Lack of face-to-face time makes cohesion difficult to achieve on distributed teams. Collaboration software can help, with forums for information exchange that enhance productivity and accountability. Along the way, it should also make “getting things done” more rewarding and spontaneous. Here are four keys to keeping your virtual team connected.
What is the most important factor in motivating your teams? Foster a sense of making progress on meaningful work. It doesn’t require a monumental breakthrough; in fact, small wins have the biggest impact. Here are four steps that can help create a more productive, happy and profitable work environment.
After showing how Kanban is applied to small projects and larger-scale initiatives up to three months in duration, our series concludes with a detailed look at the challenges and benefits of bringing Kanban to longer projects in multi-team environments. It starts with enabling a shared understanding of reality.
Many, if not most, projects rely on outside suppliers — vendors, contractors, consultants — for critical activities and expertise. But these partnerships can do more harm than good if ground rules aren’t established and respeected throught the project. Here are seven factors for working successfully with your project’s external participants.
Agile says less is almost always better — less documentation, less process, less intrusion from management. So how can a “less is more” approach be applied to complex projects with larger teams? By creating sub-teams that still work independently, but do much more of one thing: collaboration.
A rocket won’t overcome gravity's pull without the right trajectory and energy. Likewise, a project needs systems in place at launch to have a chance of soaring. In this excerpt, we set the stage for a successful liftoff, which requires a shared understanding of team roles and objectives. An agile chartering framework can help.
Product development requires a unified, collaborative team effort. A social project management framework, combined with the right social tools, helps to connect team activities to the product development process and stakeholders. The benefits include increased visibility, more accurate estimates, responsive, real-time analysis and streamlined workflows.
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.
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.
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.