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Practice These Three Key Ways to Control Project Politics

Sunday, September 2, 2018, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

What happens when your project sponsor wants a different outcome for the project than other management stakeholders? The answer is that each party tries to influence the project team to get what they want. This is one way you get into project politics. The result is that the team is pulled in different directions, trying […]



Use These Five Tips to Manage Your “To Do” List

Sunday, August 26, 2018, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

There are many tips and techniques to help you with personal time management. However, the one that seems to be universally recommended is the to-do list. It is hard to take control of your day if you don’t have a plan for what you want to do. These to-do lists can be completed daily, weekly, […]



Eight Less Obvious Ways to Find Project Success

Sunday, August 19, 2018, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

There are many techniques and processes to help you be successful on a project. Some of them, like stakeholder engagement and proactive communication, are pretty well understood. Here are some other ways to increase the likelihood of success on your project that are not so obvious. Understand both the big picture and the details If […]



Use These Four Steps to Complete a Feasibility Study

Sunday, August 12, 2018, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

A Feasibility Study is used in a couple areas of a project. It can be part of a portfolio management process to determine if you even want to approve a project. It can also be used within a project to determine in the chosen solution is feasible. The best time to complete it is when […]



How to Demonstrate the Value of PM Training Using a 4 Step Process

Sunday, August 5, 2018, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Many businesses struggle with demonstrating that they are getting their money’s worth in sending employees to training classes. This question can be applied to project management training as well as any other type of business training. You know the cost side of training too well. But how do you tell what the business value is? […]



Use Soft Skills to Resolve Personal Conflicts on Projects

Sunday, July 29, 2018, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Good managers can work with all kinds of people, and don’t shy away from the challenge of working through conflict. Conflict can occur for all types of reasons – and conflict is not necessarily bad. Conflict occurs when different people have different ideas. There may be technical conflict, schedule conflicts, spending conflicts, etc. Whatever the […]



Use These Five Ideas to Build a High-Performing Team

Sunday, July 22, 2018, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

What exactly is a high performing team? It’s a team that exceeds the goals you set by working hard and smart as a group, not individuals. It’s a team that enjoys working together. Most teams do not reach the high-performing stage. That is why they are so special when you finally achieve this feat. You […]



Use These Eight Sections for a Terrific Status Report

Sunday, July 15, 2018, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Why is it that most of us don’t have a problem working 60 hours a week taking care of our stakeholder’s needs, and yet we have difficulty writing a decent status report? There are two major problems. First, some people do not have great written communication skills. However, in most cases, the problems with communication […]



Eight Often Overlooked Keys to Project Success

Sunday, July 8, 2018, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

There are many techniques and processes to help you be successful on a project. Some of them like better estimating and defining requirements are pretty standard and obvious. Here are some other ways to increase the likelihood of success on your project that are not so obvious. Understand the details – even if you don’t […]



Remember These Five Key Activities to Initiate a Project

Sunday, July 1, 2018, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Larger projects definitely need time up-front to define and plan the work. But there are some things to consider before you even start planning. These activities would be a part of project initiation and the work is often overlooked. When you are assigned as a project manager on a project, don’t forget the following: Gather […]