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What are Organisations Looking for When They Ask for “Stakeholder Management Skills”?

It’s a common cause of project failure directly attributable to project managers if it is not carried out effectively. It’s considered to be one of the arts of project management – not a science. It features prominently in job specifications and advertisements when organisations are looking for project managers. It basically covers the relationship and communication aspects of projects. There are literally hundreds, if not thousands of references to it ...

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Top Three Things Project Managers Need Coaching On

Let me first stress that I find project managers pretty remarkable and courageous people. Being a project manager isn’t an easy job. Projects need to be delivered on time, to cost, to the required quality AND deliver the expected benefits. During the course of the project, PMs have to be mindful of the big picture and at the same time keep an eye on the detail – without micromanaging anyone. ...

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5 Types of Project Customer (And How To Manage Them)

I prefer talking about customers than stakeholders, even if the people involved do work in the same company as me. It’s part of the way I deliver projects (or try to) and by adopting a customer-focused mentality then I think I’m more likely to focus on value rather than outputs. Whether you choose to call them stakeholders, or go with customers like me, they come in all shapes and sizes. ...

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How To Facilitate Any Project Session

Project managers need to be good at facilitation because we run a lot of meetings and take part in a lot of discussions. A lot of facilitation happens during project initiation. But you also want to be able to draw on your facilitation skills throughout the life of your project. In this article I’ll show you how to facilitate any session. First Things First: Plan You’ll have the best outcomes ...

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Just Where Are 15.7 Million New Project Management Roles Coming From?

Between 2010 and 2020, 15.7 million new project management roles will be created globally across seven project-intensive industries. (PMI, 2013) Ever since I read the Industry Growth Forecast Report from PMI in 2013 and as we slowly creep towards 2020, I’ve been thinking about this a lot. 15.7 million is a lot of project management roles and it has been fascinating to try to work out just where these roles ...

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The 4 A’s of a Great Project Sponsor

When you work with a good project sponsor you know it. Doors open. Resources mysteriously appear. Money is available when previously you were told there was none. People who typically never show up to meetings or respond to emails start getting in touch. A great project sponsor really does oil the wheels of a project. But what makes a good sponsor? In their book, Project-Driven Creation, Jo Bos, Ernst Harting ...

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Who Owns Your Project Management Career Plan?

Last month the latest Project Management Benchmark Report was launched by Arras People and one of the areas touched on was the project management career development plan. About 2000 project practitioners were asked, “Who owns your career development plan?” The question was posed to try to understand how much control project practitioners have over their own development and choices in areas like which training courses they could choose to sign ...

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The Human Needs of a Project Team

What are the top human needs that drive people in your team? You are probably familiar with Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, which is one of the most widely referenced motivational theories. In this post I have drawn from several resources and models to compose an overview of the biggest needs that drive us all. When met, these needs have the potential to create high performance and fulfillment in ourselves and ...

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