To be a more valuable partner for your sponsor, and be a more sophisticated project manager in general, start using a more consultative approach. The questioning mindset and constructive problem solving of this approach uses tactics that start at your earliest entry into the project.
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When it comes to optimizing workforce performance, what are you prepared to do? To use the latest techniques in your project means you may have to go against mainstream corporate culture or cut a little into the power wielded by certain individuals. Are you ready to do this? These tactics are effective in improving workforce performance, but don’t bring a knife to a gunfight. Implementing these ideas may be difficult...
Managing risk is not exclusively about minimizing it. Risk is also about maximizing rewards. Here, a lead project manager shares some thoughts on “playing it safe” to stay on track and avoid issues versus “taking a plunge” to pursue an unexpected opportunity.
Continuing to develop a failing project is a big challenge. Improving the environment and culture to ensure successful delivery requires integrating the bottom-up approach from a small task level with a top-down orientation of strategic management. Learn how to diagnose failure and implement useful techniques.
The frequency and magnitude of IT project failures are so prevalent and epic that people can appear in denial of their ability to influence, or “in acceptance” that a certain percentage of projects just go south. Does it need to be that way? If we spent more time asking people where stuff could go wrong rather than making ever more polished models of flawed project plans, could we change the statistics?
The project manager should make sure the lessons learned sessions are positive experiences for all involved. But how can you turn a session on mistakes into something constructive?
You can use a simple spreadsheet to make a reasonable best guess of the likely duration of a given task. This explanation of three-point estimates and simple triangle probability distribution—along with its accompanying Microsoft Excel spreadsheet—can be used to conduct a Monte Carlo simulation.
The flawless maritime response to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings validated the campaign to change the status quo and prepare for the unthinkable through benchmarking, validation, consensus, training and implementation.
A lot of team stress is caused by a disconnect between expectations and reality. How can a project manager balance a positive environment with realistic expectations?
We always give a great deal of attention to project communications with senior management, customers and sponsors. But in order to make the project and all of these stakeholders successful, the project manager needs to diligently nurture one more channel: project communications to and from project team members.