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Project Rituals

- by David Schmaltz

Processes inform action and instigate perspiration. Rituals invite reflection and stimulate insight and inspiration. Processes can become meaningless when the purpose behind them gets lost. Rituals can help inject purpose. Which of your current project’s tasks might be candidates for ritualization, and how does it actually work?

Discover Your Project’s Identity

- by David Schmaltz

It takes a community to bring a project to coherent conclusion, but no project achieves community without first discovering an identity that everyone involved can recognize. Sleep-inducing PowerPoint presentations packed with milestones and deliverables can’t do the trick. What can? Well, withered turnips, kimonos and other visual metaphors have worked for others. Can you discover your project's identity and, most important, share it?

Good Enough For Van Gogh

- by Mark Mullaly, PMP

Creativity and sound project management processes are not mutually exclusive. History’s most innovative artists were still guided by disciplined methods; so, too, today’s creative project managers, and most of them haven’t lost an ear in the process.

The Back of the (Virtual) Napkin

- by Karen Klein

New product development doesn't get done with paper and pen any longer. Nor is the back of the napkin the preferred receptacle for brainstorming. While the creative process is still fundamentally messy (and human), managing it efficiently is vital to business success. How can project portfolio management contribute?

Five Little Minutes

- by David Schmaltz

When recruiting team members, you can help even the busiest or most reluctant prospects find their project within yours. In Part III of our Developing Project Community series, the author explains his journey from half-hearted beggar to fully engaged listener, and how a brief, open conversation can win deeper involvement from participants.

Not Processing

- by Mark Mullaly, PMP

Why do many would-be champions of process, from project managers to the executive ranks, seem to follow an ad hoc approach when it comes to their own responsibilities? In a new series on “making project management work,” editorial board member Mark Mullaly tackles the contradiction, and the reasons behind our resistance.

The Good, Er, Old Days

- by David Schmaltz

In the first installment of his new series, editorial board member David Schmaltz lays the groundwork for “discovering project community,” and discusses how the concept differs from traditional team approaches, including the pitfalls of over-responsibility and an “us-versus-them” mentality.

The Ring Project

- by Daniel Starr

Why the travails of Hobbits and Kings just might offer some real-life lessons for managing your project. The takeaway: stay focused on the destination (the outcome) and don’t stick to a single route (the plan of action).

To Be Type C

- by Dan Bradbary and David Garrett

A sizable segment of successful project managers thrive on resolving chaos, solving problems, accepting the high fives, and moving on to the next threat that guarantees more thrills. Their approach is future-centered; they have a clear vision of the completed project, and how to go about getting there. They’re Type Cs.

Free Market PM: The Mindset

- by David Schmaltz

The final article in this six-part series describes the entrepreneurial mindset and energy at the root of free market projects. You probably have it, according to the author. Whether you're willing to exercise it is an entirely different issue.

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