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TOP 10 Articles on Project Management in September 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 September 2018.

Remote Teams

5 Things to Know About Growing Your Remote Team, According to Industry Leaders

This article comprises some good thoughts on the challenges that project manager faces when growing a remote team. You should definitely take them into account before making a transition to a remote team, and adjust your company`s human resources strategy accordingly. Remote team is never easy, but doing it right may be even more effective than having a co-located team. Read more…

The Remote Communication Cheat Sheet For Respecting @All Team Members

Remote and distributed teams are becoming increasingly popular every year. But one of the shortcomings of a remote team is communication gaps which are unavoidable because of a physical distance between coworkers. In this long read one of Trello`s managers shares some advice on building good remote communication culture. From my point of view, some of the tips are quite controversial, but still worth trying. Read more…

How to make working remotely work for you: a guide.

This article is a good addition to the previous one. A co-founder of August company shares her experience of transitioning from a colocated team to a distributed team. When you start working remotely for the first time you definitely need some time for adaptation, company`s processes and policies adjustments. If you`ve already managed remote teams, you may use this article as a check list and a potential improvements plan. If you are just planning to establish your first remote team, this read will help you consider all the challenges you will face during this process. Read more…

Team Building

7 Best Solutions to Increase Collaboration That Are Often Overlooked

Due to some research over 50 percent of the work done today is accomplished through collaboration. It means that in terms of achieving a valuable result individualism is gradually giving a way to team work. And project managers are the ones who are there to direct this process. This article gives some high leverage approaches to promote collaboration in our companies and teams. Read more…

Scrum

Why Agile Teams Should Estimate at Two Different Levels.

In this article some good practices on estimating and planning in agile environment are shared. The author addresses some questions common among the teams that use scrum in their work, in particular: why estimating both the product backlog and sprint backlog can be useful; in what units each of the backlogs should be estimated; when teams should estimate
each of the backlogs, etc. Read more…

Scaling Scrum is just Scrum.

The author of this article claims that scaling Scrum is not so difficult if we understand the premises for this and when we plan transition well. If you consider scaling Scrum as multiple Scrum teams working together on a product basis and replicating how a single Scrum team works, then the organization will become more efficient. At the end of the day scaling Scrum is just Scrum. Read more…

Soft Skills

Three-Step Conflict Resolution For Project Managers.

Conflict is an issue that inevitably arises in any group of individuals, regardless of the context. One of the most important and difficult aspects of a project manager’s job is to identify and resolve these conflicts because even the smallest argument can stop a promising project on its tracks. This articles gives three simple steps you may use to facilitate quick and effective resolutions to conflicts in the workplace. Read more…

Three Ways Your Feedback Can Cultivate Stronger Individuals And Teams.

In this article you will find simple and good advice on how to give feedback in the right way. Giving feedback is a practise that is often overlooked by project managers, sometimes becase they just have no time for this, sometimes because they hesitate or don`t know how to do this. The latter doesn`t mean that you should avoid it, because as it is said in this article “Giving Feedback Badly Is Better Than Not Giving It At All”. Read more…

Technical Skills

The complete guide to becoming a project manager.

This article is extremely helpful for those who is going to become a project manager. However, I believe, it can be useful also for practising project managers as a knowledge review. Here you can find the list of common duties and challenges you may face on your new position, the necessary skills to develop with references to corresponding courses and an overview of the most common project management frameworks. Read more…

Project Controls Simplified: How To Manage And Control Your Projects

For those who have reached the end of this list I prepared something special. This article is definitely a headliner of September`s digest. It describes a notion of project controls as a set of tools that helps project managers to get the deliverable successfully. Due to the project control system you can minimize the gap between project planning and project execution in order to achieve project aims. As a bonus you may find a couple of useful templates in this article. Read more…

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