The growing Project Economy will lead to certain expectations of project teams—and there are things you can do to make sure your team lives up to them. Here are two tactics to use during a project to increase chances of success.
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With remote teams the rule, not the exception, it has become more difficult than ever to keep team members and stakeholders informed, aligned and engaged. One tool that can help is the decision log: a simple listing of why, when and how decisions are made, as well as relevant details.
We can’t always do it all ourselves. Choosing the right vendor is critical to your project’s success. Ensuring your goals are aligned, conducting deep due diligence, and creating a win-win scenario will get you there. This article looks at approaches to help you gather accurate information about your vendor and their capabilities.
One of the biggest differentiators between a successful project and a failing one is the amount of respect present. This is relevant to anyone associated with the project—in any role, and at any time. Does your project exhibit these four types of respect?
Similar to the technology frameworks behind the scenes of our everyday lives that improve our user interfaces, a client engagement framework can improve how organizations interface with clients, making the organization more effective and improving the quality and level of client satisfaction.
The world of projects is filled with uncertainty and risk, while the world of processes thrives on repeatability and reliable forecasts. When a project deliverable gets to the point of going into use, those worlds collide—with resulting conflict, stress and misunderstandings.
Complexity is not an obstacle—it’s an opportunity for change, for transforming communication, relationships and the way of working. This transformation is achievable if we recognize complexity in processes and procedures that we have inherited from the past—and know how to change them.
Regardless of how small or large a project is, there will be a need for quick and strong decisions. Following the critical steps in an effective decision-making process, properly defining the roles and responsibilities of stakeholders and applying group decision facilitation techniques can help project managers nail the act of decision making.
Faced with a project that had no defined scope and no project manager, this practitioner took on the role. Since then, he has completed dozens of similar projects and worked out a reliable general process with five steps.
How to respond and lead in your environment will depend on how your project and stakeholders have been impacted. There is no universal best response, but this practitioner offers some tips for consideration. You can then decide if they apply—and how to implement them for your environment.