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Save Time With Tools And Templates

Communication Plan Log

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by Anupam Ganguly

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.

1x1 Discussion Template

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by Anupam Ganguly

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.

Project Status Report Template

PREMIUM deliverable
by Daniel Grzybek

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.

Project Status Update (Presentation)

PREMIUM presentation
by Daniel Grzybek

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.

Project Kickoff Checklist

checklist
by Andy Jordan

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.

Learn From Others

What Should You Do When Your Project Goes Wrong?

by Helena Lui

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.

How Building Information Modeling (BIM) Can Help Project Managers

by Saad Al Jabri

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: The Leader's Language

by Suresh MK

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.

Topic Teasers Vol. 80: Compliance Without Power

by Barbee Davis, MA, PHR, PMP, PMI-ACP, PMI-PBA

Question: We recently developed new accounting software for internal use to create invoices. Due to interest in tracking benefits realization and also capturing customer reactions to evaluate our success, my project team has been asked to stay on and address any issues for six months. One of the sales representatives gives special discounts and terms but fails to enter them into the new system for billing, and the angry customers call my team. I’ve told his manager, but the behavior continues. It makes the process improvement statistics for our software look bad and is costing us money. What can I do?
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.
Pick your answer then Test Your Knowledge!

Accepting Unrealistic Deadlines: A Recipe for Disaster

by Muhammad Umais Mulki

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.

Embracing Mistakes: Learning from Experience

by Jon Quigley, Shawn P. Quigley

Failure to learn from mistakes--and from each other--can cost organizations dearly. Learning and adapting are hallmarks of good project management and of functioning organizations. Making mistakes is not a problem--it's how we learn.

Team Members: The PM's Critical Communications Channel

by Suvrutt Gurjar

We always give a great deal of attention to project communications with senior management, customers and sponsors. But in order to make the project and all of these stakeholders successful, the project manager needs to diligently nurture one more channel: project communications to and from project team members.

The Top 10 Reasons Projects Fail (Part 2)

by Marc Lacroix

While we all generally know what a pitfall is in the business world and understand that they should be avoided, the most obvious traps are still sometimes the ones we fall into—especially when managing projects with dozens of competing priorities that distract us and take our eyes off the trail ahead. This two-part article series identifies the top 10 reasons projects fail and focuses on how to avoid these common project management pitfalls.

Self-Service for Your Project Website: Do's and Don'ts

by Joe Wynne

The wise project manager knows how to use the right tools in the right way to communicate to different groups. When using a web share to present and document information, there are some important do's and don’ts to be aware of to ensure success.

The Top 10 Reasons Projects Fail (Part 1)

by Marc Lacroix

While we all generally know what a pitfall is in the business world and understand that they should be avoided, the most obvious traps are still sometimes the ones we fall into—especially when managing projects with dozens of competing priorities that distract us and take our eyes off the trail ahead. This two-part article series identifies the top 10 reasons projects fail and focuses on how to avoid these common project management pitfalls.


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