Leadership is about staying ahead of those who you seek to lead. But how do you stay ahead? By asking yourself the right questions. This list of timely questions will get you started...
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A project leader of a functional team, in late 2020, may encounter external stakeholders that may negatively affect aspirational guidelines that all PMs must strive to achieve. By nature of this type of organization, a PM has little or no formal power. How does a PM maintain the position of being fair, being factual with stakeholder raising conflict, defending himself/herself in a responsible manner, and respecting those stakeholders bringing negative (perceived or real) risks? In the process groups of initiation and executing, I plan to share also two to three examples from projects in the ASIC supply chain business experienced in the past (good, bad, ugly) in the in the initiation and execution areas.
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The COVID-19 crisis has severely disrupted our work lives. While this too shall pass, the world is certainly not going to reset to pre-pandemic times. Our lives and the way we manage projects will settle into a new normal. Delivering success in the new normal will require proactive, ethical, and inspirational leadership. How do you lead team members who are largely working from home? How will you ensure cohesion and collaboration? How do you appreciate and inspire your team? This extremely engaging session presents seven practical, proven strategies for leadership success. You'll also get the chance to share your own winning moves with other attendees. Join us to learn, share, network and succeed!
Project management methods have tended to be too complex to be easily understood and applied by non-experts. The pivotal assumption has been that documenting every aspect of a project in detail will provide a high level of control of the planned activities during the implementation of the project. Many project managers ended up producing massive numbers of documents and swathes of paperwork, leading to an overall feeling that the role was primarily administrative. In contrast, widely used management disciplines are often linked to a few simple frameworks that can be easily understood, and applied, not only by managers but also by the majority of individuals. Porter’s Five Forces and value chain analysis help to make strategy a key area for every organization to apply.
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A simple decision log can help a project manager keep stakeholders and team members informed, aligned and engaged on decisions made throughout the course of the project. Here is a sample to use or modify to your specific needs. Use in conjunction with the article Distributed PM: Decision Logs.
This Excel log enables you to keep track of project stakeholders, including roles, expectations, power, interest, influence, impact, and management strategy.
Este registro de Excel le permite realizar un seguimiento de las partes interesadas del proyecto, incluidos los roles, las expectativas, el poder, el interés, la influencia, el impacto y la estrategia de gestión.
The Project Canvas framework, which covers the basic principles and fundamentals of projects that everyone should know, is practical and easy to implement. It is a proven tool that will assist you in leading projects more successfully and in making your dreams a reality.
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Sponsors can be tremendously frustrating for PMs, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Start your career (or your project) off on the right foot and own your sponsor relationship by following a few guidelines.
Never send another email that ends up unread. With a few personalization techniques in your toolkit, your project communications will be so much more effective. Ready to learn how?
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.
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.
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