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Why Power Plant Projects need Real-Time Status Updates

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Information is one of the core pillars underpinning every successful project. With the evolution of technology and more compute power available than ever before, there’s little reason centers of excellence should continue to rely on data that may be days or even weeks old when it comes to identifying potential issues, forecasting activity schedules, making strategic decisions, and pouncing on opportunities in the marketplace.

A robust project management methodology enables the team to access the kind of real-time status updates that are critical to success. If your PMO hasn’t yet prioritized the use of real-time data, consider how it could improve the landscape for team members, executives, and the other stakeholders involved in the effort.

Technology Gotchas (and Solutions) for Power Plant Project Managers

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Technology has invaded nearly every corner of the business world, with tools such as robust data analytics driving more strategic decisions than ever before. For power plant project managers, technology has created a few challenges along the way. Fortunately, with the right approach, project teams can overcome these gotchas and take advantage of everything technology offers.

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.

7 Things Project Management Rookies Can Teach Us

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Every project management professional started out as a rookie. They didn’t know the ropes early on and they probably didn’t always follow the most efficient path to get things done. They undoubtedly made mistakes along the way, some of them costly but most of them minor. While the success that comes with time and expertise…

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Ask Better Questions To Boost Vendor Value

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Vendors bring a lot to the table when it comes to planning and executing projects. But savvy PMP®s have learned that a vendor’s value often extends far beyond carrying out the core duties the PMO hired them to do. There may be expertise and resources lurking under the surface that project teams overlook. If you…

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WHO IS THIS PROJECT ABOUT?

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Is the project about the stakeholder, or about you? With everything PMO teams invest in each project they oversee, it’s sometimes difficult to separate themselves from the needs and desires of stakeholders. This deep connection with a project’s achievables, when it becomes overbearing, may interfere with advocating for stakeholder requests and responding to concerns. Being…

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WHEN ESTIMATING GOES WRONG

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Even the most seasoned project management professionals can draft estimates that miss the mark. When they occur they’re usually off by just a little, though occasionally they’re off by miles. But because so much of the project management process relies on these estimates, even a minor flaw can have large impacts on the team’s ability…

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6 STEPS TO BETTER COLLABORATION

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Project management teams rely on collaboration to accomplish nearly everything they do. Unfortunately, heavy workloads can dampen a PMO’s ability to maintain productive relationships across the various sub-groups. People slip into silos and partnerships dwindle. Fortunately, there are a number of things the project office can do to keep collaboration alive. If teamwork is slipping…

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