Common Problems

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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Lack Of A Formal Approach To Project Management

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Project teams that don’t follow a formalized process often face a host of issues, many of which are interrelated. And while each of the problems that are typically encountered can significantly hamper the team’s ability to successfully execute their projects, the collective havoc they wreak on the project office is greater than the sum of…

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Roadblocks To Project Innovation

Project teams are always on the hunt for ways to be more efficient and more effective. Often that means fine tuning existing practices but sometimes it means developing truly innovative methods for dealing with long-standing concerns, such as supply bottlenecks, funding shortages, communication lapses, and similar issues. While most PMP®s are skilled at coming up…

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Your Project Is Not Special

It’s a premise that goes against everything many PMP®s hold near and dear. Conditioned to see each project as a unique set of challenges in need of highly-targeted solutions, it can be difficult for those in the Project Team to shift their thinking and instead view projects in more standardized terms. But it’s a fundamental…

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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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5 Trends That Spell Project Trouble

One important skill PMP®s possess is the ability to spot trends and determine what impact they may have on a project. That same competency can benefit the team in other ways, too. Aside from typical concerns—difficult labor market conditions, lack of raw materials availability, etc.—project teams should also be attuned to internal trends that could…

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Dealing With Poor Performers

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A frequent concern among project management team leaders is how best to manage strong performers. How can their potential be maximized? Where can their strengths take them? Is it possible to get their talents to rub off on others? The flip side to this concern is managing those team members whose performance isn’t quite up…

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