Hiring Managers: 7 Skills and Traits to Look for in a Project Manager

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From budget planning to managing dynamic, multidisciplinary teams and workflows, project managers are essentially the oil that keeps the machinery of a project running smoothly (and ideally on time and on budget). In addition to an advanced operational familiarity with their field, the best project managers possess certain skills and character traits that inspire creativity,… Read more »

How To Know When You Need An Agile Coach

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Coaches are a relatively new addition to the Agile workplace but they are hugely valuable in the right settings. An Agile coach is normally someone who has started out as a Scrum Master and has a lot of experience in a variety of different organizations. They are almost evangelical about the benefits and processes of… Read more »

How To Tell If Your “Agile” Team Isn’t Really Agile

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Many teams are doing Agile activities and using the language of Agile approaches, but they haven’t truly embraced Agile ways of working. Here’s how to tell if your Agile team isn’t really Agile. You Are Not Responsible For All Of It An Agile team is cross-functional. You have the Product Owner, Scrum Master, testers, developers,… Read more »

How To Know When You Need A Scrum Master, Project Manager, or Product Owner

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Do you need a Scrum Master for your team? We often see this request but when we dig into the detail, the hiring manager would be better served by a different role. Often a project manager or Product Owner role is what the team requires right now. Let’s take a look at the different roles… Read more »

7 Tips For Onboarding Agile Team Members

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A good onboarding experience can make your new team member feel like they’ve made the right choice to join your company. An indifferent experience in their first few weeks might have them reaching for the number of their recruitment consultant again. According to TALX, over 40% of new hires leave their jobs in the first… Read more »

Tips for Hiring a New Project Manager

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Hiring for any new position – when you haven’t had to recruit for someone in that role before – takes a little bit more thought than recycling the ad you used last time you needed someone. If you don’t have any project management experience, it can be even harder. What, exactly, do you need to… Read more »

4 Easy Steps To More Motivated Employees

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There is no particular set of rules that one should follow in motivating employees. We each have our own driving force when it comes to doing an excellent job at work. A working mother could be motivated by her children, who serve as her inspiration to succeed. A trainee who is fresh out of college… Read more »

Tips For Managing A Multi-Generational Workforce

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With one generation working well into retirement, and younger generations entering the workforce sooner, project managers are faced with the challenge of overseeing up to four generations of employees in the workplace. To work with multiple generations, it’s important to understand who they are as and where they come from. Each generation has unique strengths,… Read more »

5 Keys to Building High Performance Teams

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Team work is often the dreaded variable. From middle school team projects to levels of congress working together can be hard. A leader must take different people with different desires, alternate agendas, and various levels of knowledge and find a way to make them successful as a team. Leaders and managers need to find ways… Read more »

What to Look for in a Temporary Employee

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Finding the right temporary employee can help streamline staffing, lower compensation spending, and make a difference in your bottom line. Temporary employees are perfect for short-term projects, getting ahead on a backload of work, or filling in during particularly busy times. Ensuring that your temporary employee becomes an asset and not a mistake lies in… Read more »