For any project manager, knowing the business means knowing how their projects contribute to achieving that goal. This is important because the decisions and trade-offs made on a project need to be informed by an understanding of how they ultimately influence business outcomes.
Domain knowledge is becoming increasingly important within the project management profession. Is it really necessary, and why? Are you master of your domain? And if so, what do you need to do to stay relevant in the profession?
As a representative of the business, you need the appropriate strategy information for your analysis and planning. A complete package of strategy information that corresponds to your project can be a challenge to collect, so here are tips for finding information from four sources.
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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.
Ethics, as a term, is often misunderstood and some companies falsely believe that being ethical is an expensive practice that causes the organization to forego profits. This article explains why being ethical is a good long-term growth strategy that can command a premium from customers and help your company outpace competitors.
So yesterday I decided to step back and look at my progress and see what folks think of my blog. I have been blogging for about three months and have written 19 posts. I wanted to figure out what folk ...
Over the years I have interviewed some great project management experts on this blog. Today I want to round up eight of my favourite expert interviews. They are all packed with tips to help you manage ...
Me and my Team is implementing ERP SAP in our organization. The major phase is very near to complete. After completion of the phase, there will be technological shift for the organization staff.
How ethical and professional it is to force team members to stretch to run project that should not have negative effect on business ?
because PMP teaches us to be ethical in behavior and profession ...
Business analytics have the potential to drastically change how business decisions are made. As we begin to better understand how to harness the power of big data, IT departments will see a larger number of business analytics projects, which means a greater need to grasp how requirements process works in these types of projects.
What can CIOs do to close their perceived credibility gap? There are some pretty simple things the CIO can do to become more integral to the leadership process and win the trust and appreciation of the CEO and other leadership team members. Here are three things to ponder.
Question: I have recently been assigned to manage a group of project managers. Unfortunately, I have no background or experience in project management, let alone the training and certifications they hold. In addition, I really have little experience in business at all…just a tangential college degree. What can you tell me about managing PMs that will help me survive in this new position?
Immediately get a book on project management and read up on this profession. A general overview will allow you to see that all projects are so similar that implementing your own new procedures can be equally beneficial for all the projects in progress when your start date occurs.
You are in a perfect position to manage project managers because you will have a fresh outlook and not be influenced or limited by what has been happening before you came. Make as many changes as you can in the first few months before you are dragged down into how things have been done in the past.
This is a more common situation than you might think. The best thing to do is familiarize yourself with the most common new manager mistakes and at least avoid making these. Lay low until you can figure out what is going on.
You should never have been hired. There is no way that a person who is not a project manager can successfully supervise those who are. Contact your boss and ask if you can be moved to a department that has people with more generic skill sets. You can be successful there.