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Visual Communication Methods for Project Managers

by Chris Merryman

Communicating all aspects of project status to executives, peers, team members and stakeholders can give everyone confidence of a project manager’s abilities--even on a project that is resource constrained, late and over budget. And visual communication is the best way to do it...

The Dangers of Visual Project Management

by Mike Griffiths

...or, how a picture can divert 1,000 eyes. Pictures are cool. They aid discussion and unite comprehension. They also allow us to avoid having to read volumes of text. As such, they are the convenience food of project management. Easy to consume, but are they nutritious?

The Key to Communicating with 'Non-Project' People

by Andy Jordan

Friendlier communication tools can help to bridge the gap between project management and other business areas. Are you harnessing some simple yet effective visual aids to get crucial information across to your staff and stakeholders?

Freaky Project Management (Part 1)

by Ian Whittingham, PMP

Solving problems is an integral part of any PM's job. But how do you solve those problems? The honest answer is, “Not as well as I’d like to.” And this is where being freaky comes in, as a way of improving our ability to solve project problems.

The Kanban Board: A PM’s New Best Friend?

by Andy Jordan

Across the world, there are traditional project managers with dirty little secrets--they are embracing Kanban concepts. What is it that's leading traditional PMs to embrace an agile tool so readily? Well, to understand that we need to understand what Kanban boards offer project managers--something that works.

Visual PM: Something Old, Something New...

by Michael Wood

Taking a lesson from the automobile industry, some project managers have found ways to improve project team and stakeholder communications through the use of tools that help people better visualize the status of projects and related issues. Here is a primer on Visual PM--its origins, use and more...

Picking Up in the Middle

by Kenneth Darter, PMP

Despite the best efforts of management, there are times when there are staff changes in the middle of a project. For the people coming in, it is important that they are able to pick everything up and run with it. Keep these tips in mind...

Consulting Characters

by Patti Gilchrist, PMP

What happens when the consultant falls short of their billing as an industry expert? Here is a humorous look at some of the consultant characters that you may have encountered--and survival tips for dealing with them.

Four Steps to Solving Problems...Despite Being an Outsider

by Joe Wynne

Being a consultant from the outside brings with it some problems, but they do not have to hamstring your ability to be successful in managing the project. To be successful, you should follow these four steps.

Managing the Shared Worker

by Andy Jordan

It’s not uncommon to have an individual assigned to multiple projects at the same time. Organizations need to maximize the utilization rates of their employees--which brings its own set of challenges. Read on to get some help managing partially assigned resources.

Motivational Action Plan

PREMIUM deliverable

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.

Project HEADWAY Project Issues Log

PREMIUM deliverable

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.

Project HEADWAY Project Team Status Report

deliverable

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.

Employee Feedback Planner

PREMIUM deliverable

Use this form to prepare and organize more useful feedback for team members and other people involved in your team.

Project HEADWAY Communications Plan

PREMIUM deliverable

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 ‘Perfect’ Professional Services PM

by Andy Jordan

Does a project manager responsible for client-facing initiatives need a different set of skills from other PMs? And if so, what are those differences? What makes a good professional services project manager?

The Executive Status Report

by Tom L. Barnett, PMP

How should you craft a status report for the senior executive? You can increase the impact your message can have with the senior executive team by being sincere, being brief and making it count.

The Dangers of the Executive Commitment

by Andy Jordan

Cause and effect at the executive level can cost millions, but prevention is cheap! How can we prevent executives from making unrealistic promises--ones that can come back to harm everyone?

Making PM Make Sense in the Boardroom

by Mark Mullaly, PMP

If there is one thing almost guaranteed to make a project manager cringe, it's the idea of having to give a presentation to the executive or board of their organization. What is an executive-level audience looking for from its presentations, and how can you develop and deliver an effective presentation with confidence and credibility?

Being a Great Sponsor

by Michelle Stronach

Being a sponsor is a role, not a position--and with the role comes responsibility. How do you ensure optimal success for the project? How do you go from being a good sponsor to a great sponsor?

Excuses, Excuses! Managing the 'Yeah, but...' PM

by Andy Jordan

There will always be a reason why some team members just don’t believe it’s possible to give you the information you need in the way that you need it. So how do we deal with the "everything’s an exception" belief without damaging the relationships within the team?

Tips to Impress the Risk Executive

by Joe Wynne

Your ability to properly anticipate risk executives’ needs and involve them into the management of your projects will set you apart from those who do not have this ability. These tips covering justification, communication, vendor selection and more will help you build this important skill.

4 Ways Neuroscience Can Enhance Project Management

by Andrew Filev

As project managers, we need to pay attention to disengaged employees. We should know why it’s happening and learn how we can re-engage our teams. This is where neuroscience becomes a valuable resource. Here are four suggestions on how neuroscience can help improve your project management.

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