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.

The June 3rd, 2013 Leadership Development Carnival

Great Leadership By Dan

Welcome to the June 3rd, 2013 edition of the Leadership Development Carnival! In this post I’ll share 3 misconceptions entrepreneurs and business leaders should be aware when starting a company but also when starting a bigger project.

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The Seven Qualities of Visionary Leaders

Leadership Freak

” Vision always centers on people never projects, programs, properties, or profits. Leave a comment on today’s post to become eligible for one of twenty-five copies of, “The Catalyst Leader.” Vision focused on anything other than people is ego driven exploitation. Vision answers the question, “How will we make the world better for others?” Vision […].

Long Term Implementation of Quality Teams Within Organizations

Mike Cardus

Want to discuss your company and working with your quality team to create a culture of quality improvement? Slides from a workshop and consultation program on creating an organizational culture that focuses of quality improvement and quality teams. After the Project.

20 Questions to Assess the Quality of an Individual Development Plan

Great Leadership By Dan

Here''s a checklist I''ve used to evaluate the quality of a leader''s individual development plan. Are challenging assignments and projects represented?

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.

How Important is Employee Satisfaction?

Lead Change Blog

Almost everyone strives to become manager, team lead, or project leader. What quality does the leader who attracts have that the leader who repels talent doesn’t? Posted in Leadership Development In the world of business, there’s no short supply of leadership.

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.

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’.

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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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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Leadership: 6 Pointers on Having Face Time with People


If you are a leader who is striving to influence positive change in your people, here are a few suggestions that may work well to increase the face time with your people (and quality of that time): Schedule face time.

Boston Strong

General Leadership

Take, for example, even some of the more mundane practices, such as parade-ground drills, formation runs, and training projects geared to collective problem solving. “Build for your team a feeling of oneness, of dependence on one another and of strength to be derived from unity.”

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.

How to Create a Culture Where People Can Grow

Great Results Team Building

If you have the opportunity to bring in more or better seeds, that is likely a great opportunity to help change the existing culture – but in any situation, leaders should focus on building a QUALITY CULTURE that allows and encourages every seed to prosper and grow.

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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. The amazing qualities of the hummingbird can be seen in the beauty and complexity of its flight.

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Rethink the Value of Each Customer for Efficient Growth

Women on Business

Ideally, you want to attract customers that will send you highly profitable referrals, so count only customers with high quality referrals in your CLV calculations. Typically, companies calculate the CLV of a customer merely by looking at their projected direct revenue.

What We Need: Compassionate Compliance


In his quest to fix a nagging problem on a project that he had just taken over, he ended up forcing compliance to a certain process without taking time to understand the real root cause. They complied dispassionately, morale went southwards and quality dropped.

It’s Time to View Leadership as a Profession

Great Leadership By Dan

is one of the reasons leadership quality is considered by many to be mediocre, at best. leaders rate their organization’s leadership quality as high. Guest post from DDI's Richard S. Wellins, Ph.D. reprinted with permission from DDI's Directions newsletter): Leadership is a craft.

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Carefrontation — The Ultimate Leadership Trait

Great Leadership By Dan

As a new project manager at Hewlett Packard I found that I interacted with a lot of brilliant people, many of who had been conditioned by higher learning institutions to compete rather than collaborate.

Employee Empowerment: A Key Force in Leadership

Lead on Purpose

This disenchantment is painfully clear in the Gallup 2013 State of the American Workplace survey. Payroll and scheduling may be a necessity in the managerial role, however, other tasks can be done by employees, such as ordering supplies or completing quality control checks. Delegating these tasks to employees allows managers to focus on improving company morale and advancing workplace projects. Guest post by Ken Myers. Empowerment is an important skill to learn as a leader.

Your career will soar if you avoid leaders’ #1 blind spot

Michael Lee Stallard

Engagement affects the quality of their work, their productivity and responsiveness, all of which affect your customers’ experience. Armed with this knowledge, the best leaders find jobs, ongoing responsibilities or temporary projects that help their employees progress toward their career goals. Many leaders unknowingly sabotage their careers by wrongly assuming their employees are actively engaged in their work.

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10 Pitfalls to Avoid in Creating and Leading Teams

Mike Cardus

They must be skilled at Project Management keeping the team on track through the team’s weekly meetings and updates. Team projects must create returns and have tangible effects to showcase the application of teams’ work within the organization.

6 Lessons On Creating a Lasting Influence


What are specific qualities that you are influenced by? Improvement & Development Leadership Leading People Leading Projects Managing Career Social Media career change influence Self Growth

How Women (and the Men Who Think Like Them) Will Lead the Future


Recently, I was privileged to read a fascinating research project by John Gerzema and Michael D’Antonio titled The Athena Doctrine: How Women (and the men who think like them) Will Rule the Future. Examples of the results include: Masculine Qualities. Feminine Qualities.

The 6 Benchmarks of High Performance Teams

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

They “go for the gold” and are energized by the opportunity to provide top-quality services or products. In 1996 , 51% of US employees were reported to be members of team. By 2006 , it had increased to 84%. As our world becomes more complex, the need for teams will continue to grow.

Using Good Decision Making Procedures can have a Positive Effect on the Team

Mike Cardus

In order for decisions to be made quickly, and the work to be completed on-time, on-budget, within quality, while the team still gets along, a known and agreed upon procedure must be used. Team members will be more committed to the course of action, and more willing to do the project work.

StrategyDriven Enterprises Extends its Advisory Services into the Healthcare Industry, Partners with Artower Advisory Services

Strategy Driven

StrategyDriven Enterprises LLC and Artower Advisory Services, LLC partner to provide healthcare industry executives and managers with Affordable Care Act mandated Quality Assurance Performance Improvement (QAPI) program consulting services.

Leading Others: How NOT to be in Control


If you liked this post , you will also like bite-sized ideas on quality, leadership and people in my book #QUALITYtweet. Leadership Leading Change Leading People Leading Projects change communication lessons connecting leading change Team Building

Are You an Effective Business Leader?

Lead on Purpose

With the economic climate as tough as it currently is, leadership qualities are the main cornerstones of success when it comes to virtually all kinds of businesses. But what are the most important qualities when it comes to effective business leadership? First of all, every business leader that wants to be successful in his or her field needs to know the field inside out and understand even the smallest details, which are sometimes the most important factors in business projects.

One Person Must Be Responsible For The Work

Mike Cardus

I think that creating a single person who is Responsible for the parts of the project-goals we established and letting the Team-Leader(s) and all the team members know, the following: More clarity on the goal. How Good (quality) – by – when.

Complimentary Resource – Change Is Constant: PMBOK Guide 5th Edition

Strategy Driven

The fifth edition of the PMBOK Guide® was released and once again the profession of project management moved forward. Complimentary Resource – Data Quality: A Survival Guide for Marketing. Change Is Constant : PMBOK Guide 5th Edition. by Global Knowledge.


Millennials: 3 Characteristics that Define how they Approach the Workplace


They’re usually on the lookout for ways to develop and improve the quality of their work, making them great team members. They often have four screens open while working on multiple projects.

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Strategistas: The Women in Leadership and Strategy


It was originally posted at her latest project: ]. But surprisingly, women scored higher than men in Driving Results, Taking Initiative, and Practicing Self-Development, qualities that are stereotypically masculine.

Complimentary Resource – Iteration Planning Guide

Strategy Driven

Complimentary Resource – Data Quality: A Survival Guide for Marketing. Complimentary Resources business management complimentary resource complimentary whitepaper Project Management project planning Rally Software strategydriven teamwork Iteration Planning Guide.

Has Your Team Size Become Too Big for the Campfire?

Great Results Team Building

Harvard’s Richard Hackman and Neil Vidmar concluded that the optimal size for a project team is five (they actually said 4.6, The fire pit in our backyard is perfect for keeping a small group warm, but it is only cozy when there are around half a dozen people.

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Genecians Journey Into Corporate Giving

Mills Scofield

Projects-With-Purpose: Bringing a Community Volunteer Program to Lif e Chatham and Geneca teams at work. Each project is completed within 48 hours, consisting of both personal and company release time. Our First Project. What’s Next for Projects-With-Purpose.

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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.

Why Checking Your Email Might Enhance Your Creativity


We hear experts tell us how to rigidly structure our calendar to make time for the serious work of completing a project or task. Most of us have a grueling view of productivity – getting things done at work is a daunting task and its best to put our nose to the grindstone and churn it out.

6 Important Elements of an Executive IDP Process

Great Leadership By Dan

A support team should consist of the head of HR, a project manager and or administrative support person, and at least one executive "coach" (or more, depending on the number of IDPs). They are responsible for establishing a rigorous quality control process that ensures consistency and results. Leaders at the top of the organizational pyramid need ongoing development just as much as newly promoted supervisors.

On leadership: My video interview with serial entrepreneur Chris Ducker!

Bernd Geropp

In 2010 he started his project to become a “Virtual CEO”: During 12 months he developed from a 14 h/day workaholic CEO into a full time virtual CEO working only a few hours per week on his companies. Serial Entrepreneur Chris Ducker. Two weeks ago I attended the New Media Expo in Las Vegas.

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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. Share quality data from before and after the training and development.

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The Right Way to Converse With a Virtual Team

Steve Farber

People connect better with each other when they see each other, and the more our virtually-working world becomes the norm, the more we crave quality, face-to-face connection and communication — the kind of meaningful, personal interactions we’ve talked about in this series of posts.

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