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How to Be the Best Project Manager for Your Team

When it comes to running a business, you simply cannot have your cake and eat it too if you want to get the job done. You cannot be everyone’s best friend for fear of conflict. You have to find the right balance of care and candor in order to be able to lead your team. In a post for Project Management Basics, Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy goes over the dos and don’ts to be the best project …

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The 5 Things Developers Expect from a Project Manager

Consultant software engineer Federico Tomassetti understands the great power of project managers—power that can help or destroy a team. Healthy relationships must be maintained between project managers and their developers if success is to result. In an article for DZone, Tomassetti shares five things developers expect you as the project manager to do: Communicate business priorities and consider technical priorities. Inform developers about deadlines well in advance. Manage communications. Shield developers from issues. Make sure …

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5 People Skills for New IT Managers

Not everyone who ends up in management strives to get there. Some people just kind of get put there. They then wonder, “Now what?” as they navigate the hostile alien terrain. For those who would like to rise to the occasion, Mary Shacklett offers five people-oriented pointers in an article for TechRepublic: Be approachable and accessible. Always be fair, but don’t strive to be liked. Carefully consider your decisions. Accept that you can’t know it …

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5 Tips for Managing a Dispersed Team

With the progression of technology, people in remote parts of the world can now work with those in the biggest of cities. These dispersed teams often need a little different management in order to make them successful. In an article for ZDNet, Mark Samuels shares five tips for managing dispersed teams: Embrace differences. Put the team first. Make everyone aware of what success looks like. Be prepared to make the arduous decisions. Celebrate achievements in …

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4 Key Drivers for Team Engagement

Everyone has a different style to getting their work done. Some people enjoy being told how to do things every step of the way, while others need to be left alone to spread their creative wings and soar. In a post for A Girl’s Guide to Project Management, Elizabeth Harrin discusses alternatives to the “command and control” management style. A Live and Let Live Approach The command and control style of management is a very …

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9 Steps to Building a First-Rate Remote Project Management Team

Managing a team in one office can be tricky, but managing a team from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia, or London to Shanghai, is harder still. This article from TechRepublic shares some proactive steps that can make managing a digital team less daunting. There are nine steps to follow that will make project management an easier task: Begin at the end. Identify job information. Match team’s skills with goals. Identify trusted sources. Remember the logistics. Consider culture. …

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5 Ways CIOs Can Push Teams beyond Their Comfort Zones

The sky is the limit in technology anymore, which means the only thing holding teams back is their own inhibitions. In an article for The Enterprisers Project, Sven Gerjets shares some simple ways for CIOs to push their team into the next innovation level. Team Upgrade Teams can now operate in an entirely different way, one in which they are not trapped by the linear. Gerjets challenges CIOs to push beyond this linear, incremental thinking, …

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Leveraging Remote Teams for the Most Success

Successfully managing any team is a challenge, but throwing in the added factor of the team working remotely can make the entire endeavor overwhelming. In a post for the Association for Project Management, Valentina Lorenzon elaborates on how to best manage remote teams. Remote Work, Expansive Results The world has changed, and it is more common than ever for a manager to be leading a team that works in different states, or even countries. This …

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5 Methods to Preempt Team Conflict

There is equilibrium in the team conflict spectrum. A little conflict can produce great, innovative results, but bad conflict can result in all-out anarchy. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Ginka Toegel and Jean-Louis Barsoux discuss how taking a proactive stance with team conflict often inspires the best outcomes. So Many Conflicts The best medicine is preventative medicine. Supervisors should set aside some time for teams to be encouraged to communicate with one another. …

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HR Insights: The Value of Team-Building Activities

This is the fourth in a series of interviews with Gail Rolls on critical HR topics. The first, second, and third interviews may be viewed at their respective locations. Why is it so important to encourage teams in the workplace, and how is this done? In an interview I conducted with Gail Rolls, Senior IT Recruiter and Career Development Consultant for Computer Aid, I asked about what Computer Aid does to encourage team building. AITS: …

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