Managing Globally Distributed Project Teams

I started managing projects that included team members or customers outside the US in the mid-‘90s. In the beginning, it was one other country. Then two, and so on. These days, working with globally distributed project teams is my norm. A typical project will include people spread across five to 30 countries, three to five continents, and from three to seven time zones. As you would expect, it’s very different from managing a few folks …

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4 Secrets for Turning Insight into Execution

It can be incredibly rewarding to help an idea click in someone’s head. They now know what needs to be done or what was holding back success until this point. However, this bright idea can grow dim quickly if it’s not nurtured and reinforced. In an article for strategy+business, Elizabeth Doty explains how you can improve your follow-up in order to turn insight into execution: Document insights in real time, in vivid ways. Be rigorous …

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How to Collect Worker Data without Creeping Out Your Employees

Monitoring employees is a double-edged sword. On one hand, there’s all the data and understanding that comes from being able to see what your employees do. It’s a high priority in most companies, but enacting this could very easily alienate employees as well. How do you strike a balance? In an article for TechRepublic, Mary Shacklett explains how to monitor your employees without being creepy. Data Creep More often than not, your employees are more …

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Why CIOs Might Be Thinking about GDPR Compliance All Wrong

GDPR is going to require CIOs to rethink the way they approach the business once it launches. Getting the implementation right is going to take some work. In an article for Forbes, Stan Christiaens explains three ways CIOs can change their thinking to take on GDPR in the future: Consider who is in charge. Think outside the box. Offense is the best defense. Rethinking GDPR Christiaens has this to say about considering who is in …

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Tips for Managing the Seasons of ITSM

As we begin to close the chapter of this year’s fall season, IT service management (ITSM) can learn a thing or two from Mother Nature. Continual service improvement, or CSI, tends to fall into similar cycles despite how different the two may seem. In a post for ITSM.tools, Anthony Orr gives some tips on how to manage the seasons of ITSM. ’Tis the ITSM Season Just like a bear that hibernates, you’ll probably be doing …

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How to Align Project Goals to Strategy

Everyone likes to talk about aligning project goals to business strategy. There’s only one tiny problem: No one likes to explain how to do this. In a post for the PM Perspectives Blog, Elizabeth Harrin explains how to align project goals with strategy. Assessing Alignment One of the major challenges that alignment presents is that businesses are moving at a breakneck speed to keep up with emerging technologies and trends. There are constant shifts in …

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4 Questions You Should Never Ask a Developer

Developers and project managers are sometimes locked into a love-hate relationship with one another. Both have logical and calculated jobs that are meticulous in the actual work, but getting the two groups to work together isn’t always as black and white. Sometimes project managers need to know what not to say as much as what to say to developers. In an article for the Digital Project Manager, Kelly Suter says some questions that project managers …

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3 Metrics for Project Manager Performance

What is the measure of a project manager? People seldom actually discuss it. Many aren’t sure how precisely to measure a project manager’s performance. In a post for Voices on Project Management, Kevin Korterud gives three metrics that you can use to measure project manager performance: Project metrics Project manager engagement reviews Project manager histories Metrics for Manager Performance Gauging a manager through their project’s metrics is a practical and indirect way to gain perspective …

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How to Turn Down Bad IT Ideas Gently

Build a giant robot to yell at people on the street to use your company’s products: maybe not the best idea. How does an IT leader turn down such ideas without hurting feelings or killing imagination? In an article for ZDNet, Mark Samuels relates some tips to help. Killing Them Softly In the first place, telling people their idea will not work is like a ripping-off-the-Band-Aid sort of scenario: It should be down fast. Letting …

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4 Steps to Help Right-Size Your Risk Management Plan

There is no one-size-fits-all risk management plan. The trick is to make sure the plan is just the right size. In a post at the Project Risk Coach, Harry Hall gives four steps to help you right-size your risk management plan: Select the appropriate inputs, tools, and techniques. Determine what to include. Select the right stakeholders. Review and update as needed. Stepping Up the Scale Start off by selecting the right tools, inputs, and techniques …

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