When you're catapulted into an ongoing project, the situtation is often volatile, potential minefields abound, and there isn't much time to ramp up and get the existing team on your side. Revamping plans and schedules is almost always critical, but rarely sufficient. Here are seven best practices to hit the ground running.
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If you’ve ever been involved in a highly visible project in which major stakeholders are jockeying to position themselves to impose their own agenda, then you would have experienced project partisan politics. And If you are a ScrumMaster on an agile project, there isn't a more important impediment to get out of the way.
Regardless of whether it’s a holiday, celebration, moment of reflection, corporate event or some other occasion, the reason to have a party should be one where attendees should make an effort to create an atmosphere of collaborative enjoyment. Here are some tips on having a memorable (but not too memorable) company party.
Successfully implementing and managing a peer review program can be a challenging task. PMs sometimes feel threatened, discussions can get defensive and comments can be taken (or delivered) personally. So how do you implement peer review successfully with a PMO?
Consider for a moment the roadblocks we encounter on projects. The most common and toughest to resolve are always people related. A large portion of the missing part of project success is Emotional Intelligence, and the EI skills most needed by project managers are explored here.
Even when everything seems to be going well, things may not be as rosy as you think. All the facts might point to success, but perceptions can often trump that reality. Here's some practical advice on aligning how things are and how they appear.
Have you ever felt like what people perceive you do isn't a fair representation of what you actually do? Although the industry has made some progress, there is clearly still a problem in some organizations with a lack of understanding about how project managers are contributing to the company's success. Here's some help in measuring project management.
As project managers transition to leading agile teams, the journey can feel strange, the references to values such as “purpose” and “courage” frustratingly fuzzy or beside the point. PMO director/program manager turned agile coach Lyssa Adkins has made the journey and believes that metaphors can be powerful allies in setting expectations and inspiring greater performance.
No one performs their best under pressure. There are situations that bring the best out in you, but that’s completely dependent on your surroundings and the methodology you follow. Here are some tips to stay cool under pressure.
As project managers, we often reinforce the importance of proper PM in our professional projects. However, when it comes to our personal projects, do you apply the project management mindset and tools? One writer has found project management useful for a few significant personal projects.