Manage Your Energy, Not Just Your Time

For years, I’ve sought ways to get more done in my work day. You know the time management mantra: capture, prioritize, and schedule, right? What doesn’t get scheduled doesn’t get done.

Manage Your Energy, Not Just Your Time

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Need any apps? I’ve tried iPhone apps such as Fantastical, Pomodoro, and Evernote (which are all super).

I’ve read every book and tried every tool known to man. I even bought an Amazon Echo. Cool device. I can say, “Alexa, add 8 O’Clock coffee to my grocery list. Alexa, what appointments do I have on Thursday?”

These time management tools and techniques have helped me in significant ways, but there’s another powerful key to productivity.

How to Improve Your Project Communication

In my project management workshops, I ask this question, “What are the top causes of project failure?”

Nine times out of ten, I hear an answer — among others — related to poor communication.

How to Improve Project Communication

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There are many ways in which project managers communicate — coaching, summarizing action items, influencing a stakeholder, educating team members, listening, facilitating decisions, creating a contract with a third party, escalating an issue, and meeting with a project sponsor, to name a few.

What happens when poor communication exists? Stakeholders get the wrong information. People get the right information but at the wrong time. And there are misunderstandings and wrong assumptions.

Here’s the bottom line — poor communication drives projects off the cliff into an abysmal valley. Your reputation is marred by adverse impacts to your project schedule. The cost of your project spirals out of control. Heck, your team may even be prepared to commit Mutiny on the Bounty.

Match Game: Project Risk Management

How’s your project risk management knowledge?

Some of you are a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) or as a Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP) so this test may be a good review for you. If you are preparing for the PMP or PMI-RMP exam, this exercise will certainly be helpful. For others, give it your best shot; see what you know and don’t know.

Matching Game: Project Risk Management

Matching Game: Project Risk Management

 

If you prefer, you can download and print the Matching Game. Feel free to share it with other project managers.

After you’ve completed the test, check your answers here.

10 Powerful Questions in a Checklist to Save Your Projects

The CHAOS Reports have been published every year since 1994 and are a snapshot of the state of the software development industry. The Standish Group 2015 Chaos Report studied 50,000 projects around the world, ranging from small enhancements to massive systems implementations. It revealed that 29% of the projects were successful, 52% were challenged, and 19% failed.

10 Powerful Questions in a Checklist to Save Your Projects

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Successful projects were defined as projects that were completed on time, on budget, with a satisfactory result. If a project failed to meet one or more of these outcomes, it was a challenged project. If you have a project in the challenged category headed toward the wasteland of failed projects, let’s see if we can save it. Here are ten questions to help you determine things that may be causing harm to your projects:

Six Essential Requirements of an Influencing Strategy

This is a guest post from Colin Gautrey, an author, trainer and executive coach who has specialized in the field of power and influence for over ten years. He combines solid research with deep personal experience in corporate life to offer his audiences critical yet simple insights into how to achieve results with greater influence. He is the creator of the Stakeholder Influencing Masterclass.

When it comes to becoming influential, you need to go through a number of steps.

Firstly, it will pay huge dividends if you get crystal clear on what you are aiming to influence. This includes moving from a hard goal to a soft goal and then backing it up with evidence criteria.

Six Essential Requirements for Influencing Strategy

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With that clear, it becomes much easier to identify who the key stakeholders are – those who have the power and interest to help or hinder your progress. Without doing this, most people seem to focus on the stakeholders who are nearest to them, easiest to access, or they have the best relationship with.

After a simple analysis exercise (considering relationship and agreement) it then comes down to developing an influencing strategy.

Guilty of Annoying Your Stakeholders

This is a guest post from Colin Gautrey, an author, trainer and executive coach who has specialized in the field of power and influence for over ten years. He combines solid research with deep personal experience in corporate life to offer his audiences critical yet simple insights into how to achieve results with greater influence. He is the creator of the Stakeholder Influencing Masterclass.

You are busy, and so are your stakeholders.

Getting them on board with your ideas, liaising with them to resolve issues, all takes time. It also helps a great deal if you get on well with them. Effective working relationships smooth over the inevitable problems and challenges that need to be dealt with.

Trouble is, it is far too easy to irritate them.

Guilty of Annoying Stakeholders

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You are in a hurry and time is of the essence. But, as you push things forward, try to make sure and avoid these common irritants.

Nine Awesome Benefits in the World of Stakeholder Management

John, a new project manager, has been failing to exploit and enhance the benefits of stakeholder management. Why?

Nine Awesome Benefits in the World of Stakeholder Management

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John has enough to do without adding superfluous stuff to his projects. He’s not been be convinced of the benefits.

If you are a Project Management Professional (PMP), you’ve likely studied Chapter 13 of the Project Management Body of Knowledge – Stakeholder Management, which was added in the Fifth Edition. Intellectually, you know about identifying and assessing stakeholders. You’ve learned how to develop a stakeholder management plan of when to engage stakeholders at in a project.

You understand the concepts. You have the book knowledge. But are you doing it?

I’m writing this article with one aim – I want to persuade you to improve your stakeholder influencing skills. Allow me to pull back the veil and share nine benefits of stakeholder management.