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Project Execution Challenges: Having the Skills Needed to Deliver

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In our last series, we covered the challenges and solutions to project strategy. This series will cover the challenges and solutions to project execution. Today, we will discuss the challenges around the initial specifications and ongoing governance of the business case.

Once you have set the initial specifications for a project, the next challenge is that many organizations simply do not have the horses in the stable to execute their initiatives. This can come in the form of not having enough people or not having the appropriate skills; it can also come at the management level or at the practitioner level, and any combinations of those possibilities. Each of these permutations will be redressed in the Execution Solutions series. (more…)

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Project Execution Challenges: Meeting the Original Business Case

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In our last series, we covered the challenges and solutions to project strategy. This series will cover the challenges and solutions to project execution. Today, we will discuss the challenges around the initial specifications and ongoing governance of the business case.

The most important element of a successful project is meeting the business case and original scope of the project. (more…)

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Strategy Challenges: Interdepartmental Compatibility

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This blog series will provide an overview of the challenges to project strategy and provide a comprehensive solution. Today, we cover the disconnects between different organizational departments.

Enterprise organizations rely on multiple departments working separately to achieve the Organizational Mission. While they may all be working toward the same long-term goal, the immediate and short term goals often seem at odds with each other, which creates various strategic challenges. (more…)

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Project Initiatives Drive Your Organization’s Mission

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Every organization has an ultimate Mission that all of their long-term goals, yearly portfolios, quarterly outlooks and daily operations are striving to fulfill. The Mission often sounds simple on its surface, but there is an array of initiatives that are critical to achieving it and limited resources to dedicate to these initiatives.

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Questions to Ask Your Staffing Partner: PM SMEs

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As we’ve covered in previous posts, staffing project leaders requires a specialization that goes beyond staffing technical roles.  This series will cover questions you need to ask prospective staffing partners to ensure they have what it takes to deliver excellent project managers, and other project leadership roles.

Do they have project management SMEs?

A search of resumes and a basic phone screen is not sufficient; if a staffing firm cannot say that they have an in-depth phone interview with a project management expert on their team, then it is hard to imagine how they have determined their candidates are differentiators beyond simple trial-and-error with past clients.
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Announcing: Agenda for Project Online Webinar

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Behind the Scenes of Project Online:

Microsoft Project 2016 & Office 365

Date: Wednesday, May 17th, 2017
Time: 12pm PT /3pm ET
Duration: 1 Hour

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Presenting: New Project Staffing White Paper

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We are thrilled to announce the release of our third white paper this year, this time on project management staffing.  As always, we wanted to give our loyal followers of this blog the first crack at this valuable content.

This comprehensive paper demonstrates a multi-tiered approach to project staffing, including an in-depth look at the best practices for the talent acquisition layer.  Also included is a guide to picking the appropriate staffing partner.

Click here to receive your copy of Getting Beyond PMPs: Best Practices to Find, Select, and On-board Excellent Project Leaders.

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Questions to Ask Your Staffing Partner: Leadership Acumen vs Technical Qualifications

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As we’ve covered in previous posts, staffing project leaders requires a specialization that goes beyond staffing technical roles.  This series will cover questions you need to ask prospective staffing partners to ensure they have what it takes to deliver excellent project managers, and other project leadership roles.

How do they vet out leadership skills and project results?

An emphasis on PMP certifiable skills should be a very big red flag and you should maybe only keep this firm on your vendor list for technical roles. (more…)

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Questions to Ask Your Staffing Partner: Quality over Quantity

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As we’ve covered in previous posts, staffing project leaders requires a specialization that goes beyond staffing technical roles.  This series will cover questions you need to ask prospective staffing partners to ensure they have what it takes to deliver excellent project managers, and other project leadership roles.

Do they emphasize quantity or quality of candidates?

“Quality over quantity” has become a business cliche, but it has an especial importance to staffing. (more…)

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Best Practices for Staffing Project Leaders: Selection and On-boarding

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This series will provide detailed coverage of each of the steps in the staffing process.

This post covers the final two steps: Select the Right Candidate and Conduct the post-decision process.

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