In most organizations, there are many projects competing for finite resources and management attention at any given time. This article describes a proven approach to help mitigate risks around losing resources mid-project--or dropping in the organization's priorities versus other projects.
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A development program or project in trouble is distinct from a program encountering typical development difficulties. A program or project with this problem can appear to be in free fall. This webinar will provide insight and guidance for a wide range of listeners, from students of business to top executives. Every member of a project or product development team will find its recommendations to be valuable.
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In this webinar, we’ll go through what the issues are when transitioning to an Agile mindset, how they present themselves and what you can do as a Project Manager to think ‘more agile’ in your projects whilst accepting and learning along the way.
Genuine feedback and open vertical communication are fundamental to effectively leading comprehensive and successful projects and programmes. In this session, Jane will explore the vital importance of clear two-way communication between leaders and team members.
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This deliverable relates both a project charter and a project record form to be used during the initiating phase of a given project. It gives a high-level overview of the project including the budget, scope, resources and roles and responsibilities.
This Power vs. Interest Matrix template—developed with Microsoft Excel and little bit of Visual Basic for Applications (VBA)—is the ideal tool for stakeholder analysis. Fill the fields with your stakeholders name, give a number to power and interest, classify the engagement and write the stakeholder's expectations. After all stakeholders are identified, print the matrix and keep monitoring the power and interest of each stakeholder during project execution.
This template can be used for communication planning, and listing the intended audience or recipient of the message that is impacted by the project success or failure. The template is a register for understanding communication-related expectations and preferences, timeline and the communication medium used. Confirming what is needed to know, views and thoughts, and the feedback of the recipient can also be tracked. The template should be filled by the project manager or the project lead.
This presentation template is a formal customer-facing status report used for medium to larger projects, or for reporting multiple projects with the same stakeholder audience.
This brief checklist is intended to help project managers ensure they are ready to conduct project kickoff sessions. Project managers should review the questions asked in this checklist and make notes of any items that are unclear/outstanding /etc. Any areas that are still unclear require action plans.
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Transparency in everyday project management practice sets the bar high and gives project managers and their teams a sense of responsibility to stand by. Aligned with selected Process Groups and their Knowledge Areas from the PMBOK® Guide, this paper serves as a starting point to cogitate, initiate and implement transparency.
Organizations whose senior leaders make an effort to coach others achieve higher business results. Project managers should implement coaching methods by improving the four skill sets highlighted in this article: active listening, powerful questions, direct communication and creating awareness. These tools help to solve problems effectively and serve to empower each team member.
You’re about to close the deal on a megaproject with all the potential in the world and everyone involved is ready to sign on the dotted line and get started. Before you do, here are three lessons from the trenches that are straightforward, actionable and can save a great deal of time, frustration and guesswork.
The webinar Dude, Where’s My Control?! Transitioning from a Project Manager to a Scrum Master was packed with information, and here the presenter covers some questions and answers that came out of that session.
The project manager must interact with many different roles in organizations and it is almost a guarantee that during the life cycle of a project, you will have to interact with someone you don’t “control.” Learn how French and Raven’s bases of power can help you build relationships and negotiate the turbulent waters of complex projects.
Basic Mandarin skills give a project manager advantages and promote productive communication with Chinese teams. What are some communication challenges a project manager may encounter? How can learning about Mandarin help?
As this practitioner shares a hard lesson learned about stakeholder engagement, we discover why a project manager should spend more than 90% of his or her time on project communication.
If you find yourself worried about an aspect of your work but your manager isn’t troubled by it, is there a problem? When there is a disconnect between manager and staff, something needs to be done immediately to prevent the problem from getting worse.
For a long time, the constraints of time, scope and cost have been the key attributes that a project management professional had to handle effectively for project success. However, project success encompasses much more.
When you are assigned to a project during its infancy, it is easy to get the project to follow the lines you lay out. You are there at the beginning and you have a good commanding view of the landscape. But what should you do when you inherit an existing project that is already in trouble? Finding the missing elements will help recover your project.
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