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Project Management – Communicating Successfully

Project Management – Communicating Successfully
By Mandy McGill, Northwest University

When it comes to communicating effectively on the project, the project manager must keep in mind that communication needs to be ongoing and include all people in the project. Some analysis needs to be done before the project begins, as well as some processes put into place to ensure constant communication. First, take a look at the organizational process assets. Does the organization already have a system in place for communicating, such as internal email or daily stand ups (quick meetings where people can update). If you haven’t worked for the company in the past, talk with some of your team members to see if they have any lessons learned they can share.

One way to determine all of the different communication channels is to use the equation n(n-1)/2. For example; Susan, Joe and Samantha are all on a sub team. Read the Complete Article

Project Management – A Culture of Truth-Telling

Project Management – A Culture of Truth-Telling
By Mandy McGill, Northwest University

As a project manager it is you job to create a culture where truth telling is not only encouraged, it’s rewarded. This requires a paradigm shift since you are biased towards positive feedback. It’s only natural as a PM to want to hear “Yes boss, everything is going swimmingly” accompanied by a big smile. But what if it’s not going swimmingly? What if your IT team is running into glitches it didn’t anticipate? Or your garden planning team lead needs more shoveling hands but is afraid to tell you because he knows you are on a tight budget? These are problems that only can be revealed if you have promoted truth telling.

Now that you have created a truth telling culture, you have the ability to very closely monitor change. Change really is just a balance issue. Somewhere within your project, be it budget, scope, or time can change for any reason and confronting that change head on is your best opportunity to prevent a derail. Read the Complete Article

The Importance of Launching a Project

The Importance of Launching a Project
By Mandy McGill, Northwest University

So you have been asked to manage a project and you have worked diligently to come up with all of the necessary tools to begin. You have a very supportive sponsor who believes in you. You have created a project charter and determined the work schedule. The majority of your team has been established and each team member has been assigned responsibilities. Incentives, both financial and personal have been determined. You are ready to begin right? Not quite. It is time to launch your project with a kickoff event. Holding a kick-off event helps establish a start time of the project, as well as creating a sense of camaraderie. Here are the steps you need to take to prepare for this very important event

  1. Be sure all administrative work is in order – vendor negotiations, acquisition contracts, purchase orders etc.
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