The critical elements of successful project execution are People, Process, Technology, and Governance. Success is consistently delivered when all of these dimensions are well defined, fully implemented, well-managed, and fully adopted. They must be both adopted individually and integrated together to enable each other for success.
This post covers the first and foremost of these dimensions: (more…)
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…)
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.
As we covered in an earlier post, while traditional staffing firms and HR departments are able to successfully fill technical positions, project leadership roles require a multi-tiered approach. This post will cover the importance of the Process and Quality Assurance rungs on that pyramid.
This post will cover how to find and acquire top leadership talent rather than candidates who are merely technically qualified. While it takes a multi-tiered approach to adequately address project leadership needs, talent acquisition is the first and most crucial step.
Traditional staffing companies use a wholesale approach of providing a large pile of “good-enough” resumes. While sifting through some basic functional, on-paper requirements is sufficient for lower-level, technical roles, project leadership positions require a deeper dig. Project success relies on applying these functional skills in real-life scenarios where difficult trade-offs need to be made, which requires a unique combination of leadership, negotiation, collaboration, keen judgment, strong interpersonal skills, and situational awareness. (more…)