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Project Management: Key Players in a Matrix Environment

In a matrix environment, key players have critical roles in every project's success. Working in a matrix environment requires that the project manager deal with the styles, interests, and demands of more [more…]

How to Create and Maintain a Team Identity

Creating a team identity can help you manage your project. But often, the people you collect to work on your project don’t know one another. You can use the tips here to help your project participants [more…]

How Responsibility and Authority Affect Project-Team Roles

Each project-team member has a responsibility to reach specific goals; and a few members might assume some authority to help others achieve those goals. As a project manager, you have to assign people [more…]

Project Management: How to Decide What to Delegate

To be an effective project manager, you must learn to delegate — that is, get the help and support of your project’s team members. Knowing why you delegate helps you determine which tasks to turn over [more…]

Project Management: Tips for Delegating to Achieve Results

Project managers know that the purpose of delegating isn't to lighten anyone's workload; rather, it's to achieve results. Delegation always involves some risk because you have to live with the consequences [more…]

Holding People Accountable When They Don’t Report to You

Project managers sometimes face the problem of working with people who don't report to them administratively. If such a person falls through on a promise to get something done for your project, then holding [more…]

Understanding Accountability as a Management-Control Process

Accountability is a management-control process. Responding to a person’s actions lets the person know whether he’s on target or whether he needs to make a correction. Not responding to unacceptable performance [more…]

How to Develop a Responsibility Assignment Matrix

Project managers like to use a Responsibility Assignment Matrix (RAM) to define the roles of the various project team members. Despite the straightforward nature of the information included in the RAM, [more…]

How to Develop a Risk-Management Strategy

Managing risk is an important task for any project manager. After you have determined what risks exist for your project and assessed their importance, you need to choose a strategy for dealing with each [more…]

How to Communicate Project Risks

As a project manager you know that projects involve risks. Communicating those risks is a special skill. People often share information about project risks ineffectually or not at all. As a result, their [more…]

How to Prepare a Risk-Management Plan

Managing risk, like it or not, is a part of a project manager’s reality. A risk-management plan lays out strategies to minimize the negative effects that uncertain occurrences can have on your project. [more…]

How to Plan Personnel Needs for Projects

As a project manager, you must determine how many people you'll need to complete the project on time. Planning personnel needs begins with identifying whom you need and how much effort they have to invest [more…]

How to Schedule Your Project Workloads

Examining the workload of each member of the project team is the first step in making sure he or she can handle all project workloads. You can help them decide when they’ll work on each activity. If your [more…]

Project Management: How to Coordinate Overlapping Tasks

Overlapping tasks places conflicting demands on your team members. Although successfully addressing tasks that overlap can be more difficult when more than one project manager is involved, the techniques [more…]

How to Estimate Risk Consequences

After you identify the likelihood that a particular risk will affect the project you're managing, be sure to determine the magnitude of the consequences or effects that may result. That magnitude directly [more…]

Using the Functional Structure to Administer Projects

Project managers need tools for overseeing their projects. The functional organization structure brings together people who perform similar tasks or who use the same kinds of skills and knowledge in functional [more…]

Using a Projectized Structure to Administer Your Project

Many project managers use a projectized organization structure to administer their projects. This type of structure groups together all personnel working on a particular project. Project team members are [more…]

Using a Matrix Structure to Administer Your Project

Many project managers have adopted a matrix organization structure that combines elements of both the functional and projectized structures to facilitate the responsive and effective participation of people [more…]

How to Work with a Micromanager

Working with a micromanager can be difficult if you don't know how to manage the micromanager. If your boss scrutinizes every move on your project, questions your decisions and methods, and gives unsolicited [more…]

How to Confirm Team Members’ Participation in a Project

As you start your project, you need to confirm the identities of the people who’ll work to support your project. To do so, verify that specific people are still able to uphold their promised commitments [more…]

How to Develop Your Project Team

Merely assigning people to tasks doesn’t create a project team. Any good project manager knows that a team is a collection of people who are committed to common goals and who depend on one another to do [more…]

How to Specify Team Member Roles and Procedures

An effective project manager needs to specify team-member roles and communication procedures. After all, nothing causes disillusionment and frustration faster on a project than bringing motivated people [more…]

How Project Managers Help Teams Function Well

A project manager knows she has a well-functioning when team members trust each other; have confidence in each other’s abilities; can count on each other’s promises; and communicate openly. A well-functioning [more…]

How to Maintain Control of Your Project

Whether you're a novice or veteran at project management, the process of maintaining control over projects is the same: You track project-plan details and expenditures, deal with team members, and monitor [more…]

Managing a Project with a Project-Management Information System

Savvy project managers use a project-management information system (PMIS) to keep their projects organized. A PMIS is a set of procedures, equipment, and other resources for collecting, analyzing, storing [more…]

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