Do You Encourage Functional Conflict?

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The demarcation between functional conflict and dysfunctional conflict is neither clear nor precise. In one team, members may exchange a diatribe of four-letter expletives and eventually resolve their differences. Yet in another project team, such behavior would create irreconcilable divisions and would prohibit the parties from ever working together productively again. The distinguishing criterion is…

Manage Dysfunctional Conflict Easily Using This 5 Step Framework

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Managing dysfunctional conflict is a much more challenging task than encouraging functional conflict. First, dysfunctional conflict is hard to identify. A manager might have two highly talented professionals who hate each others guts, but in the heat of competition they produce meritorious results. Is this a pleasant situation? No. Is it functional? Yes, as long…

What If Costs, Not Time, Is the Issue?

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In today’s fast-paced world, there appears to be a greater emphasis on getting things done quickly. Still, organizations are always looking for ways to get things done while reducing costs. This is especially true for fixed-bid projects, where profit margin is derived from the difference between the bid and actual cost of the project. Every…

Using Direct Costs to Build a Project Cost-Duration Graph

Direct Costs

This article will be the first part of a miniseries on building a project cost-duration graph. The graph, as you will see in the next part, will provide you with insights into how you can compare additional cost alternatives (indirect or direct costs) for benefits and make the best decision available to you. You will…

6 Methods to Build The Perfect Project Cost Duration Graph

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This article is the third part in a miniseries on building a project cost duration graph. The first part can be found here and the second part here. If you have already read them please ignore this paragraph. If not I would encourage you to read them first as they will provide you with a…

How to Easily Construct a Project Cost Duration Graph

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This is the second part of a short series on how to construct a project cost duration graph. You can find the previous part here. There are three major steps required to start building a project cost duration graph: Find total direct costs for selected project durations. Find total indirect costs for selected project durations.…

5 Reasons For Reducing Project Duration

Reducing Project Duration

This article addresses strategies for reducing project duration either prior to setting the baseline for the project or in the midst of project execution. Choice of options is based on the constraints surrounding the project. For example, there are many more options available for reducing project duration if you are not resource constrained than if…

Decision Making Process, Make It Your Own

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Most decisions on a project do not require a formal meeting to discuss alternatives and determine solutions. Instead decisions are made in real time as part of the daily interaction patterns between project managers, stakeholders, and team members. With that said, I do feel that a formal decision making process should be at the ready,…

Managing Project Reward Systems

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Project managers are responsible for managing the reward systems that encourage team performance and extra effort. One advantage they have is that often project work is inherently satisfying, whether it is manifested in an inspiring vision or simple sense of accomplishment. Projects provide participants with a change in scenery, a chance to learn new skills,…