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The Pros and Cons of Remote Project Management

Posted by on Friday, May 2, 2014, In : Project Management 

You’ve got to love technology. It wasn’t too terribly long ago that everyone thought faxing was amazing. The image came across on the other side on a long, scrolling piece of thermal paper that looked similar to a big roll of toilet paper. Plus, you needed to read the fax pretty quickly because the image seemed to fade and disappear in just a matter of weeks. Regardless of minor inconveniences, it was remarkable that documents and images could be transmitted from one side of the world to ...


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Five Techniques to Get a Project Back on Budget

Posted by on Friday, April 18, 2014, In : Project Management 

Project managers need to manage costs on their project. The sponsor has agreed to pay a certain amount of money for a certain solution. If the solution ends up costing more than anticipated, the solution may or may not make as much business sense.

If you find your project is trending over budget, you must first validate the cause. If you can determine the cause, you will have a much better idea of what options are available to try to get back on track. There are a number of techniques you ca...


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Five Ways to Convince Executives of the Value of Project Management

Posted by on Friday, April 11, 2014, In : Project Management 

Project management practices provide value to all organisations. The exact argument to use for convincing executives is going to be different from company to company because every company has a unique culture and unique problems they face. But some common benefits should be achieved in all organisations.

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Better Estimating, Planning and Project Definition

How many times have you heard about or been involved in a project that was not as successful as it needed to be. Did you ever spend tim...


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How Your Organisation Culture Influences Your Project Success

Posted by on Friday, March 21, 2014, In : Project Management 

It should come as no shock to learn that some organisations are better than others at managing projects. There are probably no organisations that have a 100% success rate, and hopefully none have a 0% success rate. However, some organisations definitely perform at a higher level than others.

There are a number of organisational factors that influence your ability to deliver projects successfully. Your organisation’s culture has a lot to do with the success rate of your projects.

The ter...


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Four Tips to Deal with Uncertainty on Long Projects

Posted by on Friday, March 7, 2014, In : Project Management 

     Many long projects start off with a lot of uncertainty. You may not be 100% sure of the resource requirements, the final deliverables, the cost, schedule, etc. There may be many risks. The good news is that project managers deal with the uncertainty associated with large projects all the time, and it is very likely that you can be successful. Here are a couple tips to consider, depending on what you think will work best in your situation.

    1.    Break the work into smaller pieces

    T...


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10 Tips for Communicating to a Non-Technical Audience

Posted by on Thursday, December 20, 2012, In : Project Management 

Project managers and technologists (geeks) are detail-oriented folks with a precise way of describing things, especially when those “things” are requirements or product descriptions. However, other people may be less interested in absolute truth and more interested in generally correct information. When a project manager talks with customers, potential customers, executives or project stakeholders, finding the right level of detail and “representation schema” (mental model) can be cha...


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The 4 Pillars of Leadership

Posted by on Sunday, September 16, 2012, In : Leadership & Teams 

There has been a notable shift in recent years to talking about project leadership, as distinct from project management. Management, as the saying goes, is about doing things right, and leadership is about doing the right things. In reality, both leadership and management are often done by the same person – the project manager. But how do you adopt a style that supports both?

Thomas Juli sets out five principles of effective project leadership in his book Leadership Principles for Project ...


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10 tips to overcome Imposter Syndrome

Posted by on Saturday, August 25, 2012, In : Leadership & Teams 

You know how you feel when you get a new project or a whole lot more responsibility and suddenly you feel you’re in the wrong job? You’re not alone – that feeling is called "Imposter Syndrome".

We all get it. Someone says something, or you attend a meeting and it all goes over your head and suddenly you feel like a right idiot, in completely the wrong place and company and in no way worthy of being a project manager, or any other type of manager. It’s only a matter of time before som...


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Top 8 Skills for Project Managers

Posted by on Wednesday, July 25, 2012, In : Leadership & Teams 

What comes to your mind when you think of someone who is a skilled surgeon or a skilled pilot? You picture someone with some years on them. Perhaps a touch of grey in their hair that shows they’ve paid their dues through time. You picture someone who has decades of training, experience, and ongoing education. You know this person has passed scores of test, certifications, and exams to make it to the point they are now.

This leaves us with a level of confidence that makes us feel good abo...


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10 Tips for Good Meeting Minutes

Posted by on Monday, July 9, 2012, In : Project Management 

Minutes help with project communication – they ensure people have a common understanding of what the meeting was about, and they serve as a permanent record. They can be especially useful for people who were not able to attend the meeting in person. So here are 10 tips for writing good minutes.

1. Write minutes while you still remember

Don’t leave writing up your minutes until the project meeting is a distant memory. If you can’t remember everything, get someone else to read you...


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Team Management Dos and Don'ts

Posted by on Wednesday, July 4, 2012, In : Leadership & Teams 

Project Management is a different ball game every day with almost hourly surprises. Managing a team has always been challenging for project managers. You will have to work with the diverse set of people who have different skill sets, different aspirations and varied levels of commitments. Here are a few generic Dos and Don’ts while dealing with your project team.

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Ask for their opinion, make a point to make them realize that you are l...


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6 Steps to Initiate Projects Successfully

Posted by on Wednesday, June 27, 2012, In : Project Management 

Numerous projects never even get past the detailed planning phase and the main reason for this is because they have not been defined and scoped properly and as a result there is no buy-in into the project or sponsorship is lacking.

Following the following six steps to initiate your projects quickly and efficiently, should ensure that they get the correct buy-in and sponsorship from senior management, which will ensure their survival.

Step 1: Create a detailed business case.

This must be done in ...


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15 Common Mistakes in Project Management

Posted by on Friday, June 22, 2012, In : Project Management 

Some organisation’s projects have been unduly criticised for being poorly planned and managed and having unrealistic cost and time projections assigned to them.

Here I highlighted the most apparent mistakes in project management!

1.   Ineffective Communication:
Support from Stakeholders and Steering Committees is absolutely crucial to a project. This can only be achieved if communication is effective and appropriately targeted. Meet regularly, always keep them in the loop with quick and p...


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