Common Problems

Power Plant Projects Bring Unique Communication Challenges

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Strong communication skills are a must for any project manager. But when it comes to planning and executing projects in the highly demanding power plant environment, the ability to craft, plan for, and oversee communication efforts moves to the top of the priority ladder. Tackling these unique challenges requires experience and expertise.

Partnering with an External Consultancy: Facts & Fears

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Executive groups and internal project team members are often unsure what it means to partner with an outside project management firm. There may be concerns about job stability for PMO staff or the potential for damage to the team’s reputation. Some people worry about the logistics of working with an external expert and how it might contribute to a difficult environment, where workloads, time pressures, and stress levels are already high.

These are reasonable concerns but they’re typically based on the unknown. They don’t reflect the reality of partnering with an experienced outside consultancy. We’ve compiled some of the most common fears we hear from potential clients and balanced them against the facts of how a relationship with an external expert functions in the real world.

If your organization is considering an external consultancy but fear is holding you back, see how a partnership with an outside project management expert really works.

Project Management: Stress Vs. Panic

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Several strategies can be deployed to help PMOs avoid lapsing into panic when the pressure mounts, whether it’s because of an emergent problem or because there simply seems to be too much to do. Knowing where to draw the line is key when balancing stress levels.

Protect Your Brand with Project Management

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Careful management of company funds, close alignment with organizational goals, transparency throughout every communication, and the delivery of a high-quality product are all factors behind your brand’s reputation. Is your project management approach helping to preserve and promote that image?

Avoiding Project Errors

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Anyone leading a busy life is bound to make a mistake now and then. Project teams catch most glitches early and fix them before any real damage is done. However, there are times when errors can cause those in the center of excellence serious trouble, particularly if mistakes are able to fester and snowball. Errors…

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Why is It So Difficult to Rescue Troubled Projects?

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Sometimes a project goes off the rails—it’s well over budget and eating through the last of its funding, the schedule is slipping and critical milestones haven’t been met, or the parameters of the project have ballooned out of control and the team is no longer sure which goals they’re supposed to be pursuing. Support from…

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5 Reasons Great Project Ideas Fail

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Innovation is a core trait of successful project teams. PMP®s must be able to quickly come up with new ideas on ways to address difficult problems, often while relying on others outside the project office—sponsors, end users, internal and external business partners—for help in implementing the proposed solutions. But brainstorming innovative ideas isn’t where most…

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Avoid Project Burnout

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The end of the year is often a dangerous time for project teams. Budget responsibilities may be weighing on PMP®s as the current fiscal cycle comes to a close and new projections are needed for the months ahead. Performance reviews across past projects and staffing considerations for future efforts are also frequently in full swing…

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4 Surprising Things That Still Vex Project Teams

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Even as project offices grow, gather experience, and gain maturity, there are some areas that continue to present challenges. Most people routinely expect to encounter obstacles when managing large stakeholder groups or dealing with demanding executives, but there are still some surprising issues that can bring a project team to its knees. These often hinder…

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Firefighting Mistakes Smart Project Teams Make

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Every project office tries to avoid the need to shift into fighting mode, but sometimes it happens. If your project team discovers it has no choice but to roll up its sleeves and tackle an urgent problem, there are some strategies that will typically prove more useful than others. Unfortunately, firefighting is an inherently stressful…

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