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Can Risk be a Good Thing?

Can Risk be a Good Thing?

“If we implement a risk management program, then we might gain greater predictability, defensibility, and maintainability on our projects, but do we use the decision analysis definition of risk or the PMI’s?”

Concepts about risk and even the word risk are a source of considerable confusion even among those who specialize in the topic. There are a lot of well-entrenched and mutually exclusive ideas about risk and risk management and if we are going to make any progress in Integrated PM, we must work out these differences.

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Clear Roles: The Facilitator (3 out of 11)

Clear Roles: The Facilitator (3 out of 11)

“If I identified my role as a facilitator, then I’d have greater adoption rates 6 months after I left, but my role must be aligned with my objectives and position within the organization.”

To help project teams, you need a clear definition of your facilitator role so that you and the teams you are helping have a common understanding about the kinds of behavior that are consistent and inconsistent with your facilitator role. This has become more difficult in recent years, as organizations now use the word facilitator to indicate many roles. Human resource experts, project sponsors, organization development consultants, trainers, coaches, and even managers have sometimes been renamed "facilitators."

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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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Targeted Personas in the Project Charter

Targeted Personas in the Project Charter

"If I use the Business Model Canvas as a template for the project charter’s business section, then we can stay business focused during project planning and leverage planning data during the construction of the WBS, but this requires collaboration between the project manager and the project sponsor."

Once you’ve defined and categorized your value proposition, you need to identify who you want to pitch it to. The question, “Who cares?” needs to be answered. Your project may have only one user, or beneficiary. This is the group who will be consuming, using, or benefiting from the deliverables of the project. It is not necessarily the people paying for the deliverables. Who are they, and what do they want?

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Requirement Tracing

Requirement Tracing


“If we conduct requirements tracing, then we can conduct change impact analysis, but we will need to maintain a Traceability Matrix.”

Where did that requirement come from, is that requirement satisfied, and how is that requirement being satisfied are three different questions that the PM needs to have an answer for. In the past, many methods have been used, but all approaches have similarities as well.

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