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Ten Tips for Appearing Confident When Leading a Meeting

As the leader of a meeting, you want to appear confident and in control. This means being assertive; you express yourself in a positive and confident manner and allow others to do the same. This approach [more…]

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How to Make Your Meetings More Effective

When you run a meeting, you want to keep it moving and make sure it's productive, but you also want everyone to feel that it was time well spent. The small stuff often can have a large impact on your colleagues' [more…]

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How to Draw Out a Speaker with Probing Questions

One of the key duties of a meeting facilitator is to make sure participants' ideas are understood by everyone. Probing with questions is a listening tool you can use to draw out and add depth to the speaker's [more…]

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Minding Your Manners: Teleconference Etiquette

In order for a teleconference to run smoothly, participants must follow certain rules of etiquette while on the call. Follow these guidelines whenever you're involved in a teleconference, and consider [more…]

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How a Time-Management Schedule Will Set You Free

Too many people feel that the structure of a time management system is too restrictive. They think the freedom they seek with their schedules and their lives is contained in a more flexible environment [more…]

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Time-Management Technique: How to Conquer Dreaded Tasks

When facing a huge or intimidating load of work, taking the tasks apart may be the best way to make progress, stay on track, and put away that project in a timely fashion. [more…]

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Ten Tips on How to Plan a Conference

Conference planning involves a lot of detail. An event planning committee shares responsibility for the program, fiscal management, facilities, and more. A successful organizational meeting can advance [more…]

Ten Tips for Running an Effective Meeting

In today’s business world, it’s not only what you do, but how you do it that’s important. So, being able to successfully run a meeting is as important as what you cover in it. Here are some tips for preparing [more…]

Applying Agile Management Value 3: Customer Collaboration Over Contract Negotiation

Agile management principles extend to your relationship with the customer. Agile's third core value emphasizes customer collaboration. The agile pioneers understood that collaboration, rather than confrontation [more…]

Applying Agile Management Value 4: Responding to Change Over Following a Plan

The fourth core value of Agile project management addresses the response to change. Change is a valuable tool for creating great products. Using agile management principles, project teams that can respond [more…]

How Agile Management Methods Make Projects Work Better

Agile project management methodologies help you produce successful projects. Recent widespread adoption of agile development methods has seen the dramatic reduction of project failure rates. Key areas [more…]

Applying Agile Management Value 1: Individuals and Interactions Over Processes and Tools

The first core value of the Agile Manifesto is to value individuals and interactions over processes and tools. When you allow each person to contribute unique value to your software development project [more…]

Applying Agile Management Value 2: Working Software Over Comprehensive Documentation

A software development team’s focus should be on producing working products. The second Agile core value emphasizes working software over comprehensive documentation. [more…]

Identifying Key Events in an Agile Scrum

Even within an adaptable agile development model, you must have meetings. A scrum includes four key meetings called eventsthat provide opportunities for the scrum team to organize, evaluate, and adjust [more…]

What Is Agile Management?

Agile is a descriptive term for a number of project development and management techniques and methods. Agile project management is an empirical project management approach. In other words, you do something [more…]

Identifying Roles in an Agile Scrum

A key component of agile project management, the scrum framework defines specific roles essential to smooth functioning of the scrum. Some roles, and the people who fill them, play an integral part in [more…]

Identifying Artifacts in an Agile Scrum

An agile scrum has three tangible deliverables, called artifacts. In agile project development, these artifacts consist of the requirements for the overall project, the requirements for each piece of the [more…]

Four Steps to Creating an Agile Product Roadmap

The product roadmap is an overall view of the product's requirements and a valuable tool for planning and organizing the journey of product development. The product owner creates the product roadmap with [more…]

Comparing Agile Project Management and the Traditional Waterfall Method

Agile, in product development terms, is a description for project management methods that focus on people, communications, the product, and flexibility. The Agile development tool uses a variety of methods [more…]

Four Steps to Defining Your Product Vision with Agile Management

The first stage in an agile project is defining your product vision. The product vision statement is an elevator pitch — a quick summary — to communicate how your product supports the company's or organization's [more…]

Agile Team Operations Philosophy

An agile development team operates differently from a team using a more traditional approach. Development team members must change their roles based on each day’s priorities, organize themselves, and think [more…]

Agile Management and Low-Tech Communications

Particularly when you first implement an agile management system, keep the communication tools low tech. Rely on face-to-face conversations and good old-fashioned pen and paper. Low-tech promotes informality [more…]

Agile Management and High-Tech Communications

When agile scrum team members work in different places, you need to set up sophisticated, high-tech communication methods to create a sense of connectedness. When determining which types of high-tech communication [more…]

Team Roles within an Agile Management Framework

The scrum framework defines common team roles in an agile-managed development project. The development team, product owner, and scrum master make up the [more…]

How to Create a Physical Environment to Maximize Agile Management Benefits

Agile methodologies flourish when scrum team members, who are central to the success of the agile project, work closely together in an environment that supports the process. Creating the right environment [more…]

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