In this webinar, Mark Mullaly explores the challenges, opportunities and approaches by which project managers can get control over their own work life. He discusses the typical difficulties that project managers face in gaining control of their own workload, and provides concrete suggestions on how to manage more effectively. In an age where the need for work/life balance is commonly discussed, isn't it time you took the time to figure out how to get some? Carve some time out of your schedule for this webinar; it could be the most important one you spend this month!
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Join Mark Mullaly as he explores politics in a project environment, and provides an overview of the political skills that any project manager should have to survive and thrive in their workplace. You will learn strategies for exercising politics productively, as well as for addressing instances of negative politics when they unavoidably turn up.
Project HEADWAY: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Strategies for More Effective Stakeholder Management
Stakeholder management is about more than just writing down their names and maintaining the information in a log. A lot more. Successful project managers don't just manage their stakeholders, they engage with them. They build an early dialogue with their stakeholder community, and they keep communicating throughout the project and even after it is completed. Join Mark Mullaly as he provides insights into the tips and techniques that will enable you to engage more successfully with your stakeholders.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.