How good are you at starting off your project?

Ron Rosenhead

We are therefore re-focusing our studies earlier in the project lifecycle to better assess the quality of, and to influence successful, project initiation. I came across an interesting report published by the National Audit Office (NAO) – which exists to provide independent opinion and evidence to assist Parliament and hold government to account. I was surprised as I had not seen this report before.

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What does it take to up-skill our project managers?

Susanne Madsen

Are the project management issues in your organisation related to lack of tools, techniques and processes or are they concerned with poor leadership (by either the project manager or sponsor) and an insufficient ability to influence and engage the stakeholders and the team? If a project manager is to become better at leading people, overcoming resistance to change, motivating the team and influencing senior stakeholders there is a need to work with deeply rooted behaviours.

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How good is your ability to build trust?

Susanne Madsen

As we can’t rely on hierarchical reporting lines to move things forward, we have to make use of our interpersonal skills and our ability to influence people in more subtle ways. Purposefully influence the perception and behavior of the projects’ stakeholders and don’t leave anything to chance. One of the most important prerequisites for building great professional relationships with team members and stakeholders is trust.

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Are you feeling mature?

Mike Clayton

… Continue reading → Stakeholder Management The Influence Agenda maturity model stakeholder engagement managementSoftware development, project management, and risk management all have maturity models that set criteria to allow organisations to measure the level of institutionalisation of good practices. It think it is time that Stakeholder Engagement Management also had a maturity model.

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Plan your Stakeholder Engagement Campaign

Mike Clayton

What all experienced … Continue reading → Brilliant Project Leader Change Management communication How to Manage a Great Project Stakeholder Management The Influence Agenda engagement campaign project communication stakeholder engagement stakeholder engagement managementYou are a project manager. You care about getting things right. So you plan meticulously, identify threats and take steps to mitigate them. The only thing that can get in your way now is one thing: people.

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How to avoid chasing people to get work done

Susanne Madsen

Image courtesy of Ambro at Build trust by taking an interest in people If you find yourself in that situation, my advice would be to look at strengthening your influencing skills and to build trust between you and the people you are managing. If you want to increase your influencing skills, you have to take a greater interest in the person you are asking to do work for you.

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Don’t Mess with Culture

Pawel Brodzinski

We may introduce a new factor that would influence how people behave. When we introduce a new constraint, and a method or a tool is a constraint, we invariably change the environment and thus influence the culture. When I’m writing these words I’m on my way home from Lean Agile Scotland. While summarizing the event Chris McDermott mentioned a few themes, two of them being organizational culture and experimentation. Experimentation is definitely my thing.

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7 Keys to Project Stakeholder Management from the #PMChat Community


And their influencers. Suggestion to keep them all straight: identify and rank your stakeholders according to their level of influence and how much they will be impacted by the outcome. Two Wrikers helped host a #PMChat discussion on Twitter last Friday, where a community of project managers comes together once a week to discuss and share knowledge on various topics related to project management.

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SPM 025 | Personal Growth & Development with Jared Coffin and Naomi Caietti


Be Focused on Influencing People. Naomi Caietti shares the first step for Jared Coffin in his personal growth and development plan. Listen as we learn the foundational behaviors project managers and program managers should focus on to improve their skills. During the Podcast. During this episode Naomi referenced a research study, that she was able to participate in, that was performed by Pradco and Baldwin University in 2012.

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Peter Taylor on Overcoming 7 Top Project Management Challenges (Book Review)


Taylor defines a complex project as one that has some degree of uncertainty either surrounding its process or its purpose: perhaps there are unclear goals, various political factors or influences, or the tools and processes being used are new to the team. 5 Must-Have Skills for the Project Manager Resume in 2015. We’ve collected seven of Taylor’s tips for project managers to give you a peek at what lies between the pages of Real Project Management : Challenge 1: Poor Communication.

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A Seriously Challenged Project

The Tao of Project Management

Political influence and disputes between the contractors and consultants marred the project and the project came to a halt on several occasions. Another one from the Why Do Projects Fail website: Edinburgh City Council: Tram Network (Sep 2003 to May 2014) When originally conceived the project was intended to reduce traffic congestion, reduce carbon emissions and help the city cope with the increased demand for public transport in the next decade.

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From Toyota, to AirBus, to Wrike: The Lean Journey of Errette Dunn (Podcast)


Our very own Implementation and Project Management Coach, Errette Dunn, was featured on the PM for the Masses podcast hosted by PM Influencer, Cesar Abeid. He also talks about his coaching at Wrike and how different customer personas can influence what solution is best for them. Airbus’s transition to Lean and how it influenced change management and culture. “I wouldn’t say I’m achieving amazing things.

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Culture Pockets

Pawel Brodzinski

Not everyone has equal influence over organizational culture. In fact, the higher in the hierarchy someone is the more influence they typically have. One specific type of decision I make, or at least strongly influence, is who gets promoted in my team. The CEO typically has the most positional power and thus their influence over the company is the biggest one. How do we influence the cultural change then?

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What can you learn from your local supermarket?

Mike Clayton

Supermarkets place premium goods at eye level, they put sweets and magazines near the checkout counter and use point of sale advertising throughout the store, they offer trial packs and free tastings, they attract us round corners into aisles with … Continue reading → Influence The Influence Agenda Behavioural Economics Choice Architecture Daniel Kahneman Richard Thaler Vance Packard

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Don’t try to Manage your Stakeholders when you can Engage them instead

Mike Clayton

It is disrespectful to think you can manage people who, at the outset, owe you no loyalty, … Continue reading → Stakeholder Management The Influence Agenda stakeholder stakeholder engagement Stakeholder management stakeholdersLet’s get the obvious point out of the way right up-front: the idea that you can ‘manage’ your stakeholders is just plain rude.

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Why do Stakeholders Resist Change?

Mike Clayton

For many years, I have used my Onion Model of Resistance to help … Continue reading → Resistance to Change Stakeholder Management The Influence Agenda resistance shaul oreg the onion model of changeI guess some of my readers are thinking that this is like asking why day follow night, but recent research is digging deeper into the underlying causes.

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The secret to authentic leadership in projects

Susanne Madsen

If you don’t understand what the purpose of your leadership is, and what you big “why” is, you will be easily influenced – not just by external events and other people’s opinions – but also by your own emotions and impulses. Authenticity is a fundamental building block in project leadership. Leadership doesn’t come from emulating others or from blindly following a set of rules.

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Don’t Limit Work in Progress

Pawel Brodzinski

That’s where we influence the change of behaviors. I’m a long-time fan of visual management. Visualizing work helps to gather low-hanging fruits: it makes the biggest obstacles instantly visible and thus helps to facilitate the improvements. By the way, these early improvements are typically fairly easy to apply and have big impact. That’s why we almost universally propose visualization as a practice to start with.

2015 71

Top 10 Books That Every Manager Should Read


4) How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie. 8) Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Topics covered : Communication, leadership This book brings influence to the discussion table, more specifically along the lines of the weapons of influence, reciprocation, commitment, consistency, social proof, liking authority and scarcity. That is what is being used to influence a person or a situation into what you want it to become.

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From Laying the Foundation to Completion: The Basics and Challenges of Project Management in Construction


The success of a construction project is sometimes recognizable even to amateurs and influences the lives of everybody. A study from Oxford in 2015 fundamentally addressed the question of why major projects fail.

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How good is project sponsorship in your company?

Ron Rosenhead

Read the PMI Pulse of the Profession Report 2015. If its zero (as suggested to me recently by a senior manager) then do read PMI’s 2015 Pulse of the Profession – Capturing the Value of Project Management. I have given a series of presentations in 2015 and some of the suggestions are include below. develop your influencing skills – sometime your sponsor simply has no interest or no time. Use your new found skills to try and influence them or….

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How good is project sponsorship in your company?

Arras People

Read the PMI Pulse of the Profession Report 2015. If its zero (as suggested to me recently by a senior manager) then do read PMI’s 2015 Pulse of the Profession – Capturing the Value of Project Management. I have given a series of presentations in 2015 and some of the suggestions are included below. develop your influencing skills – sometime your sponsor simply has no interest or no time. Use your new-found skills to try to influence them or….

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5 More Advanced Training Options for the PMO

Strategy Execution | PMO Perspectives

Back in 2015, we took a look at the five advanced training options for people working in PMO. Influence. Here’s a brilliant skill that anyone working in PMO – regardless of the level they’re working at – could benefit from – influencing. The PMO tries to influence every day – after all one of it’s main objectives is to support the improvement of project management capability in the organisation.

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The 23 Best Project Management Books For Upgrading Your Career in 2020


Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion. Published date: 2015. Published date: 2015. Published date: 2015 (2nd edition). Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion. Published date: 2015 (Revised edition).

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2019 Project Management Conferences You Won’t Want to Miss

Girl's Guide to PM

Elizabeth Harrin speaking at EVA 2015. ” The conference will look at how the profession is delivering value in a transforming world and transitioning from a position of facilitation to influence. Project management conferences are a fantastic way to meet new people and improve your skills. I always come away feeling energised about where I am in my career and relieved having met people with similar problems to me.

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Agile Portfolio Management

Arras People

Quite a few of these challenges were highlighted in the PMO Flashmob report on Portfolio Management back in 2015 so they’re all pretty well-known and experienced by those working in the portfolio management field. When I first heard about the Agile Business Consortium working on a new pocketbook about Agile Portfolio Management early in 2017 I was intrigued. Is there a place for Agile at portfolio level?

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How to Improve Your Project Interpersonal Skills

Project Risk Coach

Influencing. If you wish to be a great project manager, focus not only on your technical skills but seek to improve your project interpersonal skills. Extraordinary project managers know how to relate to others when things are going as planned as well as on days filled with undesirable events. Perhaps you’ve faced situations like these: A team member constantly treated other team members with disrespect. Your team was in trouble, but your sponsor was unavailable to help.

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How to Create and Energize a Fan Base


Tod’s track record includes leading the Seattle Seahawks to the franchise’s first ever NFL Super Bowl appearance in 2006 and taking the Tampa Bay Lightning to the NHL Stanley Cup Finals in 2015. Looking at your customers as fans also influences the type of people you hire and how you manage your team. Tod brings his teams’ influence as a brand far beyond the field. Building a Community of Engaged Customers, Stakeholders, and Employees with Tod Leiweke.

2018 107

10 Awesome Productivity Tools for Marketers in 2020

ProProfs Project Management

A research conducted in 2015 has suggested that nearly 45 percent of the paid activities can be automated via modern technologies. And we have come quite a long way from 2015, which means both the quantity and quality of technologies at our disposal have improved significantly. . The basic features of this tool include content discovery, content research, content monitoring, finding influencers, and easy automation. Marketers today are facing incredible competition.

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A Compendium of Works to Increase the Probability of Project Success

Herding Cats

Creating Credible Plans, Integrated Reporting and Control Systems - Part 1 , College of Performance Management, IPM Workshop, 2015. Integrating Agile Software Development with Earned Value Management , College of Performance Management, IPM Workshop, 2015. The Nexus of Agile Software Development and Earned Value Management , OSD-PARCA, February 19-20, 2015, Institute for Defense Analysis. Applying Risk Management to Increase the Probability of the IMS , EVM World 2015.

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Software Estimating Resources

Herding Cats

85, 2015. nek, Zdenka Prokopová, Radek Šilhavy, and Veronika Vesela, Springer Plus, 2015. June 2015. Functional Size Measures and Effort Estimation in Agile Development: A Replicated Study,” Valentina Lenarduzzi, Ilaria Lunesu, Martina Matta and Davide Taibi, XP2015 16th International Conference on Agile Software Development, Helsinki Finland, May 25, 2015 ? May 29, 2015. Focused Software Process Improvement, 2015. 4, November 2015. 2015 (IMCIP?2015),

Estimating is a Learned Skill

Herding Cats

The Influence of Selection Bias on Effort Overruns in Software Development Projects,” Magne Jørgensen, Simula Research Laboratory & Institute of Informatics , University of Oslo. 1, 2015, “Evaluation of Model Evaluation Criterion for Software Development Effort Estimation,” S. Jeyakumar , International Journal of Electrical, Computer, Energetic, Electronic and Communication Engineering , Vol: 9, No: 1, 2015. 1, 2015. 4 (2015), pp. 10 (2015), pp.

Sustain Your PMO: Nine Easy Lessons

The Lazy Project Manager

The ESI report from 2015, The Global State of the PMO, identified that some 72 per cent of respondents reported that the value of their PMO was questioned by key stakeholders – usually senior management – over the last 12 months. This is a rare situation that a PMO has reached this position of trust and influence inside an organisation but it is the potential future for the enterprise PMO that is successfully delivered and embedded with the right sponsorship within such an organisation.

14 Ways to be More Productive at Work, at Home, and in Life


One study from 2015 found that push notifications are just as distracting for productivity as phone calls or messages, even when we ignore them. Illustration: Zack Rosebrugh. What does it mean to be productive? We all strive to be more productive.

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The PMI Talent Triangle: A Guide [for members and non-members]

Online PM Courses

In 2015, the PMI introduced its Talent Triangle. Influencing and political acumen. Influencing. The PMI Talent Triangle is a simple tool that reminds us all about the value of a broad range of professional skills. It is all too easy to settle for excellent technical skills and think ‘that’s it. I have project management nailed.’ ’ Not at all.

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Best Practices For Digital Nomads


In 2019, for example, 22% of practitioners used telemedicine to examine patients, versus only 5% in 2015. This is a guest post by Ashley Kimler. Becoming a digital nomad seemed like the dream job for many of us a few years ago.

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Risk Management Resources

Herding Cats

4, February 24, 2015. Thomas, Director Today , December 2015. 540, 2015. “A Risk Management in Agile Software Development: A Comparative Study,” Aalaa Albadarneh, Israa Albadarneh, Abdallah Qusef, IEEE Jordan Conference on Applied Electrical Engineering and Computing Technologies (AEECT) , 2015. 1, January 2015. “A Weber, October 31, 2015, in The Future of Risk and Risk Management , Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, May 2015.

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The #1 Challenge in Project Management (According to the Experts)


In 2016, TimeCamp named him as one of the top 123 Top Influencers in the Project Management Industry. Erik van Hurck is a senior PPM consultant at Projectum, the Microsoft partner of the years 2015 and 2017 for Project and portfolio management. Project management is a complex practice that continues to challenge even the most sophisticated of companies and experts.

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A Compendium of Risk Management Resources

Herding Cats

4, February 24, 2015. Thomas, Director Today , December 2015. 540, 2015. “A Risk Management in Agile Software Development: A Comparative Study,” Aalaa Albadarneh, Israa Albadarneh, Abdallah Qusef, IEEE Jordan Conference on Applied Electrical Engineering and Computing Technologies (AEECT) , 2015. 1, January 2015. “A Weber, October 31, 2015, in The Future of Risk and Risk Management , Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, May 2015.

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4 Project Management Trends of 2020: What to Prepare for?

Epicflow Blog

A PM is a leader who’s in charge of managing conflicts within a team, negotiating, persuading, influencing a dialogue partner, and many more. Like why in 2015, project managers didn’t need any communication skills or the ability to solve conflicts? Project Management web resources are awash with articles about 2020 project management trends.

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