PM Evening: tips for gurus and newbies

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Recently we’ve held a PM Evening for newbies and experts in the project management sphere. Find out the brief overview of speakers’ reports.

1 . «How the values influence on the teamwork?»

Dmitry Geraschenko, Valuable Intelligence Coach

Every person has own worldview. This is a solid filter to screen everything that can be heard, seen and felt that happens unconscionably. And to be able to understand the worldview of the separate person it can be interpreted as a certain color.

Every stage translates its unique way of perception of the world. The paradigms of thinking can’t be good or bad –  they just show people’s values. Based on them, people perform their deeds.

Where can the Spiral Dynamics Model be used?

  1. Business

To raise the engagement and responsibility of every employee.  

2.Private life

To find a common understanding with closed ones.

  1. Self-development

To gain goals faster.


  1. «Dances around the table»


Max Streltsov, Project Manager at Dev-Pro


Proxemics is the branch of knowledge that deals with the amount of space that people feel it necessary to set between themselves and others.


From Max’s report, we learned, how to sit around the table to make talker and yourself feel comfortable when having conversations like:

  • interview (job applicant, recruiter, technical specialist)
  • meeting with a client (client and sales manager)
  • one-on-one (employee and hr)
  • vital dialogue (pm and employee)


The first one is the corner position. It fits good for:

  • dealmaking
  • interviews
  • one-on-one talks

The second one is the competing defensive position. It is recommended for:

  • Negotiations
  • situations when you have to press the employee

The third position is a business cooperation. It is used:


  • when discussing a project in a group
  • during the second round of negotiations

The fourth one – is an independent position. It is used when:

  • working alone
  • eating
  • reading

The fifth position is equal share:

  • depends on the context
  • quantity matters more than quality
  • conditional equality
  1. «The project start. A checklist to help a PM»


Roman Ratinov, Head of Project Management at Artjoker

Step 1. Prepare to the first call

Before the call you have to know:

  1. Name
  2. Job
  3. Role in a project
  4. Technical background

There is no second chance to make a first impression, that is why you should be well briefed.

Step 2. Acquaintance

When acquainting you should:

  1. Introduce;
  2. Thank for the project;
  3. Tell about yourself (job, the experience of project management);
  4. Send your contact details and ask the client what time to communicate fit him/her best;
  5. Offer the date for the next call;
  6. Kindly say good-bye.

Step 3. Get to know each other better

Talking about the work topics:

  1. Explore the weaknesses
  2. Analyze competitors to show personal interest;
  3. Discuss the brief;
  4. Tell about company standards (reporting, following-up).

Step 4. Formalization of relationships

  1. Form document flow;
  2. Create a general description of a project;
  3. Set time limits and phases of a project;
  4. Work over the structure of a project team;
  5. Choose the type of a contract;
  6. Count risks and spendings.

Project management:

  1. Make the plan of communicating
  2. Work time
  3. Overtime
  4. Task setting
  5. Task estimating
  6. HR
  7. Change Requests


  1. The criteria for accepting work (process and format)
  2. General information about the project management (timeline, budget, the scope of works)
  3. Project goals and priorities
  4. Map of project risks