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Businesses today get a significant amount of work done through project teams that draw membership from departments and functions throughout the company. These teams are defined as matrix structures. Typically project teams are formed for a specified time frame and specific objectives.

In contrast, these same organizations also have a classic line-management structure where project team members report on a permanent basis to a supervisor, manager, department head or a designated executive.

Both o

Have you ever wished you had a short checklist of things to keep in mind as you manage projects? Would this short list contain key measures that, when kept in check, would lead to project success?

In addition to following industry guidelines, it's vital to keep these key measures top of mind throughout the whole project - from start to finish. In the rush to get a project underway, these factors can be overlooked or forgotten. 

In order to help you achieve your goals, here is a list of 4 key mea

There are many reasons why projects fail, but there are a few common causes that can lead to the downfall of even the most well-planned endeavor.

In this article, we've explored some of the most common reasons why projects fail, and what you can do to avoid these pitfalls.

By following these tips, you can increase the chances of your project being a success:

Incomplete Requirements

One of the most common reasons for project failure is incomplete or incorrect requirements. All too often, projects

The project manager mindset is a cornerstone to success in the field of project management. This mindset is characterized by a solid understanding of the discipline, the ability to select the appropriate tools, and the understanding of how to effectively communicate with team members.

Achieving the project manager mindset requires a number of skills, including being flexible, possessing strong oral and written communication skills, being able to think strategically and solve problems on your fee

The key to a successful project is in the planning. Creating a project plan is the first thing you should do when undertaking any kind of project.

Often project planning is ignored in favour of getting on with the work. However, many people fail to realise the value of a project plan in saving time, money and many problems.

This article looks at a simple practical approach to project planning. On completion of this guide you should have a sound project planning approach that you can use for futu

It is not a rare occurrence to find people in the wrong job or profession. One reason could be that they just love the social attributes of the job. Some are in the job because they have not been able to get anything better. Others may be on a job because it is the "family business", and they feel compelled to follow it. Many others begin a work history with the first job they can get and just stay in that industry forever. Your problem manager is defined as a product of one or a combination of

Managing your team should be easy because you’re dealing with trained professionals, right?  But that's not to say there won’t be difficult personalities along the way.  Our project resources are skilled professionals…with egos.  Each has their own unique talents that they bring to the engagement.  Likewise they each come to the table with their own unique experiences, behaviors, attitudes, and beliefs about how things should be done.

Each team member presents a different challenge to the projec

An important part of project success is effectively communicating status of the project to internal stakeholders. These project briefings are important whether you are the only one working on the project or when you are part of a team, and perhaps even the project leader.

When a project has a high profile in the company people want to know what is happening with the project; what is going well; what is not going well and who are the players?

Be consistent with what you cover in meetings and even

Good project planning is like the construction of a recipe for a favorite cake. If every component is done correctly you end up with a great end result. Make shortcuts or mistakes along the way and you risk the whole project falling to pieces. To plan a project well, you need to understand a little about the possible traps you may fall into. Here are five of the most common pitfalls.

1.    Planning is rushed

The most common mistake project managers can make when planning a project is to try and

Innovation is a popular buzzword in business at the moment.  Any number of articles are published in business publications about how to make an innovation culture in a company. 

Innovation executives have been appointed, culture change communications have circulated... but has it all missed a very salient operational constraint?  If the people implementing change initiatives are not innovative then all these strategies will come to naught.

Contract project and/or change managers are hired for th

Sometimes, a project manager must deal with a disgruntled client. They may be unhappy with one thing or many things, but if their feelings are strong enough to make a complaint then that complaint needs to be properly and fairly dealt with.

Unfortunately for project managers, complaints are not a rarity in the world of project management. It can seem very unfair to get criticism on a project when in the majority of cases a lot of hard work has gone into getting it successfully delivered.

However

The concept Project integration management is a key skill that is the tightly woven into the PM industry standard processes laid out by the Project Management Institute (PMI).  As defined by PMI, project integration management are the processes and activities needed to integrate the various elements of project management, which are identified, defined, combined, unified, and coordinated within the Project Management Process Groups.

Within the project management body of knowledge (PMBOK) guide, p

Team dynamics or team roles are important concepts to wrap your head around if you are the one who ultimately is responsible for ensuring a team meets a deadline or specific criterion. Not understanding the dynamic of teams can literally put you behind the eight ball which could result in you scratching and loosing the game.

So, read on and find out how to get in front of the eight ball and keep your dignity, respect and maybe even your job.

Team roles are patterns of behavior that are character

A motivated project team can bring a project to life. It can give the project the momentum it needs during its toughest hours and spur people on to reaching the end. Great management is the key to getting the most out of a team, and part of managing a team is making sure they are always motivated to give everything they have got to a project. If you are looking at ways to get your team motivated for your project, here are ten ideas to get you started:

1.    Give your team autonomy

There is nothi

Project management is one of the very best skill-sets that a person can learn in modern business. The basic principles of project management can be applied to almost any sector, industry or area and are essential in helping businesses to develop new products and services, improve their processes and avoid risks.

In this article we'll explore some of the ways that you can enhance your project management experience.

Because project management is a vast field with hundreds of different techniques,

There’s no denying that the Project Manager is the leader of the project and usually the most visible member of the delivery project team.  They are the primary customer-facing individual and replacing them is like replacing the coach on an NFL football team or a major league baseball manager.  It’s a highly visible move and very significant.

But what about the rest of the project team?  They are visible.  Often, on an IT project, the business analyst or the technical lead become just as visible

Something that is rarely talked about with project management but is all too common is the need for project managers to look after multiple concurrent projects. When an organization has invested in the skills of a project manager and they prove their worth, this often results in the paradox of that individual being given more than one project to handle and thereby making it more difficult for them to achieve future success.

However, all is not lost. It is possible to manage multiple projects at

Information Technology (IT) projects are usually run by project managers who use processes such as scope, schedule, budget and quality management to get the job done. These skills are indeed prerequisite to success in completing a project, but other things are needed to deliver complex information technology projects in today’s fast-moving pressure cooker environment.

What do IT project managers need to do in order to be successful? This article examines key challenges to successful delivery of

Project teams are formed in organizations around the world each day. And most of those teams flounder unnecessarily for too long and some flounder forever). There is one simple practice that can improve the results of most any team, whether formed for a short project or as a new working unit. That practice is team chartering.

The team charter is a document that serves as both guidance and a roadmap for any team’s success. When used most effectively, this tool clarifies the purpose for the team's

Sometimes, a project manager must deal with a disgruntled client. They may be unhappy with one thing or many things, but if their feelings are strong enough to make a complaint then that complaint needs to be properly and fairly dealt with.

Unfortunately for project managers, complaints are not a rarity in the world of project management. It can seem very unfair to get criticism on a project when in the majority of cases a lot of hard work has gone into getting it successfully delivered. However

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