Managing Your First Strategic Initiative

Strategic initiatives aren’t the same as typical projects—they tend to be considerably more complex and at times have hands on involvement from the top-level of management in the business. Dependent on the type of project being tackled the involvement and engagement of executive stakeholders varies. For a project like rolling out a new windows operating system lots of the stakeholders would be relatively neutral. They understand the business need, they would like to be kept aware of status and progress but have little involvement in the outcome. For other projects like the rolling out of new employment contracts some of ...

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Overcoming Annual Planning with Adaptability

Empowering the PMO to Be the Change-Maker Is your PMO cultivating a blame-free culture? Maybe, your enterprise is too mired in the traditional constraints of being over-worked and over-burdened to leave space for creativity and better decision-making. Let’s face it, traditional project management tends to hinder adaptability. If your goal is to promote collaboration, drive value for customers, and establish differentiation for long-term prosperity, it’s clearly time to empower your PMO with the adaptive enterprise. This is the message Stephen Parry, renowned author, speaker, and Change Architect, shared during a recent Planview webcast. He touted the value of constructive collaboration ...

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5 Common Project Reporting Mistakes to Avoid

A report is described as a document with key information covering a specific time period, and communicated in oral or written form. Or, more commonly, the bane of every project manager’s life! Between gathering data, accommodating the needs of every stakeholder, formatting, and getting the document distributed on time – project reports are often a time-consuming task. However, there is no denying the value of reports, both as a means of controlling your project and improving team communication. If you want to make reports a little easier to prepare and more useful for your audience, try to avoid these five ...

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Project Management Career Q&A – Strategic and Business Management Development

As a project manager thinking about my development for the coming year, what would you recommend in the ‘strategic and business management’ portion of the Talent Triangle? The great thing about this portion of the triangle is that the world really is your oyster. Strategic and business management skills are all about you being ‘a success in business’ so you can think about any kind of development that will help you to achieve that. An obvious one for project managers is to understand more about the bigger picture of where your projects reside. PMI has published many reports that highlight ...

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Project Management Careers Q&A – Becoming a Business Agile Coach

I have been in practice with Agile, particularly Scrum, Kanban and XP, and I am looking to become an Agile Coach. I am currently certified as a CSM and CSPO. While I have a great understanding of guiding from a “bottom-up” perspective, I am very interested in coaching from a “top-down” point of view. I would like to build my expertise in how to coach project managers, CEOs, etc, on how to begin practicing Agile principles when going to clients, collaborating with customers to produce contracts for business more aligned with Agile if possible, and so on. Can you help provide ...

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Project Management Careers Q&A: Moving from Manager to Project Manager

I have what may be a unique situation. I spent over 20 years of my career managing people and projects both in a production support role and minor development. I am currently pursuing a PMP certification after completing training. My question is, what role should I target in Project Management for any new opportunities that arise? I feel I have enough experience managing people to be above project coordinator and Project Manager I level. I don’t feel confident to interview for experienced project manager and that would not be totally honest anyway. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Think about ...

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Managing Conflict as a Project Manager

Conflict within most project teams is inevitable and effectively managing conflict is arguably the hardest thing a project manager has to do. How the project manager manages and resolves this conflict will make the difference between creating a better team or creating a bigger chasm within the team dynamics. As annoying and time-consuming managing conflict is, it is an important part of being a Project Manager. Don’t waste energy worrying about it just accept it comes with the territory. Looking back now over my own career I can recall conflicts with many people I managed over just about everything: other team ...

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Project Management Training – Cheap or Value?

In this article, SPOCE Project Management, the training providers for a huge portfolio of project management training approaches highlight the problem with taking up the cheaper training options available in the market today. Saving money.  It makes every one of us happy.  It’s great to know that you have bagged a bargain.  But where does value end and cheap begin and how can we tell if we have bought something that is cheap because it just isn’t worth very much or if you have bought something of real value? Never has this question been more important than in the Project ...

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