Managing Team Changes within a Project

Source : Tips for Managing Your Ever-Changing Project Team

“Make Newcomers Welcome”
Some basic points we tend to forget, yet they are truly important!

  • Assigning a peer as a mentor to each new team member to help them with acculturation
  • Providing basic educational materials about how your project management process works
  • Taking time to explain core concepts in meetings instead of assuming everyone is up to speed already
  • Encouraging new members to ask clarifying questions either during or after each meeting if they don’t understand something

Address Conflicts Immediately
Sadly enough, seen this one “live” too many times before…

If a team member comes to you with a complaint about a coworker, take it seriously. Often, employees will wait until they are really fed up before they go to management to ask for help with resolving a conflict. When their concerns are dismissed instead of being addressed, they will transfer some of their anger and resentment at their coworker onto the manager who ignored their request for help. You don’t want to become the enemy.

As with everything, don’t let things wait, and get them addressed quickly. And hope you are in a position to manage the situation or to get the escalation right on!

Don’t forget the “Forming, storming, norming & performing“-phases! This cycle restarts every time a new team member joins a team.

Put some PUNCH into your presentations!

The basic PUNCH recipe for each presentation…

  • PERSONAL : Make it Personal.
  • UNEXPECTED : Reveal something unexpected.
  • NOVEL : Show or tell of something novel.
  • CHALLENGING : Challenge conventional wisdom or challenge the audience’s assumptions
  • HUMOROUS : Use humor to engage the audience emotionally with a shared laugh.

Read up the full story at Presentation Zen, it’s worth your time!


The last theme was getting a bit old. So the time was right to update it! Most of you have probably already noticed it, so this is merely a shoutout to the RSS-only readers! 😉

Anonymizing google searches with Firefox

GoogleSharing is a special kind of anonymizing proxy service, designed for a very specific threat. It ultimately aims to provide a level of anonymity that will prevent Google from tracking your searches, movements, and what websites you visit. GoogleSharing is not a full proxy service designed to anonymize all your traffic, but rather something designed exclusively for your communication with Google. Our system is totally transparent, with no special “alternative” websites to visit. Your normal work flow should be exactly the same.

Check out GoogleSharing! or more info for the geeks … /. comments! 😉

Locale… the downside
A disadvantage is that it only works with As a firefox user you probably know that Firefox uses your locale to match your “local google”. (f.e.
So you have to change the search engine xml to use instead… How to do this? Check this article at “Random Nothings”.

Less is more!

Source : Book Summary – 10 Big Ideas from “The Power of Less” by Leo Babauta

  • #1: Simplicity means identifying what’s essential, then eliminating the rest.
  • #2: Focusing on the essential produces the most results for the least effort.
  • #3: You must set limits – they don’t set themselves.
  • #4: Focus on only one thing at a time.
  • #5: Limit your active goals and projects to no more than 3-4 at a time.
  • #6: Establish three Most Important Tasks (MITs) every day, and do those before working on anything else.
  • #7: Batch similar tasks together to preserve your focus.
  • #8: Installing positive habits is easiest when you start small, then build on your early success.
  • #9: Consciously minimize your active commitments, and don’t be afraid to say “no” to new ones.
  • #10: Slow down, pay attention, and enjoy the process.