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How to Cope When Someone Derails Your Meeting

How to Cope When Someone Derails Your Meeting

We all spend a lot of time in meetings, either virtually or in person, so you really need them to be a good use of your time. Meetings that don’t go well can be demotivating, not to mention the fact that you haven’t completed the work that you thought you would be doing in that session.

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5 Tips for Distributed Teams

5 Tips for Distributed Teams

Distributed project teams are the norm now, right? I expect you have more examples of projects done with colleagues in different offices, time zones and countries than projects done by a team of people who all work in the same building.

A distributed team is one where its members are split across several locations. Even if your colleagues are all in the same country and nominally based in the same office location, if you communicate mainly via electronic means or the phone and don’t meet up in person then your team is distributed in nature. Geographical distance doesn’t really come into it – virtuality is an attitude!

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How to Establish a Healthy Competition Between Project Managers and Members

How to Establish a Healthy Competition Between Project Managers and Members

Great management and clear guidance are not the only tools that a company can use to improve productivity and efficiency among employees. Establishing healthy competition among members is another effective way to achieve company goals. However, competition has its pros and cons, something that managers should take into consideration before implementing initiatives for competition. You need to understand the difference between positive and negative competition then find ways to encourage the former in the workplace.

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10 Collaboration Tips for International Teams

10 Collaboration Tips for International Teams

If you didn’t work that well as an international project team last year then now is the time to do something about it. Get 2015 off to a great start by sorting out how you are going to work together in a virtual environment now. 1. Time zone awareness Try to spread team meetings across the day when most people are at work. Avoid it always being one team in one country who has to attend a meeting a ...

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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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