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25 Practical Project Team Development Practices

Project managers don’t usually have a specific budget for team development, and yet, as the PMBoK says, teamwork is a critical factor for project success, and developing effective project teams is one of the primary responsibilities of the project manager. Of course, there are many dimensions to team leadership. However, this article looks at just one aspect of this – how to balance the competing imperatives of work delivery versus team ...

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Insights on Teams and Project Work at Google

Did you know that Google has a website dedicated to a ‘collection of practices, research, and ideas from Google and others to help you put people first’? It’s called re:Work and a number of the practices were shared at the recent Agile Business Conference in London by one of the HR Managers from Google. re:Work- you can take a look and browse at your leisure here –  is perhaps little ...

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3 Ways to Resource Your Project for Strategic Success

We all know that people deliver projects, and having the right people on the team makes a huge difference as to whether the work is completed successfully or not. And yet, putting the thought into selecting the right team is sometimes an afterthought. You might be able to get away with that for smaller or straightforward projects, where ‘generic’ project managers and resources would be able to successfully deliver the ...

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How To Overcome The Four Most Common Roadblocks that Prevent You from Leading with Vision

As discussed in a previous post the ability to identify, articulate and share a clear vision for the project is one of the key ingredients to project success. The reality however is that many projects aren’t strategically aligned. They are tactical and are lead by an execution-oriented project manager who may not feel that setting or communicating the vision is part of their responsibility. Let’s examine the most common roadblocks ...

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Moving from Silos to Cross Functional Teams

Although most people need no clarification on the two terms – silos and cross-functional teams – we’ll start with some explaining just to make sure we’re on the same page. Silo is a term used frequently to describe a team who works isolated from the rest of the world. The only interaction is transactional: they receive some inputs and must produce some outputs. There are multiple interpretations of the term ...

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How to Involve IT in Your Projects

There’s a change happening in business, and as someone with a background in Information Technology projects, I feel it’s certainly a very welcome one. IT is coming out of the shadows and being integrated as a true strategic business partner, according to a list of the top 10 adaptive leadership trends for this year. But what does this mean for project leaders? IT underpins your business strategy – and depending ...

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Four Project Management and Leadership Pitfalls to Avoid when Starting Up a Project

From working on projects we know that an infinite amount of things can go wrong. The technical solution could be flawed, the user’s needs could change and team members who are instrumental to the project’s success might leave. But worst of all, proper project management and leadership might not be used. When project management isn’t employed properly, there will be no controls, no way to manage the risk and no ...

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10 Issues With Virtual Project Teams (And What You Can Do About Them)

I expect you work in a virtual team – and if you haven’t had that pleasure, I trust virtual teams will form part of your future. Here are 10 problems faced by virtual teams and some hints about what you can do to overcome these issues. 1. Misunderstanding Is Common When you put different cultures together, you should expect some misunderstanding. In a virtual team when you all have the ...

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