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my manager is setting me the PM up for failure. how do I avoid this?
Anonymous
I am a new PM and the project is so massive that all of the risks point back to me. What is the best approach to communicate the risks of missing critical dates?
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Do you have a valid reasons to say there is a risk of missing critical dates.
If yes please do proper risk analysis(including identification,analyzing the impact and probability,come up with quantitative analysis and convey the same to your stakeholders using your communication skills.

You need to find a mentor to guide you,to coach you since you are new to project management.

As per the title of the discussion are you saying you are not getting support from your manager?
Anonymous
Yes critical dates can be missed due to limited SME resources, conflicts in scheduled meetings, PM not knowing the processes of the company and many others. The manager only gives us support when we ask.
Your stakeholder management,communication,negotiation skills will come into picture.

You need to sit down with your manager and understand his view point,then explain your view points,risks you may encounter and collaboratively take the project forward.
I agree with Bala. You need to do proper risk analysis and reserves in addition to enhancing the communication and stakeholder management and engagement. This is your best bet.
Hello,

well, you said you are new PM (or new to project management?).
I would like to ask you, what is your experience and/or your education in the field of project management?
To me, it seems that you are not the right one for a "massive" project since you are new.
Like Bala said, at least you will need a coach or mentor who can guide you.

How should you do proper risk analysis and assessment, since you have no glue how to do so ...?!
No offense!

Regards,

Markus
First of all, you have to change your perception. I know is not easy, I lived what you are living, but you have to have a positive energy. Second, you have to be proactive, not reactive. Some people do not understand that risk management is about being proactive. Put your focus on early detection and early management. Third: IS NOT YOUR PROJECT, is the other project. So, make them responsible for each activity and create an escalation process.
Anonymous
These are all excellent responses. I am new to PM from a tight timeline perspective. I have been on projects for 20 years + and all projects have been more of a support role. Now tight timelines that are unreasonable are being communicated to me yet I am to PUSH people as much as possible. I really need a PowerPoint template of a timeline to show critical dates being pushed...does anyone have any links to a free template?
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2 replies by Markus Kopko, PMP and Rami Kaibni
Jan 22, 2016 10:45 AM
Rami Kaibni
Jan 25, 2016 4:09 AM
Markus Kopko, PMP
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Hello,

sometime ago i have found the follwing tool for conducting timeline powerpoints and since than i have used it a lot; it is pricelss for this special purpose and saved me 100s of hours.
Imho it is pricelss and there is a free version available; please have a look:

https://www.officetimeline.com/

Regards,

Markus
Jan 22, 2016 10:32 AM
Replying to anonymous
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These are all excellent responses. I am new to PM from a tight timeline perspective. I have been on projects for 20 years + and all projects have been more of a support role. Now tight timelines that are unreasonable are being communicated to me yet I am to PUSH people as much as possible. I really need a PowerPoint template of a timeline to show critical dates being pushed...does anyone have any links to a free template?
Check this template out:

http://www.projectmanagement.com/deliverab...-Ahead-Schedule
If all the risk point back to you and you are also so afraid, then why don't you look into your own self and try to find what you have been doing wrong all this time. You have not done any risk management at all, and now when someone started identifying those risks, you are in chaos. I suggest you learn and apply risk management or take on the blame.
Jan 22, 2016 10:32 AM
Replying to anonymous
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These are all excellent responses. I am new to PM from a tight timeline perspective. I have been on projects for 20 years + and all projects have been more of a support role. Now tight timelines that are unreasonable are being communicated to me yet I am to PUSH people as much as possible. I really need a PowerPoint template of a timeline to show critical dates being pushed...does anyone have any links to a free template?
Hello,

sometime ago i have found the follwing tool for conducting timeline powerpoints and since than i have used it a lot; it is pricelss for this special purpose and saved me 100s of hours.
Imho it is pricelss and there is a free version available; please have a look:

https://www.officetimeline.com/

Regards,

Markus
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1 reply by Jessica Gilson
Jan 25, 2017 11:38 AM
Jessica Gilson
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Hi, Marcus - I just downloaded the template as you suggested and I have huge margin at the top that I cant get off without manually moving each text box for my project timeline up. Any suggestions?
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