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July 13, 2017 In this edition:
Is your project communication cutting through the noise? Whether you're communicating up, down, or sideways, you have to be sure your message is getting through. Carl Pritchard has three timeless tactics that will ensure you are making your point, even in a day of short attention spa–SQUIRREL!
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Practical Project Management
What's Your Summertime Message?
Carl Pritchard

Carl Prithcard One former employer had a compelling strategy for sharing his latest thoughts. Rather than simply passing them down from on high, he would share them as his [Insert your favorite element of timing here] message. The Christmas message. The summer vacation message. The dog days of August message. The Labor Day message. The Arbor Day message. Take your pick!

Over time, I realized something: there was no summertime message. It was just something he wanted to share and to capture as special.

It can be difficult to spice up project messaging. Because our messages are sometime repetitive or unexciting, we may find it challenging to get others to pay attention. In the sea of email, memos and communications, true connections are often lost.

Need to capture attention? These three strategies will help »

Agile Corner
We've Been Agile for Years, But...
"Over the past several years, many organizations have embarked on their Agile and DevOps journeys. They have acquired the new vocabulary, artifacts, ceremonies, and tools. But, they have not changed how they operate. To truly realize the benefits, organizations need to fundamentally transform their environment and culture." Alan Zucker provides guidance for directing an agile transformation that goes beyond stand-ups and index cards.

Meetings That Matter
Yes, our emails and project memos are communications, but so are our meetings. That is, if we're doing them right. These tools will help you cut through the cruft and manage meetings that matter.

It's in the Code! - Establishing Meeting Ground Rules – PREMIUM
They're not so much rules; more guidelines, really. But these simple suggestions can keep your group from wandering off the edge of the map so you can stay productive.

So, What Do You Think, Really? Meeting Evaluation Guidelines – MEMBER
If you think your meetings have problems, they probably do. This simple evaluation questionnaire and process helps evaluate meeting effectiveness and suggest goals for improvement. We even include a format for laid-back, informal groups that, like, really hate to criticize, man.

Wait, I'm Supposed to Look at the Deliverable Before We Meet? - Review Meeting Planning Worksheet – PREMIUM
Before your next review meeting, use this format to plan everything and lay the groundwork. Be sure it will accomplish what you need it to. Failure is not an option.

Now with 75% More Brains! - Brainstorming Meeting Techniques – SPECIAL
This Premium resource is free to registered Members until July 27, 2017
There are better ways to brainstorm than just walking around the table. Especially when everyone has their mind on something el—SQUIRREL!

Minutes That Actually Take Minutes - Meeting Minutes Formats – MEMBER
We're actually not huge fans of minutes, in the formal sense. But if you must do them, do them right: make them sharp, concise, and readable. And make sure they showcase how much work really got done at the meeting, so those who skipped it will understand why they should question their life choices.
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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