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March 10, 2016 In this edition:
This week we take on communication in multiple forms. Whether it's with stakeholders, sponsors, or the team; and whether it's one-on-one or in one of our many many meetings; the quality of our communication impacts everything -- including the support we get, our personal credibility, whether everyone is in sync, and just how productive or wasteful every single day turns out to be. Enjoy the range of advice, tools, and techniques on this major aspect of our jobs!
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Featured Article
Kent McDonald Demos Are for Getting Feedback
by Kent McDonald

If you're using Agile development on your projects, are you doing demos? And are those demos yielding the value they're intended to provide? Kent McDonald writes with passion about the intent of doing regular demos, who they're for, who should attend, who should do the actual demo, and how to demo less visible stuff. Don't miss his tips for this critical part of Agile projects. Read More »

Spotlight – Other Project Templates, Tools, and Techniques
Say Yes to the Communications Mess - 5 New Tips for Better Meetings
by Geof Lory

Ah, meetings. Where we all spend (waste?) so much of our time. The time is wasted if all that time in conversation results in marginally useful information exchange, miscommunication and poor decision-making. (Sound familiar?) "Make sure you have an agenda" is the usual advice for better meetings, but typically all agendas do is structure the content of the meeting -- so you might just end up with a structured waste of time! Geof Lory proposes a different set of tips for lessening the mess. Read the simple things that every single attendee can do to achieve a meaningful meeting.

Project Status is Subjective - Part 1: Linguistic and Cognitive Bias
"Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth" - Marcus Aurelius. And that includes project status reports! Alan Zucker talks about different definitions of "done" and "behind schedule", how our linguistic choices in status reports can affect how we're heard, and key steps we should take to account for cognitive bias in those we're reporting status to. Read Part 1 of his advice.

Conversation Starters for PMs and Sponsors
Haven't met with your Sponsor yet? Don't know what to say? Sinikka Waugh literally puts words in your mouth with this great two-part series on how to engage with your sponsor at different points in the project - and why it's so important to do so, to build a relationship before you need to ask for help or deliver bad news.

Burning Questions on Communications
How should I communicate requirements? How do create status reports that aren't a waste of time? How do I communicate bad news? All these and more are answered in our Burning Questions on Communications.

Guideline for Daily Hot-List Meetings
For those times when you really DO need to meet daily, but cringe at the thought, check out our guideline on how to run these meetings like a champ. Whether you need to communicate frequently about a big issue to be resolved quickly, or a big deadline approaching with lots of pieces to coordinate, there are ways to get a bunch of people together daily, and quickly, and effectively. (Really!)

Guideline - Project Completion Criteria (Or, just what DOES "done" mean?!) – SPECIAL
This Premium resource is free to registered Members until March 24, 2016
Don't have a sudden project meltdown because someone (or a whole group!) thought they were done, but they were nowhere close to *your* definition of "Done". This guideline explains and provides examples of different types of completion criteria you can use during and near the end of your project.
Where's ProjectConnections?
Randy Englund and Alfonso Bucero invite you to join them to "Integrate People, Organizational, and Technical Skills: The Complete Project Manager." This informative, interactive, productive, and fun seminar is sponsored by PMI SeminarsWorld. Get PDUs while advancing your professional career through improved people skills. The seminar happens in Atlanta, Georgia on April 18-21, 2016 and in Barcelona, Spain on May 12-13, after the EMEA Global Congress.

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