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25 Practical Project Team Development Practices

Project managers don’t usually have a specific budget for team development, and yet, as the PMBoK says, teamwork is a critical factor for project success, and developing effective project teams is one of the primary responsibilities of the project manager. Of course, there are many dimensions to team leadership. However, this article looks at just one aspect of this – how to balance the competing imperatives of work delivery versus team ...

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The Top Five Skills for Project Leaders

Business leaders and corporate executives need to find the optimal way to achieve growth while at the same time, manage the risks. But when deciding which initiatives to pursue and how to allocate limited resources among them, organisations often don’t choose well. All business initiatives are achieved through projects, so assessing and ranking these projects in order of importance to the business strategy give organisations the confidence to embrace risk. The ...

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Project Management Gatherings

Working in project management has always had a heavy emphasis on people. It’s people who make projects successful and it’s people coming together, working collaboratively; sharing experiences; swarming and standing up together that really makes a project tick. Project meetings; daily stand-ups; a community of practice; lunch and learns – there is a myriad of different ways we come together to progress delivery and continuously learn about how to do ...

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Project Leadership – The Art of Stepping Away From the Detail

On small, tactical projects it’s not unusual for the project manager to double up and also be a team member who completes some of the team’s work and who makes detailed decisions. It can be a great way to utilize people’s skills, especially if the project doesn’t need a full-time project manager. On large strategic projects, however, it’s a different story. Large projects require a project manager who is dedicated ...

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Leading Strategic Projects From the Front and From Behind

What’s the difference between management and leadership? Leadership is a broad topic and it won’t come as a surprise that there are many different ways of leading a team.  In my work I often distinguish between management and leadership as a way to highlight that leadership is concerned with people as opposed to planning and tracking tasks. As a project manager it’s tempting to be overly focused on tasks, deliverables, ...

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The Servant Leader PMO

Servant leadership at its simplest is defined as; Look after your team and they will look after you and you’ll have a great team Back in June this year at the PMO Conference in London, Richard Hendrickse, a Portfolio Manager at Nationwide shared his insights into why the PMO are natural servant-leaders – both as individuals and as an entity within an organisation. The whole subject of servant leadership has ...

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How To Improve Credibility as a Project Manager

When I’m mentoring project managers one of the key things I hear time and time again is that they want to be given more responsibility and have greater influence over the work. Project managers often struggle from not having budget and resource responsibility. If you don’t control these elements of the project, you don’t really have the option to take many decisions about how the work unfolds. You can’t do ...

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Five Steps to Influence Your Project Forward

With business culture moving from “command and control” into more collaborative and cross-functional teams, project leaders now have to be able to manage team members without having any formal authority. More subtle approaches like influence and adaptability are now needed to move a project forward – but many of those leading projects are not equipped with the required skills to manage up, down, across, or diagonally within organisations. This often ...

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