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Team Building

When many  leaders or team members, see “team-building”  they immediately think of a facilitator  or consultant coming to work with their group and run games  and exercises as a way of improving team member performance. That kind of team building has its place and can be effective.    However, team building is also a part […]

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Leading Teams

How To Successfully Lead Teams Highly motivated, problem-solving project teams are a key component for consistent success. These teams are committed to the goal and to completing their assignments on time and within estimates. Teams like that are rare because the correct techniques for leading teams through the lifecycle of a project are challenging. The […]

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Project Team Building Video

Project team building is a critical success factor. Every project manager wants a project team that is composed of highly motivated, aggressive problem solvers who are totally committed to their deliverables, budget and due date and completely support all the other members of the team. Are there teams like this? Yes, but very very few. […]

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Effective Feedback

An important part of a leader’s job is setting norms of behavior and conduct. These help the team work together effectively and efficiently. You, as the leader, must set and enforce these norms of behavior. You have to reinforce positive behavior and change negative behavior.  Part of behavior change comes when you criticize a team […]

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Project Launch

The project launch meeting has several purposes. These include: – establishing expectations for performance and behavior – explaining how team members’ tasks are connected to the scope and objective of the project – explaining how the project result will affect the team members’ performance evaluation – explaining how good performance on their task(s) can benefit the […]

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Leadership & Team Assignments

There are two alternative techniques for assigning work to your team members. The easiest is to assign them activities; like items on a “To Do” list. That doesn’t take much thinking and it’s usually a bit vague. The harder way is to assign accountability for producing a deliverable with acceptance criteria. That takes a lot […]

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Team Motivation

There are three points in the development of a team motivation  that determine its performance. Handled properly, these Moments of Truth (MOT) produce team members who actually try to finish assignments early take responsibility for solving problems and try to find better, faster ways of producing their deliverables. When these MOTs are handled badly, they […]

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Leadership & Improving Team Performance

Improving Team Performance Improving a team’s performance starts with a review of the project manager’s leadership.  Project managers are often unaware of how their own performance and behavior affects the team’s performance and their attitudes. We’ll look at six ways project managers try to improve team performance that do NOT work. And we’ll analyze why they […]

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Project Team Motivation

Project team motivation is every bit as important as developing a creative project plan, creating a tight schedule and spotting problems early. Too many project managers assume that their team members will be unaffected by their behavior in assigning work, solving problems and making estimates. That is very far from the truth because those three […]

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How to Pass PMP® Exam on First Try – Video

As the Project Management Professional (PMP®) exam continues to evolve, the way you study for it must change as well. Here’s how to pass PMP Exam on First Try. The days of passing the Management Institute (PMI)®’s PMP® exam by memorizing formulas and a handful of definitions are long gone. The study techniques based on flashcards […]

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Healthcare Project Risk Management

Convincing healthcare administrators and physicians to participate in Healthcare Project Risk Management is difficult at best. They typically perceive risk management as a lot of meetings, wasted paperwork, money and time. To persuade healthcare leaders that a minimal investment in healthcare project risk management is worthwhile, revisit some previous project failures. Identify the causes of […]

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Project Risk Management

There’s a lot of talk in project management about all-star project managers being great at “putting out fires.” But actually, the all-star project managers are the ones who do risk management and avoid the fire entirely. These PMs don’t need “all-hands” emergency meetings when something unexpected happens. They don’t need to bring all project work […]

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Risk tradeoffs

Executives do not like project managers to mention risk (or planning for it) because they prefer executing the project without any uncertainty. They also do not want to pay any price for risk planning. However, this is a real impossible mission without considering risk tradeoffs. The Project Manager’s mission is to use their risk management […]

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PMP® Certification Training

What do I Need To Qualify to Take the PMP test After you have 3 to 4 years of experience managing projects, you should consider adding the PMP® (Project Management Professional) to your previous certifications.  you will need PMP® Certification Training  to earn the PMP certification, which is the most widely recognized credential in project […]

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PMP® Training

PMP Training Is a necessary step in every project managers career. With that training you will learn a wide array of project management techniques that you can apply to the projects you manage. With three or four years of experience managing projects,  PMP training will also equip you to pass the project management professional certification […]

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Earned Value Management

Earned Value Management  is an integrated set of tools for managing project progress and spotting variances from the plan.  These tools help you identify variances between actual performance in the project’s schedule and variances between actual costs in the project’s budget. Earned value can also provide forecasts of the likely completion date and final cost […]

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Video – Project Planning Turf Wars

Watch this project team from hell make every project planning mistake you have ever seen a team make. These people have a feudal turf war going and the project manager and sponsor can’t seem to tame it. Just in case you miss a few, I’ll detail the mistakes they made and talk with you about […]

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Duration Reduction – Video

Project managers frequently receive demands to cut the project’s duration. For some project managers these demands occur once a week or even daily. There’s a right way and a wrong way to handle cuts in duration. If handled improperly, the stakeholder will go over your head to the sponsor or a senior manager who will […]

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Status Report Template

Project sponsors expect project managers to know what’s going on in the projects they are managing. While some sponsors expect you to know the project status on a daily basis, most are satisfied with a weekly assessment of what’s happening. In the status report template, we’ll talk about the sponsor’s expectations, the raw materials you’ll […]

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How to Write a Weekly Status Report

Your weekly status report is your best opportunity to address any concerns of your project sponsor and to get support and decisions that you need to finish the project successfully. Let’s think about the sponsor’s perspective of a new project manager with whom she is not familiar. Here’s what the sponsor is concerned about: Does […]

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Project Tracking Reports

How you deliver project tracking reports does much to determine your success as a project manager. Project management is often a stepping-stone to higher-level positions. The delivery of the tracking report also determines your credibility with the sponsor and stakeholder group. It impacts their level of comfort with the project itself and your ability to manage it. […]

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Team Status Reports – Video

The biggest problem in project tracking is getting good team status reports. It sounds easier than it is in practice. Project team members and vendors often report inaccurate data due to undo often about their ability to resolve problems like technical issues or lack of stakeholder cooperation. Another obstacle to getting good data comes from […]

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Project Requirements Management

Project Requirements: The Key to Stakeholder Management, Scope Control & Change Requests Project requirements management builds the foundation for: Effective scope and change control Strong support from stakeholders and users Finishing your project without last-minute requirements surprises. Stakeholders are the principal focus of our project requirements management effort. You must continuously try to identify new […]

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Requirements Gathering Blunders and Best Practices

Unfortunately, poor requirements gathering techniques are the cause of many project failures. These blunders cause three separate problems for the project. Each one can increase the cost and duration and lower the users’ or clients’ satisfaction. Each week stakeholders submit requests for new or modified requirements because: Stakeholders complain about the project deliverables not meeting […]

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Project Initiation Video

Project initiation is a critical phase of every project. If it is not done properly, the odds of the project’s success drop significantly. In this video, the purpose of the initiation/launch meeting is to build team member and stakeholder enthusiasm for the project. The project manager also intends to communicate the key strategic issues for […]

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Project Software Tracking

Using project software to track progress is an important part of every project manager’s weekly routine. Watch this video to see how to enter the status reports from your team members, spot variances and plan corrective action. This will help you bring the project schedule and budget back into line with the baselines in the […]

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Scope Change Video

Scope Change Is a constant challenge for project managers who very often have to deal daily with stakeholders who want to  submit a scope change.  The first section of the movie we see the project manager make a number of mistakes with two insistent stakeholders who want to add elements to the project. Then after you […]

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Team Member Personality Types Video

Team member personality types Provides a constant challenge to project managers looking to build cohesive teams. Watch this video project manager dealing with a strongly introverted project team member. In the first part of the movie project manager makes many mistakes and alienates the team member. In the second part of the video project manager […]

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Video Handling Q&A Sessions

All project managers spend a great deal of time with executives Handling Q&A Sessions  after status reports project plan presentations and discussions of change requests. How the project manager does Handling Q&A Sessions  it have a significant impact on the  level of executive  support the project receipts

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Video Influencing Project Stakeholders

Watch this project manager and action video and a discussion of the best techniques to used for Influencing Project Stakeholders and gain their support for the project and their participation in activities ranging from risk management through providing project team members. Influencing Project Stakeholders Video

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Dysfunctional Project Team – Video

Watch a project manager in action video  about a project manager who inherits a dysfunctional project team and works to make it productive and finished the project on time and within budget. The project manager meets with each of the team members and then was the entire group using a variety of motivational techniques to make […]

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Large Project Planning Techniques

When your success as a project manager leads to larger assignments, you shouldn’t assume that your small project techniques would continue to work.  Planning larger projects requires different techniques. When you started your career in project management, the projects were small and planning was relatively easy. So even bad techniques worked. Often the project sponsor was […]

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Basic Project Methodology – Video

This Basic Project Methodology is a Five step methodology for beginning project managers doing smaller projects usually with in their department with very few contractors or external stakeholders. The boss is usually the project sponsor and there are few areas of complexity, narration by Dick Billows. PMP Please leave your comments about Basic  Project Methodology and share […]

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