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Effective Communications in Projects

Better communication across all levels allows project leaders to drive productive conversations across different departments and across all roles. Being an effective communicator has always been one of the most important responsibilities of a project manager. Providing regular and truthful updates about project progress, speaking to stakeholders in person about risks and issues, being fully present, listening during conversations and adapting the style to suit recipients are all rooted in communication. ...

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Turning Good Project Management into Great Project Leadership

In today’s complex business environment, projects are how work gets done – and the only way in which organisations can move the business forward. For an organisation to achieve its goals, projects chosen for their strategic importance need to be executed successfully, and the key way to ensure this is with project workers who understand the strategic importance of their role and their projects. The rise in project-based work means ...

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The Business Analyst

The most successful organisations can identify opportunities for self-improvement and conceive of changes that can make them more efficient, more successful and better equipped to achieve their goals. But, all too often, these new ideas get discussed, everyone resoundingly agrees they’re a good idea and then, somehow, the changes fail to work. However, it usually isn’t the actual idea that flops; it’s the implementation and adoption process. What most companies ...

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The Commercial Project Manager

The client called the project manager to ask if the final performance test and approvals meeting could be moved to Friday, one day delay, ‘it would fit in really well because Sarah (Technical Manager) will be in the office’. No problem, agreed the Project Manager, looking forward to the final sign-off, invoice issue and associated $200,000 balance payment.[1] The PMBOK[2] contains the word ‘cash’ three times, only once referring to ...

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The Vision of Your Project

The ability to identify, articulate and share a clear vision for the project is one of the key ingredients to project success. When we run projects we must begin with the end in mind as Stephen Covey put it in his best-selling book; The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Beginning with the end in mind – in a project context – is about envisioning what we ultimately would like ...

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5 More Advanced Training Options for the PMO

Back in 2015, we took a look at the five advanced training options for people working in PMO. Four years on and a few things have changed in the PMO field. There is now another PMO certification option available alongside P3O from AXELOS and the PPSO ones from BCS, both of which feature in the last article. Now there is the AIPMO – the Association for International PMOs – which ...

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Business Analysis for Internet of Things (IoT) Projects

Once Upon a Time, computers lived in large ventilated rooms. Then they moved to your desktop. Then they moved into mobile phones, and smart traffic lights and more recently ‘black boxes’ for automotive insurers. Once Upon Another Time, Business Analysis was only performed in large companies, with large mainframes and even larger teams that spanned IT, marketing and finance. Then, with the advent of cloud-based business intelligence and web analytics ...

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Benefit Realisation in Agile Projects

We talk a lot about benefits realisation in project management and probably even more about Agile. But what about the two put together? Many agilists would probably laugh because, for many of them, agile equals delivering benefits so something like “delivering benefits with Agile” might sound a bit obvious. But let’s look at some details. Agile is a lot about iterative and incremental product building, which in itself should deliver ...

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