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How to Manage Expectations on Yellow and Red Projects

How to manage expectations
How to manage expectations on yellow and red projects

I once worked with a project manager who insisted on reporting projects as green in every weekly status report. There were times when he would alter an issue status or hide issues from executives to “fool” them into thinking everything was OK.

Sometimes this worked. The issue would get resolved and the executive never knew about it. More often than not, however, the issue would do one of two things. Word would get out and the executive would find out through the grapevine. Alternatively, the issue would persist or become larger giving the project manager no other choice but to report it to the executive. When either of these two situations occurred, the executive was surprised and had less time to react and make a decision. The project manager did not manage up to the executive appropriately.
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7 Ways to Make Executives Love Your Project Status

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Getting executives to love your project status

As project managers, we all have our weekly status meetings. For some, it can be a stressful time, especially if the project is behind. For others, it becomes as mundane as going for a cup of coffee. Whatever your situation is, it is important to make sure you’re presenting a strategic project status to your executives.
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Strategy: Focus on the Target

Strategic Target Focus
Strategy: Focus on the Target

Imagine that you are planning a vacation from Chicago to visit a friend in Los Angeles. As part of that trip you decide that driving and seeing the countryside will be a great way to enjoy the trip.

A little south of Chicago, you get on Interstate-80 and start heading west. You drive for hours and then days, feeling yourself getting closer the further you head west. You feel your destination getting closer as you drive through Salt Lake City and enter the state of Nevada. You can almost smell the ocean as you pass through Sacramento and begin driving through wine country.

Then, unexpectedly, after days of driving, you are welcomed to San Francisco. San Francisco? You wanted to go to LA. Which is six hours southeast.
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Just Do It My Way

Inflexible management
My way or the highway.

Do you like the toilet paper to roll up from the bottom? Or do you prefer that roll down from the top?

Chances are that you have a preference.

I deliberately ignore the direction of the role when I replace it (yes, I do replace it). By doing this, it rolls from the top and from the bottom each about 50% of the time.  And something amazing has come out of that. I haven’t once had trouble unrolling this bathroom essential, regardless from where it unrolls.
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