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Blog Highlights… People only will stay in an environment and make amazing contributions to a company where respect is common place. For detailed post, see “What Goes Around“   Timely, vivid and accurate feedback builds skill in an organization quickly.  Scrum provides a work environment of intense feedback that allows an organization to build very […]

Blog Highlights…

People only will stay in an environment and make amazing contributions to a company where respect is common place.

For detailed post, see “What Goes Around

 

Timely, vivid and accurate feedback builds skill in an organization quickly.  Scrum provides a work environment of intense feedback that allows an organization to build very usable and invaluable talent in a short period of time.

For detailed post, see “Learning the Code

 

To be effective in our jobs, we must look for ways to retain the positive of what we are doing and instill it as a part of the character of our group.  Retrospectives are a great way to keep our teams focused on ways to continuously improve.

For detailed post, see “A Cup of Kindness

 

It is important to remember to nurture the business relationships around us—coworkers, customers, and business partners. When we fail to nurture the relationships around us, we miss the opportunity to prosper and to find contentment and joy in our work environments. The best business approach is to spread love by using every available moment to increase your knowledge, to connect with people and to spread love with intelligent enthusiasm and compassion.

For detailed post, see “All You Need is Love”

 

As project managers, we want to lead successful projects.  In order to do this, we need to ask ourselves three questions:  When is the best time to do things?  Who is the most important one to please?  What is the right thing to do?  As we search for answers to these questions on each project we encounter, we should keep in mind the usefulness of considering current, local conditions and utilizing collaborative leadership to accomplish success with and for those around us.

For detailed post, see “A Tale of Agility

 

We live in a world of data overload.  It is great that we have so much information available to us; however, the abundance of information can distract project teams from reaching their objectives in a timely manner.  Project leaders, along with their teams, should develop upfront data management plans to determine the data most appropriate to achieving project results.

For detailed post, see “It’s in the Kiss

 

In today’s world where labor is less mechanical and more creative, new motivations have emerged.  21st century teams are driven by a desire for engagement.  The teams are motivated by a desire for autonomy, mastery and purpose.

For detailed post, see “Let’s Get Hitched

 

Selling to consumers in the age of an abundance of inexpensive and fast-to-market products requires a change in business practices to promote creativity.  Agile practices allow an organization to move toward more frequent product delivery, with emphasis on repeated evaluation of objectives and customer satisfaction.  CollabNet is a company that helps organizations conduct agile transformations to become more competitive in the 21st century.

For detailed post, see “21st Century Learning

 

Risk is an essential part of the creative process and necessary for advancement of ideas.  Our project success will not depend upon eliminating risks, but rather will depend upon using calculated management of risks.  The risker the project, the more we need to move away from conventional practices, utilizing risk management techniques.  We need to engage risk agilely considering local conditions as we go.

For detailed post, see “One Small Step

 

Successful projects require both individual and team excellence.  Helping projects succeed at a team level requires  synchronization of work and strong communication among team members.  Tasktop Sync is a tool that provides a consolidated view into requirements management for projects and can help improve workflow and an organization’s ability to communicate regarding the requirements.

For detailed post, see “Summer, Hot Dogs and Baseball...”

 

Hiring the right project manager for an organization can be challenging.  The most effective project managers will be a mix of technical understanding, applicable experience, theoretical knowledge and expertise with tools of the trade.

For detailed post, see “In Search of Merlin

 

In an economic downturn, project managers struggle to maintain motivation among team members concerned for their jobs.  Offering assurance to team members that their contributions are important to the organization and offering internal mentorship training programs are non-financial ways to keep teams motivated in difficult financial times.

For detailed post, see “The Price of Everything...”

 

The ability to establish and maintain a high-performing team is directly proportional to the organization’s ability to create a sense of being appreciated among its employees.  Establishing a shared appreciation tool to help team members recognize each others contributions will positively impact the morale of the group and the overall bottom line of your project.

For detailed post, see “An Attitude of Gratitude

 

Due to increasing levels of global competition, organizations must become more innovative.  A product development process utilizing “validated learning” should be implemented to bring quickly to market valuable products for consumers.  Flexibility and agility are required from project managers and all groups involved in product development.

For detailed post, see “The Fastest Learner Wins

 

How we handle failure determines our ultimate success.  Do not just file lessons learned away in project files.  Use lessons learned throughout the life of a project and focus on systems and process errors rather than human errors.  This will create an organizational culture of trust, open learning and growth.

For detailed post, see “Turn Your Light On

 

Time is your most valuable asset.  Manage it wisely.  Distribute your work effort across the life of a project to avoid costly mistakes and tension caused by being behind schedule near the deadline.

For detailed post, see “Should I Worry?

 

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