There are six relational skills that IT leaders must experience and practice to successfully become the leaders they are expected to be. And these are not ingredient skills – they are really meta-leadership skills. A meta-skill is a blend of individual skills that apply to a wide variety of circumstances and help you achieve desired results.
Moving and keeping a project in a state of happiness takes a lot of effort and care. When you focus on setting people up for success you will notice that it has the biggest impact on happiness, quality of work and project outcome.
What do high performing project teams do to thrive together? There are five very unique behavioural characteristics that set them apart from others. Some of them you see in the sports world as well. Clarity of purpose is on of them. What are the other four?
Although change management and project management can be mutually exclusive disciplines, the combined efforts of both can create a powerful instrument for creating transformational change that produces more successful business outcomes (includes infographic).rn
Companies want projects to succeed and realize the planned benefits. But project management leading to that success takes time and effort. Oftentimes crucial steps are being missed, causing trouble further down the road. What are those steps and how should you take them?
With major software purchases, the key to maximizing success is preparation. Even if you already know what software you want, there are still numerous benefits to a rigorous evaluation & selection. And maybe the favored software is not actually the best-fit after all.
Part of the problem we face in IT project management is the speed of technological advances, and as a result, there are times that we’ve all pulled the trigger on purchasing things we thought we needed — only to discover later that we didn’t even turn the system on, much less use it.
A leader knows when the ground rules have to be changed in order to get better performance. Deep-rooted problems demand leaders to look at their operating model and make adjustments, sometimes significant ones. Course corrections aren't easy, and not meant to be.
It’s voting season, and we all know how candidates for office act. They have to be light on their feet, but their behavior is anything but ’agile‘… and their habits would destroy any agile project. Once you’ve absorbed that idea, substitute the word ’executives‘ for ‘candidates.’
Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) implementations are never easy. Many projects start with excitement and high levels of participation but quickly devolve into run-on projects with that are over budget and rife with change orders. Team members are deflated and often feel as if the project will be never-ending. Steering Committee Apathy, Out of Date Project Plans and Inconsistent Issue Tracking and Status Reporting are three warning signs that an ERP project is starting to spin out of control. Addressing them quickly helps avoid going through a project recovery cycle. rn
If you’re a project manager, crammed schedules, overflowing to-do lists and restricted budgets can limit your chances of pursuing formal training. Here are eight ways to learn more about project management without breaking the bank or disrupting your busy schedule.
Key performance indicators play an indispensable role in project management and aid in measuring the success or failure of project activities. Understanding KPIs and selecting the ones that are best-suited to measuring a specific project team’s performance is not always easy.
A thorough requirements analysis takes time and money, but helps an organization to truly understand what they need and want. That understanding is a critical part of the ultimate success of the new software.
Project management polices the methodologies and, where necessary, adapts them to suit individual projects. In cases like the hybrid project management methodology I invented called LAWS (Lean, Agile, Waterfall, Six Sigma), now I have to uphold it.
Life is full of change. Projects produce change. Change is not something to be avoided, but a reality to be navigated. Let's identify the seven faces of change in your projects and engage strategies to handle change effectively. Developing a change mindset as a project manager enhances your ability to proactively navigate the inevitable twists and turns in your projects.
Clearly knowing the schedule and budget for delivering an Agile based project is challenging. Using story pointing, velocity charts and Minimum Viable Product (MVP) also known as Minimum Viable Set (MVS) are key methods to minimize the cone of uncertainty in delivering complex IT solutions.
Discovery and design determine whether or not your software or technology project has the potential to eventually generate strategic outcomes. If you are considering executing a project, use a discovery and design method that is driven by business strategy.
Inaccurate requirements management accounts for almost half of project failures. Aimed at helping IT and business leaders improve their odds for success, Seilevel, a business analysis and consulting company, has compiled a report evaluating 22 top requirements management tools.
Overly optimistic? Stuck-in-the-mud pessimist? Had these barbs thrown your way as you lead projects? We all believe ourselves to be realistic, but are we REALLY realistic or only fooling ourselves and failing our projects? Consider three strong indicators that your thoughts and actions foster project success by being firmly anchored to reality.
Many data-centric companies make three common mistakes implementing time tracking, which lead to the creation of data taxes instead of data tools. These mistakes are easy to recognize and can be easy to address.
Most executives do not have a good understanding of what project portfolio management (PPM) is. Top management tends to think about PPM in terms of financial portfolio management. Here is a short guide on how to explain PPM to senior management using business terms.
Project success today is threatened by the fallacy of 80 percent resource availability for project work. Leveraging the data we collect as a data-centric organization can light a path to greater productivity.
The chaotic, turbulent, and rapidly changing business environment that has become the new normal, needs Project Portfolio Management (PPM) to drive value . Organizations struggle to prioritize the right initiatives and manifest them at the right time . They are falling behind on their peers and over time put their existence in the market place at risk.
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