Tasks that require judgment and creativity also require focus, so it is this type of project work that is most compromised by the distractions of multitasking. Unfortunately, the problem is largely unrecognized by organizations even as its invisible costs multiply. Take these steps to eliminate the scourge of multitasking.
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Leadership, interaction, learning styles: We've done a lot of talking about what keeps a team together. But what happens when layoffs threaten to tear your team apart? If you're going to have to take one for the team, you might as well learn how to get through it. Let's talk about it.
Replacing a team member can be a difficult and time-consuming process, from sifting through endless resumes to conducting interviews to on-boarding the new person. By effectively conducting formal reviews, supplanted by informal evaluations, project managers can address team members' weaknesses, reward their good work, set future goals and implement an improvement plan, thus rendering the replacement of a team member less likely. This article explores ways to take the guesswork out of three evaluation conundrums when it comes to assessing team members' performance. In doing so, it reports the results of a 2011 study--conducted by Harris Interactive--showing that organizations risk 250 percent of an employee's salary in turnover costs because of poor performance management processes, including performance reviews. It then identifies three challenges that come up frequently during the review process and provides a solution for each challenge. Accompanying the article are two sidebars: The first sidebar lists three questions for every review; the second sidebar details the perfect type of review.
Shortsightedness can shortchange your organization on the benefits of project portfolio management. A top PPM analyst shares best practices on how to embrace the big picture and how evolving PPM tools can help.
In this powerful presentation, leading author, presenter, and risk management expert Carl Pritchard walks you through 5 more risk management traits your organization should cultivate, and explains how to do it. * Learn about the importance of concrete risk tolerances, and when to consider softening them. * Know when to run the numbers, and when to ignore them. * Discover how to predict your project's future by watching the present and the past
ProjectManagement.com is excited to launch its "Scrum Success" survey! This survey is intended to uncover how you are using Scrum in your organizations and project management efforts. If you work on software projects or even non-software projects, we would like to have your input on whether you use Scum or not. Please take a few moments to complete our survey and share your experiences. One participant will be randomly selected to win a $500 gift card!
Your project does not need a leader that exists based on a template—it needs someone willing to push past comfort and embrace the truth. Have you ever sat down to read your own story? Instead of trying to be like someone else, start to create a story worth reading. Think of it as lessons learned based on your adventure—one that you are writing every day.
Just like aspirin, a little KM can do a lot of good. If you're not sure where to get started in your KM efforts, focus on the pain spots. Read on to find out how you can see real bottom-line results.
With 70 percent of change initiatives doomed for failure, many executives are hesitant to lead or champion efforts that so often do more harm than good. But after disbanding a change initiative in 2008, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police applied several lessons learned and found success in transforming its governance, culture and accountability.
Here is some exciting news about your military transition: The Project Management Institute has developed a great publication providing assistance with your transition into the commercial career field of project management.