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The 6 Things Every Stakeholder Wants

Emad Aziz 6 Things Stakeholders Want from Project ManagersYou think you know what your stakeholders want. Emad Aziz has a model that will make sure you do. He shared it with delegates at the PMI Global Congress EMEA earlier this month and it will give you a huge degree of clarity when starting to work with a new group of project stakeholders or a new sponsor.

And it’s easy.

Emad said in his presentation that there are 6 things that every stakeholder wants. Let’s take a look at the list.

1. To know what’s in it for them

Many, many people are motivated by knowing what the benefit is for them. Depending on your project this could be one (or more) of several reasons including:

  • An easier life through a better process
  • Faster turnaround times for key activities
  • The opportunity for a bonus or to make more money
  • Recognition
  • A boost to their career.

If you can point out what personal benefit they will be receiving then you’re more likely to get them to engage with the project.

2. To know what’s in it for the organisation

People also like to understand the big picture. Project sponsors should get this already but stakeholders from other areas of the organisation may need you to explain it.

This is the five-minute version of the business case: a quick rundown on why you are doing this project and what business problems it will solve. [click to continue…]

Free Template: Project Risk Log

Free project risk log template This month’s free template (have you noticed how this has become a monthly thing?) is a project risk log.

It’s an easy-to-use spreadsheet with sortable columns. It isn’t going to help you calculate the probability of risk with any greater degree of accuracy than a 1 to 5 scale, so you’ll have to do your detailed calculations outside of it, if that’s your thing. For the majority of projects that need to simply record the risks and the action plan devised in order to handle them, this template will be fine. [click to continue…]

Thanks to everyone who attended my webinar on project communications at PMXPO last week. A few people have been in touch to say they would like to see the slides, so here they are.

There were a lot of questions asked after the presentation (not suprising, as there were over 6000 people in attendance) and there wasn’t enough time afterwards to follow up on everything. I noted down as many questions as I could and I’ll be answering them on A Girl’s Guide to Project Management over the weeks to come.

I also hope to have the opportunity to run a webinar on this topic again, so watch out for more news on that.

Communicating with Generation Z

This post is sponsored by London Translations and is a guest contribution by Pete Bennett.

In the non-digital age we had no choice when it came to language and interpretation. We had to develop social skills and grace through trial and error.

Some fundamental social skills can only be learned through interaction with each other. However it seems that language in the workplace and its use among generations is becoming heavily influenced by social media, email and texting.

Managing the Gen Z communication style

The diversity of Generation Z (those born between early 2000’s to present) could soon cause confusion in Britain’s businesses. Communication between these new employees and their colleagues may become ambiguous, which poses a potential problem for project teams.

Generation Z’s technical proficiency has made them confident and independent. Their experience with social media means that they’re accustomed to engaging with people from all over the world at any time. But their addiction to technology could result in them struggling to focus on work tasks. [click to continue…]