Stats don’t show a gleeful picture of the software industry. So what’s the main problem? Are we relying too much on management tools, or are we not able to apply book knowledge into practical scenarios? Are we becoming modern-day zombies who are managing projects as machines without applying people management skills? Here are some proven mantras for successful project managers.
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This is the final session in our six-part How to Be a Project Hero series. In this session we will discuss how to bring all the pieces together in a LEAN plan and share some techniques on tracking against that plan.
An essential skill we as PM professionals need to recognize is Project Relationship Management or PRM. This presentation takes a look at each of the essential relationships encountered during the life cycle of a project and the effective development, cultivation and maintenance of each.
This webinar will explore the subject of working virtually and what we can do as project managers to support our project teams. We'll also examine some of the treacherous pitfalls that can surround working virtually.
In this energizing session Prof. Jeroen De Flander will uncover the three critical change levers each senior leader needs to master to successfully steer strategy to success.
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This template can be used for communication planning, and listing the intended audience or recipient of the message that is impacted by the project success or failure. The template is a register for understanding communication-related expectations and preferences, timeline and the communication medium used. Confirming what is needed to know, views and thoughts, and the feedback of the recipient can also be tracked. The template should be filled by the project manager or the project lead.
This template can be used to track individual concerns, priorities, updates and development areas required during 1x1 connect meetings. The action items resulting can be used as a basis for your next 1x1. It should be filled and documented by the person conducting the meeting. The template results in better understanding and planning development opportunities for an individual team member. The documented template can also be used for year-end appraisals.
This Project Status Report template was developed to be utilized in smaller, vendor-to-customer projects. The ideal report frequency is short, such as weekly. Its simple format focuses on communicating key indicators of any project's health (schedule, cost, scope, risk, etc.), activity progress, action items/issues and risk with the goals of being 1) quickly and easily comprehensible to the general stakeholder audience and 2) easily maintained and/or modified by the project manager.
This presentation template is a formal customer-facing status report used for medium to larger projects, or for reporting multiple projects with the same stakeholder audience.
This brief checklist is intended to help project managers ensure they are ready to conduct project kickoff sessions. Project managers should review the questions asked in this checklist and make notes of any items that are unclear/outstanding /etc. Any areas that are still unclear require action plans.
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It is critical that business leaders have the ability and courage to mitigate risk up front and actively monitor and act on project risks and performance as early warning signs materialize. Here we look at a framework to help business and project leaders actively, transparently and honestly monitor risk and issues through the entire project lifecycle.
Every project has its own share of organizational politics. As a project manager, you have to be aligned with organizational goals. Manage stakeholder expectations and relationships in an agile manner in order to stay on top of the game and make sure that your team performs at the highest possible level.
Rules of Considerate Conduct and the Aspirational Standards of the PMI Code of Ethics and Professional Conductby
The aspirational standards of the “PMI Code of Ethics” provide practitioners with the “what” of professional and socially responsible conduct. Applying Forni’s Choosing Civility: The Twenty-Five Rules of Considerate Conduct can enhance the “PMI Code of Ethics” with specific actions and behavior and support more effective management of project management processes, especially communications. The discussions that may result can further benefit project managers and their teams.
Processes are only as good as their last review. There should be a constant review cycle for ensuring that processes are improved when necessary—and documenting that is vital to the team.
When the going gets tough in project risk management, you have to get tough with your tactics. Get the key participants you need in the session through proactive invitee management. Get the risks identified during the session by using pre-selected, mentally stimulating terms and phrases.
Since projects are more risky by nature than operational work, it's important to know which course of action to take when something goes wrong. In this article, the author outlines seven steps that you should follow.
Building information modeling (BIM) has grown tremendously in just a few years. Meanwhile, factors are pushing the construction world to innovate opportunities for improving efficiency and productivity. In this scenario in any project, the project manager has the overall responsibility for project success.
Communication is the medium through which one articulates vision, strategy, change and feedback. It is most critical for leaders to have effective communication skills as they are the ones delivering important strategy and vision. If they fail to articulate that effectively, it could lead to unintended consequences.
|A.||If talking with the sales representative’s manager didn’t work, talk to the manager’s manager. This sales person should be fired.|
|B.||Take the salesperson to lunch. See if there is anything bothering him. Try to help him solve any work-related or personal issues, so that he can focus more on entering the correct data for billing.|
|C.||Alert the representative by e-mail when the invoices will be sent out for two months. Give him a deadline to enter any unique terms not covered by the default pricing tables in the software. Copy his manager.|
|D.||Prepare a second training class on how to operate the new software and schedule all of the employees in the organization who use the software to attend. If one person isn’t using it correctly, perhaps there are more.|
Sometimes the temptation to work on an exciting project—and other times the pressure from the business executives to get the business—leads to agreement on unrealistic expectations. This article discusses the mistake of agreeing to unrealistic timelines and suggests a few ways on how this can be avoided—and the project kept under reasonable control.
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