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5 Ways to Keep Your Project and Team on Target

Trust and believe that procrastinating is the easiest thing to do. Who can easily focus and stay on task? We are distracted and chained to our devices that can keep us connected all over the world with shenanigans that are sure time-killers. In the world of business time is money, and in an article for ZDNet, Mark Samuels gives us 5 ways to keep your project and team on target: Have a clear direction. Stick to your ...

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What Makes a High-Performing Project Team?

What is the secret sauce, that doctored up jar of Ragú that turns a team into a lean, mean project-completing machine? In a post for the PM Perspectives Blog, project leadership coach Susanne Madsen pinpoints the factors that optimize team effectiveness. If your team can embody these principles, you will be savoring the taste of success for years to come. A Recipe for Productivity Madsen says groups like MIT and Google have not found correlations ...

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How to Keep Your Risk Management Genuinely Simple

Author William Gaddis once said, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” The best project managers understand project management and know how to keep things simple. Some project managers are guilty of using complex risk management processes and lingo that few people understand. Team members finds themselves lost. They may be thinking, “What planet is this guy from? Sheesh!!” Risk management does not have to be complicated. Really. Allow me to share seven simple ways to manage ...

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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 Good Reasons to Start the Project Late

No one likes disappointing people. If you tell a client a project will start by a date, you want to follow through and live up to this expectation. Unfortunately, life often gets in the way and there are obstacles that inevitably delay a project. In an article for CIO.com, Brad Egeland discusses nine reasons why you should postpone the start of a project: The customer needs training. Requirements are unclear. Funding is not established. There ...

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7 Ways to Improve Employee Development Programs

Learning and development programs are not only effective ways to better your employees, but they help to keep them engaged and invested in the company. Organizations invest $164.2 billion on these programs, but executives are still struggling to make them worthwhile. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Keith Ferrazzi elaborates on the seven challenges organizations face in the creation of development plans that add value: Inspire managers to coach their employees. Handle the short ...

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Why Your Organization Needs A+ Players Now

When you are a leader, it is part of your role to continually train and empower tomorrow’s leaders. For IT, this means finding employees who are often smarter, better, and faster, and giving them the tools to succeed in the long run. In an article for The Enterprisers Project, Curt Carver explores the importance of hiring the best of the best now. How to Get Good Grades Being an A+ player goes beyond mere intelligence. ...

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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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Three Things You Should Do Whenever Someone Leaves Your Project

During the evolution of a project, people come and go on the project team. This is an unavoidable aspect of successful project completion. So what is the best way to handle this seemingly open-door policy? In a post for PM Hut, Kiron D. Bondale elaborates on what to do when a person leave the project team. The Debriefing When the project initially starts, the core team is developed, but as the project gains momentum more ...

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How Can You Become a Great Project Manager?

At the heart of every business are people. The business works to please customers by capitalizing on their employees’ skill sets. In an article for the Association for Project Management, Lynda Bourne explores how this fundamental fact can make or break a project manager. Project managers need to understand that successful projects are the result of people. When a team is properly encouraged and challenged, the results delivered are phenomenal. However, this requires some development ...

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