As a project manager, you need meetings in order to increase collaboration and resolve obstacles, but you may be taking productive time from the team member’s workday. Recognizing this helps you understand that maximizing your time together is essential. Learn how to make your meetings efficient, purposeful and interesting.
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If the project manager wants to implement lasting changes, this webinar will help to understand these processes and offer a glance over formal tools and methodologies to manage all the complexity involved.
Closing Q&A webinar for February Book Club on Project and Program Turnaround by Thomas Pavelko
Save Time With Tools And Templates
Communication is critical for project success, and meetings are a part of that crucial channel. To make the most out of meetings, a follow-up action plan must be used. This template has all of the necessary placeholders to help you keep track of commitments and action items.
In large organizations, there are always a large number of stakeholders involved in any project. When the project size is small, you need to create a roadmap that is very simple, easy to follow and can be used by all stakeholders to get approvals, plan their work and reach the excepted milestones. This Excel roadmap provides a simple one-page view of the entire schedule for a small project.
Individuals or teams may react negatively to change for a variety of reasons, from lack of information, to fear or misunderstanding about the implications, among others. Use this worksheet to invite communication and develop an appropriate response that addresses concerns while conveying the need and vision for the change.
Need a quick crash course on some social media basics? What is it? What myths are out there? How can we use it in our projects and organizations? What platforms are there? Use this primer for project managers to help find the answers.
This brief checklist is intended to help project managers ensure they are ready to conduct project kickoff sessions. Project managers should review the questions asked in this checklist and make notes of any items that are unclear/outstanding /etc. Any areas that are still unclear require action plans.
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Organizations have found that project managers need to be strategic thinkers. Why is this, and what can project managers do to improve their strategic thinking skills?
While working for tech companies in Singapore, this practitioner gained practical experience dealing with out-of-control projects moving in unexpected directions. Here, he shares some strategies developed in the past few years to help people who are starting a project management career in a similar company culture.
Our webinar for the February 2017 Book Club Intro - Project and Program Turnaround had more questions after the broadcast was over. Here, the presenter covers the additional questions and answers that came out of that session.
In a project, there are two types of communications that take place between the project manager and stakeholders: horizontal and vertical. Knowing the dynamics and characteristics of these can be an important asset of a project manager for achieving project success.
Providing an introduction to virtual project management and its benefits to the audience, the author offers strategies and tactics to work in a virtual setting and addresses the challenges, application and appropriate technology. This paradigm shift can allow businesses to evolve and succeed by gaining a competitive edge.
The Agile voting mechanism known as "Fist of Five" is a great way to drive your team towards consensus and commitment. It's a simple, powerful process that can strengthen alignment and increase transparency on your projects. Here’s a look at how — and why — it works.
We progress through our careers managing complexity in independent small and medium projects using approaches like waterfall and agile. We may be missing opportunities to manage these types of projects using other approaches like adaptive project management.
Question: I like being a project manager because I’m comfortable with the orderliness of schedules, details and calculating data. There’s not so much comfort for me around dealing with teams and individual team members. Working with them is so different for each person. Are there any quick tips for at least being a little better dealing with this important part of my projects, where I admit I’m weak?
When a project is nearing delivery and there are still problems, it’s time for “that” conversation—the one where it is determined how the less-than-perfect implementation is going to be positioned to the customer and users. What’s the project manager's (and team’s) accountability here?
We live in a digital world, so has face-to-face networking lost its importance? There are so many options for busy professionals, so it’s best to plan a nice blend of options. Before you get started developing your basic networking plan and getting yourself out there, you may wish to consider these questions to develop some strategies...
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