Virtual project management and virtual teams have been around for some time. However, the intensity and frequency of their use is increasing dramatically. What is the next “big thing” in project management that specifically has something to do with consulting? Virtual project consulting.
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In order to work remotely—whether you are in a different office, at home or on the beach—you need to be able to communicate effectively with the rest of the team.
The July Book Club Q&A Closing Webinar – The Project Manager's Little Book of Cheats was packed with information, and below are the extra questions and answers that came out of that session.
The webinar Reality Bytes: Working Effectively with Virtual Teams was packed with information, and below are the questions and answers that came out of that session.
From an increasingly global project world, to broader trends in remote teams, to an emerging crop of millennial workers who are mobile-natives, to simply more productivity opportunities with new mobile apps… there are countless reasons why project leaders and teams need to be working more toward a more mobile work culture.
The wise project manager knows how to use the right tools in the right way to communicate to different groups. When using a web share to present and document information, there are some important do's and don’ts to be aware of to ensure success.
Project managers have never had it so good. Much of their administrative work is now handled by automated tools, freeing up a significant number of hours. How is that time best utilized?
|A.||Ask human resources to reassign you to a different project where the team members are appropriate for the upcoming challenges. It is beyond the scope of your position to manage the project and also be asked to assume responsibility for their qualifications to complete the assigned work.|
|B.||On the weekends, work to create your own training lectures. Ask your colleagues to donate one evening a week to work offsite with you in the interest of building a team better prepared to deliver the project objectives within the estimated metrics.|
|C.||Suggest to your manager that the current team isn’t trained on the skill sets they need for your upcoming project. Propose retaining 50% of them, but replace the other 50% with others who already have mastered the needed expertise. The people you have kept can now be paired with the newcomers to learn the needed information.|
|D.||Consider some of the blended learning options—which could be internal, external or a combination—for a more customized option that is likely to be more easily understood and adopted in daily use by your team. Focus on opportunities that use more hands-on exercises and methodologies to keep participants engaged.|
When teams transition to agile development and the QA/testers continue to follow the same testing processes and tools they used before joining the agile team, you're asking for trouble. In this article, we contrast agile and traditional testing--and give an example of how a mind map can facilitate the testing process.
Collaboration is a buzzword that has multiple meanings depending on who you ask. However you define it, it’s pretty well established that improved collaboration means improved project outcomes. So how are project managers collaborating to improve project outcomes?