It's a very short week here in the U.S. due to our Thanksgiving holiday. So we're keeping the newsletter short and sweet. We have a great new article from Kimberly Wiefling on achieving the holy grail of innovative teams - and how Silicon Valley organizations and teams fearlessly embrace attitudes that may seem counter-intuitive to project success, but are actually the main reason for their ultimate business results. And I share some thoughts and newfound resolve from the most pervasively thankful corporate culture I've ever experienced!
Want a More Innovative Project Team? Learn from Silicon Valley
by Kimberly Wiefling
Wondering about how to build stronger, more innovative teams? Take a page or three from one of the most innovative areas of the world. Business leaders around the world are crying out for innovation, but here in Silicon Valley I stumble over it every time I so much as walk to my mailbox. It's in the air we breathe. What's different here? In my opinion it boils down to an environment that supports individuals in safely exploring innovative possibilities, within a community that has a collective appreciation for the inevitability of risk-taking, mistakes, and failure.
Read more about the factors that yield innovative teams »
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What A Culture of Pervasive Thanks Looks Like
by Cinda Voegtli
I recently started doing some work with a new (to me) company. Very large and complex place, lots going on, lots to get up to speed on, to be set to do my part. Getting up to speed naturally involved attending a bunch of meetings. (I'm all for the fire-hose method. Give me some high level context there, then just plunge me in and let the absorption begin.)
Merely two weeks in, I had been to enough sessions to suddenly realize that I was witnessing something unique. I had landed in a place that seems to have established a culture of regular and pervasive "thanking".
What does this look like and why does it even matter? Read on...
From the blogs — The flipside of a shameful lack of appreciation, by Cinda Voegtli
Appreciating our team at the end of a project is good. Doing it every day during the project is far better! Examples of doing so and thoughts on why it matters so much.
From the blogs — How can I be more positive as a project manager?, by Alfonso Bucero
Not all project managers have a positive behavior all the time. I learned over the years that every project manager needs to spend some time trying to be more positive when dealing with team members, customers and other stakeholders. Some people confuse mood with attitude. A project manager can be in a good mood or in a bad mood every day but his attitude needs to be positive!
Read Alfonso's best practices for positivity with people on projects
Template — Business Rules Management Guideline – SPECIAL
This Premium resource is free to registered Members until December 10, 2015
Business rules are an important part of the requirements package, but theyÂre challenging to write, manage, and maintain without a rules repository. This guideline is designed to help you develop your own approach, by providing some basic guidance on business rules and tips for rules organization, management, and change control. Effectively stating, organizing, and managing business rules will help ensure that they can be appropriately applied to the end solution.
To help participants develop purpose, vision, negotiating, influence, and sales skills, Alfonso Bucero and Randy Englund present "Integrating People, Organizational, and Technical Skills: The Complete Project Manager," December 7-10 in San Diego, California for PMI SeminarsWorld.
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