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Defining Leadership people Jun 05, 2022

This week, I was asked by someone to define leadership.  In addition, they asked if leadership was something that could be taught.  So let's look at each of these questions, one at a time.

There are three essential elements to leadership:

  1. A leader is someone who guides, influences, and manages people by influence, not authority or power.  Therefore, leadership has nothing to do...
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Project Cost Management Requires Flexibility cost management people May 29, 2022

[NOTE: Want to find out more about project cost management?  You're invited to the launch of PPC Group's new publication, Project Cost Management: Principles, Tools, Techniques, and Best Practices for Project Finance, by Ray Frohnhoefer and Inham Hassen, in June 2022. For more information and to register for the event, click here: ...

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4 Warning Signs a Project is Failing communications management people project integration management May 22, 2022

Projects fail for a lot of reasons, so it's a good idea for the project manager to be aware of what is happening on the project.   Things may even be perfect - no variance and all goals met - but management may decide to kill the project or there may be other hidden problems.  Here are four signs that your project may be failing or left to fail.

The project sponsor(s) are nowhere...

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4 Ways to Build Project Management Competency people project integration management resource management May 15, 2022

I frequently receive questions such as how do I get started as a project manager and how do I learn more about project management.  It takes time to learn.  You will also need to learn not just best practices but the practices your organization already employs.

This post is not about training or competency studies but relationships. Building the right relationships ensures you get the...

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6 Tips for Improving Virtual Team Communication communications management people technical May 08, 2022

With the move to more remote work, this is a good time to think about improving virtual team communication.  Fortunately, I've been working with remote teams since the 1970s, so have learned a few important lessons along the way.  Communication, for some, is difficult face-to-face and even harder when working remotely.

Here's a perfect example of how not to act with remote...

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4 Critical Topics for Project Charters project integration management technical May 01, 2022

A project charter is a document that initiates a project.  While some project management standards suggest specific formats and topics, real projects often use other documents in place of a project charter.  These may be contracts, statements of work, memoranda of understanding, or other similar documents.

The best project charters provide the most salient details, allowing the...

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The Importance of Change Management business project integration management scope management Apr 24, 2022

To start this week's topic, let's look at a definition of change management. According to the PMBOK Guide - 7th Edition, "Change management, or enablement, is a comprehensive, cyclic, and structured approach for transitioning individuals, groups, and organizations from a current state to a future state in which they realize benefits."

Note that the critical elements of this definition are about...

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3 Ways for Project Managers to Create the Perfect Home Office people project integration management Apr 17, 2022

Working from home comes with some fantastic benefits. One is the ability to customize your office so it best fits your needs. Studies suggest that by 2028 at least 73% of departments will have remote positions. Everyone from project managers to consultants like the PPC Group can work from home or elsewhere. Because of this, home office design is more critical than ever....

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5 Tips for IT Project Managers people project integration management Apr 10, 2022

Last week we looked at tips for construction project managers.  While project management remains the same across industries (with the exception of some terminology), project managers in different industries will face different issues and challenges.  This week, let's examine 5 tips focused on IT project managers.

Develop strong interpersonal skills. There are many strong and diverse...

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5 Tips for Construction Project Managers people project integration management technical Apr 03, 2022

Managing any construction project can be time-consuming and stressful.  There are a lot of disciplines and people involved, even in smaller projects, and there is always pressure to finish on time.  So here are five tips specifically aimed at those new to construction projects.

Solve one problem at a time.  There will always be issues but be sure to tackle them one at a...

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