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Project Execution Challenges: Managing the Project Plan and Schedule

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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 plan and schedule.

The project manager should spend the duration of the project tracking variances and adjusting the plan and schedule accordingly. (more…)

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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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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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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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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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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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