Projects to­day: ag­ile and com­plex

Business Spotlight - - CONTENTS - DEB­O­RAH CAPRAS Au­thor, edi­tor, trainer Deb­o­rah­capras@

All kinds of or­ga­ni­za­tions di­vide their work into projects. To­day, peo­ple are of­ten ex­pected to work on “scrum-based” projects. Gen­er­ally, this means that the teams are small, the goals are clear and the dead­lines are tight. To suc­ceed, you will need ex­cel­lent com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills. In this is­sue of Skill Up!, we’ve com­piled the words and phrases that will help you work best on in­ter­na­tional projects.

In Word Bank (pp. 4–5), you can learn gen­eral vo­cab­u­lary for work­ing on projects. The di­a­logues in the In Con­text sec­tion (pp. 6–11) fo­cus on phrases for talk­ing about pro­cesses, re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, tim­ing and tar­gets. The phrases from the ex­tracts are listed in Phrase Bank on pages 12–13. In the gram­mar sec­tion (pp. 20–21), we look at how to dis­cuss dead­lines and sched­ules. Remember to take the test at the end of the book­let, on pages 22–23, to see how well you know the lan­guage pre­sented in this is­sue.

Don’t for­get to read the Skill Up! boxes for tips on how to en­sure that your project is a suc­cess. You’ll find more such boxes in Busi­ness Spot­light mag­a­zine.

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