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Herding Cats and Other Epic Challenges: The Project Manager's Guide to Life

HERDING CATS AND OTHER EPIC CHALLENGES THE PROJECT MANAGER'S GUIDE TO LIFE Has simply managing your projects become a major hassle? Without proper visibility, analytics, and goal alignment, no great feat can be accomplished. And once a project manager is no longer able to actually manage your projects, it can quickly seem as if your entire job has become a bit of a cliché. Take a look at the challenges you're bound to deal with, and see how easily your struggles can be resolved. YOU NEED FEEDING FRENZY Does your organization have countless projects and applications drifting aimlessly like parentless children, with no central principles or integrated framework to which everyone adheres? WHAT'S GOOD FOR THE GOOSE... The lack of visibility makes it hard for management to understand the full portfolio of project initiatives and application maintenance. Are decisions being made on a hunch, without clarity? LOOSE CHANGE 3 An unintegrated project or application portfolio, much like a penny on a sidewalk, doesn't add up to much alone. Are you feeling forced to look at the success or failure of one project, without being able to tie all efforts directly to the objective of the business at large? CLIMBING A GREASED POLE Managing projects without a clear vision and without alignment to business goals is as productive as an attempt to climb a greased pole. Are your projects doomed, no matter how much effort you apply? THE PRINCE OF DARKNESS The perpetual naysayers or backstabbers are those who don't want you to succeed. Without the ability to produce clear metrics that demonstrate your project's concrete goals and achievements, are you struggling to address the concerns these naysayers raise about your work? MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK When it's hard to see what's going on in a project, it's easy for others to step in and pass judgment from afar. If you want to prevent others from weighing in, you must own your projects and applications completely. That requires end-to-end, integrated visibility into every aspect, from objectives to budgets to deadlines to metrics. INTEGRATED PROJECT PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT TO THE RESCUE Innotas offers integrated, cloud-based Application Portfolio Management (APM) and Project Portfolio Management (PPM) software that lets you extricate yourself from these cliché scenarios-or better yet, avoid them altogether. A BE C D E VISIBILITY AND PRIORITIZATION AND ANALYTICS PROJECT RESOURCE INTEGRATED ALIGNMENT WITH AND REQUEST MANAGEMENT MANAGEMENT BUSINESS GOALS DASHBOARDS MANAGEMENT ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM Ignoring a major obstacle in your project isn't a solution; in fact, it can open the door for new pr oblems, putting your business at even greater risk. Is your lack of visibility across the entire project creating large challenges? SWIMMING UPSTREAM Are you unable to convince leadership to back your project? That's not a surprise when you don't have the ability to speak to the purpose and progress of your own project. FISHING EXPEDITION A coworker walks into your office and says, "How's the project going?" Seems harmless, but you know better. What he really wants to know is: Have you used your full budget, do you have any free personnel, and can he take what you aren't using? Do you lack the ability to effectively manage and preserve your project resources? UP A CREEK WITHOUT A PADDLE 10 You're cruising along and making progress, when the engine putters to a stop. Now, you're stuck in the proverbial creek without a paddle. If you don't act fast to get the project back on track, you'll start to float backward. Are you managing your projects daily, with no vision into the project's overall status or the resources consumed? KK ( { SILVER BULLET You're thinking one thing, but management's thinking another. Can't get on the same page to adequately share both your vision and the current reality of a project? You need the ability to provide a planned, functional project roadmap with real-time updates. MAN HAS A BABY 12 Think the impossible hasn't happened yet? Eventually, a manager will inevitably ask you to perform something that doesn't make sense, something that just won't ever work, or something that simply isn't the best way to accomplish the project's goals. Are you equipped with the right tools to clearly outline a project's anticipated outcome? O INNOTAS Cloud Solutions for IT Management

Herding Cats and Other Epic Challenges: The Project Manager's Guide to Life

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Has simply managing your projects become a major hassle? Without proper visibility, analytics, and goal alignment, no great feat can be accomplished. And once a project manager is no longer able to ...

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