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Work with your Sponsor to Build Exceptional Project Support

Building exceptional project support inside your organization will help you deliver more projects, more quickly. However, as project manager, you will be busy executing project deliverables in the heat of project work, and will need an advocate to promote your success to the organization. We hear all too often of illness in the sponsorship role. Here are three tips to help identifiy what you need from your sponsor to be successful, ensuring your sponsor works with you to build exceptional project support. […]

By |January 23rd, 2008|A Step Ahead|0 Comments

Five Steps to Prepare Your Projects for the New Year

Like so many, we have made our New Year’s Resolutions and started processing tasks and available hours in which to accomplish them. Happy New Year!It is this time of planning and house cleaning that we offer five quick thoughts on getting yourself — and your projects — ready for 2008: your Project Management Resolutions. […]

By |January 7th, 2008|A Step Ahead|0 Comments

Know Your Warning Signs: 5 Areas Ripe for Project Risk

In Ask Cadence this week, a question came in from a project manager asking what to do when you discover that project scope is ill defined after project launch. In the course of the discussion with the team, the resolution was a recommendation to return to planning and sponsorship, and ensure the organization understands the role of the project in operations. […]

By |November 25th, 2007|A Step Ahead|0 Comments

Build a Plan that Ensures Executive Support

In project planning, there is a tangible difference between what is appropriate and what is a tendency. It is appropriate to catalog deliverables which outline specific and tangible outcomes of the project, to incorporate specific and data-supported measures which detail how the deliverables will operate, and to highlight specific exclusions which protect the project from sliding into no-where-land, over-promising that which was never intended. […]

By |November 1st, 2007|A Step Ahead|0 Comments

Cadence, PMI North America Conference Recap

The PMI Global Congress North America wrapped up events last week in Atlanta, Ga., and Cadence was there in force. We were thrilled to see so many clients and partners at the event! If you missed out, enjoy this recap of PMI and Cadence highlights! PMI used the opportunity to announce a suite of project [...]

By |October 15th, 2007|A Step Ahead|0 Comments

The Right Players on the Field

If you are a project manager, pull out your biggest project’s resources list and review it right now. If you’re using an electronic tool, go ahead and open that file and take a look at your team members. Today, we’re going to talk about the players on your team. Why, you ask? Because too many times, project teams are under-represented in critical areas that directly affect project performance. […]

By |October 1st, 2007|A Step Ahead|0 Comments

The 4 Critical Skills in Informal Project Management

In a successful project-based organization, it can be easy to stand by and allow the project machine to work. Indeed, it is designed to operate efficiently with the consistent application of resources: people and time. But too often we take for granted that the grease for the cogs in this machine comes in a skillset that is difficult to measure: Informal Project Management. In the project environment, informal project management has come to mean several things. It is the work of project managers applying formal project management tools to small, disorganized bodies of activities. It is also the work of project managers applying social skills and community wisdom to motivate and inspire team members to do more effective and efficient work. Here are four critical skills that the best project managers cultivate in their own informal project management efforts. […]

By |September 17th, 2007|A Step Ahead|0 Comments

Project Success with Project Sponsorship

The relationship between a project sponsor and a project manager is a unique one. Where the project manager is focused on delivering project results at a tactical level, the project sponsor operates at a political and strategic level. Companies around the world have discovered the critical importance of the project sponsor in organizing and completing projects. In the real world, we know that the project manager rarely selects the sponsor. Rather, the sponsor is the person who wants the project, is willing to pay for it, and who is looking for a project manager who can get the job done. As a project manager, make sure to discuss the following four criteria in your first conversation with your new project sponsor. Consider this the project sponsor interview process. […]

By |September 10th, 2007|A Step Ahead|0 Comments

People Manage Projects

People work together to overcome obstacles and define excellence by bringing projects to a close and results to their customers. Still, even experienced project managers and team members need a refresher, a reminder of what it is that makes them successful in their work. Here are five tips to getting your next project started right. […]

By |August 20th, 2007|A Step Ahead|0 Comments

The TOP 5 Things That Keep You From Success

by Emmanuel Segui Everyone wants to be rich. A lot of people want to be successful. Yet, only a few people are willing to pay the price. There is a price to success as there is a price to failure. Here are 5 reasons that keep people from accomplishing their dreams. A lack of motivation. [...]

By |September 4th, 2006|A Step Ahead|0 Comments