As project managers we often have projects handed to us. We are often not involved in defining the compelling reason to make the change or do the project. Our involvement often begins with a: “Hey Sue, would you take this one on?” And off we go to plan and deliver the project, sometimes in a bit of a vacuum that can bite us along the way.
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The advent of social media brings with it exciting new communications opportunities within projects. It also brings a new kind of risk. In the age of social media, project managers have a whole new communications dynamic to manage in their projects. This can create a radically different communications plan. It can also create the need to define communications recovery strategies and can impact how we define roles and responsibilities within projects.
This webinar focuses on various aspects of piloting change in organizations when change is largely implemented via projects.
Alot of project management is wrapped up in the idea of scheduling. Many project management software packages put the management of schedule front and centre; for some, it's all they really actually provide support for managing. Project management courses emphasize the ideas of managing the critical path, building Gantt charts and analyzing PERT networks. Much stress is created about project schedules, milestones, dependencies and deadlines.
Prioritization of projects involves making competing decisions. Sometimes the competition is between projects. At other times, the competition is between departments and business units. The decisions we make are based upon different projects, to accomplish different outcomes, by different areas of the organization. We aren't comparing apples and oranges; at times, we are comparing kumquats and bathroom tissue.
Projects are hard enough when the focus is on getting the technical result produced, on time, on budget and to specification. When we add in the complication of getting that used, however, the challenge becomes much more significant. Organizational change requires the evolution of structures, roles, responsibilities. processes and - above all - behaviours. It is all about getting people to work in new and different ways, and to embrace why they need to make this change.
Risk management has a bad name. “Risk”, like “politics", is a word weighted with negative baggage. When we hear the word, we view it as focussing on problems. Risk management on projects can become a doom-and-gloom exercise in finding all of the bad things that might go wrong, and coming up with plans of what to do about them.
This webinar takes a fresh look at what it means to monitor portfolio performance. Join Mark Mullaly as he helps to define the questions that a portfolio manager should be asking, the reporting process that this requires and how to move beyond just status reports to know what is really going on inside a project portfolio.
What we understand as a project is clear and well defined: a clear objective, a set of related activities and a defined start and end date. Except when the project doesn't it. Getting project closure is important, but also can be elusive. Customers and sponsors resist closing out projects for a variety of reasons: because they are unsatisfied with the results, because they have further plans, or because there is more work to be done. At the same time, project managers and teams struggle with uncertainty, ambiguity and stress.
Issue management is a critical aspect of effective project management, but one that often gets overlooked or given less attention than is needed. While risk management is often perceived as being critical, it is in the management of issues that risks are actually identified and managed. Which means that ignore issue management is, well, risky…