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5 Steps to Improve Project Management Maturity project integration management May 03, 2020

Not all organizations can afford a full or certified project maturity assessment, such as PMMM or OPM3.  But using elementary quality tools that are easy to learn and may already be in use, any organization can improve its project management maturity.  Here's a 5-step example:

  1. Collect and categorize key issues metrics weekly (e.g., missed requirements, the amount of variance of...
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6 Tips to Improve Project Decision Making project integration management risk management Apr 26, 2020

Decision making is a skill we need to apply to weigh the pros and cons of alternatives and choose the best path forward.  Bad decisions contribute to project risks and can put a team into firefighting mode, correcting wrong decisions after bad choices.  Here are six tips to improve your project and other decision-making efforts.

  1. Treat decision making as a process. There are many...
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5 Tips for Improving Delivery of Bad News communications management resource management Apr 19, 2020

Project managers need to be able to calmly and professionally deliver bad news, when it happens, ranging from missed budgets and deadlines to team layoffs. Here are five tips for improving the delivery of bad news.

  1. Don't surprise, delay, or hide it. Deliver the news promptly. Make an appointment and set the agenda for a face-to-face meeting, if at all possible.
  2. Be prepared. Don't wing it or...
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5 Essential Tools for Project Schedule Control risk management schedule management Apr 12, 2020

These can assist you to keep a project on schedule:

  1. Ask for "as soon as possible," rather than set a deadline.
  2. Never say, "I don't have time." According to Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu, it is the same as saying, "I don't want to." Better: "I can fit it in next week, would that work?"
  3. If falling behind, carefully consider:
    • Can I start some tasks earlier or eliminate unnecessary tasks?
    • Will the...
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Understanding 3 Important Project Roles project integration management Apr 05, 2020

Project managers, coordinators, and administrators are three distinct roles that often get blurred within an organization. It is important to understand the distinctions:

1. Project Manager (PM): Ultimately responsible and accountable for all aspects of a project and its successful delivery, including planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing, or some component of these in...

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6 Essential Tools for Project Financial Control cost management Mar 29, 2020

Use these six important tools to keep your project on budget:

  1. Contracts: Contracts, whether formal or informal (e.g., MOU), can reveal what aspects of the project are most important. Incentive clauses in contracts can keep everyone on the same page.
  2. Reviews: Short interval reviews, such as status reports, should include cost variance analysis. Long interval reviews can provide information...
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5 Superior Stakeholder Questions for Project Leaders to Ask project integration management risk management stakeholder management Mar 22, 2020

Whether you are a project manager or a business analyst, these five open-ended questions posed to the project sponsor and other senior executives can get you vital information you need for project success in a short amount of time:

  1. What does success look like to you? – Learn what is most valuable to manage the triple constraints appropriately.
  2. What are your biggest challenges and...
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50 Top Global Thought Leaders on Risk Management risk management Mar 16, 2020

Honored to be named #8 of 50 Top Global Thought Leaders on Risk Management (March 2020) by Thinkers360. See more here:

Top 50 Global Thought Leaders on Risk Management

Top 50 Global Thought Leaders on Risk Management

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Project Leaders Tailor Agile project integration management Mar 15, 2020

Agile is popular, but good project leaders know that there is not a “one size fits all” method.  If you are going to use Agile, consider how it may need tailoring to meet project goals better.

  • List the 12 Agile principles and consider how each might impact project objectives, positive or negative
  • Decide which principles to keep and which to reject
  • Analyze the results and see...
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5 Tips to Improve Your Agile Project Management project integration management Mar 08, 2020

As Agile and iterative methods grow in popularity, it is easy for those with a solid project management background to work in a new environment.  These 5 tips will help:

  1. Question traditional PM practices: everything you know still applies, but question how to tailor and improve past practices for the new environment.
  2. Use pictures over words: lighter Agile documentation benefits from...
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