Managing Teams

Project Kick-Off Meetings: Executives

Project kick-off meetings are filled with excitement and enthusiasm – everyone is eager to get the new initiative underway and the anticipation of reaping the project’s rewards energizes your team as well as your stakeholders. But kick-off meetings with the executive group can sometimes lead to unexpected challenges. They may ask for changes to your…

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5 Ways Consistency Contributes to Project Success

Executing just one project successfully can sometimes be a challenge. As a trusted project management consulting partner for businesses in a number of sectors, we know that driving a rolling list of projects to successful completions is even more demanding. It requires strong skills, full buy-in from the entire project team, unfailing support from sponsors,…

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Use Portfolio Templates to Improve Your Project Process

As part of our project portfolio management consulting work, we’ve seen time and again that the implementation of portfolio templates can deliver big benefits. However, many organizations haven’t yet tapped into the full potential of the template approach. Some businesses aren’t sure how portfolio templates might work in their environments. Others fear that creating even…

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Remote Project Management: Make Flexibility Your Strength

For organizations unaccustomed to supporting a dispersed workforce, the lack of a single shared job location can create worries about weakness. Will communications break down if we can’t talk face to face? How can we solve problems and brainstorm if we aren’t together as a group? How will scattered team members get the latest information?…

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Avoid the Perils of Excess Project Resources

Can project teams really get too much of a good thing? Sometimes they can if the surplus isn’t managed well. If you’ve experienced unexpected project challenges when funding, labor, or other resources are freely available, you know how frustrating this can be. Most project managers are more accustomed to fighting tooth and nail for money…

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Use Categories to Increase Insight into Your Project Portfolio

Project portfolio reviews require processing a lot of information and PMs are always looking for ways to streamline the process. One strategy that can make portfolio reviews more useful and effective is to assign a category to every initiative. When projects are tagged with multiple categories, you can define the filter to fit the needs…

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Project Portfolio Management: Avoid Bad Data’s Domino Effects

Information is one of your organization’s most important assets. But if you oversee projects of any size, you know that you don’t just need information—you need good data to make the right decisions and ensure optimal results. Using information that’s inaccurate, out of date, incomplete, or duplicative can trigger a series of unwanted domino effects…

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Remote Project Management: How’s Your Productivity?

Embracing a remote work structure requires a culture shift for employees as well as leaders, but one area where project teams may experience challenges is around productivity. Measuring and evaluating productivity levels can seem more difficult in a work-from-home environment. Team members don’t want managers constantly looking over their shoulders, but the senior staff has…

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6 Reasons to Involve Executives in Project Portfolio Management

Managing your organization’s portfolio of upcoming projects while also planning and executing the current batch of initiatives is a challenge. Hectic workloads sometimes lead PMs to avoid involving their executive team in portfolio management activities simply because it seems like yet another layer of complexity in an already packed schedule. But leaving your senior staff…

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Remote Project Management: Gain Support by Easing Stakeholder Fears

Fear of the unknown, fear of failure, fear of becoming unpopular with sponsors and executives—fear in all its forms can be a significant hurdle for project teams and the sponsors who support them. The problem only widens when people are working remotely. Some groups don’t have strong communication channels, a necessity when it comes to…

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Project Experience

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