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Collaboration


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.

A Team Journey

- by Gina Abudi

From kickoff to closeout, every project has its ups and downs. Project managers who have a handle on the five stages of team development can foster greater collaboration, decision making and overall performance. In part two of this series, we look at an example of a team progressing through all five stages.

The 5 Stages of Good Teams

- by Gina Abudi

Every high-performing team progresses through five stages of development. Project leaders must understand these stages to help teams realize their full potential as they work toward common goals. Here’s an overview of the five stages and what to look out for along the way.

A Tight Wrap

- by Janis Rizzuto

In the middle of a three-year SAP implementation, the IS department at a polypropylene wrapping manufacturer is connecting through a new project management tool that fosters tighter collaboration and swifter communication in a modern, social-media manner.

A True View

- by Ty Kiisel

As project and portfolio management processes spread throughout organizations, the greatest roadblock to executive visibility isn’t the software or methodologies employed. It’s individual contributors. Traditional top-down approaches just don’t work. Here are keys to increasing team member participation. Increased visibility and value will follow.

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