32 Terms From the “Project Collaboration Lexicon” (bet you can’t guess #10)

6 January 2018
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Here are 32 terms from the “Project Collaboration Lexicon” that’ll make you sound like you know it all. Actor: Anyone involved in the implementation of a project Collaborator: Anyone involved in the execution of a project. Activity: First level of homogeneous grouping of tasks. The tasks of an activity can be performed sequentially or in parallel. Resource Allocation: The process of ensuring that the resources required for the project are made available. Project Manager: The person responsible for achieving the project’s objectives in accordance with the desired quality level, time and cost restrictions and in compliance with the company’s rules […]

4 Training Courses to Help You Become the “Collaboration” Guru of Your Company

29 November 2017
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Here are 4 training courses that will help you become the project collaboration guru of your company: Teamwork and collaboration in the workplace: Free courses: A 6-day course that will walk you through creating the right daily task lists, keeping track of task plans, improving pm skills for your team, setting team goals and achieving them, and more. Project Collaboration with Sharepoint: Hosted by the University of Denver this course focuses on the role of collaboration as a critical success factor in project planning and execution. Collaboration Skills Training: Hosted by Business Training Works, this course provides teams with tools […]

Too Much of a Good Thing: Avoiding Unnecessary Over-Collaboration

21 November 2017
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Just because you’re able to collaborate with roles across your organization doesn’t mean that everyone’s word should carry the same gravity. Understanding the weight and point of view of each of your collaborators before you share your project is vital to your end goal’s success.

Project Collaboration Experts: Top 5 Linkedin Groups to follow

14 November 2017
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Here are 5 Linkedin groups that you can follow right away to stay up to date with project collaboration tools & techniques: NQI – Collaborative Project Management: This group is part of NQI’s goal to encourage discussions, conversations and sharing of experiences regarding all things related to project management, management of project portfolios (PPM) and collaboration. Castlebreck – Knights of Collaboration: Castlebreck provides everything you need to be successful with your Social Business Project. Collaboration & Project Management: Collaboration and Project Management are intimately tied together. There is rarely a successful project without highly effective collaboration. On the other hand, […]

Collaboration Tool Checklist: 13 Questions to Ask Before Making a Decision

1 November 2017
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Collaborative work is about people working together to achieve a common goal. This is facilitated by the development of new technologies. In recent years, the number of online collaborative tools has increased. Here’s a list of 13 questions to ask yourself before purchasing an online collaboration tool: Can projects be managed collaboratively? Can multiple people work on a same document? Are there any solutions to organize online videoconferences? Can I receive notifications when a project milestone is met? Can I hide some information from my shared calendar? Is it possible to share my presentation with my collaborators in an online […]

6 Key Features to Consider When Shopping for Collaboration Software

18 October 2017
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In recent years, the number of collaborative tools has increased. What once started as simply shared agendas has now developed into something extraordinary. Here are 6 key features to consider when shopping for collaboration software: Calendar: The shared calendar facilitates the organization of appointments and meetings without the need to consult all participants. The person organizing the event finds a time interval and can check the availability of the other participants, the meeting room and then send out an invitation. These tools save a lot of time for facilitating teamwork. File sharing: File sharing tools allow you to transfer files, […]

A Complete Collection of 27 Free Collaboration Tools (+1 Enterprise)

3 October 2017
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What are the free online collaboration tools these days ? Here’s a full list: Appear.in: Free tool to easily organize video-conferences. Slack: Collaboration tool for teams with a fre option (among other paid options as well). Mindmup: Tool for creating easy-to-use and shareable custom diagrams. Flask: Task sharing tool for teams. Access is open to the entire team and priorities can be set. Nooot: Collaborative notebook for meetings and brainstorming with access for all. Cosketch: Multi-user online whiteboard designed to give users the ability to quickly visualize and share ideas as images. Stoodle: Collective shareable whiteboard via URL and social […]

4 Collaboration Techniques to Improve Team Performance

21 September 2017
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(Source: Project Collaboration whitepaper) Collaborative work is about people working together to achieve a common goal. This is facilitated by the development of new technologies. Proximity, intimacy and permissiveness: Harvard researchers have shown that three factors are important for collaborative work. Proximity makes it possible to bring people together, intimacy implies that everyone remains independent and permissiveness encourages relationships and activities outside of work. Methods of exchange: Synchronous tools such as instant messaging or video conferencing enable real-time collaboration. The phone is also widely used and enables employees to quickly access information on a specific topic. Asynchronous tools include shared […]

3 Things to Consider Before Creating a Collaborative Work Environment

11 September 2017
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(Source: Project Collaboration whitepaper) Collaborative work is about people working together to achieve a common goal. Before getting started with implementing project collaboration software, here are 3 things to consider when creating a collaborative work environment: Impact on Security: Collaborative work also has its limitations. Data shared with too many collaborators can prove to be a threat. Sensitive business data must remain under control and cannot be disclosed outside the organization. Customer information, company figures and tariffs are examples of data that need to be protected. Organizations should also make sure to backup regularly. Impact on Work-life balance: Another potential […]

Managing Bottlenecks. Good Project Management is a lot like avoiding traffic

12 May 2017
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Living in one of Canada’s largest metropolitan areas, Montreal is infamous for its traffic jams caused by never ending construction and growing population.  In a recent report it confirmed that the typical Montrealer that has a 30 minute commute loses 92 hours a year to traffic. The reality of this loss is astronomical impacting businesses, the environment and in some cases health issues that result from increased stressed levels and the broadened carbon footprint.  Although strategies to mitigate traffic issues  exist, similar to the project management world, it only takes one unexpected change of event to occur and you will […]