How do the business functions of project, program and portfolio management bring about change within organizations? In Part 2, we focus on our roles in an ever-changing organizational landscape.
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In our concluding installment, we look at the importance of understanding your existing organizational culture.
We’re good at scrutinizing problems, but many project managers and business analysts could do a better job of fostering positive change and improving future results by giving more attention to the “bright spots” on projects — those flashes of success that often go unnoticed when other things go wrong.
Many project managers complain that they don’t have any real authority over their teams — and they don’t if authority is about command and control. But we can earn a different type of authority, one that is more effective in the world of projects anyway. It is based on postion and relationship power.
Establishing productive working relationships with your project team is as critical as building the plan, managing risk or reporting to stakeholders. It requires accessibility, adaptability and authenticity. Here are seven principles that can help you help your team members maximize their individual and collective value.
You've been working in a different environment for a year now, using different skills. Make sure you take time to assess how it went so that you can generate something positive from this difficult period. It's as simple as asking yourself a series of questions to uncover lessons learned.
Agile organizations are always learning from their customers and their products, using them as guides to new ideas and opportunities. They also bring an agile mindset to selecting and executing the ideas they pursue, making advances iteratively through a continuous cycle of different initiatives at different stages.
If satisfying work, not money, is the reason more people change jobs, it should be no surprise that individuals who choose their project are more productive. So-called self-organizing teams are not uncommon, but can the benefits of self-selected teams be part of a formal, broader approach to better project management?
At some point in your project management career, you will be given a project that deals with a product or technology that you have not experienced in the past. Driving your project doesn't require that you be a subject matter expert in anything but project management. Asking five questions will help you resolve the obstacle.