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The cost of running late The Cost of Running Late

Projects exceed their predicted schedules for many reasons. The cost consequences of some delays are obvious, but some are subtle. Knowing the expected costs of delays is vital to supporting informed decision-making.

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Payson Hall
Control the Narrative Control the Narrative

We often talk about the importance of effective communication on a project, but we often omit timing and context. Messages need to be timely if a project manager is going to guide the narrative.

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Payson Hall
Human Resource Management, Multi-Tasking, and Waves

Some tolerate multi-tasking better than others. Beyond tolerance and even the ability of some people to switch contexts more efficiently than others is an effect of multi-tasking that most of us have experienced but rarely discuss.

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Payson Hall
country hill Losing the Battle One Hill at a Time: Scope Creep in an Agile World

Some issues/hills are important and worth going all in – but most probably aren’t. Project managers must choose their battles wisely and develop scope discipline.

 

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Payson Hall
Project Management Meeting If Things Aren’t Going Well, When Do You Want to Know?

Ask people to describe the number one job of a project manager and few will get it right. Payson Hall discusses the most important part of project manager's role.

 

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Payson Hall
Disaster Your Project Might Be in Trouble If...

 As I start my fifth decade working on projects, primarily in the IT and software development space, I wanted to share some patterns I have observed that suggest a project is in trouble, Jeff Foxworthy style.

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Payson Hall
Learning Contracted IT Projects: A Primer for Client Project Managers

If you’ve never managed an IT project for your organization that had significant work outsourced to a vendor, what’s learned on the job can be VERY painful and VERY expensive. Here are some things to watch out for.

 

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Payson Hall
Articles Top 10 Most-Read TechWell Insights Articles of 2020

Many organizations are restructuring their teams, and several of this year’s most-read articles reflect that, with topics covering the roles within teams, along with technical topics as well.

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Allison Scholz