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Project HEADWAY: The Project Manager as Coach - What's the Game Plan?

by Craig Curran-Morton
February 16, 2010 | 59:43 | Views: 1,355 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.04 / 5

Do you ever find yourself resolving interpersonal conflicts and issues on your project team? Supporting team members and others with less experience? Helping your sponsor become more effective? These are all examples of where you might play the role of a coach. There are a host of situations where you have an opportunity to helps others to challenges themselves, achieve results and succeed. Project management is much more than simply bringing in the project in on time, on budget and on scope. Project management involves people and whenever you add people to a project, interesting things begin to happen. This month's Project HEADWAY webinar will examine the role that you play or can play as a coach on your projects and within your organization. We will introduce a coaching process for project managers, examine at some of the actions to take and the pitfalls to avoid. Join us! This just might just be the tool that wins you the project game.

Project HEADWAY: The Role of the PMO: Yes Virginia. There is a Santa Claus.

by Craig Curran-Morton
March 23, 2010 | 60:18 | Views: 887 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.08 / 5

Project Management Offices have come and gone in many organizations. Sometimes they are deemed to be successful but many times they are unceremoniously buried. The success of a PMO is defined when the PMO mandate is being identified and defined during infancy, not when it is up and running. To support your PMO’s success, join us in this Project HEADWAY webinar where we examine the different types of PMO's, the role each plays and the essential factors that must be in place to ensure its success. Establishing the right PMO with a well defined purpose can be like giving your organization a present from Old Saint Nick himself!

Project HEADWAY: Conducting a Meaningful Post Implementation Review - What to Do When the Project Is Done

by Craig Curran-Morton
April 20, 2010 | 61:46 | Views: 1,314 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 3.95 / 5

The project is done and you are wrapping things up. There is one key step that you and your organization must take is conducting the Post Implementation Review (PIR). You can call it lessons learned or a benefits realization or a PIR. Regardless, it is often not done frequently enough and when done, it is not done well. This is very unfortunate because the PIR is critical to provide you, your project team and the organization the opportunity to get better at managing and governing projects. Join us for this Project HEADWAY webinar when we will explore the the meaningful PIR. There is only one rule for this webinar - No Pointing Fingers!

Project HEADWAY: Managing a Virtual Team: It's More Than Just The Phone

by Craig Curran-Morton
April 21, 2009 | 60:06 | Views: 1,907 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.17 / 5

An increasing number of projects now involve team members from multiple locations across the city, the state, the country or even the world. As a project manager, you may now be managing projects where you rarely, if ever, interact face to face with your entire team. While the telephone is a critical means of communication in these instances, it is only a tool. You will still need to manage the distant team. This Project HEADWAY webinar will examine virtual teams and provide thoughts and suggestions on how you can manage them more effectively. Please join us because it really does involve more than the phone.

Project HEADWAY: Managing the Team Status Updates: Making It More Than A Bored Meeting

by Craig Curran-Morton
March 24, 2009 | 60:22 | Views: 1,742 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.15 / 5

We all attend a lot of meetings. In fact, on projects, it often seems like an inordinate amount of our time is spent in them and they are not always as productive as we would like them to be. One of those meetings is the status meeting where the project team and the project manager will sit down and discuss that activities for the latest reporting period. This Project HEADWAY webinar will examine how to make this meeting more effective for both the project manager as well as the other meeting participants, ensuring everyone meets their objectives and gets out on time! Please join us. Make your next status meeting a valuable one, and not a bored meeting.

Change HEADWAY: The Value of the Lessons Learned Exercise: Gaining Understanding From Our Projects

by Craig Curran-Morton
February 10, 2009 | 60:23 | Views: 1,351 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.00 / 5

Every project has a story to tell and from each story comes the chance to change and improve the way we do the next one. Unfortunately, and for a variety of reasons, we don't often take this opportunity as we rarely complete lessons learned exercises and integrate their results. It can be a very powerful learning tool for individuals, teams, and organizations to examine what went well and what didn't. A good lessons learned session is more than just an exercise in asking questions. It is about the willingness to hear the answers and make the necessary changes to avoid the same problems on current and future projects. It is not about finger pointing. It is about collectively assessing opportunities to build stronger projects. This Change HEADWAY webinar will explore what makes a good lessons learned discussion work.

Change HEADWAY: Planning for Change: Incorporating Change into a Project

by Craig Curran-Morton
January 20, 2009 | 60:15 | Views: 1,359 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.10 / 5

We all know that detailed planning is essential for good project management. What we often don't realize is that even stronger project management practices also include planning for change management. As project managers, we should incorporate change management activities into our project management plans to increase the likelihood that our projects will have lasting, long term success. This gantthead Change HEADWAY webinar will examine the key change management activities you should consider and how they will impact the project. Join us - it might change your perspective.

Change HEADWAY: Preparing for Change: Knowing When the Organization is Ready

by Craig Curran-Morton
December 16, 2008 | 59:40 | Views: 1,246 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.10 / 5

Projects are about change: changing locations, changing technology, changing people, changing processes. Successful change is, in part, about doing a project at just the right time. So how do you know if your organization is ready for your project? How do you know if the timing is right to ensure a successful project and successful change? This Change HEADWAY webinar will focus on how change management techniques can be used to understand where your organization is at prior to embarking on the project.

Change HEADWAY: What is Change Management?

by Craig Curran-Morton
November 18, 2008 | 60:22 | Views: 1,742 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.18 / 5

As a project manager, you will typically focus on bringing the project in on time, on budget and to the approved scope. Your focus is making sure you and your team are accomplishing what you have been tasked to do given the constraints in place. However, organizations are increasingly measuring project success not simply against the on time/one budget criteria, but also against how much and how well the product of a project is being used. One of the emerging disciplines that project managers can use to assist them and really integrate the project's product into the organization in a sustainable way is Change Management. Change Management is viewed more and more as critical to project and organizational success. In this Change HEADWAY webinar, we will be examining the change management process from a project manager's perspective to understand how change management can impact all aspects of your project.

Project HEADWAY: Motivating Project Participants

by Craig Curran-Morton
October 09, 2008 | 59:47 | Views: 2,582 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 3.96 / 5

As a project manager one of biggest challenges can be motivating your team, especially if they feel they are working on a menial task and see no real value in what they are doing. But it doesn't have to be this way. Life can be better! A little bit of up-front effort to understand what stimulates your team can have a long lasting impact on team members working on your project. This Project HEADWAY webinar will examine the concept of motivation and present some simple, but powerful ways by which you can foster and maintain inspired team members and an invigorated team. Please join us!


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