Projects at Work

Collaboration


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.

Managing Global Projects

- by Curt Finch

Global projects present significant obstacles to project leaders, but with the right tools, a little flexibility and the willingness to step out of your comfort zone, you can prevail. Here are six common challenges and suggestions for overcoming them.

Get Out Of Line

- by By Dr. Linda Seger

In spite of the different ways we can achieve a goal and manage a project, we are often asked to imitate, rather than innovate. Call it linear, competitive or hierarchical thinking, but by any name it’s probably not the best approach for managing projects — or living our lives. Collaborative or team thinking seeks to connect rather than separate the many working parts of a project.

How Social Should You Be?

- by Neil Stolovitsky

Social media democratizes communication, but many project leaders are cautious about incorporating the technology into their efforts for fear of derailing carefully structured best practices. The key is taming social media’s sometimes chaotic tendencies while leveraging its many benefits.

PM Petri Dish

- by Janis Rizzuto

To strengthen its management and oversight capabilities, a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center turned to project management. But it needed a model that suited the academic research environment. It created a unique application of processes and tools developed in collaboration with the researchers, rooted in simplified practices, and dedicated to flexibility and applicability. The results have been remarkable.

Leading from a Distance

- by Darlee DeRosa/Rich Lepsinger

The most effective virtual team leaders are able to balance execution-oriented practices with interpersonal skills and cultural factors. Communication is king, according to a study of 48 virtual teams that identified five best practices for virtual team leadership.

Break Out of the PPM Silo

- by Dave Blumhorst

When project portfolio management is conducted in a data/process “vacuum,” it often does more harm than good. Breaking down departmental walls and building an integrated, holistic approach to PPM will help to eliminate bottlenecks and improve decision-making. Here are steps to make it happen.

BA + QA = A-OK

- by Janis Rizzuto

How can companies foster collaboration between business analysts and quality assurance professionals? New research recommends three steps to strengthen alignment between these complementary roles — and improve project outcomes.

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