Project Management Weekly Reading List #2 is here.
If you pick just one thing from the list – take the first one.
It’s time changing!
1. New Aspects of Time Management
We all know about larks and owls.
Someone performs better in the morning. Some of us do their best later in the evening.
But there’s more to it.
There are specific periods during the day when it’s better to do certain activities. You, as project manager, can boost your productivity by knowing them.
Also, you can extend this knowledge to organizing your team’s work.
2. Agile Landscape
How does Agile work on a project level? Well, Scrum and Kanban, for sure.
But what about program and portfolio levels?
What about Agile on a business level.
This article explains it all.
3. Do you REALLY need a Project Manager?
It’s a valid idea:
Do you really need a Project Manager on every “project”?
Quite often the project is too small or is already in progress and all you need is a coordinator.
In this article, there are several valid questions you can ask to decide whether you need a PM.
Do you manage a number of projects right now? Try to justify hiring a Junior PM to coordinate one or two of those projects. You will free up your time. You will get an additional experienced PM in several months. Win-win as for me.
4. How to Lead Your Manager
I do believe you need to manage your boss as any other stakeholder on a project.
His or her expectations are critical for your professional success. Continuous communication with your manager is mandatory. Understanding and helping your superiors is a good work ethic.
Read more actionable tips here:
5. Motivation and Recognition System
Do you have the end of project party? Or maybe some teambuilding activity.
Sometimes you may say “Thank you” for a great job.
Again, closer to the end of a year you may allocate bonuses.
That is not enough!
Recognition should come as frequently as possible.
That’s all managers. Just give me some feedback. What you liked the most out of the list?