PM and the Spirit of Giving:  Someone Specific in Your Network

PM and the Spirit of Giving: Someone Specific in Your Network

It feels great when your presentation is beginning to come together and look…’presentable’.  But it won’t be done until you have done some substantial rehearsal, going through all of the materials in order.  You may find that certain parts don’t flow as well as you thought…and you need to make some changes. You may find …

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PM and the Spirit of Giving:  An Extra Mile for the Customer

PM and the Spirit of Giving: An Extra Mile for the Customer

As a project manager, you are probably in reasonably good touch with your customer’s business needs.  The reality, though, is that some of these business needs will shift…and there are other needs you need to consider also.  Customers are people too…and in fact are usually teams of people. Each person on the customer team has …

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Preparing for a Big Presentation:  Rehearse and Build Flow and Confidence

Preparing for a Big Presentation: Rehearse and Build Flow and Confidence

It feels great when your presentation is beginning to come together and look…’presentable’.  But it won’t be done until you have done some substantial rehearsal, going through all of the materials in order.  You may find that certain parts don’t flow as well as you thought…and you need to make some changes. You may find …

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Preparing for a Big Presentation:  Allow Plenty of Time to Prepare Slides

Preparing for a Big Presentation: Allow Plenty of Time to Prepare Slides

As the title of this article, and of the series, implies, this is a BIG presentation.  It needs to cover a variety of related topics, often explaining difficult and complex topics in simple and clear language, aided by accompanying visuals that also add clarity.  Beyond the individual slides, which need to be honed until they …

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Preparing for a Big Presentation:  Involve Stakeholders as Early as Possible

Preparing for a Big Presentation: Involve Stakeholders as Early as Possible

There is no better way to ensure the success of your presentation than to involve all stakeholder groups as early as possible.  The approach pays respect to the old adage of “no surprises” – as everyone will know what to expect. Ensure that everyone has some sense of ownership of the presentation – or at …

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Preparing for a Big Presentation:  Determine the Key Topics to Be Covered

Preparing for a Big Presentation: Determine the Key Topics to Be Covered

Preparing for a big presentation on your project is a critical and often daunting task.  Initially, you may ask yourself, “Where do I begin?” From my experience, the tried and true approach of building an outline really is helpful to kick off the process.  However, the key to doing that right is to review that …

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The Project Management Office:  What to Look for in PMO Software

The Project Management Office: What to Look for in PMO Software

There are many project management software products, and many of them support the operations of project management offices (PMO) and the project portfolio management (PPM) function.  Every organization is unique in terms of size, industry, complexity, culture, types of projects, and more. This article explores the aspects of project management that map to the software …

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The Project Management Office:  Waterfall, Agile, and Hybrid Methodologies

The Project Management Office: Waterfall, Agile, and Hybrid Methodologies

Project Management Offices (PMOs) partner, control, or serve the organization by providing structure in the form of project management methodologies.  However, it gets more complicated when there are different project types – and different approaches to managing them. It is especially complicated when some approaches emphasize local, decentralized management – and need to support it …

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The Project Management Office:  The Three Flavors of PMOs

The Project Management Office: The Three Flavors of PMOs

There are many flavors of PMOs, according to many experts, but this article breaks it down to three main types.  They involve emphasis on partnering, controlling, and serving within the community. Partnering means the PMO provides standards and educates and assists project managers to help elevate the practice of PM throughout the organization.  Controlling sets …

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Social Media PM:  Effective Social Media Tools

Social Media PM: Effective Social Media Tools

There are a number of effective social media tools that can help the process of project management.  Effective social media PM is all about identifying the right combination of tools that will efficiently and effectively move the project forward.  Even if non-optimal tools are chosen but used effectively, the project will benefit, but ineffective use …

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Social Media PM: It’s All About Collaboration

Social Media PM: It’s All About Collaboration

When I think of ‘Social Media PM’, I naturally first think about collaboration.  It’s all about sharing information, making information open and available, and providing people with the opportunity to participate in sharing ideas and providing feedback.  Collaboration is actually quite compatible with agile, which advocates for teams being ‘self-managing’. The only way teams can …

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