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What Is CPAR? And How to Differentiate Yourself With CPAR Ratings

Customer feedback on your contract performance isn’t merely a way to learn if a client was satisfied— it is a tool to grow your project portfolio. You increase the odds of successful proposals. However, to do that, you need to have received exceptional feedback from your existing customers. For federal government customers, this means either…

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Am I Agile and Flexible Enough in my Client’s Eyes?

At your recent customer review meeting, you sense friction between your team and the Government Task Lead. Your team is doing their best to complete the project on time, on budget, and within the original scope, but the client’s requirements are constantly changing, and their expectations evolve right along with them. Even though your team…

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When a Struggling Project has challenges that aren’t what they seem

Cost and schedule overruns masquerading underlying management issues

Almost every project portfolio has at least one “struggling” project with various performance challenges. A constant source of frustration, it can be tempting to chalk the project up to a lost cause. However, you might be able to shepherd even the most poorly-performing project back on track with a bit of thoughtful analysis. As a…

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Can a Team’s Velocity Be Increased Without Overwork?

Velocity is defined as “the speed of something in a given direction.” In terms of productivity, it can be defined as the average amount of work that your team completes in a given period of time, especially as viewed by customers. Is it possible to increase your team’s velocity in a meaningful way that leads…

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The PM Tools Overload Conundrum

Has this ever happened to you? Your team is falling behind, struggling with productivity, but when you finally confront them about it, they lay the blame on a lack of adequate management tools. “You didn’t provide us with the tools we needed to be successful, and we didn’t receive adequate training,” they say. For an…

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