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How To Be a Better Analyst

The majority of Microsoft Project books will undoubtedly teach you how to master the software. They explain in great detail how to set a baseline, update a calendar, or format a Gantt chart. However, most do not teach you the skills to be a well-rounded analyst, to solve problems, or how to interact with your…

Common Issues in Project Management #3: Micromanaging the Team

In this article I would like to explore a key issue that many Project managers struggle with. It’s an exploration into the term “Micromanagement”. There is a lot you can find on the subject, and I will end the article with some references to earlier articles on MPUG and other sources for you to enjoy….

PMI’s Talent Triangle: Making Gurus into Leaders

Ever had a manager who is a technical guru but has poor leadership skills? I think we’ve all been there at least once. Technical gurus are rock-solid at what they do. With a unique skillset and “get it done” mentality, they’re the people you love to have on your team. And, it’s probably critical that…

How to Fight Back Against Alternative Facts

Last week, I shared the “10 Signs Your PMO is Trying to Fly ‘Alternative Facts’“. This week I provide coping mechanisms for dealing with each of those quandaries. My philosophy is simple: First, follow industry best practices to stay out of trouble. Second, use Microsoft Project Online to track your efforts and keep everybody aligned….

8 Simple Ways to Build Customer Rapport

Meeting a new client for the first time can be challenging; especially when they have a reputation for being difficult. What is the best way to establish a positive relationship with a demanding client who doesn’t always get along with others? What do you do? How do you build a good rapport? Each situation is…

Do’s and Don’ts of Dealing with Conflict

The field of project management is a demanding one. It takes a great deal of training and experience to become an effective project manager, which is the reason why there’s such a high demand for them in the job market. Common skills needed to effectively manage projects include a clear vision of the goals to…

Are Your Project Managers Strong Project Leaders?

First, They’re Uncommonly Good Leaders Leadership seems to come easily to them and they appear to love leading. They need to be able to motivate people about the large-scale change that may be coming in the project. All organization-wide projects involve change, whether it’s a new system or new processes that are coming into play…

Projects in the Fast Lane: Getting High Performance from a Cross-Cultural Team

Enabling cross cultural teams to perform well can be tricky when constrained by time and stakeholder expectations of high performance, but the results are worth the effort. In the hustle of today’s business urgencies and emergencies, cross-organizational and cross-national (international) teams are called upon to solve complex, multi-discipline challenges. Rarely are these teams given sufficient…

Organizational Politics

Do you remember the Microsoft Windows game Minesweeper? You had a game board covered with squares that could contain bombs. The goal was to clear the board without blowing yourself up. It wasn’t impossible; but you needed to think through things and develop a strategy to accomplish the goal. Organizational politics can be a lot…

3 Steps for Better Resource Management

Several project management offices (PMOs) have asked for our help when they needed to manage resources effectively on both the project level and the portfolio level. To better manage resources, organizations need to look at their resource requirements in a defined order: 1) strategically, 2) tactically and 3) operationally. By homing in on these elements,…

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