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3 Steps to Communicate Project Risks

A cockroach just skittered across the living room. Is it a lone wolf or the first sign of infestation? And how do you tell the family about this potential mega crisis? Problems of equal magnitude infest project risk management. In a post at the Project Risk Coach, Harry Hall gives three simple steps for communicating project risks effectively to stakeholders: Understand stakeholder needs and preferences. Analyze your risks. Communicate the risks. Treating Vermin First of ...

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3 Problems That Let the Air Out of Effective Incremental Change

The advent of agile and related principles brought incremental change and development into the mainstream in business. There are right and wrong ways to approach incremental change though. In a concise post at his blog, Tom Cagley highlights three ways that incremental change can go wrong: Too much “upheaval” spurred by numerous incremental changes can foster resistance. People lose focus due to the incremental nature. Continuous process improvement requires more active scope management. Change Your ...

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How Emotional Intelligence Affects Project Outcomes

Emotional intelligence (often going by the awkward “EQ” abbreviation) is the simple principle of being able to address and work with colleagues’ emotions. Intuitively, we probably always knew it was important, but it is only just now becoming formalized. In an article for TechRepublic, Moira Alexander discusses the impact that EQ has on project outcomes. I Second That Emotion For starters, project managers can use EQ to take communication from customers and translate it into ...

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3 Signs That You’re a Bad Project Sponsor

Great project sponsorship has been identified by PMI as the top driver of project success, and disengaged sponsorship has been linked to one-third of project failures. Thus, when you are a project sponsor, the results of the project will reflect pretty heavily on your sponsorship ability. Is that good or bad for you? In an article for Project Times, Tarryn-Leigh Frans shares three signs of bad sponsorship: Being too busy to attend or properly conduct ...

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If You Ensure Capabilities, Project Benefits Deliver Themselves

Every project needs to realize benefits that further business goals. However, realizing benefits is typically a matter of ensuring that the project has produced new capabilities. In a post for the Association for Project Management, Ned Newton discusses the relationship between capabilities, benefits, and value. Capable of More Benefits are things that generate value, and value can come from a couple of perspectives. From an operational perspective, value is generated when project capabilities produced allow ...

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7 Ethics Tips for Project Managers

Project managers are not buying and selling information that could break the economy, but they have a duty to remain ethical in their actions all the same. Ethics are important in any job, from fast food worker to CEO. In a post for the PM Perspectives Blog, Elizabeth Harrin shares seven tips that project managers can use to stay on the up and up: Disclose your interests. Don’t use assets from your last job. Don’t ...

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Control Your Project Using the OODA Loop

Have you heard of a tool called the OODA loop? While the tool itself was created based on military fighter pilot observations and is now often used to train law enforcement, it has applications for use in business and personal life as well. Here we will discuss the applications of the OODA loop in business, and more specifically, in managing projects. First of all, OODA stands for this: Observe Orient Decide Act The concept of ...

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How Do You Respond to Project Conflicts?

If your default reaction to conflict is to bop someone on the nose, then you are not reading this article—because you are in prison. What can the rest of you non-prison-dwelling workers do to alleviate project conflict? In a post at the Project Risk Coach, Harry Hall shares some quick and simple answers. Blitzkrieg Bop Conflicts can arise for many reasons. Seven main categories of conflict sources identified in the past include the following: schedules, ...

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8 Quick Ways to Increase Project Management Knowledge

It used to be that, if you wanted to learn about something, you either went to school or went to a library. Now, learning opportunities are everywhere and easily accessed. In an article for CIO.com, Moira Alexander shares a series of ways you can increase your project management knowledge without a lot of pain and hassle: E-learning programs and webinars Video tutorials Seminars Boot camps Professional books and articles Industry publications and trade journals In-house ...

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How Can I Realize Benefits If I Don’t Manage Change?

Whenever we talk about benefits realization, we start from the idea that (we) project managers are always managing part of an organizational change. Such changes are expected to enable our organization to achieve at least a business objective that generates value. This whole process of getting from the current situation to the future improved or optimized situation is what we call a benefits realization lifecycle. However, now and then people come to me in events ...

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