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How to Thrive with Low Power, High Interest Stakeholders, “the Builders”

Nothing warms a PM’s heart more than motivated volunteers. That’s what I call stakeholders who do not have “power to impose”, but have lots of “interest to take action”. They want to be involved, be in the loop, and make a difference. The PM, then, must: Channel that enthusiasm quickly and constructively. Otherwise, the Builders […]

How to Thrive with a HI Power, LOW Interest Stakeholder, “the Knight”

  In the PMBOK’ s Power-Interest grid, the stakeholder with “Power to impose”, but without “Interest to take action” is called the “Knight”. As long as the project it moving well, and his interests are being preserved, the Knights are content and passive. Knights are neither friends nor foes. They are busy in court playing […]

Can Six Sigma and Business Process Management Coexist?

One of the most powerful ways to improve business performance is combining business process management (BPM) strategies with Six Sigma strategies. BPM strategies emphasize process improvements and automation to drive performance, while Six Sigma uses statistical analysis to drive quality improvements. The two strategies are not mutually exclusive, however, and some savvy companies have discovered […]

7 Rules to manage the high power / high interest stakeholder, that acts like Attila the Hun, part 1

PMI’s new knowledge area: Stakeholder Management, was created for a good reason; Stakeholders make or break the project. Their perceptions drive their decisions. Their involvement or lack therefore, is a detriment or a help to the PM. In this article, I will focus on the Hi Power, Hi Interest stakeholder based on the PMBOK’ s […]

Discrete and Continuous Data

A clear understanding of the difference between discrete and continuous data is critical to the success of any Six Sigma practitioner.  The decision about which statistical test is appropriate under a specific set of circumstances very often depends on whether the underlying data is discrete or continuous. Discrete data are also referred to as attribute […]