Managing projects effectively

Lead on Purpose

In general, a project is defined as an activity or endeavor that has a definite start and end date, and is done to achieve certain goals or objectives. The common stages of a project include Initiation, Planning, Execution, Control and Completion. A project is also run by a project manager, who is responsible for the day-to-day execution of tasks, and is often appointed by the project owner or sponsor. Define Project Scale and Scope.

Why Are 2013 Graduates Considered Unprepared?

Chart Your Course

While the National Center for Education Statistics is projecting nearly 1.8 Meanwhile, of the hiring managers that are looking at 2013 graduates, the majority only plans to hire one or two this year. via Why Are 2013 Graduates Considered Unprepared? By Ashley Bowers.

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3 Ways To Fix Your Hiring Process


Go check your website out today, and look for things like: Pictures – Show off your team at work, your latest projects, stellar office space, fun off-site meetings, and anything else you’ve got to offer. [Editor's Note: This is a guest post from Kate Stull.

Results vs. Process. Achieving Goals While Improving the Work

Mike Cardus

Results without a process is luck. Process without results is waste. How are your processes driving the goals you work to achieve? Created this chart above to examine and make some sense of what happens when we achieve: Results Without A Known Process.

Crux Hoax: Hope

Lead Change Blog

Washington State government completed 95 lean projects in the past year. Workplace Issues Lean Management process Process improvement Processes

Picasso and Project Management

Strategy Driven

So what does any of this have to do with Project Management? The common theme from the above is with projects themselves. Just like art, there are projects that have major impacts on society, like the Sistine Chapel (Pyramids, Moon landings, etc.). While other types of projects are more the paint by numbers type. Projects (and Project Managers) also have many different ways to reach the end goal. Projects are works of art and not scientific theory.

2013 Trends and The Power of Women

Women on Business

I was recently asked to think about how 2013 trends will impact women in the work force and how women will impact the trends. Could I see the future as a projection of the strides I’ve been able to make, similar to what other women in business have done?

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Integrating Design Theory & the Scientific Process

Mills Scofield

She is co-president of Brown''s student initiative to incorporate the arts into STEM, STEAM and a project manager on Brown''s solar decathlon " Techstyle Haus " team, of which about half are women! Integrating Design Theory & the Scientific Process.

6 Important Elements of an Executive IDP Process

Great Leadership By Dan

It's one thing to write about how to create and implement the ideal executive IDP process - it's another thing when you are dealing with real, live human beings, as well as organizational culture and politics. However, if I could wave my magic wand and design the perfect process, it would look something like this: 1. If the CEO owns the process and believes in the strategic importance, good things will happen.

When does a project justify using change management tools?

Change Starts Here

One of the participants in the Design & Influence Irresistible Change webinar series recently asked, “When does a project justify using change management tools?” What support does the project need from leaders?

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What I learned from attending New Media Expo 2013 in Las Vegas!

Bernd Geropp

New Media Expo 2013/ Blogworld. The session was very special: During his presentation Leslie recorded one of his podcast sessions and showed us all the preparation and processing he was doing. The Great Business Project by Ralph Quintero.

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Starting a Successful Team Project. Tips for the initial team meeting

Mike Cardus

Team projects succeed of purpose. Project Manager / Team Leader – What to do. In the 1 st project team meeting, slow down and schedule some ‘get to know others time’. Project Manager / Team Leader explain why this team is together; Who is part of the team.

Favorites of 2013–Team Building and Leadership Images Used in Presentations & Workshops

Mike Cardus

With the end of the year approaching, this week is great to share some of my favorites of 2013. Favorite Images Used in Workshops and Presentations 2013. If you consistently overload your best people with “important projects” three things might happen. Results vs. Process.

Information Underload: What Are You Missing?

Let's Grow Leaders

“It’s entirely possible that you can process and file more information than anyone who has come before you. Communication confidence Empowerment Execution Trust communication empowerment information leadership project management

But What If I Can’t Delegate?

Nathan Magnuson

“But even when I set clear expectations and deadlines, I find myself having to guide the entire process or else the ball gets dropped. Communication Delegation Expectations Leadership Organizational Effectiveness Personal Effectiveness planning Strategic Thinking delegation expectations Individual Development Plan management performance project management project plan vision “I don’t like to micro manage,” my friend lamented.

Risk Management Best Practice 5a – Monitoring for Organization-Wide Performance Risk Associated with Large Capital Projects

Strategy Driven

Large capital projects represent a significant investment on the part of an organization and can therefore impact, either positively or negatively, the company’s financial position, if not its viability.

Booknotes: 16 quotes from Die Empty

Leading Blog

Emptying yourself of your best work isn’t just about checking off tasks on your to-do list; it’s about making steady, critical progress each day on the projects that matter, in all areas of life. “Don’t go to your grave with your best work inside of you.”

4 Design Thinking Tools for Engaging Your Team

Leading Blog

Where problems lurk unnoticed How well do you really understand how your team executes a typical project from day one to very end? There are different stages in a project. Team members'' daily roles can be different depending on the project life-cycle.

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Why Creativity Thrives Under Constraints

Tanveer Naseer

There’s always excitement around a new project. Just about every influence on our once new and exciting project also brings a constraint. We can lose interest or become frustrated by our once shiny new project. And that creative process needs constraints to function properly.

Collaboration is the Key to Providing Consistent Brand Value

Leading Blog

Here are some strategies you can employ to jumpstart the process: Establish high standards for communication. Try customer relationship software, project management programs, or whatever captures your ideas and helps transform them into action.

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Current Method / Better Way Matrix Team Building Activity

Mike Cardus

Team Project tool to create shared language of progress & regress. Can break inertia (stuckness) in how your project team operates. The team facilitator I recommend the team leader / Project Manager documents the responses on flipchart paper.

Advice: Manage Well by Leading Better

N2Growth Blog

Management is a disciplinary process while leadership is an aspirational intention. Keep the projects on time and within budget by putting people into positions where they can succeed. By John Baldoni , Chair, Leadership Development, N2growth.

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Change with Confidence

Leading Blog

Change with Confidence by Phil Buckley is a great handbook for working through a big change project. I think that this is some of the hardest change to lead because you are not just merging systems and processes but different organizational cultures. Not surprisingly, the first question considered is "What do I bring to the project?" Knowing the answer helps you bring confidence and resolve to the change project.

Five Ways Leaders Turns Doubters into Doers

Chart Your Course

Effective June 2013, all employees were required to work in the office. When presenting a new process, task or policy, also present how this change will solve problems. It’s much easier to bring people on board with a new task or process if you get them involved from the beginning.

Making Feedback A Gift For Your Employees

Tanveer Naseer

Here are five steps to help get that process started: 1.

Do Your Business Process Metrics Measure Up?

Strategy Driven

Peter Fingar, co-author of Business Process Management : The Third Wave , then asks these measurement corollaries in his 2013 article “How Do Your BPM Metrics Measure Up?”. Below are examples of TIPS from my 20 years of practice to select measurements that are meaningful and have an impact on results: Focus on Outcomes – Select measures that track the outcomes of the process from a product standpoint and customer standpoint. Are we doing things right?

Power Does Not Equal Leadership

Tanveer Naseer

By using the decision-maker process, am I asking managers to give up their power? So, yes, implementing the decision-maker process might mean you’ll have to give up some power. The following is a guest piece by Dennis Bakke.

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StrategyDriven Editorial Perspective – The Ugly Truth About Partisan Public Project Labor Agreements

Strategy Driven

Public project labor agreements (PLAs) provide another hurdle, unless their employees choose to pay union dues. Bush’s prohibition on the requirement for project labor agreements on federal projects.

Meeting Zombies. How to Avoid Your Brain Being Eaten

Mike Cardus

The team leader / project manager being prepared for the meeting. This can be accomplished by having a project charter or a shared communication document that defines the ‘why are we here’ and the ‘what are the end goals’.

Hansei and 6 Pitfalls to Avoid in Reflective Exercises


Improvement & Development Leadership Leading Change Leading People Leading Projects Process Improvement Quality Improvement Hansei improvement Kaizen leading change Quality Toyota Production System

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How To Embrace Change In Today’s Organizations

Tanveer Naseer

Make the learning process native to your organizational culture While the squirrels and other birds didn’t bother with Klein’s vending machine when there were only coins in the feeding tray, the crows decided to stick around to try and figure out how they could get more peanuts.

Great Team Building Activities Have the Lessons Learned Built Into the Activity

Mike Cardus

Any team building facilitator knows the value and need to process or de-brief with the group. Project Rollerball immediately came to mind!

28 Leadership Development Recommendations for your Individual Development Plan

Great Leadership By Dan

Examples: an accounting manager could shadow HR for a day or an person in operations could learn more about the sales process. In too many cases, the discipline is viewed by a firm''s senior leaders as an administrative process and one that generates costs in terms of people, process and time.

10 Penalties That I Would Call if I Were a Management Referee

Great Leadership By Dan

Illegal use of meetings: A meeting with no agenda, no apparent purpose, no process facilitation, little or no collaboration, and no meaningful decisions or action items. False Start: Confusing, contradictory , or a lack of direction that results in projects starting and stopping.

The Power of Expressing Vulnerability as a Leader

Great Leadership By Dan

The first important thing to understand is that it''s a gradual process. But if for instance, there is a discussion about a certain project where you believe you made a bad decision, say so instead of hiding this, blaming others or pretending you were right.

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Ten magical thoughts to let go of


Help them to make their mistakes part of the learning process. Some may want to be coached, others may want a challenging project, time off, recognition, or all of the above. see plenty of examples of magical thinking by leaders every day about those who report to them.

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Hackers and Hummingbirds: Leadership Lessons from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Terry Starbucker

The company encourages its workers to form teams around projects they’re passionate about, because Facebook’s leaders clearly understand that great work comes out of doing what you adore.

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How Does the Team Maintain Improved Performance?

Mike Cardus

Identify what the people on the team like about the new system and project management. Identify evidence of what’s working and highlights of success using the project management tools, models and job aids. Photo Credit. In a meeting John asked: “ This is all great & works now.

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How to Encourage Team Members to Lead

Lead on Purpose defines leadership as “a process of social influence, which maximizes the efforts of others, towards the achievement of a goal.” Allowing people to co-lead projects reduces anxiety and creates a more positive leadership experience by giving team members someone to lean on for assistance. Define the goal — Unclear goals can create huge obstacles for those attempting to lead a project. Guest post by Lindsay Traiman. Leadership plays a vital role in every company.

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The First Step in Self-Awareness Isn’t You - Redux

Leading Blog

I had just admitted that the person I was projecting was not someone to whom I could relate. I appreciate Scott Weiss sharing this story, for it''s not just a process all growth oriented leaders must go through, but a process we must seek out continuously. Feedback is a process that, if we allow it, will keep us honest with ourselves. Human beings—and that includes most leaders—are relational.

Reinventing You – Becoming the Person You Were Meant to Be

Leading Blog

Clark takes you through the whole process, beginning with, of course, starting where you are. The answer is to keep projecting the new behavior until you’re comfortable with it and others begin to accept it as the new “normal.” She reminds us that rebranding is a process and not a one-time activity. It’s not uncommon to think of personal reinvention as being somewhat contrived or manipulative. But reinventing you isn’t about becoming what you are not, but more of who you are.

Carefrontation — The Ultimate Leadership Trait

Great Leadership By Dan

He went on to explain that this kind of feedback was confrontational and would only be accepted and processed by the recipient if it was delivered in an extremely caring fashion. In fact he had coined a name for the process when it was done correctly.

What is Your Innovation Style?

Great Leadership By Dan

You contribute by organizing the new projects and developing efficient systems that ensure the work or product is completed with precision and accuracy. Your contributions will come later, figuring out what processes are need to make the final concept work.