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June 26, 2014 In this edition:
It's so easy to get distracted, isn't it? Searching for an immediate sense of accomplishment, we launch into solving the problem that's right in front of us -- whether or not it's actually worth our time. That's why Alan's column on Agile practices vs. principles and values struck such a chord with us this week. It's so easy to concentrate on what we're doing at the expense of what we should be trying to accomplish.

That's true for any project, of course. So this week's resources are highlighted to help you (and your managers) stay focused on what really matters for your project: business value and critical success factors, not paperwork and bureaucracy.

» Wisdom, Perspective, & Advice
» Business-Savvy PM
» Achieving "Just Enough" PM
» Personal Power Tools!
» Say NO to Silos
» Project Templates Spotlight
» Where's ProjectConnections?
» Corporate Subscriptions

Wisdom, Perspective, and Advice from the Field
Alan S. Koch Agile Mastery: Doing, Understanding, and Being
by Alan S. Koch

Is your team being Agile, or merely acting Agile. Alan Koch examines one fellow practitioner's proposed levels of Agile Mastery for clues to our current performance, and suggestions on moving up the scale toward true mastery. Read More »

Freight, the Continuing Saga
by Morley Selver

Last month, Morley Selver explained some of the more arcane terminology used in shipping: FOB, FCA, EBX, WT… Oh, wait, that last one wasn't on the list. In any case, this month he explains how your shipping choices and options will factor into your cash flow shuffle. Considerations like these always seem mundane and unimportant -- right up to the point they blow up your budget. Read More »

Being a Business-Driven Business-Savvy PM (the kind Execs adore)
The Role of Executives in Project Portfolio Management – MEMBER
This presentation by K.C. Yelin compares project portfolio managers to financial portfolio managers, where the executive plays the role of the client with a personal financial portfolio. For PMs who need to pry their executives out of day-to-day decision-making and back up to the 10,000-foot view, or executives who are trying to coach their PMs to let them out of the ground-level decisions, this presentation provides valuable insights and strategies.

Change Management Planning Worksheet – SPECIAL
This Premium resource is free to registered Members until July 10, 2014
It doesn't matter how great your project execution is if no one adopts the end product. That means change management skills are as important to your ultimate success as project management skills. This worksheet helps you plan a strategy for successfully managing your users through the change process.
Achieving "Just Enough" PM (Your team will thank you for it)
Conquering Micro-Management – MEMBER
How do you pick the right way to do "project management fundamentals" like scheduling and status tracking, for the size and culture of your environment? This mini-case study relates the experience of a small game company's founder and the decisions he made for making PM work for a fast-moving, bureaucracy-hating team.
Personal Power Tools! (Grow critical strengths and keep your sanity, too!)
How-To Course: Rewarding Your Team Members, with Mike Aucoin – PREMIUM
Money can't buy happiness -- or team cooperation and engagement, as it turns out. So how can you keep your team members energized and show them that their effort is noticed and appreciated, without resorting to hokey rah-rah? With creativity, a personal connection, and a little up-front planning. 1 PDU.
Say NO to Silos – Making the Functional-Project Matrix WORK!
Project Handoff Checklist – PREMIUM
In organizations with lots of functional silos, it's common for teams to develop two aspects of a project or system in parallel and hand their portion off to each other, or even to a third team that's responsible for testing and integration. The checklists, meeting outlines, and reminders in this document are designed to make sure that handoff happens smoothly. They could also be adapted to complete project handoffs, or for teams making a mid-stream decision to start or discontinue vendor production of a portion of the project work.
Spotlight – Other Project Templates, Tools, and Techniques
Stay focused on what really matters to your project, whether it's agile or waterfall, small or large.
Where's ProjectConnections?
Randy Englund and co-author Alfonso Bucero are teaming up to organize "Project Management Soft Skills Days" in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, September 18-20. The event will be for project leaders, upper managers and executives who want to become more complete and effective leaders. For more information, please contact them by email.

Geof Lory will be in Dalian China the third week of August to do a traditional project management simulation class using the Fissure simulation and Microsoft Project. For more information about the Fissure simulation experience, visit the Fissure website.
Corporate Subscriptions and Licensing
Want your team members to have their own access to templates and how-to resources for their project work? Need to share documents and deliverables beyond your project team? We make it easier with affordable corporate subscriptions and licensing. Detailed information regarding corporate options is available online. Give your whole team, or even the entire organization, cost-effective access to our comprehensive online library of resources. You already know how helpful it's been for you. Now it's time to share with everyone else. Find out more »

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