Project Management

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Don't Be Anti-Social

by Ty Kiisel

When it comes to leveraging social media techniques on projects, the most important place to start is frame of mind. It’s not about mimicking Facebook in the workplace, but rather removing barriers to communication and information-sharing. Project leaders who do will improve team camaraderie and productivity.

Deploying Social Media Tools

by Elizabeth Harrin

Harnessing the power of social media tools can greatly improve the communication and collaboration on your projects. But a test drive is prudent, and you must take into account team skills and location, among other considerations, before you dive in. Here are five pre-requisites for a successful social media deployment.

What Kanban Can Do For You

by Matt Simpson

Kanban is designed to help your processes, not define them. Along the way, it can provide enormous value to projects and teams, including improved focus, efficiency, communication, prioritization and visibility. Here is an overview of these benefits and tips for realizing them as you implement Kanban into your project work.

Fresh Retrospectives

by Wayne Grant

Retrospectives are a catalyst for continuous team improvement, providing a feedback loop to examine methods, teamwork and results. But holding monotonous retrospectives isn’t much better than holding none at all. Here are three techniques you can interchange for maximum effect.

Lead Multi-Generation Teams

by Jennifer FitzPatrick

Age diversity in the workplace presents challenges in the areas of communication, expectations, work ethic and skills. Some of the most difficult situations involve managing a much older or younger staff. But it is also important to understand the perspective of team members who are reporting to a younger or older manager.

Beyond Avatars & Emoticons

by Charles Seybold

Lack of face-to-face time makes cohesion difficult to achieve on distributed teams. Collaboration software can help, with forums for information exchange that enhance productivity and accountability. Along the way, it should also make “getting things done” more rewarding and spontaneous. Here are four keys to keeping your virtual team connected.

It’s Not the Money

by Ty Kiisel

What is the most important factor in motivating your teams? Foster a sense of making progress on meaningful work. It doesn’t require a monumental breakthrough; in fact, small wins have the biggest impact. Here are four steps that can help create a more productive, happy and profitable work environment.

Up and Out Kanban

by Eric Willeke

After showing how Kanban is applied to small projects and larger-scale initiatives up to three months in duration, our series concludes with a detailed look at the challenges and benefits of bringing Kanban to longer projects in multi-team environments. It starts with enabling a shared understanding of reality.

Supply Side Projects

by Gareth Byatt, Jeff Hodgkinson, Gary Hamilton

Many, if not most, projects rely on outside suppliers — vendors, contractors, consultants — for critical activities and expertise. But these partnerships can do more harm than good if ground rules aren’t established and respeected throught the project. Here are seven factors for working successfully with your project’s external participants.

No-Drama PM: Team

by Bart Gerardi

The more you specify exactly what your team must do and how it must do it, the less team members will seek to understand the thinking behind what they’re doing. High-performing teams start with a firm grasp of the goals of the project — the "why" — and then actively participate in achieving its success.

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