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October 6, 2016 In this edition:
Is a psychic vampire draining your project's energy? Is your team haunted by the fear of failure? As the Project Manager (with or without the capitals) it's your job to banish the specters and lead your team into the bright light of success.

This week, Carl Pritchard offers a three-step plan for defanging the energy vampires on your team, and Alan Zucker deconstructs the trends and opportunities in the infamous Standish CHAOS report. We've supplemented with some tools and techniques you can use to empower your project team. Sure beats cowering in the war room and booby-trapping your status reports.
» Featured Article
» From the Blogs
» Keeping Project Perils at Bay
» Corporate Subscriptions

Featured Article
Put a Stake Through the Heart of the Energy Vampire!
by Carl Pritchard

Carl Pritchard They wear no cape. They have no fangs. They don't speak with a Transylvanian accent. But with a flash of comments and an icy stare, a chill fills the room. Meetings stall. Team members feel less human. Who is doing this? THE ENERGY VAMPIRE!

Energy vampires are those individuals who, inexplicably, have the power to enter a project team, a meeting, or virtually any gathering and drain the life force out of those in attendance. Sadly, many people try to figure out why these creatures do what they do. It's not worth the time or the... er... energy. No one ever spent a lot of time trying to figure out why Bela Lugosi draped his cape across his face as he drew in near his victims. They only spent time figuring out ways to save the victims! We should do likewise.

Is one of these schadenfreude-cloaked monsters terrorizing your team? Read Carl's three-step plan for defanging the vampire.

Preventing and Solving Meeting Disruptions – SPECIAL
This Premium resource is free to registered Members until October 20, 2016
How Can I Be More Positive as a Project Manager
Pre-empt Conflict: How to Actively Prepare for, Engage, and Overcome Project Conflict – MEMBER

From the Blogs
Successful Projects -- What We Really Know
by Alan Zucker

Alan Zucker The Standish Group has published its annual CHAOS Report on the state of software development since 1994. The Report is often cited as a key metric for the industry's performance and progress. While there is some year-to-year variability in these scores, the trend line is essentially flat. In other words, we are no better at delivering a project today than we were 20 years ago. However, when you dive into the data there are some bright spots and markers for future improvement. Alan Zucker breaks down three positive suggestions from the infamous Standish report.

Attitude of Gratitude: Celebrate Project Success ... and Some Failures, Too!
Was This Project A Success or Not?
A Project Is Only As Sick As Its Secrets

Keeping Project Perils at Bay
Eyes in the dark and bumps in the night are nothing to a prepared project team.

Meeting Evaluation Guidelines – MEMBER
A simple questionnaire and process helps your team evaluate meeting effectiveness and suggest goals for improvement. Think of it as a meeting zombie detection system.

Tools and Equipment List – MEMBER
Prepare for your testing and prototyping needs before you have them. Chainsaw? Check. Explosives? Check. Safety goggles? Test harness? Wolfsbane? Check, check, and ... wait, what?

A Good Kind of Scared? - Sorting out real risks from things that go bump in your projects. (BOO!)

Get Comfortable with Uncertainty - Sure, fear will get your team moving. But will it move them in the right direction?

Rescuing and Revitalizing the Problem Project – MEMBER
Project in trouble? Be a self-rescuing project manager.

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