The sponsor and project manager should form a powerful leadership team that creates a positive environment. In reality, that often fails to occur--and the fault frequently lies with a “broken” relationship. Get some help in maximizing these roles.
There's nothing wrong with a PM feeling frustrated while leading--as long as they protect the team. Anyone can lead, but not everyone can lead in stressful times--and that’s when true leaders shine. Let's take a cue from two unlikely sources...
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Whether you are a sponsor or a project manager looking for a sponsor, you need to know what makes a sponsor good for a project. Look for and exhibit these traits to give you (and others) peace of mind…
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!
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.
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.
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…
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…
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.
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.
Project managers have a problem in how we visualize--and visually present--information about our projects. Over time, there has been very little innovation in how we depict and portray information about our projects.
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?
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.