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PM Mentors Tip 14

Project Management Mentors (PMM) Tip Of The Day.
Lessons Learned
If it ain’t broke, improve it!

“If you keep doing what you’ve been doing, you’ll get more of what you already got.” Not the best English, but so true! Applying project management standards/best practices have proven to enable fewer people, to do more work, in less time. Applicable project-related training is like sharpening the saw, so you can be more productive; it’s worth the time!

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PM Mentors Tip 13

Project Management Mentors (PMM) Tip Of The Day.

Lessons Learned If it ain’t broke, improve it!

For some, change can be just plain scary! Many people prefer “going with the flow,” not “rocking the boat.” But when working within Agile/adaptive/change-driven environments, it’s important for project leaders to help their teammates embrace the change as being good.
By taking “smaller change bites,” you can better mitigate risks.
Tell your teammates, “Don’t worry; the sun will come out tomorrow”!

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PM Mentors Tip 12

Project Management Mentors (PMM) Tip Of The Day.

Lessons Learned If it ain’t broke, improve it!

When making our new year’s resolutions, many people “shoot for the moon,” and when they fall short, they regress back to their old ways. Kaizen is making small incremental improvements, and has been proven to be very effective in a variety of process areas. At the end of your project meetings, ask each participant for their input as to how the meeting went. (e.g. participation, desired outcome, proper facilitation, respect people, meeting agenda/rules.)

Or, you could also simply ask, “How did we do on these three categories:
People… Process… Product…”?

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PM Mentors Tip 11

Project Management Mentors (PMM) Tip Of The Day.

Lessons Learned If it ain’t broke, improve it!

Perhaps you’ve heard the definition of insanity as, “doing the same things over and over, and expecting a different outcome”?
At this time of the year, it might be good to take a look back, and do a little “auditing”? (e.g. What went well? What didn’t go well?
What are you going to do differently in 2018?)

This week, we will take a “kaizen look” at making our
“project new year’s resolutions.”

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PM Mentors Tip 10

Project Management Mentors (PMM) Tip Of The Day.

What’s in your facilitator’s toolkit”?

Having a free-for-all brainstorming discussion may work for certain topics, but it is certainly not the best in every situation. Here’s just a few tools facilitators should consider using:
6-phased problem solving model, SWOT analysis, fishbone diagrams, causal influence diagrams, nominal group technique, multi-criteria rating sheets, Pareto charts, affinity diagrams, WBS (and other breakdown structures), network diagrams, and much more.
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PM Mentors Tip 9

Project Management Mentors (PMM) Tip Of The Day.

Do you have good “flipchart etiquette”?

Again, using low-tech/high-visibility tools & techniques at your project team meetings can prove invaluable. Tips: Stand off to the side of the flip chart/board, speak to the team—not the chart, use blue or black markers for text, remain neutral/don’t judge, capture information accurately, write large enough for the people in the back to be able to see, ask clarifying questions, remain positive, and include everyone in the group.

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PM Mentors Tip of the Day Tip 8

Project Management Mentors (PMM) Tip Of The Day.

How are your facilitation skills?

Project Managers need to be skilled at facilitation. There, I said it! “High-tech, electronic tools/techniques” are not always the best way to elicit/solicit/analyze information with your team. Rather, using low-tech/high-visibility tools (e.g. flipcharts, dry erase boards, post-its, context diagrams, flowcharts, etc.), can yield better information, and provide better team buy-in.

Better People, Better Process, Better Projects, Better Products…©

To your success!