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7 Rules for Project Managers Devised from the Trenches

Being a project manager is not mindless busywork. In an article for Project Times, Davide Carboni instead goes so far as to call project managers pirates, ransacking the ships of opportunity by doing things unheard of before. And from his vast multitude of experiences, Carboni has developed seven rules of thumb for great project management–that nobody seems to talk about: A project must deal with no more than one serious challenge. A project is behind …

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Conduct an Unshakeable SWOT Analysis in 2 Hours or Under

Where risk and opportunity are concerned, the SWOT framework is one of the most versatile go-to tools. Its ability to identify the internal and external factors of a project is what makes it so effective. However, the implementation can be a little tricky. To aid in this, Marian Haus gives a guideline on how to moderate a two-hour long SWOT meeting in her post for Voices on Project Management. Call in the SWOT Analysis Haus …

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3 Tips to Succeed as an Introverted Project Manager

IT harbors a workplace where the loudest people tend to get a lot of the credit. This doesn’t mean that you should change who you are as a person and start going on Wolf of Wall Street-esque tirades to get people to respect you. There are some things you can do to improve the way you lead so you can be effective while staying true to yourself. In an article for Project Times, Lee Grinberg …

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The Way You Describe a Risk Is What Makes It Manageable

Project managers know that risk management is an ongoing process, and risk identification happens throughout the project life cycle. In many projects, the team is empowered to draft risk log entries. Of course, one of the basic requirements in identifying project risks is describing each risk in such a way that it is meaningful to management and other stakeholders who aren’t part of the project team. If you’ve ever seen a risk log entry like …

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4 Management Tactics to Maximize Potential of Average Performers

The majority of the workforce is made up of the average performer, or the performer who does not break his or her neck to go above and beyond, but they always get the job done. In an article for TechRepublic, Mary Shacklett shares some ways to keep these individuals motivated and engaged. There are four tactics that will help to keep the average worker progressing: Establishing defined work duties. Acknowledge and reward superb work. Investigate …

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How to Fix the 3 Biggest Project Management Problems

Any time you are managing human beings, there is no one-size-fits-all solution, but there are general practices that can help. In an article for Forbes, Maren Hogan shares some problems that can arise during project management, and how to sidestep them in an agile fashion. There are three problems any project manager needs to be alert to: The team does not understand the project. The project manager is either too rigid or too laid back. …

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A Grim Portrait: The Current State of IT Project Failure

Where do we stand with IT project failure? Are success rates in the industry improving? Frankly, not really. At best, the same dreary old rates are holding steady. Let’s examine recent big-name stories and industry statistics of IT project failure in order to both understand what exactly is going on and also to find ways to buck the trend moving forward. Recent IT Project Failures NHS IT Projects (£5bn) at ‘High Risk’ of Failure – …

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6 Tips to Ensure You Meet Project Deliverable Dates

Any good business seeks to make their customers happy, and project deliverables are one way to ensure that you have the happiest, most loyal customers. In an article for CIO.com, Moira Alexander shares the six tips that will ensure that you are meeting project deliverable dates: Have accurately defined deliverables. Keep good documentation. Avoid the lure of informal agreements. Never assume. Everyone must pitch in. Remember the dependencies. Document and Agree When deliverables are inaccurately …

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6 Ways to Destroy Your Project Management Career

The job of a project manager is a difficult one, riddled with snares that cause failure. So how can a project manager anticipate obstacles that may be problematic? In an article for TechRepublic, Moira Alexander elaborates on the less evident mistakes project managers tend to make. There are six acts that a project manager should avoid engaging in: Failing to plan Being exclusive Thinking you know everything Neglecting client needs Exuding a personal bias Maintaining …

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Failure Is Not Optional: Why Project Failure Is OK

Back when I was on active duty in the U.S. Navy assigned to a systems command, I was assigned as project manager in the development of a methodology to incorporate technical performance within the realm of overall project performance measurement and control. I sat down before my boss, who was a brilliant engineer, and he asked me this question: “What is the value of failure?” Then, after a bit of discussion, he said: “That is …

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