Stakeholders

What Does Project Success Mean To You?


“I’m keen for this project to be a success,” said a politician I heard during an interview on the radio. I thought that was a strange way to put it. Aren’t we all desperately seeking success? “Keen” simply doesn’t seem to cut it – I want my project managers and project teams to be actively…

Can You Stop Thinking About that Project?


By Ammar W. Mango The controller project manager needs everything in order. And since nothing is in order almost ever, the project manager’s mind is always working to find ways to put things in order. The result is a mind that is always trying to change things, never happy with things as they are. This…

7 Ethics Tips For Project Managers


“I’ve got an awkward question,” one of the junior project managers I know asked me. “I’ve been offered a great deal if I go with a particular contractor.” “What’s the matter with that?” I replied. “If it’s a great deal for the company, then that should make that contractor top of the list once you…

How to Deal with Skeptical Stakeholders


By Susanne Madsen When I coach or train a group of project managers, one of the biggest concerns they bring up is how to deal with opponents; i.e. senior stakeholders and clients who have a lot of power and influence over the project but who are not supportive. Or at least they come across as…

What is a Post Implementation Review?


Project post implementation reviews are called many things, so if you don’t recognize the name, don’t despair. Maybe in your organization they are called project post-mortems, or post-project reviews. Maybe you just know them as an acronym: PIR or PPR. Or maybe you don’t have them at all! It may come as a surprise, but…

5 Top Tips for Making Your Project Work Better


By Michelle Symonds Project managers have a tough task on their hands getting a project to work well. With one eye on the budget and timescales, they need to satisfy the needs of members of their team as well as keeping stakeholders and senior management happy. Sometimes managing a project can feel a bit like…

Great Time Management Is in the Details


Bringing together all the aspects of a project — including stakeholders, team members, software tools and project requirements — is just the beginning. Once we gather all the pieces of the project, we cannot sit back and relax. Properly controlling a project hinges on using time management skills to see it through to the end.…

Meeting Management


By Lynda Bourne If your job involves arranging meetings then you need to get both your strategy and your tactics right to create a short, effective, useful and enjoyable experience for everyone! Your meeting should: Be planned to achieve an outcome To get the most out of your meetings, you need to plan them wisely.…

Stakeholder Victory, Without Battle


By Lynda Bourne, DPM, PMP Chinese military general Sun Tzu wrote The Art of War nearly 2,500 years ago. But his ideas still hold value on the art of stakeholder engagement. After all he did say: “The greatest victory is that which requires no battle,” which should be the ultimate aim of every stakeholder engagement process. One of…

Killers of Project Sustainability


By Gratien Gasaba Development projects are designed with the purpose to positively affect beneficiaries’ life for long time. It is startling to see to what extent sustainability aspects of projects evaporate during or before execution. The reasons why sustainability remains the paperwork in some development projects, have not been sufficiently discussed. Difficulties to keep the…