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TOP 10 Articles on Project Management in November 2018

Every month I put together my version of the best articles on project management and related topics. Please, check out the TOP 10 articles on project management in November 2018.

Technical Skills

A Complete Guide To Requirements Gathering

If a project goes into production after requirements gathering and no one has taken the time to painstakingly document every decision, exception, specification, and assumption, were the project requirements really gathered? At first glance, the requirements gathering process and requirements documentation can seem intimidating—but it doesn’t have to be. This article sheds some light on the importance of requirements, the process of requirements management and gathering, some techniques to consider, and approaches to writing requirements documentation. [Read more…]

How To Improve Your Technical Skills: 5 Ways For A PM To Upskill

One of the most crucial skills for project managers is the ability to communicate effectively with all of stakeholders, both internal (developers, managers) and external (clients). But for a lot of IT project managers, communicating with engineers can be a challenge. When you don’t have any technical knowledge, it can be difficult to “translate” client or even your own feedback into useful instructions for developers or to understnd the core of the problem explained by developer. This article gives an advice on how IT project managers without technical background can quickly gain some technical expertise to improve their communication with developers. [Read more…]

Prioritizing risk in project management

One of the most important aspects in IT project implementation is the risk assessment. An unidentified risk can undermine even the most well-planned project. That is why it`s so important to make the risk assessment before the start of the project. This article give a high-level overview of all potential risk sources in software development projects. [Read more…]

Soft Skills

How To Motivate Your Project Team

A variety of factors affect motivation in the workplace. Big corporations might offer generous bonuses and perks as an incentive. Cool start-ups often encourage creativity and sharing new ideas. Other companies might be keen to promote a healthy workplace. All these things can boost motivation. But what about increasing motivation in a project team? As a project manager, you probably can’t offer a bonus or dictate company policy. However, there are plenty of other things you can do to motivate your team. Read on to learn more! [Read more…]

7 Elements of Leadership Gratitude

Leaders are those who motivate, inspire people and drive things forward. But quite often in the pursuit of the goals they forget about very important and crucial things. They forget to thank the people for their work and effort. This article tells us how it is important to express gratitute to those people in your team who deserve it and what are the correct ways of expressing gratitude. [Read more…]

Remote Teams

I’ve managed a remote team for four years. Here are the 5 things you can’t ignore

This article is a quintessence of management wisdom from the head of marketing at Trello, Stella Garber, who has managed a remote team for 4 years. The author gives some advice on how to build an effective remote team. The first one and the most important from my point of view is – hire the right people. [Read more…]

5 Biggest Misconceptions About Remote Work Among Employers And Employees

The question “What Makes The Perfect Project Manager?” is a quite controversial one. I personally believe that everything depends on particular circumstances because every project has its own specifics and requires particular skills and gifts from the leader. However, in this article you may find a list of those unversal traits that are helpful for a project manager of any project. [Read more…]

Scrum

How to Work with Complex User Stories That Cannot Be Split

Most user stories can be split. But time to time a Scrum team encounters so called “complex user stories”, which are impossible to split by any means. Such user stories are pain for the teams, because nobody in a team knows what to do with them. In this article Mike Cohn gives a good and meaningful advice on how to deal with complex user stories. [Read more…]

Three Approaches to Estimating the Impact of Holidays and Time Off on Velocity

Velocity can be a very useful predictor of how much work an agile team will complete in the future. But how should a team estimate its future velocity when team members are taking time off, whether personally or because of a company holiday? There are a couple of different approaches to this, each is appropriate in different contexts. Read the article and pick the one that is the most relevant to your current project. [Read more…]

Change Management

Changing Your Project Management Methodology? How To Get Your Team On The Same Page

Many companies use various project management systems across different departments. As your business grows, you may need to adjust your methodology and unify the systems your team members are using. The Forbes team asked the experts at Young Entrepreneur Council how they’ve improved company communication in the face of process changes. Follow their advice to create a seamless transition across your teams. [Read more…]

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