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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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Three Project Leadership Challenges for Tough Times [and what to do]

Three Project Leadership Challenges for Tough Times

In tough times, project management is not enough.  People get scared and uncertain. So they need leadership to keep them motivated, confident and effective. In this article, we’ll look at what Project Leadership adds to project management. And we’ll also look at three of the biggest challenges project leaders face in tough times. What are they and, more important, how can you handle them effectively?

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Persuasion and Influence: A Thorough Introduction

Persuasion and Influence

Most managers have it easy. They have the authority to ask, and expect compliance. Unlike them, project managers have little or no formal authority over our team-members. So you have to get things done by persuasion and influence.

This doesn’t come naturally to many people. And we aren’t taught it at school, either. In fact, since your toddler days of tantrums and intransigence, how many new strategies have you developed?

What I hear from Project Managers is that it is these sort of soft skills that concern them most. Planning, monitoring, and risk management are easy to learn. It’s the soft stuff that’s really hard. Things like confidence and assertiveness, or persuasion and influence, are vital skills. Yet project management training rarely covers them.

So this article will introduce you to some key ideas around influence and persuasion. It can only be an introduction. This is a huge topic that is the subject of many books of different styles. They include my own best-selling Brilliant Influence. Its 2nd edition is How to Influence in Any Situation (US, UK).

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What is Project Risk Management? | Video

Project Managers know that projects are risky. Project risk management is therefore a vital discipline.
Indeed, a focus on project risk is a sign of real project management maturity.

So, it’s crucial.

What is Project Risk Management?

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

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How to Make a Good Project into a Brilliant Project

How to make a Good Project into a Brilliant Project

Projects make change happen. And they create things and add value to our organizations. In a very real sense, the outcome of your project dictates the future of your organization. So maybe running a good project is not enough. I want to focus on some of the things that will make a merely good project into a brilliant project experience.

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Indispensable Guide to the Sources of Project Risk

If you are taking on Project Management, you will need to come to terms with its necessary consequence: project risk. It’s a topic I’ll be covering a lot, over time, because it is so central to project management. I have already written, at length, about why projects go wrong. In this article, we’ll look at some of the sources of project risk.

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How I Create Exceptional Project Collaboration

When you look up Project Collaboration, you will find a bewildering array of software tools available. There are tens – maybe towards a hundred – of credible software solutions for helping your project team to collaborate effectively. But as a Project Manager, all you want is to get the best collaborative behaviour from your team.

You may have a software tool available to you on your project. You may even be in a position to make a selection: good luck. Or maybe you have to make do with tools that are not designed for project collaboration, and make them work to help you.

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Rapid Decision Making in Projects: How to Get it Right

Rapid Decision Making in Projects

In last week’s article, we looked at how to make robust project decisions. This week, I want to turn up the pressure to look at rapid decision making in projects.

What can you do to maintain the rigor, transparency, and reliability of your decision making, but also turn up the speed?

How can you make good decisions in a hurry?

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Power Bases in Projects: Do You Have the Power?

Power Bases in Projects
Power Bases in Projects

Power Bases in Projects

Social power is the ability to influence other people. And Project Managers need to influence your stakeholders. So an understanding of Power Bases in projects is a valuable tool for your kit-bag.Continue reading