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Project Portfolio Management: Avoid Bad Data’s Domino Effects

Information is one of your organization’s most important assets. But if you oversee projects of any size, you know that you don’t just need information—you need good data to make the right decisions and ensure optimal results. Using information that’s inaccurate, out of date, incomplete, or duplicative can trigger a series of unwanted domino effects…

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4 Signs Your Project Team Needs Better Training

Issues that are of immediate importance consume much of a PM’s time. This is especially true when the schedule is busy with active projects and additional initiatives are waiting in the wings to launch. Near-term problems such as schedule delays and funding concerns are just a few of the items vying for attention. As a…

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How Fear Can Doom Your Project

Fear is a powerful force. While it can have positive impacts—helping to prod people from inertia into action, for example, or heightening their awareness of potential risks—in project management it often triggers significant negative effects. When fears aren’t addressed and carefully managed, either through a concerted effort spearheaded by a seasoned PM or with the…

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Project Emergency: Loss of a Primary Sponsor

Support from a primary sponsor is a key component in project success. Without these influential people helping to grease the wheels, important initiatives run the risk of failure. In the near term, assistance from sponsors aids in securing necessary funding and other resources. Looking ahead, sponsor support can be crucial in handling unexpected challenges and…

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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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Project Emergency: Handling a Quality Control Failure

Initiatives that include any sort of testing or quality control component—it could be anything from developing a new software platform to the manufacture of airplane parts—run the risk of encountering a project emergency or situation where something fails a QC check or doesn’t pass some other mid-project inspection. An unexpected and large-scale bug may be…

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Benefits of Using a Formal Project Process

Organizations frequently carry out projects without using any sort of formal project process. This approach may be suitable to get them through small or routine initiatives, where the task list is straightforward and time pressures are minimal. However, trying to make do with an ad hoc strategy when a project is strategically important or when…

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No Integrated Project Plan? Beware the Risks.

The development of an integrated project plan is crucial, particularly when your project involves disparate sub-teams. You might have internal stakeholders carrying out important tasks, such as when the IT department tackles infrastructure upgrades necessary to support a new software platform, or a business unit must revise their existing workflows to accommodate an expanded production…

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