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How to Enact Process Change Using Project Retrospectives

Project retrospectives are more than just a review of the past. They are a strategic point during the project life cycle to discuss what is working and what needs to be improved. Retrospectives break the repetition of ineffective project management practices, provide the opportunity to solve immediate problems through rapid communication, and increase the probability of behavioral changes. Natalie Semczuk, in an article for the Digital Project Manager, lists five things that you can do ...

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4 Ways Sponsors Can Improve Project Success Rates

Project managers and sponsors work hand in hand on projects. Project sponsors play a crucial role in determining the success of a project by participating in the processes funding, scope clarification, progress monitoring, and influencing others. However, project managers and sponsors don’t always think alike. Moira Alexander, in writing for Tech Republic, says that the significant disparity between the expectations of project managers and sponsors resides in the levels of motivation, active listening, communication, and ...

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How You Can Make Your Team Care about Project Processes

With some employees, it isn’t a matter of ability but of attitude. Mike Adams, in writing for the Association for Project Management, says that the best way to balance your team differences and get the most out of them is to make them focus on commonalities—get your team to care about the common goals and how to achieve them. He shares a list of things that help bring your team on the right track of ...

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4 Customer Disruptions That Can Halt Your Team’s Progress

Like a martial artist striking specific pressure points on an opponent’s body, just a few distractions can destroy the whole workday. The good news is that organizations and managers can actually help reduce distractions in the workplace. Maura Thomas says in an article at Harvard Business Review that many leaders don’t know that they are trapped in the following four situations that prevent a team from focusing on producing its best work: They create an ...

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5 Tips to Take Advantage of the First Months as a Junior Project Manager

Project managers are neither made nor born, and they learn and grow through time and experience. Especially if you step into a new office as a junior project manager, there are lots of things you need to acquaint yourself with, from the organizational culture to key stakeholders and your employees. However, not everyone knows how to take advantage of their opportunity and be proactive in adapting to a new role. Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy, in a post ...

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Dungeons & Dragons: An Unorthodox Path to Better Leadership

Whether you have played it yourself or merely seen it while binge-watching Stranger Things on Netflix, you probably know Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) is a decades-old dice and paper game. In it, the Dungeon Master (DM) creates a whole game world from scratch, and then the DM’s friends play as characters who explore that world. In a post at Project Bliss, Leigh Espy talks to developer Kane Hadley about how his DM experience has improbably ...

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Is There a Difference between a Risk Audit and a Risk Review?

Having a good risk management plan (RMP) is something as basic as having a breakfast every day. It helps you steer potential risks before they become actual problems that can cost you time and money. As a part of the RMP, risk review or risk audit serves to inform the fault tree analysis (FTA) about the project’s risk, and provide the grantee with recommendations to strengthen the project. What confuses some is the distinction between ...

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The Human Equation in Project Management

Approaches to project management have focused on the systems, procedures, and software put in place to determine progress and likely outcomes. These outcomes are usually expressed in terms of cost, schedule, and technical achievement against the project requirements and framing assumptions—the oft-cited three-legged stool of project management. These analytics, and the methodologies used to derive them, are effective in recording progress as it occurs. Analytics are then compared against an expected outcome over time based ...

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Organizational Project Business Management and PMOs: Executive View

Written with Darrel G. Hubbard Introduction During our PMO case study research over the past 13 years, we delved into the construct, organizational concept, and framework of Organizational Project Business Management (OPBM). In addition, we delved deeply into the models, framework, and organizational concepts of the Project Business Management Or­ganization (PBMO). We documented those research results in our latest book, A Compendium of PMO Case Studies – Volume II: Reflecting Project Business Management Concepts {Bolles ...

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Project Management Jargon: Ensuring No One Understands Anything

Every industry has a treasure of meaningful language. But it doesn’t mean that you should show it off to other people anytime, especially to those who don’t speak the same language, and cannot appreciate that treasure. In the corporate world, using jargon to communicate is believed to save time, but this is only true when everyone knows exactly what those terminologies that you’re using mean. You need to assume less that people understand what you ...

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