HELP YOUR TEAM TO MANAGE PROJECT STRESS
Simon White

All projects involve an element of stress. But how you manage stress will influence your performance in your role.

We all know what stress is. It is the thing that makes your hair turn grey and your frowns appear more often than smiles. It is natural that projects attract a lot of stress, as you have a fixed set of deliverables to produce in a fixed timeframe and with fixed resources - and all with your project sponsor breathing down your neck!

GROUPTHINK VERSUS GROUPSHIFT
Brian R. King, P.Eng, PMP.

To be a good team leader it is useful to understand some basics about group dynamics and its impact on the effectiveness of team decisions.

Two major aspects of group dynamics are groupthink
and groupshift. These phenomena can affect a team’s ability to appraise alternatives objectively and to arrive at quality decisions.

TEN TIPS TO LOWER YOUR RISK OF RECEIVING JUNK EMAIL

Take advantage of the Junk E-mail Filter in Microsoft Office Outlook 2007   Office Outlook 2007 helps to mitigate the problem of spam by providing the Junk E-mail Filter, which automatically evaluates incoming messages and sends those identified as spam to the Junk E-mail folder.

ROLE OF PROGRAM MANAGER VERSUS PROJECT MANAGER
By Jack S. Duggal, MBA, PMP

A common myth about the role of the program manager is that he or she “wears a bigger and wider hat” to be able to manage large, multiple projects. In reality, the program manager should also wear different pairs of glasses that provide different perspectives and enable program managers to see things differently than project managers. To be successful in a program environment, program managers have to balance between multiple perspectives.

REWARDING THE PROJECT TEAM
Brian R. King, P.Eng, PMP, president of Millennium 3 Inc.

Everyone has a need to be recognized and rewarded for their actions. This need will vary in degree of importance among individuals. It is also important to celebrate, recognize and reward overall team efforts, keeping in mind that a team is a group of people with complementary skills that work together to achieve a shared goal.

Team leaders need to develop a plan for how the team will be rewarded.

DUTIES OF THE EFFECTIVE PROJECT MANAGER
Neal Whitten, PMP, Contributing Editor of PM Network magazine

Truly effective project managers are not easy to find. Although many people have the potential to become successful project managers, a person must first understand the duties of a project manager before he or she can be sufficiently effective in that role.

GETTING TO GRIPS WITH THE NATIONAL QUALIFICATION FRAMEWORK (NQF)
By Terry Deacon

Did you know that South Africa has yet another “official language”? It’s called SAQ-ish and to a greater or lesser extent we will all have to understand this new language.

SKILLS TRAINING IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
WHERE TO FROM HERE?
Franco Geminiani, Senior Lecturer,  Department of Building, Port Elizabeth Technikon
Kobus Van Wyk, Dean: Faculty of Civil Engineering, Building, Architecture and Agriculture, Port Elizabeth Technikon

South Africa stands on the brink of a new era with regards to training. The country is in a transitional phase of change from the old system of apprenticeship training to the new system of learnerships. 

 

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