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.
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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.
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.
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.
Inspired by construction questions heard while managing tier 1 projects, in part 3 of his series the author explains contractor requirements for project execution, including workforce management, reporting, safety practices, change management and field activities. Each element is described along with humorous stories and lessons learned.
.Widely used management disciplines are often linked to a few simple frameworks that can be easily understood, and applied, not only by managers but also by the majority of individuals. Porter’s Five Forces and value chain analysis help to make strategy a key area for every organization to apply. In contrast, project management methods have tended to be too complex to be easily understood and applied by non-experts.
As organizations grow older, agility tends to wane. They become more set in their ways. Breakthrough thinking gives way to embracing routine endeavors. Reaction times slow. Maintaining the status quo becomes common. It doesn’t have to be that way.
There’s a lot of talk currently about the importance of organizational agility. But what does that really mean in the real world?