Category: "Project Communications"

Better Public Speaking

Announcements, PM Articles, Best Practices, Project Communications, PM Skills Development
Source: Mind Tools - eNewsletter 262 Whether we're talking in a team meeting or presenting in front of an audience, we all have to speak in public from time to time. We can do this well or we can do this badly, and the outcome strongly affects the way… 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 »

4PM.com - Moments of Truth with Your Project Team

Project Coaching & Mentoring, PM Articles, Best Practices, Project Communications
Source: Articles by Dick Billows of 4PM Summary: If you don't do a good job on the three moments of truth with your project team, managing them will be like marching behind the elephants in the circus parade. We walk you through the three moments of… more »

4PM.com - The 5 Dumbest Things a Project Manager Can Say.

PM Articles, Best Practices, Project Communications
Source: Articles by Dick Billows of 4PM Summary: Chris Pimbock, our expert PM, listens in on project meetings with gritted teeth as one project manager after another says something truly stupid to executives, team members and stakeholders. Listen in… 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 »

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 »

Communicate Thoughts and Meanings Not Facts and Data

Project Management, Project Communications, Project Reporting
Source - Article by Bob Andrew Steven Rose, in The Making of Memory, describes how many ancient philosophers were dubious about having a written culture. They claimed that writing was inhuman-it depersonalised thoughts and weakened the mind.… 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 »

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 »

Unlike JF Kennedy, Project Managers Should Not Be Jelly Doughnuts

Project Management, Project Communications
Source - Article by Bob Andrew Language is a powerful instrument and constitutes one of the principal forces controlling and forming human behaviour. Why is it then that, in so many areas of project management, we are destroying the art of language… more »

Gathering Project Requirements

PM Articles, Best Practices, Project Planning, Project Communications, Project Scope Management
Source: Articles by Dick Billows of 4PM Summary: How you gather project requirements affects the amount of scope creep on the project and the odds of finishing on time and within budget. It also determines whether you have happy stakeholders. Read… more »

Communicate Proactively Based on Your Project Size

Best Practices, Progress Meetings, Project Communications, Project Reporting
Source: TenStep Article by Tom Mochal Communication - Just Do It! Project managers must get over the fear and reluctance to communicate proactively. Communication is a powerful arrow in your project management quiver. I have seen projects where the… more »

Status Reports and Status Meetings

Time Management, Best Practices, Progress Meetings, Project Communications, Project Reporting
Source: TenStep Article by Tom Mochal Practice Good Meeting Fundamentals In general, all meetings should have an agenda. The creation of the agenda takes a little extra work, but it can be as simple as writing it in an email and sending it to the… more »
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