Project Management


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Try Time Triage

by Elizabeth Cogswell Baskin

As a project manager, finding the time to concentrate on your own work can be difficult. If you’re frequently interrupted by work emergencies, closing your door might be tempting, but there are negative consequences. A better alternative is to apply the Triage method, and to teach your team to do the same.

When Things Get Personal

by Andy Jordan

It’s a sad reality, but sooner or later you will have to deal with inappropriate behavior directed toward a team member. How you handle the situation can not only make or break the project, it can have a profound and lasting effect on the people involved.

Change Is A Process, Not An Event

by Curt Wang

When launching a significant change initiative, one of the biggest mistakes leaders make is to view the change as an event that happens at a single point in time. In reality, effective change is a process that involves a series of “conversations.” Here are five guidelines for successfully navigating the people side of change.

Brainstorming Risk

by Vincent McGevna

A common approach to identifying project risk is brainstorming, and it can also serve as a great team-building exercise. However, there are pitfalls that can reduce its value. Here are practical tips for a more effective brainstorming, including a closer look at those potential pitfalls and how to deal with them.

The Trust Dilemma

by Andy Jordan

There are times when your responsibilities to the organization may be at odds with the trust you have built with your team members. When you are faced with split loyalties, what do you do?

Ask, Don’t Tell

by Andrew Sobel

Are you a good questioner? It’s a good question to ask yourself. You can’t always have all the right answers, but the right questions can transform your working relationships and help you focus on what’s meaningful to clients, partners, stakeholders and teams members. Here are nine ways that questions help us as project leaders.

Agile Measures & Dialogs

by Dave Prior

In part 2 of Dave Prior’s conversation with Agile coach Martin Rosenqvist: moving from individual- to team-oriented measures to achieve success; establishing a willingness to change; creating a space for open dialog; and the upcoming Øredev Developer Conference in Sweden. [14:23]

Why Projects Fail: Classic Pitfalls

by Kazim Isfahani

As organizations are challenged to deliver more projects and programs with flat or decreasing resources, completing initiatives on time and within budget is more difficult than ever. Here are six areas where they most commonly fail and suggestions to avoid these classic pitfalls.

Do PPM Tools Hurt Collaboration?

by Wayne Caccamo

Most project portfolio management systems focus on representing status in "quantitative" terms, while the "qualitative" stuff captured in human interactions can be lost. Collaboration solutions that leverage social media can help, but they must be more than generic platforms bolted onto a PPM solution.

Building Better Buy-In

by Andy Jordan

Not everyone believes in your project. But sheer force of personality doesn’t bring about buy-in; it doesn’t dissolve legitimate doubts or deliver desired results. Take time before the project starts to build a shared understanding of where you're going, why you're going there, and how success will be measured when you get there.

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