On a distributed project, the team can’t rely on the informal, incidental information-sharing that occurs when we’re roaming the same hallways or going out for lunch. That’s why an intentional communication strategy is needed to keep everyone informed and involved.
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You've been working in a different environment for a year now, using different skills. Make sure you take time to assess how it went so that you can generate something positive from this difficult period. It's as simple as asking yourself a series of questions to uncover lessons learned.
Unhelpful comments. Ill-informed suggestions. Back-and-forth bickering. With virtual collaboration tools now an essential part of how work gets done, it’s important to ensure we’re using those tools as effectively as possible. And oftentimes, we’re not.
We all talk, but do we communicate? In a complex project implementation environment, it isn’t so easy. Let's look at some specifics of project communication and why its failure can cause chaos—with four techniques for avoiding mistakes.
Distinguish yourself by fostering inclusion to maintain project team productivity. Start by building from organizational policies and training—then apply that guidance to team and individual interactions.
Stress, surprises and communication failures—especially in a virtual environment—are ever-present threats to our project success. Unfortunately, project managers often have a blind spot when it comes to their teams.
Professional relationships can become dysfunctional and even broken for a host of reasons, and it is imperative for project managers to recognize when relationships are going south—and to understand what they can do to repair them.
Some in the Agile community don’t like the word “project”—they associate it with bureaucracy and bad ways of working. But the real issue is that they don’t feel their organizations understand that Agile is a way of thinking, a way of operating in today’s business world.
Evolving into a functional team can be difficult. The nuances of human behavior inevitably lead to some level of dysfunction. Here are three common problems and their causes—and suggestions to solve them.
Brownfield projects carry several constraints, risks, issues, differences in opinions and more—and often arrive with an unknown history, making the project environment ambiguous. Here we focus on some of the important considerations in effectively managing brownfield projects.