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Is Your Project at Risk Due to Poor Stakeholder Relationships?

Have you ever been involved in a project where there were too many misunderstandings and disagreements about scope and priorities and where it was a struggle to gain buy-in and traction for important decisions and you found it difficult to influence your stakeholders throughout the project? Some stakeholders were not engaged, information wasn’t flowing to those who needed it and internal politics were getting in the way of effective collaboration. ...

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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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Project Governance: Establishing an Effective Steering Committee

Within the project management community, the concept of governance is seen as a fundamental project control, which is easy to grasp in principle. But in reality, it’s a different matter. Getting the governance piece right requires insight and at times a few honest conversations about roles and responsibilities. If those conversations aren’t happening, the project may end up with an ineffective escalation and decision-making process. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon that ...

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PMO: The Gap Closers

In a new report from Strategy Execution, 86% of organisations which are delivering change through programmes and projects struggle to prioritise work streams and resources. There are further stats; 45% lack change management skills; 29% have poorly resourced initiatives; 27% lack project management skills. For organisations delivering any kind of change which is crucial for their business now and in the future, any figure above 1% is too much. The ...

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The Four Fundamentals of Business Change

Senior executives are often responsible for a variety of major initiatives – which all need to be aligned to their organisation’s strategic objectives if they are to successfully deliver on the business goals. But when the deployment of a new product takes time and resources away from a number of different departments, coordinating and sequencing all of this and ensuring things run smoothly can be a real challenge. Getting better ...

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Is DevOps Possible Without Agile?

A few months ago, I was having a coffee with a fellow Agile Coach talking about DevOps when he suddenly says “what is DevOps anyway?”. To which I replied, “You’re right!”. Sounds like a joke? It’s not! In IT projects DevOps is nothing more than pure Agile implemented properly. While Agile popularity is at its height, DevOps is still very fresh for many. While it looks like there are some ...

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Top Tips for Realistic Project Estimations

Poor estimation is a major cause of project failure. According to the PMI, inaccurate cost estimates is a contributing factor in 28% of projects that fail. Many project professionals have first-hand experience in how devastating it can be to underestimate a project. Perhaps you have too. When an estimate has been delivered, clients and executives will often see it as binding and will expect the project to track to it. ...

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Trends in Project Management

The latest Project Management Trends for 2019 from Strategy Execution highlight the complexities and uncertainties that many businesses face today. With portfolio, programme and project management being the driving force behind successful business change, it will be the practitioners that work in PPM who will steer organisations through the choppy waters ahead. In this year’s trends technology features heavily – not just about technology being major deliverables on programmes and ...

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