When it comes to optimizing workforce performance, what are you prepared to do? To use the latest techniques in your project means you may have to go against mainstream corporate culture or cut a little into the power wielded by certain individuals. Are you ready to do this? These tactics are effective in improving workforce performance, but don’t bring a knife to a gunfight. Implementing these ideas may be difficult...
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Have you ever been asked to take over an ailing project—one that was close to failing and completely off track? A few simple steps can help you get off to a good start with your team and all stakeholders.
Just as the agile mindset is sometimes paid lip service and poorly implemented, many organizations say they have policies for talent management but also implement them poorly. So, after recognizing why the process is a good one, let’s see how talent management operates for agile teams, and what the future likely holds...
The frequency and magnitude of IT project failures are so prevalent and epic that people can appear in denial of their ability to influence, or “in acceptance” that a certain percentage of projects just go south. Does it need to be that way? If we spent more time asking people where stuff could go wrong rather than making ever more polished models of flawed project plans, could we change the statistics?
Teachable moments are formed when you have done something--regardless of the outcome--and learned from the experience. Learning makes us better at what we do and provides a great opportunity to develop others and sharpen skills. We’ve compiled our best Teachable Moments from our community members for you to learn from and share with other project managers. In this installment, we learn how one conversation changed the way a PM thought about project staffing.
Do you know how to build, develop and motivate a team that is not dysfunctional? One that is truly capable of being a high-performing team? Before you answer, you must first ask yourself if you know how to recognize one. Sounds like a little help from Lisa Simpson and Richard Attenborough is in store.
How do you keep your team focused on your project as its primary priority? This writer has found that following these four practical steps and processes works well at keeping his project at the forefront of his team members' minds.
No matter how hard we try to prevent it, there are times when our project teams feel overwhelmed. How do we manage those stressful times effectively?
When you’re asked to take control of a project mid-flight with heavy turbulence, it might be tempting to start “fixing” the team. Instead, take some time to identify the underlying roots of the problem. Here is a five-point assessment that targets potential gaps on a struggling team, from vision to competency.
Here are nine signs that unproductive or dysfunctional behavior between teams is likely. If you see some of them, act quickly to reduce their intensity or frequency, and begin collaboration building.