Top Project Management Challenges

Strategy Driven

Did you know that organizations lose $109 million for every $1 billion invested in projects and programs? Ask any project manager, and you’ll hear that one of the top problems that they face is a high tolerance for failure.

How to Be a Successful Project Manager

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5 Project Management Skills to Help You Succeed

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How Project Management Apps Are Fostering Remote Working

Strategy Driven

The inter-connectivity of computers worldwide and the advent of project management apps and time-tracking software has made this possible. The internet has made it possible for managers to recruit workers at an affordable rate.

Six Reasons Even the Best Project Managers Fail

Let's Grow Leaders

The project is mission critical, and complicated with lots of moving parts across departments. You’ve assigned your rock star, PMI certified project manager to shepherd the process and the project is way behind schedule.

Better Leadership + Business Skills = Better Projects

Crossderry Blog

What drives project success? Research has consistently shown that it’s having an effective project manager. Results from PM College’s latest research, “ Project Manager Skills Benchmark 2015 ,” confirms this, showing that organizations with highly skilled project managers get significantly better project results. Project managers at high skill levels outperform those with project managers at low skill levels – almost 50% better.

Will this project manager make a good people manager?

Lead Change Blog

Sam’s team just delivered a complex project on-time, on-budget, and with impeccable quality. His company is eying him for promotion, because they want him to “rub off” on other project managers, whose results aren’t as stellar. In theory, a good project manager can become a good [.] Author information Leigh Steere Co-founder, Managing People Better, LLC—a management research firm/think tank.

Five Leadership Styles for Successful Project Management

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What makes Project Managers successful? But there’s one thing that the best, most valued Project Managers have in common. They understand that using a single management style in every situation won’t get results. If your servers go down and you’re losing $1,000 a minute, you need a take-charge project leader who tells people exactly what to do to fix the problem. All great managers know how to deploy this style convincingly when a situation calls for it.

7 Questions You Should Ask When You Launch a New Project

Let's Grow Leaders

I’m launching a new project that will significantly propel the LGL mission of growing leaders with the confidence and humility to make a deeper impact on the world. ” And so today, I offer 7 questions to ask before you launch any significant project.

Google's Project Oxygen

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But the key question is: Will Project Oxygen help a grown-up Google get its start-up mojo back? So, as only a data-mining giant like Google can do, it began analyzing performance reviews, feedback surveys and nominations for top-manager awards. Later that year, the “people analytics” teams at the company produced what might be called the Eight Habits of Highly Effective Google Managers. PROJECT OXYGEN started with some basic assumptions.

Getting the Results Without the Authority: How to Manage a Project & Team That Doesn’t Report to You

Kevin Eikenberry

Have you ever led a project team? Have you ever led a project team where some (or all) of the people on the team don’t report to you? Leadership Learning Personal Development project management In today’s working world, the answer is likely yes.

Find Your Best Project Leaders

Crossderry Blog

Any competency improvement plan starts with identifying what the “truly competent” project or program manager looks like for the particular organization. And there is strong evidence for that intuition: it’s in our Building Project Manager Competency white paper ( request here ). My experience with such programs is that PMO and talent management groups approach the process in a way that muddles cause and effect.

The Mental Game of Project Management: Simple Tips to Set Your Team and Project Up for Success

Kevin Eikenberry

The post The Mental Game of Project Management: Simple Tips to Set Your Team and Project Up for Success appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning. Leadership & Supervisory Skills Lou Russell project management projects teleseminars Maybe I’ve always known it, but it continues to become clearer to me with each passing week and month. Getting better at anything starts mentally – with our mindset, beliefs and values.

A Simple Project that Nudges Managers to Notice Others.

Leadership Freak

The shift from focusing on yourself to noticing others is essential to successful management. A managers performance is elevating the performance of others.… … Continue reading → Coaching Managing Servant-leadership Taking others higher Leadership Development organizational successSystems and processes are essential, but people get things done.

Project Management Best Practice 11 – Project Performance Executive Dashboards

Strategy Driven

Most managers would acknowledge that the use of efficient metrics is a key component to the successful planning, tracking, and execution of projects. Although the definition of those efficient metrics can be relatively easy when the project is small in schedule and resource size, the task can be much more challenging when considering the proper tracking metrics for a larger project. Project Management Warning Flag 5 – Fast Tracking Everything.

How Agile Project Management Can Improve Your B2B Business

Strategy Driven

Agile project management can seem to be complex and daunting to undertake but it doesn’t need to be. As such, agile management can be extremely beneficial for B2B businesses. Agile management will take project management one step further.

Project Management – What is Critical Chain?

Strategy Driven

Successful project managers know that the success of their project hinges on the development of a solid plan, the diverse consideration of integration challenges, and the right evaluation of resources. You just finished reading Project Management - What is Critical Chain? !

Project Management for the Rest of Us—Getting Started

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High performing project management orgs are more agile — PMI

Crossderry Blog

The Project Management Institute’s latest “ Pulse of the Profession ” report just came out, and it’s full of provoking findings. It clarifies the benefits of high-performing project management, and it highlights what the top organizations do differently. So what does it mean to your organization if it’s a project management top performer? Agile principles have a been a lifesaver on a number of my projects and programs.

What’s Missing in Project Management Training

Kevin Eikenberry

The truth is there is probably as much training available on project management as there is on any leadership topic or skill I could ever write about here. Change Leadership Empowerment Leadership Leadership Communication Learning project management projects

Leading Projects: Balancing Rational with Emotion

QAspire

A start-up or a fledgling organization relies on individual heroism of their people to successfully deliver projects. These team members are enthusiastic, engaged and willing to see the project succeed. They are emotionally connected to the purpose of project/organization. To manage growth, processes are introduced. But often, project managers focus too much on the planning, scheduling, managing risks and watching the metrics that they forget to focus on people.

Project Portfolios in Practice

Crossderry Blog

The first session delved into a big topic: project portfolio management. Both speakers brought a mix of practice and research on the keys to project portfolio implementation: strong processes and capabilities, leadership and sponsorship, and an enabling culture. The first speaker made two points I strongly endorse: Your project portfolio will almost certainly have a mix of winners and losers. Portfolio management isn’t magic or incomprehensible.

Sportsfolio Management: What Project Executives Can Learn From the Draft

Crossderry Blog

The result is well-reasoned, yet approachable opinions and projections of football drafts, rosters, and of course, game performance. Filed under: PMO Tagged: Differentiation , NFL Draft , Patriots , Portfolio Management , Project Management , Strategy , Valuation. PMO Differentiation NFL Draft Patriots Portfolio Management Project Management Strategy Valuation

Project Management: Science? Art? Common Sense?

QAspire

I recently heard someone saying, “ Project management is just science. ” “Do I agree?” Here is what I think: Project management is both science and art, but it is the art of project management that makes great project managers. It is science because there are essential processes and elements that make up project management (e.g. part of the project, aligning standard methods to the purpose is all about common sense.

Leaders Share about New Beginnings, Fresh Starts, and Project Launches: A Frontline Festival

Let's Grow Leaders

Our June Festival is all about new beginnings, fresh starts, and project launches. Wally Bock of Three-Star Leadership says that when you’re starting a new project, it’s tempting to think you can plan the error out of it.

Infuence Mapping – How To Lead Your Project To Success

Lead Change Blog

Understanding the nature and intensity of these changes can be vital to your project’s success. Recognizing the stakeholders of your project is what influence mapping is all about. Now you may have a long list of people who have an impact on your project.

Project Management or Project Leadership #pmot

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In the last couple of years we have been asked to run a number of “Introduction to project management” courses for people in businesses. But what transpired was they the either needed management skills training or more importantly project leadership development. Successful Project Management Successful project management in today’s business environment is increasingly complex. Project Management Model – SQERT.

Just One Thing—Hug a Project Manager

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Why Project Management Expertise Isn’t Enough: Lessons Learned from Security Breaches

Crossderry Blog

How many times have I heard that “a good project manager can manage any project?” My biggest issue with the claim is that it begs the question : he statement assumes we all agree that any project manager with a mastery of the profession’s tools and techniques can succeed anywhere. The ideal skill set — the PMI Talent Triangle — is a combination of technical, leadership, and strategic and business management expertise. (

Where Did The Money Go? — Making Project Benefits Happen

Crossderry Blog

The biggest misconception about benefit and value management is that the process happens after the project. You can’t decide after the project: “gee, we need to show the boss the benefits…let’s figure out how to collect, measure, and present them.”

How Many Projects Can A PM Handle?

Crossderry Blog

On the Strategy & Projects blog this week, we delved into a question about the optimal number of projects that one project manager can handle at a time. ” In this case, much depends on the project manager. For example, talent management played a key role in the PMO improvements that led to Navy Federal Credit Union winning PMO of the Year in 2015.

Complimentary Resource – Emerging Trends in Project Management

Strategy Driven

Emerging Trends in Project Management. Implementing project management soft skills into your projects will become increasingly important over the next several years; opening your mind to these emerging trends will open your door to new opportunities.

Just One Thing—Cultivate Your Project Leadership Skills

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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. Corporate Risk Analysis, Management, and Mitigation.

Restarting Stalled Projects, Guaranteed

Leadership Freak

Every reason projects stall comes back to one, lack of urgency. Who’s responsible: Save time, energy, and resources by settling the question of responsibility for derailed projects, quickly. Failure Leading Managing Marks of leaders Meetings and agendas Motivation Questions Taking others higher Teams inadequate resources Leadership Development Management managing projects meeting schedule Meetings personal conversations public meetings

Restarting Stalled Projects, Guaranteed

Leadership Freak

Every reason projects stall comes back to one, lack of urgency. Who’s responsible: Save time, energy, and resources by settling the question of responsibility for derailed projects, quickly. Failure Leading Managing Marks of leaders Meetings and agendas Motivation Questions Taking others higher Teams inadequate resources Leadership Development Management managing projects meeting schedule Meetings personal conversations public meetings

More on why projects fail

Crossderry Blog

This post on top reasons for IT project failure by Ron Sheldrick has up on LinkedIn for a while. Back in my SAP days we found that poor knowledge of the contract and SOW — especially among the project team and contractors — was a common thread among troubled projects. The strategic assumptions that underpinned the initiative were lost as the project devolved into satifying immediate, tactical needs…which deviated from the original plan.

Leadership Caffeine™ for the Project Manager eBook Now Available!

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Troubled Projects and Root Causes

Crossderry Blog

UPDATE: Our Troubled Projects webinar is scheduled for 12 April 2016. Our colleagues at PM Solutions just put out another great white paper: Troubled Projects? It synthesizes multiple project research studies into a straightforward approach to project review and recovery. Which, not so coincidentally, is the title of our course on the topic: Project Review and Recovery. The second comes from our own research, Strategies for Project Recovery.

How to Get Projects Back on Track Fast

Leadership Freak

People are the main reason projects fail. Getting projects back on track is first about people, then about circumstances. 5 people-reasons projects fail: Confusion regarding purpose. Why is this project important? Managing Questions Success Taking others higher Teams Time management Values Vision Leadership Development Management organizational success Priorities Lack of clarity concerning current state and future direction. Where are we now?