Being genuine can give you an edge as a project manager because it helps build and strengthen connections you have with your peers and project team. Authenticity builds trust and enables you to increase your circle of influence in your personal and professional life. Employ these practical actions to help you be yourself.
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Transformation appears to be a top-agenda item for the C-level. Project managers may find it tempting to opt in to a project management role in the transformation, but before saying “yes,” they should understand how the transformation team is structured, how talents are acquired, what skill sets are needed, and what key considerations to look for.
Agile approaches, originally conceived to manage software projects, can be implemented in non-IT settings to provide more predictable outcomes on a shorter-term schedule. Use of agile methodologies starts with less complex projects to encourage an agile mind-set, expanding into the organization and more complex projects when there is greater experience.
Project managers who have difficulty handling stakeholder interactions can become frustrated and turn to micromanagement, losing sight of their overall role guiding the team. Organizational network analysis (ONA) can be used to examine the health of stakeholder engagement in a project environment and promote better relationships.
33 Lessons Learned During a 40-Year Career as an Agile Project Leader/Team Member in a Traditional Information Technology Environmentby
The lessons, categorized as strategic, leadership, or technical, provide insight and some prescriptions to project teams on how to customize agile processes. Success is not automatic. But with customization and strong user support, agile approaches can work in a traditional management environment.
Part two of a two-part series. Attendees will use real life examples to practice spotting strengths and will walk away with practical tools to use when working with stakeholders, team-members, sponsors and people outside their workplace too!
How much time do we waste thinking about, avoiding, or worrying about having a hard conversation and what does that do to your productivity? To your work relationships? You can have a "silent" conversation rattle around in your head for months if you avoid "it." Of IF the hard conversation you had goes poorly, you can have the 'I should have said this" conversation in your head. What if you learned how to have powerful conversations that led to better outcomes and stronger relationships? In the 1st part of this webinar, we will explore IF a conversation is needed, how to speak from a position of power, and delineate the types of conversations so you can better manage your emotions. I would recommend listening to my conflict resolution webinar so you have a foundation before launching into this discussion.
Estimating something to be developed in a product—something that has not been done before—involves inherent uncertainty, not the least about how much work is required to produce a finished product. Estimation is about having a grip on the size of a project in terms of the amount of work, complexity or functionality, and is critical to the business.
How might efforts to "scale agile" and apply its self-organizing principles to the development of increasingly complex solutions impact the project management discipline? Two key challenges are identified: the purposeful avoidance of the project manager role and favoring stable, persistent teams over temporary organizations.
When you work with subcontractors, they become an extension of you to your clients and you want them to deliver quality and continue your good name and good standing. Subcontractors, just like employees, can either be a joy or a nightmare, but you can impact which it will be. This article provides eight techniques that deliver effectively.