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What are the key attributes that give some leaders the edge compared with other, more ordinary leaders? This article discusses the three characteristics of highly effective project managers’ leadership skill sets and explains how those characteristics fit into the project management process.
You can't even begin to get a handle on your project until you can answer, "Who wants what and why?"
Now that we've captured the sponsor's vision, how do we capture the collective vision?
Communicating all aspects of project status to executives, peers, team members and stakeholders can give everyone confidence of a project manager’s abilities--even on a project that is resource constrained, late and over budget. And visual communication is the best way to do it...
Visual Ishikawa Risk Technique (VIRT) is a technique that is consistent with the Identify Risks process group of the PMBOK® Guide and uses a risk breakdown structure as its main principle artefact. However, it differs in that it uses the Ishikawa diagram (commonly also known as a fishbone, or cause and effect diagram), for the risk structure, to create a graphic view, as opposed to being text based or tabular.
There is very little in the way of case studies or examples of how visual project management methods help project managers actually manage a project. Here are three projects where VPM techniques were used successfully.
Taking a lesson from the automobile industry, some project managers have found ways to improve project team and stakeholder communications through the use of tools that help people better visualize the status of projects and related issues. Here is a primer on Visual PM--its origins, use and more...
While visually pleasing elements can help stakeholders focus on important aspects of project management like risk identification and crisis management, other data elements are still needed for a qualified assessment of project or portfolio status.
How can we effectively communicate the big picture of our projects? Effective visualization—using charts, graphics and other visual techniques—is one of the best methods.