Why Escape Quest is the Best Team Building Activity

Every team needs some motivation in order to stay productive during the long-term project. Out-of-work team building is one of the most effective and proven methods to motivate the team. There are several points why team building may be useful. First, it allows your team to recharge:  either to get a breath of a fresh air after several months of hard work or to celebrate some milestone that you have achieved together.… [ Read the rest...]

7 deadly sins of a project manager while working with a team

When I started my career as a project manager in IT industry, I noticed that people often criticized project managers. They complained about them during the breaks, at the meetups, on the Internet, wherever it was possible. And I thought then that something was wrong with this situation: either it is not very good attitude to the manager’s position in the industry in general or it is all about particular personalities.  … [ Read the rest...]

PM Stories: Instant Karma

Once I had my first project status meeting with a client at my new job. As usual, after the call I had to share meeting minutes with the client. I asked my colleagues in what way they usually send meeting minutes.  They said it was enough to create a shared document with the meeting overview and then send a link to this document to the client via email.… [ Read the rest...]
Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned: Does It Really Work in Projects?

After completion of each project it is recommended to conduct a lessons learned session with a team. But many people including some project managers believe that lessons learned is just yet another meeting and a waste of time. Let`s figure out if it’s true or not. What is Lessons Learned Session and How It Differs from Retrospective Meeting First, let’s try to understand what  actually a lessons learned meeting is and what’s the difference between it and a well-known in Scrum retrospective meeting.… [ Read the rest...]

Why Remote Teams Matter in 2018?

If someone asks me what an ideal team is like, I will answer without any doubt that an ideal team is a collocated team. And what`s also important, an ideal project manager is the one who works in the same room with a collocated team. This point is easy to explain because, when the whole team is located in the same room and when you as a manager is present there, you may feel the pulse of your team.… [ Read the rest...]