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Jennifer MacNeil, PMI-ACP, PMP, is an adviser
in program management at Bechtel Plant
Machinery in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
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project problem by individually contacting team
members to piece together the status and an
approach to resolution. Instead, I like to bring all
relevant team members together for a working
session. It’s particularly effective for projects with
developers who are in high demand and for tackling lingering issues delaying the rest of the project.
For example, a software configuration issue may be
impeding other project tasks as a single resource
struggles to fix the matter, so a working session
brings the team together to tackle the problem.
Given this level of focus and attention, the issue
usually gets solved; at the very least, we come up
with potential solutions to be explored.
3. Quickly share lessons learned and best prac-
tices across projects. Working with different peo-
ple on different projects enables me to frequently
encounter new ideas and approaches. As I see
approaches that work effectively, I adopt them to
quickly impact other projects I am managing.
For example, as tools for managing the development life cycle are introduced within our IT
department, I have the chance to define how the
tools are used across multiple projects. Given this
flexibility, I can experiment with a few approaches
and compare results. I may apply the results
immediately to other projects or wait for a new
phase or project to introduce a new approach.
Managing multiple projects presents a unique
set of challenges for project managers, but with
some basic and creative techniques, these issues
can be addressed. PM
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