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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 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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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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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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Make Your Project Estimation More Reliable, Using the PERT Method

Project Managers have many responsibilities. And one of the most difficult is Project Estimation: to predict what will happen in the future. Because projects are fraught with uncertainty.

And Project Sponsors dislike uncertainty. So they expect Project Managers to reduce it. So, they want you to manage project risks and estimate uncertain, future outcomes like:

  • How much will this project cost?
  • When will this project finish?

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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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