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A Coordinated Project Manager

A Coordinated Project Manager

“If I become a project manager, then I am responsible for the success of the project, but I am only one person and there is a lot of things to do.”

When I was younger I never said, I want to be a project manager. I doubt very many teachers hear a child mention “project management.” There are the unique few that make the declaration and seek out a career in project management, but that is only after some research or encountering a PM professional.

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Effectiveness Model: The Facilitator (2 out of 11)

Effectiveness Model: The Facilitator (2 out of 11)

“If our project sponsor fills the role of ‘Facilitator’, then our team and project will become more effective, but the Sponsor will need to focus on the correct measures, and not micro-manage the project state variables.”

The Group Effectiveness Model

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Project Management: Anticipate the Problems

Project Management: Anticipate the Problems

“If I am a project manager, then I am a superhero, I have aligned the project and team towards a singular goal, but it takes lots of practicing, planning, and monitoring to get really good at project management.”

What is a project manager? How can I explain it to a child and why in the world would I need to? These are the questions that should be explained before diving into any grandiose statement about what should or should not be done in project management. These are valid questions, because for all but the fortunate few, most do not even encounter a project manager until faced with a major corporate project or problem.

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Project Planning: Setting a Solution Vision

Project Planning: Setting a Solution Vision

“If I determine the solution vision, then I can develop a collaborative project environment that adapts and changes, but I am not sure what it means to have an effective or efficient project team.”

When you see the term “solution vision,” you might think I am talking about nothing more than an idea to solve a problem, but it is more than offering a solution or highlighting the value of something. A solution vision describes the target audience of the solution, what will be satisfied by the solution, what the key benefits will be, as well as differentiating it from alternatives at the same time. In a project, this is embodied in the project plan, but to reach it, you’ll need a coordinated team that efficiently collaborates. How, pray tell, do you do that? Well let’s find out.

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