Category: "HR Management"

Do You Suffer From Burnout? A Self Test

Project Risk Management, HR Management, PM Skills Development
Source: Burnout Self-Test Checking Yourself for Burnout Burnout occurs when passionate, committed people become deeply disillusioned with a job or career from which they have previously derived much of their identity and meaning. It comes as the… more »

The 3 Rs of Project Management

Announcements, Project Management, Project Management Methodology, Quality Management, HR Management
Source - Article by Bob Andrew It may be said that a social contract, between a project team, the mother organisation, the client and society in general, is required to maintain trust. This type of social contract could be based on the ‘3 Rs’:… more »

Practical Wisdom and Project Management

Announcements, Project Management, Project Management Methodology, HR Management
Source - Article by Bob Andrew We need more wisdom in our lives, not the wisdom of philosophers and poets, but practical everyday wisdom, that will help us do the right things in the right way. These are the words of Barry Schwartz and Kenneth Sh… more »

The Simple Things of Project Communications

Announcements, Project Management Methodology, Project Planning, HR Management, Project Communications, Project Scope Management
Source - Article by Bob Andrew Good communications can make a project a great success and bad communications a project disaster. Despite the wide range of technology to manage and control project communications, such as shareware, document… more »

What Do Project Managers, Edward Hubble and Bats Have in Common?

Project Management, Project Risk Management, Project Management Methodology, Value Management, HR Management
Source - Article by Bob Andrew The famous Austrian physicist, Christian Johann Doppler, gave his name to a very important phenomenon in physics called the Doppler Effect. Light and sound waves appear to change their frequency if the source of the… more »

Turn Creative Project Team Members Into Skunks To Keep Them Away From Predators

Project Management, Project Risk Management, Project Management Methodology, HR Management
Source - Article by Bob Andrew There are usually two types of people in any project team; those that generate new ideas and those that don’t. The creative ones are those that make mistakes and the non-creative those that don’t. Regrettably, it is… more »

Individual Worth and Professionalism

Project Management, Value Management, Best Practices, HR Management
Source - Article by Bob Andrew One of the most subjective and misunderstood words in the English language is ‘value’. Engineers define value as function (or performance) per unit cost. The cheaper an item is, for a given function, the higher its… more »

Social Intelligence Can Lead To Emotional Contagion

Project Management, HR Management, Project Communications
Source - Article by Bob Andrew The term ‘Social Intelligence’ was first coined by in the 1940s by the American psychologist Edward Lee Thorndike as ‘the ability to understand and manage men and women, boys and girls and to act wisely in human… more »

Putting Good People in the Right Jobs

Project Management, Value Management, Quality Management, HR Management
Source - Article by Bob Andrew In many of companies, especially ‘high-profile’ ones, which often have no difficulty in attracting superior staff, you will generally find very few poor performers, but you often find good people who are in the wrong… more »

Project Simplicity

Project Management, Time Management, Project Management Methodology, Project Planning, HR Management
Source - Article by Bob Andrew A famous cricketer once said: “Cricket is a simple game, if you play it simply”. Similarly, project management is simple, if you keep things simple. The most famous commentator on simplicity was probably the 14th… more »

Positive Deviance

Project Management, Project Management Methodology, HR Management, Project Communications
Source - Article by Bob Andrew Positive Deviance is a social behavioural phenomenon, where certain members of a community(the so-called ‘positive deviants’) are able to solve problems that other members of the community cannot. They do this on their… more »

Conversations in Project Management

Project Management, HR Management, Project Communications
Source - Article by Bob Andrew Project management is generally a formal environment. Regular meetings are held at scheduled times, stylised minutes must be produced and frequent reports, using approved templates, are widely circulated. Does this… more »

Project Management Needs More Ideas and Fewer Opinions

Project Management, Project Coaching & Mentoring, HR Management
Source - Article by Bob Andrew A project team is often a very opinionated environment. Everyone on the team has opinions on the way the project is being managed, how good or bad the client is, how project risk should be managed, what things should be… more »

Expecting Better Results By Praising

Project Management, Project Coaching & Mentoring, HR Management
Source - Article by Bob Andrew Does your project team ever ask you why you never praise them when they do a really good job? Is it because you believe praise does not work? Every time you have praised a member of your team for some good work, the… more »

The Relevance of Crew Resource Management (CRM) to Project Management

Project Management, Project Risk Management, HR Management
Source - Article by Bob Andrew In the 1970's, aircraft accident investigators determined that that the major cause of accidents involved human error, with other causes, such as equipment failure and weather being less significant. Subsequent to… more »

Being Happy With Work

Project Management, HR Management
Source - Article by Bob Andrew Project Managers don’t normally talk about their team members being happy working on projects. They might say that they always encourage employee satisfaction or job satisfaction, but one wonders whether they understand… more »

Project Team Obligations

Project Management, Quality Management, HR Management, Project Communications
Source - Article by Bob Andrew A lot has been written about the responsibilities of a Project Manager, for example, to provide a clear understanding of project objectives, define all roles and responsibilities, review and supervise the execution plan… more »

Geodesic Domes and Project Management Teams

Project Management, HR Management
Source - Article by Bob Andrew Summary Geodesic domes are structures that are strong, stable and yet easily modified. This article points out some of the similarities in properties between geodesic domes and highly efficient project teams. A few… more »

Complex and Complicated Projects Can Benefit From Simplicity

Project Management, Time Management, HR Management
Source - Article by Bob Andrew Some projects are complex in nature with many interdependent and interrelated components. Some projects are complicated with difficult-to-understand and intertwined processes and procedures. And of course, some projects… more »

The Success of a Project Depends on the Ability of the Project Team to Organise Itself

Project Management, HR Management, Project Communications
Source - Article by Bob Andrew Summary A project team can be described as a dynamic system, ever changing as the project proceeds. In nature, such systems are usually self-organising and these can provide us with a good lesson in the management of… more »

Managing Projects With Hearts and Heads

Announcements, PM Articles, HR Management
Source - Article by Bob Andrew The University of Washington’s School of Business Administration now offers an executive program on Emotional Intelligence, which it defines as “the ability to regulate emotions in a way that enhances communication and… more »

Project Teamwork Does not Have To Be An Illusion

Announcements, Project Coaching & Mentoring, PM Articles, Best Practices, HR Management
Source - Article by Bob Andrew Derren Brown is a British illusionist, well known for his startling mind-reading acts shown on television around the world. Although he says his results are a combination of “magic, suggestion, psychology, misdirection… more »

10 Ways to Get Back in the Game After a Layoff

Project Coaching & Mentoring, IT Project Management, PM Articles, HR Management
Source: Article by Justin James Justin James is an employee of Levit & James, Inc. in a multi-disciplinary role that combines programming, network management, and systems administration. He has been blogging at TechRepublic since 2005. Read his… more »

When are Full-Time or Contract Resources the Best Fit for your Team?

Project Risk Management, PM Articles, HR Management
Source: TenStep Article by Tom Mochal Summary: It is important to consider your particular situation, such as position openings and your company’s staffing philosophy, when deciding what type of staffing to use. Consider some of the pros and cons of… more »

Frustration Culture - Your Company's Actions Do Not Live Up to Its Lofty Principles

HR Management
Source: TenStep Article by Tom Mochal Believe it or not, there are many fine companies in the world that have great products and treat their employees well. There are also many companies that are just plain rotten. Of course, most companies fall… more »
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