Projects at Work

Collaboration


Some Skin In the Game

- by Ty Kiisel

A huge challenge we face as project leaders is creating an atmosphere where everyone on the team takes ownership of their tasks and the bigger picture. To get people to commit on a deeper level, tools need to go beyond status updates; they need to provide transparency and visibility into the meaning behind the work.

Tool Shop: Cohuman

- by Andrew Makar, PMP

Mindjet’s task-based collaboration tool keeps teams in sync by making information more people-centric, organized and transparent. With social aspects similar to Facebook and Twitter, Cohuman helps colleagues coordinate projects and tasks with each other. Here are five reasons to consider the tool for your collaboration efforts.

Trust Acts

- by Timm Esque/T. Michael Porter

As projects become more complex and uncertain, there is a paradox: the more you tighten controls, the less real control you achieve. The solution is to implement a coordinated set of “trust acts” at all levels. It turns out that the people working on high-stakes projects really do care about success.

Silo Busting

Operational silos are a huge barrier to program management success. In this podcast, Deltek’s Jason Kinder discusses how an integrated PM approach can break those silos down and bring together people, processes and tools to improve six keys areas: forecast accuracy; collaboration; risk and opportunity management; PPM; change management; and actionable information. [6:08]

Book Review: 42 Rules for Successful Collaboration

- by John D'Entremont

When it comes to leading or working as part of a project team, collaboration (or the lack of it) will often determine the success (or failure) of the endeavor, regardless of planning. A new book gathers 42 rules for collaborating more effectively, covering people, processes and technology.

Full-Integration Product Design

- by Tim J. Morton

As products become increasingly complex, design teams must integrate a wide range of expertise throughout the development process. This offers new opportunities for innovation while helping to carry the vision all the way through to production and curtailing late compromises.

Mindjet Acquires Cohuman

- by ProjectsAtWork

Mindjet is also introducing a cloud-based collaboration service and a new version of its collaborative work management solution.

Tool Shop: LiquidPlanner 3.0

- by John D'Entremont

LiquidPlanner has revised its online project management software, with a focus on app-style planning features and cross-project scheduling and prioritization. This, along with a “social project management” approach, allows for a truly collaborative vibe on project teams.

Game Plans

- by Gareth Byatt, Gary Hamilton and Jeff Hodgkinson

The use of sports terminology and analogies is often overdone in the workplace, but applied in the right context they can inspire and illustrate how to get things done as a team. Here are eight areas where linking the worlds of sports and project management might help your next project.

Dwight Was Right: Plans Are Useless

- by Jason Carlson

Elaborating on Dwight Eisenhower's often quoted declaration, a project plan that exists in a vacuum is useless, but active, collaborative planning is indispensable. Here are three keys to injecting a collaborative mindset into your project environment, from decision-making to execution.

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