Simple and effective automation can be used to publish and communicate one-page (or dashboard) project status reports using MS PowerPoint. This is one of the many uses possible and can be adapted to other needs. This approach, involving some VBA programming, can reduce repetitive and periodic tasks of reporting and uploading status reports.
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Bad projects waste money and resources, divert attention from good projects, and sow doubt about organizational competence. Using project stories, this paper takes a look beyond why projects go bad to explore behaviors that contribute to keeping bad projects alive. Actions are provided that project managers can take to avoid being victimized by bad projects.
International Development addresses a vast array of issues related to social and economic transformation. This article draws attention to the importance of the meso management level, which helps to bridge the gap between the macro level where strategies are defined and the micro levels where the interventions occur. To be effective it must face challenges related to project governance and management competencies.
Some risks are not easily identified. Technical Interpersonal Risk (TIR), the complexity of managing technical projects wherein there is a significant reliance on subject matter experts (SMEs), fits neatly into that category. Awareness of potential impacts and mitigation strategies can help your project go much more smoothly.
Government agencies have recently found themselves asking questions about cybersecurity threats that they had not previously anticipated. In response, program managers must carry out a mandate of ensuring cybersecurity compliance while remaining on-budget. This paper seeks to provide answers and strategies while examining impact to schedule and budget.
Fast tracking can shorten a project’s schedule or easily cause rework to be required. It is of utmost importance to carefully weigh the risks prior to deciding whether or not fast tracking is the right option for the project. A quantitative estimate for calculating the monetary value translates the risk into hard currency.
Project management is the application of tools, know-how and skills needed to accomplish project activities, satisfy stakeholders and make a little money, too. These skills are particularly valuable to entrepreneurs in a wide variety of fields. What can entrepreneurs in the hip-hop business teach us about project management?
Decision makers typically have a short amount of time to select a candidate who best fits a job position and the One-Page Curriculum Vitae (OPCV) provides a useful tool. By using a timing diagram, it is possible to evaluate the time sequence of the most meaningful information and, at the same time, to evaluate previous professional experiences and activities.
At some point in your project management career, you will be given a project that deals with a product or technology that you have not experienced in the past. Driving your project doesn't require that you be a subject matter expert in anything but project management. Asking five questions will help you resolve the obstacle.
In a shift from traditional on-time and on-budget metrics, project managers increasingly collaborate with business analysts to measure business value as a key metric. Adopting a model based on feature analysis and determining feature business value sets the stage for results-driven, high-value project delivery.
Trust and risk are closely related and go hand-in-hand. Use the project management practices built around Risks, Issues, Assumptions and Dependencies (RAID) to build both a trustworthy team and a trustful atmosphere.
The third edition of the Construction Extension to the PMBOK® Guide was recently published. A supplement to the PMBOK® Guide for those in the construction field, this article is a teaser of the new edition. It makes brief comments about the changes from the previous edition and hints at the challenges experienced.
Quality is everybody’s concern. The rising stakes resulting from increased investments—combined with a shift from traditional to complex project management—has made quality an important pillar of the project management discipline. A case study illustrates the organizational benefits of continuous improvement through Kaizen.
Project leadership is as much situational as it is task-oriented. With every project being effectively different, it means leadership is about adaptation and being situationally sensitive. A case study of the U.S. Department of Defense illuminates this concept in the project management context.
How do we support innovation strategy in a way that best delivers business benefits and growth? Review the key enablers and common pitfalls and learn how project management can help you realize the greatest value from innovation.
Cultural awareness is an important aspect of leadership in a global environment. Reviewing the nine dimensions of culture, with suggestions on how to benefit from these dimensions when managing teams with cultural differences, will enhance your projects and help you make a positive social contribution.
This article proposes that the most effective projects naturally develop and evolve through a series of distinct phases and asserts that failing to recognize these transitions helps explain why so many projects fall short. Each phase calls for a distinct level and type of engagement. And that’s where your project management approach becomes critical.
Consolidating and reporting all aspects of a project can be a challenge. Experience with managing projects teaches the importance of emphasizing relevant data versus following a prescribed format—follow these key points to create a template for dashboard reporting that is tailored to the needs of your audience.
Rules-Based Project Management in Matrix Organizations: A Concept for Optimizing Organizational Performance in Multi-Project, Shared-Resource Environmentsby
Organizations with projects that compete for limited resources may be able to optimize performance of project portfolios and achieve better business results via a rules-based task management system. Learn how to “right track” projects with prioritization rules and visible metrics.
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 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?
The approach to scope changes used within the agile/Scrum framework provides a stable environment so the development team can focus on getting work “done.” Frequent feedback about the product allows for less upfront planning and means the Scrum team can quickly adapt to changes. Delivering business value early and often results in increased customer satisfaction.
Selection of the correct process technology for a manufacturing industry, with several complex variables that will dictate success, is of vital importance. This article applies Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) to complex problems with both objective and subjective criteria. Here, the methodology is used in a selection decision for identifying the optimal technology for a steel-making enterprise.
Many organizations consider quality improvement as a critical factor of success for competitiveness. The goal of continuous improvement attempts to not only meet customer requirements, but to also do it at the lowest cost. Values obtained as a result of the calculation need to be analyzed to prepare plans for improvement and set goals for reducing the cost of quality.
Knowledge is the cornerstone for all operational activities. In order for an organization to grow, the need of storing and utilizing the information in an efficient way is critical. Applying proper knowledge management principles can improve effectiveness, foster innovation, improve the quality of solutions and lead to the generation of core value.
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.