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People, Projects, and Organizations

30 Oct 2014 Posted by Ben Snyder CEO

How to Make Your Project Scope Crispy

The initial project scope defined in the project plan is the conceptual vision of what the project will deliver upon completion. Seems simple, right? But when we start to plan the project there needs to be several interviews with the sponsor and key stakeholders. Each one of them has their vision for what the project […]

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14 Oct 2014 Posted by Ben Snyder CEO

Getting Your Project Team to Hit on All Cylinders

There was a day in the not so distant past that intact, high performing project teams were the standard. This is not true today. Skills specialization, matrixed organizations, virtual workforces, and a shared resource pool have changed the project team landscape for good. Now team members come and go from project to project based on […]

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09 Oct 2014 Posted by Ben Snyder CEO

Creating a Project Schedule That Has Hope

Wouldn’t it be nice if you were able to consistently create a project schedule that is a realistic timeline for completing a project successfully? Wouldn’t it also be great if you were able to predict the completion of the project as work is finished and before the unforeseen arises? You can! But, this kind of […]

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07 Oct 2014 Posted by Ben Snyder CEO

Does Project Scope Have To Change Over Time?

Project management professionals love the idea that they should be able to define project scope up front – at the beginning of the project and then never change it again during the project’s life. This strategy certainly makes the project manager’s job easier but is it a realistic expectation? Is it in the company’s best […]

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31 Jan 2013 Posted by Ben Snyder CEO

Managing Expectations

It goes without saying that projects involve lots of expectations. Project manager and team members feel the heat from project stakeholders when it comes to task completions, deliverables, adherences to processes, and use of resources, just to name a few. Although it is an essential part of a project manager’s job, knowing how to manage […]

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04 Jan 2013 Posted by Ben Snyder CEO

Respect The Project’s Natural Life-Cycle

There is a project joke that has been around for years… There are six stages of a project: 1.  Enthusiasm2.  Disillusionment3.  Panic4.  Search for the guilty5.  Punishment of the innocent6.  Praise and honor for the non-participants  While this is satirically funny it is not a project life-cycle anyone wants to experience. A key factor that separates project […]

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02 Jan 2013 Posted by Laurel Bretting

Guest Post: We’re Going Back to the Past

By Laurel Bretting, Systemation Marketing Guru   Long time no see. That’s because we were concentrating on some special projects.  We produced a treasure trove of fun, exciting, and useful tools/resources. So, hop on our time machine (no roads, DeLoreans, or hoverboards required) and find out what we’ve been up to this past year: Everything’s […]

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10 Nov 2011 Posted by Ben Snyder CEO

Four Functional Disciplines Needed on All Projects

All projects have a set of common characteristic by definition: they are temporary endeavors undertaken to create a unique product, service, or result. Because of this, they also have some common activities that must be executed. Such things as: developing the project plan, schedule, and budget . . . executing, controlling, and pre-planning the project […]

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18 May 2011 Posted by Ben Snyder CEO

All Projects Bring About Change

By their nature, all projects induce change on individuals. It may be a change in process, product line, job aids, tools, organizational structure, personnel, or at the least expectations. As you know, not everyone deals with change in the same way. Also, change can be halted or derailed because of the way people respond to […]

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18 Mar 2011 Posted by Ben Snyder CEO

Never Care More About Your Project Than Your Sponsor Does

It’s no secret that project managers don’t hold all the authority that is required to keep a project on the right path during its lifespan. They need sponsors to, at times, approve more resources, additional time, cast the final vote on a split decision situation, limit end users’ sprawling needs, and participate in resolving lots […]

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