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TOP 10 Articles on Project Management in November 2019

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 November 2019

Best Practices

The author of this article explains what makes a great project, though doing this in a very unusual and creative way. He compares a project with a good Chicago style pizza. First of all, it`s funny. But it is also useful because such a metaphor enables a better understanding of the subject [Read More …]

Reporting activities take a big part of the project manager`s work. No matter if you’re a journeyman or an apprentice in the field, you are doing reports. But are you doing them right? After all, project reports are not meaningless routine, they help to keep all stakeholders informed about current project status, define project plan deviations and put in place risk response strategy. This article familiarizes you with the five most common types of project reports that are crucial to the successful running of a project [Read More…]

Communication Management

This article highlights science baked and FBI proven methods of getting the necessary information from people. Don`t worry, no torture at all, just pure psychology. It turns out that the approaches mentioned in this article work pretty well when you need to get some necessary input from your project stakeholders and subject matter experts. The author gives a number of clear examples from his own experience [Read More …]

Personal Effectiveness

We all know that the run-up to Christmas can get super busy for project managers – squeezed timelines, annual reports, planning of the following business year, etc. All said above adds extra stress to already hectic project managers` life. So, it is really important to be aware of your mental health during these busy times. In this article Caolainn shares some tips to reduce stress during the inevitably frenzied holiday period [Read More …]

I`m sure that every project manager has been in these shoes. You`ve just joined a new project and feel like you`re rather a burden for a new team than an asset. You don’t yet understand the subject, you can’t always follow the discussions and don’t feel like you`re adding much value. In this article, Elizabeth Harrin explains how to survive your first weeks on a new project and not lose confidence and motivation [Read More …]

Teambuilding

If you want to build a productive team, you have to make sure that team members can talk openly and candidly with each other without fear of judgment or reprisals. Such climates are described as “psychologically safe” environments. The author of this article shares a toolkit that helps managers to increase psychological safety and, eventually, the performance of their teams [Read More …]

Scrum

This article addresses a common question the most newly formed Scrum teams face with: how long should a Scrum Sprint be? There are different approaches to this issue and at the end of the day, the answer to this question depends on the project specifics. However, the author advocates for a shorter (up to two weeks) length of the Sprint as a more effective one [Read More…]

At first glance, the Daily Scrum meeting seems to be a pretty simple and straightforward instrument that drives the work of Scrum teams. However, a lot of teams are really struggling with making it effective. In this article, Mike Cohn provides us with 10 tips for improving your daily scrum meetings. I bet, you`ll find at least one that is relevant for your teams [Read More…]

Another common question that comes up during establishing a Scrum process is whether it is possible to have people assigned to a couple of Scrum teams at the same time. In fact, Scrum does not have a rule against people being on multiple Scrum Teams, however, there is a number of challenges related to this. So, if you want to have some people on multiple Scrum teams, please, read the article and figure out how you will mitigate possible negative consequences of this practice [Read More ….]

Scrum requires a self-organized team to deliver “done” increments at the end of each Sprint. Furthermore, the Scrum Master has to ensure that self-organization is understood and correctly used. In reality, self-organization becomes a big challenge for teams because the personal traits of some people and misunderstanding of the Scrum framework result in unbalanced accountabilities. The author of this article gives examples of the most common unbalanced accountabilities in Scrum and provides some quick tips on how to get rid of them [Read More ….]

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