Project teams communicate and collaborate by default, don’t they? Erm, no. That certainly hasn’t been the case for all the teams I have worked on.
Don’t assume your project team will know how (or even want to) communicate well and collaborate with each other. Here’s my Must-Read Reading List for some great pointers on the skills, process and experience of engaging people and working together, whether your job is to lead or to follow.
1. Emotional Intelligence for Project Managers (2nd Edition)
Anthony Mersino: Amacom, 2013. ISBN: 9780814432785
Emotional Intelligence for Project Managers is the book I wish I had written. It centres on the fact that even with the best project management skills in the world, projects still fail without good people management skills. The author includes practical tools and self-assessments, and I felt it was well-structured with a focus on being able to improve your skills.
2. Communicating Projects
Ann Pilkington: Gower, 2013. ISBN: 9781472408327
Communicating Projects is a process driven book that fully explains the processes of communicating formally on projects. There is a short section on using social communication tools. This book on the list is the most aligned to the project management lifecycle, covering the most appropriate approaches to use at various times through the project depending on the stage you are at.Click for more