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Getting Flexible: How to Project Manage Non-Nine-to-Fivers

Flexibility is rapidly becoming the new norm when it comes to work schedules. The days of the conventional 9-5 are gone and are rapidly being replaced with options that employees can customize to suit how they want to work. In a post for the Association for Project Management, Jade Attwood discusses various insights into creating success with looser work structure. On the Clock off the Clock Work days that are flexible can be intimidating for ...

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6 Ways You’re Getting Teamwork Wrong

Teamwork can help to inspire innovative ideas, as well as better manage a long project to-do list. However, if you do not know how to use teamwork properly, you could make things worse instead of better. In an article for CIO.com, Sharon Florentine elaborates on simple ideas that can help maximize the potential of teamwork. There are six areas of flawed teamwork that need some reworking: Understanding what actually makes a good team The overemphasis ...

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6 Ways to Grow Your Team Members that Will Please Clients

In state government IT, teams very likely will be made up of a blend of state employees and consultants. These days, skilled workers are not content to keep the same skills. They hunger for newer and better ways to develop solutions. These are exactly the type of consultant you want on your team, but you won’t keep them long if you don’t make an effort to help them in their development. You as the project ...

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How to Disagree with Someone More Powerful than You

Whether it is an argument about where to go for dinner or a spat over who the best team is, everyone has disagreements on a regular basis. What may be problematic, and intimidating, is when these disagreements are with a person who has more power than you. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Amy Gallo explores some options when you have a different idea than your superiors. The Thrilla over Vanilla Envelopes It is ...

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4 Questions to Ask When You’re Asked to Help Set Up a New PMO

It is an adventure when your organization decides to make the full jump from project management infrastructure to a formal project management office (PMO). However, if you are tasked with leading this transformation, you may find yourself wondering where to begin. In an article for Project Smart, Brad Egeland discusses the four questions that need to be asked in order to establish the best PMO: What types of projects will the PMO be responsible for, ...

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10 Powerful Questions in a Checklist to Save Your Projects

The CHAOS Reports have been published every year since 1994 and are a snapshot of the state of the software development industry. The Standish Group 2015 Chaos Report studied 50,000 projects around the world, ranging from small enhancements to massive systems implementations. It revealed that 29% of the projects were successful, 52% were challenged, and 19% failed. Successful projects were defined as projects that were completed on time, on budget, with a satisfactory result. If ...

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The Top Three Ways Project Managers Need to Improve

Project managers have come a long way with their craft, but the best leaders understand that there is always more room for growth. In a post for the PM Perspectives Blog, project leadership coach Susanne Madsen elaborates on three areas in which project managers can improve to make their position even more effective: Managing their workload through delegation Improving emotional intelligence Engaging the team collaboratively Better Manager, Better Project Many project managers find their workload ...

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Meet Is Murder: Alternative Solutions

Meetings are often thought of as the “necessary evil” of corporate American culture, but how truly necessary they are is increasingly coming into question. Should executives find themselves in multiple meetings a day? In an article for The New York Times Magazine, Virginia Heffernan explores alternatives to traditional meetings, as well as how to understand different personality types and how they function in mundane meetings. Reconsidering the Meeting There are two different types of people, ...

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How the Project Manager’s Vision Can Save a Project

Research from Harvard indicates that the major qualities that people expect to see in leaders–but not necessarily in their other colleagues–include being forward-thinking and encouraging others to look towards the future. This means that you as a project manager are critically expected to understand your project from a strategic perspective. In a post at her website, project leadership coach Susanne Madsen further elaborates on this coveted attribute. Solidify and Unify the Vision In order to be ...

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Why Organizations Forget What They Learn from Project Failures

Mistakes are seldom the end of the world. In fact, mistakes often provide wonderful learning opportunities for organizations to grow. What becomes a problem is when organizations forget what they have learned from project failures and go back to making the same mistakes. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Francisco Polidoro Jr. explores why businesses so quickly become amnesiacs. What Do You Remember? NASA unfortunately provides a quintessential example of lessons learned and forgotten from ...

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