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The Five Stages of Team Development and the Role of the Project Manager

The first four stages of the team development model was proposed and developed by Bruce Tuckman in 1965. In 1977, Tuckman teamed up with Mary Ann Jensen and added the 5th stage – adjourning.

Every team goes through the five stages of team development; there are no exceptions. Regardless of whether a team is [...]

Keeping Control of Your Projects - Part 2

Sponsors/Key Stakeholder Communications

See Part I for the first part of this article on team communications.

In this post we’ll approach communications from the perspective of sponsors and other key stakeholders.

Managing your sponsors and key stakeholders is essential to ensure your project meets their needs. We want to control our communications – meeting the [...]

Keeping Control of Your Projects - Part I

Team Communications

Too often I hear project managers tell me that they lose control of their projects – specifically around conmunications. Too much is going on and they can’t keep up with everything, no one is communicating in a way that works for others and it seems that the sponsor and other key stakeholders are [...]

Developing a Project Strategy

Eliminating the bad habit of launching every project desired

This is the year one of my clients, a senior project director within his organization, decided the company will have a strategy for the projects they complete! A review of projects completed over the last 5 years indicated to them that, while many projects have been [...]

Prioritizing Projects

Most organizations today have a large number of projects to be completed to meet both short-term and long-term strategic goals. The most effective organizations, however, prioritize their projects, based on prioritization factors that make sense for them, in order to ensure that they work on the right projects, at the right time, to meet organizational [...]