Building a Stakeholder Assessment Grid

There are many ways to analyze and take the measure of your project stakeholders. One technique I particularly like is a stakeholder assessment grid. This team-based method allows you to identify and prioritize stakeholders and organizations for your projects prior to beginning detailed requirements definition. This allows the group to work together, visually represent the stakeholders, and assess the level […]
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The Project Manager’s Job Description Checklist

Many times I have been hired to manage a project without a clear description of my own responsibilities and accountability within the organization. Here is a job description checklist that I use as a starting point when defining my roles as the project manager with the project sponsor, key stakeholders and the project management team. […]
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Susan’s January Book Recommendation: 140 Tips for Project Managers

What a great way to start the new year! Dr. John Estrella has compiled an excellent set of 140 tips for project managers (myself included!). Each tip is very concise, written in 140 words or less. I remember when John sent out his request for tips and stated his intent to compile them into a useful reference for […]
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Project Management and Business Analysis Certifications to Consider in 2011

Hello everyone and Happy New Year! Here I am sitting at my kitchen table thinking about how very many new standards and certifications there are to keep everyone busy in 2011, myself included.  The APMG, PMI and IIBA all had a very busy year in 2010 s producing a wonderful set of new certifications for project […]
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Defining Project, Product and Solution Scope

Defining product and project scope is an important framework for detailed requirements development. In order to define the scope of the project’s end result (the product or solution) and the project’s implementation needs (the project itself), it is critical to understand the difference between product and project scope and which one should be addressed first […]
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