project management training

Should You Establish a Focus Group?

Earlier we talked about how your Project Team can make the most of focus groups (making-focus-groups-work-for-you) and (What Focus Groups Can’t Do), but it’s important to remember that a focus group may not be right for every project. Situations will vary, but below are some guidelines to help you determine if a focus group is…

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From Recession to Ramp Up | A Project Management Case Study

PROJECT SUMMARY: PMAlliance was asked to provide project management consulting support for a major manufacturing company who was undertaking the largest Supply Chain ramp-up and re-alignment project in its history.  This project involved several divisions, five general managers, 15 functional organizations, 50+ external suppliers, and 120+ team members who were from multiple worldwide locations.  In…

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Ready, Set, Delegate!

We’ve already covered the basics of delegation methodology (DELEGATION 101) and (5 SIGNS YOU AREN’T DELEGATING ENOUGH), but what if you’re still feeling swamped and just need to get on with it? Below is a quick-start guide to help you pick the right tasks to delegate, the right people to take them on, and how to…

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6 Strategies for Dealing with Nightmare End Users

We’ve already talked about a few flavors of nightmare end users (Nightmare End Users) and ( LEARN TO SPOT THESE 4 NIGHTMARE STAKEHOLDERS) now it’s time to look at some ways you can manage their behavior to keep your project moving forward.

5 Signs You Aren’t Delegating Enough

In an earlier post (DELEGATION 101) and (READY, SET, DELEGATE!) we covered some delegation basics, including how and why to assign tasks to others in your group and what to keep for yourself. Now let’s look at five common signs that you still aren’t delegating enough.

Be a Better Communicator

Good communication is the foundation that keeps your project management team moving forward. But as our communication options expand, our ability to match the method to the need sometimes becomes fuzzy. Here we’ve outlined the top 3 communication methods, along with dos and don’ts for each.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT CASE STUDY: RECESSION TO RAMP UP

PROJECT SUMMARY: PMAlliance was asked to provide project management consulting support for a major manufacturing company who was undertaking the largest Supply Chain ramp-up and re-alignment project in its history.  This project involved several divisions, five general managers, 15 functional organizations, 50+ external suppliers, and 120+ team members who were from multiple worldwide locations.  In addition, the deadline…

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4 Disaster Planning Tips for Your Project Team

This is the time of year when organizations typically start thinking about how operations will continue during small-scale work stoppages—those caused by events such as snow, urban flooding, and power outages. Use these simple tips to help your project management consulting team maintain continuity and stay on track.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT DOCUMENTATION TIPS: CLEAR, CONCISE & RELEVANT

Project documentation proliferates at a startling pace. Before you know it, your current project’s files are stuffed, you have a stack of documentation boxes to prepare for storage, or you’re stuck sifting through thick folders from past projects in search of important information. Before the amount of documentation flowing amongst team members and stakeholders becomes…

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De-stress: Make the Most of Your Vacation

Vacations are sometimes hampered by a frantic lead-up in the days before, by trying to accomplish too much while you’re supposed to be relaxing, and by feeling like you’re overwhelmed as soon as you return to the office. Thoughtful preparation and a plan for your return can help lower the stress level of your next…

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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.