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.
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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.