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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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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: The Interview

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

This post covers steps four and five, which are preparing and conducting the candidate interview:

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Best Practices for Staffing Project Leaders: Narrowing Initial Field

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

This post covers step three: Review/compare/select for follow-up.

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Presenting: New Leadership White Paper

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We are excited to announce the release of yet another white paper, this time on project leadership.  Leadership Is Taken, Not Given is the culmination of a series of content that got Project Assistants CEO, Gus Cicala, selected to be a contributing author to The Keys to Our Success, selected as the keynote speaker for ProjectSummit 2015, and that inspired two workshops on project leadership: one for project leaders and another for executives.

Now, the key elements of each of these books, talks, and programs have been condensed into a white paper, and we are providing it for free to our loyal blog followers.

Click here to receive your copy of Leadership Is Taken, Not Given: Defining Moments for Projects and Their Managers.

To see our white paper on the Enterprise PMO, click here.

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Best Practices for Staffing Project Leaders: Initial Search

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

This post covers step two: Initiate Search. (more…)

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Best Practices for Staffing Project Leaders: Setting Requirements

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In this series, we provide detailed coverage of each of the steps in the staffing process.

This post will cover Communicate process and define requirements.

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How to Do Project Management Staffing Right

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As the economy recovers, capital spend is returning to perform more projects, increasing the demand for qualified project resources.  Unfortunately, leadership for these new projects and programs cannot always come from within.  The organization may be unable to secure long-term funding for full-time employees and so have to seek out contract work, or the internal staff might simply not have the necessary skills or experience available for critical roles.

When seeking outside talent, a myriad of common challenges arise, including unrealistic timelines, unclear requirements, and process gaps between the organization and its staffing partner.  But far and away the biggest challenge when staffing project managers is an overemphasis on technical skills for a leadership position. (more…)

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