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My Top 10 Project Risk Management Blog Posts of 2019

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Are you a better project manager today than you were a year ago? I hope my blog has boosted your knowledge and application. In case you missed some of my blog posts, I'm sharing my most popular project risk management posts of 2019.

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Risk Management: When All Hell Breaks Loose

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What would you do if all hell breaks loose in a critical company project that you are managing? You lose two of your best team members. Your budget is shot. A key stakeholder is breathing down your neck. Behind schedule by four weeks. You haven't slept well in two weeks.

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My Top 10 Project Risk Management Articles of 2019

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Oh, what a year! Thank you for being a part of the Project Risk Coach Community. In this article, I'm sharing my most popular project risk management posts of 2019. So, just how many of you came to the Project Risk Coach website in 2019?

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How to Be a Project Risk Management Evangelist

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The Project Management Institute says, "high-performing companies manage risk in conjunction with projects and programs far more often than low performers do." How can you help your company manage risks and become a high performer? Let's look at ways to become a project risk management evangelist.

2020 195

Task Management For Project Managers

How can project planning that stretches over months or years remain relevant and account for new ad-hoc activities that arrive every day?

How to Perform a SWOT Analysis

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If you are looking for a great way to engage your key stakeholders and identify project risks, perform a SWOT Analysis. Project managers or other facilitators can use this powerful tool to identify strengths and weaknesses.

2019 403

The Relationship Between Project Risk Management and Project Management

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Project management is "the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to project activities to meet the project objectives" (PMBOK—6th Edition). So, how does project risk management fit into the world of project management?

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10 Simple Ways to Improve Your Project Meetings

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I often hear people say, “Our company has too many meetings. The meetings last too long and they are woefully mismanaged.” And yet, meetings can be an indispensable tool for accomplishing work. Let’s look at 10 ways to improve project meetings and achieve greater results.

2019 232

How to Reduce Issues in Scope Management

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In this article, I will share three primary issues in scope management–not including all the work, gold plating, and poor alignment with objectives and goals. And, we'll look at solutions for each. First, let's examine what scope management includes.

2019 284

Risk Analysis — The Managing Up Secret Weapon

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This is a guest article by Dana Brownlee from professionalismmatters.com. One of the most common questions I get when speaking to groups is “How do you deliver a difficult message to/push back on senior leaders – particularly the difficult ones?”

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Managing The Project Budget - Developing Your Project Management Skills

This eBook describes the process of managing the project budget and its associated costs.

How to Build and Use a Risk Register

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Project managers constantly think about risks, both threats and opportunities. What if the requirements are late? What if the testing environment becomes unstable? How can we exploit the design skills of our developers?

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10 Ways to Engage Project Stakeholders

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Do you have a stakeholder engagement plan? Have you stopped to think about the diverse needs of your stakeholders? Which stakeholders have the most power and influence? When and how will you engage these people? What is a Stakeholder Engagement Plan?

2019 250

Why Stakeholder Analysis is Important

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Project stakeholders are individuals, groups, and organizations that may affect or be affected by your projects. It's critical to understand how people inside and outside your organization may impact your projects. In this post, we will explore why stakeholder analysis is important.

2019 240

Five Things to Start and Five Things to Stop in Requirements Management

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According to PMI, "47% of unsuccessful projects fail to meet goals due to poor requirements management." Requirements are a pretty big deal. Let's look at five things to start and five things to stop in requirements management. 5 Things to Start Identify and engage appropriate stakeholders.

2019 329

Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

These FREE most popular templates will help you perform your role more efficiently.

Risk Management Wisdom and Humor of the Ages

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Most of us have personal and career goals. Our ability to achieve those goals is dependent on our risk management skills, that is our ability to manage opportunities and threats. We seek to make good things happen and to eliminate or reduce the bad things.

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Five Ways to Reduce Risk Exposure Early

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When is risk exposure greatest in a project? In the beginning, in the middle, or at the end of the project? It's actually highest in the beginning. Let's look at how to reduce risk exposure early in your projects.

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What is Project Risk?

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If you say the word “risk” to ten people, each person may think of something different— insurance, threats, investments, bets, or potential loss. As we manage project teams, it's critical that you and your team members have a common understanding of what project risk means.

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10 Habits of Highly Effective Project Managers

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Just because you've been a project manager since the days of "Gilligan's Island" is no guarantee that you are an effective project manager. As a matter of fact, you may be still trying to get off your island. Even the Skipper and the Professor can't seem to help.encouraging.huh?

2019 298

Walk a Mile in Your Customer's Shoes

Speaker: Steven Haines, Founder and CEO, Sequent Learning Networks

Product professionals use phrases like "voice of the customer," and "user experience" so often that it can be easy to lose sight of their actual meanings. How can we, as product professionals, learn to keep customers and users at the heart of our work? Join Steven Haines, globally recognized thought leader and author, as he guides us through a memorable journey demonstrating how you can walk a mile in their customer's shoes. He'll explore how, by developing true empathy for your users, you can ensure you're creating the features and products they actually want.

The Power of If-Then Risk Statements

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Have you thought about the use of this two-letter conjunction in risk management lately? Let's look at how to use the power of If-Then risk statements. IF is a simple word that can open up new doors to writing clear risk statements. And it can be used to write opportunities as well as threats.

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How to Develop a Quality Management Plan

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Entering projects with little consideration to quality can be costly in numerous ways. Let's look at the cost of having no quality management plan. Then, we will explore how to develop a practical quality management plan.

What are Project Assumptions?

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There may be inherent risks when we make project assumptions. We assume certain things to be true when in fact, they may not be. Consequently, we fail to challenge assumptions and continue planning and executing based on false notions. This can be costly.

2019 316

What You Need for a Great Project Charter

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In this article, let's explore what you need for a great project charter. John Maxwell says, “All great leaders possess two things: They know here they are going, and they are able to persuade others to follow.”

2019 320

How To Take Action on Customer Discovery

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

We all want to build successful products - and that means satisfied customers. Before anything else, you must understand what problems you can solve. The best way to do that is to get out of the building and start asking questions. But how can you make the most of those conversations, and ensure that you walk away with productive insights? Join Nick Noreña, educator, entrepreneur, and currently Innovation Coach and Advisor at Kromatic, as he covers how we can effectively action our findings from customer discovery conversations.

3 Ways Your Team Makes Your Project More Risky

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This is a guest article by Elizabeth Harrin from GirlsGuideToPM.com. Much of the time, risk management at the beginning of a project looks like getting the team in a room to review the whole project and work out what might be coming that could affect how the project proceeds.

2019 364

Four Project Meeting Problems – Which Ones Do You Want to Overcome?

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Friends, have you experienced wasteful project meetings lately? Although meetings are a fundamental communication tool, many meetings fail to achieve real results. Let’s look at four common project meeting problems: unclear purpose, topic hopping, indecision, and unclear direction.

2019 249

12 Good Reasons You Are Struggling With Small Projects

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"Why am I still having problems with small projects? This plaintive question is one I'm asked from time to time. I'd like to give a few brief reasons why project managers struggle with small projects. Small things have a way of overmastering the great. This small press can destroy a kingdom."

2019 241

Build A PMO You Can Be Proud Of

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Some Project Management Offices (PMOs) never get off the ground. I've seen others that are started and year or so later die a slow painful death. So, how can you build a PMO you can be proud of, one that thrives? Why Are There So Many Troubled PMOs?

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Make an Impact with Analytics and Journey Maps

Speaker: Kirui K. K., Co-founder and CEO of Tanasuk Africa

If you want to offer a better user experience, it can be tempting to track each and every data point in your product. However, this can quickly get complicated and overwhelming as you collect more and more data. How do you know which metrics will help you improve? Kirui K. K., Co-founder & CEO Tanasuk Africa, wants you to know that analytics don't have to be complicated to make an impact - no matter the size of your company. Join him as he explains how to create a customer journey map, then use that map to figure out the metrics you need to know - and how to use them.

How to Facilitate the Nominal Group Technique

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How often have you elicited items such as problems, solutions, or implementation ideas from meeting participants? This sounds simple, but often, participants disagree. The meeting can turn into quicksand. Let's look at the Nominal Group Technique (NGT), a powerful technique for reaching consensus.

2019 261

How to Manage Project Scope

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How many times have you experienced scope creep ? You know the drill—you elicit and document the requirements. You receive sign off. You continue to see changes to the requirements. Many projects experience 10, 20, 25-percent change in requirements over the life of the project.

2019 240

8 Things All Bad Project Managers Have in Common

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Bad project managers create project cultures filled with stress, confusion, and little progress. Unfortunately, many of these individuals are not aware of their behaviors. Photo courtesy of Adobe Stock Let's run through a list of eight behaviors that all bad project managers have in common.

2019 259

5 Powerful Ways to Improve Your Project Approval Process

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Many organizations have a Project Board that approves programs and projects resulting in a project portfolio. The Board chooses projects and programs that align and support the organization's mission, values, goals, and strategies.

Your Post-Launch Toolkit for Understanding Your Users

Speaker: Brittney Gwynn, former Director of Product, Simple Health

If you've ever launched an MVP, you know that the journey has only just begun. How do you figure out what to do next? You know that you need to look at how different user segments react, but how do you quickly distinguish signal from noise so you can iterate and improve? Join Brittney Gwynn, former Director of Product at Simple Health, as she explains how you can use early customer feedback, usage data, and continuous experimentation to optimize your journey to product-market fit. Whether you're at a brand-new company, or looking to innovate within a more mature organization, or anywhere in between, you'll come away with a new skill set, ready to make the most of your launches.

Project Risks and Issues – What’s the Difference?

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Do you find yourself working overtime, trying to deal with unexpected disruptions? Some negative events that you thought might happen has now occurred. And it's costing you more time and energy than you thought possible. Overwhelmed?

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6 Tools and Techniques for Controlling Risks

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Changes in project risks are inevitable. As a project progresses, the probability and impact of current risks change, new risks emerge, and residual risks may increase or decrease. How can project managers optimize their risk responses and get the results they are looking for?

How to Develop a Project Charter

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In this post I'm going to show you how to develop a project charter. In fact, these are the exact techniques that I used to create charters for small-budget to multi-million dollar projects. Let's kick things off by defining the project charter. Quick Navigation. What is a Project Charter?

2019 222

Taking Action After a Project Management Symposium

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You've just invested your precious time in a project management symposium, conference, or training class. Congratulations on being proactive in your project management development. But how can you take action after a symposium to obtain the full benefits of your learning?

2019 287

A Simple Framework for Complex User Goals

Speaker: Hannah Stegen, Customer Service Manager, Crescendo

How can you measure and affect your users' behavior if they're not doing something that's easily measurable? You can monitor usage, activation, retention, and more, but those metrics don't always align with every one of your goals for your users. Hope is not lost, however: with the right framework, you can still make sure your users are on track. Join Hannah Stegen (she/her), Customer Success Manager at Crescendo as she explains how you can monitor even the most complex user journeys by breaking them up into Attitude, Intention, and Behavior.