Project Management

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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  • April 4, 2018 | Insights | Helen S. Cooke

    Civility in the Workplace is Still Important

    In the smartphone era, civility is a vital skill to model and learn

    Trend-watching is a good way to spot issues that your organization may be facing in the future. A popular topic lately is the erosion of civility, and the accompanying uptick in rudeness, in our society today. New research about the …

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  • March 7, 2018 | Insights | Helen S. Cooke

    Are Project Managers Generalists or Specialists?

    Strategic thinking and technical know-how are both important

    When discussing new hires, organizations often categorize candidates as either generalists or specialists. Specialists are typically sought for technical jobs while generalists are steered toward staff or junior management roles. But more and more, with businesses in a constant state …

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  • February 15, 2018 | Knowledge | Dr. David Hillson

    What is a Risk?

    Identifying real risks is critical for effective risk management

    The purpose of risk management is obviously to manage risks. But one of the most common failings in the risk management process is for the risk identification step to identify things that are not risks. If this early stage of …

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  • January 24, 2018 | Knowledge | Denise Gifford

    Five Steps to Effective Consulting Relationships

    Successful consultants are client-focused

    The word “consultant” encompasses more professions than many people realize. If you work toward changing or improving a business situation—without having direct decision power over that situation—you’re consulting. “Consultant” might be in your job description, or it might not. Business …

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  • January 8, 2018 | Knowledge | Dr. David Hillson

    Two-Faced Risk Management

    The benefits of lessons learned

    Welcome to 2018! In many languages the month January is named after Janus the two-faced Roman god of doorways, and the start of a new year is traditionally a time for review, looking back at the past 12 months and …

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  • November 9, 2017 | Insights | Helen S. Cooke

    Leadership in Project Management Isn’t What You Think

    The skills that define leadership often arise organically, not by force

    When it comes to projects, we are often comfortable with identifying ourselves as executives or managers, but few of us describe ourselves as “leaders.” Others may put us into that category, but why are we hesitant to place ourselves under …

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  • October 19, 2017 | Knowledge | Dr. David Hillson

    Optimize Project Performance using Risk-Based Stakeholder Analysis

    Are your stakeholders advocates, hindrances, or something in-between?

    Most project managers understand that stakeholders possess and exercise various forms of power in the context of a project. The position adopted by stakeholders is likely to have a significant effect on whether or not a project succeeds, and stakeholders …

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  • September 14, 2017 | Insights | Barbara A. Trautlein

    The Future of Work is Here, and Leaders Must Be Change Intelligent®

    These three capabilities are key for success in the new world of work

    Contemplating “the future of work” is both exciting and daunting. Now and in the future, compared to our parents, we have a vast array of choices over how we work, where we work, when we work, and with whom we …

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  • August 28, 2017 | Insights | Dr. David Hillson

    Business Uncertainty: Threat or Opportunity?

    When done right, risk management is a critical factor in business success

    Plato is quoted as saying that “The problem with the future is that more things might happen than will happen.” Or as Pliny said, “The only certainty is that there is nothing certain.” Nowhere is this more evident than in …

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