How to Use a RACI Matrix

by Cindy Coan Project teams are often a mixed bag; people from various parts of an organization, from outside organizations and customers. Although the project manager has responsibility for the project delivery and leading the project team, they likely are not the manager or supervisor of the team members.  This can make dealing with people … Continue reading How to Use a RACI Matrix

Building and Using a Project Scorecard

by Cindy Coan Communication is vital component of the management of any project.  One of the challenges is getting the attention of executive leadership and keeping them updated and informed on the project status. Say hello, to the Project Scorecard! The project scorecard is intended to be a simple visual illustrating the progress and status … Continue reading Building and Using a Project Scorecard

Project Governance: Maintaining Control Over Organizational Projects

by Cindy Coan Project Governance is not project management.  It is the higher-level framework inside an organization to measure and manage projects. Some organizations will have an established Project Management Office (PMO), which may define a governance framework for projects What does a project governance framework look like?   Start simple, each project governance model should … Continue reading Project Governance: Maintaining Control Over Organizational Projects

Defining Success, The Project Mantra

by Cindy Coan Success is a perception. This may be a little hard for a project manager to understand.  You can clearly see if you met your goals.   Unfortunately, perception matters.  You can deliver each objective on-time, on budget and still some project sponsors will not be happy with the results.   It can be well … Continue reading Defining Success, The Project Mantra

10 Critical Project Reports

by Cindy Coan Identifying the various audiences and finding the perfect communication balance is one of many challenges of managing a project.  Along with keeping all plates spinning without getting dizzy. 1. Communication Plan The first step is to build a Communication Plan for your project.  Your Communication Plan will answer the following questions: What … Continue reading 10 Critical Project Reports

Planning: Determining Your Project’s Outcomes, Goals and Objectives

by Cindy Coan Success is what you define.  If arriving in Tucson on Tuesday is your objective, showing up at the city limits at 11:45 pm would be considered a success.  What if the reason you needed to be in Tucson was for a conference that started at 10 am on Tuesday?  Then arriving at … Continue reading Planning: Determining Your Project’s Outcomes, Goals and Objectives

Escalating Issues Before the Explode

by Cindy Coan Escalate early and escalate often Poor escalation practices can kill a project. There is an art to finding the perfect balance for when and how to escalate.  “Crying wolf” can cause your project stakeholders to lose faith in the escalations and ignore them.  Escalating too late may not provide enough lead time … Continue reading Escalating Issues Before the Explode

The Project Management Tool You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Branding, a process used by marketers, can also be used internally to build excitement for projects. Branding. Usually only marketing teams think about brand building and how to create an atmosphere around a product or service.... Read full article at the publisher's site: https://sloanreview.mit.edu/article/the-project-management-tool-youve-probably-never-heard-of/

4 Secrets to Building a Portfolio That’ll Make Everyone Want to Hire You

That’s why having an online portfolio is so great. Whether you’re trying to attract new customers, give employers a feel for your skills, enhance your personal brand, or make yourself more visible on the web, a site that showcases your work will help you accomplish your goal.... Read full article at the publisher's site: https://www.themuse.com/advice/4-secrets-to-building-a-portfolio-thatll-make-everyone-want-to-hire-you

How To Automate A Gantt-Geared Project Roadmap: Elegantt For Trello

A roadmap is a visual representation of a project’s timeline of development. It not only delivers the project’s big picture, but it also allows you to share a strategic vision with your team.... Read full article at the publisher's site: https://blog.trello.com/automate-gantt-chart-project-roadmap-elegantt-trello

How Effective is Bullet Journaling for Project Managers?

One of the great benefits of the Bullet Journal is its ability to be flexible enough to work for people in many professions. That’s one of the reasons I began uniting a community of Bullet Journal professionals.... Read full article at the publisher's site: http://bulletjournal.com/how-effective-is-bullet-journaling-for-project-managers/

New Findings: Project Managers Play Significant Role in Enterprise-Level Benefits Realization

PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--According to findings from the Project Management Institute’s 2016 Pulse of the Profession®In-Depth Report - Delivering Value: Focus on Benefits During Project Execution, many organizations are not yet mature with their benefits realization practices, which expos... Read full article at the publisher's site: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160714006104/en/Findings-Project-Managers-Play-Significant-Role-Enterprise-Level