Initiative and independent action

Musings on Project Management

From Viscount Nelson, victorious British commander in chief at the naval battle of Trafalgar, we get this insight for initiative and independent action, as described by Admiral James Stavridis in his book "Sea Power": Nelson knew he would not have clear and instantaneous communication.

How to Initiate a Project Steering Committee

Project Risk Coach

Initiate a Project Steering Committee Sometimes, the person responsible for project management (e.g., The post How to Initiate a Project Steering Committee appeared first on Project Risk Coach. Someone decided that it was a good idea to bring project management into your organization.

How To Start Your Projects Right. A Complete Guide To Project Initiation

The Digital Project Manager

A Complete Guide To Project Initiation appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. How-to Guides How-to Project Initiation PM Skills & Best PracticesThe beginning of a project: the calm before the storm or a manic rush to get things sorted ready for the core work to start?

Project Initiation Checklist [Free Download]

Girl's Guide to PM

This month’s free template is a project initiation checklist. This is the first page of the Project Initiation Checklist. It’s a quick way to speed up finding out what you need to know from your project sponsor when you meet for the first time.

Project Initiation: How to Start Your Project Off Right

But if a project isn’t initiated correctly, then those hopes and expectations aren’t anchored in a solid foundation, and your project can drift off course and head for disaster. What Is Project Initiation? The first being project initiation. What is project initiation?

How To Easily Make A Project Initiation Document

The Digital Project Manager

Why bother going to the trouble of creating a Project Initiation Document? The post How To Easily Make A Project Initiation Document appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. How-to Guides How-to Project Initiation PM Skills & Best Practices TopicsYou’ve received sign-off.

Managing Your First Strategic Initiative

Arras People

Strategic initiatives aren’t the same as typical projects—they tend to be considerably more complex and at times have hands on involvement from the top-level of management in the business. On a strategic initiative the diversity of stakeholders is much broader than on a more typical project.

Project initiation is like back to school…

Kiron Bondale

With persistent teams assigned to long-lived products, capabilities or value-streams, project initiation and closure activities could be significantly streamlined. Labor Day weekend marks the ceremonial if not precise end of summer.

Initiating Change Sucks


Often, taking action to initiate change isn’t a part of your routine or even your job description or tasks. Initiating change includes noticing an issue. You also know that you have tasks that you need to complete regardless of the change you are trying to initiate. What's even suckier, people can blame you since you were the one that initiated the change. While many variables can make you think about initiating change, most of them will make you feel strained.

5 Ways to Lead a Change Management Initiative: Project Manager As Change Manager


I’ve observed quite a few change management initiatives fail, and some of them have failed spectacularly. While these are not all necessary for every change initiative you may be managing or leading, think of them as best practices to follow.

How To Manage Fixed Date Projects

Project Risk Coach

Complete the initial risk identification and assessment. 1=Initiation 2=Planning Project Schedule ManagementFixed date projects occur often these days. The project sponsor picks a date and hands you the project. So, what's a project manager to do? How can we manage fixed date projects?

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9 Simple Ways to Quickly Start a Project

Project Risk Coach

1=Initiation 2=Planning Project Risk Management Project Scope ManagementI wish I had a dime for every time that I have been handed a project with a deadline of yesterday. You've been there too? Well, let's talk about some practical steps that we can take to quickly start a project.

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How To Improve Schedule Estimates

Project Risk Coach

Use this technique during the project initiation or early planning. 1=Initiation 2=Planning Project Schedule ManagementHave you ever had an executive ask how long a project will take before the project started? Yeah, I've been there too. When asked, PAUSE.

The What, Why, and How of Projects

Project Risk Coach

Whether you are initiating a project, or you are in the middle of your project, consider these questions: What is the project team trying to achieve? 1=Initiation 2=Planning Project Integration Management

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10 Ways to Keep Your Project Stakeholders Happy

Project Risk Coach

As you are initiating your projects, start identifying your stakeholders. I invite key stakeholders to my initial project meetings as we are developing the project charter. 1=Initiation

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Are You Tired of Missing Big Project Risks? 3 Ways to Stop It

Project Risk Coach

Work with your project sponsors to identify stakeholders with high power and high interest as you initiate your projects. 1=Initiation 2=Planning 4=Control Project Risk ManagementI have had the privilege of managing two PMOs, both composed of several project managers.

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How good are you at starting off your project?

Ron Rosenhead

It is called “Initiating successful projects” and was first published in December 2011. We are therefore re-focusing our studies earlier in the project lifecycle to better assess the quality of, and to influence successful, project initiation.

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How to Develop a Stakeholder Register

Project Risk Coach

1=Initiation 2=Planning Project Stakeholder ManagementProject Stakeholder Management Last week, we looked at 15 awesome ways to manage your project stakeholders. Today, let’s explore the development and use of the stakeholder register.

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How to Get Awesome Results Through Your Projects

Project Risk Coach

1=Initiation GoalsThe Power of Results-Based Goals Project sponsors send a message to their project teams and other stakeholders through the goals contained in their project charters.

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How to Facilitate a Successful Project Launch

Project Risk Coach

1=Initiation Project Integration ManagementWhat does it take to facilitate a successful project launch? Let’s look at two scenarios, one that results in potential failure and one destined for success.

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How to Facilitate the Resolution of Conflicting Ideas

Project Risk Coach

Stakeholders include individuals, groups, or organizations — internally and externally — that may be impacted by the change initiative. Identifying the initiatives to support the strategy. What change initiatives are you managing right now?

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Inputs for the Project Charter [Video]

Project Risk Coach

The value of the charter process is engaging stakeholders, discussing the issues, resolving conflicts, and getting agreement as you initiate the project. 1=InitiationIf you can’t see this video in your RSS reader or email, then click here.

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How to Create and Use a Stakeholder Register

Project Risk Coach

1=Initiation stakeholdersIf you can’t see this video in your RSS reader or email, then click here. Want to interact with other project managers on the topic of Stakeholder Management? Well, you’re in the right place!

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How to Manage a Project Like No Other

Project Risk Coach

When I had completed the initial manuscript, I had another editor perform a top level edit, helping me to identify gaps in the book as well as parts that should be deleted. 1=Initiation 2=Planning 3=Execution 4=ControlLife is filled with new adventures and experiences.

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How to Share Your Project in 60 Seconds

Project Risk Coach

1=Initiation communicationsYou get on the elevator with someone who asks you about your upcoming project. Can you clearly describe your project in 60 seconds? Photo courtesy of AdobeStock (edited in Canva).

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How To Write A Statement Of Work The Easy Way (With A Free, Editable Template)

The Digital Project Manager

Agile How-to Guides How-to Project Initiation How-to Project Planning PM Skills & Best Practices Risk Management Scope Management Stakeholder Management TopicsThe SoW (statement of work or scope of work) is one of the best, and worst weapons in a project manager’s arsenal of tools. It’s the best because a statement of work (SoW) is so often the one piece of documentation that saves you from a world of trouble.

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Jerry Ihejirika: Bringing Laughter to Project Managers Everywhere


Becoming a PM Project Management Career Clinic Project Management for Africa Initiative The Comedy Project Manager's BlogGet to know Jerry Ihejirika, project management blogger with a sense of humor.

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Six things you should do when kicking off a project

Susanne Madsen

If you liked this post, you may also like : Initiating and Planning Your Project, Part I What makes a perfect Project Initiation Document (PID)? project initiation​What do you do when you’ve just landed a new project?

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Are you bridging the gap between vision and delivery?

Susanne Madsen

Project failure project initiation project leadership vision and missionAccording to Harvard Business Review (HBR), being forward-looking and enlisting others in a shared view of the future is one of the attributes that most distinguishes leaders from non-leaders.

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Getting the Work Done with Project Management

Gina Abudi PM

Project Management accomplishing initiatives managing projects organization skills organizing work project best practicesA Client Story. For the last three years, one of Abudi Consulting Group’s clients, a global pharmaceutical organization, has been working with us to provide training for their employees at all levels in how to use project management best practices to accomplish work. This workshop, entitled, Taking a Project Management Approach to Getting the Work [.].

Inspiring Women in Project Management: Linky van der Merwe

Girl's Guide to PM

Linky van der Merwe talks about project management in South Africa and her Success Stories Shared initiative. No related posts. Expert Views Women This article contains affiliate links

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Resume tic's

Musings on Project Management

The future employee will take initiative and have a strong technology background, good communication skills, and project. Want a job in "big business", or want to pursue "gigs" with the big guys? Here's some resume tic's from the those that know the General Motors' needs: The "new" GM will want workers who are highly creative and capable of working autonomously as well as collaboratively.

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Failed Sprint (a definition)

Gunther Verheyen

Early in 2018, a translation initiative of the Scrum Glossary took off. It is amazing that there are currently 20 languages in the works. A new release is envisioned before the end of 2018. No deadlines though, no stress.

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A Comprehensive Guide to Agile Project Management


Initially, this may seem like a lot of contact. If you work in tech or any industry where things change fast, you probably are familiar with agile project management.

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Process Groups and the 5 Steps of Traditional Project Management


Your process groups will look similar to the traditional five steps of project management outlined here: Initiating: In this step, you have your kickoff meetings and lay down the framework of an upcoming project. This is the initiating step.

Why You Need To Say 'No' At Work (Hint: Your Work Will Get Better)


Despite this, your boss comes up with a new initiative and is asking you to spearhead it, knowing full well you’re already overloaded. Here’s a familiar scenario: You’re up to your ears in projects.

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How to get a failing project back on track

Moira Alexander

It can be a short path between project initiation and project failure. And while not every failing project is worth recovering , project managers who heed early warning signs of project failure can rescue a troubled project by tapping their valuable training and experience and executing the following. Tip 1: Recognize the signs of trouble. First and foremost, pay close attention for any signs that there may be a problem with your project.

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5 Things to do Before You Start a Project


The initial task lists are subject to change, so don’t let the details of each task slow you down. “Our first game is called Well Begun Is Half Done,” Mary Poppins tells the Banks children. Otherwise titled, Let’s Tidy Up the Nursery.”.

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The 3 Main Roles in an Agile Team


Roles have to be circumscribed enough so that people know what they ought to be doing at all times, yet flexible enough to allow people to take the initiative and exceed expectations.


Institutional Knowledge Fuels Project Success


Executives need to support learning initiatives, even if there’s no direct effect on revenue, and espouse learning values in company-wide meetings and memos. Gmail’s 2018 redesign is a large project that, for the most part, has been a resounding success.

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Institutional Knowledge Fuels Project Success


Executives need to support learning initiatives, even if there’s no direct effect on revenue, and espouse learning values in company-wide meetings and memos. Gmail’s 2018 redesign is a large project that, for the most part, has been a resounding success.

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Cancelling Projects: The Project Isn't Being Done Right

Project Health Check

This Business Case will constantly evolve, and as a Project is delayed or proving more costly than initially forecast, it will start to impact that careful balance of cost vs benefit to the point where it may eventually tip over the threshold of just not being worth it.

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Project Management for Design Teams


It’s where you place initial ideas and then present final products. “You’re not doing art, you’re trying to make a product that really helps people,” Tiffani Jones Brown , Creative Director at Pinterest, once told an interviewer.

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