If there is one thing almost guaranteed to make a project manager cringe, it's the idea of having to give a presentation to the executive or board of their organization. What is an executive-level audience looking for from its presentations, and how can you develop and deliver an effective presentation with confidence and credibility?
As project managers, we need to pay attention to disengaged employees. We should know why it’s happening and learn how we can re-engage our teams. This is where neuroscience becomes a valuable resource. Here are four suggestions on how neuroscience can help improve your project management.
Not all Good Samaritan work requires our physical presence. Many groups also need our minds to help create proposals, share knowledge, come up with contribution and support ideas, and other tasks that extend help to communities and even nations. The online world has made this possible, and it is through its expansive reach that many more projects are and can be accomplished.
In our technology-rich activities, it is important for companies to enact a social media policy in order to protect sensitive data, corporate networks and other important online information. Keep these recommendations in mind when creating a policy.
Like all parables, Franz Kafka’s The Burrow illustrates a universal human behavior--that the more complexity we create, the more perplexity we feel in not knowing what is going on inside that complexity. And in the animal’s response to its anxiety we also see a behavior that project managers might recognize: a need to be continually on the lookout for early warning signs of problems when faced with complexity.
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?
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...
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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!
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.
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.
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.