- DO: Communicate
DON’T: Expect a mind reader
Communication is an integral component to any project, be it design related or otherwise. No communication or miscommunication can tank an entire project. From the first meeting with the designer, work together to create a clear project vision. One of the most helpful pieces of information you can provide during this meeting is a selection of examples of other similar works that you like. Collaboration with the designer during the entire project is also necessary. Establish a communication schedule so that the project remains on track. Ensure that this schedule is adhered to. If a designer doesn’t hear anything throughout the project they assume that everything is going well. No designer is going to be happy if presented with a laundry list of changes at the end of a project.
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If you’ve ever been in a management or leadership role on a project (and yes, there is a distinction between management and leadership), I’m sure this list will resonate with you. This is a compilation of published Lessons Learned by Derry Simmel, a North Carolina project manager.
These are the 10 most common Lessons Learned by enterprise project teams, as reported and published by their PM Offices.
1. The people we had were great; there just weren’t enough of them.
2. We left management and planning unattended for too long.
3. Unclear roles and responsibilities led to confusion and loss of precious time.
4. We had the most success when we were all informed.
When people ask you how work is, do you reflexively respond ‘work is busy’? While you likely have many outstanding tasks on your plate and projects that need your diligent attention, ask yourself these two questions:
1) Is ‘being busy’ part of your self identity?
2) Does ‘being busy’ mean that you are also productive?
Paul Andrew, a blogger with theLeadershipCoach.com, suggests that if being busy = part of your self concept, then something is amiss.
By Daniel H. Pink
Original Source: The RSA Animate: ‘DRIVE – The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us’
As a developer, have you worked with a company that refuses to migrate from Internet Explorer 8 to a newer version Internet Explorer due to compatibility issues? Microsoft has done a ton of work to improve Internet Explorer between version 8 and 11:
- Web apps load twice as fast
- Redesigned script engine
- Redesigned layout engine
- Hardware accelerated graphics
It is a shame that many companies are not using Internet Explorer 11 because of compatibility issues.
Enter Enterprise Mode for Internet Explorer 11. Enterprise Mode provides compatibility benefits for sites designed for Internet Explorer 8 and even Internet Explorer 7. Enterprise Mode will fix many common issues, but not all compatibility issues. Areas addressed by Enterprise Mode include:
- Changes to user agent string
- ActiveX controls and other binaries
- Deprecated functionality
- Pre-caching and pre-rendering
In a recent SharePoint 2013 project, I created a custom document set content type deployed as a feature and after I added this content type to a document library I customized the document set Welcome Page by adding some web parts to it. Later in the project, I needed to add some new columns to this document set content type. I added the columns as site columns and then added the columns to the site content type and set “Update all content types inheriting from this type?” equal to “Yes”.
Arrogance is not inspiring. But why is arrogance common on I.T. project teams? Why do self-proclaimed experts abound, even though we know this is poisonous on a high-knowledge project? Jeffrey Way has an explanation …
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Reactive communications is the opposite of transparency; it is when management withholds information until every possible detail is known, and the event itself has finally occurred. The employees are not informed before the event, nor are employees engaged as part of the input and analysis process.
Reactive communications are impersonal, crafted, spun, and often written or recorded as opposed to spoken face-to-face. Most of all: reactive communications are delivered well after employees have a chance to provide input. Business authors Jo Ann Sweeney and Roger D’Aprix explain more about reactive communications, and how this is becoming a tragic trend of distrust in modern corporations…