Stakeholders

One Great Tip to Help Control Scope


By Christian Bisson As project managers, controlling scope can be very challenging. You’ll want to avoid scope creep but if managed properly, scope changes can mean more budget. At first glance, this seems like a good thing, and in a way, it is. But there are a few others aspects to verify. Be careful For…

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…

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…

Three Ideas for Motivating Executive Stakeholders


By Greg Githens Consider this situation: you are a leading a strategic initiative and you have identified a stakeholder who has the potential to add her influence to it. This stakeholder is an executive who has not engaged deeply to this point: “It isn’t on her radar.” Where might you find some ideas for appealing…

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…