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5 Stakeholder Management Tips: (Tip #1 You Don't Have to Manage Them)

By Bill Neville on Oct 11, 2016 10:02:00 AM

Engaging the stakeholders on a project is essential! There are a number of simple ways to keep them engaged, positive, and empowered throughout. You might be surprised that it's actually less work than you might think. So read on to find out what the best ways to align and inspire your stakeholders for long-term project success.




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Topics: Project Management

3 Unusual Skills for Your Project Management Toolkit

By Cristina Mendonca on Jan 28, 2016 9:06:03 AM

Want to run your next project smoothly, with great teamwork and a low risk of failure? Everyone tells you to work on your leadership, organization, and communication skills to get the job done right. But there are three ingredients nobody talks about that you really need to be a successful project manager: guts, compassion, and cat wrangling (being able to focus distracted people on a single aim).


Let’s take a closer look at each.

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Topics: Career Development, Project Management

What Can We Learn from 50 Years of Project Management?

By Herb Tieger on Jun 1, 2015 7:43:47 AM

What can history teach us about being better project managers in today's workplace?


An article published in the International Journal of Project Management earlier this year took on the task of combing through fifty years of project management (PM) research to answer this very question. Because PM research is often organized in silos—with practitioners sticking to their own fields—there has been a need for a more holistic perspective on the practice of PM itself. So the authors of "Emergent trends and passing fads in project management research: A scientometric analysis of changes in the field" mapped out data to identify key trends that have emerged and faded in the last five decades.

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Topics: Industry News, Project Management

The Four People You Need on Your Team

By Serafim Mendonca on May 18, 2015 5:49:01 AM

When forming a team for an organizational project, there are two ways to go about finding the right people for you:


A. Gathering like-minded people who are likely to agree and collaborate smoothly

B. Composing a group made up of different types of personalities, work processes, and strengths


Which would you choose?


While A is a tempting route because of the high probability of interpersonal synergy (after all, a team whose members get along makes everyone happy!), it’s actually choice B that will lead to more innovative, robust outcomes. Why?

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Topics: Leadership Tips, Project Management

Why Will My Project Fail?

By Bill Neville on May 13, 2015 4:14:32 AM

If you're a project manager, or about to begin a project with a team, we have some data that might scare you. While statistics vary across industries, the general consensus is that the number of projects that fail is too high.


One study found that 17% of large-scale IT projects failed so spectacularly that they nearly brought the entire company to ruin. Of those projects that did consider themselves a success, 45% went over budget and delivered 56% less value than predicted. (Kind of makes you wonder about their definition of the word "success.")

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Topics: Instructional Design, Project Management

Enhanced Keys to Project Management

By Bill Neville on Aug 20, 2014 2:43:56 AM

Being savvy in project management makes a big difference for corporate professionals in the learning and development environment. Understanding the keys of project management, while also understanding how technology plays an important part in the learning platform is essential. There are a number of factors that play a role in effective project management, but placing a priority on those that are often overlooked can help create a more useful and interactive platform. Pinpointing these keys and capitalizing on them will enhance project management efficiency.

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Topics: Workplace Best Practices, Project Management

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