PMP®

6 STEPS TO BETTER COLLABORATION

Project management teams rely on collaboration to accomplish nearly everything they do. Unfortunately, heavy workloads can dampen a Project Team’s ability to maintain productive relationships across the various sub-groups. People slip into silos and partnerships dwindle. Fortunately, there are a number of things the project office can do to keep collaboration alive. If teamwork is…

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WHY DON’T PMP®s PURSUE TRAINING?

Continuing education is crucial in the project management sector. Best practices are always evolving, new thought leadership is always emerging, and Project Team teams are always tackling projects that require new skills and expertise. Unfortunately, project management training isn’t always at the top of the priority list. There are many reasons PMP®s may not chase…

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CREATE STRONG PROJECT PERFORMERS

Project management teams are always looking for high-achieving employees, but experienced PMP®s are in heavy demand and recruiting them can often be difficult and time consuming. What if you could look inside the Project Team instead, and transform your existing team members into the strong performers you need? With some careful planning and a commitment…

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PROJECT MANAGEMENT AFTER THE CAMPAIGNING STOPS

The discipline of project management shares some common traits with political campaigns. Project Team members often pull together metrics and statistics to help illustrate the benefits of specific project outcomes, while candidates craft messages that support their (or their party’s) platform. Stakeholders ruminate on the options. The public considers which candidate will receive their vote….

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SPOT PROJECT BOTTLENECKS NOW, AVOID PROBLEMS LATER

It’s no secret that bottlenecks are efficiency killers. But while many potential areas of congestion are identified and weeded out as part of routine project office improvement efforts, there remain many places in every project, and even within the Project Team itself, where bottlenecks can still lurk. Some might cause recurring issues while others may…

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SAY “NO” WITHOUT BURNING BRIDGES

Sometimes project management teams just have to say, “No.” Requests by stakeholders can’t always be accommodated (for good or bad), no matter who they are. But whether it’s an issue with resource availability or a request that doesn’t fit into the organization’s overall objectives, there are some strategies that will help Project Teams decline stakeholder…

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WORKING WITH WALLFLOWERS

Project offices benefit from having a wide range of personalities on the team. Different people bring different dispositions and interaction styles. But sometimes those various personalities can also bring challenges. One common obstacle is how to help those project management professionals who are naturally introverted or shy be more engaging—with their colleagues as well as with…

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BIG PROJECTS: HOW TO AVOID BECOMING OVERWHELMED

If your Project Team isn’t accustomed to handling large projects—or if you manage them routinely but are now facing one of truly epic proportions—it can be easy to find yourself overwhelmed with all that needs to be done. Simply figuring out where to start might feel like more than you can handle. Unfortunately, the longer…

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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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12 Project Team Actions that Give Big Results

If your Project Team is looking for ways to improve efficiency or reduce overhead (or maybe the team just needs a general refresh), consider any of these 12 actions as a launch pad. 1 – Make end user communications a priority. So many aspects of successful project management hinge on end user interactions, including advocacy…

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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.
Experience
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.
Experience
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.