leave the outcome of their project to chance events and simply hope they might get lucky. So it might appear odd for our guru to be looking inside a fortune cookie to find project management wisdom. But as we saw in Part 1 of his series, those simple mottoes can sometimes offer up more wisdom than first meets the eye...
As our global world continues to shrink nearly proportionally to how technology tends to grow, so does our ability to exploit virtual environments to maximize economies of scale, reach broader audiences and make personal connections. This article discusses what PMs should consider when planning virtual training.
Four proven tactics can help you engage stakeholders better--and obtain their essential contributions to make the changes required by your project. With these new ways to manage stakeholder relationships and to drive your project, you can propel your career to new heights.
If a project manager cannot successfully deliver projects where at least some of the resources are working virtually, then that PM won’t have a job for very long. Can projects be successful when they are run by virtual teams, and if so, how? In the concluding part of our series, we look at the remaining four steps.
The nature of today's workplace no longer requires workers to be bound to a physical location. The following tips will help you manage your virtual team so that your project does not instead become a dreaded nightmare due to the significant challenges of managing remote resources.
Wikis can be great communication and sharing tools, as well as helpful for collaboration on solving problems. But are those good enough reasons to start one? When it comes to creating a project-based wiki, how can you determine the need and energy required?
If you're having trouble with your team, this might be a good time to check in on their motivation and take some positive action. Here's a plan to get everyone back on the right track.
On projects where you have more than a handful of issues, it is helpful to have a log that you can use to easily track and understand the status of an each one. The log keeps issues at a very high-level while the details are left to the project issue identification form. Project Issue logs are often used on medium to larger projects.
On many projects, each team is required to submit a status report indicating their progress on their portion of the project. The report ensures the key information required by the project manager is captured from each team in a consistent and complete fashion.
An integral part of a success project is communication. What do you say and to whom? When do you say it? How? Through what media?
Use this form to prepare and organize more useful feedback for team members and other people involved in your team.
This template allows the project manager to fully understand the communication needs of stakeholders on the project. Stakeholders expectations and requirements can be documented ensuring there is a clear understanding of the why, when, how and what of the project’s communications.
The nature of the business world today often leads to unbalanced teams where the project manager or others on the team do not have the experience or expertise that is represented by their peers. How can a project manager lead effectively in this unbalanced environment?
Troubleshooting geographically distributed agile teams is difficult--made even more difficult because you can’t see the people you need to talk to. Don’t assume it’s the first problem you consider.
Nearly everyone deals with virtual teams in the current business environment, so you are already communicating with virtual resources. But communicating well is a key part of managing a project with a virtual team.
People’s interests, attitudes and authorities change constantly, and your project is only part of the many things influencing these changes. As a project manager, you need to continually understand your stakeholders, assess the landscape--and use that knowledge to guide the planning and management of your project.
Technology, mobility and the sheer expense of office real estate has taken distance working from daring and uncertain trend to fully embraced reality. What this has mostly produced is a state of affairs where many of our most meaningful professional interactions are mediated by technology, rather than face to face--and that's where the danger lies.
With virtual projects come virtual teams and the associated tradeoffs. The question that looms large is this: Do the challenges of virtual teams outweigh the benefits? There are advantages to virtual teams that go beyond merely saving money on travel. Consider the following tradeoffs--advantages and disadvantages--when pondering virtual teams...
Collaboration is a tool that helps propel projects and teams to new heights. But how do you collaborate successfully while many or all of the workers involved are not physically in the office? Keep these four tips in mind.
|A.||Use a different form of communication for each person you need to contact, depending on the preference they have expressed. Keep a chart next to your keyboard so you don’t get confused.|
|B.||So much information needs to be sent between team members, product owners, vendors and customers that it is best to include everyone on each e-mail. Add as many attachments as possible to this single e-mail so that there is only one line item from you in their inbox.|
|C.||There is no need for e-mail any longer as most contacts have their mailboxes so full that there is a tremendous delay before you get a response. Move to instant messaging or Facebook to get your answers and convey your ideas.|
|D.||By changing the way you use e-mail to make your communications more effective, you may stave off the need for management to move to a new system…although you may find there are supplements that you find useful in specific circumstances.|