Managing Teams

Project Management Lessons From The Tour De France

One of the most-watched and most-anticipated bicycle races of the year, the Tour de France marries elite-level sport with competitive drama and spectacular panoramas. It also offers many excellent examples of project management principles applied to a highly visible endeavor that leaves little room for error. Even seasoned PMP®s may be able to take a…

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9 Ways To Boost Your Recognition Program

Recognizing individuals or sub-teams when they do something awesome can be surprisingly difficult. Time may be a factor—rarely are there extra moments floating around for identifying exceptional efforts—and so is the simple act of identifying those who have gone above and beyond in their pursuit of excellence. But a few simple strategies can keep your…

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Dealing With Poor Performers

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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Overcoming Common Project Leadership Challenges

Project management leaders have a lot on their plates, and are faced with specific leadership challenges. They’re charged with executing projects successfully while also overseeing budgets, soliciting stakeholder support, negotiating contracts and vendor agreements, supporting strategic initiatives, and developing their employees’ skills and expertise. With everything going on in the typical Project Team, leadership challenges are…

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Confronting the Ugly Truth About Project Scope Creep

Scope creep—that phenomenon where a project’s achievable’s grow beyond what was agreed upon at the outset—is often seen as the scourge of project management professionals. Project Teams put significant energy into avoiding scope creep, but they should also look at the other side of the equation if they really want to conquer uncontrolled scope growth….

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Team Project Management Training Done Right

Many Project Teams include team-based project management training sessions as part of their educational program. It’s often an effective way to solidify preferred methodologies among all members while enhancing communication between working groups and smoothing out task hand offs. But creating useful team training courses takes more than just putting everyone in a room and…

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4 Places To Find Outside Project Support

Sometimes your Project Team needs project support that just isn’t available within—things like information, guidance, objective feedback, and maybe even financial assistance. Vendors can often provide the aid you need, but if you’re looking for something a little different (or something free), here are 4 external places to look for help.

5 Free and Cheap Incentives

Keeping your team motivated requires a comprehensive, multi-pronged approach. But when your organization’s resources are thin and traditional incentives like bigger salaries aren’t in the cards, you need to look for innovative ways to reward your team’s hard work and inspire them to continue reaching for success. Below are five incentive ideas that’ll make your…

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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.