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Project Portfolio Management (PPM) What is a Portfolio?

Sunday, January 20, 2019, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Most believe a portfolio is an extension of projects and programs. They see the portfolio as a roll-up of the projects their employer has approved, a way to group them together. An example might be all IT projects and programs for the current year making up the IT portfolio. In reality, the portfolio comes first. […]



The Big Three Steps to Manage Project Quality

Sunday, January 13, 2019, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Being a Project Manager is a tough job! You not only have to produce the deliverables on time and within budget, but you also need to ensure that they meet the quality expectations of your customer. To do this, you need to define and execute a quality management process. By implementing a quality process within […]



Broad Advice to Be Successful Managing Projects

Friday, January 11, 2019, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

There is so much to learn to become a great Project Manager. You have to juggle time, money, people, equipment and materials. To do it all, some people feel like they have to be a miracle worker! But it’s not the case. Just take these essential steps. Plan carefully Plan the project before you immediately […]



5 Best Employer Branding Practices

Monday, January 7, 2019, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

A strong employer brand is the answer to the question that every job seeker asks – Why should I choose to work for this company? The employer brand is what makes a company stand out amongst the many employers in the job market. A powerful employer brand automatically attracts competent people, thus doing much of […]



Use These Four Steps to Gather Requirements

Sunday, January 6, 2019, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Knowing how to gather requirements is a skill that every analyst, and project manager, – should know. However, it seems to be a skill that is generally lacking in many organizations. Poor requirements gathering is a major cause of project problems in many organizations. Gathering requirements is more than just asking a few questions and […]



5 Ways to Boost Productivity Without Over-investing

Wednesday, January 2, 2019, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

It’s easy to achieve a boost in productivity when you’re determined to commit a vast amount of resources to make this happen. Purchasing the VIP version of the software that you’re currently using instead of going for a free version, getting high-end gear for every member of your team and giving a massive raise could […]



Five Ways to Try to Turn Around Marginal Performers

Sunday, December 30, 2018, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

One problem that many project managers never get comfortable with is dealing with poor performers. Some people are such poor performers that they ultimately fire themselves. Maybe the bigger challenge is trying to improve marginal performers. These are people that constantly disappoint. The miss a high performance bar, but when you lower the bar they […]



Three Steps to Formally Close a Project

Sunday, December 23, 2018, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

A project does not end when you implement or launch your solution. Terms like “launch”, “deploy” or “implement” are project lifecycle documents. A project does not formally end until project management “close”. Project closure allows you to ensure all the work is done and all of the project components are put in their place. It […]



Why Organizations Prefer to Create Teams to Deliver the Best Results

Wednesday, December 19, 2018, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Teamwork plays a critical role in influencing employee performance that translates into better efficiencies and enhanced productivity. Teamwork also reflects the company culture that banks on togetherness of employees who stay highly motivated to give their best always. Putting collective ideas at work is the best way to encourage innovation, and it is only possible […]



Is Governance Helping You or Slowing You Down?

Sunday, December 16, 2018, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

We’ve worked with many organizations that have put in place some fairly mature project management processes and implemented what they call ‘Governance’. While we 100% support the practice of providing a defined process around project, program and portfolio management we have detected a trend in organizations experiencing some unintended consequences of governance. Specifically, adopting a […]