Having choices is both good and bad – and therein we find the challenge for a PM to differentiate between the two sides of choice and guide things forward accordingly. So how is it that a PM can manage the plethora of choices on a project and deal with the paradox of choice?
People rely on project managers to fix problems and keep things on track. As a result, they are action oriented, anticipating problems and acting proactively. This is admirable, responsible and accountable behavior, but there is a risk.
There is a flipside to respecting authority. If ignored, it can provide a perilous blind spot in our thinking and lead to potentially harmful decisions. We need to temper the goodness of respecting authority with the perils of putting our projects at risk by overreliance on authority.
Many things motivate people, but we often think of financial motivators first. However, the opportunity to do something that matters, to help people and to grow as a person motivates people. Indeed, there is a whole spectrum of motivators for every situation.
Working in teams has become part of the daily fabric of work in professional environments today. Does the effect of social loafing mean that we are doomed to decreasing efficiency, or is there a better way to manage teams with due respect to the social loafing effect?
In a world awash with information, it is a challenge to distinguish between the useful and useless, the relevant and irrelevant, the complete picture and the incomplete picture. Learn how to best avoid negative effects and make sure you have good data to make a sound decision.
The perceived success of anything is in large part determined by how it is measured. In addition, there is the matter of tracking where you are on the way to where you are going. Learn more about the value of metrics in any project.
Having a properly resourced project can absolutely make the difference between project success and ultimate project failure. Indeed, inadequate resources can bring down even the most promising undertakings. Learn more about the importance of having adequate resources.
Why is it that some projects are more likely to succeed than others are? Does one have a good process and the other not? Is one just a good project…and the other not? Let’s explore how your vision of what project success is up front is critical.
Although several factors determine a project’s success (or failure), having a clearly defined scope is the first essential step and perhaps the most important. Learn more about why defining the project is so significant to a winning outcome.
Maintaining systems that support legacy processes remains important for a much longer period than in private industry. This drastically increases the complexity of government projects, and pushes efficiency down the list of priorities.
This article examines process and compliance constraints, which are typically a hurdle in any large enterprise, but even more so in the public sector. These constraints have a very important purpose: to control fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement.
On government projects, scope is constrained because it is not as open-ended at the beginning as in the private sector. This article looks at how a constrained scope is a unique and challenging aspect of project management in the government sector.
This article dives into on the practice of portfolio management applied to a portfolio of projects. It examines whether a well-managed portfolio of projects is more valuable than the sum of the value of each project.
This article investigates the application of portfolio management to a grouping of businesses, driving home what the elements of Portfolio Management are, examining whether a well-managed portfolio of businesses is more valuable than the sum of the value of each business.
This article investigates the application of portfolio management to a grouping of products, driving home the elements of portfolio management .The product strategy is the initial driver and portfolio management is the practice of executing that strategy for the specific grouping of products.
Portfolio Management is managing a coordinated grouping according to a well-defined strategy. As such, managing a portfolio of investments is much like managing a portfolio of projects. This article investigates the application of portfolio management to investments.