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Leadership styles

The Situational Leadership Theory is a leadership theory developed by Paul Hersey and Ken Blanchard. The main principle of this theory is that there is not a single way in the leadership style so the most effective way is adapt the leadership style to the maturity of the staff that is being leading and the …

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Building KPI´s

  If you have to achieve goals in your company you have to measure the performance or success in your activities. A KPI (Key Performance Indicator) report is a great way to do it.   A KPI is a measurable value that shows if a company is performing well and achieving the goals or business objectives or …

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Conflict Management

What is a conflict? Conflict is some form of friction, disagreement, or discord within the project team or stakeholders. In a Project Environment conflict is inevitable. Some project managers could feel uncomfortable dealing the project conflicts. But the conflict it´s not necessary bad and could provide an opportunity to improve. Formerly the conflict was considered …

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Avoiding the project failure

How we can define the project failure? In a previous post “Measuring the project success” we saw that the fifth edition of PMBOK talks about the project success should be measured in term that of completing the project within the constraints of cost, scope, quality, resources and risk. Beyond the triple constraint there are more factors …

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Dealing with stakeholders

What is a stakeholder? Stakeholders include more than the project manager, the sponsor, the customer and team. The five edition of PMBOK defines a stakeholder as individual group or organization who may affect, be affected by a decision, activity or outcome of a project. As example in an industrial promotion an ecologist group could be …

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The halo effect and the corporate pyramid

In project management, the wrong perception to rate a team member high or low in all the knowledge areas, based in a brilliant performance in some specific area is called the “halo effect”. For example “If you have a good performance in the technical areas you should be good in management tasks”. This wrong perception …

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The Eurotunnel and the scope creep.

The Channel Tunnel is undersea rail tunnel that links Folkestone in UK and Pas de Calais near Calais in France. The tunnel carries high-speed Eurostar trains. In 2012 the Eurotunnel transported more the 18 millions of passengers and the freight transported was more than 20 million of tones.   The tunnel construction began in 1988 …

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The lack of resources in projects

The deadline is coming and you realize that you won´t have enough resources to complete your project. Every Project Manager experienced or will experience the lack of resources in one point of his career. How to deal with the lack of resources? Avoiding lack of resources (Prevention): Prevent the lag or resources starts collecting the …

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Quest for a new world: Project charter

Born in the Republic of Genoa, Christopher Columbus was an Italian explorer, navigator, and colonizer.  Under the sponsorship of the Catholic Monarchs of Spain he completed four expeditions across the Atlantic Ocean that lead to discover the American continents. In terms of the project management view how would be a project charter for this expedition. …

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The quality cost

What is quality in a project? If we have a project that requires manufacture 10000 cardboards boxes for a luxury fashion house. How can we measure the quality in this project? Someone will tell us that the boxes should be resistant, others will request that the boxes should be provide with a cool design and …

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