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Articles by Meghan Corbin

Project Management

How to Define Deliverables in Project Management (With Examples)

Have you ever written someone a letter and then it sat on your desk for a week because you didn’t get around to finding a stamp and putting it in the mailbox? It’s so easy to mentally check something off as “done” before it’s...

Estimated reading time: 7 minute(s)

Requirement Gathering Techniques

Project Management

Guaranteed Requirements Gathering Techniques for Agile Teams

Have you ever had a requirement that was so vague it almost seemed pointless? And the team had to do all sorts of work trying to figure out what it meant. At other times, though, a requirement is so lengthy and specific it’s like reading a...

Estimated reading time: 10 minute(s)

Skip Level Meetings

Management

Getting a Leg Up: Mastering the Craft of Skip Level Meetings

You know the game of telephone you would play as a child, when everyone would whisper a message in the ear of another, until the original message sounded like gibberish? It’s easy for a similar phenomenon to occur within an organization. The CEO...

Estimated reading time: 10 minute(s)

Agile Swarming

Project Management

Swarming: The Secret Life of Agile Teams

Don’t you love those movie montages where everyone’s working together toward a big goal? Like in The Three Amigos, when the entire town of San Poco prepares to defend themselves against the arrival of the murderous villain, El Guapo. Even the...

Estimated reading time: 5 minute(s)

Lean Project Management

Project Management

A Lean Approach to Project Management

Have you ever started something that should have taken thirty minutes and it ended up taking forever? Maybe you went into the kitchen to make dinner, and it was three and a half hours later before you finally sat down to eat. When we don’t take...

Estimated reading time: 9 minute(s)

Scrumban Methodology

Agile Methodology

Is Scrumban Really Scrum 2.0?

Have you ever tried to fix something and found your efforts didn’t do any good at all? Maybe you tried to remove a stain from a carpet, but it only made it worse, or fixed a cupboard in your home, only to have your kids break it again the next day....

Estimated reading time: 10 minute(s)

Agile Scrum Roles

Agile Methodology

A Complete Summary of the Roles and Responsibilities of a Scrum Team

Have you ever laid out a precise plan for a big project, only to have everything fall apart? Maybe weather threw the timeline off, or resources didn’t arrive in time. Or a critical team member suddenly left. And all your careful plans came to...

Estimated reading time: 7 minute(s)

Keeping employees happy

Management

7 Secrets to Keeping Employees Happy

Did you hear what Spanx founder Sara Blakely gave her employees after the company signed a big partnership deal? Every employee received a ticket for two to anywhere in the word…and $10,000 to spend while they were there! Wowzers! THAT sure gave...

Estimated reading time: 8 minute(s)

Cost Management in Agile Projects

Agile Methodology

Effective Ways to Manage Cost in Agile Project Management

Have you ever tried to make dinner for people with two very different tastes? That’s a delicate tightrope to walk. Managing costs on an agile team can feel similar. Between the team and the leadership, it’s like you’re trying to appeal...

Estimated reading time: 8 minute(s)

Shifting priorities in the workplace

Project Management

From the Gig Economy to the Hybrid Model: Shifting Priorities in the Workplace

For many of us, the commute to work used to take at least an hour, and we’d either be navigating traffic or train schedules to and fro. Nowadays, for many, the morning commute takes less than ten seconds, as it means walking from the bedroom into the...

Estimated reading time: 4 minute(s)

Strategic agility in the workplace

Culture

How Workplaces Scale and Adapt Using Strategic Agility

In the bestselling book The Goal, author Eliyahu M. Goldratt works as a manager for a chaotic production plant that’s drowning in work-in-process inventory and chronically misses shipping deadlines. He seeks the advice of an old friend, Jonah, who...

Estimated reading time: 10 minute(s)

Quality Management Agile

Agile Methodology

Surefire Ways to Ensure Quality in Agile Projects

The objective of any project is to successfully deliver a product within the given scope, budget, and timeline. Quality is a central component as well. While working within these constraints, every project manager aims to meet, or even exceed, the...

Estimated reading time: 8 minute(s)

Secondments

Best Practices

Why Are Secondments Important? Some Key Advantages and Disadvantages

“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” ~ Terry...

Estimated reading time: 8 minute(s)

Proactive Problem Management

Project Management

The Undeniable Benefits of Proactive Problem Management

Do you ever go through periods at work that feel like a constant game of whack-a-mole? Just when everyone swarms to solve one problem, a new one surfaces, and you never get a chance to clear your head and get anything in order. Proactive problem...

Estimated reading time: 5 minute(s)

How to overcome resistance to change in organizations

Best Practices

10 Strategies to Overcome Resistance to Change in an Organization

In the Greek myth “Sisyphus,” the crafty and power-hungry Sisyphus tries to cheat death and life forever. In retaliation, Zeus curses him with the punishment of eternally pushing an immense boulder to the top of a hill, only to have it roll all the...

Estimated reading time: 13 minute(s)

Agile Planning Process

Agile Methodology

Mapping Out the Daily Grind: Iteration Planning in Agile

Did you ever get your car repaired, and it ended up taking WAY longer than the person on the phone told you it would? What’s to account for this sort of inaccuracy? Sometimes the job is too huge and complicated to make an accurate estimate. Or...

Estimated reading time: 7 minute(s)

Mitigating Controls

Best Practices

A Stitch in Time: How to Use Mitigating Controls in Project Planning

Do you keep an umbrella in the back seat of your car? That is such an awesome fix for those times when you pull into a parking lot just as it starts to pour. But an umbrella certainly doesn’t stop rain from falling (if only!). It simply lessens its...

Estimated reading time: 4 minute(s)

How to Handle Criticism at Work

Culture

How to Handle Criticism at Work Like a Professional

Do you look forward to football season like a lot of people do? There’s nothing quite like a lazy Sunday afternoon, where everyone is sitting in a cozy armchair or lounging on the couch with a beer in hand, and there’s a half-eaten pizza on...

Estimated reading time: 8 minute(s)

How to handle defects in scrum

Teamwork

The Craft of Smart Planning: How to Handle Defects in Scrum

Have you ever planned a car trip? Sometimes when you finally get out on the road, everything works like clockwork: the highways are empty and the sun is shining the whole time. However, on other occasions, all the hotels are booked, or you hit inclement...

Estimated reading time: 6 minute(s)

MoSCoW Prioritization Method

Best Practices

How to Use the MoSCoW Prioritization Method in Agile Project Management

If a genie granted you one wish, what would you ask for? To retire at 40? A second home in Hawaii? What if he granted you three wishes? Since this is just fantasy, let’s go ahead and dream really big…..imagine you had ten! Chances are, with...

Estimated reading time: 7 minute(s)

Dealing with office gossip

Best Practices

The Truth About Trash Talk: How to Deal With Gossip in the Workplace

“Pst! He isn’t paying his child support!” “Pst! Did you hear what happened last week? This project’s getting scrapped.” “Pst! They’ve been together a lot lately. That can only mean one thing…” Wink, wink. It’s easy to...

Estimated reading time: 5 minute(s)

Project management challenges

Project Management

10 Powerful Hacks for Handling Project Management Challenges

Do you find project management to be a master juggling act? Whether you’re working through team issues, assuaging a client, resisting scope creep or encountering the unexpected, there’s always something coming at you. With so many balls in...

Estimated reading time: 11 minute(s)

Valuation of startups without revenue

Business

Mastering the Art of Prognostication: How to Value a Startup With No Revenue

Have you ever been out driving on a winter morning, when the fog is so thick you can barely see a few feet in front of you? Just to keep from veering off the road, you have to crawl along at ten miles an hour. The funny thing about fog, however, is that...

Estimated reading time: 12 minute(s)

Be Part of the Solution, Not the Problem

Best Practices

In a Tangle? How to Be the Solution, Not the Problem

Do you have those friends who can’t seem to go anywhere without complaining? They’re aghast by the sauciness of a waitress, the carelessness of a driver, the incompetence of the lady at the salon. And they’re always receiving freebies and...

Estimated reading time: 6 minute(s)

Improve scrum team productivity

Productivity

The Secrets of High Performing Scrum Teams

Bees are busy, hard working creatures. They’ll travel up to four miles from their hive, and pollinate as many as 5,000 flowers each day! And the fruit of their labor is sweet indeed. But their team structure, let’s face it, is kinda weak. The...

Estimated reading time: 10 minute(s)

Employee onboarding and offboarding checklist

Employee Management

Making Ties that Bind: The Professional Guide to Onboarding and Offboarding

We’ve all known those people who manage to maintain strong bonds with pretty much every person they’ve met since kindergarten. Every time they turn around, they’re shaking hands with an old friend, and each year they send out a stack of...

Estimated reading time: 16 minute(s)

Collaborative Team Culture

Culture

Exposed! Eight Secrets to Creating a Culture of Collaboration

Have you heard the saying that a fish doesn’t know water until he’s out of the fishbowl? The same idea is true of company culture. Each company has so many unspoken rules about how everyone behaves and works together, and they’re not...

Estimated reading time: 8 minute(s)

How to get employees to track time

Time Management

It’s a Matter of Time: How to Get Employees to Track Hours

When she first met him, Alice was enrapt with the Mad Hatter. Perpetually trapped at six pm, he swept her off her feet, dancing away with his unbirthday celebration. Eventually, however, his deluge of senseless poetry and riddles drove her away. A...

Estimated reading time: 7 minute(s)

Coaching Agile Teams

Agile Methodology

How an Agile Coach Creates a Killer Team

Have you ever had the experience of turning your back on a toddler, and in the space of thirty seconds, they’d managed to dump out an entire bag of flour, or spill a gallon of milk across the floor? After one episode like this, you learn to watch...

Estimated reading time: 9 minute(s)

Qualities of A Good Agile Team

Agile Methodology

How To Make a Project Buzz: 7 Qualities of A Good Agile Team

You know that wiggly inflatable guy who floats above car dealerships? One moment, he’s straight as an arrow, then when the wind shifts a moment later, he collapses in half. Then he’s back up again. And he’s smiling the whole time, as...

Estimated reading time: 8 minute(s)

Methods to improve team dynamics

Teamwork

7 Valuable Methods to Improve Group Dynamics

There are consequences to being a feckless leader. Poseidon thought Cassiopeia was an out of touch manager, so he banished her to live forever among the stars. Plus, teams without strong dynamics leave employees feeling isolated and disconnected. Work...

Estimated reading time: 6 minute(s)

Getting Unstuck

Productivity

How to Get Unstuck: 15 Eye-Opening Ways to Transform and Move On

Do you remember the last time you were stuck in an airport for several hours? After browsing gift shops and drinking an overpriced beer, listlessness takes over. At this point, most of us find a place to put up our feet, put on some headphones, and...

Estimated reading time: 11 minute(s)

Time management styles

Time Management

12 Powerful Time Management Tips & Tricks for Every Style

Did you ever see the bumper sticker that read, “Warning: Dates in calendar are closer than they appear?” Time has a way of whirring past us. And unless we find a way to maneuver through the days and weeks, deadlines creep up out of our blind spot,...

Estimated reading time: 9 minute(s)

How to improve toxic work culture

Culture

When You Know Something’s Off: How to Spot and Fix a Toxic Work Culture

Remember that green face your mom would stick onto all her cleaning bottles when you were a kid? The guy had his eyebrows furrowed and tongue sticking out, like maybe he’d just swallowed a bottle of turpentine. Working in a toxic culture begets a...

Estimated reading time: 9 minute(s)

How to stop being overwhelmed at work

Productivity

Had Enough at Work? 13 Reliable Ways to Tackle Overwhelm on the Job

Mercedes never mentally left her job. The hamster wheel in her head spun around comments from coworkers, things she’d done wrong, and interactions with difficult clients. Her life away from work had devolved into social media deep dives, video...

Estimated reading time: 9 minute(s)

Rapport Building Activities

Culture

25 Virtual and In-Person Rapport Activities to Build a Team With Moxie

Did it ever strike you as curious that Dorothy got along so well with a heartless Tin Man? Right from the start, she was enrapt—oiling him, fixing him up, attending to him. You’d almost think she was in character, putting on an act. Come to think...

Estimated reading time: 19 minute(s)

Transparent Leadership

Leadership

When Morale is in Tailspin, Transparent Leadership Really Turns the Tide

Guests wait up to three months for an available table at Canlis Restaurant in Seattle. Their four-course meal is served at tables that sit alongside floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Lake Union and the Cascade Mountain Range. On any given night, the...

Estimated reading time: 16 minute(s)

Landscaping Business

Business

Striking Pay Dirt With a Landscaping Business

Are you ready to turn over a new leaf? Does the grass look greener in the world of self-employment? Starting your own landscaping business offers an undeniable perk: the opportunity to spend your days in the great outdoors. Not to mention setting your...

Estimated reading time: 8 minute(s)

Achieve Objectives

Project Management

Setting Goals? How to Avoid Pitfalls and Achieve Your Objectives

Goal setting is exhilarating. Reaching for that north star and claiming our dreams generates optimism and uplifts our spirits. But as for making prudent goals, and then achieving them—that’s a harder nut to crack. In order to really reach for the...

Estimated reading time: 6 minute(s)

Starting a new job

Culture

Starting a New Job? 9 Expert Tips to Guarantee Success

@teamly For additional information on this topic, feel free to check out this Youtube video from our channel. Now, onto the main content... Congratulations on landing your new job! Starting a new job marks an exciting period in anyone’s career. It also...

Estimated reading time: 10 minute(s)

Virtual Meeting Etiquette

Remote Work

The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Meetings

Online meetings have become a part of the way we live. And while all of the standard protocol for meetings (agenda, minutes, follow up) remains the same, this transition from in-person to virtual has introduced a whole new playbook. What is the protocol...

Estimated reading time: 8 minute(s)

Effective Meeting Agenda

Culture

Who Else Wants to Create an Effective Meeting Agenda?

@teamly For additional information on this topic, feel free to check out this Youtube video from our channel. Now, onto the main content... We have all been to those unproductive, time-suck meetings where the most important thing isn’t even...

Estimated reading time: 5 minute(s)

game-main

Productivity

20 Desk Organization Ideas to Keep You Ahead of the Game

What would you most like to change about your desk? Does it take fifteen minutes to just clear it off before you can get down to work? Or do you have a “desk” that functions more like a pretty piece of furniture, and all your work gets done at the...

Estimated reading time: 8 minute(s)

Eat That Frog

Productivity

It’s Crunch Time: How Eating the Frog Cures the Loafer in Us All

Renew license plate tabs, schedule dentist appointment, empty inbox, go to gym, call air-conditioner repair, purchase light bulbs: if you’re like everybody else, your daily to-do list includes at least one or two pesky tasks you’d just as soon save...

Estimated reading time: 6 minute(s)

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