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Performance Reporting

The success of any project depends on how well the workflow works and how well managed the entire process is. For any process to succeed the basics must be implemented with absolute precision with no scope of error whatsoever. One such basic is of Performance Reporting. Apart from other parameters involved in how well a … Continued

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Ingenuity Through Delegation

Delegation of work is a practice often neglected by most, but it’s a practice that can work wonders for all. In any organization, a hierarchy needs to be in place to facilitate a smooth workflow and to obtain the best out of everyone. By hierarchy it means not just a hierarchy of ranks but also … Continued

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Documenting Requirements with the Customer – Part 2

In Part 1 of this two part series on documenting requirements with the customer, we began to look at setting up and conducting the requirements meeting and how to actually document the requirements.  We considered several different ways to encourage stakeholder participation – you will have to determine what works best for your project, stakeholder … Continued

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Documenting Requirements with the Customer – Part 1

There is not getting around it – good requirements are the lifeblood of the project. And bad requirements…well…they are the downfall of the project. The good and the bad Good, detailed requirements obviously can help the project get started off on the right foot. They make it easier for the project manager to manage scope, … Continued

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Cater to Client Needs by Sharpening Customer Skills

Your position as project manager can frequently put you on the frontlines with clients, depending on your company’s culture. While your role is to supervise the process that leads to successful delivery of projects, it’s also essential that you see the scope of your management as extending to the client’s short- and long-term needs. This … Continued

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Tips for the New Project Manager

Project management requires the right aptitude and attitude combined with the skills. First time project managers in many cases fail to live up to the expectations due to several reasons. In most situations the inability to listen, learn and adapt to changing circumstances is what leads to a downfall. Inexperienced project managers should keep their … Continued

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Successful Project Management Involves These Four Key Phases

While the specifics of the project management process change with every project’s objectives, there are four key phases your project management process should routinely include: initiation, planning, execution and closure. How well you manage these four phases often determines a project’s ultimate success or failure because they enable a project team to link project goals … Continued

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The Business Analyst as Project Manager

If you are a business analyst who has acted completely in the role of project manager leading an engagement from start to finish in this role, your feedback here would be greatly welcomed. I have often had many projects on my plate and have had to rely heavily on a business analyst to be the … Continued

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Understanding Motivation Leads to Better Project Performance

As a project leader, you have responsibility for keeping your team members motivated. The typical approach managers take for motivating team members, regardless of department, involves some type of results-oriented incentives. Commissions are typically used to motivate sales teams, for example. Or, a company may pit team members against each other with the top results, based on a … Continued

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Learning from the Pain

Or possibly this should be subtitled: That which does not kill us makes us stronger. Suffering through painful, lesson learning projects is certainly no cakewalk. And it may seem absolutely not worth it at the moment…making us want to run home and put our head under a blanket. But, the things we’ve learned during our trials and tribulations in … Continued

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Control Anxiety to Keep Projects on Track

Are you trying your best to lead a project that continues to get bogged down for one reason or another? Or, maybe you are having difficulty communicating with the project sponsor and that is adding to your anxiety. Now behind schedule and over budget, confidence may be dwindling that you will finally bring the project … Continued