The Stage Gate Process gets too little love from Project Managers. Yet it has the potential to transform your project management, deliver more successful projects, and make you a better project manager. A Stage Gate is also known by many other names: Phase Gate (PMBOK 6th Edition) Gateway (PRINCE2) Boundary Gate (most pleasing expression of […]
Call them your sponsor, your boss, or your client if you like. But one thing we all know as a Project Manager is this. Our job is to do what our Project Sponsor wants. But here’s the question… Do you know what your Project Sponsor wants? If you don’t, you’d better find out quickly. And […]
There’s one distinctive sign that your project is going well. A stakeholder approaches you in the corridor. ‘We’re very pleased with how your project is going…’ they say. ‘The only thing is… we’ve changed out minds.’ Oh no. This is a job for Project Change Control. Even on the most traditional of projects, you will […]
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. One of the most widely used approaches to improving estimation is the PERT Method. And Project Sponsors dislike uncertainty. So they expect Project Managers to reduce it. So, […]
In an earlier article, we gave you eight approaches for how to engage your project sponsor. But the commonest challenge is ‘what if I have a difficult project sponsor?’ So in this article, we’ll look at seven flavours of difficult project sponsor, and tactics for handling them.
Too often, Project Governance is seen as ‘worthy but dull’. Project Managers can easily believe it is nothing but an annoying intrusion into their autonomy. Senior managers find it a distraction. In addition, when they need to do it, these top people usually believe it is straight forward; they don’t need anyone to tell them […]
The PMI Pulse of the Profession 2017 annual review is called ‘Success Rates Rise’. From the title, we already know it contains good news. This year, the focus of the PMI’s analysis is on strategic initiatives. But project managers at all levels need to be aware of the major trends and the conclusions the PMI […]
A Project Business Case sets out why you should start your project. It gives an ‘analysis of the benefits and costs of making a change to the way things are done’. Decode the Jargon of Project Management Your Project Business Case is therefore a tool for senior people to make an informed decision. It is a vital […]
A project without a Project Sponsor is like a restaurant without a proprietor. When everything runs smoothly, no-one notices the absence. But when you need a big decision, somebody needs to make it. Project Sponsorship is not just about accountability. It’s about getting the direction and oversight of your project right. It is a means […]
This year, PRINCE2 becomes PRINCE2 2017. What is PRINCE 2 and what are the main changes we can expect?