Decision Making


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Everyone In On Estimates

by Bart Gerardi

Establishing a small "brain trust" to develop project estimates might seem like a reasonable way to optimize resources, but it goes against three closely held Agile principles. Worse, it will likely lead to less accurate estimates, while disengaging the team and undermining value.

Influence and Inspire

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by Cornelius Fichtner, PMP

Project leadership is very different from project management. In this interview, executive coach Andy Kaufman identifies eight key leadership skills that we should always be developing. He also examines the role of technical or domain expertise, and the value of giving and receiving feedback. [30 min.]

Program-Level Strategic Alignment Checklist

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by ProjectsatWork.com

We need to ask meaningful questions to clearly understand and track the strategic alignment of our programs. Here are critical areas to review with stakeholders, covering vision, mission, objectives, structure, leadership, people, incentives and adaptability.

Sound PM Practices Pay Off

by ProjectsatWork.com

Project Management Institute’s latest Pulse of the Profession report shows how high-performing organizations embed efficiency by developing strategies, techniques and teams built from use of sound project management practices.

The New PM On the Block

by Andy Jordan

No matter how much experience they have, project and program managers are constantly starting over — with new organizations, new clients and new team members. Since you only get one chance to make a first impression, here are tips to make sure it's a good one.

Dealing With Disappointment

by Alesia Latson

How you handle your disappointment in a team member speaks volumes about your leadership style. And it will affect your credibility with the entire team and within your organization. The key is to use the situation as a coaching opportunity. Here’s how.

10 Strategic Execution Trends for 2015

by Tim Wasserman

Smart, high-performing organizations are structured to react more quickly to external and internal shifts. They view the future as a possibility, change as an opportunity, and their strategy as the tool to get them there. Here are 10 strategic execution trends they will be focusing on in 2015.

Adaptive Project Leadership

podCast
by Cornelius Fichtner, PMP

Just like every project is unique, so are team members. Successful project managers adapt their leadership styles to complement the particular strengths of each team. Here, Susanne Madsen, author of The Power of Project Leadership, discusses four basic leadership styles and how we can identify the most appropriate approach for our teams. [25 min.]

Are You A Project Leader?

podCast
by Cornelius Fichtner, PMP

In this interview with empowerment expert Thomas Juli, we begin with a definition of leadership, explore five leadership principles from his book, and then delve into the skills you need and actions you can take to be a more effective leader on your own projects. [30 min.]

Best PM Tools, Per ‘The Crowd’

by ProjectsatWork.com

A new crowdsourced report names two “leaders” and eight “high performers” among 15 project management software providers, with Wrike earning the highest customer satisfaction score based on user ratings and reviews of more than 100 products.

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