Recruiting Tips

Project teams are gradually seeing budgets increase and projects restart, leading some to begin recruiting to replenish their ranks. We’ve already covered ways Project Teams can attract good talent (attract-good-talent), but for teams just getting back into the recruiting groove, here are some quick fundamentals to make the process efficient and productive.

Managing a Multi-Generational Team

We’ve already talked about managing Boomers (value-your-boomers) and Millennials (managing-millennials), but how can you successfully pull together a Project Team that includes professionals from multiple generations? Check out the following strategies to engage your diverse team and ensure it’s functioning at its best.

Selling Stakeholders on a Less-Than-Ideal Solution

We’ve already looked at ways to evaluate and select the best option when none of the choices are perfect (3-ways-to-make-a-decision-you-can-live-with). Now the challenge becomes convincing your stakeholders that you made the right decision, and that the end result will still be satisfactory and meet the project’s objectives. Below are some suggestions to keep everyone happy…

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Data Gathering Mistakes Your Project Team Might Be Making

Project professionals need to compile data sets and benchmarking information for many reasons—planning, troubleshooting, even satisfying government reporting requirements—but how that data is treated could undermine even the most ambitious efforts. Keep reading to see if your Project Team is making any of these common mistakes.

The Customer Is (Not) Always Right

The old adage of customers knowing what’s best is usually true, but don’t let that sentiment paint you into a corner. Your Project Team team members should feel empowered to push back if an end user’s requests or expectations are out of line. Not sure when to say “no?” Ask yourself the following questions to…

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6 Things to Know About Specifications

Specifications are everywhere—the storage capacity of external hard drives to the operating temperature of lighting fixtures—and they’re often useful guidelines. But to be sure you get the end result you need, there are some things every project professional should remember about specs.

Look Back, Move Forward

Are you getting maximum mileage out of every project? If you don’t regularly evaluate past projects, you’re missing out on some prime learning opportunities. Once you’ve conducted an in-depth post mortem on a project (project-management-post-mortem-analysis), step back a little further to see if you can spot meaningful patterns.

Perception vs. Reality: Analysis Paralysis

Sometimes the ability to make a decision eludes us. Most people suffer from it occasionally, but if you seem to have trouble on a regular basis, take a look at the reality of how it can affect you—and your projects—longer term. If you can relate to any of these analysis paralysis scenarios, consider trying some…

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Value Your Boomers

Millennials may bring innovations and new thinking to your Project Team (managing-millennials), but don’t underestimate the value of the Boomer-age professionals on your team. We’ve put together some tips to ensure your entire Project Team benefits from the vast knowledge held by your most experienced professionals. Also check out (MANAGING A MULTI-GENERATIONAL TEAM)

Managing Millennials

Millennials—generally those who were born from about the early 1980s through the mid to late 1990s—occupy more project management positions every day. Technology-savvy and often highly peer-oriented, Millennials bring a new outlook and fresh ideas to the art of project management. Harnessing the power of these professionals can significantly boost your Project Team’s efficiency, but,…

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Project Experience

Portfolio Management
Successful portfolio management calls for exceptional data management skills and diligent oversight across multiple efforts.
Demanding, time sensitive, and finely tuned, manufacturing projects require close attention and experienced oversight.
IT Projects
Organizations must be able to successfully execute challenging and highly visible technology projects to maximize revenue.
Power Plants
Power Plants must be able to keep these vital infrastructure assets current, efficient, and economically positive.
High-profile hurdles and expensive risks of failure make these projects critical to manage properly from the very beginning.
Presents complexities at nearly every stage, from allocating resources to controlling schedule variances, or clearing regulatory & safety hurdles.
Ensuring team members are able to move outside the silos of their department or discipline is the key to achieving success.
Product Dev
Design and other early-stage activities must be carefully orchestrated while maintaining visibility on future impacts and resource needs.
Mergers & Acquisitions
Among the riskiest and most strategically important initiatives a company can undertake, and their outcomes can make or break the business.
Finance & Insurance
Technology implementations call for the right level of planning detail and diligent oversight.
An ERP implementation can be among the most disruptive and strategically important initiative an organization can undertake.