Many companies are incorporating personality assessments into the hiring process to gauge cultural fit, leadership potential and other elusive factors. Here an organizational development expert discusses the value of these tests, a tip for weeding out unreliable ones, and a 10-point checklist (plus three questions) that can help identify promising project managers and team members.
Closing Q&A webinar for February Book Club on Project and Program Turnaround by Thomas Pavelko
Introduction webinar for February 2017 Book Club: Project and Program Turnaround by Tom Pavelko
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This template is aimed at employees of small /medium companies (no more than 200 people). It solves the process of putting together all receipts and expenses after business travel. It allows you to select a project, your generalities and a month/year period. It supports you with some lists and does all the calculations for you.
A team may work on multiple and overlapping projects. The estimated time and the manner to accomplish the projects may be planned and monitored as cumulative man-hours. This worksheet template is used to determine man-hour capacity for the months ahead, and record accomplishment of past months. Use in conjunction with the article Man-Hour Capacity Planning.
This record and tracker is designed to provide a snapshot view of every team member's booked leave for the duration of a project. This is beneficial when scheduling a project as well as when you need to check the availability and remaining leave of team members. In practice, a copy of this can be mailed to the team member for their records, apart from holding a master copy in the cloud or on a central network drive.
Use this checklist to help ensure that new PMs joining your team are set up with the best possible chance of success. Some of these items will be completed prior to the new PM joining, some will continue for several months beyond the start date. The checklist is broken down into different areas for the different roles involved.
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People are never interchangeable parts. Yet most organizations engage in little contingency planning for the inevitable human downtime. In this article, the author gives an example of poor planning, raises a reminder to managers and gives some practical steps to mitigate the problem.
Companies who lack a formal evaluation process could be missing the mark, losing revenue and failing to properly motivate their teams. To make things more challenging, millennials are bringing a new set of expectations and attitudes that may shift the patterns. Be mindful of these trends that are likely to occur in the employee performance management process…
Interpersonal conflict on distributed teams can be devastating. If you are in conflict with someone else on a distributed team, there are a number of things you can do to help resolve it.
Are you a virtual leader of diverse teams and multiple projects across various time zones? Let’s review what defines a virtual team, along with challenges, opportunities and tips for strategic leadership approaches.
How does a project manager ensure optimal performance from remote team members, and how do corrective actions get implemented effectively?
When first leading distributed agile teams, a key challenge that can sneak up on you is onboarding a new team member. You cannot show them around the office. How can you possibly get the new person oriented to their new organization and their new team?
Project managers must often develop a social media policy—and make decisions about the tools that will be used to digitally communicate and share project-related content. Here is some guidance for PMs to consider when developing a social media strategy.
Should business leadership move hiring and recruitment into the project management organization? Based on the similarities found between his talent acquisition experience and current training, this author says yes—and shares the potential benefits.
When things go wrong in your project, as a leader who do you blame? When the hammer is about to hit your head as a project leader, what do you do? Do you look for people on your team to sacrifice for the error—or take the blame?
’Tis the season for New Year’s resolutions. But instead of gym memberships and bucket lists, what about concentrating this year's resolutions on your PMO? Try this list on for size. It's designed to give you and your PMO a successful, prosperous and benefit realized 2017.
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