With a hospital expansion project placed on hold due to the pandemic, the design team got it restarted by pivoting to a virtual design environment, implementing a virtual “big room” or collocation space, utilizing digital tools to streamline project workflow, and incorporating live and virtual models for real-time collaboration and decision-making.
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The adaptation and implementation of new technologies and business strategies has become a major organizational challenge. Here we look at how proper utilization of a wide skill set within the project management discipline can help.
With ongoing restrictions to in-person collaboration and collocation, a hospital project team used virtual tools and strategies to streamline the design and construction process, finishing faster than planned while accommodating change requests despite a compressed schedule.
As distributed and remote work environments become the norm for many organizations, strengthening workforce engagement is more important than ever. Here is a strategic approach to address issues of separation, context, consistency, support and feedback.
Many project decisions and objectives can be accomplished without a meeting, which will help reduce the distraction, frustration and wasted time. But if you must hold a meeting, here are three ways to make it meaningful and productive.
Most successful project leaders take an authentic interest in their team members as people. They get to know them, what they value, and what motivates them. Open communication, empathy and mindfulness are fundamental.
If we’re honest, we often try and ignore opinionated stakeholders in the hope they’ll go away. That rarely works, and it’s not the right approach. Opposing stakeholders are still stakeholders, so how can ensure that we are managing them appropriately?
Getting responses and decisions often feels painfully challenging for project managers. Not getting those answers can seriously hinder your project—or even worse, draw it to a stop. When email is an option, this one tip is vital.
We can’t just say, “We need to be more agile and less waterfall.” We’re making a recommendation before explaining a problem. Instead, we need to build a shared understanding based on detailed, specific data. Here are a couple examples of how to do it.
Building relationships with the people we work with is critical for business success. Project managers have become accustomed to the “new normal” of working from home or other remote arrangements, so use these five steps to help strengthen relationships and improve project performance.