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Project Leaders: Time to Ask Another "Why?" project integration management scope management Feb 16, 2020

Decades of Project Management research shows that lack of user involvement/ executive sponsorship and requirements management are consistently high on the top 10 causes of project failure list. Over time, there has been a modest uptick in project success rates, but still, large percentages of...

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5 Tips for Project Leaders to Effectively Handle Issues risk management Feb 09, 2020

Ever work on a project where it seemed like there were constant issues? Here are some tips to both avoid getting into this state and effectively handling the issues if you do.

  1. Have a robust risk management process. Issues are risks that "happened," so proactively identifying potential issues...
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5-Step Roadmap to the PMPĀ® for Highly Experienced PMs project integration management Feb 02, 2020

You have accrued far more than the required three years of experience, have taken some classes in project management, and just learned about the PMP® certification. This is the same roadmap I followed in 2001 and passed on the first attempt. It's inexpensive and you can "opt-out" at any step...

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5-Step Roadmap to a Career as a Leader project integration management Jan 26, 2020

Seeking a leadership career? Embarking on a career in Project Management and earning a PMP® is a good path PMs typically earn more than "experts," and PMPs typically earn more than non-PMPs. The skills you learn will benefit any future management positions. You can wait to become an...

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5 Leadership Competencies Needed for Times of Project Crisis communications management risk management Jan 19, 2020

When issues escalate into crises, these five leadership competencies are essential for project leaders to both weather the immediate storm and confidently move toward the future. It is difficult to recover when both being blamed for the crisis and taking the wrong management steps.

  1. Build an...
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6 Tips for Effortless Execution project integration management resource management scope management stakeholder management Jan 12, 2020

The execution phase of a project, while not immune to issues, can be as effortless as possible if you follow these principles:

  1. Do the right amount of planning: too little and things "fall through the cracks", too much planning risks "analysis paralysis".
  2. Get the right team: people that want to...
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Leaders: Do the Right Thing! project integration management Jan 05, 2020

Always do the right thing. It demonstrates integrity and ethics. You want to be known for this type of behavior - it builds trust, makes it easier for you to lead and negotiate, and creates project success.

What is the "right thing"? Here are some examples:

  • When requesting an initial project...
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5 Tips to Assure Successful Risk Management risk management Dec 29, 2019

Following these five tips will go a long way in assuring successful project delivery.

  1. Rather than skip risk management, scale and tailor a process to your project needs. Completing the exercise will help you more easily identify responses when unidentified risks occur later in the project.
  2. ...
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The Importance of Macro (Organizational) Change scope management Dec 22, 2019

A project management fable: A payroll improvement project was presented to an organization as a fait accompli. Only senior management had input into the selection and decision making for the project. Rather than allow the project manager to focus on the project, the project sponsor assigned him...

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5 Tips for Project Leaders to Reduce Stress resource management Dec 15, 2019

Projects can be stressful for all concerned, especially around holidays. Here are 5 tips for project leaders to reduce stress for everyone involved:

  1. Clarity is the #1 stress reducer. Be sure everyone knows the vision for the outcomes, the plan, and their roles and responsibilities at all times.
  2. ...
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Project Execution Checklist: Time for Leadership project integration management resource management Dec 08, 2019

Does the team put together the perfect plan with your facilitation? Even so, project execution is more than just checking progress and writing status reports. Here is where your leadership is most needed. These are some items for a project execution checklist to ensure you are leading:

  • Manage...
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6 Tips for Team and Leadership Success resource management Dec 01, 2019

These six tips will help you achieve success with teams and begin to form high performing teams:

  1. Know the team. Check-in frequently with everyone and schedule time for 1:1 meetings to learn more about each team member.
  2. Provide clarity. Teams work best when there is clarity of purpose, plan, and...
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