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How do you get the project management basics right?

The 2015 Pulse of the Profession Report (Capturing the Value of Project Management) suggested “……it’s time for organizations to revisit the fundamentals of project management and, essentially, go back to the basics.” Those basics include “Using standardized project management practices throughout the organization.”  * It is interesting to visit a company and find that while there are claims such … Read More > Related Posts: What a great report – every company should read it How do you counteract scope creep? Why is project management so fragmented in companies? Public or in house training – the choice is yours Different country, same project management issues

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How do you get the project management basics right?

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Assess for Success

If success means tangible business value then projects must deliver something that actually fits what the business needs. Yet over time these two can and do get out of synch.  By stepping away from the mechanics of a project we can assess and decide if it’s really worth continuing. It’s been a while between blog posts but I’ve had some projects on the go that have kept me more than occupied. Some have been client projects and others personal. One thing’s for sure, whether you’re… Managing a project, eg: house extension, ERP system implementation, or search, selection and procurement exercise; or Part of a project team; or Consulting about projects, ie: an individual project itself or the structures and processes that support and govern them, and how they’re strategically aligned. …much of what we do in our work and lives is project based. That’s got me pondering two questions: How often are projects assessed?

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Assess for Success

How good is your ability to build trust?

One of the most important prerequisites for building great professional relationships with team members and stakeholders is trust . Without trust it’s impossible for a project to function effectively as people are unlikely to open up, collaborate and follow someone who they feel they can’t rely on. Trust is essential for working together. Many team members and stakeholders have specialized jobs and responsibilities and the only way to collaborate effectively is to understand each other, which is the core of trust. For project and change managers a high-trust environment is particularly important, as the very nature of our job is to lead people through a period of high uncertainty and change. In addition we often interface with people who are more senior than us and who don’t report to us. As we can’t rely on hierarchical reporting lines to move things forward, we have to make use of our interpersonal skills and our ability to influence people in more subtle ways.

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How good is your ability to build trust?

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“They make it easier to keep track….”

I had an interesting conversation last week with someone who had used our project management templates. This person had seen the templates, downloaded the templates and used them. She was really pleased with them and wanted to feedback that: ….it makes it easier to keep track of the project I can protect myself and the project team We can measure … Read More > Related Posts: Project management templates – are they worth while doing? The case of the missing project manager How much project management information do you share? Practical project management training – it works! Shopping, it’s surely like a project?

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“They make it easier to keep track….”

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Self Development? Me?…sorry, I’m too busy for that

Be honest, when was the last time you took time out from your project to really focus on yourself? I ask this as I speak with many project managers who are very busy, so busy they barely return phone calls, their calendars are fully committed to the project(s) or there is little space in their day/week for anything else. As … Read More > Related Posts: 360 assessment for project staff So, how good are you? What do you need to change to be more effective? Project Management Training: Classroom vs mobile Good project management skills are not enough

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Self Development? Me?…sorry, I’m too busy for that