How to effectively escalate project risks and issues

How to effectively escalate project risks and issues

Ineffective escalation practices can seriously impact a project. There is an art to finding the perfect balance for when and how to escalate. Escalating too quickly (and too often) can cause your project stakeholders to lose faith in the escalations and ignore them.  Escalating too late may not provide enough lead time to resolve the…

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Launch of the project management terms guide

Do you get confused by the different terms that are used by project and change professionals? Does it feel like there is a “secret language” of project management terms that only true change professionals know? Are you worried to ask what they mean during a meeting as you do not want to look silly? Well…

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Brexit lessons learned for running a project

Brexit – lessons you can learn for running your project

If the Brexit project plan had been followed, the United Kingdom should have left the European Union on the 29 March 2019.  This was the agreed date for the deliverable that had been published to all stakeholders. For those PM Majik community members in the UK and Europe, you will be aware that this deadline…

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Completing project assessment

Quick guide to conducting assessment if in-flight projects should continue to be funded

At the start of a new year, it is quite common for there to be projects that are still in progress.  These are multi year projects and are termed as being “in-flight” i.e. they are active. Challenge Unfortunately, just because a project is in-flight, it is assumed that it should continue.  This presents a risk…

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2018 review

PM Majik 2018 Year End Report

It is almost the end of 2018. In previous posts I have covered why it is important to complete an end of year report for your PMO or project and other important activities. Have you planned for the end of year? Simple guide to creating a PMO year end report PMO planning of next years…

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Celebrating success in your end of year Project Steering Committee

In the post, Planning for 2018 year end, it covered the steps to take to ensure you communicate all of the good progress for the year.  A lot can happen in the year and you want the sponsor and stakeholders to remember all of the good work in Q1, Q2 and Q3 not just Q4…

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Planning for 2018 year end!

It is unbelievable that we are almost at the end of 2018.  With the advancements in technology and a 24 / 7 culture, time feels like it is accelerating. The consequence of this is that we can fall into the trap of mistaking being busy with being effective. If you are busy, all of your…

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Project Standard Operating Procedures

The power of PMO SOPs!

Firstly please accept my apologies for the acronyms in the title. Hopefully everyone knows PMO – Project Management Office.  How about SOP? SOP stands for Standing Operating Procedures. What is a SOP? A SOP is a method of taking a complex (or simple) process and breaking it down into a step by step guide so…

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How to deal with criticism as a change professional

Today I was really pleased to receive an email from somebody who recently became a MASTER level member.  It was a simple, short email that put a smile on my face. It said “Your site is great – used it to review for a contract PMO role (been on career break) and I got the…

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Person preparing for project SteerCo

More tips to help your project steering committee to go well!

In the article How to prepare for a project steering committee, I provided some simple tips to help ensure that your project SteerCo goes well.  This is a follow up to this providing some additional ideas that will help even further. The ideas are not ground breaking (like most of the techniques that assist good…

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