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5 Tips for Improving Your PM Leadership project integration management resource management Nov 10, 2019

Improving your leadership skills will help you, as well as the team, grow and advance in your careers.

  1. Coach and mentor, rather than direct. Give trust to the team to get the job done, remove obstacles for them, and empower them to solve problems.
  2. Create a culture of learning and continuous...
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5 Tips to Improve Your Project Management project integration management Nov 03, 2019

Improving your project management skills will help your professional and personal growth, and increase your value to your organization. Here are 5 tips for improving your project management skills:

  1. Adopt a mindset of continuous improvement. Learn from past successes and mistakes and make changes...
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5 Common PM Mistakes and How to Avoid Them project integration management Oct 27, 2019

Here are five common mistakes project managers make, and tips on how to avoid them:

  1. React to variance: One week of variation, unless huge, is not going to make or break a project. Better: Look for trends, and don't forget that being under budget and time has consequences as well.
  2. Insufficient...
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5 Tips for Improving Project Communications communications management Oct 20, 2019

Studies have shown that roughly 20% of projects fail due to poor communications. Whether you are discussing risk management or just having a meeting, having strong communication skills is critical for project managers. Here are 5 tips for improving those skills:

  1. Know your audience. Do a thorough...
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Plan Projects Like Albert Einstein! project integration management Oct 16, 2019

As we've learned from projects like healthcare.gov, Agile isn't always the best method to follow for software development. If we look at its strengths and weaknesses, Agile is not especially well-suited in its pure form for projects with fixed deadlines and fixed scope. It also exhibits...

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4 More Important Principles for Risk Management risk management Oct 13, 2019

The primary goal of risk management is to navigate the uncertainty found in any initiative. As the development of the risk management process begins, here are four more general principles to keep in mind to guide decision-making:

  1. Timebox risk assessments. Because all uncertainty is not...
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4 Important Principles for Risk Management risk management Oct 06, 2019

The primary goal of risk management is to navigate the uncertainty found in any initiative. As the development of the risk management process begins, here are four general principles to keep in mind to guide decision-making:

  1. The organization and initiative stakeholders have attitudes toward...
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6 Benefits of Good Risk Management risk management Sep 29, 2019

Another tip from my new book, Risk Assessment Framework: Successfully Navigating Uncertainty, with publication planned for November. Watch for more details in October.

Following a robust and appropriately scaled risk management process provides important project benefits, including:

  1. Positive...
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5 Easy Steps to Avoid Herding Cats project integration management Sep 22, 2019

If project management feels like it's herding cats, you are probably doing something wrong. Here are 5 steps to avoid the cats:

  1. Be sure you develop a definition of success and a clear vision with the project sponsor.
  2. Be sure there are clearly defined roles and responsibilities.
  3. Do enough...
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Managing Risks of Fixed Costs cost management risk management Sep 22, 2019
Last week we looked at a fixed schedule, so its only natural to want to look at fixed costs too. Or perhaps I should more precisely say "fixed price" since fixed costs have a connotation of overhead. And there's a further clarification to make as well (finances are so much more complex than...
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5 Tips for Improving Risk Management Planning risk management Sep 15, 2019
From Risk Assessment Framework: Successfully Navigating Uncertainty.

How much risk management and risk management planning is enough? There is no immediate answer to this question; however, a good starting point is to consider the following objectives and constraints:
  1. Costs and time of...
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Managing Risks of Fixed Schedules risk management schedule management Sep 15, 2019
As Project Managers, we often have to perform with a fixed schedule. This type of situation can occur for almost any project or industry, but it is a special issue in the software industry when we want to meet monthly, quarterly, or other periodic release schedules. Here are my top 5 tips for...
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