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What is the Tuckman Model of Group Development? | Video

What is the Tuckman Model?

The Tuckman Model of group development should be essential learning for every project manager.

As a project you are constantly taking new groups of people and aiming to forge a successful team. Bruce Tuckman investigated this and gave us arguably the best model of group and team development. It’s famous for its Forming – Storming – Norming – Performing stages.

So what is the Tuckman Model of Group Development?

Dr Mike Clayton is founder of OnlinePMCourses.com.
Here, he answers this question, in under 5 minutes.

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Feeling Overwhelmed by Your Project? What to Do

What to Do if You are Feeling Overwhelmed by Your Project

It can easily happen to a Project Manager. The work builds up. The problems increase. Deadlines loom. Before you know it, you’re feeling overwhelmed. There’s just so much you have to do.

Where to start? How to get back into control? You feel breathless, shaky, maybe a little scared.

The feeling of being overwhelmed is a common one for new Project Managers.

It can range from a few minutes of hesitation, when you’re not sure what you should do next, to a full scale breakdown. It could easily happen to you, on your project, so it is as well to be prepared. So here is our Project Managers’ guide to what to do when you are feeling overwhelmed.

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What is Milestone Planning? | Video

What is Milestone Planning?

Planning is fundamental to all Project Management, and one of the most basic and robust approaches to planning is Milestone Planning.

So what is Milestone Planning??

Dr Mike Clayton is founder of OnlinePMCourses.com.
Here, he answers this question, in under 5 minutes.

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How to Build a Robust Project Definition [The Key Components]

Project Definition is not just the first substantial stage of your project. It is also the foundation upon which you will build your whole project.

The rewards for getting your Project Definition right are matched only by the penalties of getting it wrong.

So it’s time we took on defining your project with one of our giant guides.

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What is the Association for Project Management, the APM? | Video

What is the APM?

Whatever profession you are in, it is valuable to be part of an active membership body. One choice for you, as a Project Manager is the Association for Project Management, or APM.

So what is the Association for Project Management, the APM?

Dr Mike Clayton is founder of OnlinePMCourses.com.
Here, he answers this question, in under 5 minutes.

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What is Transactional Analysis? | Video

What is Transactional Analysis

As a Project Manager, you will be having a lot of conversations – with team members, stakeholders, and your bosses. Some will be hard and some easy. And you’ll need to understand the dynamics of those that don’t go as smoothly as you’d like. A powerful resource for this is Transactional Analysis, or TA. It’s sometimes known as the Parent-Adult-Child model.

But what is Transactional Analysis?

Dr Mike Clayton is founder of OnlinePMCourses.com.
Here, he answers this question, in under 5 minutes.

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Conflict Management: How to Make Things Better | Part 2

Conflict Management

When relationships start to go wrong, it is often your job to fix them. Conflict management is not always a welcome part of a Project Manage’s role. But it is an important part.

Because conflict is an inevitable part of projects. Stakeholders will resist change, sponsors will want different things, and team members will care passionately about how to implement your project. Indeed, I could argue that conflict is a good thing.

Without creative challenge, you won’t get the best solutions to the problems your project is set-up to address. If stakeholders don’t don’t care enough to argue about what you are doing, they may not care enough when you deliver it. Conflict is not just inevitable: it’s desirable.

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What is a Linear Responsibility Chart? | Video

What is a Linear Responsibility Chart

Knowing who is slated to do what is a crucial part of project management. Following our earlier video on RACI Charts, this video looks at RACI’s cousin the Linear Responsibility Chart.

So what is a Linear Responsibility Chart?

Dr Mike Clayton is founder of OnlinePMCourses.com.
Here, he answers this question, in under 5 minutes.

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Managing Conflict on Projects: Everything You Need to Know | Part 1

Managing Conflict on Projects

A Project Manager needs many skills. And one of the hardest to come to terms with is managing conflict. You won’t use it every day (I hope). But you will need it from time to time. Whether you are called upon to handle a small spat or defuse a mighty row, conflict management needs a place in your project management toolkit.

Conflict is Innevitable

No matter how well you manage your projects, nor how skilled you are at dealing with people, conflict will arise. It is inevitable when people care about things that are new, important, and complex. And it is sometimes a good thing to air different perspectives in a robust way.

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What is a Project Goal? | Video

What is a Project Goal?

A project goal is the bedrock of defining your project. They aren’t even your foundation: they are more like the groundwork you do before laying your foundation.

So what is a Project Goal?

Dr Mike Clayton is founder of OnlinePMCourses.com.
Here, he answers this question, in under 5 minutes.

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