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.
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Risk, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things—as technology transforms project management, PM professionals are either ahead of the game, or falling behind. Stay current and competitive with the 2017 PMI Information Systems & Technology Symposium. Exclusive to PMI members, this free, virtual event delivers a full day of intelligence on innovation and its impact on your PM career. • Gain insight into the tech-driven trends disrupting our industry, without leaving your desk • Network with the PMI global community while developing the skills organizations are looking for today—and tomorrow • Earn 6 PDUs • Get actionable intelligence you will not find anywhere else, tailored specifically for project and program managers Register today— Here are more details on sessions and speakers.
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En tant que chef de projet, j'ai souvent rencontré ou été témoin de situations où les parties prenantes ralentissent un projet par ignorance. Ignorance de ce qu'est un projet et pourquoi elles doivent désigner un chef de projet si elles souhaitent un minimum de garanties pour son bon déroulement.
Managing conflict is a critical competency for every leader and employee. Unfortunately, many people choose simply to ignore conflict and hope it goes away by itself, thinking that it’s not my call to resolve it. However, conflict is an essential part of growth, especially when there is a need to be innovative and creative, when deadlines are tight, and when the directions are unclear. So, if you prefer to keep quiet while facing a difficult situation, and hope it will blow over, this presentation will be helpful for you to get some confidence and change your perspective of conflicts.
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Workplace change has never been at a higher rate or faster pace than now. PMOs, leaders and their teams grapple with multiple disruptions, from mergers and acquisitions to restructuring, pandemics, and digital transformations. In today’s dynamic environment, being successful in change is not about being perfect; it’s about being fast and effective so you can move on to the next task or issue—the speed of execution matters. Adopting one 80/20 action to address common project challenges is the best strategy. It gives you 80 percent of the results in 20 percent of the time. In this upbeat and interactive session, we will discuss how you can apply the 80/20 rule to focus in on one action to navigate the tasks and common situations that Project Managers typically encounter during a transformation project.
Project management is a young and very dynamic science. Nowadays we have different methods, which we use together, individually, or one after another. Project management continues to develop. What direction is the development going in now? Today we pay more attention to the need for flexible methodologies, as they will give us the advantage of keeping up with the times or even getting a little ahead. Project Managers everywhere witness their profession develop, but there are now some challenges or possibilities for us. We have to think about the future. Which competencies must a future Project Manager have? What skills we need for the future depends on what choices we make and which direction we take. Now it seems that we are standing at a project management crossroads. The webinar shows professional development possibilities and what we can do for our growth.
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Prepare to succeed with your virtual team with these specialized tasks for your work plan. They cover each stage of your project from planning to post mortem.
Teams of virtual knowledge workers can spin out of control if not following specific best practices meant for them. This troubleshooter allows for a quick, detailed analysis and determination of actions to resolve or mitigate problems.
Use this template to help manage your virtual team's performance by providing stage-specific guidance in key management areas. This handy virtual team management matrix will help you through all stages of JPACE (Justify, Plan, Activate, Control, End).
Need a quick crash course on some social media basics? What is it? What myths are out there? How can we use it in our projects and organizations? What platforms are there? Use this primer for project managers to help find the answers.
Here are some tips on managing a virtual team or project when your customer is in a different time zone and your project environment is dispersed or distributed.
Learn From Others
Living through the pandemic has offered some insights and observations about how we work in teams—and how we can improve team interactions going forward. Those insights aren't just about improving work in a pandemic, but how we can think about enhancing team functioning even as we move to whatever the next “normal” becomes.
Project teams often use sports metaphors to motivate each other, but be careful. There are some dangers with it that don’t exist—or at least aren’t as important—in a sports setting.
Swarming is a method that agile teams can use to improve prioritization, collaboration, learning and overall delivery. Here’s a look at how it works—and how you can benefit from using it on your teams.
Does the team always come first? To a point. Strengthening and developing the team is the most important deliverable of any project—but that mantra can be used as a weapon against the PM.
If people know that you are an external contractor, you are viewed differently than if people believe you are an employee of the same organization. This creates unnecessary barriers that prevent relationships from ever properly developing, increasing the chances for problems when the project experiences challenges. It doesn't have to be this way.
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.
Is there benefit in having a PM stay with the same team through multiple projects, or would everyone be better off if project managers led different teams—even if those teams were themselves fairly stable?
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.
Question: Due to my special skill sets, I am often asked to move between teams, most of them virtual. Since each team functions differently (especially as we try to survive by being more flexible and responsive to the customer and also work from home), I find it difficult to remember how each team interacts and how to know the unspoken rules they use to run their projects and their online meetings. Is there any method that a team can use so that members, plus those of us who come in and out as needed, know how to adjust our behavior—and how they can standardize their own?
In a world where social distancing has become the new normal, product teams are learning how to stay efficient despite an almost instantaneous shift to remote working. But what impact has this shift to remote working had on product teams? And what tactics should we be adopting?
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