Addressing the Communication and Collaboration Challenges of Remote Teams

Communicate, communicate, and communicate! On any project, you must ensure that mechanisms for effective communications are firmly in place and well understood. The more geographically distributed your team members and stakeholders are, the more you and your project are at risk of mis-communicating or simply not communicating at all.  It is well-known that poor project […]
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Applying the “6 Habits of Remarkably Likable People” to our Projects

In his article at Inc.com, “6 Habits of Remarkably Likable People”, Jeff Haden talks about a set of habits that sound very useful to this project manager.  Haden’s 6 items to consider says that these likeable people: Lose the power pose. Embrace the power of touch. Whip out their social jiu-jitsu. Whip out something genuine. […]
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Haggling for Amateurs

I’ll admit that I’m not a haggler.  Good thing I drive a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee with 276K miles on it since I am not sure I would be very good at haggling over the price of a new car. In contrast, I am quite comfortable going in to a place and finding out what the […]
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Another Key Project Management Skill: Teaching your Stakeholders

It’s time to add one more item to your list of key project management skills: teaching your stakeholders. Teaching is an integral part of communicating with your project stakeholders. You may find yourself operating in a teaching mode as you communicate project issues, change request status and requirements to your stakeholders, making sure that these things […]
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Perceptions and Effective Communciations

I am always amazed at how the way that we perceive other people impacts the communication situations that we are involved in. For example, if you perceive that your neighbor does not like you then the way you behave and communicate with that neighbor in a simple conversation will be different that if you perceived that […]
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