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  • Economic Value of Slack Time

    Pawel Brodzinski on Software Project Management
    Pawel Brodzinski
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:25 pm
    I ranted on 100% utilization a few years ago already. Let me add another thread to that discussion. We have a ton of everyday stories that show how brain-dead the idea of maximizing utilization is. Sometimes we can figure out how it translates to work organization as well. Interestingly, what Don Reinertsen teaches us is that queuing theory says exactly the same. As we go up with utilization lead time or wait time goes up as well. Except the latter grows exponentially. It looks roughly like that. But wait, does it mean that we should strive to have as low utilization as possible? I mean,…
  • Getting In Over Your Head

    Project Management Articles | Project Smart
    31 Jan 2015 | 3:54 am
    Everybody gets in over their head at some point. Maybe you've been assigned to a project that you have no idea how you are going to finish at all, much less on time and on budget. Or maybe you've been handed somebody else's project schedule but are expected to update it and discuss it intelligently in a client meeting after lunch. Whatever it is, there are times in your career when you will feel like you are in over your head.
  • Poorly Defined Responsibilities

    The Tao of Project Management
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:13 am
    Why Projects Really FailPoorly defined responsibilities can again be linked to poor communications. If team members don’t have well defined responsibilities and understand what those responsibilities are, they will do the things they think are important, or even worse, the things they enjoy doing and the project will turn into a nightmare. The wise project manager makes sure everyone in the team knows what is expected of them, what they need to do, and when they need to do it by. I always liked to produce a Deliverables Checklist for each stage of a project, listing all…
  • The mainframe is alive and well and thriving in Poughkeepsie

    IT Management & Trends Blogs
    31 Jan 2015 | 4:59 am
    (Posted Saturday, January 31, 2015) On January 14, 2015, we announced our latest processor (server?) to the world.   The IBM z Systems z13.  (You can find a few additional details about this announcement in my January 14 blog post ? "The IBM z13 is announced today; ...
  • So You Think Your Company Has High Organizational Project Management Maturity?

    Project Management Articles - PM Hut
    PM Hut
    1 Feb 2015 | 7:38 am
    So You Think Your Company Has High Organizational Project Management Maturity? By Kiron D. Bondale I’ve written a lot about the criticality of organizational project management maturity in increasing the likelihood of complex projects delivering expected value within approved baselines. Without a modest level of organizational support, the most capable project managers will find themselves hamstrung by weak [...]
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    Pawel Brodzinski on Software Project Management

  • Economic Value of Slack Time

    Pawel Brodzinski
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:25 pm
    I ranted on 100% utilization a few years ago already. Let me add another thread to that discussion. We have a ton of everyday stories that show how brain-dead the idea of maximizing utilization is. Sometimes we can figure out how it translates to work organization as well. Interestingly, what Don Reinertsen teaches us is that queuing theory says exactly the same. As we go up with utilization lead time or wait time goes up as well. Except the latter grows exponentially. It looks roughly like that. But wait, does it mean that we should strive to have as low utilization as possible? I mean,…
  • On Feedback (Again)

    Pawel Brodzinski
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:52 pm
    I’ve heard that question quite a few times after I shared my feedback with somebody: “What am I supposed to do with such feedback?” The question may imply that feedback e.g. wasn’t “actionable” or something. Anyway, I have an answer for that. It goes: “Whatever the hell you want.” Yup. Exactly that. In fact this is precisely what I’d love you to do. As the opposite to: getting defensive, explaining yourself, finding excuses, bringing other interpretations, and so on and so forth. Feedback is not an attack. You don’t need to defend yourself. It isn’t an interrogation…
  • Minimal Indispensable Feature Set

    Pawel Brodzinski
    29 Dec 2014 | 10:10 am
    Minimal Viable Product (MVP) is such a nice idea. Let’s build something that is as small as possible and at the same time viable, which translates to “provides value and thus make sense to build it.” Two adjectives in a mix where one counterbalances the other and vice versa. Since I currently run a web software house I hear the term MVP very frequently. Or to be precise I hear the term MVP being abused very frequently. On some occasion the viable part would be ignored. Much more frequently though the way people understand MVP has virtually nothing to do with the minimal part. During the…
  • Happiness Index as Team Sustainability Metric

    Pawel Brodzinski
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:46 pm
    One of the discussions that happened during Don Reinertsen’s product development workshop was the one about absorbing turbulence. Absorbing turbulence is a metaphor for how well a team deals with unplanned variability of the process. These would be situations like arrival of a bigger batch of features to build, or especially complex work items, etc. Normally, every team is suitable to absorb some turbulence. Beyond that point this capability will not be sufficient and the situation would quickly escalate. A good example may be that the team would gracefully deal with some additional…
  • Two Rules of Autonomy

    Pawel Brodzinski
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:23 pm
    One thing that we are doing at Lunar Logic is we evolve toward no management model of leadership. This means a lot of small changes that all happen with the same attitude at heart: to distribute more and more decision-making power across the whole company. This by the way also means systematically stripping down the management from that power. The latter is easy in our case as the management is limited to me and I kind of launched the whole process. I would have to be either a hypocrite or a schizophrenic to resist the changes. Luckily enough I believe I’m neither. (Unless that other me has…
 
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    Project Management Articles | Project Smart

  • Getting In Over Your Head

    31 Jan 2015 | 3:54 am
    Everybody gets in over their head at some point. Maybe you've been assigned to a project that you have no idea how you are going to finish at all, much less on time and on budget. Or maybe you've been handed somebody else's project schedule but are expected to update it and discuss it intelligently in a client meeting after lunch. Whatever it is, there are times in your career when you will feel like you are in over your head.
  • 3 Reasons We Say Yes to Impossible Projects

    25 Jan 2015 | 7:57 am
    Superman. OK, he has his Kryptonite weakness, but that's about it. Let's get one thing straight - as a group, project managers are not comparable to Superman. So why are project managers so eager to jump into a sinking, stinking project when the opportunity arises? OK, yes, some aren't so ready to do that. But I have done it many times and will likely do it again. I've seen many of my colleagues do it willingly as well. So I know I'm not alone.
  • How to Make Changes on a Project

    31 Dec 2014 | 8:45 am
    It is never fun to make changes, especially amidst a big project, but at times change is necessary. There might be personnel who are not working out, or the scope might be wrong or ill-defined, or perhaps the schedule needs to be overhauled; all of these things and others can cause changes on the project. If change is indeed necessary for the project, then the following checklist will help ensure that all bases are covered.
  • Project Smart's 10 Most Popular Articles of 2014

    24 Dec 2014 | 11:38 am
    As we prepare to close the door on 2014, the editorial team at Project Smart looks at the most popular articles we published in the past 12 months. With one exception, the top 10 articles focus on improving as a project manager. It's not surprising, as businesses are becoming increasingly project led, and as a consequence more of us are becoming project managers.
  • The Project Manager's New Year Wish List

    21 Dec 2014 | 6:20 am
    As we close the door on another year and look forward to the new one, I thought it would be a good time to look at the top five items project managers should have on their wish list for 2015. With these five essential ingredients in place, you will be well on your way to running successful projects. Without them, it's questionable whether you should start a project in the first place.
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    The Tao of Project Management

  • Poorly Defined Responsibilities

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:13 am
    Why Projects Really FailPoorly defined responsibilities can again be linked to poor communications. If team members don’t have well defined responsibilities and understand what those responsibilities are, they will do the things they think are important, or even worse, the things they enjoy doing and the project will turn into a nightmare. The wise project manager makes sure everyone in the team knows what is expected of them, what they need to do, and when they need to do it by. I always liked to produce a Deliverables Checklist for each stage of a project, listing all…
  • Lack of Stakeholder Ownership

    23 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Why Projects Really FailProject stakeholders are defined as anyone with a vested interest in a project. They can have a positive interest (they will benefit from the project) or a negative interest (they see some disadvantage from the project) but they are still stakeholders. They can help or hinder a project and as project managers we neglect them at our peril.But if the stakeholders don’t actually care about the project or take any responsibility or interest in it, then why is the project being carried out? This 'cause of failure' is closely linked with poor communication and top…
  • Poor Leadership

    16 Jan 2015 | 12:59 am
    Why Projects Really FailPoor Leadership was the sixth most common cause of project failure reported in the original study I am basing this series of blogs on and it is another absolute project killer. If the project manager is not providing good leadership then the project will fail, no question. No one on the team will be motivated and they won’t care if the project fails. In fact those with any sense will get themselves off the project as fast as they can. The wise project manager knows how important it is to provide a lead for the team and rally them when they need rallying.
  • Lack of Top Management Support

    9 Jan 2015 | 1:04 am
    Why Projects Really Fail (continued)Lack of top management support was always one of my big bug bears and it’s just poor stakeholder management. I've been there and had to deal with it. If there is no top management support for a project then why does it exist? How can it be critical to the business if top management aren’t supporting it? The answer was usually that it was someones' 'vanity project'. A wise project manager will recognise this very early in a project (if not right at the start) and insist on a senior management project sponsor (who really will champion the…
  • Scope Creep

    3 Jan 2015 | 3:06 am
    Why Projects Really FailUnless it is an agile project (where the objectives are expected to change), scope creep or slow death by a thousand change requests will grind any project into the dust. Wise project managers recognise when this is starting to happen and blow a very loud whistle. It comes down to a simple binary choice. Freeze the scope and implement the project as is and see if there is sufficient business justification for a follow on project to implement the additional requirements; or cancel the project and consider starting it again once the objectives can be agreed. Failure…
 
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    IT Management & Trends Blogs

  • The mainframe is alive and well and thriving in Poughkeepsie

    31 Jan 2015 | 4:59 am
    (Posted Saturday, January 31, 2015) On January 14, 2015, we announced our latest processor (server?) to the world.   The IBM z Systems z13.  (You can find a few additional details about this announcement in my January 14 blog post ? "The IBM z13 is announced today; ...
  • Tim Bryce - SYSTEM MISCONCEPTIONS - 1/30/2015

    28 Jan 2015 | 2:11 pm
    Is an information system the same thing as a program or "app"?
  • Enterprises Need More Than Just Anti-Virus

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:19 am
    As I go off consulting for various different organizations, this experience usually now includes the issuing of a corporate laptop as my own company laptop will be locked out of most systems and networks within the customer location. It is interesting to see that desktop builds contain the requisite anti-virus tool but little else in end-point security.
  • Clash of the ERP Project Managers: Change Management or No Change Management?

    28 Jan 2015 | 2:11 am
    In our 2014 Clash of the Titans Report, we outline a quantifiable comparison of SAP, Oracle and Microsoft Dynamics ? the leading ERP vendors in the industry. While this report has helped numerous organizations evaluate and select among these leading ERP systems, it does not necessarily address the role of organizational change management and it?s effect on successful ERP implementations.
  • Clash of the ERP Project Managers: Change Management or No Change Management?

    28 Jan 2015 | 2:11 am
    In our 2014 Clash of the Titans Report, we outline a quantifiable comparison of SAP, Oracle and Microsoft Dynamics ? the leading ERP vendors in the industry. While this report has helped numerous organizations evaluate and select among these leading ERP systems, it does not necessarily address the role of organizational change management and it?s effect on successful ERP implementations.
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    Project Management Articles - PM Hut

  • So You Think Your Company Has High Organizational Project Management Maturity?

    PM Hut
    1 Feb 2015 | 7:38 am
    So You Think Your Company Has High Organizational Project Management Maturity? By Kiron D. Bondale I’ve written a lot about the criticality of organizational project management maturity in increasing the likelihood of complex projects delivering expected value within approved baselines. Without a modest level of organizational support, the most capable project managers will find themselves hamstrung by weak [...]
  • Why Lean Methodology Fails: All Planning and No Execution

    PM Hut
    31 Jan 2015 | 9:55 am
    Why Lean Methodology Fails: All Planning and No Execution By Aaron Lalvani Most people know how to plan a dream vacation. All the sights they want to see, the places to go, the restaurants, the shops, the nightlife. You map and plot it all out - mark the special spots and connect them in the most efficient [...]
  • Deliver Some Value Now, Deliver More Value Later

    PM Hut
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:20 am
    Deliver Some Value Now, Deliver More Value Later By Brian Dear We have a hypothetical application that lets small hotel owners and managers accept reservations over the web. Visitors can visit the site and book a room. The application helps managers keep track of their available rooms as well as keep records about their customers. In organizations that [...]
  • Project Failures, By the Numbers

    PM Hut
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:33 am
    Project Failures, By the Numbers By Kerry Wills Every year, the Standish Group comes out with their “Chaos Report” which surveys projects and companies to determine project success and failures. The 2014 version came out and has some pretty dismal results… 31% of projects will be cancelled before they get completed 7% of projects will cost nearly double (189%) [...]
  • Agile and Offshore: Guidelines and Foundations

    PM Hut
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:25 am
    Agile and Offshore: Guidelines and Foundations By Todd Burton Beginning the Startup Journey So, let’s get down to business. Where to begin? Here are a few directions we have already established: Our goal is to launch a successful service via the Internet A small, limited budget is available Agile and lean startup methodologies will be applied An offshore team will be utilized The [...]
 
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    Project, Program and Portfolio Management

  • Cloud Collaboration Market Worth $21.4 Billion by 2019

    20 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    According to a new market research report, "Cloud Collaboration Market by Solution (Enterprise Content Management/ Document Management System, Unified Communication, Project Management, Enterprise Social Collaboration) - Worldwide Forecast and Analysis (2014-2019)", published by MarketsandMarkets, The Cloud Collaboration Market is estimated to grow from $10.5 Billion in 2014 to $21.4 Billion in 2019, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 15.3% from 2014 to 2019. Browse 68 market Data Tables and 52 Figures spread through 136Pages and in-depth TOC on "Cloud Collaboration…
  • Beware corrosive impact of technical debt

    19 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Sean Hederman, director of Palantir, will present during the ITWeb Software Development Management Conference. Small amounts of technical debt, when accumulated over years, will have a corrosive effect on computer systems, says Sean Hederman, director of Palantir (https://www.palantir.com/). Technical debt (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technical_debt), also known as design debt or code debt, is a recent metaphor referring to the eventual consequences of poor system design, software architecture or software development within a codebase.
  • PMI Volunteers Help Companies in Need at Inaugural Project Management Day of Service; Groundbreaking event provides pro bono project management expertise for deserving non-profit organizations

    19 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    In a first-of-its-kind event, representatives from local chapters of Project Management Institute are participating today in Scope-A-Thon, a Project Management Day of Service that provides pro bono project management services to hundreds of non-profit and charity organizations. Working through a specially created project management office, volunteers from the five Washington, D.C. Metro Area PMI chapters (representing more than 18,000 chapter members), are managing the event in partnership with the Taproot Foundation , a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that makes business talent available to…
  • Works Minister inaugurates 15th International PMI Conference

    19 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Manama, Jan 19 (BNA) – HRH Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, has deputized Minister of Works, Municipalities & Urban Planning, Eng. Essam bin Abdulla Khalaf, to inaugurate the 15th International PMI Conference- the Gulf Chapter.
  • Be an Asset to Your Organization with Risk Management Certification

    16 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Harford Community College issued the following news release: Harford Community College's new course in Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP)(TM) certification recognizes your expertise and competency in assessing and identifying project risks, mitigating threats and capitalizing on opportunities, while still possessing a core knowledge and practical application in all areas of project management. The risk management specialist role on project teams is becoming more important to an organization's success. Hone your basic project management skills and showcase your specialized expertise in…
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    The Project Management Podcast

  • Episode 307: Four Ways to Build and Maintain High-Performing Teams (Free) #PMOT

    29 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Play Now: Individuals make up our project teams, and we project managers, all too often, are gauged based on what these teams can accomplish, which is why building and maintaining high-performing teams should always be a priority for you and me. How to do this was recently described in an article titled Four Ways to Build and Maintain High-Performing Teams. And so I’m very pleased to welcome Maria Kozlova (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/maria-kozlova/9/76/336) from Comindware on the show today to discuss these four ways. Oh… and spoiler alert… one of them is collaboration. Below are the…
  • Episode 306: A Project Using Building Information Modeling (Free)

    22 Jan 2015 | 10:56 am
    Play Now: This interview with Joy Gumz (www.projectauditors.com) and Pam Welty (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/pam-welty/25/230/755) was recorded at the PMI Global Congress 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. This interview is based on the case study presentation "Managing the Devilish Details: A Case Study on Using BIM". In both the presentation and our interview Joy Gumz and Pam Welty discuss how BIM is being used during the design and construction of an office building in San Francisco, California. We review what BIM is (according to the BIM Handbook it is "a modeling technology and associated set of…
  • Episode 306: BIM in Action (Free)

    22 Jan 2015 | 10:43 am
    Play Now: Sorry. Your browser cannot play this video. This interview is an accompaniment to the interview about Building Information Modeling (BIM) that we did with Joy Gumz (www.projectauditors.com) and Pam Welty (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/pam-welty/25/230/755). The video shows you BIM in action and we recommend that you watch it before listening to the recorded interview, so that you can better follow along. Below are the first few pages of the transcript. The complete transcript is available to Premium subscribers only. Podcast Introduction Cornelius Fichtner: Hello and welcome to…
  • Episode 305: Managing Stakeholders as Clients (Free)

    17 Jan 2015 | 8:38 am
    Play Now: This Interview with Mario Trentim was recorded at the PMI Global Congress 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. Most of us rely on soft skills, communication and leadership to manage stakeholders. But while they're helpful, interpersonal skills are far from being the sole way to implement stakeholder management. As a matter of fact, there are hard skills in stakeholder management - tools, techniques and methods that should be diligently applied to enhance stakeholder management and improve project success rates. In this interview we learn how Mario Trentim stopped the trend of failing projects…
  • Episode 304: Planning and Controlling Megaprojects (Free)

    12 Jan 2015 | 8:38 am
    Play Now: This Interview with Frank Parth was recorded at the PMI Global Congress 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. Multiple independent research efforts are beginning to show a more consistent approach to developing successful megaprojects in the areas of oil/gas, mining, and construction projects than have been used in the past. These megaprojects are characterized by high value (often defined as greater than $1 billion), comparably high benefits, years-long timelines, and correspondingly high risk. While there have been great advances in both project management methodologies and in the tools the…
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    The ENTP Blog

  • Slack integration

    asciithoughts
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:39 am
    Hi all, We know Slack is awesome. We love it and use it every day. Until now, there was not an easy way to integrate Slack with Tender. But rejoice! You can now receive all your Tender notifications in the channel of your choice :) You can find more info on the KB: http://help.tenderapp.com/kb/third-party-integrations/how-do-i-integrate-my-tender-with-slack. Enjoy!
  • Service interruption: DDOS

    asciithoughts
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:01 pm
    Hi all, This evening we experienced a large DDOS on Tender which brought the site down for most customers. We worked with our hosting provider to mitigate the attack and the traffic is now under control. Most sites should be back online, and we’ll give ongoing updates as the situation evolves. If you have any question, or if you are still experiencing issues, you can reach us at http://help.tenderapp.com, support@tenderapp.com and @tenderapp. Cheers.
  • Maintenance Thursday 25th at 8pm EST

    asciithoughts
    24 Sep 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Lighthouse will be in maintenance mode tomorrow night at 8pm EST, for about 1h, hopefully less. This is a bit short notice, but we have to perform some important hardware updates. As usual, you can contact us at support@lighthouseapp.com if you have any question or concern.
  • Tender is mobile friendly!

    asciithoughts
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:42 am
    Starting today, if you access a Tender site on mobile, you will get a nice mobile view (at last!). If your site uses custom CSS, you will need to manually activate it: please read the KB article for details. Let us know how you like it :) Cheers!
  • Lighthouse integrates with Raygun.io!

    asciithoughts
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:09 am
    Raygun.io (https://raygun.io/) is an error tracking service that helps you build better software, allowing your team to keep an eye on the health of your applications by notifying you of software bugs in real time. Raygun works with every major web and mobile programming language and platform. They recently added support for Lighthouse and we wrote a KB article to get you started. So check them out, and start tracking!
 
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    Better Projects

  • Mapping feeback loops and ther effect.

    Craig Brown
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:49 pm
    I was thinking about "following the feedback" and then thought through the biases we include in our thinking. Here is an example of why after dealing with a problem we might over anticipate and the wish-fulfill ourselves into a bad place.It's a simple example, but it reveals non obvious truths.
  • In God we Trust...

    Craig Brown
    11 Jan 2015 | 4:50 pm
  • If we must reject superstition...

    Craig Brown
    8 Jan 2015 | 4:40 pm
    ...and dogma, and conspiracy theories... that leaves us with...Expert Opinion.  And if we reject that... "what are we left with? Nothing. And that's frightening."I am about half way through Dan Gardner's book exposing the many falacies that give us comfort about the future.If you are in the business of project management you know much of what is valued by the people paying your salary is your ability to forecast the future. This book will do a nice job of making you uncomfortable.  If you have already crossed over that bridge it might provide some nice stories that reinforce your…
  • Technical Debt: A Systems Perspective

    Kelsey van Haaster
    7 Jan 2015 | 6:34 pm
     by Kelsey van HaasterAbstractThe term technical debt is usually associated only with badly written or designed source code. It is thought of as an engineering problem and described analogously as like accumulating financial debt. Recently the practitioner and research communities have begun taking a broader view of what should and should not be called technical debt. Approaches for identifying, analysing and managing technical debt are being developed and the problem of how the metaphor is best used to communicate the impacts, broader risks and issues to non-technical decision…
  • How To Achieve Project Success With Executive Support: 5 Best Practices

    Bruce Harpham
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:11 am
    A powerful ally is a decisive advantage. In the project world, we get work done through others. In a perfect world, the project charter empowers the project manager with all the authority they need to get work done. All too often, we hear about project managers complaining about insufficient power and resources to get work done.Image by Bec BrownWhat’s the solution? They need allies. And not just any allies. Powerful allies. Allies that can release resources and help you work through project conflict.Project managers need allies at the executive level. In the corporate world, I’m…
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    WordPress Tag: Project Management

  • Doubts about object oriented programming -1

    ahmedashfaque
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:23 am
    When we write source code, we do some type of computation and telling the computer what it needs to do. We use variables and operators to loop through some data or use a decision tree to arrive at some required solution to a problem. We wrap our code inside some procedure. We also use procedures to pass some data. This feature of procedure is used to partition our program logic over many procedures. This is necessary because writing a long procedure is cumbersome and complex. Using many short procedures is more readable  and reduces complexity. Using procedures we can build very large…
  • Callum - 3D Vehicle practice

    spyko9000
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:19 am
    Today we were given the task of creating a 3D model in Maya, using less than 1000 tri’s, or triangles. I did this by applying my previously learnt skills to it, using more primitives and scaling techniques. I originally started with a car, setting the sub divisions to 8 each, though this changed down to editing problems. The new messed appearance made it look like a tank for me so I worked from there. It originally said 80000+ tri’s! Though I learnt that was just from my careless copying and pasting, something I should keep an eye on.
  • The Role of the Middle Manager in an Agile World

    dannyacuna
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
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  • Team Bern sucht dich!

    euforianews
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:32 am
    Wir suchen über die Masse der Vernunft hinaus motivierte, junge Pioniere (18-30 Jahre alt), welche mit unserem Team (Sophie, Melahat und Fabienne) den imp!act Event in Bern organisieren. Dieser findet vom 29. April – 2. Mai 2015 statt. Gefragt ist Deine unternehmerische Ader und Deine wertvolle Zeit von 2-3 Stunden pro Woche, die du bereit bist, diesem Projekt zu widmen. Auch erwarten wir von dir Verantwortungsbewusstsein, gute Deutschkenntnisse (Englischkenntnisse von Vorteil!), Bereitschaft mit gleichgesinnten jungen Leuten unterschiedlicher Herkunft in einem Team zu arbeiten, Interesse…
  • I'm Looking For Work... Social Media and Project Management

    hannahagutter
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:43 am
    So after taking a few months to work a 9-5 retail job whilst I figured out where I wanted to go and what I wanted to do. I think I’ve finally figured it out. Education has had this weird effect on me after studying media for 7 years. I’ve spent so much time in education with tons and tons of structure, then to suddenly graduate and have next to no structure at all. It was a little bit of a shock. So it’s taken me a while to get my thoughts together. Whilst I’m writing this post, I am feeling as if I’m going to be posting this a little premature, because I’m…
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    Project Management Tips || Project Management, Collaboration and Knowledge Management Blog

  • Should You Go Freelance? Can Project Managers Make a Living That Way?

    Rachel Matthews
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:42 pm
    There are definitely benefits to being hired on as a full time and permanent project manager. Job security, obviously, is one of them. Being able to really bond with your team as you move from project to project within a company is also great (provided you like everybody). At the same time, because of the nature of the work, finding a permanent/full time gig is rare. So what do you do in the meantime? Do you just allow a series of layoffs to hang out on your resume while you scour job boards and volunteer, living off of your severance pay or unemployment? This is certainly one approach. The…
  • 6 Behaviours to watch in your project team

    Elizabeth Harrin
    21 Jan 2015 | 5:23 am
    I wish project teams worked well together from Day 1 but experience shows this isn’t the case. At all, some of the time. Here are 6 behaviours to watch out for in your project team and some things that you can  do to manage these behaviours and attitudes before they start to cause problems on your team. 1. Arrogance Arrogance is a dangerous trait because it is directly attributable to missing risks. If you feel that you are untouchable and you have everything you need on your project, then you aren’t going to be on the lookout for that one risk that will knock your whole project over.
  • Wise Project Management: Saving Time and Money

    Julie Anne
    18 Jan 2015 | 4:33 am
    Project managers always try to accomplish two goals when managing a project: save time and money. However, project managers know this isn’t always easy or possible, depending on the project…and the customer. The good news is there is a lot a project manager can do on the front end of projects in order to increase the likelihood of reaching these goals as well as successfully delivering a quality product. Proper planning. The success of every project, regardless of how complex, risky, and costly, starts with proper planning during the development phase. Properly gathering requirements,…
  • What your PMI Chapter Can Offer You

    Elizabeth Harrin
    14 Jan 2015 | 5:21 am
    Are you a member of your local PMI Chapter? I have been on and off for a few years now and there are a number of benefits that make it worthwhile. If you are thinking about expanding your skills during 2015 then getting involved in your local Chapter could be a great step forward for you. Here are some of the ways that they can support your in your career goals over the year. Volunteer experience If you   want to get into project management but don’t have a great deal of experience then volunteering for a project-based organisation like PMI is a good step in the right direction. You can…
  • 10 Collaboration Tips for International Teams

    Elizabeth Harrin
    3 Jan 2015 | 5:20 am
    If you didn’t work that well as an international project team last year then now is the time to do something about it. Get 2015 off to a great start by sorting out how you are going to work together in a virtual environment now. 1. Time zone awareness Try to spread team meetings across the day when most people are at work. Avoid it always being one team in one country who has to attend a meeting at an unsocial time. I use TimeAndDate.com to plan my meetings. I still don’t always get it right but at least I’ve got more of a chance with an accurate tool. 2. Use online tools Pretty much…
 
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  • How Much Do Project Managers Earn?

    MMeloni
    6 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    How much will I earn as a project Manager? How much do other project managers earn? Does it really matter if I have my PMP? In the spirit of the phrase, ‘A picture speaks a thousand words’ and with thanks to ProjectManager.com, this infographic will answer most of your questions. Enjoy! The post How Much Do Project Managers Earn? appeared first on PMStudent.
  • Project Managers: 5 Tips for Peaceful Holidays

    MMeloni
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:28 am
    Do you love this time of year or do you dread it? Your holiday experience can be really upsetting, tiring and stressful OR your holiday season can truly be one of peace and joy. The choice is up to YOU. Your thoughts and actions during this time will define your holiday experience. You cannot control […] The post Project Managers: 5 Tips for Peaceful Holidays appeared first on PMStudent.
  • Happy International Project Management Day

    MMeloni
    4 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Being a project manager is not such a big deal. There are only a few things you need to do. All you have to do is: Create a compelling vision out of the potentially vague set of goals that you have been handed Motivate an already over extended team to work even more hours on […] The post Happy International Project Management Day appeared first on PMStudent.
  • Four Tips to Enhance your Leadership Success

    MMeloni
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:29 am
    How to Lead Like it Matters I received a copy of this article and I thought, “There are some good ideas here, maybe I should write something about this.” Then I realized, I don’t need to write something about this, I just need to share it with you. Enjoy! How to Lead Like it Matters […] The post Four Tips to Enhance your Leadership Success appeared first on PMStudent.
  • A Tale of Two PMOs

    MMeloni
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:14 am
    I recently came across a statistic that states that 50% of all Project Management Offices (PMOs) fail. It seemed high to me. But when I reflected on my own personal experience in setting up two different PMO’s I can tell you that my experience supports that statistic. One PMO was successful and one PMO was […] The post A Tale of Two PMOs appeared first on PMStudent.
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    Keeping the Peace

  • The Secret Work/Life Balance Formula

    admin
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:54 am
    “We often (mostly?) let our schedule schedule itself—ignoring the fact that TIME (not money) is our only TRUE Leadership asset.” -Tom Peters What is the one resource you can never have more of? Did you say time? If so, you are correct. We cannot create more time. There are only 24 hours in a day, seven days in a week, 365 days in a year. It is important that you spend your time in the most beneficial way possible. By beneficial, I really mean beneficial to YOU. Spend your time in the way that will bring you what you want from your life. It is time to talk about work/life balance. In…
  • Happy 2016!

    admin
    19 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    “A year from now you will wish you had started today.” -Karen Lamb Happy 2016? What kind of an error is that? It is NOT an error. Imagine that it is already 2016. Pushy of me isn’t it? Here you are just getting settled into 2015. What I am really asking you to consider is have you already placed some of your plans on hold? Did you make big promises to yourself as the year began only to push them to the side after the glow from the New Year began to dim? I am not talking about the inevitable lose weight, eat better, exercise more type of resolutions. There is nothing wrong with those…
  • Who is REALLY Wrong Here?

    admin
    12 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    “If you are afraid of being lonely, don’t try to be right.” ― Jules Renard The client was late providing their training materials to the team. Jonathan, the project manager was only mildly alarmed by this delay. The reason he was not more upset about the delay was the fact that he and the team had seen the training materials before and because the requirements called for only minor updates to be made to the materials. Pushing the client to meet the deadline was a delicate balancing act. Jonathan did not want to alienate them, but he also would not stand back and say nothing. His…
  • Do YOU Know or Do YOU Understand?

    admin
    5 Jan 2015 | 9:03 am
    “There is a great difference between knowing a thing and understanding it. You can know a lot about something and not really understand it.” – Charles Franklin Kettering Mary Carol understood what the team meant when they said that their sponsor was challenging. Almost the entire team had told her that at first their sponsor would be very nice and easy to work with, but they warned her that the longer she worked with him the more his difficult side would show. She would return from meetings with him and share his feedback with the team. For two months he had been very supportive and…
  • The Story of the Leather Wrapped Village

    admin
    29 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    “Where would I possibly find enough leather with which to cover the surface of the earth? But (just) leather on the soles of my shoes, is equivalent to covering the earth with it….” The above expression has also been expanded to a story or analogy which deepens the lesson. A the story goes, there was once a kingdom where all of the people walked throughout the land barefoot. Even the king and the queen did not wear shoes. Most of the time when the king and the queen left the palace, they were carried on a litter. But one day the queen wished to walk. Reluctantly her attendants lowered…
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    Ron Rosenhead

  • Why was there real tension in the room?

    Ron Rosenhead
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:14 am
    The 14 people were clearly struggling. They were reluctant to engage with each other or with me. What was going on? Let me set the scene a bit more. This was a course for project sponsors and the group were all senior managers. We spoke about the research which all pointed to the importance of the sponsor role, and the … Read More >Related Posts:Who are your good project management role models?Do you believe in this project?Making project management compulsory. What do you think?How to say no without saying no!I do not take account of my time. Do you?
  • Public or in house training – the choice is yours

    Ron Rosenhead
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:21 am
    My company, Project Agency receives a wide range of range of requests for services from clients. Over the last few months some of have asked if we run public courses, as they do not have sufficient people for an in house course. I am pleased to say we will be running a range of public courses through 2015: The Perfect … Read More >Related Posts:Will you join us? Master Class – Strategies for Project…Practical project management training – it works!Why is project management so fragmented in companies?Have you really tested out your project before delivery?Project…
  • So, what have I learned this year II?

    Ron Rosenhead
    6 Jan 2015 | 3:50 am
    I wrote the first part of this blog article in late December and this week sees more learning from 2014. NOTE: these are elements I have seen during the year, not made up! So, to repeat my introduction from the last blog posting: ‘As the year draws to a close, I sat last Sunday and decided it was time to … Read More >Related Posts:So, what have I learned this year 1?Reflection – 400 BlogsThe 7 deadly sins of project managementLessons learned or lessons identified…?Who are your good project management role models?
  • So, what have I learned this year 1?

    Ron Rosenhead
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:05 am
    As the year draws to a close, I sat last Sunday and decided it was time to reflect – after all, I am asking or have suggested others should do this, try here and here . Out came the note pad and I started to make some jottings. This is part I,  part II will appear next week. These are … Read More >Related Posts:So, what have I learned this year II?Do you need more skilled project staff?360 assessment for project staffWhat does project management mean to me?Reflection – 400 Blogs
  • Lessons learned or lessons identified…?

    Ron Rosenhead
    3 Dec 2014 | 1:57 am
    Last week I wrote about different countries – same project management issues. The article highlighted some of the problem faced by project staff, issues that are pretty common in all of the countries visited. But what are companies doing? This is a question I asked within the article. The reality is very little! On a recent project management course I … Read More >Related Posts:Are lessons learned – not really?Crossing the line and learning from itDo you recreate your successes in projects?How many of your projects follow this learning route?So, what have I learned this year 1?
 
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    Karol Zielinskis Blog - all kind of stuff around the web

  • Internet IPOs : Where Are They Now? [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Karol Zielinski
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:23 am
    Source: staff.com The post Internet IPOs : Where Are They Now? [INFOGRAPHIC] appeared on Karol Zielinski.
  • Have a startup idea? Great! But you’re not prepared

    Karol Zielinski
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:03 am
    I recently met up with my brother. He has a certain idea for a business. He has an idea for his own startup. A great startup idea. Juices. Selling juice in interesting locations, for busy passers-by, or also resting people nearby. I recently met up with my brother. He has a certain idea for a […] The post Have a startup idea? Great! But you’re not prepared appeared on Karol Zielinski.
  • A good salesman is a well-prepared salesman

    Karol Zielinski
    14 Jan 2015 | 2:48 pm
    Some time ago I answered the phone. In the speaker I heard the voice of a woman who represented one of the largest Polish companies which deal with creating databases of debtors. She was a sales-person. Some time ago I answered the phone. In the speaker I heard the voice of a woman who represented one of […] The post A good salesman is a well-prepared salesman appeared on Karol Zielinski.
  • Too late to start a business?

    Karol Zielinski
    6 Jan 2015 | 6:23 am
    Source: Anna Vital The post Too late to start a business? appeared on Karol Zielinski.
  • The Expert

    Karol Zielinski
    6 Jan 2015 | 6:18 am
    The post The Expert appeared on Karol Zielinski.
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    the Intervals Blog by Pelago

  • The Quantifiable Agency: Using Time Tracking Data to Measure Project Health

    John Reeve
    13 Jan 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Wearable fitness trackers are at the forefront of one of the fastest growing industries today. These devices empower people to take their health into their own hands. By tracking and analyzing our body’s data we can make more informed decisions about our health and well-being. This trend in tracking our bodies is becoming widely known as the quantifiable self. Tracking health is not just for individuals. Agencies have a lot to gain from tracking and analyzing their own business health. Most already track revenues and profits, but what about time?  Time is one metric, like…
  • Intervals Tip: The Right-Click

    John Reeve
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:17 pm
    While most of the Intervals application is simple and straightforward, there are some features that are less obvious. One such feature is the right-click contextual menu. Features reserved for more advanced scenarios where the customer is already familiar with the basics. When viewing a list of tasks, milestones, or projects, Intervals will respond to a right-click by displaying a menu of options for updating part of that item. For example, right-clicking on a task will give you the option to change its status, add a comment, and more. The right-click contextual menu makes updating your…
  • Five Simple PostgreSQL Optimizations for Improving Performance

    John Reeve
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:40 pm
    The Open Source PostgreSQL database is one of the most popular relational databases. More and more Web developers and DBAs are choosing PostgreSQL for it’s stability and reliability. The out-of-the-box install of PostgreSQL is good, but a few basic configuration changes can make it much faster while using fewer system resources. Tuning a database can be overwhelming for web developers, so we’ve kept these recommendations simple and conservative. To squeeze the most performance out of PostgreSQL we recommend hiring a company that specializes in PostgreSQL. shared_buffers The…
  • Five Linux Commands Every Web Developer Should Know

    John Reeve
    10 Dec 2014 | 3:42 pm
    The prevalence of code frameworks has benefited web developers greatly. Web developers can focus in on the application layer of the software stack and churn out web sites with unprecedented quality and speed. Meanwhile, the database layer and operating system are largely unaffected by the application. That is, until something goes wrong. In my 20 years as a web developer, performance issues have typically been the result of application inefficiencies introduced by myself and other developers. The application is hogging too much RAM, or running a poorly written database query, and chaos…
  • New Feature: A Splash of Color for Calendar Notes

    John Reeve
    4 Dec 2014 | 4:47 pm
    Calendar notes are a great way to keep track of reminders and keep your team apprised of upcoming events. Previously, private notes were shaded yellow and public notes were shaded blue. Enter too many notes onto your calendar and they would start to blur together. We’ve added the ability to change the shading of the note to one of eight different colors. Now you can group your notes by color to keep them better organized. For example, you might use red for higher priority notes and grey or white for the less important ones. Or you might use different colors for different people on your…
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    Utpal Vaishnav

  • The Perfect Time to Do the Exercise

    Utpal Vaishnav
    13 Jan 2015 | 10:54 am
    The perfect time to do the exercise is when you don’t feel like doing it. The perfect time to do the exercise is when you don’t feel like it will have an immediate positive impact on your belly fat. The perfect time to exercise is when you have a choice not to do it. The perfect time to exercise is when you have realized that doing exercise is important and it is more worth than the time, energy and efforts it will take. Same is the case with learning a new skill or taking your spouse on an intentional date after 15 years of marriage. Same is the case with doing anything that you…
  • My Website Has Lost Weight – Feeling Lean!

    Utpal Vaishnav
    8 Jan 2015 | 11:55 am
    Let me confess this – I wasn’t very excited about how my website looked in 2014. I knew that my website didn’t look bad. It wasn’t too cluttered and it was based on Genesis, an industry standard WordPress theme framework upon which I built a custom child theme in early 2013. My website looked okay (except my photo in the middle as I was carrying 8 kg more weight than what I am today). It was mobile responsive. It loaded fast. It was search optimized and it just worked. But I was feeling that the UX of my website could have been better. “The more you…
  • Educate Without Bias

    Utpal Vaishnav
    11 Dec 2014 | 11:27 am
    I won’t believe what you’ll “market” to me. I won’t believe what your other clients say about you in their video testimonials that I see on your website. But I will believe if my close friend recommends you. I will believe if I “tell” myself that you’re great. How would you let my friend recommend your product? How would you let me believe that you’re great? Friendship is based on trust. No trust = no friendship. Why should I trust you? Why should I believe that you do not have any wasted interest in “educating” me about a…
  • Your Mirror is a Powerful Tool

    Utpal Vaishnav
    27 Sep 2014 | 8:57 pm
    When did you last look at yourself through mirror? “Funny question,” you might think. “I look at mirror everyday!” Not so simple. Read on … You look at mirror to be aware about how you look like. If you haven’t combed your hair, you will comb it. If you have put on some weight, then you will join a personal fitness program. If the color of your shirt does not look good on you, you will change it. If you are aware about how you look, you will do something about it. Awareness. With higher level of awareness, you can make choices that matter to you. You look…
  • The New Phenomenal

    Utpal Vaishnav
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:12 am
    I have built a great app, it works on iOS8! And you have to eat at this restaurant, they serve you within just 15 minutes and they serve tasty food. And, their restaurant staff is polite too. Nothing is phenomenal about above examples. We live in the age where it is expected for an app to work on latest version of the OS that is just announced. And it is the most basic expectation from a restaurant to serve you tasty food in timely manner, with very good customer service. Means of experiences are so easily accessible (Tweet This!) that it is redefining what is phenomenal. Decades ago, in…
 
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    Project Management Methodologies

  • Understand the Risk Tolerance Level in Your Organization

    admin
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:37 am
    All projects have risks and all risks have the potential for negatively impacting the project. You use risk management to determine the risks that are important enough to manage. During the risk identification process, you may encounter many risks that have some likelihood to occur and have a marginal impact to the project. The question to ask is whether the risk has enough impact on the project to worry about (this same question occurs for both qualitative and quantitative approaches). The answer says something about your risk tolerance. For example, let’s say you identify a risk that is…
  • The Power of the Aligned Organization

    admin
    12 Jan 2015 | 10:33 am
    When was the last time you rode in a car with wheels that were not properly aligned? Chances are it was a pretty rough ride. The car either pulled in one direction, making it hard work to keep it in your lane, or, it worked against itself as one tire pointed one way and another tire another way. The same thing can happen in our companies. The ride can be pretty bumpy, not to mention noisy, unless everyone is pointed in the same direction. That’s why it’s important to understand the five benefits of an aligned organization Benefit #1 – Ensures Everyone Works on the Right Things The first…
  • The Customer May Not Know Enough to Completely Define the Project

    admin
    29 Dec 2014 | 10:29 am
    Sometimes the project manager places too high an expectation on the amount of foresight and vision that customers and sponsors have. In many cases, the project manager will go to the customer looking for answers to help define the project and the customer will not have all of the information needed. This happens all the time and it does not mean that the customer does not know what they are doing. In many cases, especially for large projects, the customer has a vision of what the end results will be, but cannot yet articulate this vision into concrete objectives, deliverables and scope. …
  • Four Responsibilities of Executives on Projects

    admin
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:51 pm
    A Primer on Processes and Templates Recipes for cooking are a beautiful thing. A recipe tells you the ingredients and how much of each you should include in whatever you are making. It then describes what you need to do to these ingredients in order to make a dish that is not only edible, but tasty as well. It’s great that someone else has already spent the time in putting together a recipe to follow that nearly guarantees success each time. To a certain extent we use recipes in our profession as project managers. The recipes we follow are the processes and templates that guide our projects…
  • Manage Political Problems as Issues

    admin
    1 Dec 2014 | 9:42 am
    The larger your project gets, the more you will find that the issues you encounter are political in nature. “Politics” is all about interacting with people and influencing them to get things done. This can be a good thing, a bad thing, or a neutral thing, depending on the tactics people use. Let’s consider some examples of how utilizing political skills might be good, but can also be bad. You are able to move your ideas forward in the organization and get people to act on them (good), by currying favor, suppressing other opposing ideas and taking credit for the ideas of your…
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    projectsatwork.com

  • Are Projects Really ‘Unique'?

    27 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Have we got the formal definition of a project completely right? A finite start and finish, sure. But approaching each project as a "unique endeavor" can lead us to overlook opportunities to capture, reuse and benefit from prior knowledge, experiences and lessons learned. We need to better connect our closing phases with upfront planning.
  • AtTask Renamed Workfront

    21 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The name change is designed to better reflect the company's focus on enterprise work management solutions.
  • Do No Sprint Harm

    20 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Creating a test sprint or varying the length of a sprint might seem like helpful ideas to address common problems on agile projects, but they should be avoided at all costs. These anti-patterns won't fix the real underlying issues; in fact, they will probably exacerbate them and weaken your team.
  • 10 Strategic Execution Trends for 2015

    18 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Smart, high-performing organizations are structured to react more quickly to external and internal shifts. They view the future as a possibility, change as an opportunity, and their strategy as the tool to get them there. Here are 10 strategic execution trends they will be focusing on in 2015.
  • Dealing With Disappointment

    18 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    How you handle your disappointment in a team member speaks volumes about your leadership style. And it will affect your credibility with the entire team and within your organization. The key is to use the situation as a coaching opportunity. Here's how.
 
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    Vertabase Project Management Software » Blog

  • Status Reports: We need it now!

    MarkPhillips
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:16 am
    You’d better have 10 pairs of eyes, matching sets of ears and a crystal ball if you want to be the project manager. That, or make sure you are on top of your status reports. It will probably work better for you then all those extra eyes and ears. Most project managers these days will spend quite some time and effort on a status report, and for good reason. Outline project health - Progress, goals, milestones, schedule, everything the PM doctor needs to assess. Not to mention the problematic parts, which help the executives decide if the project is safe. Highlight exceptional issues and…
  • Project management in a third world country? Make it easier for yourself!

    MarkPhillips
    8 Jan 2015 | 11:42 am
    Managing an impeccable project requires skill, time management and being able to bring out the best talents of every individual in the team. It also implies having accurate knowledge of your resources and being able to utilize this information to your best advantage. For a project manager working in a third world country, this may prove to be more complicated than you’d like. Fortunately, the task can be made manageable! The key is to use the right strategies, to not lose your cool and to expect the unexpected. Here are some of the most useful tips that you’ll be glad you stumbled upon.
  • How to Manage a Non-Performing Team Member on a Project

    MarkPhillips
    8 Jan 2015 | 11:40 am
    I know, this must come a s a surprise, but there are team members that are less than enthusiastic about being on your project.  This puts the success of your team at risk! After all,  “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success” (Henry Ford) . Let’s get all your team members to start performing well for the success of the project. Why??? Assess the member’s strength and weaknesses, and correlate this to the goals and the mission of the entire project. Maybe she is feeling misallocated. If she has been handpicked for the project, then…
  • Top 8 reasons why documentation in project management is a must

    reneephillipsdesign
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:49 am
    One fine morning, as you walk towards your office feeling absolutely great, your boss suddenly pounces at you, literally out of thin air. He bombards you with questions about the project you’ve been managing, your progress and the results obtained. You stare at him dumbfounded because even though you know how great a success the project is turning out to be, you have no evidence to prove it simply because you have been too lazy to document the details. Sounds like a total project management disaster, right? It’s astounding how so many of us totally forget about the significance…
  • New Vertabase 5.6 makes Sharing Project Reports and Processing Project Data Even Easier

    reneephillipsdesign
    11 Dec 2014 | 8:01 am
    New features in Vertabase 5.6 project management software deliver flexibility We know how much you love your Vertabase project management software and its quick and easy functions for creating, managing and distributing reports. Well, get ready for some more loving because Vertabase is releasing Vertabase 5.6, which includes five new enhancements to Vertabase’s flagship product management platform. Take a peek at the new features and enhancements: Send PDF to Anyone – With this new feature, report creators can quickly and easily share reports via e-mail directly from the Vertabase…
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    Software And Articles On Project Management

  • Brainstorming – Trendy or Not?

    Cristina Neagu
    16 Jan 2015 | 4:34 am
    It’s popular. It’s a classic. Those who endorse it say it’s an effective technique for generating many ideas but not a standalone method, so it should be used with other creative techniques. Those who criticize it say it generates mediocre ideas that are likely never implemented as solutions to problems. But this 60-year old technique [...] Related posts: How to Minimize the Risk of Delaying Your Project by a Customer Project Team Productivity – Problems and Solutions What to Do when the Customer is Delaying Your Project
  • Project Management Glossary Of Terms – Pro — Pv

    Crina Popescu
    5 Jan 2015 | 2:51 am
    Program Definition Statement (“PDS”) Program Director Program Directorate Program Evaluation and Review Technique (“PERT”) Program Execution Phase Program Executive Program Identification Phase Program Management Program Management Office Program Manager Program Office Program Plan Program Planning Program Status Date Program Support Office (“PSO”) Programme Programmer Programmer Trainee Programming Programs Progress Progress Analysis Progress Bar Progress Date [...] Related posts: Project Management Glossary Of Terms – Pa — Pro Project…
  • Project Management Glossary Of Terms – Pa — Pro

    Crina Popescu
    5 Jan 2015 | 2:47 am
    PA Package PAR Parameter Parameters Parametric Cost Estimating Parametric Estimating Parent Activity Parent, in scheduling Pareto Diagram Part Participant Participants Participation Parties, to a contract Partnering Partnership PAT Patent Defect Path Path Convergence Path Float Path, network Pattern Pay-Back Period Payment Payment Authorization Payment Bond Payroll Burden PBR PBS PC PCA PDD PDLC PDM PDM [...] Related posts: Project Management Glossary Of Terms – Q Project Management Glossary Of Terms – E Project Management Glossary Of Terms – I
  • Project Management Glossary Of Terms – Z

    Crina Popescu
    5 Jan 2015 | 2:45 am
    Zero Based Budgeting Zero Dollar Contract Zero Float Related posts: Project Management Glossary Of Terms – F Project Management Glossary Of Terms – N Project Management Glossary Of Terms – B
  • Project Management Glossary Of Terms – Y

    Crina Popescu
    5 Jan 2015 | 1:44 am
    Yield Related posts: Project Management Glossary Of Terms – H Project Management Glossary Of Terms – M Project Management Glossary Of Terms – S
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    BradEgeland.com - Blog

  • Approaches to Risk Management

    31 Jan 2015 | 4:44 pm
    In this video brought to you by Project Smart, I talk about the importance of risk management, discuss tools and common risk management mistakes.
  • Pay Attention to Customer Complaints - They May be Disguised Opportunities

    28 Jan 2015 | 1:12 pm
    What do you do when a customer complains about something on the project? Are you abrasive? Defensive? Apologetic? No matter what happens, no matter whose fault it is, we should always be apologetic. Not that the customer is always right, but if they are upset at all then we need to be concerned. Twice I did not take my own advice and I lost my clients over it. Lesson learned. But let’s go further. Let’s listen carefully. What are they complaining about? I’ve changed my way of thinking. In reality, complaints are opportunities. Either for us to improve our service and…
  • Key Competencies for Creative Marketing Managers

    27 Jan 2015 | 9:26 am
    You’re a marketing manager in the creative management industry. What skills do you need to do your job well? To be effective for your organization, to lead your teams, to successfully deliver for your clients or your own organization? Current marketing managers should be thinking in terms of the following list of broad-based skills that can be applied to different scenarios, in different industries, and for companies varying in size from small startups and mom and pop shops to large Fortune 500 organizations. Marketing managers need analytical skills Successful marketing managers have…
  • Avoid Losing that New Car Project Smell

    21 Jan 2015 | 12:56 pm
    You know that new car smell or how a new romantic relationship feels?  Ok, that may be a little over the top in trying to equate that to the feeling of a fresh new project, but it gets you close.  Everything is new.  Everything is perfect.  Everything is fresh.  The team has not experienced any conflicts.  Hopefully the customer isn’t complaining about anything yet.  Senior management isn’t wondering why you haven’t delivered that big billable deliverable yet so they can have the revenue in ‘x’ quarter. …
  • 5 Reasons Why You Need OneDesk for Your PM, Product, and Help Desk Solutions

    20 Jan 2015 | 1:37 pm
    In this next installment of my popular “5 Reasons Why…” software and services overview series, I am looking at 5 Reasons Why you should check out OneDesk for your Help Desk, Product Management and Project Management needs.  I’ve looked this software over a bit and had conversations with the people behind the offerings and I’ve been very impressed with the overall functionality of this software as it pertains to the enterprise and how complete it’s capabilities are.  Are you looking for one PM, product and customer service option for your IT…
 
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    Project Management Tips || Project Management, Collaboration and Knowledge Management Blog

  • Should You Go Freelance? Can Project Managers Make a Living That Way?

    Rachel Matthews
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:42 pm
    There are definitely benefits to being hired on as a full time and permanent project manager. Job security, obviously, is one of them. Being able to really bond with your team as you move from project to project within a company is also great (provided you like everybody). At the same time, because of the nature of the work, finding a permanent/full time gig is rare. So what do you do in the meantime? Do you just allow a series of layoffs to hang out on your resume while you scour job boards and volunteer, living off of your severance pay or unemployment? This is certainly one approach. The…
  • 6 Behaviours to watch in your project team

    Elizabeth Harrin
    21 Jan 2015 | 5:23 am
    I wish project teams worked well together from Day 1 but experience shows this isn’t the case. At all, some of the time. Here are 6 behaviours to watch out for in your project team and some things that you can  do to manage these behaviours and attitudes before they start to cause problems on your team. 1. Arrogance Arrogance is a dangerous trait because it is directly attributable to missing risks. If you feel that you are untouchable and you have everything you need on your project, then you aren’t going to be on the lookout for that one risk that will knock your whole project over.
  • Wise Project Management: Saving Time and Money

    Julie Anne
    18 Jan 2015 | 4:33 am
    Project managers always try to accomplish two goals when managing a project: save time and money. However, project managers know this isn’t always easy or possible, depending on the project…and the customer. The good news is there is a lot a project manager can do on the front end of projects in order to increase the likelihood of reaching these goals as well as successfully delivering a quality product. Proper planning. The success of every project, regardless of how complex, risky, and costly, starts with proper planning during the development phase. Properly gathering requirements,…
  • What your PMI Chapter Can Offer You

    Elizabeth Harrin
    14 Jan 2015 | 5:21 am
    Are you a member of your local PMI Chapter? I have been on and off for a few years now and there are a number of benefits that make it worthwhile. If you are thinking about expanding your skills during 2015 then getting involved in your local Chapter could be a great step forward for you. Here are some of the ways that they can support your in your career goals over the year. Volunteer experience If you   want to get into project management but don’t have a great deal of experience then volunteering for a project-based organisation like PMI is a good step in the right direction. You can…
  • 10 Collaboration Tips for International Teams

    Elizabeth Harrin
    3 Jan 2015 | 5:20 am
    If you didn’t work that well as an international project team last year then now is the time to do something about it. Get 2015 off to a great start by sorting out how you are going to work together in a virtual environment now. 1. Time zone awareness Try to spread team meetings across the day when most people are at work. Avoid it always being one team in one country who has to attend a meeting at an unsocial time. I use TimeAndDate.com to plan my meetings. I still don’t always get it right but at least I’ve got more of a chance with an accurate tool. 2. Use online tools Pretty much…
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    Ron Rosenhead

  • Why was there real tension in the room?

    Ron Rosenhead
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:14 am
    The 14 people were clearly struggling. They were reluctant to engage with each other or with me. What was going on? Let me set the scene a bit more. This was a course for project sponsors and the group were all senior managers. We spoke about the research which all pointed to the importance of the sponsor role, and the … Read More >Related Posts:Who are your good project management role models?Do you believe in this project?Making project management compulsory. What do you think?How to say no without saying no!I do not take account of my time. Do you?
  • Public or in house training – the choice is yours

    Ron Rosenhead
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:21 am
    My company, Project Agency receives a wide range of range of requests for services from clients. Over the last few months some of have asked if we run public courses, as they do not have sufficient people for an in house course. I am pleased to say we will be running a range of public courses through 2015: The Perfect … Read More >Related Posts:Will you join us? Master Class – Strategies for Project…Practical project management training – it works!Why is project management so fragmented in companies?Have you really tested out your project before delivery?Project…
  • So, what have I learned this year II?

    Ron Rosenhead
    6 Jan 2015 | 3:50 am
    I wrote the first part of this blog article in late December and this week sees more learning from 2014. NOTE: these are elements I have seen during the year, not made up! So, to repeat my introduction from the last blog posting: ‘As the year draws to a close, I sat last Sunday and decided it was time to … Read More >Related Posts:So, what have I learned this year 1?Reflection – 400 BlogsThe 7 deadly sins of project managementLessons learned or lessons identified…?Who are your good project management role models?
  • So, what have I learned this year 1?

    Ron Rosenhead
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:05 am
    As the year draws to a close, I sat last Sunday and decided it was time to reflect – after all, I am asking or have suggested others should do this, try here and here . Out came the note pad and I started to make some jottings. This is part I,  part II will appear next week. These are … Read More >Related Posts:So, what have I learned this year II?Do you need more skilled project staff?360 assessment for project staffWhat does project management mean to me?Reflection – 400 Blogs
  • Lessons learned or lessons identified…?

    Ron Rosenhead
    3 Dec 2014 | 1:57 am
    Last week I wrote about different countries – same project management issues. The article highlighted some of the problem faced by project staff, issues that are pretty common in all of the countries visited. But what are companies doing? This is a question I asked within the article. The reality is very little! On a recent project management course I … Read More >Related Posts:Are lessons learned – not really?Crossing the line and learning from itDo you recreate your successes in projects?How many of your projects follow this learning route?So, what have I learned this year 1?
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  • What 16months of stay at Antarctica taught me?

    TV
    8 Jan 2015 | 8:55 pm
    It's been twenty years since I went to the magnificent seventh continent (which, ironically, became the first continent that I visited, apart from Asia, where I was born and grew up). I just have to close my eye for a few seconds, and I am still able to teleport myself back to majestic and pristine Antarctica, and the Indian station Maitriwhich was my home for 16 months during 1993-95. Continue reading →
  • Is your talent adorning the restroom?

    TV
    2 Jan 2015 | 6:39 am
    On my recent visit to a wonderful new luxury hotel in town, I found it very interesting that an artist's work was commissioned right outside the restroom. It seemed, at least to me, that the only reason that painter, or rather her talent, was of any particular importance to the hotel designers was if she could paint something that fitted the small wall that welcomed people to the restroom. Continue reading →
  • Why do you pay people? No, really?

    TV
    7 Dec 2014 | 9:18 am
    I think the only reason why we (must) pay people is so they bring ideas to the workplace. New, big, fresh, stolen, borrowed, bold, controversial, unscientific, unproven, risky, weak, potential gamechangers, disruptor of status quo, creative, ridiculous, audacious (big hairy audacious is even better), slayer of mindless bureaucracy, harbingers of change...just about anything will do as long as they bring something to the workplace, as opposed to just being a plug-and-play part in the giant corporate machinery whose daily activities are pretty much pre-decided as per the giant process manual.
  • Four things I learnt as a volunteer…

    TV
    7 Dec 2014 | 9:13 am
    I have been a passionate volunteer since last 20+ years. During this time, I have had wonderful opportunities of volunteering with global organizations such as IEEE, ACM, PMI and various Agile community groups like AgileIndia, while also had opportunities to volunteer with small, but not unimportant, causes, such as my apartment association and my community social. Why, I even volunteered to spend 16 months in icy continent of Antarctica — something no one in their right senses would ever do! (and here is the TEDx talk I delivered on it.) While some experiences lasted longer (and…
  • Week 1 of my Lean Consulting Startup

    TV
    7 Dec 2014 | 9:07 am
    TL;DR: I started my consulting startup earlier this week after seven years of groundwork in a Lean Startup fashion. Here's the story that led to week one. Continue reading →
 
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  • Eliminating waste with reusable story cards

    Derek Huether
    11 Jan 2015 | 7:23 am
    When coaching clients who use physical team boards, I’m seeing more of them gravitate away from pins and painters tape and toward the use of magnetic whiteboards, sticky-notes and index cards. I see them making a substantial upfront investment in the whiteboards and then again with magnets. If the magnets are too costly, I see them make the lessor but incremental investment in painters tape, post-it notes and paper index cards.  So, how do you eliminate the waste of the disposable index card or post-it note?  Just combine the magnet and card! To be clear, I’ve got no skin in the…
  • Agile Zombies – Fight the Dead. Fear the Living

    Derek Huether
    6 Dec 2014 | 11:51 am
    Agile Zombies – Fight the Dead. Fear the Living Inspired by artwork by Pictofigo The post Agile Zombies – Fight the Dead. Fear the Living appeared first on The Critical Path by Derek Huether. Related posts: Waterfall Zombie vs. Agile Zombie The Cave of Zombies Feedback is Good Against Zombies Identify Stakeholders (& Zombies) Agile Process Posters v2.0
  • Could a Patent Troll Kill Agile?

    Derek Huether
    30 Nov 2014 | 7:35 am
    Patent Trolls I don’t personally own any patents but perhaps I should reconsider.  If you own a patent, you can sue people for infringing on it.  You don’t have to actually create anything valuable. You just sue people and make money.  You’d think it sounds crazy but it’s happening!  People known as “patent trolls” are buying patents for the sole purpose of suing others.  One guy in Texas owns a patent and sent out 9,000 letter demanding $1000.  The violation?  He claimed to have patents that cover any networked “scan-to-email” function.
  • Time to Replace Backlog Grooming

    Derek Huether
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:18 am
    The Problem Over the last few years, I’ve worked with numerous teams. One thing they all struggle with is backlog grooming.  They all know they need to do it.  Unfortunately, they all seem to struggle with when to do it or who should do it.  The most interesting struggle with backlog grooming happened two years ago.  The “story time” meetings took place at the beginning of a month-long sprint. The manager stated, the work to be completed and delivered during that sprint had to be refined within the same sprint.  This helped explain why the team thought they needed…
  • How to Add cards to a Kanban Board With Your Voice

    Derek Huether
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:44 pm
    I’m a fan of LeanKit, Personal Kanban, and Lifehacker.  So, what about adding cards to a Personal Kanban with no hands? My LeanKit Personal Kanban It’s an awesome tool. It allows me to visualize and control my work, through a web page or any of my Apple devices.  It doesn’t matter if I’m at home or work, I’m just trying to get stuff done and know what I need to do next.  Unfortunately, I’m not always at home or work.  I’m on the road.  I commute 1.5 to 2 hours (each way) to be with my client every day.  What can I say, I feel I can help my…
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  • How businesses will change in the age of full connectivity

    Tobias Andersson
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:42 am
    Within the next few years, businesses and the lives of their employees will transform beyond many peoples’ imagination. As we enter an age of complete connectivity, high-speed mobile and cloud technology already enable flexible working from home and adapting people’s schedules to their needs. The question is how it will improve businesses’ productivity? Will it change the way companies operate? A new business world Already, companies are seeing the effects of new digital and social trends. New regulations for flexible working in European countries including the UK will lead workers…
  • Praxis Framework published by APM

    Adrian Dooley
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:43 am
    As the need for rounded project management professionals becomes even greater, a new publication aims to guide individuals and organisations through the confusing landscape on the journey to becoming a true professional. With Praxis Framework: An integrated guide to the management of projects, programmes and portfolios, author Adrian Dooley draws the best from recognised guides already available to create a single, integrated approach to the four key platforms of project management knowledge, methods, competency and capability maturity. With many years’  experience in training and…
  • New technologies revolutionise Kanban

    Maria Nordborg
    20 Jan 2015 | 2:30 am
    The Kanban approach is gaining popularity in businesses across the world. Experts agree that as the world becomes fully connected, a non-stop, always-on communicative environment is changing the way we live and work, making project management increasingly difficult. More and more, project managers work with teams spread across the globe who often feel as if they are constantly being bombarded with data from dozens, sometimes even hundreds, of sources in real time. The result is an information overload, inevitably followed by an inefficient use of resources, missed deadlines, confusion, and…
  • Organizing Effective Project Meetings

    Guest
    18 Jan 2015 | 8:03 am
    Introduction Throughout our careers, we will face hundreds maybe thousands of meetings. Many approaches have been developed to ensure meaningful meetings but the objective remains the same – to have an effective and successful meeting deliberating, reaching agreement, assigning tasks or formulating plans. Nevertheless, many meetings can be just a meeting place where people exchange greetings, discuss things not in the agenda, finish up coffee and leave. Why is this happening? Without clear intent of the purpose of the meeting, people will just be wasting time. But this is not the only…
  • Eliminating the fear factor

    Lynda Bourne
    12 Jan 2015 | 2:23 am
    The PMBOK® Guide and most modern management texts emphasise the importance of leadership and motivation over directive control.  This is for a very good reason, as modern management evolved during the Industrial Revolution, the function of most workers was to ‘man the equipment’ to literally keep the wheels of industry turning.  In the 21st century, most businesses equip the person with computers and other tools to allow them to work creatively and efficiently. The regimented discipline of the industrial age which required a bobbin to be changed on a loom within seconds of the cotton…
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  • A Short Guide to Expected Monetary Value (EMV)

    Fahad Usmani
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:50 am
    I am writing this blog post on expected monetary value (EMV) upon receiving a request from a visitor of my blog named Mohammad Anjum. This technique is an important part of risk management, which is usually used in large and complex projects. Expected monetary value is used in the Perform Quantitative Risks Analysis process, and […]
  • A List of the Best and Free PMP Exam Study Resources

    Fahad Usmani
    26 Dec 2014 | 1:19 am
    I know that every PMP aspirant is always looking for PMP exam study resources to help them in their studies. This has happened with me as well; I also used to do a lot of research on the Internet to find the free or the cheapest PMP exam material. During my search on PMP exam […]
  • Six Myths About the PMP Certification Exam

    Fahad Usmani
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:31 am
    During my PMP exam preparation I encountered many myths regarding the PMP exam and application filing procedure, which causes me a lot of trouble and headaches. I believe that this may happen with you as well. However, if you trust any these rumors, your preparation may be badly affected, you may feel demoralized, and it […]
  • How to Get 21 Contact Hours of the PMI-ACP Training Program Online?

    Fahad Usmani
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:17 am
    Although this blog is dedicated to PMP exam preparation, I have noticed that many project managers are opting for PMI-ACP after passing the PMP exam. The PMI-ACP certification is for agile professionals who want to demonstrate their proficiency in agile project management. Therefore, I’m writing this blog post for those project managers who are interested […]
  • Control Quality versus Validate Scope

    Fahad Usmani
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:13 pm
    While reviewing my old blog posts I noticed a blog post describing the difference between the control quality and verify scope processes based on the fourth edition of the PMBOK Guide. As you know, the 5th edition of the PMBOK Guide has arrived, and it has many changes. The change which forced me to write […]
 
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    Ron Rosenhead

  • Why was there real tension in the room?

    Ron Rosenhead
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:14 am
    The 14 people were clearly struggling. They were reluctant to engage with each other or with me. What was going on? Let me set the scene a bit more. This was a course for project sponsors and the group were all senior managers. We spoke about the research which all pointed to the importance of the sponsor role, and the … Read More >Related Posts:Who are your good project management role models?Do you believe in this project?Making project management compulsory. What do you think?How to say no without saying no!I do not take account of my time. Do you?
  • Public or in house training – the choice is yours

    Ron Rosenhead
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:21 am
    My company, Project Agency receives a wide range of range of requests for services from clients. Over the last few months some of have asked if we run public courses, as they do not have sufficient people for an in house course. I am pleased to say we will be running a range of public courses through 2015: The Perfect … Read More >Related Posts:Will you join us? Master Class – Strategies for Project…Practical project management training – it works!Why is project management so fragmented in companies?Have you really tested out your project before delivery?Project…
  • So, what have I learned this year II?

    Ron Rosenhead
    6 Jan 2015 | 3:50 am
    I wrote the first part of this blog article in late December and this week sees more learning from 2014. NOTE: these are elements I have seen during the year, not made up! So, to repeat my introduction from the last blog posting: ‘As the year draws to a close, I sat last Sunday and decided it was time to … Read More >Related Posts:So, what have I learned this year 1?Reflection – 400 BlogsThe 7 deadly sins of project managementLessons learned or lessons identified…?Who are your good project management role models?
  • So, what have I learned this year 1?

    Ron Rosenhead
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:05 am
    As the year draws to a close, I sat last Sunday and decided it was time to reflect – after all, I am asking or have suggested others should do this, try here and here . Out came the note pad and I started to make some jottings. This is part I,  part II will appear next week. These are … Read More >Related Posts:So, what have I learned this year II?Do you need more skilled project staff?360 assessment for project staffWhat does project management mean to me?Reflection – 400 Blogs
  • Lessons learned or lessons identified…?

    Ron Rosenhead
    3 Dec 2014 | 1:57 am
    Last week I wrote about different countries – same project management issues. The article highlighted some of the problem faced by project staff, issues that are pretty common in all of the countries visited. But what are companies doing? This is a question I asked within the article. The reality is very little! On a recent project management course I … Read More >Related Posts:Are lessons learned – not really?Crossing the line and learning from itDo you recreate your successes in projects?How many of your projects follow this learning route?So, what have I learned this year 1?
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  • Competence: the best designed app ever

    Ralph Dopping
    17 Jan 2015 | 12:07 pm
    You can’t fake your way through anything these days. This reminder is courtesy of Daniel Pink, whose new book To Sell is Human warns that in an age where anyone can find anything out online there’s less opportunity for the consumer to be taken advantage of. I have finished the book, and the thoughts around information parity made a big impression on me. The Interior Design industry has also evolved in this regard. Clients are becoming much more sophisticated. Access to information, be it about products, processes or ideas, presents Interior Designers not only with the challenge of keeping…
  • Quantitative data: Can it improve client relationships?

    Ralph Dopping
    4 Jan 2015 | 5:58 am
    Have you ever tried to measure the quality of your relationships? When Interior Designers map out physical workspace for our clients, we observe their behavior as part of the design process. We look for reactions to our compiled data, and we take cues from their responses to better understand their needs. As a natural part of the process we start to develop a relationship. The interactions within that relationship are an integral part of the design process, because that’s where problems get resolved. Our relationships with our clients influence the success of our projects a number of ways.
  • Behavior: Influencing workplace design.

    Ralph Dopping
    3 Jan 2015 | 12:50 pm
    Is behavior even something you consider when designing a workplace? Some people wear their hearts on their sleeves but we all wear our behavior on our sleeves. Good or bad, it’s there for us all to see. If you consider our behavior makes us who we are and our actions essentially define us it’s important to ensure we are fully aware how our actions impact those around us. It stands to reason, for any leadership professional, regardless of vocation, if we want to elicit a certain outcome there’s no better way than to lead by example. As Interior Designers we are not formally trained…
  • Opinion: Have one. Your design depends on it.

    Ralph Dopping
    31 Dec 2014 | 10:54 am
    You’re a Canadian designer. You’re polite, not opinionated. Canadians are often stereotyped as being polite and apologetic — almost to a fault. Most stereotypes, however, are rooted in truth. And though we have a diverse workforce with many cultures represented, I still can see the Canadian in the people I work with. Despite our polite demeanors, as Interior Designers we have to have strong ideas about creating space. And if we are reticent to offer up those ideas or critique our work, we limit our own success. To get an opinion about our design is our lifeblood, yet many of us…
  • Due diligence: Become a design superstar.

    Ralph Dopping
    31 Dec 2014 | 9:05 am
    How important is due diligence in your work? As is the norm for the design business we all deal with the pressure of workload on a regular basis. We all have had a lot of work, and our teams are continuously challenged to meet their deadlines. Scope change, demanding clients and fast-paced projects are the nature of the beast these days in design consultancies. They also create all the right conditions for unnecessary design errors. Those types of mistakes are the kiss of death. There isn’t a single client I’ve met who takes design errors lightly (If you’re a consultant you’re…
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  • Training Reduces your Tax Bill

    Rex
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:21 am
    February and March are generally amongst the busiest of the year for professional training courses. Two of the reasons are that for companies and contractors there are strong financial arguments to invest in training at this time of year. They are obvious when you think about it – but many people fail to take advantage of the opportunities to make the most of available budgets and to have the taxman help fund salary enhancing training and certifications. Don’t Lose Your Training Budget All public sector bodies and many in the private sector work to an end March tax year. Prudent and hard…
  • How to Become an Effective Consultant

    Rex
    19 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    An increasing number of roles within the project management, change management  and IT sectors require strong consultancy skills. Many people with a firm foundation of technical or project skills are being asked by their companies to provide professional consultancy services either to internal or external customers. Others find themselves working in a free-lance or interim capacity providing professional support and guidance. They provide specialist knowledge, clarity of thought, flexibility and an independent perspective which those involved day to day cannot. Few people moving into the…
  • GCHQ Advises Businesses to Invest in Information Security Training

    Rex
    19 Jan 2015 | 3:40 am
    The information security arm of GCHQ  is called CESG; it has re-issued its guidance on averting cyber security risks. One of the 10 key steps is Education and Awareness. “All users should receive regular training on the cyber risks they face as employees and individuals. Security related roles (such as system administrators, incident management team members and forensic investigators) will require specialist training.” >> Find Information Security training Courses For those taking on responsibility for Information Security management a good option will be the following 5 day course…
  • Top IT Trends for 2015

    Rex
    23 Dec 2014 | 2:45 am
    There’s no shortage of advice as to what the IT world can expect in 2015. We try to make sense of the predictions from major industry thought leaders. Cyber security and compliance feature strongly, but there are other topics including virtualisation, cloud and the internet of things. And we take a look at the outlook for IT jobs in 2015. MEGA TRENDS – 2015 The first “Oracle” we have consulted is Gartner. They always go for the broad brush, big picture mega trends. The 10 strategic technology trends identified at a Gartner Symposium (Orlando October 2014) were the following:…
  • What is Tin Can API?

    Rex
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Learning & Development specialists have been making more and more use of online learning. The Training Zone key trends for 2015 include widespread adoption of Tin Can API. It’s a phrase you need to know so we provide a brief explanation…. Tin Can API is the follow on from SCORM (Sharable Content Object Reference Model). SCORM has defined the standards for learning management systems and e-learning content for a decade but is being over-taken by developments in technology and the varied ways in which e-learning is evolving. SCORM enabled you to record when someone took an…
 
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  • The 5 Biggest Marketing Trends for 2015

    Ash Aujla
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:50 am
    The marketing train is an exciting one. There are so many areas to focus on and it can get pretty crazy sometimes. We’re just going to give you a quick run down on what you need to be paying attention to when it comes to marketing your brand in 2015. This list is based on what Ebiquity has quoted for the year to come. 1. Authenticity The marketplace is crowded and there are so many conflicting messages being thrown at consumers. People are concerned about the world, and they are becoming increasingly skeptical of corporations. It’s going to become increasingly important for brands…
  • The Zen of Project Management for Beginners

    Ash Aujla
    14 Jan 2015 | 11:17 am
    Nothing gets done till nothing gets done. —Woehlke’s Law   Say you’re working in higher-ed and facing a project that is about to bring you to tears before it’s even started. Say you’re not even a project manager but, you know, the projects won’t manage themselves. Sounds familiar? We would like to save you from the misery by giving some basic (and universally applicable) wisdom tips on how to become a project superhero.   More haste, less speed. This one’s easy. Project management always means structure. The more chaos you are allowing in, the lower your chances are to…
  • 12 Project Management Hacks

    Ash Aujla
    14 Jan 2015 | 8:08 am
    Project Management can be pretty challenging and we all know it. As I was reading through tons of  how-to articles, life-hacks and interviews with innocent accidental project managers (who woke up one day to find a giant project on their desk) , I realized it’s really the same advice all around the block. To come up with some original stuff, I spoke to my colleagues and applied my own experience to compile a list of basic project management hacks. “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail” – this is a great quote I came across, and it pretty much sums up how any…
  • Project Management Made Easier: A Year in Review

    Ash Aujla
    12 Jan 2015 | 1:44 pm
      Happy New Year! We hope your 2015 is off to a great start and you’re on your way to having an extremely productive year. As 2014 came to a close, we were extremely happy about a few things. Firstly, we have the best clients any company could ask for and secondly, we made some major improvements to the Easy Projects software to help our you accomplish great things in the easiest way possible! Microsoft AZURE Cloud Migration To make sure that your Easy Projects account has the greatest amount of up-time, we made the big move to Microsoft AZURE Cloud in June of 2014. We wanted a…
  • Easy Projects Update: Resource Loading Simulation (VIDEO)

    Vadim Katcherovski
    30 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
      Guess what? We made it! Right before the New Year, by working through the holidays, our incredible dev team was able to release our final (most awesome!) update of the year. Drum-roll please… We proudly present the Resource Loading Simulation module. With this module, you will be able to answer questions like: Who do we have available to work on a new project that requires specific skills? When is the earliest date we can start a new project? How will the existing projects be affected by adding a new project? (coming soon) How many additional (external) resources are required to…
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  • Let the Dalai Lama Give You a Little More Project Wisdom

    Ben Ferris
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:54 am
    If we look hard enough we can find inspiring and heart warming phrases in lots of different places. Best of all, we can usually always adapt the best ones to our life and our current situations no matter who we are and what we do. For example, one of my personal heroes is the Dalai Lama (the 14th one if you are keeping count). I don’t look up to him for religious reasons really. I just find that he comes across as a simple, wise person who has a lot of good stuff to tell us. He might never have seen a project plan or been to a project definition meeting in his life but let’s see how some…
  • Run Your Project Like a Baby Would

    Ben Ferris
    21 Jan 2015 | 3:50 am
    Anyone who has a baby or a toddler in their house knows that you can learn a lot from a youngster like this. My little girl teaches me new things every day and here are some of the best ideas I have picked up from here. Smile a Lot Young children don’t often do sulky and moody, do they? Sure, they’ll throw screaming fits now and then but usually all it takes is a joke or a sight of their favorite dinosaur and they are all smiles again. My daughter smiles all day long and it is something which is really contagious. If you start to smile more often in your projects then you should find that…
  • A Project Isn’t About Us vs. Them

    Ben Ferris
    14 Jan 2015 | 3:43 am
    It can be incredibly easy for a project to slip into a pattern which can be defined as “Us vs. Them”. I am sure that you don’t want this to happen but not wanting something to happen isn’t enough to make it so. So how will you make sure that this kind of potentially damaging rift doesn’t happen in the projects you run? There are a few different ideas you could use, so let’s take a look at some of the ones which could be most useful to you. Share Ideas Probably the most effective way of making sure that everyone on the project works together is to make them all feel a part of it.
  • Does a Project Manager Have to Look Good?

    Ben Ferris
    7 Jan 2015 | 2:39 am
    If you are anything like me then the clothes you wear to work aren’t at the top of your list of priorities. I was used to wearing any old thing as I had previously worked in a job which had me hidden away from public view and on my own most of the day. It was only after a couple of months as a project manager that I noticed that the other project managers around me were all smartly dressed. At this point I realised that image is a big thing in this role and that it was time to make more of an effort. I think that some of my colleagues didn’t even recognise me when I turned up with a…
  • What Can Chess Boxing Teach You About Project Management?

    Ben Ferris
    31 Dec 2014 | 5:36 am
    A friend who lives in Germany was trying to explain the concept of chess boxing to me the other day. Apparently it is a big sport over there and is starting to become more popular in other places now as well. A match of chess boxing involves alternate rounds of chess and – you guessed it – boxing. It sounds like a random combination of sporting challenges at first but once I started thinking about it I got more interested in the subject. In fact, as I was lying in bed with my mind wandering vaguely I even managed to find a few connections between this brutal yet tactical sport and project…
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  • 5 Steps to Document a Process

    jason
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:15 am
    There are many times where we need to document a process either for our own management purposes or as part of the project strategy for clients or end users. This is easier said than done particularly when you need to rely on subject matter experts to help understand the process itself!The following article provides 5 steps to help make sure you are documenting effectively.Default settings are all around us – in our phones computer monitors and computer applications – and are the automatically assigned values that don't require any user intervention. In essence a default setting…
  • 6 Tips to Develop Your Team’s Skills

    jason
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:15 am
    Being a successful manager means getting the best possible work from your team. This often means enabling your team members to be successful in their given fields. In this article we explore different ways you can support your team and offer skill-building opportunities for your team members.Wouldn't it be nice to be able to choose the best people for the project? According to project management standards and methods this is how project managers should be working. But often I hear my colleagues say things like "If only I could have picked the resources for my team. I wouldn't have chosen…
  • 5 Ways to Check Your Project’s Health

    jason
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:15 am
    Even if your project feels like things are going well it is still worth taking time for periodic assessments to ensure that everything is proceeding as planned. In this article we explore5 simple health checks that you can carry out on your project today.How do you know if your projectisin full health or about to fail?I've worked on projects that trot along and feel full of beans and also those where the team members drag themselves into work each day.A project health check is a review that helps you establish where your project is getting sick and where you should be focusing your attention.
  • How to Prevent Project Silos

    jason
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:15 am
    A large part of the value you bring to the table as a project manager is how connected you are to others both inside and outside your company. The following article discusses how you can leverage your role to maintain communicationacross your team and organization and prevent your project from being another silo in your organization.Do you remember playing Monkey in the Middle as a kid? It is a pretty simple game with very few rules. One person stands in the middle while two others throw an object back and forth just out of his reach. If the monkey in the middle catches it they trade places…
  • The Pros and Cons of Bundling Deliverables

    jason
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:15 am
    Projects can get off track despite the best of intentions. Bundling deliverables for a client can be a terrific way to streamline work and costs but if one deliverable gets off track the others suffer. The following experience exemplifies just how easily this can happen and some tactics you can use to keep all deliverables and client expectations on track.Bundling is all the rage. Cable companies offer bundled packages that combine not only your cable but telephone and internet service as well. You're probably going to end up with a bundled package of burger fries and drink the next time you…
 
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  • When you try to control a developer in a client meeting.

    Ben Aston
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:25 pm
    Posted in The PM life Usually hard, often painful, and never quite goes to plan. The post When you try to control a developer in a client meeting. appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.
  • 10 Microsoft Project alternatives for creating Gantt charts

    Ben Aston
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:17 am
    Posted in GeneralTools Are there any real Microsoft Project alternatives for creating project plans and timing plans? If your agency is feeling the pinch, your request to purchase a copy of Microsoft Project might elicit a response that goes something like;  “..surely there is something cheaper out there that can do the job, isn’t there?”  You respond something like, “Umm, well, maybe…”. And that’s the point of this article. For those of you who are on the hunt for a Microsoft Project... The post 10 Microsoft Project alternatives for creating Gantt charts appeared first on…
  • ProofHQ

    Ben Aston
    15 Jan 2015 | 11:02 pm
    Posted in General http:// Streamline your approval process with ProofHQ – a fancy online proofing tool with great intuitive and collaborative commenting and markup tools to manage content reviews and approvals on any device, with any filetype.   The post ProofHQ appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.
  • Terms and conditions apply, but what are they?

    Ben Aston
    13 Jan 2015 | 12:04 am
    Posted in General When was the last time that you got excited about things like a privacy policy, terms and conditions, return and refund policy, terms of service or terms of use? No, you’re right, you never did. These are not very exciting things. The truth is, unless you’re a lawyer, this is pretty dull stuff that no one really wants to deal with. But as digital project managers, we need to look past the boring for a minute... The post Terms and conditions apply, but what are they? appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.
  • When you’re launching a site and you realize you didn’t get final client sign off

    Ben Aston
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:27 am
    Posted in The PM life Special thanks to @tellytelly for the find. The post When you’re launching a site and you realize you didn’t get final client sign off appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.
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  • 6 Ways to Utilize Criticism to Your Business' Advantage by Michael Luchies

    Michael Luchies
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:55 am
    Entrepreneurs are passionate, but we’re stubborn people. This combination helps us overcome seemingly insurmountable boundaries, but it also prevents us from seeking out and absorbing tough to swallow information, including criticism.If you would’ve taken all of the advice and criticism from others over the years, you wouldn’t be an entrepreneur, so it’s natural to fight back against those who doubt you.
  • How Entrepreneurs Avoid Downfall: The One Essential Ingredient by Kathy Caprino

    Kathy Caprino
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:57 am
    Working with hundreds of folks each year who have an idea that they want to build into a business, I’ve seen every kind of approach to entrepreneurship, and every type of mindset. Some view it only as a way to make fabulous money, some are passionate about their cause, others have finely-crafted 5-year plans, and others yet adhere to a “Build It and They Will Come” philosophy and don’t worry about plans.
  • Stealth Projects by Jim Milliken

    Jim Milliken
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Back when I was a newspaper editor, I got into a monumental special edition, our self-congratulatory recognition of the paper’s 150th anniversary. It made a lot of money, but our management of it failed to match the grand expectations in other respects.The organization mostly treated the matter as a replication of what we all did every day, only bigger and with a more extended schedule. We news folks figured there had to be loose bits of time in our schedules, and story ideas and photo subjects lying around. No big deal, just somewhat burdensome.
  • How to Avoid the 7 Worst Marketing Mistakes Small Businesses Make by Kathy Caprino

    Kathy Caprino
    2 Aug 2014 | 10:07 am
    In my previous role as VP of Marketing in the corporate arena, and in the past 10 years of advising entrepreneurs and small businesses in their marketing efforts (and in my own business), I’ve seen great marketing strategies and tactics implemented, as well as terrible ones. In tough economic times like these, as in all times, small businesses must be very prudent in their investments and marketing, and understand exactly what to expect in terms of their return on investment.
  • How to Argue by Jim Milliken

    Jim Milliken
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:17 am
    You never know whether your opinion is right until you get into an argument about it. And, if you don’t argue properly, you may never know.People talk a lot of foolishness about arguing. Some say it’s a bad thing and should be avoided. They believe it accomplishes nothing except to hurt people, damage relationships and harden attitudes. Others say it’s a lost art because of “political correctness.” They are convinced that people tiptoe around each other, letting good ideas as well as error and misinformation slide by because they don’t want conflict.
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  • 5 Steps to Document a Process

    jason
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:15 am
    There are many times where we need to document a process either for our own management purposes or as part of the project strategy for clients or end users. This is easier said than done particularly when you need to rely on subject matter experts to help understand the process itself!The following article provides 5 steps to help make sure you are documenting effectively.Default settings are all around us – in our phones computer monitors and computer applications – and are the automatically assigned values that don't require any user intervention. In essence a default setting…
  • 6 Tips to Develop Your Team’s Skills

    jason
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:15 am
    Being a successful manager means getting the best possible work from your team. This often means enabling your team members to be successful in their given fields. In this article we explore different ways you can support your team and offer skill-building opportunities for your team members.Wouldn't it be nice to be able to choose the best people for the project? According to project management standards and methods this is how project managers should be working. But often I hear my colleagues say things like "If only I could have picked the resources for my team. I wouldn't have chosen…
  • 5 Ways to Check Your Project’s Health

    jason
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:15 am
    Even if your project feels like things are going well it is still worth taking time for periodic assessments to ensure that everything is proceeding as planned. In this article we explore5 simple health checks that you can carry out on your project today.How do you know if your projectisin full health or about to fail?I've worked on projects that trot along and feel full of beans and also those where the team members drag themselves into work each day.A project health check is a review that helps you establish where your project is getting sick and where you should be focusing your attention.
  • How to Prevent Project Silos

    jason
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:15 am
    A large part of the value you bring to the table as a project manager is how connected you are to others both inside and outside your company. The following article discusses how you can leverage your role to maintain communicationacross your team and organization and prevent your project from being another silo in your organization.Do you remember playing Monkey in the Middle as a kid? It is a pretty simple game with very few rules. One person stands in the middle while two others throw an object back and forth just out of his reach. If the monkey in the middle catches it they trade places…
  • The Pros and Cons of Bundling Deliverables

    jason
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:15 am
    Projects can get off track despite the best of intentions. Bundling deliverables for a client can be a terrific way to streamline work and costs but if one deliverable gets off track the others suffer. The following experience exemplifies just how easily this can happen and some tactics you can use to keep all deliverables and client expectations on track.Bundling is all the rage. Cable companies offer bundled packages that combine not only your cable but telephone and internet service as well. You're probably going to end up with a bundled package of burger fries and drink the next time you…
 
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  • Lead Your Teams In Nelson Mandela’s Style!

    Khemchand Joshi
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:54 am
    As the world still remembers the legacy and teachings of former South African President and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Nelson Mandela, business communities take the leadership lessons from the leader. His leadership skills are relevant at every organizational level and give a direction to the leaders where they need to put their efforts. Here are the main leadership lessons that he left for the world: Leadership is Not Positional: You always don’t need a position to take the lead during certain situations. Mr. Nelson Mandela is a classic example of it. As President, he only served for 5…
  • Hit The Calendar Of 2015 With A Smart Team

    Khemchand Joshi
    23 Dec 2014 | 10:53 pm
    As the holiday season is about to begin, everyone is making plans for Christmas & New Year party. Amidst of all the fun and frolic, you need to think deeply as to how to use the season as perfect time to evaluate your yearlong performance and events that took place to plan a strong beginning for the next year. Here are the tips to make it a great year ending leaving behind a lot of opportunities for you to grab in 2015! Make Your List Of Success & Failures Make a list of all your achievements and shortlist which ones you want to achieve again. For your failures, write them down,…
  • Solve Project Mysteries Like A Detective

    Khemchand Joshi
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:22 am
    None of the project is immune to come to a situation where it needs to be diagnosed. You need to evaluate the entire set of series and drill down deeper like Sherlock Holmes to solve serious project mysteries. The strategy to solve these project puzzles and issues is as follows: Collect details: Whenever there is an issue, firstly gather all the related details and data. Just don’t go with what the team members have to say, investigate all the reports and each task preceding and its processing. Filter out the information that may help you in finding the root cause. Make Interpretations:…
  • Make Your Vacation Stress-Free Using These Pre-Vacation Tips

    Khemchand Joshi
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:32 am
    If your are working within a team on a particular project where you have a major role to play, then going on a vacation can be a tough practice for you! You need to double your work prior going on leaves while arming everyone else with the tools they need. You need to prepare your team for each n every situation that may crop up. But verbally giving all the information and details is not just enough as things may slip out of mind of the person in charge and he/she may mess the things up! Use Collaborated Task Management Platform When you need to delegate task to others, you must have a…
  • Happy Workforce Leading To Guaranteed Project Success

    Khemchand Joshi
    10 Nov 2014 | 4:42 am
      Many of us believe that success makes us happy, but people from diverse backgrounds have argued that there is a simple underlining concept, i.e. success doesn’t make us that happy as much as happiness can make us successful. Indeed, a right saying! Even in corporate set-ups, employers believe that to have a productive workforce, one must ensure maximum employee happiness. The more happy staff you have, more innovative ideas you get with better output and ROI. It’s not just the employer who has this sole responsibility of making the workforce happier, but the individuals can also…
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  • What it’s Like for a Junior Engineer to Work on a Ship

    admin
    16 Jan 2015 | 1:53 pm
    Life of an engineer, on board a ship, is no bed of roses. It is beset with all kinds of difficulties and impediments. The intention of this article is not to scare you, but to give a realistic picture of what this job profile is all about. There is no doubt that having a career […] The post What it’s Like for a Junior Engineer to Work on a Ship appeared first on QsArticle.com.
  • Aeronautical Engineering in India

    admin
    9 Jan 2015 | 10:59 am
    An Overview of Aeronautical Engineering Aeronautical engineering which is now referred to as aerospace engineering is a branch of engineering that deals with everything related with the construction and development of aircrafts/ aero planes or spacecraft. It deals with everything from research to designing, development, technology, construction and testing of aircrafts and aeroplanes. There are […] The post Aeronautical Engineering in India appeared first on QsArticle.com.
  • Primavera P6 Video Tutorials for Just $80

    admin
    29 Nov 2014 | 3:43 am
    Listen up Primavera Family! We are presenting complete Set of Primavera P6 Training Program (covering the PLANNING Portion) at your door step in form of Video Lectures covering following topics; The content of Project Management Plan Procedure to download educational and genuine copy of Primavera P6 Legally. Important Functions in Excel for Planning Engineers Working […] The post Primavera P6 Video Tutorials for Just $80 appeared first on QsArticle.com.
  • Flying Tray at Restaurants

    admin
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:42 am
    After the concept of drone photography the new concept of flying tray evolves and practically seen in the restaurant located in London. As per flying tray concept the food will be served to the customer by using flying trays, this technology will replace the concept of waiters. People living in any country globally have a […] The post Flying Tray at Restaurants appeared first on QsArticle.com.
  • Precision Machining and its Importance

    admin
    12 Oct 2014 | 11:15 pm
    Blending the human talent with the latest technological tools, engineers have made highly intricate machines that are used to build a large variety of items. To build any equipment, the most significant part is the expertise that can be delivered with precision machining. The vehicles we drive each day, airplanes carrying millions of passengers daily, […] The post Precision Machining and its Importance appeared first on QsArticle.com.
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  • New Video – What Makes a Great Project Manager?

    Kevin Lonergan
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:20 am
    We have just launched a new Video on “What makes a great Project Manager”.  As well as a brand new course on the same topic. Please feel free to comment at the foot of this post, as we would like to hear other people’s view on what makes the difference between an average and a great project manager.  We also have another post on developing great PMs in your business. Lastly, we have a strong belief that is it not one thing alone, but a combination of factors that make the difference.    
  • Brand new Course: “How to be a great project manager”

    Kevin Lonergan
    12 Jan 2015 | 4:50 am
    It is fairly rare to see a genuinely unique offering around the topic of project management, but we believe, this may well be one.  It’s a brand new course on “How to be a great project manager“. Many people believe that being a great project manager has very little to do with Gantt charts and methods, and everything to do with the degree to which individuals exercise a leadership role on projects.  This is not a pure leadership course, but it is a course on what that translates to in practical terms in the life of a project manager. During the course we will share the…
  • How to develop great project managers in any business.

    Kevin Lonergan
    4 Jan 2015 | 7:07 am
    Here’s an interesting question.  How do you find and develop great project managers in business?  Firstly, what do we mean by find?  Let’s be very honest – not everyone (who try’s) makes a good, let alone a great, project manager.  It requires an unusual combination of skills that you simply don’t find in very many people.    So, let’s start perhaps with: “how not to”: Too many people still find their way into project management more by accident than design.  By this we mean they are not first appointed to the role after a…
  • What types of projects can Agile be applied to?

    Kevin Lonergan
    8 Dec 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Many people are understandably asking this question – “what kinds of projects can Agile be applied to”?  The single biggest difference between being able to use Agile and a more Waterfall type of approach is the ability to be able to formally release end product in increments. Incremental development can be possible (and even be very desirable) on many projects, not just software development.  It is also a major way to manage the risk that can be present in a more ‘big-bang’ type of project management development processes.  For example, if a New Product Development project would…
  • What is Agile Project Management? Slideshare Presentation

    Kevin Lonergan
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:03 pm
    We have published a short presentation on Slideshare here: What is Agile Project Management. It describes: the difference between traditional and Agile project management. the key elements of Agile how Agile works the benefits of using Agile the most common mistakes using Agile the type of projects where you may be able to use Agile. Please feel free to share this presentation – it is free to use for all but may not be copied or used by others for commercial purposes.
 
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  • Why We Don’t Buy – Customer Attitudes

    TheDigitalPM
    1 Feb 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Rather than depending on assumptions, in this study we go directly to consumers and ask them about their awareness of shopping cart technology, expectations for marketing when they abandon a cart, and if any of this helps. Marketers know that abandonment rates continue to increase. This report will: Explain why consumers are abandoning more frequently and how this could be an opportunity for marketers Analyze what the consumers want to happen when they abandon a cart and what will annoy them Examine key components of the shopping cart and cart abandonment strategies The post Why We…
  • SEO for Magento – Optimizing Category Hierarchy

    TheDigitalPM
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:03 pm
    Typically, the most competitive keywords on your website (regardless of how huge or tiny) will be classified as broad keywords, implying that their relevance could be attributed to an assortment of similar terms. This is the reason it makes sense to use top-level or parent categories as a basis for our broad phrases. To utilize an example, Lighting would be an ideal top-level category to contain subcategories such as ”LED Lighting”, “Overhead Lighting”, and “Lamp Lighting”, with content on our top-level category page to highlight these subcategories.
  • Mailchimp Guide for Product Replenishment

    TheDigitalPM
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:45 pm
    Replenishable items are a powerful driver for repeat business. Replenishment products paired with effective email marketing campaigns drive customer loyalty, retention, and consistent revenue. Whether you are selling toothpaste or ink cartridges, there are many ways to build out a successful replenishment campaign to drive re-orders from your customers.Your goal is to anticipate your customers’ needs through an automated replenishment email at the right time in the product lifecycle. This can be done in a number of ways: unique customer purchasing behavior, average customer usage, and…
  • SEO For Magento: Homepage Optimization

    TheDigitalPM
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:44 pm
    Don’t worry you can be excused for thinking that improving our most competitive keyword (super broad keywords such as candy, or hockey sticks) on the home page would lead to the best results. Be that as it may, when you take into account the relevance of our home page, does it truly match our keyword? The answer is; No, it normally doesn’t. Much of the time, the home page should be utilized solely as a place for building your brand identity. Our brand identity is the heart and soul of your business and it is how customers will remember us long after they’ve purchased our…
  • SEO for Magento: Overview

    TheDigitalPM
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:17 pm
    Magento is fastly becoming the eCommerce platform of choice.  One of the fundamental reasons is the fact that from the ground-up, it has been manufactured with the adaptability and flexibility required to optimize each page, every product, and every snippet of code within its framework for search engines such as Google, Bing, and more. That is, assuming you know where to look and how to perform an SEO audit and execute on it. There are numerous similarities between Magento Community Edition and Magento Enterprise Edition, but also a few major differences. Wherever conceivable I will…
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  • How To Make Your Life Easier as a Project Manager

    pavel
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:58 am
    This is a guest post by Elizabeth Harrin from A Girl’s Guide To Project Management. Project management is a tough job. There are deadlines, risks, difficult stakeholders to deal with, and more. You can make your life easier at work if you create an environment for success. Here are some tips to get you started. Get the right team The right project team makes a massive difference to how difficult it is to get a project done. You want to work with people who: Have the right skills Have the right attitude Are available to do the work Are trusted. The more you trust them, and the better their…
  • Industry Trends and What HR Technology Progressions to Expect in 2015

    pavel
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:04 am
    Software Advice, an HR technology reviewer, recently conducted a survey of approximately 200 HR professionals to identify the solutions their organizations currently use, the benefits and challenges tied to such solutions, and their HR technology investment plans for 2015. The survey respondents already use some form of HR software in their organizations. There are several key takeaways from the survey. One of them notes that 89% percent of the respondents are satisfied with their current HR software – their level of satisfaction ranging from “somewhat satisfied” to “very…
  • Comindware releases extended version of Comindware Tracker enhancing user interface for smartphones and tablets and extending security and notifications

    pavel
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:21 am
    Comindware® – a leading provider of cloud-based Work Management solutions – further extends functionality of its flagship product Comindware Tracker enhancing User Interface for smartphones and tablets and advancing security and notifications capabilities. Comindware Tracker® is designed for companies to seamlessly connect people, data and daily processes with a cloud-based Workflow Management Tool while streamlining routine business operations. Comindware Tracker is powered by the patented Elastic Data technology enabling robust workflow process modeling coupled with flexible web…
  • 5 Things to Look for in a Financial Management Workflow Software

    pavel
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:48 am
    When you’re in the business of managing millions of dollars in assets, one mistake can mean debilitating repercussions to both company and clients. Worse, it can undermine potential clients’ confidence in your organization, a situation you wouldn’t want to heap upon your business, as managing other people’s money is largely also dependent upon consumer trust. Needless to say, utmost care is warranted. It’s no surprise, therefore, that financial management organizations follow strict operating procedures involving multiple approvals to keep all requests and transactions on track. But…
  • Increasing Team Productivity Through Collaborative Task Management

    pavel
    16 Jan 2015 | 6:11 am
    Competition, the need to be agile in an ever-evolving business landscape, customers’ desire for speedy answers to queries or issues plaguing them – these are just a few of the reasons why organizations rank team collaboration as an essential factor in powering up their business processes. And with the growing popularity of distributed teams, mobile and remote workforce is the rising usage in cloud-based enterprise collaboration software. Collaboration software, according to Techopedia, “is primarily designed to enhance productivity within a group of individuals and, more specifically,…
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  • The ABC Problem Solving Strategy

    bruce
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:01 pm
    Change and challenges are constant realities in our work and personal lives. Occasionally, we enjoy surprises – Amazon delivers a package early or our investments deliver higher than expected performance. Such surprises are easy to understand and appreciate on their own merits. Problems, especially those from the external environment, are more frustrating. Consider the following challenges I’ve experienced over the past few years: Unexpected household furniture delivery. Furniture was delivered a week ahead of schedule and required much more household work than expected to get the…
  • Project Manager Salary: 4 Key Insights To Earn $100,000 Per Year

    bruce
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:30 am
    Project Manager Salary $100,000 Per Year. That has a nice ring to it, doesn`t it? It’s an impressive career accomplishment even in the 21st century. What if you haven’t reached that career milestone yet? You’re in the right place to find a path to that goal. In this article, you will discover the insights – based on the best research – to help you reach that $100,000 salary. I’m going to focus on how you can achieve that level in a full time role as an employee ( consulting and entrepreneurship are other worthwhile pathways to that goal: those options are outside the scope of…
  • 52 Resources For Growing Project Managers: Round Up of 2014 Guest Posts

    bruce
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:47 am
    Loyal readers of Project Management Hacks will notice that I have gone a few weeks without publishing a new article. Well, I’m back! Even better, I have a great new resource ready for you: New Free Resource: How To Build An Effective Relationship With Your Project Sponsor A strong relationship with your project sponsor can improve your project’s prospects (and your career). That’s why I wrote the “How To Build An Effective Relationship With Your Project Sponsor” report. To get the report, go here. Now, in the spirit of year end reviews, this post gives you an easy to read guide to…
  • 33 Conflict Management Resources For Project Managers

    bruce
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:15 pm
    In September, I published 51 Training Resources For Project Managers, one of the most popular articles on this website. To finish off this month’s series on conflict management, I thought I would present a similar list resources with a focus on conflict management resources. You will find resources across the spectrum here, so you can use this guide whether you are a novice or seeking advanced education. Remember – conflict is inevitable in projects and you are the manager! Conflict Management Resources: Books Books are an excellent way to start your educational journey of learning how to…
  • Recovering From Project Conflict

    bruce
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:08 pm
    What happens when conflict management techniques still leave you feeling stress and frustration? You need to take care of yourself proactively. If you ignore these self-management methods, you are more likely to cause more conflict. Once you gain mastery of these methods, you can share your experience with your project team. Note: I am indebted to “Emotional Intelligence for Project Managers: The People Skills You Need to Achieve Outstanding Results” by Anthony Mersino for many of the concepts explored in this article. Anthony’s book is an excellent resource for project managers seeking…
 
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