5 Easy Ways to Collaborate

5 Easy Ways to Collaborate

If you’ve been working as a project manager for some time, you’ll probably remember the days when all your project team sat together in the same office. In fact, you may still have that, especially if you work in an Agile environment. There are certainly plenty of benefits of having your team around you. But for many project managers, that isn’t the reality any more. Project teams are increasingl ...

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3 Ways to Improve Team Collaboration

3 Ways to Improve Team Collaboration

Your project team doesn’t collaborate, the business users don’t know what’s going on and the project is still being reported as ‘green’ with no issues. If this situation sounds familiar then you really need to get a grip on team collaboration as soon as you can, as that lovely ‘green’ status won’t last for very long! Here are 3 ways to improve team collaboration on your project. 1. Integrate, int ...

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Being Creative with Your Existing Project Resources

Being Creative with Your Existing Project Resources

On a technical project, it would be nice to think that we could swap out resources at any point in the project to meet whatever need arises on our engagement.  We all know that requirements change, or a change order comes up that necessitates a different skill set than what we might have available to us at the moment. 

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3 Innovative Ways to Turn Around a Failing Project

3 Innovative Ways to Turn Around a Failing Project

No project manager likes to be on a failing project or to take over a failing project – unless they like the Superman complex of coming in to try to save the day.  But it’s a reality of the project management profession…more projects will fail than succeed.  Various surveys have found that anywhere from 50-75% of all projects fail to some degree…either based on some degree of budget failure, sched ...

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The Trouble with Two Sponsors

The Trouble with Two Sponsors

“How many sponsors does your project have?” Most project managers will answer the question by saying that they only have one project sponsor. This is a great answer – and it is far easier to manage a project with only one sponsor. But for some projects, we find ourselves managing two (or, infrequently, more) executives who all want the role of sponsor. For example, a project where you are launch ...

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What does a Business Analyst do?

What does a Business Analyst do?

Many project managers work with Business Analysts (a BA) on their projects. It can be a very useful role to have on the project team, but the role itself can be quite a mystery to the uninitiated. So, if you have never worked with a BA before, here is a brief introduction to how they contribute to a project team. What is the BA responsible for? Different companies view the role of the BA in differ ...

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Working on the Go

Working on the Go

This article isn’t going to be so much about project management as it is about working on the go…which is something I think just about every project manager does from time to time anyway.  I happen to do it a lot, so anything that deals with working remotely, or the ability to do project work in a virtual team environment, interests me.  And that includes the tools that allow us to do just that. ...

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Sir Ken Robinson on a time of revolution

Sir Ken Robinson, author of best-selling book The Element, spoke at the Pink Elephant ITSM conference in Las Vegas last month about the state of today’s business environment and the challenges facing working professionals today. About 1600 people attended his presentation. “We’re living in a time of revolution,” he said, referring to the fact that there are things happening, particularly in techn ...

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Tips to Plan and Manage Collaborative Team Tasks

Tips to Plan and Manage Collaborative Team Tasks

Manage your team wisely and achieve everything you planned. The crucial moments you need to take into consideration for this can be found in this article. Complex team You need to have different professionals and different people in your team so that they will bring different ideas to the project. They will have different points of view and sometimes even argue, but it is one of the best ways ...

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