Tailoring Your Approach – PMBOK 3.7

“Design the project development approach based on the context of the project, its objectives, stakeholders, governance, and the environment using “just enough” process to achieve the desired outcome while maximizing value, managing cost, and enhancing speed.” PMBOK, pg. 44 The checklist I was looking at had 15 primary tasks, five per phase-gate. Each task couldContinue reading “Tailoring Your Approach – PMBOK 3.7”

Leadership Behaviors – PMBOK 3.6

“Demonstrate and adapt leadership behaviors to support individual and team needs.” PMBOK, pg. 40 Leadership is one of the most critical skills a project professional needs for success. In most instances, project managers are assigned to a project and given a team to which they have no formal authority over. Leadership is the differentiator betweenContinue reading “Leadership Behaviors – PMBOK 3.6”

Be a Holistic, Systems Thinker – PMBOK 3.5

“Recognize, evaluate, and respond to the dynamic circumstances within and surrounding the project in a holistic way to positively affect project performance.” PMBOK, pg. 37 I don’t know how many times the word “system” is used in section 3.5, but it’s a LOT! Projects, though done to deliver specific scope and benefits, usually interact withContinue reading “Be a Holistic, Systems Thinker – PMBOK 3.5”

Focus on Delivering Value – PMBOK 3.4

“Continually evaluate and adjust project alignment to business objectives and intended benefits and value.” PMBOK pg. 34 This is my favorite principle out of the 12. When I first started my career, the focus was on scope. I would be handed a project and told to get it done. GO! Scope is still important, butContinue reading “Focus on Delivering Value – PMBOK 3.4”

Effective Stakeholder Engagement – PMBOK 3.3

“Engage stakeholders proactively and to the degree needed to contribute to project success and customer satisfaction.” PMBOK pg. 31 Let me tell you a story about why I hammer on stakeholder engagement when mentoring new PM’s. It was to be the biggest, most impactful project I’d taken lead at that point in my career. WeContinue reading “Effective Stakeholder Engagement – PMBOK 3.3”