Get Inspired: 13 Creativity Exercises for Non-Creatives

ProjectManager.com

But when you look online for creativity exercises to help breakthrough those blocks, artists dominate the conversation. With this in mind, I’ve come up with a list of imaginative exercises modified for us office-types. When you just can’t seem to figure out what you need to figure out, here are 13 creativity exercises that make sense for knowledge workers. The Exercise : This one is easy; come up with as many ideas as possible — good and bad. See Exercise #10).

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Adopting Agile is an Exercise in Change Management

LiquidPlanner

Based on the classroom exercises, you’re excited to try new concepts and apply the magic cure-all that will solve all waterfall-based project problems. Adopting Agile is an Exercise in Change Management. Adopting agile is an exercise in change management for a number of reasons: Software isn’t an order by number model. The post Adopting Agile is an Exercise in Change Management appeared first on LiquidPlanner.

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5 Ways to Sneak in More Exercise at Work

ProjectManager.com

Switching from a spreadsheet to social media doesn’t count as exercise at work. Why Is Exercise Important? Exercise is important, especially so for those of us working sedentary jobs. But it’s not just for us desk jockeys; all people, regardless of their age, can benefit from exercise. According to the National Institute of Health , the benefits of exercise are many. Improves Sleep: Exercise helps you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.

5 Key Goal Setting Exercises for High-Performing Engineering Teams (from Google, LinkedIn, DropBox, and more)

Planio

Goal-setting exercise 1: Effective goal-setting starts at the top and cascades down. Goal-setting exercise 2: Get clear about your culture of goal-setting. Goal setting exercise 3: Use OKRs to choose the right goals for your engineering team. Goal setting exercise 4: Use MMOM metrics to measure your goal progress. Goal-setting exercise 5: Make sure team goals and individual career goals connect.

How to Package and Price Embedded Analytics

This exercise is not a one-shot deal. exercise in imitation. PRICE 22 Pricing for Value This exercise can get you started, but it is best performed along with third-party intelligence gathering. HOW TO PACKAGE & PRICE EMBEDDED ANALYTICS.

Top 13 Motivating Team Building Exercises Your Team Will Love

TimeCamp

Management team building exercises teamworkTeam building activities are becoming more popular. That’s because they strengthen relationships between the team.

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How to exercise strong stakeholder engagement during business transformation

Fix my Project Chaos

The post How to exercise strong stakeholder engagement during business transformation appeared first on Fix My Project Chaos. To celebrate the launch of our new eCourse, we’re releasing a brilliant new podcast each week which focuses on stakeholder management. Tune in each week for the next FREE instalment (view all previous Podcasts in the series here). If you are already subscribed to our mailing list, we’ll email you a simple recap of posts each […].

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How to exercise strong stakeholder engagement during business transformation

Fix my Project Chaos

The post How to exercise strong stakeholder engagement during business transformation appeared first on Fix My Project Chaos. To celebrate the launch of our new eCourse, we’re releasing a brilliant new podcast each week which focuses on stakeholder management. Tune in each week for the next FREE instalment (view all previous Podcasts in the series here). If you are already subscribed to our mailing list, we’ll email you a simple recap of posts each […].

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Leadership and motivation: 3 exercises to bring out your best

Runrun.it

The post Leadership and motivation: 3 exercises to bring out your best appeared first on For Managers | Personal Development Hacks. There are some foolproof tips for people who want to become good leaders (and since you’re reading this…), but others aren’t quite so clear. It’s the case with decision-making: which path should you follow? Joanna Barsh and Johanne Lavoie, who both work with the consultancy McKinsey, have released a book called Centered Leadership: Leading with […].

PMI-ACP Supported Self-Study Group with Mike Griffiths - September Start

Leading Answers

The program works as follows: Read a chapter of my PMI-ACP Exam Prep book each week and work through the exercises. Exclusive study plan and exercise schedule. Additional LinkedIn group exercises and engagements.

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12 Sure-Fire Ways to Improve Project Risk Management

Project Risk Coach

They facilitate risk identification exercises that result in a boatload of risks. Some project managers wait until things are out of control before they exercise risk management. Mike was a functional project manager in an organization where I managed a PMO.

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Want To Stop Procrastinating? Start Temptation Bundling

Trello

I’ll just say it: I hate exercising. Productivity

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5 Tips To Re-Energize Your Daily Standup Meetings

Girl's Guide to PM

If you are wondering how to start a standup meeting, try this exercise. This is a good exercise to kick start the week, so opt to do this one on a Monday, or when you are back at work after a long weekend or other break. This was a quick exercise but it triggered us into thinking about ourselves and what we can improve in our approach to work. If you are a non-IT team, like a team that uses agile for marketing initiatives , you might find it harder to do this exercise.

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10 Simple Ways to Improve Your Project Meetings

Project Risk Coach

Undertake a team-building exercise. Wise leaders know how and when to inject team-building exercises. Facilitate a problem-solving exercise, develop a work breakdown structure , or identify ways to improve project communication. I often hear people say, “Our company has too many meetings. The meetings last too long and they are woefully mismanaged.” And yet, meetings can be an indispensable tool for accomplishing work.

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How to boost your career with simple time allocation tricks

International Institute of Learning

We shall see below, where we can begin this exercise. It is fine to make rough estimates, this is not an accounting exercise, the idea is to understand whether the tasks you complete reflect your level of salary and more importantly the salary you are ambitioning to attain.

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3 Easy Ways to Keep Your Virtual Team on Track When Working Remotely

Project Bliss

Team building exercises are a fantastic way to build that essential esprit de corps , even when you’re not sharing the same physical space. This is a guest post by Adrian Johansen. In a matter of months, COVID-19 has impacted pretty much every aspect of our normal daily lives.

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How to Improve the Performance of Your Project Teams

Project Risk Coach

During the workshop, the exercises could be used to actually develop some of your project requirements. Encourage collaboration early by facilitating team discussions, problem-solving, and brainstorming exercises. Lastly, as you plan your next project meeting, use a facilitation technique such as a problem-solving exercise that will improve your team’s interaction. Ever watched what happens when a new team is formed?

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How to Engage Participants in a Project Management Workshop

Project Risk Coach

Periodically break up the participants for group exercises and activities such as an affinity diagram. Changing the teams for each exercise provides good networking opportunities. Ask for volunteers for an exercise. Provide handouts/exercises to take home. Give participants a template or an exercise to complete. John, Sally, and Bill just left a full-day project management workshop. John said, “Am I the only one who felt like I just wasted a day?”

2017 163

7 Problem-Solving Skills You Need to Improve to Get More Done

ProjectManager.com

Try using creativity exercises to get into the mood. Exercise. There are exercises you can do to gain problem-solving skills and help with your ability to better respond to problems and solve them quickly. There many more examples of logic exercises, but before you even start testing yourself and improving your problem-solving skills, it’s important to take care of yourself.

2019 295

How to Engage Participants in a Project Management Workshop

Project Risk Coach

Periodically break up the participants for group exercises and activities such as an affinity diagram. Changing the teams for each exercise provides good networking opportunities. Ask for volunteers for an exercise. Provide handouts/exercises to take home. Give participants a template or an exercise to complete. John, Sally, and Bill just left a full-day project management workshop. John said, “Am I the only one who felt like I just wasted a day?”

2017 150

7 Ways to Improve Project Estimates

Project Risk Coach

Gain buy-in and better definition by engaging stakeholders in a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) exercise. Why do so many projects come in late and over budget? Poor estimates are often a major factor in these projects. So, let's look at 7 ways to improve project estimates. Define the project work One of the top reasons for poor estimates is poor project definition. Project teams fail to identify significant work packages and associated project activities.

10 Simple Ways to Ease Stress at Work and Love Your Job Again

Project Bliss

This includes eating a healthy breakfast, planning your day intentionally, and doing some exercise: Eat a healthy breakfast. Exercise. Exercise helps get your body moving and your blood flowing. Practicing mindfulness exercises is a great way to actively reduce stress. If you find yourself starting to feel overwhelmed and stressed, try using mediation or other mindfulness exercises. Have a Healthy Diet and Squeeze in Exercise.

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10 Simple Ways to Revitalize Your Project Meetings

Project Risk Coach

Undertake a team-building exercise. Wise leaders know how and when to inject team building exercises. Facilitate a problem-solving exercise , develop a work breakdown structure, or identify ways to improve project communication. Discover 10 ways to get more done in your meetings How often do you hear someone say, “We’re having too many meetings, lasting too long, and they are woefully mismanaged.” And yet, meetings can be the indispensable tool for getting work done.

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5 Types of Project Meetings

Girl's Guide to PM

Giving everyone names of fish and having ‘Molly Flukehausen’ give a status update would go down like a lead balloon over here, which just goes to show how culturally-specific team building exercises can be.

2020 337

Project Managers – Stay Active in Isolation

Arras People

It’s exactly the same as a classroom-based course – has a set date; same materials; able to interact with real people; able to take part in exercises. through to animated action; lecture videos; quizzes, exercises, exam practice – the whole works. There’s also a lot of value in learning alongside others – being able to do those group exercises still exists in virtual classrooms – breakout rooms are used and are just as effective.

2020 278

The Effective and Innovative Virtual Team Leader

International Institute of Learning

One more tip I have for you is implement “enjoyment time” for each meeting, demonstrate your trust in your team, and exercise some creativity in your meeting management. By Frank P. Saladis, PMP, LIMC MCCP, PMI Fellow. Virtual teams have been a part of the business, public, and not for profit environments for many years. In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s the internet began to significantly influence how information and meetings were managed.

Overcoming bias in project management

Girl's Guide to PM

Afterwards, in a second exercise, students conduct a rigorous stakeholder analysis mitigates and realize that the tension was the result of anchoring heuristics. This is a guest post by Roland Hoffmann. Are you biased as a project manager? You might be surprised! In this article we’ll talk about the different types of bias in project management. Roland Hoffman. A project manager is the linchpin of a successful project.

2020 260

Change management helps when implementing risk responses

Kiron Bondale

But without addressing the need for personal change, your risk management efforts are likely to remain an academic exercise. A student in a project management class I taught shared the concern that it was very hard for her to get risk responses implemented. This is a fairly common problem and is likely one of the reasons that the volunteers who updated the PMBOK Guide, Sixth Edition added Implement Risk Responses as a new process within the Project Risk Management knowledge area.

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Ask a PM: How to Get Proper Estimates

LiquidPlanner

You might not need to document this granularity on your work breakdown structure, but your team could go through the exercise to split out tasks into their component parts. Dear Elizabeth: I work in a technical team as a project manager. We do a lot of projects that are innovative (for us), and my development colleagues always seem reluctant when it comes to project planning. They won’t give me timescales that will help me plan.

Managing Virtual Teams Successfully

The IIL Blog

Tuckman model of forming-storming-norming-performing), they can benefit from a Simple Interactive Meaningful Practical Learning Exercise (SMILE). Evolution of Learning Exercises for Collaboration. No one author or source can take credit for the evolution of learning exercises for virtual teams. These McGraw-Hill publications refer to Experiential Learning Exercises, group mixers, warm-ups, energizers and playful activities. Types of Interactive Exercises.

5 Ways to boost your team’s creativity

Girl's Guide to PM

Instead, start with some team exercises to warm up people’s brains and help them realize that they are in a safe space where it’s OK to make suggestions. Creativity is the cornerstone of innovation. Thinking creatively is what takes your work from average to outstanding.

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Tips for Working from Home During the Covid-19 Crisis

International Institute of Learning

Don’t forget to exercise. As we face the current societal and organizational struggles of a worldwide health crisis, many employees and teams are finding themselves working from home for the first time, or for the first time on a daily basis. Managing a virtual team isn’t easy, and it’s easy to become disconnected from your team members if you are used to working in an office environment. The key to organizational success in a work from home setting is communication.

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You Can Unlock the Power of Integration Management

Project Risk Coach

Imagine a project manager, Jane, leading a work breakdown structure exercise (WBS) with her project team resulting in work packages or activities. After completing the WBS, she facilitated an exercise to identify significant risks and estimated contingency reserves for her “Known Unknown” risks. How Bring All the Pieces Together If you were asked to describe project managers with one word, what would it be? Planner? Leader? Organizer?

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6 Ways a Morning Routine Can Make You More Productive at Work

ProjectManager.com

Make Time for Exercise. Sure, the idea of exercising first thing may bore you to death! Try to make time for 15-20 minutes of exercise each morning. Have you ever felt like your mornings go to waste? Suddenly you’re glancing at the clock, and it’s almost lunchtime—and you have no work to show for the time that has gone by? Many business professionals struggle with this because they don’t have a good morning routine in place.

2019 214

12 Good Reasons You Are Struggling With Small Projects

Project Risk Coach

This exercise allows the team to understand the context of the project. This exercise will provide a good foundation and reduce the changes later in the project. "Why am I still having problems with small projects? This plaintive question is one I'm asked from time to time. I'd like to give a few brief reasons why project managers struggle with small projects. Small things have a way of overmastering the great. This small press can destroy a kingdom." Sonya Levien. Click to Tweet.

2019 188

What is Project Risk?

Project Risk Coach

If I am leading an exercise to identify risks, I will ask the participants to identify threats or potential problems first. If you say the word “risk” to ten people, each person may think of something different— insurance, threats, investments, bets, or potential loss. As we manage project teams, it's critical that you and your team members have a common understanding of what project risk means. Otherwise, people will be confused by your risk management efforts.

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How to Use the Ishikawa Fishbone Diagram as an Awesome Problem-Solving Tool

Project Bliss

Different categories stimulate ideas in a brainstorming exercise. It gives structure around the cause-effect exercise. Here are the simple steps to take when doing this exercise with your team. If you need to do this exercise with remote attendees, you can easily create it in PowerPoint and share your screen. You may need to refer to it later and you don’t want to lose the value you’ve gotten from the exercise.

2018 156

Seven Project Management Lessons for Entrepreneurs

ProjectManager.com

Whichever project you pursue, this exercise will give you marketing gold dust. Be sure to get plenty of sleep, to eat well, to maintain sensible exercise regime, and to stay plugged in to the emotional support of your network of friends and family. Entrepreneurs are committed, energetic, can-do people. That description can also fit your typical project manager, which makes sense because launching a business is a project. I’ve done it a few times, so I know.

2019 312

10 Simple Ways to Revitalize Your Project Meetings

Project Risk Coach

Undertake a team-building exercise. Wise leaders know how and when to inject team building exercises. Facilitate a problem-solving exercise, develop a work breakdown structure, or identify ways to improve project communication. Discover 10 ways to get more done in your meetings How often do you hear someone say, “We’re having too many meetings, lasting too long, and they are woefully mismanaged.” And yet, meetings can be the indispensable tool for getting work done.

2017 150

How to Be a Productive Project Manager: 7 Tips

Project Risk Coach

When asked about his exercise, Tom says, “I don’t have time. Busy, productive individuals make time to exercise. Consider some of these exercises and find something you enjoy: walking, swimming, biking, jogging, or doing upper body workouts. I find exercise and sleep save me time by giving me greater energy. Many project managers feel overwhelmed with emails, phone calls, and meetings. They often work overtime, but few feel as though they are making progress.

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