Conflicts are an integral part of our day-to-day lives and the corporate space is no exception. Every organization faces conflicts of some kind regularly, especially while managing projects. Most of the times, internal teams can be seen running to chase updates, leading to internal conflicts. Besides the ability to use basic project management software and … Continue reading "How to Manage Internal Conflicts in Project Management?"
South African businesses, across different industry lines, classifications, organisational types and sizes, have many common characteristics. Yet, all must manage projects, information, human resources, plans, and provide accountability. For today’s organisations, however, remote online collaboration is a necessity and must include compatibility with a variety of device platforms. It is a rare achievement to develop … Continue reading "Why PPO rates among the best South African project management tools"
With competition across all sectors steadily increasing as well as the challenge of having to respond to constantly changing demands from customers, organisations now need to deliver projects faster and with a greater success rate than ever before. So says Andre Nortier, managing director of TenStep Southern Africa, specialist in consulting and training in business … Continue reading "Becoming a project-oriented company"
Executives today look for project managers who can set up and mobilize a project quickly before it starts. In the past, it could take weeks or months to set up files, directory structures, tools and templates; meanwhile, the project begins before the tools are set up. In order to stand out against others and win … Continue reading "11 Must-Haves to Mobilize Your Projects Quickly"
Quite often when a project finally ends, no one has the time or inclination to even ask, "Has it been a success?" But actually, when a project closes out, a rare opportunity is presented to evaluate what worked and what didn't, and more importantly to capture lessons learnt. It really surprises me that many organisations … Continue reading "Has the project been a success? By Caroline Lowings"
I’d written an article previously which listed the benefits a good project schedule can provide, but most of those would be perceived as being of value to a project manager. “All you care about is the schedule!” is likely a complaint that has been heard by most project managers. The danger in such cases is … Continue reading "Project Schedules Should Benefit More Than Just the Project Manager"
Project Portfolio Office (PPO) has managed to help Joe and Mary at ACME solve their project management woes within 90 seconds! Wishful thinking perhaps, but now that we have your attention, we’d like to share our new explainer video with you – short, sweet and pretty funny (if we do say so ourselves). It’ll show … Continue reading "PPO: Introducing Joe and Mary…"
A PMI survey conducted a few years back supported the premise that companies which have instituted consistent project management practices enjoy a higher project success rate than those which have not. PMI’s March 2012 Pulse of the Profession publication stated that in organizations which used standardized project management practices, 71% of projects met their original … Continue reading "Increase the Perceived Benefits of Project Management Methodologies"
"We‘re installing XYZ software and we need to hire a Project Manager. Go hire me one." How many times have you been handed a job requirement that looked like this? How often have you seen job requirements that left you scratching your head wondering what you should be looking for when hiring a project manager? … Continue reading "What Is a Project Manager Already?"
These days it seems that everyone is a project manager. Even those of us in business-as-usual roles frequently find ourselves leading projects: to roll out a new IT platform, to improve procurement processes, to design a new staff newsletter. There are thousands of examples, big and small. As project managers, we are focussed on delivery. … Continue reading "10 tips for sharpening your project communications"