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Does a Leader Need to Be an Expert?

by Andy Jordan

What exactly is it about project managers that make them “good” or “bad” leaders? Certainly it’s a combination of different factors--personality, integrity, communication skills--but is expertise a requirement of a good leader?

Controlling Communication Channels: Proper use of Communication Mediums is Key to Project Success

by Mike Sanders,Debra L. Wolf

Effectively communicating project status, understanding stakeholder views and keeping the team focused on the goal are just a few of the topics project managers must communicate well. This paper discusses a new view of communication channel complexity by addressing communication mediums. Message content is aligned with the medium used to ensure efficient and effective communications. Project managers who identify and influence appropriate use of communication mediums can greatly enhance communications.

How High Should the PM Fly?

by Al Taylor

Many project managers are flying at ever-increasing heights--perhaps caused by the significant levels of governance and scrutiny that projects encounter today. There is a risk, however, that the PM who flies too high will lose sight of the day-to-day activities of the project team.

Upward Diplomacy

by Carleton Chinner

If you want to work well with your senior stakeholders, you need to know and understand them. How well do you know yours? Read on for some tips on the art of managing senior stakeholders to ensure that they buy in to your project.

Forging a Sponsor/Project Manager Bond

by Laura Burford

Project managers realize an engaged and supportive sponsor is instrumental in ensuring project success. However, many PMs struggle with building a collaborative relationship with the sponsor. This article presents three sponsor/project management relationship concepts.

Tips for Better Sponsor Interactions

by Joe Wynne

Your project sponsor can be the crucial factor in an intervention to keep your project moving. Unfortunately, the same sponsor is monitoring multiple competing initiatives. How can you compete with that when you need help?

Rules of Engagement for Project Resources

by Paul Baumgartner, PMP

Resources assigned to your project vary in experience with projects. Communicate these proven rules of engagement at your kickoff to equip your team for top project performance.

The Mind: A Wonderful Thing to Map

by Mike Donoghue

A creative and intuitive process, mind mapping is also used by many PMs who seek more involvement by their project teams--while at the same time capturing an extensive level of detail that may not be covered by other project management techniques.

The Art of Presentations

by Patti Gilchrist, PMP

The most critical skill set for a PM to possess is the ability to communicate creatively. So perhaps the art community can offer some tips to improve our ability to communicate creatively and visually. Take it away, Pablo Picasso!

Is the Project War Room Dead?

by Andy Jordan

When many PMs first started managing projects, they had a dedicated project space that helped team members feel as if they were part of some special club. Somehow, things just aren't the same anymore…

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.

When My Team Members Speak, Do I Listen?

by Roger Kent, PMP, PMI-ACP

Of course I listen. Well, okay…maybe not all the time. This is a confessional. Here’s how I’m trying to listen better--at least when people are directly in front of me or in a face-to-face meeting…

Less Words, More Pictures

by Michelle Stronach

In a world where key messages are lost in a sea of words, incorporating visual content into project communications can be like sending out a distress flare. This article talks about four ways of using visual content that will grab attention, connect with stakeholders, optimize team creativity and increase corporate awareness of your project.

Something Fishy: Getting Leaders to Act on Issues

by Joe Wynne

Leaders are visually oriented, yet they still get accosted by slides that are walls of words. To be persuasive, you must be better at illustrating key points. Here’s how to use a diagram from the quality management area for high impact.

The Best Defense is a Good Offense?

by Andy Jordan

When project teams or project managers become territorial or confrontational, the situation needs to be addressed immediately--and professionally. Here we look at some of the causes of what is a fairly common communication problem, and how to address it.

Freaky Project Management (Part 2)

by Ian Whittingham, PMP

What do the Titanic and Van Halen have in common? They're going to help illustrate how being freaky can make you a better project manager. In the concluding installment of this series, our expert looks at four more problem-solving principles from a popular book.

Visual Tools: Enhancing Portfolio Visibility

by Jiju (Jay) Nair, PMP

While visually pleasing elements can help stakeholders focus on important aspects of project management like risk identification and crisis management, other data elements are still needed for a qualified assessment of project or portfolio status.

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...

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