On any project, there are forces of good that drive the project forward and forces of evil that try to restrain it. Check your "force field" to make sure that your change strategy can triumph over evil.
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Juggling several projects at once is par for the course for project managers; so is frustration. The Critical Chain theory, which is getting much positive attention in this industry, claims multitasking makes projects last longer, rather than shortening them. But there are some bones to pick with this theory. . .
You have your game plan--you are going to put out your own shingle. You have the world by the tail and are getting ready to jump in there and grab your piece of the American pie? Go for it! I am behind you 100 percent! However, before you walk into the first project, let's make sure excitement doesn't cloud your vision of exactly what you are getting yourself into on your first gig.
Want a show-stopping performance? It's all about dialogue. Stating and revisiting project goals and expectations throughout the project will guarantee rave reviews for your managing skills.
You may think you know who your competitors are when it comes to providing services or products. But when you're talking about CRM, everyone is in the same game.
Here's the golden rule of making your PMO work: Say what you mean; mean what you say.
Fringe benefits that is! We have all seen the latest recruiting trends that have made us green with envy. You have encountered top talent that you would like to bring on board, so you offer them a great salary with a juicy sign-on. Wait a minute! What do you mean they want more? Why I remember when I started out in this businessHOLD EVERYTHING! That is just the point or, depending on which side of the offer table you are, that is the greatest difference between being a candidate today and five years ago! Candidates want it all and, in reality, top talent can go out and get it.
If, as some say, knowledge is power, knowledge with context is intellectual capital, and that may be even more valuable.
With everyone going "dotcom," there is a big need to tie front- and back-end systems together. The solution is somewhere in the middleware.
Was it your grandmother who said, "You get more flies with honey than with vinegar"? Why Granny wanted to get flies, I'll never know, but when you're trying to get happy, productive, team members, positive reinforcement is the honey you've been looking for.