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December 28, 2017 In this edition:
As the year winds down, we offer suggestions and tools to help you plan a new project management course for 2018. Make sure you are focused on the right projects, and doing the right amount of planning for them. But at the same time, as Geof Lory reminds us, it's a good idea to remain open to the opportunities that may crop up around you.

Best wishes from everyone at ProjectConnections for an opportunity-filled 2018!
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Featured Article
Trust In Emergence
Geof Lory

Geof Lory

As intriguing as my plans and hopes for the New Year are, the more exciting potential rests in what might happen that I haven't planned for – the surprises and serendipitous adventures that I never could have anticipated. For me, experiencing these unexpected twists and turns is more intriguing than achieving the planned objectives. But to realize them, I have to be comfortable going "off script" so the possibilities can emerge.

Trusting in emergence is a scary proposition. Que será, será? Really? What if nothing emerges? What if the wrong things emerge? You can't take possibility to the bank. This feels way too uncertain. Most people would prefer things stay more predictable, a little closer to a guarantee -- or at least within their control.

Three ways you can prepare yourself to leverage unexpected opportunities »

From the Blogs
7 Steps For Creating a Time Revolution, by Chris Cook
Everyone can use more time. A deadline approaches, and the end is nowhere in sight. Time slips away quickly. How can we get some of this precious resource to hang around a bit?

Next Year I Will…
Start Right - Fast, Effective Ramp Up of New Team Members – MEMBER
You can't afford to have new team members milling around unproductively trying to figure out their project role and responsibilities. Throw them a rope -- and get them productive faster -- with this detailed guideline by Steve Trautman, excerpted from his book Teach What You Know: A Practical Guide to Knowledge Transfer Using Peer Mentoring.

Get to Know Each Other - A User's Guide to Working with Me – MEMBER
Do you know what makes your team tick? Could they say the same? This quick chart helps team members communicate their most effective modes of work, including hot buttons, trust-builders, the best ways to raise and resolve conflicts, and more.

Get to Know the Project - Project Definition - Vision Document
Is your project team having problems seeing the project horizon? Improve their eyesight with this agreement on the high-level purpose and scope of the project using a Vision Document.

Get the Right Tools at the Right Time - Tools and Equipment List – MEMBER
This template provides a format for thinking through and documenting the tools (e.g. hardware, software) and equipment needed during a project for testing, prototyping, etc. You can easily adapt this for other critical project equipment needs.

Celebrate Successes (Big and Small) - 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.

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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