Project Management

August 13, 2020 | Knowledge | Helen S. Cooke

Preparing for Project Initiation

Questions to ask when starting a project

Because projects address situations not faced before, or strive to deliver results under circumstances not experienced before, there will always be unknowns. Planning can occur in the face of unknowns, but the more you know, the better your plan can …

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  • July 15, 2020 | Insights | Steven Lesser

    On Being a Consultant

    Thoughts on how to become a valued consultant

    Many people have chosen the path of being a consultant. Businesses hire internal or external consultants to help them achieve their goals. But sometimes it’s not clear if being a consultant is “a good thing or a bad thing.” Not …

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  • June 17, 2020 | Knowledge | Denise Gifford

    Reaching Agreement in Client-Consultant Relationships

    These 13 questions will help you navigate difficulties and disagreements 

    Clients and consultants sometimes encounter difficulties when they don’t share a common understanding of how to improve a situation. They may not have a clear handle on the goals. The client might have a better understanding of their business than …

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  • April 1, 2020 | Insights | Helen S. Cooke

    Project Management and Coronavirus

    Project management helps address the unexpected

    Many people have heard a lot about project management but do not really know how it works. A very effective example of project management in action is visible in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s live address on March 24 on how New …

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  • February 25, 2020 | 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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  • February 13, 2020 | 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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  • January 8, 2020 | Knowledge | Amanda Finn

    4 Tips for finding Freelance Work on Gig Sites

    Advice from gig sites on landing opportunities

    When it comes to applying for jobs on Upwork or similar gig sites, sometimes it feels like throwing your resume into the wind. Is anyone even going to see it? What makes me different from the other 1000+ freelancers who …

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  • December 19, 2019 | Knowledge | Helen S. Cooke

    10 Ways Project Managers Can Address Stakeholder Expectations

    These strategies will help you bring out and understand stakeholder needs

    Stakeholders all have expectations, whether they’re expressed or subconscious. For project managers, understanding these expectations throughout the course of a project can help create a successful project conclusion. While meeting every expectation from each stakeholder is impossible, identifying what people …

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  • December 15, 2019 | Knowledge | Helen S. Cooke

    Preparing for a Fast-Growth Project

    Three early planning phases and their unique challenges

    Any project manager knows that projects vary significantly: some last for years, with multiple phases, while others are sporadic, with periodic breaks that free staff and management to work on other initiatives. Some are important. Others are urgent. Some are …

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  • October 3, 2019 | Insights | Dr. David Hillson

    Capturing Opportunities – Are You Ready?

    How to optimize success for your projects and business

    A few months ago, my wife and I were on a sunrise game drive in South Africa. None of the animals seemed to be awake yet, and all was quiet. I sat on the edge of the vehicle, my camera …

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  • August 21, 2019 | Insights | Denise Gifford

    Independent Consulting: Is the Gig Economy for you?

    6 questions would-be solopreneurs must ask themselves

    Recent business trends have made it possible to start independent work more easily, and with more possibilities, than ever before. There is strong support in the business world for hiring expertise on an as-needed basis, and as a result, the …

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  • June 19, 2019 | Knowledge | Dr. David Hillson

    Risk Management: Past and Future

    How we got here, and where we might be going

    Everyone agrees that the world is risky and that risk management is important. But where did risk management come from, and where is it going? When and how did we learn that managing risk was an essential life skill? And …

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