The truth be told, a new sponsor may need help understanding with their role. PMO’s often have onboarding processes for new project managers, they should also consider extending support to project sponsors. A sponsor may need to understand their roles and responsibilities as they add this extra helping to their already full plate.
Sponsors normally are either the directors or managers of an organization. These individuals have excelled in their area of expertise and been placed in… Continue
Added by Elyse Nielsen on October 31, 2009 at 11:02am —
This past week I gave talk on Process Improvement at my Company. We walked through the DMAIC
of the Six Sigma process. Even though time was short I was able to get my point across to the attendees on the importance of Six Sigma using a real life example within our organization.
Click here to get to the… Continue
Added by Ryan Endres on October 29, 2009 at 6:16pm —
I received an email yesterday inviting me to complete a "State of Agile" survey. I had a little time available so I started merrily clicking on radio buttons, pleased to be contributing to the broader knowledge base of the Agile community.
But then I stopped. Why? I started to realise that the answers I was giving to very black-and-white questions were going to give a false impression of the state of our organisation when it comes to Agile development. Rather than skew the results of… Continue
Added by Chris Davies on October 29, 2009 at 6:28am —
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Added by Irina Shamaeva on October 28, 2009 at 4:52pm —
Today I ran the second in a series of requirements gathering workshops. Afterwards, I drove back to the office and realised that I was not as satisfied with the results as I had been with the first session.
After a little self-analysis, I came to the conclusion that I was particularly happy with the first session because we generated a lot
of Post-It notes. The second session merely filled in some of the gaps and completed the breadth
of the requirements. I… Continue
Added by Chris Davies on October 28, 2009 at 2:45pm —
Both private and public service sector organizations face an ongoing challenge to determine whether functions should be performed internally or externally. While much is written about how to make this decision from an organizational strategic perspective, there are few guidelines for the project manager
to use during the initiation and planning phases. Outsourcing is not always as… Continue
Added by ExecutiveBrief on October 28, 2009 at 6:54am —
My conviction, from the past learnings, especially in managing people is, we need more than just skills and experience to deliver.
I will start with 3 major buckets when looking for resources in a project team. For that matter, into the organization.
Skills are the knowledge elements required for the job. You advertize them prominently. Experience is obvious which is also advertized prominently. The last, but most… Continue
Added by Mohammed Ataur Rehman on October 28, 2009 at 2:37am —
“Isn’t this all just common sense?”
Wow, good question. This question was asked by one of my students while we were discussing the importance of managing project resources and assignments based on the critical path. And then some really good conversation ensued. This particular student felt that all project management best practices are really just common sense. Others disagreed and still others thought the answer was somewhere in the middle. To some, once they learned the project… Continue
Added by Margaret Meloni on October 26, 2009 at 11:09am —
What is an Issues Log?
When managing a project, it is inevitable that unexpected (or perhaps expected) challenges will arise. It is the responsibility of the Project Manager to document these items and bring them to the attention of the appropriate stakeholders. But therein lies an additional challenge: how does a project manager honestly present major ‘issues’ in a positive light, especially if the stakeholders being addressed are sponsors, and pertinent to the ultimate success of… Continue
Added by Paul R Galardi, PMP on October 25, 2009 at 9:12pm —
I am just getting the hang of it for the blog format. Plan to write articles and not sure if this will be a good spot to do it.
Added by David Bright on October 25, 2009 at 2:54pm —
One of the quick wins for taming chaotic project management is to have a project dashboard. The project dashboard should be a comprehensive listing of all active project status reports within your department. The dashboard should be easily viewable and show up in individual’s mailboxes to be viewed. It should be placed in from on the organizations leadership team from director level up at least every two weeks. To read the benefits, check out… Continue
Added by Elyse Nielsen on October 22, 2009 at 11:02am —
Is this a familiar sounding scenario? You rush through the planning phase trying to get to the answer of “when will the work be finished?”. You throw a schedule together with meticulous detail to determine that all important date, then promptly never look at it again. Or, you lay out the schedule according to the different teams that will be working on the project, or according to the different work life cycles, or some other scheme you think easy to update. Then when you take your project… Continue
Added by Cindy Vandersleen on October 21, 2009 at 3:59pm —
Hello my name is Dennis Nealon and I am new to the field of project management. I am currently enrolled in NYU participating in the certificate program for Project management. Our class project is to create a Facebook page talking
about various conditions and opportunities that arise in the arena.
If anyone would like to participate and post helpful comments that would be great.
NYU Project Management-Facebook.
Does anyone have any thoughts on the areas of… Continue
Added by dennis nealon on October 20, 2009 at 5:43pm —
I've really enjoyed learning from all the professional project managers in PPMNG but I work on projects in universities and colleges where the circumstances (eg on budgets, sponsors, etc) are very different from the business world.
I've set up a PPMNG Group called "Education project managers" and I wonder if there any other similar members interested in this new group.
Added by Paul Mayes on October 20, 2009 at 12:26pm —
This blog isn't an endorsement of such behavior - it's just an observation...
"What would Machiavelli Do?" by Stanley Bing is for modern day princes of power - a guide to help you get ahead in business and life by what ever means necessary, but there obstacles you must first overcome...
Machiavelli would want it all. Crucially he wouldn't just want innumerable big things. He would be desperate for BIG power - the key characteristics of a true prince. How? ...…
Added by Mark Ridgwell on October 20, 2009 at 8:08am —
What Do You Do When Someone is Dominating the Discussion?
Everyone has experienced “The Dominator”. This is the person in the group who seems to be taking over the discussion. Sometimes they are just over zealous talkative types…other times they are overly aggressive personalities sucking up all the air in the room. Unfortunately, sometimes they seem to talk over others and won’t let them express their opinions or ideas. As the facilitator, we’re expected to help… Continue
Added by Dana Pigford Brownlee on October 19, 2009 at 3:54pm —
How Do You Deal With Participants Who Are Distracted By Cell Phones/PDAs During Meetings?
It’s the ugly side of technology…cell phones, pagers, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries – Oh My! How do we compete with all of these gadgets when we’re trying to lead a meeting? What’s a meeting facilitator to do???
Try these techniques….
Bring it up as an issue early and get the group’s consensus on a ground rule
Use facilitation techniques that… Continue
Added by Dana Pigford Brownlee on October 19, 2009 at 3:52pm —
Too many meeting leaders struggle with team members who don’t follow up on action items thereby slowing down the progress of the overall team. Worse yet, this negative behavior can undermine the credibility of the meeting leader and spread throughout the rest of the team. Before this happens to you, try a few of these techniques…
Try these techniques….
Document all action items on a flip chart or whiteboard so that they are visible to everyone
Added by Dana Pigford Brownlee on October 19, 2009 at 3:50pm —
A situational leader is one who can apply different leadership styles depending on the situation. Ken Blanchard, management guru and Paul Hersey created a model for Situational Leadership in the 1960's which has been a big hit with leaders every since due to its simplicity and the fact that it works.
To get the best possible results from people, first consider the combination of the PERSON whom you're leading, and their COMPETENCE IN THIS SITUATION - in the task you'll ask them to… Continue
Added by Mark Ridgwell on October 19, 2009 at 5:32am —
With the current economic conditions, an increasing number of people are either afraid of losing their jobs or desperately searching for work. Just like it’s a buyer’s market for housing, it also seems to be a buyer’s market for employers. Those who are hiring can be extremely selective in whom they choose. That’s why smart Project Managers plan today for tomorrow’s “what if.” We need to be smart about managing our own career “risks” and have a mitigation plan firmly in place now. There are… Continue
Added by Erika Flora on October 19, 2009 at 12:50am —