One of the problems I see most frequently on projects is that the initiation phase was done badly. Or not at all. This causes all manner of issues later from unclear roles and responsibilities to lack of buy in at senior levels, unapproved spending and poorly defined requirements.
Have you worked on a project that hasn’t had a defined start? Where you’ve suddenly inherited a piece of work and are asked to get on with it, but it isn’t totally clear what you are supposed to be doing?
You’ve got a great project, but no one knows about what you are doing. Poor communication on a project can cause resource conflicts, overspending, rework and other inefficiencies that mean you end up taking longer and spending more than you really have to.
Nail your project communications with these 7 methods: just pick and choose the right one for whatever your message at the time.
We all spend a lot of time in meetings, either virtually or in person, so you really need them to be a good use of your time. Meetings that don’t go well can be demotivating, not to mention the fact that you haven’t completed the work that you thought you would be doing in that session.
Productivity is essentially the means to use the resources that you have to produce quality results. For upper management, streamlining processes and improving the level of productivity in the workplace is an ongoing concept. As more tools, resources, and ideas become available, the ability to achieve company goals in a reasonable amount of time becomes simpler. Improved productivity essentially saves organizations money while also allowing them to appeal to the demanding needs of their customer base.
A clear roadmap for selecting, implementing and deploying PMO tools is essential in order to maximise business value. That was the message from Tarik Al Hraki and Sunil Benny at a presentation they gave for PMI recently.
Project management has had a connection with Microsoft Project almost as long as it has been relying on software in general. Gantt Charts, Task Sheets and Resource Sheets etc. are parts of a project manager’s daily routine.
But while project managers need to create and edit Microsoft Project plans, team members and project executives usually require only viewing and printing capabilities, using software solutions referred to simply as project viewers.
Effective leadership is important for projects – no one disputes that and a quick online search will throw up plenty of survey results that position leadership as one of the key factors for project success.
However, leadership is hard work. It’s also very stressful. I hear a lot about ‘being a leader’ but I don’t think the discussion is wide enough. We also need to talk about how to cope with being a project leader because it’s difficult, especially if you don’t have a lot of experience at the top.
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