Author - racheleverett

Leadership for Those Who Remain

After layoffs it's difficult yet important for managers to maintain high morale and productivity for the  remaining. Their collective head is spinning with fear and anxiety that you need to replace with confidence. It's important to: Stress the fact that the layoffs were not a reflection of the performance of the staff who were laid off. Be open and available  assist with reprioritizing and rebalancing workloads among the remaining staff. Focus on addressing relevant employee concerns and how the company will move forward. Keep the programs and initiatives that serve to align employees and provide a return on investment. Examples include celebrating success and the achievement of milestones at a company and individual level. Read “On the case: Go team! Pretty please?” for ideas...

Typing a Business Letter in Full Block Format

Full block format is used for formal business letters. This format is characterized by the fact that every line starts at the left margin. None of the lines of type are centered, or on the right. The only exception is in the case of a pre-printed company letterhead. Full block format would be a great format to use if you were to write a letter of resignation, a professional thank you letter, a letter of recommendation, or perhaps resume a cover sheet. Here is an explanation of each line in the letter: Return Address:  If your stationery has a letterhead, skip this. Otherwise, type your name, address and optionally, phone number. These days, it's common to also include an  email address. Date: Type the date of your letter two to six lines below...

4 Tips for Writing Effective Emails

Being able to write effective emails is a crucial skill for project managers. Here are four tips to help you write emails that get the results you seek.   Ask for something. All business writing includes a call to action. Before you write your email, know what you're asking of your audience. Say it up front. Don't bury the purpose of your email in the last paragraph. Include important information in the subject line and opening sentence Explain. Don't assume your reader knows anything. Provide all pertinent background information and avoid elusive references. Tell them what you think. Don't use the dreaded "Your thoughts?" without explaining your own. Express your opinion before asking your reader to do the same.

About ProjectPerfect

ProjectPerfect ProjectPerfect is an online journal devoted to sharing insights on project management activities, tools, and deliverables. The information presented is aimed at helping professionals make better decisions for their projects and their careers. ProjectPerfect is a companion publication to PMDocTemplates.com and is authored by Viderity Inc. Website: https://viderity.com/blog/     PMDocTemplates.com Viderity’s PMDocTemplates.com website offers project management templates that can help you work more efficiently and effectively. Viderity’s easy-to-use, fill-in-the-blank template format streamlines the creation of project documents and works with Word and Excel. With over 60 professionally designed templates based on proven industry best practices, Viderity offers the most comprehensive project management templates on the web. Website: www.pmdoctemplates.com   Viderity Viderity, headquartered in Washington, DC, U.S.A. is a leading e-media agency that focuses on the strategic application...

White House 2.0

U.S. President Barack Obama is placing IT and technology on the national stage. He relied heavily on the use of the Internet and social media tools like Flickr, Twitter, Facebook, and text messaging throughout his campaign.  And now he plans to appoint the country's first chief technology officer (CTO), a cabinet-level position aimed directly on bringing technology in the public sector up to par with private industries. There is a lot of speculation centered on who will fill the progressive position. Names supposedly on the shortlist include Shane Robinson of HP and Edward Felten of Princeton University.  Never has a U.S. president recognized the importance of IT and technological innovation like Obama. This is certain to be good for...

Iterative vs. Fixed-priced Projects

For those of you familiar with a traditional project management process, you’re probably familiar with a usual project life cycle- plan, budget, design, develop, test and release, A.K.A. waterfall. This style of management can typically be found in fixed-price projects. You may be less familiar with the percentage of projects that utilize this management process, yet fail to stay within the project’s intended time line, budget and scope. According to the “Chaos Report”, a project management research study on software development companies: ...35 percent of software projects started in 2006 can be categorized as successful, meaning they were completed on time, on budget and met user requirements. This is a marked improvement from the first, groundbreaking report in 1994 that labeled...