Leadership

Who Should Track Project Benefits Realized?


By Kiron D. Bondale Consistent measurement and reporting of the benefits realized from projects is a key step towards portfolio management maturity. While it’s good to improve practices around identification, evaluation, selection and prioritization of projects, the proof is in the (benefits) pudding! This is easier said than done. It’s hard enough when the business…

Failure to Manage our Time is a Modern Ailment


Written by  Michelle Symonds Feeling like there are not enough hours in the day can be a major constraint for most business analysts. But what is the answer? Delegate more? Sleep less? Become more efficient? There are plenty of answers that crop up but successfully managing your time when there are so many pulls on that…

5 New Ways To Engage Your Team


You’ll often hear people talking about ‘engaging’ their team or ‘engaging’ stakeholders. This is supposed to give you better working relationships and build trust amongst individuals, which is great in theory. But how do you actually do it? What does ‘engagement’ look like? There are lots of ways to involve your project team members in…

The Unexpected Project


By Michelle Symonds All too often you can be sat with your new team, excited to start a new project, completely focused on the task in hand. But how many times are you going through this process without any understanding of why you are doing it? If you have experienced this you’re not alone as…

Sticky Situations: How do Business Analysts Influence Ethics?


Written by  Angela Wick  We’ve all found ourselves in sticky situations at work—those grey areas between right and wrong that really test our ethical boundaries. The nature of BA work, facilitating change and protecting stakeholder value, launches BAs into the middle of many sticky situations. We often know things before the masses, we are present when…

Building Maturity, Battling Complexity


By Peter Tarhanidis, PMP Today’s marketplace and customers make new demands that fuel complexitiesin our organizations through a number of external factors. These factors require an organization to become agile to meet the new demands. In many cases the external factors include: Globalization of world markets, which introduces many organizational dynamics and new ways of working with…

How To Work Effectively With Your Boss


Project managers spend a lot of time working with their teams, the project sponsor and other key stakeholders, but they don’t often work directly for the person at the helm of the project. How about that ‘other’ manager? The one that approves your expenses and vacation time? He or she also has an important role…

The Flawed Foundation of PERT


By Alexander Laufer and Jeffrey Russell One of the most well-known building blocks of project management is the PERT (program evaluation and review technique) method.1 In his comprehensive review of the development of project management, Morris reports: “Polaris developed a management control procedure [in 1957], PERT; this, together with CPM, was the progenitor of the…

Forming Good Dialogue Habits


By Michelle Symonds Forming good dialogue habits is crucial to project management and the skills you learn forming these habits will enable you to achieve success in forming and managing relationships within your team, as well as winning the project in the first place. Here are several good dialogue habits to have: Self DevelopmentThis is…

How to Track Your Project Expenses


Have you got your project budget set up? For many project managers, managing project expenses is a scary proposition. Somehow it feels like there is more responsibility involved in a project when there is cash attached to it and you are accountable for how it is spent! Even after years of managing big budgets, the…