The Project Management Consultant

Arras People

What is a project management consultant? It was called “ Why Project Management Needs a Modern Day Project Management Consultant ” My definition about a Modern Day PM Consultant was this: The widely accepted definition of a consultant or consultancy is: the science of providing objective relevant guidance and counsel to decision-makers without possessing an ownership stake in the decision” The Value Creating Consultant, Carucci and Tetenbaum, 2000.

Agile Consulting

Leading Answers

April’s theme at ProjectManagement.com where I write a monthly column was “Consulting,” and in this article, I examine the world of Agile Consulting and coaching. I distinguish consulting as providing advice, solutions and information; whereas coaching is more asking (hopefully insightful) questions and leading clients to find their own answers and grow in capability. Getting Started Personally, I was hesitant to get into agile consulting and coaching.

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Advice for Aspiring Project Management Consultants

ProjectManager.com

What does it mean to be a project management consultant? In Review – So, You Want to Be a Project Management Consultant? What is a consultant? Jennifer addressed this question first, explaining that a consultant is simply someone who is experienced in a field and provides their expert advice in a professional context. She continued to define the two types of consultants. What Knowledge and Skills Do Consultants Need? How to Be a Consultant.

7 Project Management Tips for Consultants

MavenLink

Consultants face a unique business challenge. Unlike internal hires that are expected to have a transition period and slow productive build, consultants are expected to hit the ground running, delivering high-impact results on time and on budget, every time. Time is money, especially in consultancy. Tips for How Consultants Can Use Project Management to Improve Productivity and Profitability. Optimizing processes.

New Study: 2018 State of Embedded Analytics Report

CONTENTS Foreword by Jen Underwood, Principal Consultant, Impact Analytix.1 1| 2018 LOGI ANALYTICS STATE OF EMBEDDED ANALYTICS REPORT FOREWORD Jen Underwood, Principal Consultant, Impact Analytix Analytics is everywhere. 2018 STATE OF. EMBEDDED. ANALYTICS.

5 Ways the Consultant Can Add Value to the Engagement

Brad Egeland

As the experienced, jack of all trades consultant, you always want your client to see maximum value in what you're doing for them. You could also be part of the interviewing and hiring process for the staff that will be brought in permanently after your consulting engagement ends.

Review People Over Process

Henny Portman

Levine wrote with People Over Process – Leadership for Agility a very pragmatic and down to earth book about leadership and agile projects. It puts the focus on the software and the related business processes in a powerful way by using different scenarios. To order: People over Process.

How to Develop a Process Improvement Plan

Wrike

At the heart of any successful professional services or project-based organization, you’ll find a series of well-defined processes. One of the major responsibilities of a project manager is to oversee these processes and ensure team members understand their roles within them.

Professional Services Automation: What It Is, and How It Can Level Up Your Consultancy

Keyedin

There are legions of activities that need attention while meeting the needs of a consulting client, and managing them all manually is a nightmare, to put it bluntly. Professional services automation (PSA) is now a reality, and few industries stand to benefit from automation as much as services, and specifically, consulting. It does what the name implies—it streamlines, simplifies, and otherwise automates processes, removing the burden of having to do them manually.

Professional Services Automation: What It Is, and How It Can Level Up Your Consultancy

Keyedin

There are legions of activities that need attention while meeting the needs of a consulting client, and managing them all manually is a nightmare, to put it bluntly. Professional services automation (PSA) is now a reality, and few industries stand to benefit from automation as much as services, and specifically, consulting. It does what the name implies—it streamlines, simplifies, and otherwise automates processes, removing the burden of having to do them manually.

7 Common Consulting Firm Project Management Challenges

MavenLink

Every consulting business has its own unique challenges across the services industry. However, successfully managing projects is a common challenge faced by every consulting firm. The following project management challenges are experienced by many consulting firms.

Why Would I Hire a Project Management Consultant?

Bridge the Gap Consulting

“Why would I want to hire a project management consultant? Anyway, projects, by their very nature, are perfect for consultants or staff aug (whichever you like to call them; for our purposes today we’ll call them consultants). Consultants are a little easier.

4 Signs Your Project Intake Process Is Outdated

Wrike

Does this sound like your current work project intake process? Here are 4 signs your project intake process is outdated and some simple steps to build a well-defined project intake process that’ll take your team into the future. Lax communication might work well for smaller teams, but as business scales, you need a project intake request process that helps you manage both your current and incoming work properly. Here are some project intake process best practices.

How Is Client Feedback Essential to the Project Management Process?

Scoro

Client feedback should be encouraged at every stage of the process to enable your teams to deliver the best projects. Collaborating on a project is a fine line between improving your dialogue with clients and not getting them so involved in the process that you start getting bogged down.

The Ultimate Guide To the Change Management Process

Wrike

This is why a poor change management process can lead to failure. In this guide, we’ll help you understand why a solid change management process is important to your unique team. In fact, the reason for change often becomes unclear as the process changes hands. .

Insights into the Project Management Job Seeking Process

Arras People

Over the years Arras People has been dissecting and writing about the project management recruitment process on the Camel Blog, providing advice, hints and tips on how any project management jobseeker can improve their job hunting tactics. Here we look at each part of the recruitment process and give an insight to how all parties in the process may work. Let’s start at the beginning with the application process. Application Process. Short listing Process.

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5 Effective Ways to Improve Project Performance through Standardized Processes

Keyedin

Of course, this will come as no surprise to most: these are exactly the kind of benefits that consultants will cite when they make the case for process improvement. In this post we explore some of the process and tools top performing service organisations are using to standardize vital project management and administrative processes, which in turn leads to improved project performance.

Process Optimization in Project Management (1): Steady Progress with Kaizen

Inloox

Process Optimization in Project Management In almost all areas of life the pressure to optimize is increasing. Even if your colleagues are asking for more process improvements, you shouldn't jump at any optimization approach unprepared. But if you want to improve project management processes in a sustainable way, you should first get an overview of the various possibilities - from radical methods to fundamental ways of thinking.

5 Effective Ways to Improve Project Performance through Standardized Processes

Keyedin

Of course, this will come as no surprise to most: these are exactly the kind of benefits that consultants will cite when they make the case for process improvement. In this post we explore some of the process and tools top performing service organisations are using to standardize vital project management and administrative processes, which in turn leads to improved project performance.

Accountability and Project Management Process

WorkOtter

rst level is having someone who is accountable for the establishment and improvement of and compliance with the project management process itself. nes project management processes. ne the process or establish his or her own process over a broad framework.

Ten Ways to Solve Dysfunctional Communication Processes

Ganttic

Communication is the life force of each and every project and business so it needs to be fully effective to enrich the process. A dysfunctional communication process will undermine what you are trying to achieve. This is a guest post by Michelle Gillam.

Principles, Processes, and Practices of Project Success

Herding Cats

This includes product vendors, consulting firms, and internal providers. Other times, I on the consulting firm acting as an internal provider. Over the years (30 something years) I come to understand and write about the Principles, Processes, and Practices of project success in a wide variety of domains. There are 5 Principles, 5 Practices, and 5 Process that can be applied to increase the probability of success of all projects.

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How to Craft a Perfectly Streamlined Document Approval Process

Workamajig

A document approval process is crucial for streamlining your operations and bring order to your creative workflow. This is why developing a document approval process is crucial for every agency. Subjective quality criteria and ad-hoc approval can work fine for small agencies, but any business that wants to scale will want to standardize the how, when, who, and what of the approval process. What is a Document Approval Process (and Why You Need One)?

Can IBM’s Watson Improve your Organization’s Lessons Learned Process?

The IIL Blog

In fact, it would be interesting if, let’s say IBM itself, a sophisticated global organization with a strong and mature project management process, used Watson for its own project management lessons learned repository. LeRoy Ward is a highly respected consultant and adviser to Global Fortune 500 Corporations and government agencies in the areas of project, program, and portfolio management.

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Effectively Using Product Roadmaps for Agile

The IIL Blog

The process to create and periodically update the roadmap generates meaningful conversations that create confident teams who are able to meet their commitments. A good roadmap process helps teams manage expectations, facilitate decision making, and most importantly, estimate and deliver valuable solutions. By Betsy Kauffman, Organizational Coach, Agile Pi. What is an Agile Product Roadmap? A product roadmap is essentially an action plan for how a product will evolve to completion.

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How to Develop a Strong Governance Process with These 6 Tips ?

Project-Management.pm

Projects involved a lot of planning , implementation , and not to mention tracking or detecting issues and problems within the team or the project, and surpassing the following process. The two governance processes should be implemented constantly to keep track of the scope creeps, risks , opportunities, and also safeguard the following resources from running out. To stay within deadline means having a governance process that everyone will adhere to.

Transparency improves customer satisfaction

Kiron Bondale

I have no issues with a delay resulting from a medical triage process. The clinic could have posted a simple information radiator showing the number of consults waiting for each specialist to help manage patient expectations. The link between transparency and trust is well known.

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DPM Podcast: Project Management & The New Business Process (With Peter Levitan)

The Digital Project Manager

In this podcast, agency growth consultant Peter Levitan talks about how project managers can work better with sales to win more projects your agency can successful deliver. The post DPM Podcast: Project Management & The New Business Process (With Peter Levitan) appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. How to win better projects for your agency?

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The Bad Apple Syndrome in Process Improvement

Herding Cats

When process improvement starts with the solution, it's common to anchor this improvement on the Bad Apple syndrome. A conference, a book, a consulting gig. The Dilbert Manager, the bad apple on the team, and another example of starting with the symptom and skipping to the solution, bypassing the root cause. When this happens, those selling the solution need to defend the solution in the presence of hard questions: Will your solution actually correct my problem?

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Using Troika Consulting to illustrate the difference between Coaching and Mentoring

Scrum.org

In my training as well as in individual customer engagements I’ve used a Liberating Structure called “Troika Consulting” to do so. It is always the goal to move control of content towards a group and involve everybody within this process. Troika Consulting roughly works as follows: You’ll need groups of three people. Consultants ask clarifying questions. Clients turn their back to the consultants and are encouraged to take notes.

KeyedIn� Projects Collaborates with Consulting Industry to Release New Benefits Management & Governance Capabilities

Keyedin

represents an extensive collaboration with leading consulting partners and industry practitioners. The introduction of benefits management capabilities was proposed by KeyedIn consulting partners who specialize in driving increased productivity within their customer base. It ensures that the process of driving business benefits is fully aligned with the project delivery process and that outcomes stated in the original business case are achieved.

How Do You Create a Strategic Plan? An Overview of the Strategic Planning Process

Teamweek

One of its most robust features is its timeline management tool, which can create the schedule needed to get the strategic planning process started. The strategic planning process requires you to align your client’s or company’s desired outcome with an actionable timeline. The ability to track your tasks using simple tools that you can customize for the project is essential to the strategic planning process. Management consulting company McKinsey & Co.

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Using Process Mapping to Understand How Agile Can Help w/ AJ Sanford and Andrew Fuqua

Leading Agile

While many organizations would like to adopt an Agile approach, there are certain types that—due to the nature of their work and their relationship with the client—are not an easy fit with a process like Scrum. In this episode of SoundNotes, LeadingAgile Senior Consultants AJ Sanford and Andrew Fuqua explore how Process Maps and Value Stream Maps can help you gain greater clarity on where there are practices that need tuning and how Agile might be able to help.

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10 Reasons the Change Management Process Fails (and How You Can Succeed)

Workzone

The work you’re doing when instituting a change in process or organizational principles is tantamount to changing the course of a river. Let’s take a moment to address each of these barriers and outline some research-backed and time-tested strategies for overcoming them, so you and your team have the best chance of succeeding in the change management process. Many process change initiatives failed because of an underestimated scope, a lack of resources, or the clock running out.

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Why should you integrate Knowledge Management into your Business Processes?

Hydra

Why should you integrate Knowledge Management (KM) into your Business Processes? By Paul Whiffen, Hartfield KM Consulting Ltd. Knowledge Management

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Covid-19 makes Full Kitting in business processes a critical success factor

PM Times

Written by: Jonathan Sapir Ian James, a business process consultant, made the astute observation that “Teamwork fails most often in the moments between us

Project Discipline

WorkOtter

Process Violations Are Our Friends. Do we always follow the logical, well thought out planned process we have established for repeatable success, or do we short-circuit the process every time an eminent deadline, cost pressure, or demanding customer or stakeholder surfaces?

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Selling What Is “Right”

Agile Advice

I recently had a scheduled call with a client that was aimed to level-set expectations around some upcoming Agile Consultation work that I’d booked. As most people in this field understand, the first Value of the Agile Manifesto is to value “Individuals and Interactions Over Processes and Tools”. As an Agile consultant-salesperson, and all of us here at Berteig, we deeply understand the nuances of the Manifesto, and as such, we need to sell and deliver what is right for the client.

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5 Ways to Make Your Business Move Faster with Environment Optimization

Epicflow Blog

Though mistakes slow down any process so it’s better to avoid them. Emma-Ruth Arnaz-Pemberton, director of Consulting Services at Wellingtone Project Management, recommends paying attention to the following feedback issues : Use open questions in the feedback questionnaires to let people feel free to express their thoughts. How To business multi-project management software resource management risk management process risk planning process strategic project success

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Is it for information only

Lynne Cazaly

The difference between being invited for consultation and information are so, so different. ‘What do you think of this proposed process’ is different to ‘things will change on the 8th of the month’ ??’What’s ’What’s your advice on this idea’ is different to ‘here’s how things are going to be’ Check if it’s really consultation or just information. that’s information, not consultation.

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