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June 25, 2015 In this edition:
Does your team know what they're doing and why? This week, Carl Pritchard explores the power of understanding the motivation behind our project choices. In a new mini-course release, Cinda Voegtli explains the power of a well-coordinated team kickoff for understanding your project's objectives. We decided to support both with a few templates that help your team members and customers understand exactly what your project -- and their work -- is all about.
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Featured Article
A Whip, A Chair, A Carrot, A Stick, A Moment of Silence
Carl Pritchard

Carl Pritchard I am living in the joy of the land of contractors. And the award for BEST contractor goes to? The kid in the neighborhood who made a quick $100 cleaning a LOT of gutters.

As I thought through the realities of why this kid was so much more efficient, timely, effective, pleasant, engaged and RIGHT for the job, I also had to ponder why the other contractors were not so. The most interesting aspect of "Gutter Guy" was that he actually approached my wife as she had started the task and volunteered to help. No charge. He just didn't want her to strain herself on the task. He set himself apart in that moment. He had a genuine, altruistic motive behind the work he was going to do.

From the pond contractor (who loves his creation) to the interior designer (who believes in her vision), there's enormous leverage to be gained if we can infuse that sense in the people on our projects. There are specific, learned steps that we can take to generate that sense in those around us. They include acknowledgment of altruism, appreciation for the skills we lack, and thoughtful reflection on meaningful accomplishment. Read the rest »

Mini-Course (A benefit for Premium subscribers)
New! Setting Crystal Clear Project Objectives
Have you ever looked around at a busy project team and asked yourself, What is this project really supposed to deliver? If so, it's time for a kickoff meeting. Even if you're halfway through the project, there's enormous value in getting everyone on the team aligned around goals. This mini-course by ProjectConnections founder Cinda Voegtli walks you through an overview of the project kickoff process and how to create a Project Vision with your team to avoid (or correct!) unclear project objectives, confusion, misunderstandings, misalignment of people's work with the business objectives, and wasted effort and money. 1.25 PDU.

Spotlight – Other Project Templates, Tools, and Techniques
Consulting Contract Guidelines and Examples – SPECIAL
This Premium resource is free to registered Members until July 9, 2015
If you're bringing in consultants or contractors for some of your project work (or if you are acting as one), there is no substitute for crystal clear contract outlines. This guideline explains typical information covered in a consulting contract (work description, payment terms, intellectual property ownership) and includes two sample contracts. For project contractors, consultants, or the project managers or functional managers hiring them.

Partner Contract Guidelines – PREMIUM
When outside partners are employed to execute part or all of a project, the contract with that partner is critical for defining expectations, due dates, and responsibilities. This template provides guidelines for typical contents for such contracts.

Burning Questions on Setting Project Objectives
Take a look at our answers to typical questions about how to get projects going on the right track, how to understand the problems to be solved and the requirements to be met, and how to translate objective and requirements to the scope of the project.

Why Project Kickoffs Matter
DeAnna Burghart on up-front project discussions that are important for any sized project, and her favorite tools and techniques for accomplishing a quick but valuable team kickoff.

Where's ProjectConnections?
Randy Englund and Alfonso Bucero will present "Integrating People, Organizational, and Technical Skills: the Complete Project Manager" in London May 14-15, 2015, after the PMI EMEA Global Congress. They will also cover this topic in Orlando July 20-23 at PMI Mega SeminarsWorld, and October 7-10 prior to the PMI North America Global Congress.

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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