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Making any change in the way your team works can be a challenge. However, if you are set on changing your process to Kanban, there are ways to make it smoother and ensure your team accepts the new order. Curious to know how to successfully onboard your team to Kanban? Keep on reading. Introducing Kanban Without a doubt, Kanban is a great option for those needing flexibility and adaptability in their project management. However, just…

Team member management and scheduling is one of the key components in project manager’s responsibilities. It is according to these efforts that your project faith relies in most cases. And finding the right balance between tight deadlines, most effective distribution and humanity can sometimes become quite a challenge.  However, there are managers and practices out there that seem to have found the right way of accomplishing this task successfully. And it would be quite silly…

When introducing any sort of an organizational change, it is normal to face fear, distrust and even anger. Agile is no different and we tend to have specific reactions to hearing the news of it coming into our processes. In fact, the reactions are so specific, they can actually be named. Thus this week i break down the 5 most common reactions to taking on an Agile transformation. Take a break and have some fun…

We are long past the times where our abilities of leadership or smarts were evaluated by gender, race or anything else rather than our abilities. However, every now and then stats from industry leaders surface and paint quite a different picture. With a strong bias still existing for anyone that has not been born a white male. The reasoning and history of this unbalance is a topic on its own and I am not here…

Everyone knows there is no project without a team. A group of individuals that help each other and all work together to achieve the end goal that need just as much attention as every other part of the project. This is why in designing Eylean we made sure team management is done right.

With every project there are two distinct sides crucial for success – the project manager and the the team. The manager needs to be able to control the team and monitor their progress, while the team needs to easily share information and communicate with one another. Forgetting one or the other is really not an option when we talk about a complete project management solution.

So, first things first, once a project starts you need a good system in place to manage the people that work for you. Eylean has got you covered by making sure this is as easy as possible.

As the holiday season and the New Year approach, I wanted to take some time and review your favorite Agile articles of 2016. Maybe you’ve read them all already or maybe there is still something new and exciting to learn. Without any further ado lets dive in. 10th place – Top 5 Most interesting Scrumban Boards Learn all about the creative and clever ways to organize your Scrumban boards. These teams are certainly doing it right.…

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When it comes down to a team, we want one that does a great job, works together well and is motivated to stay on. While it is relatively easy to ensure the first two, keeping everyone motivated has always been a tough one and is becoming even tougher these days. As millennials take over the workforce, it is evident that earning their loyalty is quite a different process than it was before. So will millennials become a productive part of your team or will they move on even before you can sense something’s wrong?

We all have some idea about the standard millennial – they are inconsistent, disloyal and ready to bolt as soon as something better comes along. So what should you as a manager do to make sure your team does not fall apart every few months? Well first we need some clear data about what makes a millennial tick and luckily, Deloitte has already done the job for us.

According to their Millennial Survey 2016, 66% of millennials surveyed are expecting to leave their organization by 2020. While this is expected, realizing that 2/3 of the workforce is planning on leaving is still unsettling. Most of us would certainly like to avoid that fate. So let’s see why exactly this generation is willing to do so.

070516-N-1745W-001Last week I talked about the importance of getting to know your customers and collecting their feedback. This week, I want to bring the focus a little closer to home, to the team. No matter how you slice it, your employees are the key in making everything happen. Without them there would simply be no company. However, we often forget that and observe a diminishing engagement and lack of morale. So what should you do to make sure your team stays as enthusiastic about the future as they were on day one? I am sure these tips will help put you on the right track.

  • Define the rules of the game

Before even talking about empowering and engaging employees, you should make sure that there are clear rules to define the processes. Not only that, but that you also take some time and talk these rules out with your team. Have an open discussion about the management practices and you will be surprised about the valuable feedback and insights that will be offered. This way, you will not only make sure they know the rules, but also have the team be part of their creation.
Genuine interest and open doors will put you ahead of the game.

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It is no secret, that project management is more than just following deadlines and overseeing work. No matter the size of the company, managers have to take on various roles to make sure their team reaches the desired result. This role juggling may be well known to the experienced project managers, but for those still ranking up their expertise, multiple hurdles await.

Check out our list of the most common project management daily struggles and their solutions.

  • The lack of motivation within the team

When managing a group of people all in pursuit of the same results, you will inevitably find yourself dealing with team members that seem to have lost their drive. It will put your project behind and influence the rest of the team in a negative way. When faced with such a situation, it is important to remember that it is your job, not to only create the plans for the future, but to also make sure the team is motivated to complete them.

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As any project manager would tell you, having a great team is one of the key factors in project success. They will help you face the challenges, look for solutions and deliver a result that you are looking for. Agile teams are no exception and can either help you to achieve goals or be a destructive force for the whole project. So how do you form an Agile team that will bring the success you are looking for?

The most important thing you have to understand is that the traditional teams and Agile teams are two quite different things. Simply slapping new titles on the old team does not an Agile team make. The key difference between a traditional and an Agile team is that the latter has to be completely self-sufficient. In other words, it has to be diverse and independent enough to produce a working, tested increment of a product. To make sure your new Agile team can do that, there are a few things you should be aware of.

1. Diversity

While for the traditional teams it might be perfectly fine to have five designers and no developers, this will be nowhere near okay for Agile. By definition itself, Agile teams have to be diverse enough to produce a working part of the product. This means that an Agile team has to be made of just the people that are needed to do that.

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