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The Right Players on the Field

If you are a project manager, pull out your biggest project’s resources list and review it right now. If you’re using an electronic tool, go ahead and open that file and take a look at your team members. Today, we’re going to talk about the players on your team. Why, you ask? Because too many times, project teams are under-represented in critical areas that directly affect project performance. […]

By |October 1st, 2007|A Step Ahead|0 Comments

The 4 Critical Skills in Informal Project Management

In a successful project-based organization, it can be easy to stand by and allow the project machine to work. Indeed, it is designed to operate efficiently with the consistent application of resources: people and time. But too often we take for granted that the grease for the cogs in this machine comes in a skillset that is difficult to measure: Informal Project Management. In the project environment, informal project management has come to mean several things. It is the work of project managers applying formal project management tools to small, disorganized bodies of activities. It is also the work of project managers applying social skills and community wisdom to motivate and inspire team members to do more effective and efficient work. Here are four critical skills that the best project managers cultivate in their own informal project management efforts. […]

By |September 17th, 2007|A Step Ahead|0 Comments

Project Success with Project Sponsorship

The relationship between a project sponsor and a project manager is a unique one. Where the project manager is focused on delivering project results at a tactical level, the project sponsor operates at a political and strategic level. Companies around the world have discovered the critical importance of the project sponsor in organizing and completing projects. In the real world, we know that the project manager rarely selects the sponsor. Rather, the sponsor is the person who wants the project, is willing to pay for it, and who is looking for a project manager who can get the job done. As a project manager, make sure to discuss the following four criteria in your first conversation with your new project sponsor. Consider this the project sponsor interview process. […]

By |September 10th, 2007|A Step Ahead|0 Comments

People Manage Projects

People work together to overcome obstacles and define excellence by bringing projects to a close and results to their customers. Still, even experienced project managers and team members need a refresher, a reminder of what it is that makes them successful in their work. Here are five tips to getting your next project started right. […]

By |August 20th, 2007|A Step Ahead|0 Comments

The TOP 5 Things That Keep You From Success

by Emmanuel Segui Everyone wants to be rich. A lot of people want to be successful. Yet, only a few people are willing to pay the price. There is a price to success as there is a price to failure. Here are 5 reasons that keep people from accomplishing their dreams. A lack of motivation. [...]

By |September 4th, 2006|A Step Ahead|0 Comments