Cesar A. Portillo, DBA, MSIT, PMP, ASQ-CMQ/OE, ASQ-SSGB
Too often, well-intentioned managers begin project initiatives without thoroughly evaluating the organizational changes required to help ensure the initiatives are truly successful. Neglecting to include and properly communicate with employees can lead to resistance and project failure. The author shares two examples from his practice to illustrate how and what to communicate effectively to increase project support.
Even the most experienced project managers can benefit from a refresher before initiating the project. If you do not have a line item that says “Project Management Training,” you may have missed the boat and may miss the goals of the project. Every project needs training at some level. Learn how to get your team thinking like project managers.
Drawing a parallel between clinical medicine and project management, the first part of this series introduced the concept of team health and the applicability of physical exam techniques to team management. As our series concludes, we explore the last of four techniques: auscultation.
You have a great team, but how can you keep them together? Interpersonal relationships and dynamics will tear things apart even while the leader strives to keep the band together for one more hit record.
Drawing a parallel between clinical medicine and project management, the first part of this series introduced the concept of team health and the applicability of physical exam techniques to team management. As our series continues, we explore the third of four techniques: percussion.
Maggie’s webinar on How to Strengthen Your Interpersonal Skills was so popular, she wanted to extend the conversation in this Q&A! The webinar provides you with practical suggestions for strengthening these essential skills, making you a more effective leader and project manager.
Drawing a parallel between clinical medicine and project management, the first part of this series introduced the concept of team health and the applicability of physical exam techniques to team management. As our series continues, we explore the second of four techniques: palpation.
The team health framework can be a vital asset to help project managers deliver consistently good results regardless of risks. This is the second of a five-part series on the applicability of physical exam techniques to team management. In this installment, we explore the first of four techniques: inspection.
It can be very difficult to hire good employees, but what about retaining them and keeping them in your organization? While every company and team have differing policies regarding employees, there are still many things that the PM can do to help retain talent for their project.
There is often a stakeholder who is genuinely dedicated to the success of the project--and yet without any malicious intent, they become the lynchpin that can unravel the entire effort. Here are four things that can help you manage this stakeholder’s expectations without leaving a bruised ego behind.
The team health framework can be a vital asset to help project managers deliver consistently good results regardless of risks. This is the first of a five-part series on the applicability of physical exam techniques to team management. In subsequent parts, we will discuss each of the four techniques (inspection, palpation, percussion and auscultation) in detail.
A successful meeting with stakeholders can lead to funding, resources and a lot of other gains for your project. In order to engage them, you will need to meet with stakeholders and facilitate their understanding of the project--and what is needed for it to be successful.
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.
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.
To achieve the best results, a project manager needs a steering committee functioning in a supportive and effective manner. You are the captain of the ship but some of the steering committee members may enjoy watching you “walk on the plank,” as if they want to throw you out to the sharks. Sound familiar? Here are some tips and techniques that may help the next time you encounter this situation.
Project managers play many roles on projects--negotiators, coordinators, schedulers, planners…so many roles all crammed into a solitary person. We are complex beasts, and it's time to acknowledge another underappreciated role we play...
Both the commercial and military sectors are looking forward to the next generation of drone use, with increased development and research into new technologies. Within the near future, there should be significant innovation as drones can do wonderful work at inspecting and testing the hard to reach, far away and dangerous.
Chances are good that you’ll have to give a presentation at work at some time in your career. Creating an effective presentation can be a challenging situation. In order to keep the attention of your audience from start to finish, you should ensure that you are following some key strategies.
Complacency should be combated anywhere it occurs--especially on projects. Nothing creates stagnation better than processes that are used just because they’ve always been used. Keep these five tips in mind to help.
It’s safe to say that the project management skill set is most profoundly used in the realm of business. The completion of each project, whether profit or non-profit based, creates building blocks to allow further growth and opportunities. For business-related projects, the process usually starts with a Request for Quotation.
In the webinar Technology Impact on Communication Management with Beth Spriggs, she talked about technology’s impact on communication management. She explored with attendees how communication behaviors and preferences have changed, and examined how these changes create both opportunity and risk in our projects. She also discussed ways this impacts our current project communication plans, explored ways to adjust our communications to be more effective and shared some practical communication tips. Here, she answers attendee questions.