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The Art of Presentations

by Patti Gilchrist, PMP

The most critical skill set for a PM to possess is the ability to communicate creatively. So perhaps the art community can offer some tips to improve our ability to communicate creatively and visually. Take it away, Pablo Picasso!

When My Team Members Speak, Do I Listen?

by Roger Kent, PMP, PMI-ACP

Of course I listen. Well, okay…maybe not all the time. This is a confessional. Here’s how I’m trying to listen better--at least when people are directly in front of me or in a face-to-face meeting…

Less Words, More Pictures

by Michelle Stronach

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.

The Best Defense is a Good Offense?

by Andy Jordan

When project teams or project managers become territorial or confrontational, the situation needs to be addressed immediately--and professionally. Here we look at some of the causes of what is a fairly common communication problem, and how to address it.

Freaky Project Management (Part 2)

by Ian Whittingham, PMP

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.

The Key to Communicating with 'Non-Project' People

by Andy Jordan

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?

Freaky Project Management (Part 1)

by Ian Whittingham, PMP

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.

Visual PM: Something Old, Something New...

by Michael Wood

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...

The Kanban Board: A PM’s New Best Friend?

by Andy Jordan

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.

Consulting Characters

by Patti Gilchrist, PMP

What happens when the consultant falls short of their billing as an industry expert? Here is a humorous look at some of the consultant characters that you may have encountered--and survival tips for dealing with them.

Managing the Shared Worker

by Andy Jordan

It’s not uncommon to have an individual assigned to multiple projects at the same time. Organizations need to maximize the utilization rates of their employees--which brings its own set of challenges. Read on to get some help managing partially assigned resources.

The ‘Perfect’ Professional Services PM

by Andy Jordan

Does a project manager responsible for client-facing initiatives need a different set of skills from other PMs? And if so, what are those differences? What makes a good professional services project manager?

The Dangers of the Executive Commitment

by Andy Jordan

Cause and effect at the executive level can cost millions, but prevention is cheap! How can we prevent executives from making unrealistic promises--ones that can come back to harm everyone?

Making PM Make Sense in the Boardroom

by Mark Mullaly, PMP

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?

Being a Great Sponsor

by Michelle Stronach

Being a sponsor is a role, not a position--and with the role comes responsibility. How do you ensure optimal success for the project? How do you go from being a good sponsor to a great sponsor?

Excuses, Excuses! Managing the 'Yeah, but...' PM

by Andy Jordan

There will always be a reason why some team members just don’t believe it’s possible to give you the information you need in the way that you need it. So how do we deal with the "everything’s an exception" belief without damaging the relationships within the team?

Tips to Impress the Risk Executive

by Joe Wynne

Your ability to properly anticipate risk executives’ needs and involve them into the management of your projects will set you apart from those who do not have this ability. These tips covering justification, communication, vendor selection and more will help you build this important skill.

4 Ways Neuroscience Can Enhance Project Management

by Andrew Filev

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.

Presenting the Project Roadmap

by Kenneth Darter, PMP

The executives of an organization are not interested in the details of a project, but they do want to know what the roadmap is for the project. How are you going to present that to them? Keep these four tips in mind.

Presenting Portfolio Status

by Kenneth Darter, PMP

Presenting the status on an entire portfolio can be very different than the status on one project or program. The portfolio manager must learn to condense and tailor the message for the audience.

From Turkeys to Agile Eagles

by Michael Aucoin

While there is almost unanimous agreement on the importance of teams, the vast majority of people don’t like to belong to them. This raises a loud warning for you and your agile team, one you must address proactively, because an agile project succeeds or fails on the health of the team. Maybe the GCCR Plan can give your team members wings that fly.

Topic Teasers Vol. 30: Changing Agile Attitudes

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

Question: My agile team does okay with the new structure of how we do things, but it seems like we’ve just replaced one set of rules with another. How can I get them to change the way they think about things, not just follow the new processes? I understand that is the underlying key to agile success?
A. Management does not care what team members believe as long as they turn around work more quickly than they did in the past. Leave people to think what they will.
B. In addition to the team rules and the agile methodology process rules, tell people each day what they are to think about the work they do and how they should view others.
C. You can’t mandate change. You can only find a fun way to demonstrate and remind people on the team about the premises of agile philosophy.
D. If your team won’t quickly adjust to knowing and following the agile philosophies, this approach to doing projects will fail. Return to traditional project management practices.
Pick your answer then Test Your Knowledge!

Social Media Policy: Protecting Yourself and Your Project Team

by Mike Donoghue

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.

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