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5 Stakeholder Questions Project Teams Don’t Want to Hear

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PMP®s are the source of knowledge for anyone curious about the project’s planning and execution details, and it’s normal for the team to field a steady stream of questions from stakeholders. Queries commonly cover a range of areas, including the expected sequence and timing of activities, vendor selection criteria and contract status, work disruption impacts—it’s…

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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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6 Ways Project Teams Sabotage Their Training

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Key skill sets, best practices, available technology tools, and project management thought leadership are constantly advancing. To keep pace, PMP®s must make ongoing training a top priority. Unfortunately, too many project teams unknowingly undermine their educational endeavors and spend training dollars (and their time) inefficiently. If you want to be sure your team is getting…

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AVOID THESE CONTINGENCY PLANNING MISTAKES

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Developing and working with contingency plans is a routine part of project management. Additional funds, alternate material or equipment options, revised workflows, and shifted timeframes may all be part of contingency planning efforts, and a well-crafted plan can enable a project team to be extremely nimble while ensuring the project’s success.

10 DAYS OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Now that we’re in the thick of the gift-giving season, it seems like a good time to put together a list of gifts every project management professional would love to receive. But rather than focusing on quantity like the holiday songs of yore, we opted instead for quality—gifts that would be truly valuable to PMP®s. We…

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DON’T PANIC! STEPS TO STEM THE TIDE OF WORRY

Panic in a PMO is a terrible thing. It crushes productivity and saps morale. Helping project team members confront and deal with frightening situations can be difficult, particularly if the senior leadership group is facing the same concerns. Fortunately, a set of baseline steps can bring the team together to address the anxiety in front…

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KICKING OFF A NEW PROJECT? DO THIS FIRST

It’s always exciting—as well as hectic—when a new project receives the green light. Last-minute discussions are often held with stakeholders to finalize the details, and as the organization turns its attention to making the project official (usually in the form of assigning capital budget numbers and similar internal machinations) there’s often a lag between when…

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COMMUNICATION MISTAKES SMART PMOs MAKE

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Many project management professionals have a natural flair for communicating. They’re good about sharing meaningful information with stakeholders and they don’t have any trouble interacting with others on the team. Unfortunately, even strong communicators sometimes stumble now and then. This becomes particularly problematic when schedules are tight, when resources are lean, and when there are…

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TECHNOLOGY CAN INCREASE PMO PRODUCTIVITY AND IMPROVE PROJECT RESULTS

Technology has done wonders for the field of project management. From enabling our penchant for anytime, anywhere communications to the need to track burgeoning sets of detailed benchmarking data, technology tools help teams boost productivity and improve results. But there are still areas where technology isn’t always used to its maximum potential. See if your…

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BETTER PMP® RETENTION THROUGH TRAINING

Project management is a highly competitive field, and experienced, skilled project management professionals are in demand in industries across the spectrum. Retaining key employees continues to be a challenge, with organizations continually looking for innovative and compelling ways to keep high-performing PMP®s on board. One concept that’s often overlooked, even in progressive PMOs, is the role…

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