Question: I know that as project managers we are supposed to try to provide what the customer or company asks us to do, but what about when they request silly things? I would think we had some responsibility to protect them from spending time and money creating things that have no actual value. At what point do we step in and slightly adjust the technical and functional requirements to be more realistic, and help them see that they are spending money on features and functions that aren’t really necessary?
From a project’s kickoff to final delivery, storytelling is a critical, if underused, tool for project managers. Can ChatGPT help? By generating ideas and connections based on your input, this natural language processing tool can prompt your own thinking and lead to more compelling stories.
As project managers, we have to pull information that is both broad and deep out of our constituents. We can’t expect them to “push” information to us proactively and package it the way we want. Here are seven ways to minimize your burden of information “pull” when working with stakeholders.
Empathy allows project managers to better understand the needs and concerns of their team members and stakeholders. This understanding can lead to more effective decision making, as well as a more positive and productive work environment.
Interpersonal skills can often be the most challenging aspect of emotional intelligence. Here we focus on the importance of empathy (understanding and being aware of people's feelings) and social skills (knowing how to work with others in various situations). How do you measure up?
Ignore emotional intelligence at your own risk. As a project manager, much of what we do is based on exercising EI. We are responsible for inspiring, motivating and influencing team members—and we must use EI first to get our mental health in order, then to help promote collaboration.
Contract management is a key tool for project managers, helping to articulate the written baseline of a project. But why is it so often neglected? Three key aspects can help project managers better understand its importance.
It’s unusual to hear nice things said about stakeholders. How can we reimagine the role to be more respected and more valuable? We start with a suggestion that may appear a bit radical: Let’s get rid of stakeholders.