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COMMUNICATION IN A CONTEXT OF ORGANISATIONAL CHANGE

February 3rd, 2020 by

From 2013 to 2014, I went back to the university to attend the Certificate program in Project Management offered by HEC Montreal. One of the optionnal class I attended over the course of ten weeks covered the topic of “Organisationnal Change Management". The purpose of that course was to give us a thorough understanding of organisational change and to introduce us to the methods and techniques used to achieve it. In this post, I will talk about the communication aspect and its role in facilitating the implementation of change.

EXPERT JUDGEMENT AS AN ESTIMATING METHOD

February 3rd, 2020 by

If we rely on the definition provided by the PMBOK (Project Management Body Of Knowledge) 5th Edition, the “Estimate Activity Resources” process is defined as follow:

FUNCTIONAL REQUIREMENTS

February 3rd, 2020 by

Collecting requirements is a mandatory task before undertaking any development on any project you could think of. Knowing what is needed, understanding the business needs etc., those seems to be things that no one will ever question. But funnily, in the software industry, it seems to me that very few people really do it. Well, I mean we do it, but let me illustrate the way we do it and probably you’ll see what I mean. In the vast majority, collecting requirements consist of at most couple of meetings with relevant stakeholders, sketches on a whiteboard that end up lost forever after the meetings, couple of notes rapidly scribbled on a scratchpad that never gets archived, couple of e-mail exchanges for clarifications and that’s it. But are there written track of all the exchanges? Just do a little test around you: ask if someone can tell you where to find the specs documentation for a randomly selected feature in an existing project. You’ll be lucky if you get what you ask for because most of the time no one bothers to write them down.

IMPROVE PROJECT COMMUNICATION

February 3rd, 2020 by

As project managers, we have a lot of stakeholders and spend a lot of time managing expectations and carrying out project communications. However, I’d estimate that plenty of documentation, emails and reports that are sent out by project managers don’t get read by the people who really should be reading them. Don’t worry if you think this happens to your documentation – it is actually quite easy to turn it around and make sure that your reports are reaching the right people and being read.

MISSION, VISION, GOALS, OBJECTIVES.

February 3rd, 2020 by

Project mission, Project vision, project goals, project objectives, those terms seem to cause a lot of confusion as many people perceive them as being more or less the same. I asked couple of friends to tell me the difference between those terms and they indeed struggled as it appeared that all of them were referring to defining the problem the project was trying to solve. Getting back to the definition of what a project is i.e. an individual or collaborative enterprise that is carefully planned and designed to achieve a particular aim, we see that undertaking a project is an endeavour that attempts to close a gap between where you are and where you want to be. The terms used to define that destination are “mission,” “vision,” “goals,” and “objectives.”

QUALITY ASSURANCE VS QUALITY CONTROL

February 3rd, 2020 by

If you are studying in order to pass your CAPM or your PMP exam, in the “Project Quality Management” knowledge area, you might have noticed two processes which distinction might not be very clear. When I was practicing prior to my exam and tried to answer sample questions regarding the “Project Quality Management” knowledge area, each time “Perform Quality Assurance” and “Control Quality” were among the possible answers for a given question, I have to admit, I found myself 90% of the time struggling in determining which answer was the right one. The reason is that the difference between “Perform Quality Assurance” and “Control Quality” was not all that clear to me. At that time, I was working for a company that had a department called “Quality Assurance". I also knew that that same department was in charge of controlling the quality for the produced deliverables. So I asked myself, why on earth is the PMI making such a clear distinction between two processes that appear to be similar. If controlling quality is a way to ensure that a product is in conformance with its quality standards before it is shipped to the client, couldn’t we say the same about performing quality assurance? If there was a dividing line between the two, that line was definitely very blurry to me.

SIX TYPES OF LEADERSHIP

February 3rd, 2020 by

When I started writing this post, I was desperate to find a good definition for leadership but I couldn’t come up with something better said than a quote I heard not that long ago which goes like:

TIPS FOR PROJECT STAKEHOLDERS COMMUNICATION (Part1)

February 3rd, 2020 by

How long is your project stakeholder register? If it is anything like mine, it goes on for several pages. Even on small projects, the list of people involved can be huge. And working out how you are going to manage communications with all of them can be a bit of a nightmare. A proper stakeholder communications plan can help you stay on top of your project communications, but it will only be useful if you’ve included all the stakeholders! Here are some of the important stakeholders on any project. Are you communicating with all of them?

TIPS FOR PROJECT STAKEHOLDERS COMMUNICATION (Part2)

February 3rd, 2020 by

How long is your project stakeholder register? If it is anything like mine, it goes on for several pages. Even on small projects, the list of people involved can be huge. And working out how you are going to manage communications with all of them can be a bit of a nightmare. A proper stakeholder communications plan can help you stay on top of your project communications, but it will only be useful if you’ve included all the stakeholders! Here are some of the important stakeholders on any project. Are you communicating with all of them? If you haven’t read the Part 1 from this serie, you should probably go back and read it.

PMXPO 2015 - ADAM STELTZNER

April 30th, 2015 by

PMXPO 2015 is now over and as metionned in a previous post, I was definitely looking forward to hear Adam Steltzner keynote presentation titled From Leading a High Performance Team to Landing on Mars by Adam Steltzner.

PMXPO 2015 - DOUG DECARLO

April 30th, 2015 by

Among the key speakers at PMXPO 2015, Doug Decarlo was one of them and he delivered a terrific presentation titled Do or Die Agile Leadrship Practices for Today’s eXtreme Projects.

PMP FORMULAS AND CALCULATION

April 16th, 2015 by

Apart from the usual Processes Input, Processes tools & Techniques and Processes Output, someone attempting the PMP certification will also have to learn and understand couple of formulas and calculation regarding the project performance. Luckily, they are not very difficult so here are those that can be found in the PMBOK.

PMXPO 2015

April 7th, 2015 by

Good news, folks at ProjectManagement.com are bringing us their annual virtual conference and exhibition. So why is it a good news? Well, because there is a lot on offer: Six sessions full of informed project management viewpoints from leading industry experts covering areas like requirements management, agile, process management, PMOs and marketing strategy. The day kicks off with a keynote presentation and includes five more enlightening sessions…

THE 5 LEADERSHIP STYLES

January 7th, 2015 by

Leadership and management seem to go hand in hand, however they are not necessarily the same. In this post, I wanted to write about what I thought was the difference between the two concepts, but then I stumbled onto this video. In few words, Scott [1] (the guy in the video) manages to layout some fundamental differences that go along the same line as those described by Warren Bennis[2] which are:

LEADERSHIP VERSUS MANAGEMENT

January 7th, 2015 by

Leadership and management seem to go hand in hand, however they are not necessarily the same. In this post, I wanted to write about what I thought was the difference between the two concepts, but then I stumbled onto this video. In few words, Scott [1] (the guy in the video) manages to layout some fundamental differences that go along the same line as those described by Warren Bennis[2] which are:

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