Project plans are still being built based on guesswork, and those plans and associated schedules become “locked” as the deadline the project must deliver against and the number of people needed to do the work. As a project manager, you must avoid falling into that trap.
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It can be difficult in a functional organization for project managers who have very little to no power. In this article, the author provides some tips and tricks learned over the years to face this challenge.
A solid business case is one of the fundamental building blocks of project management. The goals and objectives of any given project, at a high level, are simple—we must be good stewards of our limited resources to ensure long-term competitive edge for the business. This article provides a seven-step process to help.
Many PMs are given the organization’s strategic goals from management—but are rarely given advice and instruction for how they can best support those goals, or information on how the strategy will be implemented. Here are a few practical tips for how you can support your organization’s strategic goals.
When project managers are asked to lead strategically important projects, the stakes go way up. But the fundamental job remains unchanged—and that’s something PMs must remember. How do you ensure you don’t succumb to the pressure of being in charge of a high-profile project?
Operations play a critical role in the successful maintenance and sustainability of products or services once they are released into production. Employing a disciplined approach to operations management can lead to increased effectiveness, cutting costs and a competitive advantage.
Do you and or your organization aggressively innovative products, methods and activities to increase your competitive advantage today—and into the future before your competitors? If not, that could be very dangerous given the projected period of innovation that is likely to occur in the next several years.
Colonel John Boyd discovered that the primary determinant to winning aerial dogfights was observing, orienting, planning and acting faster. How does this apply to project management?
You can play a role in keeping your organization moving toward its goals. How do you bring those ideas to life in your day-to-day work as a project manager? Use the steps laid out in this article to help align with the strategy.