How agile project management can save time and money

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A lack of focus on business objectives from the start of a project can make them drag on, costing both time and money. Applying agile project management is one way to mitigate the risk, argues Chris Maund. Current approaches to project management are often thought to slow down business change. As a result, a high percentage of projects are seen as failures. However, it is often not the project management methodology that is slowing down the delivery; it is a lack of focus on business objectives or outcomes from the start of the project. A while ago, I was brought into a project which had become so caught up in the definition of requirements that a year after starting it had still not benefited the business; in fact, the requirements…
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provide a GRAM of motivation

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There is a simple technique to getting the best out of your people. Projects are a human endeavour. People plan, work on and deliver projects. For all of the technology and methodology, it is your team of people, and how they interact with the stakeholders around them, that is the most important contributor to the success of your project. The big challenge many projects face is that they represent a disruptive influence on an existing culture. And, while that culture may not be highly productive nor deeply enriching, it is often comfortable for the people involved. A project can shake up cultures and present people with an uncomfortable challenge. So, for project managers, the so-called ‘hard skills’ of scoping, programming, risk management and project control are barely the start of…
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5 ways to become more people intelligent

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I’m not just being ‘nice’ or ‘soft’ when I write this. There is a lot of evidence that happy people are significantly more productive, which means that the bottom line gets a boost, too. If you’re one of the growing number who want to make our project worlds more ‘people-intelligent’, why not try out some of the following suggestions? 1 - Ask a trusted observer to help you ‘see’ what you’re doing, not what you think you’re doing They’re not the same thing. The leaders I work with are committed to achieving success. They do what they do because they honestly believe it’s right. The problem is that accurate self-perception is rare. How many times have you heard a manager say, “I have an open-door policy. I encourage people to…
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Ideal project manager ?

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“Calm in all situations, even the biggest crisis. Thoughtful, and considerate and knows what will make those involved feel better about what is going on and what needs to be done. Gives the confidence and direction needed so that the team understands the urgency, gains the confidence that things will be sorted, and are inspired to help.” (more…)
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