In a world where project management maturity is a generally accepted form of goodness, have we--in the process of increased governance and prescribed and repeatable PM processes--engineered away the potential for real innovation within the discipline?
It’s not personalities that matter so much when it comes to innovation--it’s the roles that we play in making innovation happen. Here, we look at nine of them that you can involve and leverage for optimal results.
Innovation is not something that you can fabricate out of thin air on a project. The right set of circumstances or the right people--or a combination of both--might lead to innovation, but there are many ways to stifle it on a project. Let’s take a look at four common roadblocks…
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Bullying can be as harmful to projects as it is in schools and other areas of society, causing well-understood health impacts for the victims, plus a long list of challenges for project managers and the organizations where it is taking place. Learn how to implement concrete anti-bullying action plans to ensure a zero tolerance policy for bullying individually and across projects.
Building the right team for a project, especially when assumptions at the start are bad, relies on understanding people's motivations and mastering relationships between them. Working on a multi-country project, the author learned how to position herself as a leader by recognizing and accepting the diversity of people and being sensitive to the interests and feelings of all the team members.
The last blog entry addressed the need to distinguish risk from uncertainty. There are an infinite number of uncertainties, but these are only risks if they would affect objectives if they occurred. A ...
As the family and staff filled the great dining room in the morning and sat down to breakfast, I recommended that they carry on their duties as if nothing had happened the night before. Just then, the ...
I was reading a local article regarding the above subject.
Below are some of the key points from the article. I'm sure different industry and country might have different experience that worth sharin ...
After you create an estimate, you use the estimate and add you profit to create your bid. Once you are awarded the project, you need to make a budget. What is the difference between your budget and y ...
Have you ever wondered - if we build this will they come? Or, if we build it, will we just cannibalize our existing product? Jeri will help show how we can transform customer needs into engineering characteristics for a product.
Adopting and maintaining an appropriate project methodology is vital for organizational success. The purpose of this article is to explore and analyze project methodologies that find common application in effective project management.
Do project managers need to think beyond their current project boundary? Do we need to have foresight? What do we lose if we don’t have it? When it comes to development projects, this author shares how we can look beyond success of the current project for something even more meaningful.
Question: In our attempt to move to an agile-driven organization, management has asked my team to be involved with responding to a proposal that, if we get it, could provide an increase of 50% in our gross income this year. Since we’ve always complained that we weren’t consulted before contracts were signed, now the pressure is on for us to be very wise regarding what we add to the company’s submission. Are there any rules of proposal development for agile teams?
Yes. Just like rules for creating speeches can make the difference between wowing the crowd and expounding to a bored audience, learn the correct way to write proposals. Hint: It is better to win the business than look good and have a fancy document.
Yes. Many colleges and universities have degrees in contract writing. At least one person on the team should have at least 12 hours of formal education before you include the team’s ideas in the proposal. The good thing is that this training can also be used for PDUs.
No. Those who become skilled in contract negotiation and responding to proposals are housed in a special procurement department. They have eked out their skill sets through years on the job. While you can sit in on meetings, don’t risk looking foolish. Always defer to their ideas and decisions.
No. There is so much political intrigue and price fixing involved in Request for Proposals (RFP) or other versions of how organizations solicit bids that not much depends on the actual proposal submitted by your organization. See if anyone on your team knows anyone in the potential customer organization who could leverage the decision to your advantage.