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3 Ways You Can Categorize Project Risks

So you’ve compiled a list of possible project risks. It’s long and thorough, but it’s a bit too long on its own. Categorizing these risks would be the best plan of attack to get them under control, but how would you go about categorizing them? Have no fear. In a post for Project Management Tips, Elizabeth Harrin has you covered with three different ways to manage your list: Categorize by nature Categorize by level Categorize …

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5 Easy Steps to Maximize Project Management Failure

Doing well at project management is hard. There is just so much to do and to do it well takes time and effort. But being terrible at it can be so much easier to pull off. In an article from CIO Australia, Colin Ellis lays out the blueprint for failure in five easy steps: Set unrealistic targets. Ensure senior managers don’t have time for governance. Skip planning. Invest in processes but not leadership. Make everyone project …

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Simplicity: What’s Left When You Ignore Everything Else

Have you ever stopped at the supermarket to reflect on the constantly improving state of the art in maximizing grain yield per acre? Of course not. You simply grab a loaf of bread, glance at the “Sell by” date, and put it in your cart. You don’t feel a sense of gratitude that you and your family probably won’t die of starvation, as was so common for earlier generations. You don’t feel a sense of …

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10 Things We Aren’t Doing Enough in Project Management

In project management, critical processes can start to feel like chores, so they do not always get fully implemented. Of course, the problem here is that they are not chores–they are critical processes. In an article for Project Times, Bola Adesope shares what he uncovered from studying project management in the African market, finding that the following important aspects are often absent in the projects: Project charter Project governance structure Physical sign-offs Proper and adequate scope …

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5 Simple Reasons Why Project Management Processes Fail

Not all project processes are created equal. Too often, processes are created and adopted just for the sake of having them, as if it is a box to be checked off. This of course defeats the purpose, and projects that have to crawl through the swamp of inefficient processes might be worse off than the ones that have no processes at all. Could your project processes use a leg up? In a post for the …

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5 Key Reasons Why Some Projects Succeed and Some Don’t

Project success rates are finally on the rise, but success rates are historically so bad in the first place that it is not quite cause for celebration yet. The reality is projects keep failing, and businesses keep scratching their heads at the swamp of reasons for it. In an article for Project Times, Brad Egeland shares five underlying factors of project success that can make all the difference: Proper planning Close budget oversight Project team …

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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 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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3 Reasons Great Six Sigma Project Teams Still Fail

Six Sigma at many organizations is a measure of quality to strive for near perfection. It is a disciplined, data-driven approach that eliminates defects in any process, from manufacturing to transactional, and from product to service. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that, as long as organizations implement it, they’re all going to succeed and provide the best services or products. In fact, if your team doesn’t know how to handle it properly, failure is only …

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