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Build a Better Risk Plan by Pretending to Fail

by Donald Charles Wynes

Do you have team members that don't want to be seen as negative thinkers, thus hindering your risk management efforts? This PM decided to turn things around and came up with a technique that turns finding a threat into a positive thing.

Project Communications: Easily Difficult, Difficultly Easy

by Bruce Garrod

How can something that is fundamentally quite simple be so difficult to understand? How can a skill that is the foundation of project management, and in fact all business, become so difficult so quickly? And why do we often make it so challenging to do something so easy?

Measuring Collaboration

by Al Taylor

Communications that represent the output of collaborative activities have much more meaning and a much higher degree of influence and effectiveness than communications that do not. A fun and interesting activity would be to measure your project’s level of collaboration by developing a metric.

The Case for Frank Conversation

by Suresh MK

People often avoid difficult conversations, or they botch them. Do you need to confront people about their behavior, but you aren’t sure what to say? Don’t put it off. To plan for difficult conversations, remember to use the “WAC” technique.

Collaborating Across the Divide

by Kenneth Darter, PMP

We often collaborate with other people in our teams or in our organization, but how do you collaborate with clients or other organizations—or even with people not engaged in your project?

Shared Communications, Shared Success

by Mike Donoghue

For a project team to provide results, satisfy project goals and then meet final delivery expectations, an effective and shared communications effort needs to be incorporated into its everyday operations.

Mining Projects, the Three Cs & Design Thinking (Part 2)

by Karen Chovan

In the last article, we introduced some complexities of mining projects, and thoughts on how those impact the first of “The Three Cs of Success”—coordination. This article will continue to explore complications related to mining, communication and collaboration, and then end with a few suggestions on strategies that might help.

Collaboration as a Productivity Booster

by Mike Griffiths

Are command-and-control undertones hurting your organization's performance? Are people getting the passion and desire to contribute slowly crushed out of them by project management bureaucracy and prescriptive process? Then free them to be hyper-productive by emphasizing collaboration.

Mining Projects, the Three Cs & Design Thinking (Part 1)

by Karen Chovan

With respect to the mining world, there are additional distinct challenges that impact the success of applying the three Cs (coordination, communication and collaboration), compounding the potential risk of project failure.

The Importance of Project Preparation

by Kenneth Darter, PMP

No matter how much money or people are thrown at a project, it will not be successful without the proper amount of preparation. There is much that can be accomplished prior to the work beginning, and throughout the project there are key activities that must be done in order to support the project correctly.

Motivational Action Plan

PREMIUM deliverable
by Dave Garrett

If you're having trouble with your team, this might be a good time to check in on their motivation and take some positive action. Here's a plan to get everyone back on the right track.

Project HEADWAY Project Issues Log

deliverable
by Interthink

On projects where you have more than a handful of issues, it is helpful to have a log that you can use to easily track and understand the status of an each one. The log keeps issues at a very high-level while the details are left to the project issue identification form. Project Issue logs are often used on medium to larger projects.

Project HEADWAY Project Team Status Report

PREMIUM deliverable
by Interthink

On many projects, each team is required to submit a status report indicating their progress on their portion of the project. The report ensures the key information required by the project manager is captured from each team in a consistent and complete fashion.

Employee Feedback Planner

PREMIUM deliverable

Use this form to prepare and organize more useful feedback for team members and other people involved in your team.

Project HEADWAY Communications Plan

PREMIUM deliverable
by Interthink

This template allows the project manager to fully understand the communication needs of stakeholders on the project. Stakeholders expectations and requirements can be documented ensuring there is a clear understanding of the why, when, how and what of the project’s communications.

Collaborating Up

by Andy Jordan

Project teams are the engines that drive businesses forward. In this increasingly competitive world, we need to make better use of those engines. So why has there has been very little focus on how the organization can improve collaboration between project teams and other stakeholders and business areas?

Of Collaboration and Conflict

by Mark Mullaly, Ph.D., PMP

We are social beings. So why is it so painful to collaborate in real life? Why does collaboration look so great in theory—and hurt so much in practice? How conflict is handled has a great deal to do with how groups do and don’t work.

The Details of Communication

by Joe Wynne

You are in the only role that has the power to enable the constant flow of communicating details in a timely fashion to keep a project humming. This simple technique can help you stay on top of all the details.

Resolving Conflict in Project Management

by Syed Moiz

All conflicts—no matter how big or small—are harmful to projects. They all impact time, cost and our credibility. Let's bring into focus the importance of managing conflicts to ensure that our projects succeed.

The Importance of Context and Relevance

by Andy Jordan

Team members need a lot of information in order to perform at their best, but not all of that information is created equal. It’s up to the PM to ensure that is understood. And in order to ensure the right information is provided, PMs must first understand the different types of information they are dealing with.

Road to Information: Communication in Patient Care

by Dr. Deepa Bhide, PMP

In the case of life-threatening illness, timely communication is of utmost importance--especially when a patient’s clinical parameters are variable and changing. Communication in healthcare is all about planning, providing and tracking appropriate information needs of users to enhance the integrity and quality of healthcare.

The Three Cs of Success: Collaborate, Coordinate & Communicate

by Kevin Coleman

The three “Cs” seem to be the most widely applied within the project management profession. This triad creates a robust, interactive environment that is far different from the command-and-control environment that many PMs used in the past.

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