Posts Tagged ‘teams’

A Dozen Free Google Apps to Keep Your Family or Team Organized [Part 1 of 2]

Whether you’re trying to coordinate a virtual team or a far-flung family, you can easily reach the point where the “wisdom of the group” is scattered all over the place. One person has that photo everyone is looking for, while somebody else has the schedule in her calendar and other people have the invitations to the event and maps with directions to the venue. In short, working together or sharing family records and events can result in digital files and critical documents scattered all over the place!

The best way to bring order to this chaos is to get everyone connected with a common set of apps that allows the entire group to create, store and share their image files and documents using any device. And that’s exactly what the dozen free Google apps below are designed to do.

Read the entire article, one of a two-part series, at my WORTH SHARING website.

Edited: September 18th, 2017

Free, Do-It-Yourself, Project Management Training: Upgrade Your Practical PM Skills or Study for PMP Certification

Check out this free-resource-loaded, link-filled article at my Worth Sharing website, then get cranking with your own PM Boot Camp!

Edited: June 28th, 2017

24 Must-Have, Everyday Workhorse Apps

Top 24 apps (logos shown clockwise from 7 o’clock): Timely, Accuweather, Gmail, Podcast Addict, Google Voice, Google Hangouts Dialer, Hiya Caller ID & Block, Google Keep, SimpleMind, MindMeister, Floating Stickies, Google Docs/Sheets/Slides, Wunderlist, Google Maps, Feedly, Puffin, Xodo PDF, FBReader, Pocket, Google Photos, Fast for Facebook, Twilight, Atmosphere

If you’re like me, your mobile device (phone, tablet, etc.) is loaded with apps. In fact, I’ve just checked and discovered that I’ve got hundreds installed! And that left me wondering, “How many of these things do I need? Which of these do I depend on every day?”

After some reflection, I came up with a list of my “24 must-have, everyday workhorse apps.” Most are FREE or have free versions available. And, to the extent that they keep me personally productive, they help me be a better project manager and team member. See the complete list with brief descriptions at my WORTH SHARING site.

Edited: January 24th, 2017

Two New PM Freebies Support Agile PM Practices

Check out these new listings at my Project Management FREEBIES website! These infographic learning tools can help your team get the most from its Agile practices.

Edited: December 16th, 2016

Five Questions Every Team Must Answer and a Tool to Help

Click here to go to full article & tool: "Five Questions Every Team Must Answer and a Tool to Help"

Whenever a group of people get together to get something done, there are five role-related questions that should be asked immediately to focus their efforts and avoid wasting anyone’s time. This new article at my WORTH SHARING website presents these questions and provides a tool to help you find the answers together, as a team. Check it out!

Edited: November 21st, 2016

Vacation Makeover: Teach yourself Project Management with these (mostly) free materials!

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Loads of links & plenty of great free resources to help you retool! Check out the full article here.

Edited: June 28th, 2016

Authority versus Responsibility: Find the Balance!

Go to Video "Authority vs. Responsibility: Find the Balance!"

This brief video uses simple, real-world examples to distinguish between authority & responsibility. And it makes the argument that by finding the balance between the two, we can improve the quality of life in our projects and project teams, in our personal relationships and in the world at large.

“It’s the fair and decent thing to do!”

For my extended essay on this topic, as well as some practical “Challenge” questions that can help you put these concepts to work, see this blog post:

Edited: April 24th, 2014

Free e-Book “What Project Management Means to Me” from #PMFlashBlog Authors

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On September 25th at 0100 hours GMT project management (PM) bloggers from all over the planet published blog posts to answer this question: “What does project management mean to me? (a project manager’s sermon).”

Conceived by Australian PM expert Shim Marom, publisher of the quantmleap blog, this #PMFlashBlog was the first-ever world-wide synchronized PM publishing effort.

Henny Portman, a #PMFlashBlogger from the Netherlands, created this infographic illustrating the true global distribution of the authors:

Image: Henny Portman's #PMFlashBlog author location infographic

Allen Ruddock, Director of UK-based ARRA Management Ltd., took on the challenge of collecting, compiling and creating an e-book from all the #PMFlashBlog blog posts published. (Check out Allen’s upcoming webinar “3 Biggest PM mistakes…”)

The result of all this hard work was a powerful collection of heart-felt (and sometimes humorous!) blog posts that will help you discover the true meaning of PM as seen through the eyes of PM experts and practitioners from all over the world.

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Edited: December 4th, 2013

What Project Management Means to Me: “A Technology of Manifestation…”

pmflashblog[This post is part of the #PMFlashBlog event “What does project management mean to me?” Learn more here:  Free e-Book “What Project Management Means to Me” from #PMFlashBlog Authors]

Sometimes it takes someone on the outside looking in to provide you with that “whack on the side of the head” that changes the meaning of what you are doing.  Such was the case with this simple email from a student.
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Edited: September 24th, 2013

Step Away from the Computer & Get Out Your Post-It Notes!

[Update: This blog post has been included in the “PM Techniques” section of my book Worth Sharing: Essays & Tools to Help Project Managers & Their Teams.]

A while back I was teaching an introductory PM class for some high-achieving tech folks.  My overall goal was to begin to convert these perfectionists into project managers.  Mid-way through the first morning, I divided the class into several small groups of 4 or 5 people and assigned a series of planning exercises.  They had brought their own real world project ideas to class and the object of the game was to take a few of these from rough concept to full-blown, high-resolution project plans.  Each team had been given large Post-It notes, blank flip charts, and markers. There were also a couple of white boards available.

As the teams were working through the guided planning exercises, I could hear the familiar jumble of voices as ideas were bounced around, discussed, discarded, and revised.  One team, however, was strangely silent. Unlike the others who were up and moving about, they were seated around a table and looking at the back of one guy’s computer screen. I walked over to see what was going on. (more…)

Edited: April 25th, 2013