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Sep
14
2016

RACI to the Top: How to Guarantee Your Team Members Know Their Roles

By Violet Lynch

Working collaboratively with a team tends to improve results - but effectively delegating tasks and clarifying who is responsible for what is a common sticking point that can throw the whole thing off track. When responsibilities are unclear, efficiently completing an assignment or process is near impossible. While there are many different methods for assigning responsibilities, a RACI responsibility assignment matrix is a project management tool that can work wonders for any size team or cross-functional working group looking to increase organizational effectiveness. 

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Mar
09
2016

Command and Control (For Contingencies) - How to Take Your Project Management to the Next Level

By April Resnick

The project management process often focuses on the granular details of achieving projected goals on time and on budget – but take a step back and look at the big picture: how much can you really control your project outcomes?

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Mar
02
2016

The ABCs of Project Failure

By April Resnick

So: you've identified a problem or opportunity in your organization, dug down to figure out its root cause, generated ideas for solutions and prioritized them, and settled on a plan for process improvement that you and your team feel great about. Excellent work!

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May
06
2015

The Basics of Project Execution: Ensuring You Deliver Results

By Lori Benson

You’ve chosen a project, made some tough decisions at an organizational level, and instituted a plan to monitor your efforts. Now it’s time to roll up your sleeves and execute on your project.

Often, projects fail to deliver results because they are muddled in their conception. These efforts can become sprawling affairs disconnected from organizational priorities, ongoing labors without clear reasons to exist in the first place. This usually happens because an organization has failed to assign a scope to the project or continuously passed the buck on a given task from one department or individual to another.

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Apr
29
2015

Why Project Monitoring is Critical to Success

By Lori Benson

In the federal and government contracting space, it’s common for teams to monitor the progress of their projects closely – but not always so common for them to monitor projects optimally.

An organization may hold a lot of meetings to keep track of their progression, but all too often teams are watching the wrong signs and metrics. Instead of leading indicators, which might warn of problems before they happen, these teams may focus on lagging indicators, only flagging issues when it’s too late. Plus, all this monitoring is frequently aimed at ensuring that people perform tasks rather than measuring the impact of those actions.

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