On a project to create a multi-site commerce platform, collaboration is crucial because so many different stakeholders representing various areas of the company are involved. A communications map prepared in conjunction with the project plan can help ensure that the necessary interactions take place.
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If your project team members hear “meeting at 3:00” and think, “Another waste of my time,” then it’s about time for a meeting overhaul. Meetings can be important team-building and idea-generating opportunities, but only if they are conducted the right way. Here are 10 pitfalls of pitiful meetings and how to fix them.
Using the latest project management tools and technology to plan, track and report progress does not ensure that effective communication is taking place. Project leaders also need to regularly talk to their team and seek feedback.
When your team members are simultaneously working on other projects, answering to other managers, focus can understandably drift — and critical tasks can get shortchanged. Here are five ways to keep shared resources fully engaged on your project.
Whether you’re working with a few people on a small project or overseeing a cross-divisional team of hundreds, turf wars and conflicts are bound to arise. To resolve them, project leaders must do their part to create a culture of accountability, candor and creativity. Here are seven principles that can help, and some questions for the author of a new book on the subject.
Project leaders face unique challenges with team members who work remotely, report to other managers and balance responsibilities to other projects. In that environment, strengthening communication, boosting motivation and reducing conflict is essential. Here are tips to improve your team dynamic from a Dale Carnegie Training executive.
Despite an expanding scope, a contrained timeframe and a throng of meticulous stakeholders, the elaborate renovation to the David H. Koch Theater in New York’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts was completed to glowing reviews, on time and under budget. From prelude to finale, this extraordinary project had its share of plot twists and turns.
A new book focuses on achieving success through collaboration instead of hierarchical processes. The author says most project leaders already understand this approach and can apply the techniques to integrate winning strategies with effective execution.
Kara Marx, chief information officer for Methodist Hospital of Arcadia, discusses the challenges of balancing strategic goals with innovation, building consensus among diverse constituencies, and simplifying communication and methodologies.
Thankfully the world has advanced and project managers have a host of tools and technologies at their disposal to make life easier. But we have to be careful--while it can help us become more effective and efficient, it’s not a substitute for good management and isn’t always the answer. Read on to find out how to prevent technology from taking the “management” out of project management.