Each person on the project team is essential to a successful outcome. The level of engagement that each team member has can significantly influence the level of success the project will have. Here are a few ideas for engaging your team.
Understanding the Pain
If you can involve the entire team in reviewing requirements, then the team will understand why change is needed to reduce or avoid the pain being experienced. Don’t just tell them what you want changed. This not only helps all team members better develop their piece of the solution for better test planning, it allows the entire team to discuss the problem and possible solutions so the best solution can be selected by everyone – including the customer/business. Read more
Successful projects are found when project managers (PM) learn to
* Lead a team and not just manage it
* Enable the team to collaborate and self-direct, not just wait to be told what to do
* Facilitate and encourage innovation and creativity in solving problems, not just act as a foreman
Staying aware of the triple constraints (scope, time and resources) is critical, but managing them through the use of a project plan can make it very hard to adjust with changes that inevitably come your way during the project. Rather, changes can be seen as opportunities to improve the solution and make it fit bestt for the customer / business.
Agile project management is done through the collaboration of teams that consist of the customer, the business, and the project implementation team.
First witness a disfunctional way of doing Standups – then see how it should be done.
It really is an excellent example to watch and learn.
June 26, 2013 (8am PT / 11am ET)
Micromanaging a project team is akin to managing each task or deliverable with extreme control. This suffocating management style is likely to put a damper on creativity and inhibit individual growth. There are many reasons why this happens, but in general, it is not a healthy situation for the project manager, employee or team. As a program manager, you want to help project managers improve their performance without stepping on their toes or stepping into their projects. As a project manager, you are keen on making the project a success while balancing the needs of the team, the sponsors, and the organization as a whole.
So, what should you be focused on while others are tackling the work of the project?
In this webinar, you will learn how to take the basic concepts for how not to micro manage and apply it to a project manager’s world. Learning objectives include:
- Identify at least 3 behaviors that look like micro managing
- Review 7 specific tips that a project manager can use to reduce the need for excessive control
- Share some ideas to help combat a micro manager Read more
There is no doubt that knowing how to effectively manage the nine Knowledge Areas identified by PMI®’s PMBOK® Guide will make you a great project manager; however project managers must also have sound leadership skills in order to set the project vision and inspire project teams to overcome project challenges and road blocks. In this webinar, you’ll learn the competencies needed to apply effective project leadership techniques to your projects, so you can create a positive, thriving, and successful project environment. What you will learn:
- Theories and applications of project leadership styles
- Methods of successful motivation techniques of project human resources
- How to lead effective project teams and negotiate with project stakeholders
- Project leadership ethics
- Project vision and commitment
- Project management strategies that help build and sustain a high-performance project
Do Agile without sprints? Stop using Story Points? Create a Microsoft project plan for my sprint?
This webinar covers numerous uncommon ways of being Agile, without conforming to the most common Agile practices. You will learn what seasoned Agile teams know – that Agile principles can be supported in numerous ways, not strictly by the practices we usually associate with Agile.
DURATION: 1 hour
Earn PDU’s: 1
SPEAKER: Greg Smith is a seasoned Agile coach and the founder of GS Solutions Group. He is a Certified Scrum Master, Certified Agile Project Manager, and a PMI Agile Certified Practitioner. Read more
NEW RECORDING – Case Study into Leveraging Scaled Agile Framework™ in Mixed Waterfall and Agile Environments
While the adoption of Agile practices has become more and more prevalent in the industry, it’s clear that many large organizations are often unable to go “all in.” Even as we attempt to isolate initial use of Lean and Agile methods in a “pilot” environment, external forces often exist that prevent a “pure” implementation. Waterfall and Agile/Lean can co-exist.
This Agilista PM webinar will dive into 3 real life situations with mixed Agile/Waterfall environments to show you:
- How Agile projects can align their plans to a Waterfall project when they are not in sync?
- How Waterfall projects can operate within a fixed cadence?
- How to deal with potential issues that may arise in these mixed environments?
- How to know when things are not working and when to make some changes?
During your project meetings, are the participants
reading email, surfing the web, or doing instant messaging
while they “half-listen” to the meeting?
Research shows that 90% of people participating in virtual meetings are “multitasking”: doing at least one other thing that is not related to the meeting.
Wouldn’t it be better for your project outcome if team members and stakeholders paid full attention for the whole meeting?
You may be surprised at the answer.
This entertaining and information-packed talk examines the challenge of multitasking and teaches coping skills, techniques, and tools to manage the attention of meeting participants.
Created and delivered by a master presenter who is a veteran of both project management and executive management, this course shows you how to manage participants’ attention, get your issues resolved, and adjourn the meeting with time to spare.
After this presentation, you will be able to:
- Take a rational, systematic approach to managing attention
- Get more done in less time
- Apply techniques that reduce everyone’s frustration level
- You sense that meeting participants are not paying enough attention.
- You have trouble getting informed decisions from busy stakeholders.
- Your meetings run too long and still do not achieve their goals.
- You experience mounting frustration about multitasking
Presenter: Jim Black (LinkedIn profile), PhD
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Eastern Time
In this webinar, Bob Galen will share real-world experiences where he’s observed product owners who deliver truly balanced value for their business stakeholders, and he will explain how they do it.
I spoke at a Fortune 50 PMO gathering recently – where the CIO encouraged 100’s of PMs to “try” new things to deliver value faster to customers. Someone asked,
“What Lean-Agile techniques can I start using tomorrow?”
My responses included the following, which every project and PM can benefit from to stay on budget and on time and on scope !!!
- Focus on one thing at a time – Studies proove that multitasking is a killer of productivity. You can really only done one thing at a time and every time you try to start something new – you actually take longer at getting everythind done. So, “Stop Starting – Start Finishing !”
- Make things VISIBLE – If you make the progress of work visible on a board or in a spreadsheet….you can easily see bottlenecks, and adjust when you see problems. “What you track is what gets done” – so track value being delivered!
- Burn Charts – Are a great way to visibly let you see how value is really being completed by tracking deliverables, features, … (not tasks getting done). When you see it is not being delivered as estimated – then you can address it quickly to bring the project back in line. It shows you if you are really on schedule or not – predict when you’ll finish too !
- Define “DONE” – Stop using percentages complete – only when something is DONE is value actually delivered! DONE tells you when you are complete your project. 90% done is not DONE. Use your Burn Charts to track DONE.