We’re often taught that our “sponsor” is the person who champions the effort and provides critical support. Indeed, the sponsor is often the one we’re to seek out for support and issue resolution throughout the project. But what do you do when your sponsor IS the problem???
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We are witnessing the rise of projects as the main unit of work, as well as the essential model to deliver change and create value for individuals, organizations, and society at large. Despite this surge in project activities and project spending, the risk of project failure continues to be huge and will continue to increase unless organizations and governments embrace advanced project leadership practices. Widely used management disciplines are often linked to a few simple frameworks that can be easily understood, and applied, not only by managers but also by the majority of individuals. Porter’s Five Forces is a great example. In contrast, project management methods have tended to be too complex to be easily understood and applied by non-experts. Under these circumstances, it is not surprising that we saw the rise of agile, triggered by the Agile Manifesto, in February 2001 by 17 independent-minded software practitioners. Considering that this year is the 50th Anniversary of the creation of the Project Management Institute, it is time that we co-create The Project Manifesto.
The Project Revolution: The Implications of the Silent Disruption That Is Taking Place and the New Skills Needed to Adapt
By 2025, regardless of industry or sector, senior leaders and managers will spend at least 60% of their time selecting, prioritizing, and driving the execution of projects. In fact, soon "we will all become project leaders, but many of us are not prepared for this shift.” According to recent research, the number of individuals working in project-based roles will increase from 66 million (in 2017) to 88 million (forecast 2027). And the value of project-oriented economic activity worldwide will grow from $12 trillion (in 2013) to $20 trillion (forecast 2027). Those are millions of projects requiring millions of project leaders per year. In this landscape the percentage of work activities performed as part of projects is markedly increasing as projects are becoming the essential model to deliver change and create value around the world. The so-called gig economy is also driven by projects.
The Proven and Practical Project Manager Toolkit: Information Mapping, Results Chains, and Benefits Register
Every project manager should have a proven, practical, and powerful toolkit – of skills, techniques, processes, procedures, tools, and templates – to help a project or program's success. The toolkit should be proven (it works), practical (efficient and adaptable), and powerful (big impact). This webinar focuses on three proven, practical, and powerful tools: Information Mapping, Results Chains, and Benefits Registers.
The Purpose Driven PMO: Establish long-term PMO success by aligning your Purpose to Organizational Strategy
We’ve all seen the statistics that the average lifespan of a PMO is between 2-4 years. Why are these PMOs failing? Research points to several factors including Insufficient authority, unclear scope, self-serving rather than supporting, and overly bureaucratic processes and governance. How do we overcome these challenges and build PMOs which provide value and stand the test of time?
Project Managers normally use the same questions to understand the current status of their project and tasks assigned. We get so used to asking the same questions that it becomes a habit: What's the status on this? How are we getting on? Perhaps it's time to look at some other questions to assess the health of your project. Are you team members happy? Are they able to do their work without being impeded by others? What are they most looking forward to in delivering this project? During this webinar we'll explore the questions that you should be asking as a Project Manager to determine the real status of the project.
What is the recipe to deliver projects successfully? It takes the right ingredients and proper amount of time to deliver a successful project. If you skip the crucial ingredients of a recipe it doesn’t turn out perfect. If you use more than required ingredients then also it doesn’t turn out perfect. So, where is the sweet spot? In this webinar, learn how to utilize eight key project management processes to increase successful project delivery.
Delivering higher-value projects in increasingly shorter timeframes sustains competitiveness. Challenges exist at every turn; risk must be understood and mitigated, and problems recognized and solved quickly. Adaptive reasoning and problem-solving skills have become increasingly important in project management, where decisions based on sometimes sparse, voluminous, or contradictory data must be ...
It’s a question that is frequently debated: Are hard skills more important than soft skills? With experience, I can vouch that soft skills definitely have an edge when it comes to delivering successful projects. Having said that, having just soft skills is not going to help. You must also have a basic understanding of how projects are delivered. The term “emotional intelligence” (abbreviated EQ or EI) has been thrown around a lot lately, but it has become more than a buzz world. It begs the question: In this world where artificial intelligence is influencing most of our day-to-day decisions, does EQ need to have its own spot in the workplace? In the context of project management, how could it be structured based on our fundamental pillars? And how can we integrate the concepts in the existing framework that we have?
The temporary, unique nature of the project management environment increases the challenges of management and its leadership function because the project manager typically has little to no authority or asset ownership. This dynamic places a premium on influence-based leadership. So how does a project manager develop an influence-based leadership style? By examining an environment extremely similar to the project management environment - the military environment!