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The Fortune Cookie Wisdom Guide to Project Management (Part 2)

by Ian Whittingham, PMP

No project manager would ever be so foolish as to leave the outcome of their project to chance events and simply hope they might get lucky. So it might appear odd for our guru to be looking inside a fortune cookie to find project management wisdom. But as we saw in Part 1 of his series, those simple mottoes can sometimes offer up more wisdom than first meets the eye...

Auto Focus: Tips for Honing Your Attention

by Kenneth Darter, PMP

In this world of constant communication, being able to focus on one thing is sometimes a luxury--but a luxury that is sorely needed. Whether you are a detail-orientated expert or someone who is easily distracted, it is important to keep the following points in mind while managing projects.

Why Wiki?

by Mike Donoghue

Wikis can be great communication and sharing tools, as well as helpful for collaboration on solving problems. But are those good enough reasons to start one? When it comes to creating a project-based wiki, how can you determine the need and energy required?

Topic Teasers Vol. 27: Empowering Your E-Mail

by Barbee Davis, MA, PHR, PMP, PMI-ACP

Question: Many recent articles on trends lead me to believe that e-mail is being phased out as a project management tool. In my organization, we still rely on it and everyone knows how to use it. Is there a way to enhance its use so that we keep it?
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.
Pick your answer then Test Your Knowledge!

Achieving Unified Stakeholder Management

by Kenneth Darter, PMP

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.

Knowledge Philanthropy in the Corporate World

by Andy Jordan

All of us have the ability to give freely of our knowledge in a corporate setting. Is that what some organizations would consider to be true knowledge philanthropy? How can we extend this concept to our working lives?

Bored or Board: The Importance of Whiteboard Presentations

by Mike Donoghue

PowerPoint presentations are all the rage, yet the simple whiteboard has helped us come a long way in how we encourage development and collaborative breakthroughs. It is through its continued use that new products and ideas will be created.

Taking Effective Minutes

by Kenneth Darter, PMP

Project work is only as good as its weakest link--and oftentimes, documentation is the culprit. Here are a few pointers for making sure that effective minutes are captured in meetings that happen during the project.

What’s Wrong With Email? Maybe It’s How You Use It...

by Mike Donoghue

Times change, and so has our means to communicate. Despite the desire of some people to put everything in writing, email is not for every issue. Accountability is important, but the difficulty is when too many people feel they have a lot to say--and the information gets diluted. Keep these tips in mind.

Four Tips for the Project Reporter

by Kenneth Darter, PMP

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.

Knowledge Management Best Practices

PREMIUM presentation

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.

Intranet Strategy Plan

deliverable

You already know the benefits of creating an Intranet. Justify it with a solid business strategy plan.

Intranet Content Analysis Matrix

deliverable

Organize all of your Intranet content, user groups, risks, action items and responsible parties with this comprehensive chart.

Measuring the Value of Knowledge Management

PREMIUM presentation

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.

Traditional Job Competency Model

PREMIUM deliverable

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.

Smart Training Performance Model

PREMIUM presentation

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.

CMS Implementation Project Plan

PREMIUM project plan

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.

Self-Documenting Code Checklist

checklist

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.

Integration Test Plan Outline

deliverable

Here is a solid outline of a plan for testing individual development components in context with the overall system.

Quality Assurance Assessment Checklists

PREMIUM checklist

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.

People Styles at Work Questionnaire

PREMIUM deliverable

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.

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