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Avoid Project Burnout | PMAlliance Project Management Blog

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

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

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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The Dangers of Doing the Same Old Thing

There are a number of legitimate reasons for a PMO to execute very similar—sometimes nearly identical—projects. In fast-growing companies where office space is at a premium, for example, desk churn may be an ongoing challenge and the same departments could end up relocating several times in search of more room. Or the functionalities in a…

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Avoid the End-of-Project Rush

Has your project team found its members frantically trying to pull together loose ends and searching for wayward information as a project winds down? Even when milestone tasks have been completed per the plan, PMP®s could discover that vital activities still stand in the way of reaching the project’s goals and satisfying its stakeholders. The…

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Cracking The Nut Of Competing Project Objectives

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One potential issue for project teams is the existence of competing objectives. Whether it’s an individual sponsor or an entire group of end users, there might come a time when stakeholders are focused on achieving things other than the project’s stated goals. They may be at odds with each other about what’s important, leading to…

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The Questions Your PMO Isn’t Asking

Project management is built around gathering the right information, from establishing scope to obtaining quotes for services and materials. But sometimes project teams fall into a rut, asking the same questions instead of looking for new ways to delve into challenges that might yield more actionable—and accurate—data. The inquiries already being made are a valuable…

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Ditch Inefficient Customs, Keep The Positive Culture

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Deep-seated inefficiencies that stifle project efforts are often blamed on an organization’s culture. It’s a convenient explanation but one that doesn’t offer much help to the project teams trying to pursue progress. Changing (or even questioning) a company’s culture is sometimes seen as taboo. Other organizations have different cultures for different groups, leading to a…

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Project Complexity Simplified

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A project might be considered complex for a variety of reasons. Some are complicated because they affect a broad swath of end users or they involve a multitude of external partners. Activities such as communication and work planning become more challenging than usual in these cases, as each sub-group likely has unique concerns, expectations, and…

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The Case Of The Disappearing Resources

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Project teams rely on all sorts of resources, from contract labor to inter-departmental assistance to external expertise, and raw manufacturing materials to leading edge communication technology. Defining the necessary levels for each resource, justifying them, and managing their use across the project lifecycle are all carefully cultivated skills. Unfortunately, even the savviest PMP® can sometimes…

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