Successful project teams are built on communication. Unfortunately, many companies value the org chart over real-time access to information and resources. But if there is a better way--a networked model--to accomplish the mission, who cares where the leader sits?
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Sometimes, the most valuable lessons an IT project manager learns are the result of wrong decisions. Here are five lessons to keep in mind as you try to prove yourself worthy of working for a mature organization and become a senior level IT PM.
'Heroic' leaders thrive on power and hierarchy. Their need to control can throttle communication and innovation on projects, frustrating teams and slowing progress. What drives heroic leaders, and what can be done about them?
Is cyper chat giving you a headache? If you think small talk is an annoying habit that destroys the language and is just for teenagers, think twice. Effective use of chat shortcuts can be an effective time saver in your work day.
Sharing knowledge in a systematic format, documenting lessons-learned and ensuring frequent communication will maximize project success factors. Read on to learn more about the value of lessons-learned.
In high-performance organizations, a critical role is that of the hub -- an informal leader who connects the spokes of the project, from facilitating information-sharing, solving problems and working with resource pools and clients, to providing support to the project team.
Whether a project is a rousing success or a disastrous failure, there are always lessons to be learned. But many project managers are hesitant to document their difficulties, and even when they do, many of their peers don't take full advantage of the information. How might the process of sharing project wisdom be improved? We'd like to be part of the answer.
People who demonstrate leadership abilities are often granted the title of "project manager" without any formal training on tools and technique. To help improve overall project technique, this series looks at the top 10 lessons learned using MS-Project. Up first, understand the different views and tables in MS-Project.
Lesson #2: Build the "right" level of a Work Breakdown Structure. People who demonstrate leadership abilities are often granted the title of "project manager" without any formal training on tools and technique. To help improve overall project technique, this series looks at the top 10 lessons learned using MS-Project. In this installment, we look at how to build the "right" level of a work breakdown structure.
Projects@Work asked members of the PMI-Montreal chapter to share their experiences and lessons learned in developing an award-winning mentoring program -- in effect, to mentor other organizations seeking to create and sustain their own mentoring efforts. Here are their five keys to success.