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Well I am excited to be here in Edmonton, Canada to present the Rapid Team Building on Troubled Projects. This technique presented can be used at the commencement of a project or when one is going off the rails.
Fundamental to this technique is obtaining accountability within the team....moving away from the plan being seen as that of the project manager, but collectively
owned by the team. A number of team members may try to duck and dive on having some responsibility come their way,but it will focus their minds, and
ultimately drive out information which they will need to deliver too......as well as ensuring communication and moving away from silo working.
So however well you may know the project Information, as a project manager do not be tempted a to just do the plan yourself ...while it may seem quicker
in the long term it will lead to issues...
It is that time of year when it is the annual PMI North American PMI Congress in Vancouver. RPR is privileged to once again be speaking at this tremendous event. There is always such a buzz. This year we are focusing on team building and the impact of troubled projects on a team and what can be done to turn a team around.
If you are there come and meet us Monday 22/10 at 4.30pm ….
Communication, Communication and collaboration and yet silo working seems to be endemic on projects with its resultant side effects of part information, divided teams and team members, frustration and ultimately poor performing teams. The culprit - the programme or project manager.
Silo working manifests itself in many forms from poor project planning, either inadvertent or deliberate, passing information down in bits or just generally project managers who should be back room boys and not project managers. Projects with poor sponsors can go along way, but poor performing teams …well you just need to reflect on the performance by the English team in the world cup and that is your result, you are not going to go very far as teams become demotivated and seek work elsewhere….even in today's tough climate.
Although no excuse one of the underlying influencers of this predilection is the organisational culture. It should not be underestimated just how much of an impact organisational culture has on the health, well being and positivity of a project manager and ultimately a team.
Are we alone in this observation…or is a common experience... .
Come and see us speak atthe PMI Congress in Vancouver 2012 Session MVT04
As organizations increasingly deploy Agile for the delivery of projects there is often a misconception that Agile projects negate the need for any documentation, budget control and scope management. Having witnessed out of control Agile and experienced trying to recover Agile projects, the issues faced when trying to recover an Agile often have a different slant from those of Waterfall projects.
Fundamentally Agile projects alter the project structure and therefore the dynamics of relationships within the project and consequently the communication channels. Scrum Masters, who although primarily technically focused, nevertheless are essentially project managing their team, and in some cases the project management role can become blurred.
So how do Agile projects impact the role of the project manager, and in particular communications? Reporting should be easier as daily cybernetic real time reporting (burn down charts), during software development, which provides a much greater control on software progress. So with this information does the management of off-shore or distributed teams for the project manager become easier or communicating back to the business is any more straightforward?
Clearly communications whatever the product methodology approach remain essential but do they change to an extent that adopting one methodology over the other mitigates the communication issues frequently experienced on projects, and therefore reduce the risk of...
Communication failure on a project is frequently cited as a reason for project failure….but is it a leading reason why projects fail, and if so why?
One certainty is that once a project starts struggling it does not take long for the blame culture to emerge. On a failing project managers often descend placing under intense scrutiny resulting in a heightened level of communications. This reactive behavior often descends into a micromanagement situation, which in turn effectively disempowers the project manager, causing frustration and erodes confidence to the point where the project manager can feel totally beleaguered…….ever been there?
In these situations it is vital that the project manager knows how to bring the team back under control and manage the stakeholders to regain control…….RPD can help rapidly put your project back on track giving you back the power.
With the global economy, particularly in Europe, seemingly gloomy once again, organizations project failure becomes even more important to avoid. For small organizations a failing project can also mean the end of the business, either closure or sell off.
The seeds for project breakdown are usually set at the beginning of the project, with poor planning which can result in poor budget estimates, underestimated timeframes and resourcing and ultimately non delivery.
It is therefore important to get it right from the beginning. RPR will shortly be launching a new computer based training course to help get projects off on the right track. In the meantime our comprehensive toolkits will help avoid some of the common pitfalls.
The congress has once again sadly come to a close. Three thousand people attended and there was a real positive buzz and energy.
Our session on Monday, Three Easy Steps to Recovering Your project, was extremely well attended, with standing room only, and we had a lot of positive feedback. The key with the RPD technique is that it is so powerful but at the same time so easy to apply, and participants felt it was something that they could deploy immediately.
There were many other really good sessions. The impact of technology was very prevalent. In one session the use of software was demonstrated on how to use it to build a mind map and from there put together a business proposal. While software and social media certainly help with communication, it should not be forgotten that if the PM still works on a one to one basis with the team members you will still have the same issues of silo working and its consequences to the project…
Our paper will be put up on the site in the knowledgebase shortly, which you can access for free…...along with video clips of the presentation and feedback…plus more to come on the Congress so watch this space.
Liz & Patricia
Well it is always difficult to believe how quickly this Congress comes around, and I will be heading off to the US once again. From what I can gather it is going to be a well attended Congress.
Patricia and I are presenting in the morning on Monday 24thOctober, in the Grapevine Room 5-6. Our reference number is ISS06, Recovery Your project in 3 Easy Steps.
With the global economies seemingly on the brink again, organizational budgets are going to be even tighter. The pressure will fall on project managers once again to deliver the business requirements to budget and time. It will therefore be even more imperative to keep your project on track, or if you are struggling put it back on track.
Our simple RPD process and technique will really empower you and help you keep your career and project on track……come and listen and meet Patricia and myself.
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Many years ago I was fortunate enough to be lectured at the Henley Business School by Robert Graham, who was an educator and wrote the book ‘ Project Management As If People Mattered’.
Over the course of my many years in project management, I have found that you can go a long way on a project with poor sponsorship, but absolutely no where with a de-motivated team, or a team whose members are working in silos…..you only have to look at the England football team at the 2010 World Cup !.
So often on a troubled project a blame culture has developed, resulting in everyone being on the defensive, trust destroyed and team members leaving, going sick and taking the vital knowledge with them. The situation is often exacerbated as a turnaround solution is sought through ‘ common options’ such as adding new resources, crashing activities and micro management from the hoards of senior stakeholders who descend onto the project.
At the heart of the RPD process and technique, and the ‘ Three Easy Steps to Recovering Your Project’ paper we are presenting at this years PMI US Congress in Dallas is the focus on the rapid rebuilding of the team, from the beginning of the recovery.
The RPD workshop (part of the process) is central to this re-building taking people from the self protective to problem solving and finally to collaboration. The RPD workshop has always...
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