As the project manager you are accountable for delivering a successful project. Sure you have a team to work with but ultimately the buck stops with you. At the end if the project fails all eyes look to you. When analyzing why a project failed you need to reflect to the beginning of the project […]
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One of the leading causes of projects not meeting their objectives is the failure to fully and completely define the project requirements.
One of the leading causes of failing to define project requirements is not understanding the full range of stakeholders that have an interest in your project. Is it possible to adequately define project requirements without first identifying who the project’s stakeholders are? Tell us – What Do You Think?
Business Case Definitions
Businesses tend use their own set of terms. Familiarizing yourself with these terms will help you actually understand what your bosses are talking about in the next Financial Meeting. A business case should focus primarily on the key parameters that will assist in driving the investment decision and provide information for initial planning and estimating so that […]
Defining Project Requirements Begins With Identifying Project Stakeholders
One of the leading causes of projects not meeting their objectives is the failure to fully and completely define the project requirements. One of the leading causes of failing to define project requirements is a not understanding the full range of stakeholders that have an interest in your project. Most of what is written about […]
How do you draft a team for a project?
Everyone has a rotating to-do list from day to day in order to keep business running smoothly. How do you make sure you get the right people to work on the right things for the amount of time you need them? What are some things you consider when drafting the best team to support your […]
Project Team Blending
Teams are central to project management. Project teams are comprised of members from various parts of an organization; some of which may be working together for the first time. Part of the project managers role is to create an environment for success. This project team blending tool will illustrate actions to develop and maintain a […]
When is the appropriate time to escalate an issue?
Escalations are a healthy and essential part of business. As a project manager you hold folks at all levels accountable to meet the commitments they’ve made by the date provided. It’s also your job to remove constraints and resolve problems that will surface on every project and potentially harm them. This job is a confrontational discipline, what are some critical clues to be […]
Escalations Are an Essential Part of Project Management
I have often said that project management is a confrontational discipline because as a project manager you are holding folks at all levels accountable to meet the commitments they made by the date they provided. Many times I have been asked at what point you escalate an issue. I escalate an issue as soon as […]
Running Productive Meetings
Sound Familiar? “I don’t know why we had this meeting. Nothing was agreed to” “This meeting should have taken an hour, but lasted for three” Meeting management tends to be a set of skills often overlooked in organizations. Meetings are very expensive activities considering the cost of labor and how much does or does not […]
Twelve Step Project Management
Step 1: Obtain Top Management Support, Keep them Engaged, Establish a Budget and Project Metrics Step 2: Select a Competent Project Manager Step 3: Select a Competent Project Team Members, Establish Project Metrics and Performance Management Process Step 4: Clearly Define Project Scope and Objectives and Business Requirements This 12 step worksheet will show you […]