Tip of the Week 02/27/2017: Risk Management

Tip of the Week: Risk Management

Tip of the Week: Risk Management. When you have a good awareness of your organization’s risk appetite, you can make calculated decisions that will help further your organization’s strategic goals.  A willingness to address specific risks can affect the whole organization both positively and negatively, so it is important to know where you stand. -by Rebecca Granger.

Tip of the Week: Emotional Intelligence

Tip of the Week: Emotional Intelligence

Tip of the Week: In a project environment, Project Managers are faced with many complex issues.  Personality conflicts, a limitation of authority, complexity of work, and stress can all be a part of the project.  By understanding Emotional Intelligence, Project Managers can be more successful at managing these aspects. Emotional Intelligence is extremely important in this type of environment since the nature of project work is temporary.

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Tip of the Week: Lessons Learned

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Tip of the Week: When performing lessons learned, try to schedule it as close to the event as possible so people do not forget the lesson. Another option is to have the team members document lessons along the way in a shared document on your team’s SharePoint site or shared directory.

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Tip of the Week 11/21/2016: Emotional Intelligence

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Tip of the Week: What is Emotional Intelligence and why is it so important?  Emotional Intelligence deals with both personal and social awareness.  It is a skill that can be developed and strengthened.  As a Project Manager, it is very important to develop your Emotional Intelligence to enhance several skills including communication, stress tolerance, time management, flexibility and teamwork.  These skills are crucial in a Project Based environment. To learn more about Project Management and EI, visit www.alluvionic.com.

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Tip of the Week 11/14/2016: Risk Management

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Tip of the Week: Risk management is more than looking for negative possibilities within a project; it includes looking for potential opportunities as well. These opportunities should be recognized and appropriately dealt with to give the project the benefits that are available (such as reduced time or budget or increased quality).

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Tip of the Week 11/08/2016: Risk Management

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Tip of the Week: Risk management is an active process of managing risks and opportunities. If you are not actively looking for risks and opportunities, you are not performing risk management. It is more than filling out a form and putting it aside. The risks are there, ignoring them will not make them go away.

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Tip of the Week: PMO Performance

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Tip of the Week: High-performing PMOs know the importance of assessing their performance continually. Assessing performance and reporting out the results reminds senior management of the value the PMO brings to the organization. Reporting on project-specific metrics is standard, but successful PMOs go beyond this by assessing project quality and by soliciting feedback from key stakeholders. And they do not stop there. They use the information they collect to continuously improve their practices, which encourages efficiencies and drives successful strategy execution. (PMI’s Pulse of the Profession In-Depth Report, 2013. Copyright and all rights reserved. Material from this publication has been reproduced with the permission of PMI.)

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Tip of the Week: PMO

Tip of the Week: Staying true to the goals of a project or program has always been a key element of success, but scope creep and new priorities not aligned to strategic goals can skew projects off-course. It is therefore important for PMOs to evaluate performance, be self-critical and assess work in the context of the organization’s overall success. This consequently reinforces the business value of the PMO and helps senior managers understand the contribution being made. (PMI’s Pulse of the Profession In-Depth Report, 2013. Copyright and all rights reserved. Material from this publication has been reproduced with the permission of PMI.)

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Tip of the Week 10/10/2016: Microsoft Project

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Tip of the Week: Microsoft Project – Entering a task duration with “ed”, or elapsed days, allows the task to disregard any calendar specific non-working times or holidays. An example of this is if a task, such as a test, must run for 10 days regardless of the actual working hours of the project, the duration can be entered as 10ed. This will allow project to schedule it appropriately across all 10 days without considering working time.

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Tip of the Week: Microsoft Project Gantt Chart

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Tip of the Week: Microsoft Project-In the Gantt chart view, you can create dependencies by clicking on the Gantt bar of a task and dragging to another Gantt bar to create a Finish-to-Start dependency between the two tasks. This can simplify linking tasks when the Gantt chart view provides a clearer picture of the project.

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