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The Value of a Project Team Handbook

If you’re a Project Manager, then you’re very familiar with the challenges we face in getting everyone on the project team ramped up for the new project. Quite frankly, it can be a little chaotic if it’s...

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Project Case Studies – Worthwhile or Waste of Time?

Over the past year, I have personally experienced something that I had not expected when speaking to potential clients. There appears to be an increase in the desire for case studies. Regardless of the type...

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Dealing With Project Team Turnover

There are several specific phrases that Project Managers tend to get anxious about and one of them is “I quit”. Admittedly, we have all been in a situation where this can have a good impact...

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Problem: Project Assumptions Not Documented

Assumptions, that have not been validated, discussed or documented can seriously impact a project effort with respect to the schedule, the budget and the scope of the effort. Recently I had a discussion with a...

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Don’t Forget Your Project Stakeholders!

Recently I received a note from one of my project management colleagues who told me that he, and the project team, never completed a thorough stakeholder analysis at the beginning of the project. The result?...

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Problem: Project Tasks are Incomplete

We have all been there before! Various project tasks are incomplete, or late, because a Project Team member didn’t know that they were responsible for the tasks or didn’t know how to complete the tasks....

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Project Terminology – What Does That Mean?

How many times have you been in a meeting where someone was using a term, or acronym, that was unfamiliar to you? It has happened to all of us! As a matter of fact, I...

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Onboarding of Project Team Members

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you didn’t have the information you needed to make informed decisions? You didn’t even know who could help you or answer your questions? This has happened...

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Your Role as a Project Sponsor

While teaching a project management workshop recently, we were discussing the roles and responsibilities of the project team. One of the participants raises the issue of disengaged Project Sponsors. I am not sure how many...

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Why Are We So Bad at Managing Software Projects?

The Standish Group conducts regular studies of project success rates which provide interesting insights into the project outcomes for software initiatives. Some of the data seems logical, but some of the findings took me by...

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Project Management Training… For Non-Project Managers

Recently, while speaking at a conference, I asked the question “How many of you have the title of Project Manager?” There were about 35 people in the room and no one raised their hand. Okay....

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Personas – The Key to Project Success?

Have you ever heard a statement similar to “Customer service is just not like what it used to be” or “Good customer service is a thing of the past”? Even if you have not, it’s...

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