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November 16, 2017 In this edition:
One thing it seems there's never enough of these days is appreciation -- for ourselves, each other, our work, our project challenges and achievements. This week, we're talking about appreciation and thankfulness, and we challenge you to do that too. So take a minute to collect some ideas, then go tell a colleague how grateful you are. We'll start: After eighteen years (!), we are most grateful to you, our loyal and attentive members -- not just for your appreciation of ProjectConnections, but for the hard work and devotion you give to your profession. Projects make the world work, and you make projects work. Thank you!
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Featured Article
Employee Recognition in an Agile Team
Alan Koch

Alan Koch The Agile methods are designed to make the work environment itself a motivator for the team members. But well-placed recognition can be a powerful addition -- if it is done in an Agile way!

Can you reward your agile team without causing friction and competition? »
From the Blogs
Myth: Being Self-Taught is More Authentic, by Chris Cook
"I did this all on my own" is a source of pride. However, does anyone actually perform everything on their own? Was there not a teacher who influenced your learning? Is there not a lucky break somewhere along the line? Were you fortunate to have the resources at your fingertips when needed?

The Importance of the Product Owner and the Product Backlog, by Alan Zucker
When the backlog is poorly managed, the team spends precious development time analyzing rather than creating value. This leads to the team missing delivery commitments, and frustrated stakeholders and team members. Here are some considerations and suggestions to build strong product management practice for your agile team.

PMBOK 6th Edition Highlights: Three Takeaways from the Two Changed Knowledge Areas, by Sinikka Waugh
This week, we're looking closer at how to interpret the change in nomenclature for two knowledge areas, and the processes within those. Takeaway 1: You can't manage time.

Cultivate a Grateful Project Environment
The Flipside of a Shameful Lack of Appreciation
Today someone took the time to appreciate me and it made my day. Nothing big, just an unexpected response to a regular "reminder" email I put out, not expecting replies. This person took the time to write back and thank me for doing the reminders (and managing to be humorous at least some of the time!), and to comment back on something I had written. I appreciated the appreciation and it gave me a little jolt of energy.

Celebrate Project Success... and Some Failures, too!
If you live long enough you'll eventually complete a project successfully. When the customer is delighted beyond words, when the I's have been dotted, the T's crossed, and the seemingly endless task list is dwindling to mere trifles, it's time to celebrate. How should the tireless souls who made it possible be recognized and appreciated? Kimberly Wiefling has a few ideas.

Project Team Rewards and Recognition Guideline – MEMBER
Project work is serious, but it shouldn't be drudgery. Remember to include team rewards, recognition, celebration, and general hoopla in your project planning. This guideline provides ideas, suggestions, and a detailed example from one team's reward-planning activities. You don't have to get hokey to show people how much they are appreciated.

Performance Appraisal Process Summary and Forms for Project Leaders and Team Members – MEMBER
One of the best ways to show appreciation for people's work is to ensure they get credit for it. This guideline outlines a possible process and forms for promoting recognition of project performance as part of a normal yearly performance appraisal -- both for individual team members and for project leaders.

Professional Gratitude, Recognition and Growth
While we may not always look at our professional interactions as something to be grateful for, we should. The people, projects and experiences we have in our professions shape our future, allow us to grow and allow us to shape the future of others. Pleasant or unpleasant, we should be thankful for the lessons we are presented.

Book Review: Grateful Leadership
When did you last acknowledge someone? Not a simple thank you, but a sincere, "mushy" expression of appreciation and admiration, a "heartfelt and authentic communication that lets people know their value to their organization or to their team and the importance of the contribution they make?" Judith Umlas is betting that it's been far too long, and that you should start right now.

Where's ProjectConnections?
Randy Englund and Alfonso Bucero invite you to join them for "Integrate People, Organizational, and Technical Skills: The Complete Project Manager." This informative, interactive, productive, and fun in-person seminar is sponsored by PMI SeminarsWorld. The focus is on integrated people skills. Get PDUs, and a copy of their book, while advancing your professional career. Join them in Miami December 4-7.

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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