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Team Stress Management

by Andy Jordan

No matter how hard we try to prevent it, there are times when our project teams feel overwhelmed. How do we manage those stressful times effectively?

The Art of Creating a Team

by Suresh MK

Batman has Robin, Sherlock Holmes has Watson, peanut butter has jelly. Who do you have? There are certain “dos and don’ts” that can guide you through the process of delegation--and forming an effective team to support you.

Mind Your Ts and Qs: The Talents of Teams

by Ian Whittingham, PMP

Collaboration is a complex and dynamic process--and successful collaboration depends on many factors. By recognizing the role that these factors play in how people collaborate with one another, we can all become more successful at creating and leading winning teams.

Collaboration as a Productivity Booster

by Mike Griffiths

Are command-and-control undertones hurting your organization's performance? Are people getting the passion and desire to contribute slowly crushed out of them by project management bureaucracy and prescriptive process? Then free them to be hyper-productive by emphasizing collaboration.

Collaborating Up

by Andy Jordan

Project teams are the engines that drive businesses forward. In this increasingly competitive world, we need to make better use of those engines. So why has there has been very little focus on how the organization can improve collaboration between project teams and other stakeholders and business areas?

Resolving Conflict in Project Management

by Syed Moiz

All conflicts—no matter how big or small—are harmful to projects. They all impact time, cost and our credibility. Let's bring into focus the importance of managing conflicts to ensure that our projects succeed.

The Importance of Context and Relevance

by Andy Jordan

Team members need a lot of information in order to perform at their best, but not all of that information is created equal. It’s up to the PM to ensure that is understood. And in order to ensure the right information is provided, PMs must first understand the different types of information they are dealing with.

Motivation Through Education: The Promise of Corporate Training

by Mike Donoghue

Organizations that turn their energies inward and focus on their current workforce can reap great gains. Just as a company makes calculated purchases to create a technical infrastructure and designs it to be adaptable to future changes, it also needs to develop a special process to keep its employees fresh and ready for change, while also building loyalty to the organization.

New Project, New People, New Problems?

by Mike Donoghue

Got yourself a new project? Congratulations. Got any idea as to who you are going to have working with you? Chances are, you have your work cut out for you.

Managing Through the Doldrums

by Andy Jordan

Every project has those slow periods, the times when nothing seems to be happening. Should we just accept that certain times of the year are just quieter and less productive? No! Those are the times project management can really make a difference.

Managing Large Project Management Structures

by Andy Jordan

When you are the project manager for a large team, what type of management structure do you need to ensure you can be as effective as possible?

The Big Change Management Lie

by Braden Kelley

The idea that people always resist change is a lie, and it is extremely damaging to organizations seeking to increase their organizational agility. The truth is that people only resist changes that they either do not understand or for which they do not interpret there to be benefits great enough to offset the costs of their participation.

From Trust to Delegation

by Stacy King

All project managers have physical, mental and emotional limitations. Yet not everyone recognizes that. The net effect is a collective belief system that project managers have no known physical, mental or emotional limitations. This belief can, when not corrected, lead to the self-fulfilling prophecy called burnout. How can we combat this?

Pyramid of Results, Motivation and Ability

by Braden Kelley

When engaging in a change effort, it is important to focus not on outputs but on outcomes. The difference is sometimes subtle for people, but the biggest difference is that outputs are usually activity-based, where outcomes are behavior-based. Here we look at some behavior modification frameworks.

Topic Teasers Vol. 63: New Manager No-Nos

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

Question: I have recently been assigned to manage a group of project managers. Unfortunately, I have no background or experience in project management, let alone the training and certifications they hold. In addition, I really have little experience in business at all…just a tangential college degree. What can you tell me about managing PMs that will help me survive in this new position?
A. Immediately get a book on project management and read up on this profession. A general overview will allow you to see that all projects are so similar that implementing your own new procedures can be equally beneficial for all the projects in progress when your start date occurs.
B. You are in a perfect position to manage project managers because you will have a fresh outlook and not be influenced or limited by what has been happening before you came. Make as many changes as you can in the first few months before you are dragged down into how things have been done in the past.
C. This is a more common situation than you might think. The best thing to do is familiarize yourself with the most common new manager mistakes and at least avoid making these. Lay low until you can figure out what is going on.
D. You should never have been hired. There is no way that a person who is not a project manager can successfully supervise those who are. Contact your boss and ask if you can be moved to a department that has people with more generic skill sets. You can be successful there.
Pick your answer then Test Your Knowledge!

A Matter of Style Matching

by Andy Jordan

As project managers, so much of our job relies on personality. A recent event at a client made one PM realize how little some organizations think about the style and approach of a particular project manager. Here’s why it’s important.

Criticizing the Right Way in Projects

by Kenneth Darter, PMP

Nothing stops a project team faster than negative criticism. While there is a time for criticism, it is important that it not stop the project team or derail the work that has been done. In order to do this the right way, the project manager needs to be working closely with the project team and stay aware of what is going on at all times.

Project Bullies: Are You a Victim?

by Paul Pelletier, LL.B., PMP

Bullying can be as harmful to projects as it is in schools and other areas of society, causing well-understood health impacts for the victims, plus a long list of challenges for project managers and the organizations where it is taking place. Learn how to implement concrete anti-bullying action plans to ensure a zero tolerance policy for bullying individually and across projects.

The Seinfeld Strategy

by Patti Gilchrist, PMP

As a project manager, do you have a recognition strategy in place? If not, you may want to tune in to repeat episodes of Seinfeld to learn the consequences from Jerry's mistake of refusing to say "thank you".

An Introduction to Servant Leadership

by Syed Moiz

The purpose of this article is to bring forward one of the very well-known leadership practices called Servant Leadership. We'll explore its prominence in today’s project management world and how it can benefit emerging project leaders in managing teams, projects and organizations.

Buddy PM: Improving Project Management through Paired Reviews

by Debasis Roy

This article introduces a concept for project management improvement through the use of existing project management resources, without the need for disruption. The concept intends to avoid costly overheads in implementation and running--and introduces optimal use of project managers for review of projects, bringing down risk and involvement of costlier management overhead.

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