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How to Get Your Team to Follow Through after a Meeting

Project meetings are a part of any business life. A meeting is where goals are often set, tasks are assigned, and progress is expected. However, whether your team implements their roles after the meeting is questionable. Paul Axtell, in an article for Harvard Business Review, says that once you’ve left the meeting, things come up and priorities shift. Therefore, you should end the meeting with clear agreements on specific actions and completion dates for each ...

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How to Delegate to Difficult Employees

Delegating tasks to team members is not as easy as you think, especially when you have a few difficult-to-handle individuals in your team. If you don’t distribute tasks properly and justifiably to your team members, envy and conflicts can arise, which will damage your credibility and prestige. Christine Sato, in writing for Project Times, says that delegation is an essential part of life, especially in the business world, but it can also be a challenge. ...

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Self-Promotion as a Project Manager

Not all players can steal the spotlight on the same stage. And with that, only a few players shine and stand out while many others remain unknown in the dark. This is unfortunate but common. However, you can actually help yourself to be in the spotlight if you have a strategic head and know how to take advantage of good opportunities. According to Lindsay Scott, who writes for the PM Perspectives Blog, self-promotion is not ...

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6 Things You Should Do When Kicking Off a Project

Successful projects start with a good kick-off. How managers start their projects and draw out plans for implementation determines the likelihood of success. Most often, project managers take the preparation and planning stage for granted, and tend to overlook important aspects that affect later implementation process. In a post at her website, project leadership coach Susanne Madsen lists six things you should strive to do to set off: Validate the business case Identify sponsor and ...

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An Interview with Dave Gordon on His Book, The Data Conversion Cycle

Businesses approach data conversion projects with apprehension, and perhaps rightfully so. But the Practicing IT Project Manager, Dave Gordon, has written a new book aimed at demystifying data conversion for all roles involved. We interviewed Dave about his book and his reliable, repeatable process for data conversion. Here’s what he had to say. AITS: Your book, The Data Conversion Cycle, describes a generalized approach to data conversion that can be applied by nearly anyone involved ...

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4 Tips to Avoid Feeling Stuck in Project Management

It’s easy for project managers to feel stuck  from falling into an orbit of meeting deadlines, pleasing stakeholders, empowering team members, and impacting the company for too long. Getting unstuck might not be as easy. The Project Risk Coach Harry Hall identifies multiple options for solving this mental problem by looking at the root cause and taking things easier: Overcoming analysis paralysis Getting past our fears Breaking the chains of perfectionism Making decisions more quickly ...

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5 Takeaways from Failed Projects

Projects can go off the rails and fail at any point for a number of reasons. It’s painful, but you either learn from it and move forward, or keep repeating the same mistake. Brad Egeland, in writing for Project Times, shares a list of key lessons that project managers can learn to avoid making a mistake more than once—because he has suffered project failures for these reasons himself: Always conduct lessons learned. Peer reviews of ...

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No More Limits! Why WIP Targets Are Better for Improving Team Performance

For decades now, the Operations Research and Industrial Engineering communities—and especially Lean and Theory of Constraints (TOC) practitioners—have preached the importance of limiting “work in progress,” or WIP, in order to improve flow in a process or system. The conceptual foundation for such WIP limits is known as “Little’s Law,” named after John Little for having provided the first proof of the theorem back in 1961. In order to boost the throughput of a system, Little’s Law asserts ...

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5 Reasons to Get PMP Certified This Year

If you’re looking for a new professional goal this year, getting certified is a good way to boost your knowledge and have more inspiration to go to work every morning. More certifications means more benefits, and the PMI Project Management Professional (PMP®) credential is recognized worldwide. It shows that you are a master when it comes to project management, and you don’t have to talk your colleagues into believing it. Elizabeth Harrin, writing for Project ...

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How Project Managers Can Deal with Chronic Stress and Avoid Burnout

Stress has been a close companion of project managers. Stress can make you feel productive and doing a meaningful job, but chronic stress is harmful to your body and can cause burnout. You cannot blame external factors like work overload or society for chronic stress, because sometimes, you yourself are the direct cause of the problem. Deeply rooted habits, beliefs, and perceptions on the inside are usually the inner force that generates more stress than ...

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