During the implementation phase of the project, the team is stretched by the customer to add to scope. It's causing strain on the team and putting pressure on the schedule. This week on the show, Jay Christensen and John Patton join Pete Wright to discuss the critical importance of scope definition in planning, and how [...]
The transition from project mode into operations is often every bit as critical as planning the project itself. This week on the show, John Patton and Jay Christensen join Pete Wright to take on this issue, and provide options for bringing transition planning back into the planning process, and under control.
Lack of timely decision-making can cause rework and re-scoping on projects. This week on the show, Jay Christensen and Pete Wright take on this challenge from a course attendee and offer suggestions for maintaining team focus and strong communication up and down the project hierarchy.
This week on the show, Jay Christensen and Pete Wright discuss a key project management hurdle as presented in class: there are unclear priorities and mixed messages coming from the steering committee and an unwillingness to move projects down in priority. We cover the role of the portfolio manager and offer solutions for streamlining communication [...]
As a new team member in an organization, what do you do when those around don't understand or believe in the power of project management? This week on the show we respond to this common yet difficult challenge with strategies for building success, support, and understanding, while helping your new team shine. Join John Patton, [...]
On projects, it's all about the team. The same is true for training. This week on the show, John Patton and Pete Wright discuss the importance of attending training and consulting events in teams, leveraging the experience of training together to work on real projects, delivering real results fast.
The Cadence scholarship program for educators, in partnership with the PMI Education Foundation, has been a boon to teachers and administrators looking to bridge practical business and organizational skills with curricula. This week, join Pete Wright, Connie Plowman, and guest Denise Tischler to discuss her experience in the 3-day Cadence course, and how she will [...]
This week, we take on culture. Building off our on-going discussion on behavioral models for individuals and teams, John Patton and Pete Wright discuss the importance of defining and understanding cultural behavioral profiles in project management in light of the ever-increasing demands on teams to work in geographically and culturally diverse project environments.
This week, we take on groups. Building off our discussion last week on individual behavior models, John Patton and Scott Lissit introduce group behavior dynamics and outline critical strategies for project managers who are bogged down by the discomfort that can come in the early phases of team development.