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Team Members – Quality over Quantity
Large projects require massive teams, right? Actually, that might be wrong. It’s tempting to think that the larger your project is, the more people you need on your team. However, that mode of thinking can lead to some serious problems, including budget overruns. Rather than quantity, you need to opt for quality, as well as ensure alignment between talent and strategy. What should you know...
Vital Skills for Project Managers – An Overview
Ensuring that you have the right skillset and tools is an essential step to becoming the consummate project manager. No matter what industry you work in and regardless of the scope of your project, having the right skills will allow you to lead your team to success. Here’s a brief overview of the skills you’re going to find the most valuable. Cultivating them now can save you time, headaches...
What Should Be on a Project Manager’s Desk?
Here’s an interesting question: what’s on your desk? What do you think should be on every project manager’s desk? I’d love to take credit for this thought but it was inspired by a Cobalt PM blog post. They had four ideas, but I think there are many more things that should be on project manager’s desk. Let’s look first at what Cobalt PM had to say. Here are the four items: A...
Skills of Project Managers Make for Good Business Analysts
Looking to broaden your responsibilities as a project manager? You might want to consider taking on the role of business analyst to boost your value to your organization (or another that might want those skills). But make sure you’re ready for the role. That’s the theory behind a white paper published by Global Knowledge. It is authored by Adam McClellan, a project management professional,...
Steps to Avoid Project Failure: A Guide for Project Managers
No PM wants to contemplate project failure, but it’s all too often the result of a project. In fact, more projects fail than succeed, if you believe the statistics. This reality is responsible for the somewhat cynical, jaded view that many executives have for project teams and project managers. However, there are things that you can do to not only avoid failure, but to improve the opinion of...