Project Management

January 23, 2024 | Knowledge | Denise Gifford

12 Questions for Evaluating Business Solutions

these questions can help you select the best solution to a problem

In solving any problem, the goal is to come up with a solution that will work. But sometimes it’s not easy to evaluate a solution’s worth. It might also turn out that there are multiple, alternative solutions that are credible. …

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  • October 23, 2023 | Knowledge | Denise Gifford

    21 Questions: Understanding Project Stakeholder Expectations

    Asking your stakeholders the right questions is central to successful project management

    Understanding the expectations of project stakeholders is absolutely critical to successful stakeholder management. Do you know what your stakeholders expect? If not, your project may already be heading down the wrong path. In order to pinpoint stakeholder expectations, it’s important …

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  • September 30, 2023 | Book Reviews | Denise Gifford

    “The Creative Act” by Rick Rubin is More Art Than Craft

    Rubin explores creativity through nuggets of inspiration and insight  

    Creativity is an in-demand business skill. It’s always been important, but as more companies seek to leverage the power of technology, especially AI, creativity is a must-have to stay competitive and know how to best leverage the new tech capabilities. …

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  • August 14, 2023 | Insights | Helen S. Cooke

    A Responsible Approach to Using AI in Project Management

    we want to preserve the professional capability while tapping a new tool

    Artificial intelligence is a topic getting a lot of headlines and airtime lately. The technological breakthroughs are likely to affect a lot of things in our work and in our lives. At this point there are more questions than answers, …

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  • June 25, 2023 | Insights | Helen S. Cooke

    Project Managers Are the Leaders We Need

    in the age of job hopping and quiet quitting, project managers are a source of stability

    Those of us craving leadership in today’s work culture are having a hard time of it. We hear about “the great resignation” and “quiet quitting.” We see it among our friends and colleagues. We read about it in the news. …

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  • April 30, 2023 | Insights | Helen S. Cooke

    6 Ways Project Managers Can Advance Their Careers

    in a volatile market, impressing top brass becomes more important

    Projects tackle the urgent and important objectives an organization needs to thrive, so project managers tend to hold a special position of responsibility as well as a unique visibility in the work world. As a project manager, program manager or …

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  • January 26, 2023 | Insights | Helen S. Cooke

    ‘Managing By Projects’ is Different From Project Management, And Here’s Why

    Some organizations use a methodology called “managing by projects,” but it’s not traditional Project Management  

    As organizations scramble to adapt to rapid changes in the contemporary work environment – including increased automation – there is a new focus on improving work methods and getting results by whatever means necessary. In the realm of project management, …

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  • December 30, 2022 | Knowledge | Denise Gifford

    Building Effective Client-Consultant Relationships

    these 14 questions will help you assess the strength of the relationship

    Developing a partnership with your client—one built on mutual trust and understanding—is essential for establishing a long-term working relationship. If you aren’t trusted, your advice won’t be trusted. If you don’t understand the client as a person, you won’t know …

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  • November 30, 2022 | Insights | Helen S. Cooke

    In a Crisis, Project Managers Are Needed

    infamous tragedies remind us that the type of management matters

    There has always been a distinction between two ways of managing. The first type, operations management, requires managers to be directive and hierarchical to standardize routine organizational functions. The second, project management, requires managers to be more flexible, process-oriented, and …

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  • August 30, 2022 | Insights | Helen S. Cooke

    As the Economy Changes, Project Management Is Still In Demand

    economic transformations hit different industries in different ways

    Forty years ago, John Naisbitt, author of “Megatrends” (1982), predicted not only the shift of America’s industrial economy to less developed nations around the globe, but also the significantly reduced role of management in the U.S. workforce. Our economy moved …

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  • July 23, 2022 | Knowledge | Denise Gifford

    20 Questions Consultants Should Ask Their Clients

    These questions will clarify your client’s perspective, current situation, and future vision

    As a consultant, one of your key objectives is to fully understand your client’s situation so that you can offer advice, solutions, and support as needed. This means taking the time to not only understand your client’s current reality, but …

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  • June 25, 2022 | Insights | Helen S. Cooke

    How Project Managers Assess Project Value

    understanding value is one of the most important parts of the job

    One key aspect of project management is assessing the value of a project—but unfortunately, value assessment doesn’t always get the attention it deserves. As project managers, we all know it to be true: the definition of project success belongs in …

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