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 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.

No more initial estimates? NOOOOOOOOOOO!

Kiron Bondale

It’s unfortunately an all too familiar scenario.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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 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 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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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?

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

Agile at Scale – Outcome Driven (or Broken)

Tyner Blain

In support of that long term goal you may define a handful of strategic initiatives. To advance those initiatives you may also identify a set of deliverable, valuable products or product capabilities.

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Maintain a sense of change urgency through agility

Kiron Bondale

While it is ideal if this urgency is tied to What’s In It For Me, at a minimum, we all want proof that committing our time and political influence to a particular initiative at this very moment is cheaper than the cost of doing nothing.

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Managing Sustainable Development Projects Sustainably, an Example.

Green Project Management

We just posted a media release to announce a partnership with Village Green Global, who will sponsor a series of initiatives in the Russel Island, Solomon Islands.

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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Project Management Career Q&A – Not Enough Planning Experience

Arras People

I’m currently looking for a job and I’m concerned that I don’t have enough experience in the initiation and planning of projects – my experience has always been in implementation. Just because your experience has focused on the implementation side of projects, does that really mean your initiation and planning experience is lacking? In relation to questions about initiation and planning, you can talk with authority about planning skills in implementation.

The Value of Project Management in the Ministry: How Pastor Terrell Monger Uses Project Management in his Church

Project Bliss

We research before initiating. It is textbook Initiating, Planning, Executing and Closing out in order to get better at preparing for the next production. When you think of using project management skills, there are some industries that come to mind first.

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2016 UN Global Compact Leaders Summit Update

Green Project Management

The compact is a voluntary initiative based on CEO commitments to implement universal sustainability principles and to take steps to support Sustainable Development goals.

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Quote of the Day

Herding Cats

The suprising discovery of Newtpn's is just this, the celar seperatin of laws of nature on on hand and initial conditions on the other - Eugene Wigner, in Newton's Principis for the Common Reader , S.

The Best Free Project Management Resources


According to a study by led by McKinsey & Company in conjunction with the University of Oxford, a total of 45% of projects run over budget, 7% run late, and a whopping 56% of projects fail to meet initial expectations. Planning and initiating predetermined goals. Step 1: Initiate.

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Epic List of Project Manager Behavioral Interview Questions to Prove You’re the Ideal Candidate for the Job

Project Bliss

To give you an idea of how to craft your stories, here’s an example demonstrating initiative, problem-solving, and teamwork: I worked on a team that shared a resource with several other project teams. Leadership / Initiative.

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Paving the Way for Team Success – Small Things Make a Big Difference

Project Bliss

Many of your teammates may not initially notice the small ways you support them in addition to the larger ways. It can sometimes be hard to know how to be an outstanding Project Manager. There are excellent books and guides explaining what you’re supposed to do.

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How to Lead Your Team to a Successful Project


Efficient project initiation considerably reduces the risk of failure. Clearly setting goals and objectives, as well as making everyone feel involved in and responsible for the project, are two key elements of successful project initiation.

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Getting Your Team On Track with Backlog


If your dev initiatives don’t align with your business goals, or your sales pitch doesn’t align with your marketing initiatives, your company is in trouble. Are two people in your HR department working on conspicuously identical initiatives?

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The 11 Best Project Management Online Courses


It’s a great way to get initiated into project management, free of charge. The three free courses are as follows: Initiating and planning projects. Initiating and Planning Projects - Free. Best Project Management Online Training Resources. Project management is a complex subject.

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20 Easy-to-Use Assertive Communication Skills for Confidence and Respect

Project Bliss

If you need to initiate an uncomfortable conversation, practice how you’ll start it, including where it will happen and the words you’ll use. Practice how you’ll handle situations that aren’t initiated by you also. Photo credit @hengfilms.

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How To Pick Up A Project From Someone Else

Girl's Guide to PM

Scroll to the bottom to get a free Project Initiation Checklist to help with all this. Go through project initiation again (by yourself). Is there a project initiation document? Download the Project Initiation Checklist by leaving your email address in the box below.

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11 Tricks to Help You Work Faster

Project Bliss

Sandy writes the initial draft and passes it to Jenny, who works it from there. Does work always take longer than you expect it will? You make a commitment or plan a task, and it always takes twice as long as you thought it would? I became more aware of this when I had a daughter.

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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.

How to Create a Project Assumptions List: Examples and Template Included

Project Bliss

Project costs will stay the same as initially budgeted costs. Initial date logged. . When my daughter was very little she came home from school one day and told me the saying about assumptions: When you assume, you make an ass out of you and me. “Where did you hear that, honey?”

2018 159

IR35 Changes – New Threat to Your Wealth?

Arras People

The latest initiative by the HMRC to collect additional taxes from the flexible workforce is going to further confuse the employment landscape in the UK. Whilst initially aimed at the Public Sector, if successfully implemented, it’s hard not to see it rolled out to the Private Sector too!

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Focus on work and have more time for your life

While we initially thought that technology would make our lives easier, the opposite seems to be happening. Everywhere we look, we see people in a state of constant apprehension. Instead of having more manageable lives, people are becoming even more stressed. After all, with the advent of instant communications, we are not only exposed to […]. The post Focus on work and have more time for your life appeared first on For Managers | Personal Development Hacks. Leadership