Managing Teams

4 Reasons Executives Hate Project Contingency Plans

If it seems like your organization’s leadership team is reluctant to approve your project’s contingency plans, you aren’t alone. Contingency planning can sometimes be a difficult concept for executives to embrace and the mere mention of contingent planning efforts has been known to derail meetings with C-suite stakeholders. Contingency plans are useful for addressing all…

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Is Your Project Data Demotivating Your Team?

Projects revolve around their project data—information on task durations, workforce productivity, and details about expenditure levels, just to name a few. Once the effort is complete, additional metrics will be gathered and examined. This could include compiling data on the project’s actual impact on manufacturing yield, for example, and comparing it against the initial projections….

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Imrpove Your Project Task Duration Estimates

Accurate task duration estimates are a primary building block of a realistic and dependable project schedule. But teams sometimes get estimates from end users and other stakeholders that are incomplete or contain flawed data. This can lead to big scheduling problems later. How can you get better task duration estimates? It isn’t just up to…

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The Soft Skills Needed for Project Success

The project management competencies required to successfully plan and execute an initiative are well known, but does your team also have these soft skills that will help them get your next project to the finish line? Being able to collaborate with a wide range of stakeholder groups. Though teamwork is already a priority, as far as…

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Use Your Project Portfolio to Improve Your Workforce

Managing your organization’s human capital assets is an ongoing task. Most businesses see their needs change over time, from increasing the size of the workforce to tapping new types of talent. For PMs, keeping the internal skills in tune with the company’s needs can be a challenge, but it contributes greatly to your project portfolio…

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6 Tips to Manage Project Delays

being able to manage project delays within the project lifecycle is crucial for a successful end result. Sometimes the problem is that tasks begin later than planned, or the schedule slips when activities take longer to complete than expected. If you’re worried about delays derailing your project, the right strategies can help you stay ahead…

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5 Ways Project Teams Complicate Resource Management

Resource management continues to be a tricky concept for a lot of companies. Problems can spring from all sorts of areas and project teams not only need to look ahead and anticipate where conflicts might exist throughout the entire project lifecycle, they also must be ready to quickly tackle any resource shortages or other issues…

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When Every Project is a Priority

As an organization matures and its project portfolio expands, PMs may discover they’re increasingly faced with the need to prioritize the various initiatives that are vying for attention and other resources. It’s a natural progression but project teams often encounter some surprising hurdles as they work to tackle and streamline the process of prioritization. For…

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Indentify Which Top-Priority Projects are At Risk

Are any of your high-impact, high-visibility, can’t-fail projects at risk? Hopefully the answer is“no,” but if you don’t know for sure, now is the time to reevaluate how your team measures and reviews the health of your project portfolio. Most organizations have a process in place for reviewing individual projects. That usually translates into a monthly…

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Defining Your To-Don’t Project List

Creating a project list for what your team is not going to work on can sometimes be more challenging than determining which projects they will tackle. Few organizations have enough resources to do everything in their project portfolio all at once, meaning PMs must evaluate what should be done now and what will need 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.