A creative and intuitive process, mind mapping is also used by many PMs who seek more involvement by their project teams--while at the same time capturing an extensive level of detail that may not be covered by other project management techniques.
In a world where key messages are lost in a sea of words, incorporating visual content into project communications can be like sending out a distress flare. This article talks about four ways of using visual content that will grab attention, connect with stakeholders, optimize team creativity and increase corporate awareness of your project.
What do the Titanic and Van Halen have in common? They're going to help illustrate how being freaky can make you a better project manager. In the concluding installment of this series, our expert looks at four more problem-solving principles from a popular book.
Project managers have a problem in how we visualize--and visually present--information about our projects. Over time, there has been very little innovation in how we depict and portray information about our projects.
While visually pleasing elements can help stakeholders focus on important aspects of project management like risk identification and crisis management, other data elements are still needed for a qualified assessment of project or portfolio status.
Communicating all aspects of project status to executives, peers, team members and stakeholders can give everyone confidence of a project manager’s abilities--even on a project that is resource constrained, late and over budget. And visual communication is the best way to do it...
...or, how a picture can divert 1,000 eyes. Pictures are cool. They aid discussion and unite comprehension. They also allow us to avoid having to read volumes of text. As such, they are the convenience food of project management. Easy to consume, but are they nutritious?
Friendlier communication tools can help to bridge the gap between project management and other business areas. Are you harnessing some simple yet effective visual aids to get crucial information across to your staff and stakeholders?
Solving problems is an integral part of any PM's job. But how do you solve those problems? The honest answer is, “Not as well as I’d like to.” And this is where being freaky comes in, as a way of improving our ability to solve project problems.
Across the world, there are traditional project managers with dirty little secrets--they are embracing Kanban concepts. What is it that's leading traditional PMs to embrace an agile tool so readily? Well, to understand that we need to understand what Kanban boards offer project managers--something that works.
Taking a lesson from the automobile industry, some project managers have found ways to improve project team and stakeholder communications through the use of tools that help people better visualize the status of projects and related issues. Here is a primer on Visual PM--its origins, use and more...
Closing the execution gap in knowledge management is never easy. This excellent presentation gives you hints on how to do just that. It concentrates on KM best practices and keys for success.
You already know the benefits of creating an Intranet. Justify it with a solid business strategy plan.
Organize all of your Intranet content, user groups, risks, action items and responsible parties with this comprehensive chart.
This presentation is based on a real-life plan for jump-starting knowledge management at a fast-growing management consultancy with hundreds of people and lots of offices nationwide. If it worked for them, it will work for you!
The true value of knowledge management is using it to solve a business problem. This presentation will show you where, what and how to measure the true value of knowledge management for your company.
Compare conferencing packages by the features they offer and select the package that fits your needs.
Looking for a training tool that will evaluate as well as guide you? Here's an example of how to define and analyze basic job competency for a relationship mangement specialist.
Based on Clay Carr's Smart Training concept, this PowerPoint presentation outlines the concept of performance and guides you through each step of the performance cycle.
Proprietary Content Management Systems are quite expensive, and the prices range from a few thousand dollars to a few hundred thousand. But Open Source CMS are free and quite stable; the cost is incurred in terms of learning, maintaining and customizing the code. This project plan highlights various activities that need to be addressed for a successful and meaningful implementation of a CMS using either PostNuke or PhpNuke.
This checklist will help you assess your user and technical requirements for accuracy, completeness and quality.
Code is a developer's signature on a software project, and not all developers play by the rules of good coding standards. Ensure that your development team leaves a coding legacy that not only implements the application at hand but can be understood by others and maintained during future development cycles.
Here is a solid outline of a plan for testing individual development components in context with the overall system.
Are you signing a contract to outsource a software development project to a vendor? Ask these questions to make sure you know what you're getting and are getting what you are paying for.
This thorough and detailed assessment is a series of five checklists designed to guide you through the entire project lifecycle from start to finish: planning, analysis, design, construction and implementation.
What best describes you: Analytical, Amiable, Expresive or Driver? You think you know, but you have no idea. A companion to the So, What's Your Style? Presentation, this questionnaire will help you determine what your primary and secondary style is under normal and stressful situations.