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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System upgrades are popular projects and have certain common success tactics. When you are upgrading a system of record, however, the stakes are greater. Be ready for a SOR upgrade by using these tactics for success—especially those related to requirements.
We are connected on a global scale these days and--with few exceptions--everyone is competing to get the customer. As a result, we have all been tasked to embrace change or else someone will gladly take our place in the industry.
In navigating your way through a haunted house of overzealous stakeholders, zombie spreadsheets, Frankenstein systems and other project management nightmares, you might take some inspiration from popular demon hunters.
Have you ever been asked to take over an ailing project—one that was close to failing and completely off track? A few simple steps can help you get off to a good start with your team and all stakeholders.
Projects are not completed all at once in a day or even a week—most projects are large endeavors that take months or even years. How do you take on a project like that? One bite at a time.
Using the latest project management tools and technology to plan, track and report progress does not ensure that effective communication is taking place. Project leaders also need to regularly talk to their team and seek feedback.
It might not be the best thing for job security in this still soft IT consultant market, but you really have to teach your clients to catch their own fish.
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.
Why are we so willing to trust the faceless voices of the Internet? Anonymity on the Web is both a blessing and curse to those who provide information and those who digest it.