Organizational change is first mental, then we can change strategy and start doing things differently. So, business transformation is about changing minds and then actions. Yet, what do we really know about changing minds?
Negotiating is an extension of building community. You will not get anything you want if the other person feels slighted or if they do not think they are getting an equitable deal. You will have to work harder to get people MORE of what they want so you can have MORE of what you want. Not everything in the negotiation has to be a down-and-out battle between you and the vendor. Be flexible, and the vendor will usually follow suit. Negotiating specifications with a vendor is not easy as you both have your own agendas. This process of negotiating the project’s requirements starts with the first phone call and continues until the last bill is paid.
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By Conrado Morlan I’ve been running for eight-plus years—ever since my son suggested I do a half marathon in San Antonio, Texas, USA. So when a friend suggested I try a triathlon, I ...
We have defined our desired process to identify, qualify, and manage Projects. One of the criteria we use to identify a 'project' is an expected effort of 4 weeks or more. We now want to create a ...
Hello Everyone, I have a desire lately to start working all around the world as PM. What are your recommendation to look for a job abroad? In many countries, I must get a VISA to be able to look for ...
A little while ago I talked with a Project Manager who cared. He was very concerned about the way his sponsor was changing the scope and deliverables of his project, and told him he was makin ...
Conflict is a common issue at workplace. Do you have necessary skills to deal with the most basic conflicts at work? What do you think are the best techniques to deal with conflicts at any time? ...
Hi All, I’m a software developer that has had to manage quite a few projects over time as well… I’m not a qualified or certified project manager, it’s just something that has fallen on my shoulder ...
When contacted as a potential candidate for the Ask the Expert panel, I felt proud and had somewhat a sense of validation. Let me explain. Eleven years ago, during the recession, I was laid off a ...
(Click to download MP3...) As a project management trainer, I have always focused not only on teaching my students how to pass their exams but also on how to become better at what they are doin ...
If you think brilliant ideas just simply drop out of the sky, you are wrong. A recent scientific study of Brian Lucas and Loran Nordgren shows that the best ideas actually occur only after the ‘ ...
The key role of a project manager is to guide the evolution of a project through a structured framework. There are reliable tools available to build structure and bring certainty to managing the initial stages of project planning. One such vital tool is the scope document.
New PMs often have a lot of questions they think are weird—questions that can be difficult to ask. In this article, the author reaches into his mailbag to explore a trio of questions raised by our readership on sticky situations faced by project managers.
In this article, schedule variance is modeled to show the comparison and relationship of actual project progress and the schedule baseline. The underlying linear model of the schedule performance index (SPI) is explained and visualized with the budget square chart. The limits of the linear SPI approach are shown, and then an improved non-linear visualization is explored.
We often think of career development in terms of how we develop as project managers. But it's just as important to focus on how we can help the people on the projects we manage.
A mentor is an often overlooked but important person for furthering a freelance PM consultant’s career. But before you start looking for a mentor, ask yourself if you are ready to be a mentee.
Nobody loses weight just by wearing workout clothes. In the same way, dressing an organization with new technologies is not enough to reach expected benefits. What is necessary to ensure lasting results with digital transformation? The key is in the human side.
There are situations where the constraints of a project are unrealistic—where the required work just can’t be done in the allotted time with the team that you have been given. What do you do in that situation? Sponsors sometimes have unrealistic expectations. Deal with them.
Robot Process Automation (RPA) is one of the recent practices that is usually combined with Agile adoption as part of Digital Transformations. This webinar analyzes the benefits of RPA, combined with Agile adoption, using a parallel with the introduction of robotization in manufacturing. It is also an analysis of how/if RPA and Artificial Intelligence can be used in Project Management to improve the project delivery process.
Agile is often 'sold' as a way to improve quality of products and services. One of the fundamental Agile principles is that continuous attention to technical excellence and good design enhances agility.
Project risks can give negative impacts on project objectives such as delay, cost overruns, decrease in quality and security aspects, then we can observe serious project failures. Risk management aims to identify the possible causes of threats and opportunities, to assess them qualitatively and quantitatively and to propose an action plan for risks deemed critical in order to decrease the undesirable effects on project objectives. Complex projects are affected by numerous risks and opportunities because of their complex organizational plan with a large number of stakeholders, complex planning with a long life-cycle, complex resource management, technical issues, and particular environmental factors.
“May you live in interesting times!” This is an ancient and famous Chinese curse. Today, we do live in interesting times: Our environment is characterized to be Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous (VUCA). Change is constant and happens at a frenetic pace. Change poses severe challenges to project managers. It makes team members uncomfortable and may also cause unethical behavior or unprofessional conduct. Mismanaging change can severely impact project success. This very interactive webinar will cover a typical project change scenario and provide you with practical tips and techniques to deliver strong, proactive, leadership and confidently ride the waves of change.
In an agile world, team members are empowered to make important decisions within the context of the behavioral architecture, without having to ask permission from supervisors or managers. But these supervisors and managers are coming from a lifetime of learning how to succeed in a hierarchical world, so they will need to leave behind those ingrained lessons. In order for agile to be successful at scale, leaders will need to change.
This is in the fourth installment in an 8-part webinar series, A Billion Dollar Project Health Framework, presented by Uri Galimidi. The series covers an advanced yet practical framework which Project Managers can use to assess the health of their projects. The framework consists of eight key project management areas.
Requirements are a key driver for any project and there is a direct relationship between the accuracy of requirements and the outcome of a project. In many cases there is a direct link between scope and requirements, hence requirement definition impacts project scope.