Improve client review and acceptance phases

Client review and acceptance is sometimes difficult to manage: limited client availability, multiple rounds, process subject to interpretation, etc. To stay in control, consider the following recommendations: Build, submission, review and acceptance must remain in sync. This is a challenge since management and operational teams are usually busy with business as usual. Compare the drawbacks of […]

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Start with reducing uncertainty

Clients are eager to obtain commitments and project managers are eager to prove they can take them. Projects are uncertain by nature so, if certainty is what we want, focus at project start must be on reducing uncertainty as soon as possible: Can each resource produce what is expected from her? Do they communicate efficiently and stay […]

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Recruiting project managers

Recruiting project managers is not easy: General project management theory is easy to understand. Being able to explain it and getting certified is something but being able to make it work efficiently is something else. It may be more difficult for project managers to prove measurable achievements like a P&L owner would do, or to demonstrate hard skills […]

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Converging towards final acceptance

Setting up a delivery strategy that converges towards final acceptance is the prime responsibility of the project manager. Convergence is the key concept here, project managers should be able to visualize it and control it. Rather than the sequence of tasks required to build a product, convergence is the sequence of decisions, results and reality checks you plan to […]

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Do you need a technical project manager?

The question is a classic in the project management community, many of them have actually started their careers in technical positions and management likes single points of accountability. When deciding on hiring a technical PM, several aspects have to be taken into account. Technical expertise will help the project manager understanding requirements, evaluating skills, assessing quality of the work, […]

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Involving functional managers

The dynamics inside a project team is very important, and project managers are prompt to create a closed environment focused around the mission to deliver. However, we sometimes forget that, whatever their sense of accountability, project teams are most of the time “only” responsible, not accountable. Accountable (for a result): the person who, in the organization, […]

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