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Working Across Cultural Boundaries – A Case Study Part II

The First Team Meeting

Read Part I for background information

After the agenda went out for the team meeting, we asked team members to begin to make travel arrangements to ensure arrival prior to the dinner (during the cocktail hour.) We realized some members would be flying in rather early so we ensured the hotel [...]

Working Across Cultural Boundaries - A Case Study

Getting Everyone to Work Together – One Project Manager’s Challenge

Michael was managing his first virtual project team. There were 12 people on the core project team. Team members came from a number of different countries and all had experience working on project teams, but this was the first time each of the team members [...]

How Effectively are You Managing Your Stakeholders?

Some best practices to manage stakeholders and get what you need to implement your projects.

Managing the expectations of stakeholders is a key responsibility for all project managers. The better that a project manager understands her stakeholders – their goals and objectives for the project, their expectations, how they want to be involved, etc. – [...]

Do You Know Who Has Influence on Your Projects?

I have seen too many project managers who don’t understand their stakeholders – and, specifically, the influence stakeholders may have on the project. One project manager, who works for a pharmaceutical company, is working on a major project that crosses a number of divisions within the organization. I have been working with him from the [...]

Disruptive Team Members

A mini case study

Sarah is in middle of facilitating a key decision making meeting with her team. There is a serious problem on the project that must be resolved. It took a while to get this meeting scheduled because the people who needed to be involved are working on a number of other initiatives.  [...]