A Survival Guide for Project Managers (2006) by James Taylor

By James Taylor

Whereas the technical aspect of venture administration is critical, it is frequently ""people problems"" that derail even the main meticulously deliberate of initiatives. A Survival consultant for venture Managers can provide an entire figuring out of what it takes to effectively end a venture, providing you with not just necessary instruments like paintings Breakdown time table, Gantt Charts, and community research, but additionally instruments to speak, negotiate, pay attention, and lead. This functional, trouble-free consultant walks you thru the full undertaking lifestyles cycle, and exhibits you ways to: * increase the managerial and enterprise talents required of a undertaking supervisor. * get to the bottom of conflicts and increase negotiation features. * comprehend and observe the technical instruments of venture administration. * determine undertaking groups, and foster collaboration between workforce contributors, and extra. Now in its moment variation, the booklet has been revised to mirror the most recent model of the PMBOK® advisor, and contains new fabric on themes together with venture threat, cost-schedule index, the undertaking administration workplace, and emotional intelligence because it applies to venture administration. choked with priceless kinds, charts, and different instruments, this can be the last word source for undertaking managers.

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It means knowing when to go to senior management for help rather than admitting a problem is beyond your current capability or control. ’’5 Principled negotiation assumes a winwin solution and thus must be the project manager’s approach. When the project manager negotiates, he or she is negotiating with friends and allies, not adversaries, and the negotiations are for the long-term benefit of the company, not for any individual. There are four steps in principled negotiation: 1. 2. 3. 4. Separate the people from the problem.

Listen to the speaker. Force yourself to maintain eye contact. Don’t be disturbed by other activities in the area. Be a responsive listener. Respond to the speaker by nodding or with other nonverbal signals to let her know that you are listening and understand. Ask for clarification. Ask questions to show the speaker you are interested and to make sure you understand completely what is being said. Think before asking questions, be brief, and be concise. Never dominate the discussion. Always try to make comments or ask questions that are relevant and insightful.

21 C O M M U N I CAT I O N S K I L L S ment, customers, customers’ representatives, vendors, and still others. To put the size of the problem into perspective, consider this: The number of potential channels of communication available relative to the number of people involved can be expressed mathematically: Number of communication channels ‫ס‬ n(n‫מ‬1) 2 For example, if there are four people in a group, the number of channels of communication will be: Number of communication channels ‫ס‬ 4(4‫מ‬1) 12 ‫ס‬ ‫ס‬6 2 2 And for a group of six people: Number of communication channels ‫ס‬ 6(6‫מ‬1) 30 ‫ס‬ ‫ ס‬15.

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