Many large organizations have projects. The level of attention provided to these corporate projects can vary a lot, along with the rate of success. In organizations with significant operations, it is very easy to minimize the importance of proper management and leadership on projects. Projects are notably different from regular operations of the organization. They are not secondary activities that are managed on the side of the desk, whenever someone has time for it. It ...
Beyond all the tools and techniques of project management, there is an essential requirement that must be present throughout the life of the project: a common understanding. Leadership skills are essential to keep the focus on this key element. It is easy for one person to think that they understand, but this is only one view of a situation. A common understanding is obtained when both parties have the same understanding of the project. Different ...
It is nice to see project leadership is discussed more and more. It is becoming known that tools and techniques are not sufficient to succeed on any project with a minimum level of complexity. Project managers will need to demonstrate good leadership skills to successfully manage their projects. Leadership enables you to achieve better results, reach goals, and inspire people along the way. Strong leadership skills help the project manager in numerous ways: Ability to ...
We are project managers. We know the importance of establishing a proper process to manage our project. It is a matter of effectiveness: We want to achieve the results. It is also a matter of efficiency: We want to use the most optimal process. Choosing and establishing the best processes for your project is an important step in managing your project. Let’s take the world of software development. The process can include many steps, such ...
Decisions in project management From the project initiation to project closure, decisions are an essential part of project management. For simple projects, it will rarely be an issue. The most usual problem would be that project decisions are only made informally. There is a temptation on simple projects to keep processes simple. However, while it is important to keep the processes aligned with the size of the project, it is essential to correctly manage decisions. ...
The value of collaboration within a project Project management is very task-oriented: focused defining and managing of all the tasks that must be done to achieve a specific objective. To accomplish these tasks, it is important to consider the people involved and impacted by the project. A good project leader will be able to develop a positive working relationship and maximize communication within the project. Let’s take the development of an enterprise IT application to support ...
What is the most important role in a project? It is the business owner of the deliverable. This is even more important with IT projects. It is too easy to assume that the development of a business application is an IT project. After all, this is a software; it requires IT expertise. But is it really an IT project? Sometimes it will be an IT project, and sometimes not. The key question is to know ...
We often hear that communication is important while managing a project. It is often said that it is a significant role of a project manager. It can be true at times. And if your project has the following characteristics, communication will be even more critical: Large project team Numerous stakeholders Groups with diverse point of views and objectives Groups with conflicting schedule High level of complexity High level of uncertainty In such context, mastering communication ...
We often hear about the importance of communication in project management. Some even claim that the job of a project manager is 90% communication. I guess it is true that we must communicate a lot, especially if we are a part of a project involving numerous stakeholders and a large project team. While this can be accurate, it also misses the point. PMBOK blind spots PMBOK includes a chapter on communication and another one on ...
Strategic importance of monitoring and reporting Monitoring progress on a project matters, and it is essential to communicate back in a timely manner with the project sponsor, the client, and any other governance committees relevant to the project. The goal of these communications should be to adequately support the project and enable it to succeed—not to fill the agenda of senior executives and put a checkmark in the box for reporting. Sometimes, monitoring and reporting ...