The most significant challenge for any project manager is when projects shift modes. The shift from startup to execution, and the shift from execution to closeout, requires a change in mindset. Each shift needs the PM to adjust their focus and emphasis--and a corresponding change to how they deal with people.
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Journaling: How Retrospective Introspection Can Unlock Project Managers' Productivity and Professional Developmentby
Many of us have made brief forays into journaling. The author describes the tangible benefits of daily, structured journaling for the project manager, how it aligns with the concept of lessons learned (your Personal Process Assets), and helps you increase productivity by refining your focus on priorities and your future.
Many initiatives fail to deliver. How will organizations remain competitive and efficient with such troublesome statistics? Here are nine tips that can give you a better chance of success.
All projects have benefits, even those that are “just an upgrade.” But creating energy and receiving buy-in from the project team is oftentimes much more difficult on smaller initiatives. Here we learn some actionable items that can be used to keep team members engaged and focused on the reasons behind the technical work.
Some project managers have an easy facility for eliciting detailed information from their stakeholders while others find it a struggle to obtain more than just a monosyllabic answer. While some of this variability can be attributed to the questioner’s competency in formulating effective questions, the circumstances under which the questions are asked--and how receptive and engaged the parties are in answering those questions--also come into play.