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About: Alison Sigmon

Alison Sigmon is a longtime PMP-certified project manager, clinical therapist and business executive. She has led projects for software and user experience design; digital content strategy; brand design and development; marketing, advertising and communications strategy; business development and fundraising; video design and production; and ecommerce. Alison's efforts focus on the behavioral side of project management and relationships. Delivering Bad News in Good Ways is Alison's first book, and the first in a series on the subject. An avid distance runner, writer, hiker and traveler, Alison is a Gulf War veteran. Articles, presentations and training materials can be found at her website.

All Articles and Webinars by Alison Sigmon

Managing Up to Keep Your Projects from Falling Down

Written on June 13, 2018, by

Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This Webinar is eligible for 1 PMI® PDUs in the Leadership category of the Talent Triangle. Event Description: Think managing up is just brown-nosing in disguise? Think again. Managing up in projects done well will bring clarity, commitment, ownership, and support your project needs to meet time…

Managing Up to Keep Your Projects from Falling Down

Written on June 4, 2018, by

Seeing a project through to successful completion is a team effort. While champions for the content and process are needed among stakeholders, there are two roles that are extremely critical to the successful delivery of the project: the sponsor and the project manager. These individuals have a symbiotic relationship that requires constant collaboration and observance of…

3 Steps to Creating Your Project Culture

Written on March 21, 2017, by

Doing more with less. Working smarter and faster, not harder. Gone are the days where we work on just a few things or concentrate our effort on just one area of expertise. We are now expected to wear multiple hats and manage a wide range of activities in our work. Project managers are no strangers…

Delivering Bad News in Good Ways for Your Projects

Written on September 21, 2016, by

Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This Webinar is eligible for 1 PMI® PDU in the Leadership category of the Talent Triangle. Event Description: When bad things happen on projects, telling people is difficult. This tough job almost always falls on the project manager to figure out how to give it in a way…

How to Tell Stakeholders the Bad News

Written on September 13, 2016, by

Maybe one of these situations sounds familiar… You’ve just found out your resources have been slashed by 30 percent, but the sponsor won’t budge on the workload. More with less is the new normal. After nearly a year of development on a technical system to integrate several disparate processes within finance, end user testing results…

Why Giving Bad News on Projects Can Literally Hurt

Written on November 1, 2012, by

Over the years I’ve had a lot conversations with people -and quite a few experiences myself – with giving bad news. The general consensus seems to be that we all prefer a root canal without anesthesia over giving bad news. What is it about delivering bad news that makes it so tough? While everyone experiences…

Creating a Culture of Belonging on Project Teams

Written on September 5, 2012, by

Just as politicians pay close attention and respond to the opinions of constituents, so must project managers when leading a project. For a project to be successfully delivered, it’s critical to get collective action from a group of people who may have very different interests. Easier said than done. Because team member opinions vary regarding…

Playing the Change Game – Project Managers as Change Agents

Written on June 26, 2012, by

I have had the pleasure of working with a variety of clients in the technology, film, media, banking, and energy industries. Through those experiences I’ve had a first-hand view of the issues they encounter on their projects. On the surface it would seem that NONE of these companies have anything in common, but when you…

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