As we start off 2017, I like to think about where I want to develop in the upcoming year. Delegation is a skill where I do not have much practice. But I have a few ideas about how to do it successfully and why it will likely create a win-win situation for everyone involved.
Change is really the only thing you can depend on – change in technology, in process, in leadership, in strategy, in priorities. Shifting behavior in support of those changes is easier said than done. Check out what questions I suggest you ask yourself and your stakeholders to help incite behavior change.
Feedback – as they say – is a gift. And mastering the art of giving feedback is important to your success as a project manager. Read on to learn what I consider the most important things to remember when you are giving someone feedback.
When you think about your life – in both your personal and professional worlds – would you say that you are a risk taker? There are times when you should play it safe, but there are also times when you should think outside the box.
I find myself surrounded by lists — to do lists, grocery lists, packing lists, invite lists. As my to do lists get longer and longer, I sometimes feel a bit overwhelmed — not knowing where to start and/or not feeling like I have made a dent in anything. Read on to learn about my very basic steps to developing and managing your lists!
More than once, I have sat down with project or workstream leaders, ready to talk about what they need to do to get the project from start to finish, and the team member stares at me blankly and expects me to know all of the answers. Here are some tips you can use to clarify your role as the project manager and make sure everyone is clear on who owns what.
Ever run into scheduling issues? If you said no, then tell me your secret! While you cannot eliminate people’s busy schedules, there are ways to set expectations with your team and hold them accountable to participate in necessary meetings. And it is your job to make sure these meetings are productive.
The project sponsor is one of the most important stakeholders you will have on any given project. Here are five questions you can ask the sponsor to help build your relationship with her and ultimately deliver a successful project.
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A lessons learned session is a must-do at the end of most projects. There is really nothing better than voicing the good, the bad, and the ugly about a given project for everyone to hear, acknowledge, understand, and take action on. Otherwise, innovations and successes will be forgotten and mistakes will be repeated.
If the project you are managing has a smaller scope or is not too complex, you may not need to facilitate a full project planning session. In that case, here is what I suggest you do to build and begin to manage the project plan.