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A couple of weeks ago I invited colleagues and visitors to my website to help me find answers to this question:
What's one simple thing that can improve projects and/or project management?
* What tool...?
* What "best practice..." ?
* What change in the workplace... ?
* What senior management support...?
* What "one little thing..."
... can improve projects or project management? The responses have been enlightening!
Reader Comments to date have included links to several good PM references and have elaborated on these topics:
To read the full text of these reader insights -- and to leave your own Comments -- go to http://michaelgreer.biz/?p=3330 .
In addition to the reader Comments, guest bloggers Kelly Kazimer and Stacy Pearson accepted the challenge of answering this question in full-blown blog posts. Check out their unique perspectives at these links:
Several other PM practitioners/experts have agreed to provide their insights on this topic through guest blog posts, so look for their contributions in coming weeks. (Currently formatting & soon to be published: Posts from Lindsay Chaffee , Michele McDonough, & Luis Seabra Coelho)
Are you the proud owner of a new tablet computer or e-reader? (I just got my first a few days ago... and I love it!) I'm happy to tell you that The Project Management Minimalist (the complete book and tool collection) is available for under $10 from Amazon for your Kindle, Barnes & Noble for your NOOK, or PDF (which all e-readers can read) from my website. Click one of the links below to get your PM Minimalist "to go."
See this related article: How to Use Your E-Reader (iPad, Kindle, NOOK, etc.) to Sharpen Your Web Presentations
Projects move forward through communications among team members. And to achieve maximum impact, project communications should be timely (immediate, if possible!), well-targeted to the specific team members who need the info, and universally retrievable from wherever team members happen to be located physically.
Google's amazing new web space, Google Plus, can provide your team with a free, easy-to-use, communications infrastructure that meets all three of these criteria. Google Plus Features & Benefits for Project Teams Below are five important Google Plus features and their benefits for project teams.
(Note: My "fact check" source for the above 5 items is the Wikipedia article "Google+" -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google%2B - It includes lots more info and reference links, so check it out.)
Before your project team can take advantage of Google Plus' powerful sharing features, you'll need to make sure all project team members have an account and are properly connected with each other through one or more circles. Follow these steps:
The five steps above will get your team organized and ready to take advantage of Google Plus. The rest is up to you and your team. The story of Google Plus as a free and powerful project management tool is just beginning to be told. The next chapters will be shaped by hard-working teams like yours. And who knows... since you're getting in on the "ground floor" of this amazing product/web space, you may end up inventing PM uses for Google Plus that the Google folks never dreamed possible! And, better yet, you may even push Google to develop some new features that will benefit the entire PM field for years to come. Recommended References
Since my last Update, I've posted the following at the Project Management FREEBIES website:*
* See the article in July's update, "Project Management FREEBIES: A Whole New Website is Born!" for a complete overview of the Project Management FREEBIES website.
You can see my Google Plus public posts and connect with me via Google Plus at this URL: https://plus.google.com/104624609492311320731
Or you can stay up to date on the latest blog posts by adding Michael Greer's PM Resources Google Plus page to one of your circles .
To learn more about Google Plus, check out my article and links above or go to:
I just released a new video that provides a quick (5 minute) tour of my website, Michael Greer's PM Resources.
This video will help you see how the site is organized and help you find that buried PM treasure you may be looking for.
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To celebrate the The Project Management Bookstore's webinar and half-price introductory sale on The... Minimalist (above), I've decided to offer a $10 discount on the other two PM Power Tools. For a limited time, you can get The PM Minimalist Mentor: Scripted Coaching Tools to Guide Your Project Teams and The Project Management Minimalist Video Series (DVD/12 videos/82 minutes) for $10 off the retail price of each product. Click here for details.
I've created three brief video overviews of the items in The PM Minimalist Collection (http://michaelgreer.biz/?page_id=2632 . )
The PM Minimalist Support System & Freebies page includes a chart summarizing links to multi-media collection of resourcesto help individual project managers, project teams and entire organizations go Minimalist. Check it out! (Note: I'll be adding to this grid as I make more support items available.)
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I've just set up a chat room at my website where we can talk live, one-on-one (or one on two, since it will handle 3-way live video conversations). All you need is a web cam, a microphone, and a browser connected to the 'net. No other software is needed. If you would like to meet me in a live video chat room for a free, private, one-on-one discussion, just email me at email@example.com. I’ll send you a password and arrange a time. After you have the password, simply click the link below & follow the instructions. Click here to go to the PM Minimalist Live Video Chat Room
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