How to provide constructive criticism

May 20, 2013

This is a guest post by Sarah Clare. As a project manager, there is sure to come a time when you have to address poor performance or substandard work. We all make mistakes, and we can all find ways to improve our work. When you are a project manager, it is your responsibility to make […]

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Effective Meetings: Reloaded

May 8, 2013

This is a guest post by Guillermo Solis. Managing successful meetings is not a new subject, but neither is a waste of time to refresh ourselves about how best to manage meetings. Below I have some suggestions to bear in mind before, during and after meetings, when we are in charge of the meeting. These […]

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4 ways to proactively manage stakeholders

May 1, 2013

Stakeholder management is a hot topic at the moment, given that A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)—Fifth Edition now includes a tenth knowledge area on managing stakeholders. So Pernille Eskerod and Anna Lund Jepsen’s book, Project Stakeholder Management, is quite timely. In it, they argue that proactive stakeholder management is […]

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Winning stakeholder support when time and energy are limited

February 25, 2013

This is a guest post by Jo Ann Sweeney. Why should project teams invest resources in communication activities is a question I’m often asked – both from people who are not convinced of the value, and also from those looking for the words to use with their leadership team. For me the crux of this […]

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10 Tips for presenting information

January 9, 2013

This is a guest post by Serena Grant. When presenting any kind of information to an audience, it’s always important to be as concise as possible, while putting a lot of thought into the preparation of how to best shape your content for an audience. At the same time, it’s worth considering how to use […]

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An introduction to communications plans

October 10, 2012

Does your project have a communications plan?  It’s often something that less experienced project managers forget to do, although even experienced project managers can find themselves half way through a project without a clear communications approach. The purpose of a communications plan is to define all the people or groups who have an interest in […]

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10 tips for a good agenda + free template

October 8, 2012

Earlier this year I gave you 10 tips for writing good minutes. Today I want to share my top tips for meeting agendas. Meetings need agendas. Agendas help with project communication – they ensure people know why they are turning up to a meeting and what they should be doing when they are there. Here […]

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4 Reasons why your Project Board isn’t working

July 25, 2012

Who on your project will have the authority to make decisions at the most senior level? Who will get you access to the resources you require?  Who will unblock problems and sign off the extra money the project needs? These are all functions of a Project Board (or Steering Group). A Project Board is made […]

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The Co-generational Workplace: Book review of Fuse

July 11, 2012

“Organizations need to create a mash-up of the twentieth-century workplace and the twenty-first century workforce,” write Jim Finklestein and Mary Gavin in their book Fuse: Making Sense of the New Cogenerational Workplace. They believe that this approach will create a more robust, compelling economy. From the cover you would believe that this is another book […]

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10 Tips for Good Minutes

July 9, 2012

Minutes help with project communication – they ensure people have a common understanding of what the meeting was about, and they serve as a permanent record. They can be especially useful for people who were not able to attend the meeting in person. So here are 10 tips for writing good minutes. 1. Write minutes […]

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