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The (Double) Objective of Your Meeting

Today, I would like to talk about a basic topic: knowing the objective of a meeting. Meetings remain an essential part of projects. Whether they are traditional meetings, teleconferences, or virtual meetings, you will need to talk to various persons. Yet meetings can have a bad reputation. They can be viewed as a big waste of time. And indeed, some of them are. I am sure we all can share bad experiences of useless meetings. …

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The Project Closure Report: Writing a Happy Ending for Your Project

The Project Is Done! Finally, the project is completed. For large projects, it can feel like the end of an infinitely long journey. So many tasks done, so many challenges and issues resolved! As a project manager, you are no longer talking in the future tense about the next tasks or milestones to reach. It is now time to celebrate. And after that, you quickly move to your next project, which you hope will be …

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So They Called It a ‘Project’… but Is It?

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 …

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Two Rights Make a Wrong in Project Management

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 …

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Shallow Leadership: When Projects Succeed in Spite of You

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 …

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The Missing Link in Your Project Process

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 …

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Death by a Thousand Cuts: The Decisions That Bleed Projects Dry

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. …

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Are You Really Collaborating? Too Much Communication Also Kills Projects

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 …

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Owning the Solution: Not Every Project Is an IT Project

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 …

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Formal Communication Will Not Save Your Project from Failure

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 …

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