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The Top Four Project Management Books for Project Leaders to Read this Summer

Every day we try to put our best foot forward so we can come closer to realising our career goals. We identify the tasks that need to be accomplished, schedule meetings, and set time in the day to prepare all the reports required. We may have forgotten an essential item on the agenda, our own self-development and specifically:   Are we pencilling in enough time for reading, and not just ...

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Top Ten PMO Themes 2019

Last week it was the fifth PMO Conference in London. With over 400 PMO practitioners from around the globe and over 20 sessions to choose from, there’s a lot to learn about where PMO is heading right now. Strategy Execution were there catching up with PMO practitioners and discussing the latest challenges PMOs are facing today. In this article, one week on we take a look at the key themes ...

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How to Carry Out a Schedule Risk Assessment

One of the key roles in any project core-team is an expert planner and scheduler. I was recently called upon to carry out an external review of a project schedule. This was a two year $20m project to deliver a turn-key manufacturing facility to a new customer. The project was two months in, and already two weeks late to schedule. Understandably management was becoming nervous about late delivery penalties. Although ...

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Decision Making in Complex Project Environments

“It is feeling more and more chaotic for our leaders… change coming in from all directions… and they need to make decisions with more certainty so that the outcomes will be successful.” Leadership and Strategy Execution in a Chaotic World How do you make decisions without all the facts, where challenges are less predictable and information is less reliable? All we know is in this VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complicated, Ambiguous) ...

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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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