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Project Politics: How to Win The Game of Projects

Project Politics: How to Win the Game of Projects

A seasoned Project Manager, you quickly learn that there’s no escaping project politics.

It’s a fact of life.

When you play a game of projects you deliver or you fail.’

But you may find yourself tempted to say something like: ‘Hang on, I’m a project manager: not a politician.’

That would be nice, wouldn’t it? You could spend your days focusing on the basic management principles.

Except, what are the Basic Project Management Principles?

The Game of Projects: You Deliver or You Fail
Well, pretty near the top is… Stakeholder Engagement. And what’s that all about? Politics.

So, you’ll always came back to the political dimension.

Because it’s always there in real life. No matter how much you may want to; you cannot escape project politics. So you do need to understand the basics.
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What is MOSCOW Analysis? | Video

What is MOSCOW Analysis?

Scoping is the hardest part of Project Management. Luckily we have a great tool to use called MOSCOW Analysis.

So what is MOSCOW Analysis?

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

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How Project Risk Management will Make You a Better PM

Project Risk Management

Risk is inherent in the nature of a project. So, that makes project risk management a central part of the project management toolset.

Don’t think of it as an add-on. Nor even as a discipline in its own right. Instead, it’s best to regard risk management as a thread that runs through the heart of project management.

I tend to agree with Tim Lister’s often re-quoted statement that:

‘Risk Management is Project Management for Grown-Ups’

What I take from this is that, when you understand how projects work, and can manage a basic project effectively, you will increasingly use project risk management as your primary framework for controlling your project.

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What is Transformational Leadership? | Video

What is Transformational Leadership?

Transformational Leadership can be set against the alternative; transactional leadership. The distinction was drawn by James McGregor Burns and clarified by Bernard Bass. As a Project Manager, you are involved in transformation, so this is a hugely valuable concept for you.

So what is Transformational Leadership?

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

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What is Capabilities Based Planning – CBP? | Video

What is Capabilities Based Planning?

Capabilities Based Planning – CBP – is an important way of starting your project planning process.

So what is Capabilities Based Planning – CBP?

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

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Get Better Project Results with Personal Leadership

Get Better Project Results with Personal Leadership

In our previous article, we imitedooked at everything you need to know about project team motivation. But what about motivating individuals within the team? That comes down to personal leadership.

Personal Leadership is all the day-by-day acts of leadership that inspire your team members to follow you. It leaves people motivated, enthusiastic, and keen to follow you. Personal leadership raises morale and builds loyalty. In a project environment, you often have little formal authority. So, it is personal leadership that creates the basis for authority through influence, trust, and commitment.

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What is Stakeholder Management? | Video

What is Stakeholder Management?

Stakeholders will determine the success (or not) of your project. So you need to engage with them. Stakeholder Engagement – or more often known as Stakeholder Management – is one of the most important parts of Project Management.

So what is Stakeholder Management?

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

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Everything You Need to Know about Project Team Motivation

Team motivation is a tricky topic for some project managers. Often your project team is drawn together at short notice. People don’t know one another, and don’t have a formal responsibility to do as you ask. So, when your project is under pressure, motivating your team is the only way to enhance their performance.

The challenge of team motivation is the reality that the things that motivate us are as many and varied as we are. Different people find different things motivating, at different times. So there is no easy one-size-fits-all formula, which you can quickly apply.

So, What can we learn about Team Motivation from Social Psychology?

The good news is that you can understand the many things that with motivate your team members, from a very simple framework. This is another of our giant guides. It will give you a comprehensive overview of what motivates team members. And in our next article, we’ll look at how you can motivate individuals, with personal leadership.

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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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