Project Management

February 20, 2019 | Insights | Dr. David Hillson

Top Ten Risk Myths

Since the dawn of time, mankind has used myths to make sense of the uncertainty that surrounds us. More recently, in the world of business and projects, risk management has performed the same role. Unfortunately, myths have also grown up …

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  • January 23, 2019 | 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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  • December 19, 2018 | Knowledge | Denise Gifford

    Client-Consultant Relationships and the Need for Control

    recognizing your client’s need for control is key to a healthy relationship

    The client-consultant relationship can be complex, with hiccups and challenges experienced by both parties along the way. One of the most common challenges faced by consultants is balancing their client’s need for control with the need for some kind of …

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  • November 28, 2018 | Insights | Helen S. Cooke

    The Future of Work and the Need to Adapt

    be ready to welcome change and continuously innovate

    Change has always been a part of our society and economy, but during the past several decades, the rate of change accelerated and continues to accelerate. Looking back on the past forty years alone, the changes were seismic. Companies that …

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  • November 7, 2018 | Knowledge | Denise Gifford

    5 Ways Consultants Help Clients Understand Their Value

    Tips for communicating the value you provide to the client relationship

    To build effective consulting relationships, consultants must understand their own value and how it supports their client’s goals. What are the experiences, insights, and skills you have that will help your client succeed? If you’re working with an established client, …

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  • October 24, 2018 | Insights | Dr. David Hillson

    Why Risk Includes Opportunity

    opportunities are important and need to be captured where possible

    Current risk management standards and guidelines use broad definitions of “risk” that encompass both threat and opportunity, but many people still find it difficult to understand why “opportunity” is included in the definition. And without understanding the reasons, there is …

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  • September 26, 2018 | Knowledge | Dr. David Hillson

    Managing Both Sides of Risk: Threat and Opportunity

    Opportunities and threats are both uncertainties that matter

    The ability to manage risk effectively is recognized as an important contributor to business success, which is why it has become an essential part of the manager’s toolkit. Risk-based thinking is permeating the boardroom and discussions within executive committees as …

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  • September 12, 2018 | Insights | Helen S. Cooke

    Project Management and Team Happiness

    End products are important, but so is your team’s health and happiness

    Business projects are seldom discussed from the point of view of the “happiness” of their team members. Projects are recognized for getting things done, and projects are resourced for overall effectiveness. Sponsors, customers, and society at large look for valued …

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  • August 28, 2018 | Knowledge | Jeanette Bordelon

    Maximize Change Adoption Using Persuasion and Influence

    Project success for change initiatives can depend on the ability of the organization to adopt change

    We all need to know how to use our influence and powers of persuasion to support needed changes, whether with family, work life, or life in general. For project managers who are focused on delivering and leading change initiatives, persuasion …

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  • June 14, 2018 | Insights | Helen S. Cooke

    The Creative Process for Managing Projects

    6 surprising similarities between project management and art

    Sometimes people assume a project manager is simply an administrator who tracks the progress of a project team’s work against an established schedule. But that’s the role of a schedule administrator, not a project manager. Project management is actually, in …

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  • May 28, 2018 | Knowledge | Dr. David Hillson

    A Little Project Risk is a Good Thing

    risk shouldn't be feared if it's managed properly

    The novice project manager might be worried to learn that her project contains risk. Surely risk is “A Bad Thing,” and it would be better if her project had none? But her more experienced colleague would explain that there are …

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  • May 3, 2018 | 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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