Risk Management - Qualifying Projects

Risk Management – Qualifying Projects

Any organization which runs a large number of projects will need to group the projects according to risk. This will allow them to set the necessary level of management attention and risk management for the project right from the start.

There are five main factors which affect the overall risk of a project:
The Project Budget
A large project budget means that, if the project fails, it will have a major impact on the whole organisation. A low budget project is not likely[…]

Failing Projects – Ineffective Steering Boards

Failing Projects – Ineffective Steering Boards

Projects fail for lots of reasons. One reason that I would like to look at more closely today is the ineffective steering board.

Steering board meetings are the most important regular meeting that a PM (project manager) has. It is during this meeting that the project decisions are made which go beyond the PM’s authority. It is also the place for the PM to go to if s/he needs additional support or advice to keep the project on track.

A steering board[…]

The Importance of Good Communication – Part 4 – Winning the Support of the Project Sponsor

The Importance of Good Communication – Part 4 – Winning the Support of the Project Sponsor

The fourth post in this short series on good communication the type of information necessary for winning the support of the project sponsor.
Winning the Support of the Project Sponsor
The last post in this short series on communication focused on motivating the project team. In this post, I would like to focus communicating with the project sponsor. In particular, I would like to focus on winning the support of the project sponsor throughout the life of the project. The project sponsor[…]
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The Importance of Good Communication – Part 3 – Motivate Your Team by Explaining the Purpose of the Project

The third post in this short series on good communication covers the benefits of explaining the purpose of the project to your team.
Motivate Your Team by Explaining the Purpose of the Project
Good communication is not just created by regularly holding meetings and sending out reports. Those meetings and reports need to have a content which will motivate and inspire your team. In this third post on communication, I would like to talk about explaining the purpose of the project to[…]
The Importance of Good Communication - Part 2 - Creating a Communication Plan

The Importance of Good Communication – Part 2 – Creating a Communication Plan

The second post in this short series on good communication covers creating a communication plan.
Creating a Communication Plan
As I discussed in my last post, good communication is a major success factor for projects. So how do you create good communications for a project?

The start of good communication lies with the communication plan. During project planning, it is best to maintain this inside a table. A simple communications plan template is shown to the side.
Project Stakeholders
The first place to start is[…]

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