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TOP 10 Articles on Project Management in July

Every month I put together my version of the best articles on project management, leadership and team building. Check out the TOP 10 articles on project management in July 2019

Trends

Project management has been a critical business discipline for decades and with the fast paced societal and technological changes on the horizon, it’s important to consider how organizations will manage and execute projects after these changes. More importantly, project managment professionals should figure out what they can do proactively to be prepared to ride the wave! This article explores four project management trends on the horizon and specific steps you can take to be prepared [Read More…]

Best Practices

An employee handbook is a great way to onboard new employees and speed them up on their roles. It helps newbies feel welcome and get the information they need to get started, even on the most hectic of days. This article provides a guide on how to write a compelling employee handbook for your company. Also you will find a couple of creative employee handbook examples from several well-known companies [Read More …]

Scope creep is a real pain almost every project manager faces with on their projects. While it is never entirely preventable, it is important to be always aware of it, and to know how it can be avoided. The author of this article has sorted out the top causes of scope creep and suggested solutions and preventive actions to each of them [Read More…]

Project managers are usually overloaded with tasks. Some of them are just daily routine, but others are something unexpected. Whatever they are, completing your to-do list often looks like mission impossible. Tasks prioritization helps you stay afloat for some time, but doesn`t solve the whole problem. In this situation task automation may come to your resque. In this article Jennifer Bridges shares seven examples of task automation that can help you get more done [Read More…]

Hard Skills

It is your responsibility as a project manager to plan projects as much as possible. But, unfortunately, our life is not 100% predictable and disasters happen from time to time. You definitely can`t predict every hazard, but what you can do is to plan a disaster recovery. In this article Jennifer Bridges shares some thoughts on how to survive any disaster due to having a good recovery plan in place [Read More …]

According to Michael DePrisco, Vice President Global Solutions, Project Management Institute (PMI), we’re moving to a project economy. It’s just becoming how work gets done. With that being said not only official project managers, but other employees as well should know how to organize their work. In this article you will find 4 essential skills and techniques one should apply in order to get things done [Read More …]

Stakeholder Management

This article addresses not much known problem that may poss a threat to a project success – recency bias. Recency bias is when a person focuses on what happened most recently rather than recalling something that happened a while ago. Usually those project stakeholders who are not actively involved in project ongoing activities are especially vulnerable to this kind of bias. The article teaches you how to combat recency bias in stakeholders in order to keep them accurately abreast of the project and its progress, but not outraged or overly optimistic [Read More …]

Team Building

A research shows that time spent by managers and employees in collaborative activities has ballooned by 50% or more over the last two decades. But at the same time people who are encouraged to cooperate, and want to cooperate, do not know how to work together very well. The author of this article shares a couple of approaches you may use to foster effective collaboration in your teams [Read More …]

Scrum & Agile

The issue of team members resistance to Daily Scrum Meetings is a well-known problem among Scrum Masters. I`ve also addressed this problem in one of my articles. Here Mike Cohn suggests his own approach to handling objections to Daily Scrums. His arguments look quite reasonable to me. Moreover, he also provides you with a recipe for Daily Scrum that your team can`t resist attending [Read More…]

The author of this article addresses the problem of a binary Scrum/Not-Scrum state when it comes to implementing this framework. A lot of managers are so focused on being adhered to Scrum guide that they completely forget about their final goal. After all, any agile framework is rather about a continuous and virtuous improvement cycle, than a remote and coveted destination [Read More…]

Bonus Article

We live in the world full of inspirational leaders and outstanding personalities. But the truth is that all major successes rest on the shoulder of teamwork, whether that be the building of the pyramids in Egypt or the dominance of Apple in the marketplace. The authors of this article have collected nine great inspirational examples of teamwork throughout the history. After reading this article you`ll never doubt that teamwork is what really matters [Read More ….]

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