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Forging a Sponsor/Project Manager Bond

by Laura Burford

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.

Tips for Better Sponsor Interactions

by Joe Wynne

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?

Rules of Engagement for Project Resources

by Paul Baumgartner, PMP

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.

The Mind: A Wonderful Thing to Map

by Mike Donoghue

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.

4 Traits for Being a Good Sponsor

by Kenneth Darter, PMP

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 Art of Presentations

by Patti Gilchrist, PMP

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!

Less Words, More Pictures

by Michelle Stronach

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.

Something Fishy: Getting Leaders to Act on Issues

by Joe Wynne

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.

Is the Project War Room Dead?

by Andy Jordan

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…

When My Team Members Speak, Do I Listen?

by Roger Kent, PMP, PMI-ACP

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…

The Best Defense is a Good Offense?

by Andy Jordan

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.

Freaky Project Management (Part 2)

by Ian Whittingham, PMP

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.

The Key to Communicating with 'Non-Project' People

by Andy Jordan

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?

Freaky Project Management (Part 1)

by Ian Whittingham, PMP

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.

The Kanban Board: A PM’s New Best Friend?

by Andy Jordan

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.

Visual PM: Something Old, Something New...

by Michael Wood

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...

Consulting Characters

by Patti Gilchrist, PMP

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.

Managing the Shared Worker

by Andy Jordan

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.

The ‘Perfect’ Professional Services PM

by Andy Jordan

Does a project manager responsible for client-facing initiatives need a different set of skills from other PMs? And if so, what are those differences? What makes a good professional services project manager?

The Dangers of the Executive Commitment

by Andy Jordan

Cause and effect at the executive level can cost millions, but prevention is cheap! How can we prevent executives from making unrealistic promises--ones that can come back to harm everyone?

Making PM Make Sense in the Boardroom

by Mark Mullaly, PMP

If there is one thing almost guaranteed to make a project manager cringe, it's the idea of having to give a presentation to the executive or board of their organization. What is an executive-level audience looking for from its presentations, and how can you develop and deliver an effective presentation with confidence and credibility?

Being a Great Sponsor

by Michelle Stronach

Being a sponsor is a role, not a position--and with the role comes responsibility. How do you ensure optimal success for the project? How do you go from being a good sponsor to a great sponsor?

Excuses, Excuses! Managing the 'Yeah, but...' PM

by Andy Jordan

There will always be a reason why some team members just don’t believe it’s possible to give you the information you need in the way that you need it. So how do we deal with the "everything’s an exception" belief without damaging the relationships within the team?

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