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Teams: September 2008 Archives

Sorry, I'm Booked

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IT professionals at companies across the United Kingdom need more project and program management training--but they can't seem to find the time for it. That's according to a recent study by U.K. firm Parity Consulting.
    The study questioned 225 IT professionals at 50 large U.K. companies and 75% said they would be investing in program and project management training next year, but 66% said they are too busy at work to undertake as much training as they would like.
    So what should they do? Whose job is it to make sure the employees get the time for training they need?
    In this case, I'm going to say it's the organization's job. They are the ones calling for training, so they need to create an environment where employees feel empowered to get training, even if it means time away from their work. Organizations willing to make an investment in their employees are more likely to keep their employees. And with the talent crunch in full swing, that's something organizations better be focused on.

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The Office

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Take a close look at any team and you'll see a mind-boggling array of personalities. You've got the chatty people and the quiet ones, the ambitious go-getters and the, well, not-so-ambitious go-getters. You've got people who thrive under pressure and people who crumble at the mere mention of the word deadline.
    It seems like a recipe for disaster. So what's the key? Communication. Whether it's through face-to-face conversations, phone calls, e-mails or instant messaging, every team member has to stay up to speed. And if there is a problem, they need to clue in the rest of the team.
    How do you work with your team to make sure projects are completed? And how do you deal with those problems that always seem to arise just when you think you're almost done?
    Share your tips with us by leaving a comment.

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