For experienced PMs, sometimes the hardest job is to go right back to the very basic stuff. So how can you maximize your chances of success? And how do we manage team members who have absolutely no experience or understanding of project work?
|A.||Use a different form of communication for each person you need to contact, depending on the preference they have expressed. Keep a chart next to your keyboard so you don’t get confused.|
|B.||So much information needs to be sent between team members, product owners, vendors and customers that it is best to include everyone on each e-mail. Add as many attachments as possible to this single e-mail so that there is only one line item from you in their inbox.|
|C.||There is no need for e-mail any longer as most contacts have their mailboxes so full that there is a tremendous delay before you get a response. Move to instant messaging or Facebook to get your answers and convey your ideas.|
|D.||By changing the way you use e-mail to make your communications more effective, you may stave off the need for management to move to a new system…although you may find there are supplements that you find useful in specific circumstances.|
Every project has stakeholders--and the project or program manager needs to ensure that there is a unified method of managing and dealing with them.
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Sooner or later, someone is going to ask you to report on the project. Will you be ready to make a good presentation? Here are some basic principles to get you started on being able to report on the project to a stakeholder, executive or whoever needs to know what is going on.
Popularized in the gaming community and online spaces as a method to motivate, recognize achievement and establish credibility, badges have become a way of life in cyber space. Can they drive us to learn more and perform better in our PM profession?
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As a community, we can create open-space sessions that enhance the quality of project management within our own areas of influence. So why is it so rare? Learn why you should take advantage--and take action.
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.
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Compare conferencing packages by the features they offer and select the package that fits your needs.
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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.
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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.
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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.