A Little Goes a Long Way for Accidental Project Managers
On Friday I worked with a group of HR leaders - a classic audience of non-project managers (accidental project managers). While everyone in that group was responsible for delivering projects on time, covering the Five Project Success Factors (read about them in The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management) in four hours provided a lot of insights!!
A key concept when presenting project management training for non-project managers, is the difference in managing operations and projects. Because the operational work is repetitive, we can become unconsciously competent at it, like we are when we drive to work. The work is still challenging and requires skill - but we can get to a point where we KNOW how to do it intuitively. Project work is not repetitive - and therefore we will always be consciously competent when we do it.
That means walking through the goal setting and planning phases are always important and never without effort.
Team Building Is Important on Every Project
Full-time and part-time projects need a focus on team building. When you attend project management training in Seattle, online, or at your location, you learn that every project is unique.
That means every project team goes through the stages of team development first articulated by Bruce Tuckman 50 years ago. Every team must form, storm, norm, and perform, in that order. Some never get to the perform phase.
(You can read more about this in The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management.)
But HOW do you do that? How do you "focus on team building?" Attend project management training in Seattle, online, or onsite, and you'll get a framework with specific techniques to accelerate your project team's journey through the stages of team development.
Proactive Communication Increases Stakeholder Engagement
We've talked about the stakeholder management lessons you receive when attending our project management training in Seattle and online.
Specific tactics for analyzing stakeholders unlock the best communication strategies that lead to engagement.
Watch these tips from ProjectManager.com.