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What Makes a High Performing Project Team?

Consider the most successful team you have been part of or that you know of, and what the characteristics were of that team. How many members did it have? How did the team members communicate with one another and what was the feeling you had when you interacted with the ...

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How To Manage A Team Member Through A Project

You’re familiar with the project lifecycle, but have you ever thought about the lifecycle as it maps to people? Yes, project team members have a lifecycle too: the project resource lifecycle. I know project management as a discipline is very keen to stick labels on things, so if you don’t ...

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Getting Your Message Across

You’ll have heard it said before: project managers spend lots of their time communicating. And I mean lots – upwards of 80%. So getting your communication right and your message across is important as it will mean all that effort is actually worth it. When it goes wrong you have ...

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How project managers can improve project estimates

Before any project kicks off you need to know how long it will take and what it will cost. There are a number of ways to work this out, and estimating is something that all project managers will get involved with at some point in their careers. And as experienced ...

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How to hit project deadlines and increase productivity

When time is critical, it’s good to have some options for ensuring that your project meets its deadlines. Here are five things you can implement to make sure that your project hits its milestones: 1. Manage your time As a project manager you probably think you are pretty good at ...

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How to share the secrets of project management

Project managers can often be mistaken for wizards in the business world – the ones that, when there is business change, swoop down Merlin-like with big complicated charts, PC’s and frightening words like Risk, Resources and Critical Path. Then, as if by magic, make it all happen. In truth though, ...

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How future project managers should manage their expectations

It has been said that young people are now being educated in such a way that there are no winners or losers, that no matter how they perform they will still get a ‘trophy’. Add to this the constant supervision from parents to ensure they go to a good university, ...

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The project management roles crucial for Agile to succeed

Both an organisation and its project teams need to overcome challenges, as well as take risks if they are to become Agile (as discussed in part one of this blog). There is also a significant amount of cultural change that is necessary. Management need to start trusting and empowering its project ...

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The challenges for project managers to overcome when going Agile

With Agile and Scrum, the process or framework is the easy part, while the ‘soft part’ – the people and culture, is much more complicated. This is because they rely much more on people and values, unlike more methodology-driven processes that are learnt until you can do them. But how ...

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How to make project reports more valuable

In an often mentioned study by Industry Week, 2000 managers reported wasting 30 % of their time in meetings, which aligns with the 25-50% found in a 3M Meeting Network survey of executives.   Given that a Harris Interactive study also found that 67% of workers spend 1-4 hours preparing for ...

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How project managers should manage requirements

One of the biggest reasons projects fail is due to a lack of commonly agreed – and commonly understood – requirements. Without effective planning, communication and testing in the early days of the development process, project teams are vulnerable to requirement defects, and will therefore only discover problems when they ...

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How to make project managers more productive

A recent Labour Market Outlook report from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has highlighted that organisations will not necessarily increase their recruitment activity in the medium term, despite the recent increased confidence in the economy. Instead, organisations will be looking to make “more intensive use of their existing staff” ...

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The foundation skills for all project managers

I was recently talking to a colleague about project managers when he said: “Expectations of their role are difficult, they are like ameba” and it took me a second before it clicked – an amoeba is a formless thing which takes many shapes.  And yes they are! As I speak ...

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Five ways for project managers to share lessons learned

We all know that capturing lessons learned is an essential part of making sure that future projects go well, but capturing and sharing them seems to be something that we don’t feel we do particularly effectively. In my experience, most project managers feel that they could ‘do’ lessons learned better. ...

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