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    Depending on the size of a team, having 1 and 1's...

    Depending on the size of a team, having 1 and 1's with each individual, e.g. each week, is a great idea.
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    I agree with not being sure if there is an...

    I agree with not being sure if there is an industry standard. Sometimes there are company standards or at least requirements. IMHO the project manager or PMO should develop the role for the product...
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    Poll: At one time in my career I would have said,...

    At one time in my career I would have said, 'launch no matter what. Don't miss the date'. With business moving at light speed now the project plan might include an 80% or substantial completion. I...
  4. Poll: I did work with a department manager that was...

    I did work with a department manager that was doubling as a project manager and he would always cut schedule estimates by 20% for a cushion. His employees knew he did that so they padded their...
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    Two ground rules I set: (1) Any...

    Two ground rules I set: (1) Any discussions/proposals for MY project funds involves me. (2) I review every purchase order before it is issued and I initial to confirm my review and agreement;...
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    There are a few books about working with...

    There are a few books about working with sponsors. one in particular explains what a sponsor does. when I have run into this issue I explain what the project needs from the sponsor and what I need...
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    Fortunately, I reported to a Senior PM early in...

    Fortunately, I reported to a Senior PM early in my career that had several issues with Purchasing / Procurement and warned me. Also, I was offered a position as Procurement Leader (and accepted) to...
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    How is your relationship with Procurement?

    Procurement Department has this idea that they 'own' the project budget and can sometimes go around the Project Manager. Or, Procurement will negotiate with vendors without including the project...
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    What area of PM gives you the most problems?

    We all struggle at times with Team Members, Stakeholders, but what about executing tools & techniques? Are there any that frustrate you?
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