Projects can be all-consuming activities. There are times when you need to step back and take a break, as rest is an important and necessary part of life no matter what activities you are engaged in.
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Successful project management is more about getting people to work together to achieve a specific outcome than it is about tools and frameworks. There are some skills and talents project managers need to hone in order to be effective at managing the people (human resource) side of a project.
One of the key benefits of the human resource knowledge area is that it helps establish project roles and responsibilities and a plan to acquire, manage and release project team members. In the case of a "grand old lady" of a village, we see an illustrative example of how her own role and responsibility evolved over a period of time--and how she then used her skills to define these functions for the "organization" that she was a part of.
September Book Club Closing Webinar: The Optimistic Workplace; Creating an Environment That Energizes Everyone Q&Aby
In the closing webinar for our September Book Club: The Optimistic Workplace; Creating an Environment That Energizes Everyone, the presenter wasn’t able to address all of the questions during the Q&A session. Here, he tackles more questions that came out of that session.
Effective partnerships with your human resources team can lend incredible support in your drive to increase maturity within the PMO and with your program and project managers. The Project Management Institute offers a wide assortment of research, tools, and programs that—when working collaboratively with the HR team—you can help to integrate into your organization.
As project managers or team leads, we should quickly get to know what our team members are good at, and what they are not. Their characteristics and working styles may vary, but each will have his or her own way of getting things done.
As project managers, we have a role to play in inspiring the project team to contribute. We may not be able to solve the disengagement problem alone, but we can make a difference. Use the following strategies to inspire your project team to greater heights of engagement and success.
The project team can make or break a project; resource assignment can make or break a team. How do organizations ensure the process is effective?
How do you become a recognized and respected internal consultant? The answer is not simple due to an organization’s culture, its utilization of external consultants and its project management approach—as well as how the project managers themselves impact how (and if) they are viewed as an internal consultant.
What we view and value as project managers is complicated. We like challenge. At the same time, challenge can quickly become overwhelming. What we—and our organizations—do about this is an open question.