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5 Common Barriers to Successful Delegation people resource management stakeholder management Mar 14, 2021

Last week we looked at 4 Steps to Diligently Delegate.  There are five very common barriers to enacting a successful delegation. Good project managers understand what these are and avoid the pitfalls.

1.  The project manager may have a personal interest in the task. While you may have a personal interest, your job now is to manage and grow the team. Don't let your personal interests...

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4 Steps to Diligent Delegation people resource management Mar 07, 2021

In addition to good planning up front, execution of any project can be effortless if you develop the critical soft skills needed to succeed.  Let's consider delegation.  Unfortunately, new project managers often lack confidence or fear loss of control, leading to lower levels of delegation. Even more unfortunately, loss of control is what normally happens when project managers fail to...

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5 Tips to Create Your Project Management Future project integration management resource management Feb 28, 2021

The best way to predict the future is to create it.

- Peter Drucker

Rather than wait for your project management future, if you are planning to pursue a career, get started now and create it.  Here are five tips you can use to predict the high quality of that future:

  1. Have a clear vision for every project and the team, and communicate it to all stakeholders.  Add to this clarity of...
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5 Tips to Reduce Project Risk risk management Feb 21, 2021

No matter what project management methods or project life cycles you are using, risk management is an important component.  While there may be some nuances for different circumstances, some elements are universal.

It's important to note that risk is unavoidable - no environment is completely risk free. But do scale your efforts accordingly.  A very complex project, projects with large...

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7 Tips for Agile Project Managers project integration management resource management scope management Feb 14, 2021

Whether you are a project manager or a scrum master, if you are leading an agile project, there are some critical things to keep in mind.  Some of these we have covered in past articles and some of them are new. Here are seven tips for agile project managers.  Repetition helps to build retention, so even if these seem old, think of them as new :)

  1. Respect client deliverables. ...
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8 Steps to Acquiring Project Management Skills in 2021 project integration management Feb 07, 2021

The first month of a new year has already past - time flies by!  Perhaps as part of your New Year's resolutions you have decided to acquire new skills or take your career in a different direction.  Now is a great time to get started with project management.

Just a few years ago, Project Management Institute Research showed that there would be a need for around 22m new project managers...

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There's Never Been a More Exciting Time in Project Management project integration management resource management Jan 31, 2021

COVID-19 has brought about a lot of change; however, some things remain constant.  In a more competitive environment, with constant change and fewer available resources, the skill of project management is now as important as ever. Projects must be more successful and deliver on their promised value to help organizations realize their strategies.  One of the unique benefits of...

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6 Tips for Improved Agile Scheduling schedule management Jan 24, 2021

The definition of a project includes having a start and an end date, making a project a temporary endeavor.  Even though more flexibility is required for agile projects, senior management may still have an expectation of some form of high level schedule so other projects in the organization can be planned.

This means that in addition to getting the best possible requirements up front, you...

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5 Ways Agile Enhances Customer Satisfaction and Engagement stakeholder management Jan 17, 2021

While agile methods may not fit every project, every project that uses agile automatically gets a boost in customer experience, satisfaction, and engagement.  This is a substantial benefit that most businesses crave!  Check out these  5 ways that agile, if done correctly, can improve customer relationships and propel your business forward.

  1. Customer involvement is elevated and...
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6 Tips to Improve Agile Estimation scope management Jan 10, 2021

Let's face it.  Estimation is a necessary evil for all projects.  Having good estimates helps to mitigate time and cost risks and better enables us to deliver successful projects.  While the agile environment may have more flexibility, most organizations cannot tolerate never-ending projects.

As a whole and at a high level, estimation of agile projects is not that different from...

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