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Why Your Manufacturing Project Needs a Work Breakdown Structure

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Teams tasked with executing manufacturing projects have a lot on their plates. To get things underway as soon as possible, it can be tempting to skip over the development of a work breakdown structure and go right to carrying out tasks. But any perceived time savings gained by avoiding this step will quickly come back to haunt PMs, often in the form of delays, critical activity conflicts, and tasks left uncompleted.

Resource Management Enables Manpower Visibility

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Project managers essentially have two areas of focus when it comes to manpower support:

Knowing that they have enough of the right resources to execute the amount of work planned, ensuring they aren’t caught short-handed at a critical time.
Understanding when those resources are needed—and when they’re best used—so they don’t have expensive labor resources onsite without anything to do.

If the team isn’t adequately staffed with the right level of labor resources to complete the amount of work being scheduled, the activity durations will ultimately take longer. This often leads to some of the project’s scope being sacrificed toward the end of the project as the team runs out of time leading up to the target completion date.

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.

Want to Make Your PMO Look Better? Perform Better!

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It’s common for project teams to worry that a high-performing outside consultancy could make the PMO’s efforts look bad by comparison. However, the opposite is actually true. An external partner, bringing objective insight and a wealth of knowledge that crosses many types of organizations, can make your internal lead look even better. By tapping your…

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Improve Communication Across Disparate Groups

More organizations have a global footprint than ever before. And while this variety and diversity in backgrounds and experience makes project groups stronger, it may also present significant challenges for those teams as they work to communicate effectively and efficiently. Misunderstandings are just the beginning—difficulty staying on target, a lack of unity when it comes…

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DOES YOUR PROJECT MESH WITH THE STRATEGIC MISSION?

Seeing a project through from initial planning to completion is a big job. Challenges can come from many angles—stakeholders with ever-changing needs, vendors with busy schedules, and sometimes even executives with competing priorities or difficult strategic objectives to support. One thing project management professionals know is that overcoming these obstacles becomes monumentally more difficult if…

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4 THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN DEALING WITH STUBBORN PEOPLE

Much of project management consulting centers around negotiation—objectives, expectations, timeframe, and budget. There are occasions where negotiation may be impossible, such as when budget limitations simply won’t allow additional money to be approved, but sometimes plain human stubbornness keeps the team from making progress. When someone comes to the table refusing to negotiate on key…

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Project Teams: Collaboration vs. Distraction

Project management consulting teams often require a high level of collaboration to achieve their objectives, with team members relying heavily on interactions among the group in addition to partnerships with outside players. While this type of environment can be conducive to innovation and cross-pollination of ideas, it has the potential to lead to reduced productivity…

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