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How to improve communication skills of a team?

In IT companies, English is usually the official communication medium as most of the companies deal with foreign customers. We have so many countries where English is second, or even third language ...
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Is there a difference in methodology between low and high budget projects?

I ask the question since I'm a relatively new PM (less than 3 years). Currently, the project budget I deal with are around the $250K mark with a 4-6 month timeline (our hourly rate is $250/hour). Now ...
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Project Manager, profession or role?

I'm curious if the project manager is best considered to be its own profession, or a role within some other context. From what I've read there is a wide range of project types and I find it hard to ...
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Interview tips for a Project Manager Position, with no IT background, but strong PM Skills

I have managed to get through the phone screening and have an in-person interview for the position of a Project Manager with an e-commerce company. I have a strong background in project management (5+ ...
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Is it possible for someone to be a member of two Scrum teams, and how can that be made to work most effectively?

We have an organization where we're moving to two scrum teams working on different parts of our our backlog. I understand the idea that each team should be a complete cross-functional unit, and ...
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Should a project manager have architect skills, or it is not necessary to be successful?

The story started with my discussion with @Ben on whether or not a project manager should have architect skills. We have different views on this and I'm wondering what others about it. So, in your ...
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2 years of Dev Experience to a Project Manager

I have a 2 years of .NET experience in enterprise architecture. Plus I hold a Masters Degree in Management (Not MBA, 1st yr of MBA). Now I am moving to a software consulting company of less than 50 ...
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What are pass/fail criteria for internal PM recruitment

Within our organization, from time to time, we need to promote a person to become a Project Manager / Project Leader / Team Leader. The promotion used to be done based on someone's intuition or ...
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How to convince an employer you're worth more than you're being paid

Perhaps not the best wording of a question title, but it more or less sums up what I'm trying to ask. Basically, say you work for a company and do x, y and z to improve various aspects of the company; ...
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Your opinion: Attention to Detail Skills and PM

Do you think attention to detail skills inhibit, enable, or does nothing for one's ability to be an effective project manager / leader? And why? EDIT: @Angeline and Ian: What about the intrinsic ...
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How can I improve my management skills in preparation for a potential career shift from programmer to manager?

I’m a long time programmer (15 years), who likes his work, but I see that a lot of people have changed their career after few years and moved to management. I never liked management, and most of all I ...
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How to become solution-oriented and self-organized?

I recently got a conversation with my team leader. He told me that I'm currently not solution-oriented and not self-organized. And that I have to do something about it. I'll try to do better, but that ...
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Which skill should a self-taught, overloaded project manager deepen?

I run a small - 2 Full time employee - web development company, with me being programmer and developer at the same time. We service a small number of clients (< 10), of which there is usually 1-2 ...
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Ideas for a Skills Matrix

We are in the process of preparing a skill matrix for a relatively young IT organization. We have been going through some templates and still do not feel comfortable with what we have found. ...
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Project Management “Schools of thought” [closed]

I was wondering how many different Project Management schools of thought exist. Is it specific to the type of project you manage, to region, country etc. Where could I find some resources about it, ...
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How can PM take care about a team members skill?

Usually a team members have different skills of work (coding, communication, analyse and others). What PM can do to minimize the difference of skill in the team? Especially to grow average of skills ...
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What are the signs of an incompetent project manager? [closed]

Responses to this are likely to be subjective but I ask of you not "to vent" against your current/ex manager and instead respond to what you think is a managers failing point (or points). I think ...
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Why Project Management is so hard? [closed]

I know a lot of Project Managers and they are all over 30 years old. Are all project managers like that? I mean, is this about getting more experience than at least 7-8 years? Or being a Project ...
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What would I need to do to transition from a team coach / organizational change agent to a PM?

A lot of the skills I've picked up as a Lean / Agile coach seem to be relevant to project management, and I've started getting offers of PM work from agencies. Since I coach PMs, I feel like I ought ...
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Are Program Management skills different from Project Management skills?

My company has a series of projects with dependencies between them (eg back end hardware refresh/virtualisation, new desktop build/roll-out, database upgrade and implementation of new functionality, ...
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How and What to Learn - New to Product Management

What documentation, skills & tasks should a new (Technical) Product Manager concentrate on learning first to effectively do their job? I have read this Wikipedia article, and it didn't answer my ...
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Project Management Training/Certificates

Which Project Management trainings or certificates would you recommend to take if you do not have any PM background/experience. I can see some questions for Templates, Software, etc... but I would be ...
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Transitioning into a project management role

Many project managers start out as strong individual contributors, and end up as accidental project managers (filling in while the project manager is away, filling a need where a project manager is ...
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Is the PM's required knowledge in agile environment changing nowadays?

We see software developers these days that do not know what does it mean not to use TDD or other practices of XP, project leaders that never worked in a non-agile environment, etc. These people don't ...
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How to move from the Business area of PM to a more IT system related projects?

I am a PRINCE2 Practitioner with a strong Business Administration and Economics background. In my years as a PM, I have always been responsible for projects focused on the Business User area and final ...
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Skills unavailable currently in our team

We have a IT staff of 5 persons: 1 senior with C and PHP skills. 1 senior with Java and database skills. 1 senior with Flex and Actionscript skills. He get some C# with .Net 2.5 skills, since he ...
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What is the most effective way to gain experience that can lead to working in a PM role, in the software industry?

What can a beginner, with good technical skills and background, do in order to gain the skills and experience necessary for the job?
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Professional PM skills without classes?

How possible is it to learn the skills of project management without actually taking any classes on it? I'm definitely up for pouring through books and applying what I learn to my own projects so I ...
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Working environment and its impact on project

In my job people engaged in projects often work in separate departments. It means that they work in separate (1-2 person) rooms on different floors. Moreover project members differ greatly in ...
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Will a Project Manager for a project which requires development of significant amounts of new code expected to have software development experience?

Is software development experience strictly necessary when managing a project which requires the development of significant amounts of new code? Can a PM without significant software development ...
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How technical should a Project Manager be?

Consider a software project involving a bunch of developers of mixed experience. The PM has the delivery responsibility for the project, but undertakes this through the team members. When the ...