Category: PDU – Leadership

Project Manager By Accident

Are you a project manager by accident? You went from the best technical worker to managing a team. In doing so, your mindset needs to shift from an individual to a group. These three mindset shifts will help you become a better manager, therefore impacting a project positively.

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How You Can Give a “Bump-Up” To People

You can surely make a difference in other people’s lives who do not understand what Project Management is and is not. Being an instructor for a non-profit organization is one way. Project Management can transcend from what you do in your business life to people in need and can be used to support them in ways beyond your wildest expectations.

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What is the Helium Stick and Why Does It Matter?

I’ve been through a few team building exercises in my day. Most team building activities become punchlines during water cooler conversations in the office. Did sitting on each other’s laps during the fabled “Trust Circle” improve your team’s performance? Right, didn’t think so. That’s just one example.

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Important Leadership Skills Needed for PMO Growth

Often when one thinks of a PMO, they think about the processes and governance that guides the project managers.  The leadership that is required of such an organization is often a second thought, and at times not considered at all.  This article is going to look at the type of skills one would hope to have within their PMO, as well as the what it takes for a person to transition into that type of role.

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The Power and Strength of Being a Great Communicator

Boy, people sure communicate in funny ways. We rely on email, and voice-mail too much. I have found people don’t always read or answer your emails or voice-mails. I find you actually have to get out of your chair and walk to their office to speak with them face to face. I also found that people don’t like to walk to someone else’s office, especially if it’s in another building 100 yards away. What I have found is that it’s worth it. Take the time to talk to people because it helps meet your objectives and completes or closes the loop with other people. Simple as it sounds, it also provides glue to each of the blocks in Project Management

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What is the Gemba Walk and Why Does it Matter?

In process improvement, the Gemba Walk is a technique used by managers in a manufacturing setting to gather real-time, observational insight into the actual work being performed by a team. (Genba is the Japanese word for “real thing”). The purpose isn’t to critique employee performance or to enforce policy; rather, it’s an opportunity for the production team to collaborate with the goal of discovering (usually incremental) improvements to existing proce

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