When a project is nearing delivery and there are still problems, it’s time for “that” conversation—the one where it is determined how the less-than-perfect implementation is going to be positioned to the customer and users. What’s the project manager's (and team’s) accountability here?
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In large organizations, there are always a large number of stakeholders involved in any project. When the project size is small, you need to create a roadmap that is very simple, easy to follow and can be used by all stakeholders to get approvals, plan their work and reach the excepted milestones. This Excel roadmap provides a simple one-page view of the entire schedule for a small project.
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.
Need a quick crash course on some social media basics? What is it? What myths are out there? How can we use it in our projects and organizations? What platforms are there? Use this primer for project managers to help find the answers.
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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Every country and organization faces cultural differences. How do you go about building awareness, respecting and adapting to them, and then working within the necessary framework and structure so that the result is a successful engagement?
The need and support for teleworkers is growing, and to keep an “out of office” workforce engaged and productive requires a special company culture mindset. It should come as no surprise that effective communication is at the heart of having a successful virtual worker engagement culture.
Interpersonal conflict on distributed teams can be devastating. If you are in conflict with someone else on a distributed team, there are a number of things you can do to help resolve it.
Transferring a team deliverable from continent to continent carries with it additional risks in addition to those expected from co-located workforces. There are planning and facilitation tactics you can use to mitigate these risks—and even build improved collaboration in the process.
What is a crucial difference in distributed team environments? It's how you apply your leadership skills. Often, you need to amplify what you would normally do in a co-located team setting to provide those examples.
Leading international teams is always a challenge, especially when things go wrong. How do you keep everyone focused on the positive and avoid negativity creeping in?
Effective and early participation of plant stakeholders during engineering phases of a brownfield project in a production plant allows us to capture the value and knowhow of the organization—and avoid multiple modifications during the execution phase. In order to manage stakeholder involvement efficiently, classification by function and organizational level is essential.
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