Project Team Development

Partnering with an External Consultancy: Facts & Fears| PMAlliance Project Management Blog

Executive groups and internal project team members are often unsure what it means to partner with an outside project management firm. There may be concerns about job stability for Project Team staff or the potential for damage to the team’s reputation. Some people worry about the logistics of working with an external expert and how it might contribute to a difficult environment, where workloads, time pressures, and stress levels are already high.

These are reasonable concerns but they’re typically based on the unknown. They don’t reflect the reality of partnering with an experienced outside consultancy. We’ve compiled some of the most common fears we hear from potential clients and balanced them against the facts of how a relationship with an external expert functions in the real world.

If your organization is considering an external consultancy but fear is holding you back, see how a partnership with an outside project management expert really works.

Is Your Project Management Control Process Working?

Sometimes it can be difficult to determine how well your Project Team’s project management control process is actually working. Is your team constantly occupied with too many tasks to manage and not enough people to get everything done? Do your projects come in late more often than they’re on time? Are you spending so much energy responding to last-minute problems that you aren’t able to focus on your current tasks? Has the team’s mood started to slip?

Protect Your Brand with Project Management| PMAlliance Project Management Blog

Careful management of company funds, close alignment with organizational goals, transparency throughout every communication, and the delivery of a high-quality product are all factors behind your brand’s reputation. Is your project management approach helping to preserve and promote that image?

Executive Support Contributes to Project Success | PMAlliance Project Management Blog

Enthusiastic backing from sponsors and champions is often a primary factor behind a project’s success. Another group that can lend an elevated level of advocacy to PMP®s is the executive team. With their influence and authority, high-ranking members of the organization’s leadership body can offer support that goes above and beyond what’s available from other…

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Is Your Project Team Overlooking These Performance Metrics?| PMAlliance Project Management Blog

Many of the metrics used by project teams to gauge performance are obvious. PMP®s are already tracking adherence to budgets and timelines. They review how well each project’s goals were met and how closely they aligned with stakeholders’ expectations. They also maintain watch over things such as pre- and post-project productivity impacts across end user…

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Erode Project Stakeholder Trust in 3 Easy Steps | PMAlliance Project Management Blog

Stakeholders’ trust in the project team is paramount to success. The organization’s executive group, project sponsors, end users, and outside business partners must be confident in the Project Team’s ability to plan and execute even the most complex projects. But there are some ways PMP®s inadvertently erode that trust, through their actions and sometimes through…

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Controlling the Culture in Your Project Office

Culture is an important aspect of any Project Team. The culture needs to be in sync with the overall values of the organization but in addition it must be a reflection of—as well as a driving force behind—the individuals working within the team. The PMP®s in the project office will naturally infuse some of their…

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The Conundrum Behind Cutting Corners

It’s a poorly-kept secret—and occasionally a source of embarrassment—that project teams often resort to cutting corners when problems crop up. Everyone knows it’s a bad practice and most people agree they shouldn’t do it, yet the corner cutting continues. If your team has succumbed to the temptation to skimp on effort or short-change a project…

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Do You Worry About Being Replaced?

The opportunity to work with an outside consulting firm can sometimes prompt PMP®s to worry that the external project expert will replace them. But that’s not how the collaboration works, and it’s a concern that could potentially stop a project team from getting the support they require just when they need it the very most….

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7 Tips For Process Change Success

Making changes to internal processes can be extraordinarily difficult. Most processes—though they’re often linear in design—have branches that connect with other process, that impact other groups, and that may rely on resources far outside the control of the project’s sponsor group. And while executing process changes can present teams with a real challenge, a handful…

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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.