Negotiating – Uncovering It’s Secrets

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Effective negotiating is critical to successful collaboration. All it takes is one key problem to explode to convert a sense of “we” into “us versus them.” At the same time, negotiating is pervasive through all aspects of project management work. Successful Negotiating – Requirements Project managers must negotiate support and funding from top management. They…

Did it happen to you? Are You The Project Management Expert?

Work and no pleasure is not the way to go.(Obviously!) So we have decided to go out there and find some funny project management clips and put some smiles on those faces. We start off with one of the most viewed ones on the internet: The project management expert. We would like to thank the…

Dealing With Unreasonable People the BATNA Framework

dealing with unreasonable people

Most people working on projects realize that in the long run it is beneficial to work toward mutually satisfying solutions. Still, occasionally you encounter someone who has a dominant win/lose attitude about life and will be difficult to deal with. Fisher and Ury recommend that you use negotiation jujitsu when dealing with unreasonable people, such…

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Outsourcing Project Work – 4 Advantages and Disadvantages

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This is the first part of a short guide on outsourcing. If you have landed on this article via a Google/Bing search then I encourage you to take a look at this article first and then come back to this one. Outsourcing Overview The term outsourcing has traditionally been applied to the transferring of business…

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…

9 Easy Ways to Speed Up Project Delivery

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This is the message sent to the Government in a keynote speech by the recently appointed HS2 Chairman Sir David Higgins in Manchester on Monday as he delivered his long awaited review, HS2 Plus, of the mega project’s direction, costs and project delivery method. The best way of keeping costs down for the £50 billion…

Decision Making Process, Make It Your Own

decision making process

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

reward systems

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,…

How to Establish a Team Identity

Team Identity

One of the challenges project managers often face in building a team is the lack of full-time involvement of team members. Specialists work on different phases of the project and spend the majority of their time and energy elsewhere. They are often members of multiple teams, each competing for their time and allegiance. And so,…