Project managers have to keep themselves ready at all times when it comes to managing a project. Right from the start when the plans are still being drawn up to the end of a project, changes are inevitable and occur over the course of the project lifecycle. The key is to work out how best to accommodate and adapt to these changes.
For the execution of any project, organizations require resources such as people, material, equipment, time, knowledge and skill. But these come at a cost and so no firm has unlimited access to a range of resources. For maximizing profits, it is therefore important to share the available resources judiciously among projects such that all project deadlines are met while quality output is generated. That is why resource management is a critical aspect of any project, especially for efficient financial operations.
Planning for a project requires a lot of decisions to be made on intuition and experience. There are times when shortcomings in the planning phase lead to disruption during execution. There are times when targets of the project are not met. No matter how unfortunate it might seem, when one notices early signs of failure one should terminate the project immediately to prevent further loss of time and resources.
Communication plays an important role in maintaining a good workplace culture. Effective and consistent communication is the key to creating an amiable atmosphere at an organization. Workplace culture starts at the top rung of the corporate ladder. It is up to the top level executives to establish smooth and efficient communication. Efficient communication is not established in a day. It is something that takes a considerable amount of time and effort.
One of the most vital qualities of leadership is to be able to inspire others by achieving goals through extraordinary performance. At the end of a project, your team should feel motivated to perform at exceptional levels, matching your passion and enthusiasm. Here are seven habits that make a PMO leader charismatic and inspirational.
Project management officers are vital to any business as they can take important decisions that lead to great ideas. While good PMOs are hard to find, great ones are even rarer. However, all good PMOs share certain traits and characteristics that make them an effective and valuable part of the team. Here are six of the best traits you should cultivate to become an effective and profitable project management officer in your organization.
According to the Project Management Institute, an increasing number of organizations are reporting added value with the appointment of a chief project officer. The chief project officer is someone who owns the responsibility of governing the internal projects of an organization. Some of the specific duties of such as officer [...]
Agile is considered to be a repetitive method for executing software delivery. In the Agile approach, the aim is to develop software in small increments by taking into consideration important feedback from the environment. It is different from the conventional approaches, such as the Waterfall methodology because the complete solution is not delivered at once.
Virtual reality is no longer limited to the gaming industry. It has found its application in several other verticals including manufacturing, construction, social networking and education and training. There has been a significant increase in ‘remote work’ in the last few years. Several companies have globalized workforces and spend over [...]
There are times when a manager can achieve the most by bailing out of a project. This does not mean quitting when the going happens to be a tad tougher. People who are productive rarely surrender sans a fight. There could be times, however, when the personnel hit a point [...]
In essence, SAFe or Scaled Agile Framework refers to the approach of developing an agile software framework based on integration of knowledge patterns for the purpose of scaling across an enterprise. Functioning on the principle of Lean-Agile Development, the SAFe framework is incorporated for providing guidance at team, program and [...]
The latest EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is due to be implemented starting May 25th, 2018. It is among the most significant security initiatives to be developed in the last couple of years and has several implications for private as well as public sectors in the continent. The EU [...]
Risk management is a critical aspect of project management that involves identifying, evaluating and mitigating any potential pitfalls associated with the task at hand. To put it in simpler words, project risk management is all about assessing what risks or hazards might come along during the process of achieving a [...]
The motivational requirements of those working in project set-up are usually different from those working as independent professionals in an organization. But both project managers and team members like to be offered incentives for their work throughout a project. Some of the key factors that help develop suitable bonuses for [...]
There is a difference between ‘good’ communication and ‘effective’ communication and it is critical for project managers to understand this difference. According to a recent industry report, the most vital factor driving project management success is effective communication with the team and stakeholders. Further, effective communication could result in greater success in projects thereby allowing companies to achieve higher standards of performance.
It is critical for project managers to conduct project post-evaluation meetings with their teams. The agenda of such a meeting is focused on factors such as the results, performance and expenditure information available after completion of the project. Prior to conducting a project post-evaluation meeting, project managers must collect relevant [...]
It is important for agile managers to study all aspects of team management- formation/structure, working, growth, reward systems, communication and so on. An agile manager isn’t a micromanager, but someone who leads the team intimately from the outside. Here are 10 useful ways in which a project manager can manage [...]
What separates a good project manager from a brilliant project manager? The answer is quite simple: brilliant project managers don’t just have capabilities and technical knowledge, they are also quite adept with how to communicate with their teams at different levels.
Keeping a track of KPIs or Key Performance Indicators is absolutely critical to project management and success. In the absence of a system that tracks KPIs, it is nearly impossible to assess the progress of a project towards the predetermined goals.
Project Portfolio Management facilitates measurement of the impact that project management has on cost, procurement, product quality and human resources at the level of the entire organization.
For success in project management in the present times, it is critical for project managers to bring their attention to multiculturalism. And what is multiculturalism? It could mean dealing with an internal team that has members from diverse cultures and ethnicities. Alternatively, it could also imply managing a cross-cultural team for a global project.
It is true that several of the biggest achievers in the world, including artists, sportspersons, and entrepreneurs, would have been unable to achieve their dreams if they hadn't learned the art of staying positive in the midst of a crisis. Project managers would often find themselves in situations where the [...]
A business organization has to manage both business risks and project risks. But there is a significant difference between the two. Let’s try and gain some insights into what distinguishes a business risk from project risk. Business Risks When you talk about risk in the context of business, it could [...]
In most industries, especially IT, technical skills are often considered to be the most important criteria for hiring. When recruiting managers, a lot of companies think that the candidate must meet a long list of important skills in order to be able to perform the job efficiently. In reality, this [...]