Mentoring someone with imposter syndrome

Found this HBR article very useful. At times, I am also suffering from this syndrome. May be, I am not alone in this. Most of us would have undergone this at some point or other. https://hbr.org/2019/02/mentoring-someone-with-imposter-syndrome

Why traditional project success criteria are still relevant today?

During one of my training programs, a project manager said ‘I am not getting acceptance for my project. What should I do get the acceptance?’. That was a difficult question to answer, considering the fact that I did not know much about his project. Still I wanted to give it a try, and I asked …

Chekutty from Kerala

Hats off to social entrepreneurs Gopi and Lakshmi for implementing the brilliant idea of creating chekutty dolls from the handloom sarees and clothes destroyed by the Kerala floods 2018. They could raise considerable amount of money to help the weavers who lost their looms and stock. True story of grit and big hearts. Gopi is …

PMBOK Definitions #2

Stakeholder analysis to identify key performance indicators of project success

Step#1 Identify the stakeholders of the project / product  (sample list below) Sponsors Portfolio managers Program managers Project managers Owners Engineering mangers / teams Design teams Sub contractors Procurement team Quality team Risk management team Change management team Safety management team Cost controllers Finance Sales & Marketing Project management office Competitors Consultants End users Government …

7 steps to define good project requirements?

Identify the project's stakeholders Classify them into groups of; High power - high interest High power - low interest Low power - low interest Low power - high interest Collect the detailed requirements from the relevant stakeholders through; Interviews Questionnaires Brainstorming Requirements development workshops Benchmark with similar projects / products Analyze the requirements Define requirements …

Japanese agency stops funding for Bullet train project

While teaching project management it is very interesting for me to teach stakeholder management where as it is not that interesting when it is about  'enterprise environmental factors'. One of today's main news item is about the stoppage funding of the bullet train project by Modi, because the project team did not address the farmers …

Lessons from a crowdfunding social service project

We started a crowdfunding project to construct a home for a family whose house got washed away during the Kerala floods 2018. This was our first experience in a crowdfunding project. Here are the lessons we learnt out of this project.  Credibility of the idea and the promoters are the key success factors for every …

Organizational structures and their impact on stakeholder management

Organizational structures can be broadly classified into; Functional organization Matrix organization Strong matrix Weak matrix Balanced matrix Projectized organization Composite organization Functional organization Most of the manufacturing / service organizations are divided functionally. Each function will have a head, who in turn reports to the CEO. For example an automobile manufacturer will have functions  like; …

Why proper stakeholder identification is a critical success factor for your project?

Anybody who is affected positively or negatively, by doing a project or by delaying a project is a stakeholder. Identifying the key stakeholders upfront helps to capture and manage their expectations proactively. For any given project the direct stakeholders are; Sponsor (customer) of the project Project manager Delivery head Team End users of the product …