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Our Favorite Method to Watch Our Projects Fail

All want to succeed The reality of projects is that some projects do fail. That is unfortunate. Of course, projects can fail for multiple reasons. Each project is unique and has its own context. Whole books can be written on the topic. It is an interesting topic. Failures can be the best mentor in life. Organizations do sincerely want to complete their projects successfully. After all, they are the one approving these projects. They invest …

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How to Give Actionable and Effective Feedback

Everyone wants to give effective feedback to their team, but making sure it sticks takes some work. It’s easy to rattle off someone’s flaws and tell them to fix it. There needs to be a tactful approach to providing feedback that can get your point across while keeping your team members’ spirits up. In a post at her blog, Susanne Madsen gives some guidelines on how to give constructive, specific, and well-meaning feedback: Use self-directed …

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5 Secrets to Become a Better Project Manager

Every profession has some insider tips and tricks to success. These little nuggets of wisdom are passed around to help others reach great heights, and project management is no different. In a post for the Digital Project Manager, Joanna Leigh Simon shares some secrets for successful project management: Set reasonable expectations, and over-deliver occasionally. Get to know the team. Put the right people in the right roles. Not everyone needs to know everything. Pad deadlines. …

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How to Not Be a Bossy Boss

One of the ills of becoming a new leader is that now you are a lot more susceptible to being a jerk. A bossy boss’s heavy-handed and disrespectful approach to people who were once peers can wreak havoc on a work environment. In a post to PM Hacks for IT Professionals, Cheryl Texeira gives tips on how to not be a bossy boss. Backing Away from Bossiness Let’s say you have an employee that’s late …

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Five Bad Communication Habits to Avoid

In a mediocre project, people are always aware that there are things they do not know, and they do not make an effort to seek clarification. They just get used to working under vague or incomplete direction instead, and the results are tenuous. A great project manager will not let that happen. In a post at the Project Risk Coach, Harry Hall describes five things not to allow in your project communications: Communicating only once …

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How New Managers Can Send the Right Leadership Signals

It’s finally happened: You’ve made the jump from worker bee into a management position. Now you have to prove you deserved it. How do you make sure that you set a positive example as a leader? In an article for Harvard Business Review, Amy Jen Su outlines the major points that will distinguish you as a capable manager. Leadership 101 As manager, one of the first steps you need to take is to create an …

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Four Tips to Enter the Project Sponsor Role

Project sponsors have the power, and they need to be able to find the right amount of involvement in the project to use that power responsibly. Be too involved and you’re micromanaging things within the project manager’s domain, but being too uninvolved will leave your project manager out to dry. In a post for the PM Perspectives Blog, Susanne Madsen gives some tips on how to get started as a project sponsor: Take ownership of …

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3 Tips to Simplify Project Complexity

Everyone wishes the world were just a little bit simpler, especially if they’re a project manager. Juggling complex projects and the expectations of stakeholders is an exhausting act for project managers and requires some real skill. In a post for Voices on Project Management, Dave Wakeman gives some tips on how to simplify complexity: Focus on logical steps. Emphasize clear communication. Always work to improve your processes. Keep It Simple While focusing on the end …

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10 Things New Project Managers Should Know

One of the big ideas behind mentoring, knowledge management, and lessons learned (among other similar principles) is that we want to save others from making the same mistakes that we already have made. But often, people end up making those same mistakes anyway. So in a post at A Girl’s Guide to Project Management, rather than give warnings, Elizabeth Harrin just shares 10 good-to-knows about project management: Manage scope. Learn the vocabulary. Review success continually. …

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Risk Management Rules You’re Breaking All the Time

There are some general rules and guidelines that we all need to follow when it comes to risk management, but we don’t always follow those rules as closely as we should. In a post at the Project Risk Coach, Harry Hall points out some of these things that we need to start doing again. Risk Rules Broken The first, and easiest, thing to remember about risk management is to not overcomplicate it. When writing down …

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