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How Can Project Managers Programmers Find the Same Language?

Working in a team is not easy, no matter what others might tell you or the kind of philosophy they promote. Admittedly, teamwork is essential for productivity and reaching goals, but every so often, disagreements will arise that, if not addressed immediately, can hinder progress and have long-term consequences for the business. Here is how to bridge the gap between project managers and programmers in order to boost productivity and efficiency while eliminating setbacks. Let people do their job If you are a project manager, your job is team coordination and you have a lot of responsibilities on your hands. Admittedly, a large number of responsibilities is very hard to handle without stress and a need to control, monitor and influence every part of the project. While it is true that you are the shepherd of the flock that is your team, you should respect the competence of the programmers and remind yourself that they know what they’re doing. This will make your life easier and it will let the programmers become more productive and confident with their work. Never neglect emotions People take pride in being able to separate emotions from work, but emotions are the driving force of humanity. Emotion is passion for the things you do, emotion is empathy for the fellow colleague and without it, there can be no progress. Be mindful and invest yourself in other’s lives and the various factors that shape their behavior and actions. You will find out valuable details that will help you better understand your colleagues and find the right approach for any situation. Develop trust Trust is earned and deserved, it’s not inherent. Do not expect a programmer to trust your decision simply because you’re the boss, and don’t expect the boss to trust your skills simply because you come with high recommendations. They might listen, but they won’t trust you. Trust is imperative for productivity, a sense of comradery and the development of a common passion and driving force behind every step you make as a team. In order to earn a colleague’s trust, you have to prove yourself. This doesn’t mean being the best, rather constantly wanting to improve and doing your best. Tell it like it is, ask for help when you need it, own up to your mistakes and always be honest ‒ it will pay off and people will respect you for it. Communication is key Communication entails a great deal of factors such as transparency, means and methods, hierarchy, planning and scheduling. Because of the complexity of the science of communication, people tend to neglect all of these factors and avoid implementing rules and regulations that could significantly increase productivity and decrease “noise”. If you want to establish a productive line of communication with your manager or with a programmer, you need to implement a clear set of communication rules and guidelines that will enforce transparency, brevity and succinctness. All information should be passed along in a timely manner, imposing reasonable deadlines as well as reaching the right person. Meeting deadlines and legal support Being a fairly unregulated field, programming is susceptible to legal disputes, and it is imperative to protect the business with proper loss management. Working on meeting deadlines is important for keeping the stakeholders happy and a competent project manager will ensure that they are all met, while making sure that the company doesn’t fall into any legal disputes over copyright infringements. Track, analyze, and improve Success is measured by tracking improvement. This means that true success doesn’t lie in trying to achieve an end, but trying to create a sustainable, evolving mechanism of result achievement and process improvement. So what should you do to create a result-making machine? You need to track your progress, analyze weak areas and implement changes that will increase efficiency when and where needed. It might sound daunting, but it can actually be simpler than trying to develop a whole new system of operation from scratch. There are numerous ways project managers and programmers can establish a productive relationship, and it all starts with trust and proper communication. Competence and understanding from both parties is a must for building a thriving working environment.
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How Can Project Managers Programmers Find the Same Language?

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How Can Project Managers Programmers Find the Same Language?

Working in a team is not easy, no matter what others might tell you or the kind of philosophy they promote. Admittedly, teamwork is essential for productivity and reaching goals, but every so often, disagreements will arise that, if not addressed immediately, can hinder progress and have long-term consequences for the business.

Here is how to bridge the gap between project managers and programmers in order to boost productivity and efficiency while eliminating setbacks.

Let people do their job

If you are a project manager, your job is team coordination and you have a lot of responsibilities on your hands. Admittedly, a large number of responsibilities is very hard to handle without stress and a need to control, monitor and influence every part of the project.

While it is true that you are the shepherd of the flock that is your team, you should respect the competence of the programmers and remind yourself that they know what they’re doing. This will make your life easier and it will let the programmers become more productive and confident with their work.

Never neglect emotions

People take pride in being able to separate emotions from work, but emotions are the driving force of humanity. Emotion is passion for the things you do, emotion is empathy for the fellow colleague and without it, there can be no progress.

Be mindful and invest yourself in other’s lives and the various factors that shape their behavior and actions. You will find out valuable details that will help you better understand your colleagues and find the right approach for any situation.

Develop trust

Trust is earned and deserved, it’s not inherent. Do not expect a programmer to trust your decision simply because you’re the boss, and don’t expect the boss to trust your skills simply because you come with high recommendations. They might listen, but they won’t trust you. Trust is imperative for productivity, a sense of comradery and the development of a common passion and driving force behind every step you make as a team.

In order to earn a colleague’s trust, you have to prove yourself. This doesn’t mean being the best, rather constantly wanting to improve and doing your best. Tell it like it is, ask for help when you need it, own up to your mistakes and always be honest ‒ it will pay off and people will respect you for it.

Communication is key

Communication entails a great deal of factors such as transparency, means and methods, hierarchy, planning and scheduling. Because of the complexity of the science of communication, people tend to neglect all of these factors and avoid implementing rules and regulations that could significantly increase productivity and decrease “noise”.

If you want to establish a productive line of communication with your manager or with a programmer, you need to implement a clear set of communication rules and guidelines that will enforce transparency, brevity and succinctness. All information should be passed along in a timely manner, imposing reasonable deadlines as well as reaching the right person.

Meeting deadlines and legal support

Being a fairly unregulated field, programming is susceptible to legal disputes, and it is imperative to protect the business with proper loss management. Working on meeting deadlines is important for keeping the stakeholders happy and a competent project manager will ensure that they are all met, while making sure that the company doesn’t fall into any legal disputes over copyright infringements.

Track, analyze, and improve

Success is measured by tracking improvement. This means that true success doesn’t lie in trying to achieve an end, but trying to create a sustainable, evolving mechanism of result achievement and process improvement. So what should you do to create a result-making machine?

You need to track your progress, analyze weak areas and implement changes that will increase efficiency when and where needed. It might sound daunting, but it can actually be simpler than trying to develop a whole new system of operation from scratch.

There are numerous ways project managers and programmers can establish a productive relationship, and it all starts with trust and proper communication. Competence and understanding from both parties is a must for building a thriving working environment.

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Raul Harman’s is a IT consultant and a writer who has a lot of experience about innovations in all aspects of digital technology and online marketing. IoT and the world of mobile devices have been his focus in the previous years. Raul is a passionate runner and adventure seeker. Every spare moment he loves to spend in nature. He is a regular contributor on Technivorz and BizzmarkBlog

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PRINCE2® Agile Practitioner: This level of certification identifies the holder as being able to implement the principles of PRINCE2® in project management and apply the concepts of Agile, such as Scrum and Kanban.So, in a brief, to get PRINCE2® Agile Foundation or Agile Practitioner certification, you need to:Show that you understand the basic concepts of the common agile ways of workingShow that you understand the purpose and context for combining PRINCE2® and the agile way of workingDemonstrate your ability to fix and flex the six aspects of a project in an agile contextDemonstrate the ability to tailor the PRINCE2® principles, themes, processes and management products to a project in an agile context.You can visit our link to know more about PRINCE2® Foundation and Practitioner Certification TrainingWhat is the process of Examination?Although you were informed about the four levels of certification in the previous section, the examination format varies accordingly.We will provide you with a brief insight on each format and the prerequisites so that you get a general idea about the same before selecting a course with us.So, here are the four examination formats.The PRINCE2® Foundation Examination format:The duration of examination is 60 minutes.There will be a total of 60 questions.It will be a closed-book examination.You will need to have at least 33 out of 60 questions correct, that is, a pass mark of 55%.Prerequisites: There are no specific pre-conditions for the Foundation level certification.You may study this on your own or as take it as a prerequisite to the PRINCE2® Practitioner course.However, with respect to the PRINCE2® Certification Requirements, while it is not mandatory, having a basic knowledge of managing projects is always preferred.The PRINCE2® Practitioner Examination format:The duration of examination is 60 minutes.There will be a total of 68 questionsYou will need to have at least 38 out of 68 questions correct, that is, a pass mark of 55%.It will be an open-book exam (official PRINCE2® manual only).However, if you take the examination in your native language, then the duration of the same will be for 150 minutes. If not, it will be for 188 minutes. The distribution of the questions will be as follows:35 questions from the theme25 questions from the processesAnd 8 questions from the principles.Prerequisites:In order to appear for the PRINCE2® Practitioner examination, you must be able to provide a proof of passing one of the following exams:PRINCE2® FoundationProject Management Professional (PMP)Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)IPMA Level A (Certified Projects Director)IPMA Level B (Certified Senior Project Manager)IPMA Level C (Certified Project Manager)IPMA Level D (Certified Project Management Associate).The PRINCE2® Agile Examination format:It will be an objective test.There will be 50 questions, each worth one mark.You will need a score at least 30 marks to pass (out of 50 available), that is, 60%.The test duration will be of two-and-a-half hours (150 minutes), no additional reading time.It will be an open-book exam (official PRINCE2® Agile guide only)What are the Prerequisites?In order to sit for the PRINCE2® Agile examination, you must have a Registered PRINCE2® Practitioner status (i.e. hold a current PRINCE2® Practitioner certificate).But why should I get PRINCE2® Certified?There are many reasons why it is recommended to study PRINCE2®.The most notable of them are:It is the industry standardIf you are looking to work in project management, then your search ends at PRINCE2®.PRINCE2® is a qualification that is recognised worldwide, one that is approved by the UK government as a best practice for project management. It has turned into an important benchmark of capability within the industry, and is considered an important requirement for those looking to further their project management careers.It helps in gaining First Class Project Management SkillsPRINCE2® offers the skills that will make you confident about managing projects with success. The key element it follows is using a common language, systems, and procedures. What results is you being able to govern resources and risks with fewer mistakes, but the incidents will teach you and your team how to learn from the same mistakes.Irrespective of the type of project, organisation, or industry one is involved with, PRINCE2® is adaptable enough to be seamlessly adjusted, not to forget the immense amount of time, money, and effort it saves.The time taken for you to qualify will not take longIt will not take you long to complete all the certifications of PRINCE2®. Their duration is from 20 to 50 hours for the entry-level PRINCE2® Foundation level, two to three days for the PRINCE2® Practitioner and Professional levels.The first level can be studied online. You can take your own time in scheduling your studies according to the time table. However, if you desire to finish your qualifications at a quicker pace, then there are a host of bundled packages having different classifications together.It assists you in shaping your career by getting better jobsHaving a PRINCE2® certification adds credibility to your CV. It is a renowned international product which has the quality method for managing any project. According to Arras People's 2011 survey, half of the people who opted for the same have certifications in PRINCE2®. This clearly explains why so many companies are hiring candidates who are certified in PRINCE2®.The 2016 AXELOS PRINCE2® survey shows that a majority of the surveyees, particularly from Germany and the Netherlands, felt that PRINCE2® certification is essential for a better career growth. The ones to opine otherwise stood at less than 10% of the total votes.A better future is accomplished by continuously being equipped with the best of the upgrades available and a PRINCE2® certification is one of those top-tier choices.It will qualify you to earn more moneyMany companies worldwide offer an average annual salary of around $42,380 to PRINCE2® Foundation certified candidates. Potential candidates could earn up to $66,206 after they complete their PRINCE2® Practitioner certification,So, being PRINCE2® certified helps you secure your financial benefits and career on a long-term basis.You will be open to more opportunities globallyIt is a fact. PRINCE2® qualifications are recognised and acclaimed globally. So, there is no doubt that it creates more opportunities for you globally.Did you ever dream of working abroad? If yes, then project management could be the ideal choice.What is the cost of the components of the certification?Whether it is PRINCE2® Foundation or PRINCE2® Practitioner, the total cost is split into various segments and varies from country to country and from one accredited training organisation to another. All the fees mentioned here have approximate values and may be subjected to change depending on the region.The components involved in the PRINCE2® certification cost are:PRINCE2® TrainingPRINCE2® examCost of Sample Examination papersStudy GuideMembership fee.Well, opting for a PRINCE2® course online means that the cost of your training component in PRINCE2® could be as low as under $300, considering that you go for a PRINCE2® Foundation & Practitioner Certification examinations bundle. Choosing this combination will give you access to the entire course lasting for a year. Some training providers offer such courses for just $60, provided you want to complete the same within a month. Generally, the Foundation examination could cost around $900 but you automatically would end up paying much less on the PRINCE2® certification if you get one of those bundled courses including both PRINCE2® Foundation & Practitioner Certification examinations.However, in case you think about attending a classroom training, then you may have to pay around $1000 for your PRINCE2® certification. A few of these PRINCE2® courses cover the cost of the PRINCE2® Foundation & Practitioner Certification examinations. So keep the cost of the PRINCE2® certification in mind if you are planning to go for PRINCE2® training. Moreover, take time to pay attention to the extent of course coverage, flexibility and the bundled services that are provided. This will help you cut down on the cost of PRINCE2® certification.PRINCE2® course onlineIf you go for a PRINCE2® course online, you will save a lot of money on the PRINCE2® examination cost. PRINCE2® course online for the Foundation level may cost you €450 or more, but the classroom session may cost €1000 or more. Speaking of PRINCE2® examination cost, you will be able to save quite a lot of money by going for the online course.And what about the future of PRINCE2® professionals?To determine if the PRINCE2® certifications are worth going for, you will need to have a look at the average salaries of the jobs targeted at PRINCE2® certified Project Managers.The average salary of PRINCE2® certified employees is around $85,000 to $90,000.        A number of studies and surveys demonstrate the fact that PRINCE2® certified professionals earn more than their non-certified peers.You may start with the job role of a coordinator or an administrator, but you can rise up to a director’s position with the aid of a PRINCE2® certification.With the help of a PRINCE2® certification, you also become skilled in handling project delivery successfully, thus becoming an invaluable asset to your company.A PRINCE2® certification imparts knowledge on how to manage your resources on the project effectively. Moreover, you will be able to effectively take care of risks and hence aid businesses more.Axelos survey revealed that individuals feel that PRINCE2® Foundation & Practitioner Certification is an invaluable asset for them irrespective of their position.In a nutshell, if you compare the PRINCE2® foundation exam costs, your salary should range from $33,000 to $ 93,000. Hence you can justify the costs of learning PRINCE2® with the staggering salary. Like we mentioned at the beginning of this article, PRINCE2® certified professionals are in high demand in the major companies throughout the world.You will be a sought-after person when your peers and organisation become aware of your skills in project management.ConclusionAll the information and discussion shared above is just the tip of the iceberg of information about PRINCE2®. There are more to follow in our subsequent articles having every useful information that will help you choose your career options, especially when you are standing at the crossroads of selecting the appropriate one for your future.We wish you all the best on your journey to pursuing excellence!
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