Project Management

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  • The Two Things That Will Kill Your Project

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    Elizabeth Harrin
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    No one wants to work on a failing project. Projects stop for lots of reasons but there are two things that will kill your project completely: complacency and competition. Let’s take a look at those ...
  • How to Build a High-Performance Project Team

    Project Management Articles | Project Smart
    25 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Let's consider this scenario: Your manager has asked you to set up a project to develop a new product for your company. Your number one competitor is producing a similar product. You must get to market first to gain competitive advantage. The first to market will gain the greatest market share. The first thing you need to do is to put together a project team that will design, develop and manufacture the product. So, what makes a winning project team?
  • Project Managers, Stress is YOUR Spice. Use it successfully.

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    MMeloni
    19 May 2015 | 3:58 pm
    “Stress is like spice – in the right proportion it enhances the flavor of a dish. Too little produces a bland, dull meal; too much may choke you.” ~Donald Tubesing A little bit of stress is good for you. In fact stress can improve your performance and your productivity. Think about studying for an exam […]
  • Soft Power for Success

    Project Management Articles | Project Smart
    7 Jun 2015 | 2:55 am
    Soft power is the ability to get people to work with you by attracting them to be part of what you stand for; rather than to coerce, force or pay them. This can work for project managers too. Soft power is a political concept developed by Joseph Nye of Harvard University. For Nye, power is the ability to influence the behaviour of others to get the outcomes you want.
  • Don’t Make a Mess of Your Email Communication

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    Ben Ferris
    15 Jul 2015 | 2:13 am
    These days most project managers use email for a lot of their communication. It is quick and easy but, sadly, it is also easy to mess up. If you don’t want to enjoy email communication which is clear and useful then here are some top tips to follow. Don’t Send Long and Confusing Emails One of the most common mistakes when sending emails is to make the messages more long and complicated than is advisable. If you have to spend more than 5 minutes writing out the email then there is a good chance that it falls into this category. When this is the case it might be better to set up a meeting…
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    Project Management Articles | Project Smart

  • How to Build a High-Performance Project Team

    25 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Let's consider this scenario: Your manager has asked you to set up a project to develop a new product for your company. Your number one competitor is producing a similar product. You must get to market first to gain competitive advantage. The first to market will gain the greatest market share. The first thing you need to do is to put together a project team that will design, develop and manufacture the product. So, what makes a winning project team?
  • Building Teamwork

    25 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    In order for a project to be successful, a team of workers has to get along and work together. They must support the common project work. These teams could be large or small. Backgrounds and experience can often be vastly different. It's not these things that matter so much, though. It's how everyone comes together to work as a cohesive team. It's how they engage in teamwork.
  • Perception Is Not Always Equal

    25 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Without the right perception, as project managers, we too might have a false sense of reality. When we have the wrong perception, we make assumptions-often ones that are false. As project managers, then, we need to be aware that our perception of an issue or a risk or a goal or a milestone or a requirement may differ somewhat from others on the project.
  • Moving From Project to Programme

    25 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    A programme is a collection of projects that are producing separate deliverables or products that will be consolidated into one solution. While many programmes are designed from the beginning and managed as such, there are times when projects grow and ultimately transform into a programme, and must be managed in a much different manner than projects. It can be difficult to move from a project to a programme if an individual is acting as programme manager.
  • Soft Power for Success

    7 Jun 2015 | 2:55 am
    Soft power is the ability to get people to work with you by attracting them to be part of what you stand for; rather than to coerce, force or pay them. This can work for project managers too. Soft power is a political concept developed by Joseph Nye of Harvard University. For Nye, power is the ability to influence the behaviour of others to get the outcomes you want.
 
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    The Tao of Project Management

  • Deployment Road Map

    24 Jul 2015 | 7:55 am
    So the four things we can do to stop projects going wrong are to consider the needs of the project manager; consider the needs of the organisation; select the right projects; and to review them regularly. So what do we need to do to ensure this happens?We need to start with the organisation. If an organisation is going to thrive in the current environment it will need to embrace project management as a crucial element of the business. The organisation will practice portfolio management and will have a project focus. They will value their project managers, support their development…
  • What We Can Do About It (4)

    17 Jul 2015 | 2:37 am
    Step one was to consider the skills of the project manager, step two was to consider the needs of the organisation, and step three was to consider the projects and make sure they are business critical. But we can't just stop there, for even if a project is business critical it can still go wrong or cease to be business critical. The way we deal with these two potential problems is: Review the ProjectsSo step four is to put processes in place to ensure that all projects are reviewed at set times during the project life-cycle. What is needed is some form of peer review…
  • What We Can Do About It (3)

    10 Jul 2015 | 5:54 am
    Step one was to consider the skills of the project manager and step two was to consider the needs of the organisation. Consider the ProjectsStep three is to make sure that only projects that are critical to the business take place and that the projects that do take place are measured on the actual benefits they deliver to the business at the end of the project. Most organisations are currently failing in both of these areas.These decisions must be made at the highest level in the organisation and portfolio management provides the mechanism for this (although you don’t have to call…
  • What We Can Do About It (2)

    3 Jul 2015 | 2:35 am
    As we saw last week, step one was to consider whether the project manager actually has the necessary skills to manage projects and if not, to move them somewhere else where they can do less damage to the organisation. And speaking of the organization:Consider the OrganisationStep two is to consider the needs of the organisation itself. Business today needs to be agile and able to change and adapt quickly, if not it will fail. Because of this the business environment today is becoming more and more project driven, which means the business must have a project focus. That means…
  • What We Can Do About It

    26 Jun 2015 | 3:58 am
    Consider the Project ManagerFirst of all we need to consider if a project manager actually has the necessary skills to manage projects. A lot of people get thrown into project management because they are available, with no thought about what skills they need to carry out the role. I get a lot of feedback on this point so I know it is still happening today.So a good honest appraisal should clearly identify any areas of skills shortage and development needs. But we need to be honest, not everyone can become a good project manager. Not everyone will have the right temperament or basic management…
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    IT Management & Trends Blogs

  • Technology already rules us!

    30 Jul 2015 | 9:13 am
    You thought that it would take an artificial intelligence singularity event to know if technology would rule us, well you were wrong!   In the previous article I explored the possibilities of this intelligence giving us the matrix, terminator style treatment and the opposite where we design inbuilt safeguards to prevent such scenarios.   Such is human nature
  • Will technology ever rule us?

    29 Jul 2015 | 10:02 am
    You may have heard that some big head honchos in the technology world have expressed the fear that reaching the singularity and creating a true artificial intelligence will result in the end of the human race, most probably in the style of Neo and Agent Smith.   Will it actually happen? Do you think that we will ever create an artificial intelligence that will simply decide
  • ERP Best Practices: Focusing on Business Process Efficiency

    29 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Most organizations implement new ERP systems largely because they want to improve the efficiency of their business processes. Broken processes, manual workarounds and outdated legacy systems all commonly contribute to this need to enhance current operational processes as part of an ERP implementation.
  • ERP Best Practices: Focusing on Business Process Efficiency

    29 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Most organizations implement new ERP systems largely because they want to improve the efficiency of their business processes. Broken processes, manual workarounds and outdated legacy systems all commonly contribute to this need to enhance current operational processes as part of an ERP implementation.
  • Why We Get Defective Power Feeds

    28 Jul 2015 | 5:13 pm
    Power defects (or disturbances, interference or transients) can have many causes. Lightning is an obvious source. Lightning does not have to hit power, telephone or data lines directly to affect electronic equipment. The electromagnetic field generat...
 
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    Project Management Articles - PM Hut

  • Do You Know What Your Team Is Telling the World?

    PM Hut
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:45 am
    Do You Know What Your Team Is Telling the World? By Jim Anderson Would it be fair to say that what your IT team is working on is top secret? In most cases the answer to this question would be probably be no. However, the companies that your company competes with would probably like to know what [...]
  • The Secret for Forming an Incredible Team Is Learning How to Say: “You’re Fired.”

    PM Hut
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:24 am
    The Secret for Forming an Incredible Team Is Learning How to Say: “You’re Fired.” By Cristian Ángel Unfortunately, something that no one talks about when they are forming a team for their project or their start-up is how to let someone go efficiently and correctly. The reason for this? Simple, it is an extremely difficult and uncomfortable [...]
  • Solving Multi-PM Limitations with Resource Planning

    PM Hut
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:45 am
    Solving Multi-PM Limitations with Resource Planning By Patricia Goh One would say that a project manager’s spirit animal is an octopus. With so many responsibilities, project managers are expected to be able to see things from the bigger picture, as well as being able to spot the nitty-gritty details. Alongside great communication skills and people skills, there’s [...]
  • Top Tips for Improving Your Credibility

    PM Hut
    26 Jul 2015 | 12:16 am
    Top Tips for Improving Your Credibility By Cillin Hearns If I were to ask you to define ‘credibility’ you might say something along the lines of “I know it when I see it”, just like you know you ‘like’ someone. It’s a hard one because it’s such a subjective term but don’t dismiss the importance of ‘having [...]
  • What Is the Silver Lining for Projects?

    PM Hut
    23 Jul 2015 | 10:51 am
    What Is the Silver Lining for Projects? By Marge Tam The proverb “For every cloud there is a silver lining” can be interpreted as for every difficult situation there is some good to it. The proverb is of said to the person that would welcome such an encouragement during trying times, and the person is unable to [...]
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    Project, Program and Portfolio Management

  • LUNCHTIME WORKPLACE SERIES OFFERS FIVE TIPS FOR MANAGING PROJECT RISK

    28 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark., July 28 -- The University of Arkansas issued the following news release: Managers involved in, or faced with, an impending project can use their lunch breaks on Tuesday, Aug. 11, to participate in a University of Arkansas Global Campus class that explores assessing, reducing and managing project risks.
  • JICA project director arrested, to be served termination notice

    28 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    PANAJI: Crime Branch of Goa police on Monday arrested JICA project director A Wachasundar in connection with bribery charges in JICA water project in 2010.
  • Value commitments of our next Cabinet should change

    28 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Sri Lanka, July 28 -- I trust that most of you will no doubt hope, agree and commit to ensure, that the next parliamentary elections in August 2015, will elect "fit and proper" leaders and legislators, committed to maintain the democratic and pluralistic values we have experienced in Sri Lanka since 8th January 2015. We should collectively and publicly emphasize, that the changes seen in the application of democratic freedoms, human rights, harmonious co-existence of diverse groups in society, upholding the rule of law, justice, equity, social justice, good governance, transparency and anti…
  • PMI India opens registration for the seventh Project Management National Conference

    27 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    The event will be hosted and organised by PMI Bangalore India Chapter Project Management Institute (PMI), the world's leading not-for-profit professional membership association for the project management profession, has opened the registration for the seventh Project Management National Conference scheduled to be held from September 10 - 12, 2015. The theme of the conference is, 'ARCHITECTING PROJECT MANAGEMENT for Redefining India"
  • Iran Starts Implementing Multi-Billion-Dollar Contract on Power Services to Iraq

    27 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iran Power Plant Projects Management Company (MAPNA) has started exports of $2.5 billion of technical and electrical services to Iraq's power sector, company's head Abbas Aliabadi announced on Monday.
 
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    The Project Management Podcast

  • Episode 327: Social Media Project Management Tools (Free) #PMOT

    29 Jul 2015 | 6:49 am
    Play Now: This episode is sponsored by The Agile PrepCast for the PMI-ACP Exam: Bill Dow, PMP, ITIL, CSM - Author You don’t necessarily have to manage a social media project in order to recognize the benefits of using the tools of social media project management. Furthermore, being a social media project manager is more than simply publishing a few project updates on Facebook. In order to really reap the benefits, social media has to be a fully integrated and planned part of your project’s communications management strategy. How to use and when to use social media on your project is at…
  • Episode 326: Got Project Management Questions? Here are the Answers! (Free)

    18 Jul 2015 | 6:49 am
    Play Now: This episode is sponsored by The Agile PrepCast for the PMI-ACP Exam: Jeff Furman, PMP - Author Do you have a project management question? Then Jeff Furman (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jefffurmanlinkedin) very likely has the answer for you in the second edition of The Project Management Answer Book. The book includes questions Why do project managers need a formal project charter? What is the role of a program manager? What are the top 10 pitfalls to avoid when starting a project? What is the single best way to prevent scope creep? All answers are detailed, easy to understand and…
  • Episode 325: Project Management Coaching and Mentoring - A How-To Guide (Free)

    9 Jul 2015 | 6:49 am
    Play Now: This episode is sponsored by The PM PrepCast for The PMP Exam: Jeff Furman, PMP - Project Management Coach Have you ever considered being a project management mentor to another PM in your network? I can tell you from personal experience that while project management coaching sounds like a lot of work the return on investment that you personally get out of it is immense. And so, when I received an email from Jeff Furman (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jefffurmanlinkedin) and he offered to discuss some of the mentoring approaches that he uses as a project management coach I was all for…
  • Episode 324: How to Get Your PMP Certification with Bryan Bowers (Free)

    26 Jun 2015 | 6:49 am
    Play Now: This episode is sponsored by The PM PrepCast for The PMP Exam: Bryan Bowers, MBA, PMP This is another episode in which I am proudly introducing you to one of my successful students who was able to pass the PMP. His name is Bryan Bowers (https://www.linkedin.com/in/bowersbryan) and he is a student of the PMP PrepCast. There are two reasons that make me especially proud of helping him pass. First of all, Bryan has taken over a dozen certification exams, and second he says that “this was by and far the most brutal exam I have ever taken”. And so I feel very satisfied that it was my…
  • Episode 323: Agile Burnout - How to Avoid Fatigue on Your Agile Team (Premium)

    22 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    This episode is reserved for subscribers of the Premium Podcast. Learn how to subscribe to the Premium Podcast to access this interview and transcript... Kim Wasson. Author, Speaker & PM Consultant. Do you use an Agile project management approach? And have you maybe noticed a certain fatigue -- an Agile burnout, a Scrum burnout in your team? Well, Agile is indeed an excellent methodology that is responsive to business changes with quick turnaround and highly visible results. But at the same time, the pace of a project using Agile is relentless. It never seems to stop and this is potentially…
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    Better Projects

  • As an agile business analyst, I want...

    Craig Brown
    25 Jul 2015 | 5:46 pm
    Don't be a story monkey
  • The words and pictures we use to describe things...

    Craig Brown
    23 Jun 2015 | 2:50 pm
    ... conceal as much as they show.An insighr from this very interesting article.
  • An investigation into Self Organisation

    Craig Brown
    29 May 2015 | 3:25 pm
    We ran a meetup session with the local Scrum User Group discussing Holocracy, a model for self-organizing teams. After the discussion about Holocracy led by Julian Waters-Lynch, we then ran an activity exploring our own appetite for self-organisation.I’ll share what came out of the discussion in two future posts;How self-organised do we think we are, and what’s holding us backHow self-organised do we want to be, and what will signal success.I asked the room to take two different coloured index cards (green and yellow if you must know) and the gave people two jobs.On the yellow cards I…
  • BA Effectiveness survey

    Craig Brown
    21 May 2015 | 2:44 pm
    I am running an NPS like survey on Business Analysts. I'd appreciate your sharing this out to your professional network.  What do people think about Business  Analysts?So far I have close to 100 responses and there is a pretty positive set of feedback.  The comments are interesting as well. I want more though and I need your help. Share this out for me.http://bit.ly/1JRnYGc I'll publish the results here in August.
  • Agile; an unfinished epiphany

    Kelsey van Haaster
    16 May 2015 | 1:07 am
    Kelsey van HaasterMay 16th 2015Earlier this week, I was giving a talk about Agility and how the ideas behind it might scale to an organisational level, when I was asked the following question;Agile Business Analysts and Product Owners Meet-up GroupVisual notes by Lynn CazalyFeb 2015“I had understood that the idea of Agile was in fact under review and that people are questioning some of the ideas behind it, particularly around the usefulness of some of the practices … what do you think about that?”I was initially surprised by the question, but gathered myself together sufficient to say;…
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    WordPress Tag: Project Management

  • The Challenge of the PMP Exam: How to pass PMP exam on first try

    Olga Nash
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:41 am
    “Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already d
  • Augmented Reality in AEC

    bimingargentina
    31 Jul 2015 | 5:38 am
    AECbytes “Building the Future” Article (July 30, 2015) While the concept of virtual real
  • Associate Director (Collections,Content and Discovery) (Southampton)

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    31 Jul 2015 | 3:48 am
    Post title: Associate Director (Content, Collections & Discovery) Academic Unit/Service: Univers
  • Do you plan your project effectively?

    Managing It
    31 Jul 2015 | 1:42 am
    Planning is like laying down the foundation for any project. If the foundation is strong, building will definitely be strong. There are several steps listed below that will ensure the successful planning for any project. Please Note: I am giving these steps based on the experience I had in my past company and based on the research. These steps might change if you are using any tool or following any organization’s process. Step #1: Project Definition It’s very important we define the project well. All the questions should be well answered in the initial requirement gathering, like what is…
  • One way phones

    kerrywills
    31 Jul 2015 | 1:41 am
    There is a global problem happening with technology today and it is impacting our project teams. I have found that many co-workers have phones that can only receive calls but they can not make any. This has to be the case as evidenced by the lack of collaboration and ability to speak to dependent stakeholders and teams. So my only conclusion has to be that their phones can not dial out.   Mine doesn’t dial out This technical problem is not just with one team or person but seems to be a pervasive problem where, unless someone gets people in a room to talk, there is the inability to…
 
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  • Implementing Project Management to Foster Effective Accountability

    MMeloni
    21 Jul 2015 | 9:07 pm
    Implementing Project Management to Foster Effective Accountability Accountability is an essential virtue for both managers overseeing projects and their team members for the successful completion of a project. The focus however remains on team players so that each of them takes ownership of their tasks, whereas the project manager is accountable for the overall completion […]
  • Dear Project Team Members

    MMeloni
    10 Jul 2015 | 11:39 am
    As a project manager, there are probably some things you would like your team members to know. When you first started managing projects you thought some of these points were fairly obvious. Now you realize the truth. If you want your team members to know something you should tell them. If you expect your team […]
  • Go Ahead, Pause that Project

    MMeloni
    10 Jun 2015 | 9:14 pm
    While managing my first large project I found myself facing a very serious dilemma. Should the project be paused in order to conduct some much-needed planning or should we simply keep going and not lose even one day to a planning session? Some of my stakeholders were in favor of taking a brief project timeout […]
  • Project Managers, Stress is YOUR Spice. Use it successfully.

    MMeloni
    19 May 2015 | 3:58 pm
    “Stress is like spice – in the right proportion it enhances the flavor of a dish. Too little produces a bland, dull meal; too much may choke you.” ~Donald Tubesing A little bit of stress is good for you. In fact stress can improve your performance and your productivity. Think about studying for an exam […]
  • Be Emotional and Build a High-Performing Team

    MMeloni
    16 Apr 2015 | 3:52 pm
    Be Emotional and Build a High-Performing Team “As a business student, you don’t want to show compassion; you don’t want to let your guard down, you’re taught to be strong and not show emotion.” This is a quote from Samantha Serna, a business student who was drafted with other members of her class to participate […]
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    Keeping the Peace

  • It’s NOT Just About Project Status

    admin
    13 Jul 2015 | 6:47 am
    “Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.” — Henry Miller Jack had begun to think of these biweekly project status presentations as a nuisance. They took up a good two hours every other Friday morning, plus the time he spent Thursday evening putting together his status report. Sometimes he would even wait until first thing Friday morning to prepare for the meeting. On more than one occasion he just barely uploaded his status report in time to make into the conference room. He paid little to no attention while others were speaking. He did not go so…
  • Don’t Forget to Say Thank you

    admin
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:09 pm
    “Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.” – G.B. Stern As children most of us were constantly reminded to say “Thank you.” As your mother or father picked you up from a birthday party or some other event, you were most likely asked, “Did you say thank you?” Those of you who are parents probably go through a similar routine with your children. Saying thank you is one of the basics of good manners. It is also an excellent form of motivation. In Coaching for Emotional Intelligence, by Bob Wall, a study in which 1500 people from different organizations and industries revealed…
  • An Open Letter to Project Managers

    admin
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:01 am
    An Open Letter to Project Managers Last week I featured a letter from project managers to their team members. This week it seems only fair to feature a reply from the hard working team members who make project completion possible. Dear Project Managers, Thank you so much for your open letter to us, it is always good to get to know you and to understand your expectations. As you said in your letter, please accept this reply in the spirit of “We are all in this together”. Because it is true, we really are all in this together. 1) If we have not started working on something yet, it is not…
  • An Open Letter to Project Team Members

    admin
    22 Jun 2015 | 6:20 pm
    Dear Team Members, Sometimes you probably wonder, “What does my project manager want from me?” Please accept this letter in the spirit of “We are all in this together”. 1)If you have not started a task yet, it is 0% complete. It is not 7% complete or underway or in progress or looking good. We get that you hate it when you are not able to start something as scheduled. Tell it like it is and together we can deal with it. Which leads to… 2)Status reports are meant to be nonfiction. Your status report is meant to document the true nature of your work on the project. Not how you want…
  • How to Appreciate a Jerk

    admin
    15 Jun 2015 | 4:14 pm
    How to Appreciate a Jerk “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.” ― Plato Not everyone who treats you poorly is doing so because of you. Their choice to treat you badly is just that, their choice. Sooner or later we all must deal with a jerk. If from the very beginning you remember that their jerkiness is not about you, you are on your way to being able to appreciate them. Appreciate a jerk? Yes! I ask you take it even farther and develop feelings of kindness towards them and take it beyond the feelings of kindness and treat them kindly even when they are being a…
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    Ron Rosenhead

  • “They make it easier to keep track….”

    Ron Rosenhead
    14 Jul 2015 | 3:37 am
    I had an interesting conversation last week with someone who had used our project management templates. This person had seen the templates, downloaded the templates and used them. She was really pleased with them and wanted to feedback that: ….it makes it easier to keep track of the project I can protect myself and the project team We can measure … Read More >Related Posts:Project management templates – are they worth while doing?The case of the missing project managerHow much project management information do you share?Practical project management training – it…
  • My 10 golden rules for effective project delivery

    Ron Rosenhead
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:37 am
    I was running a project management course when someone said to me: ‘Ron, what are your golden rule for effective project delivery?’ What a great question. I picked up a marker pen and wrote the following on a flip chart. Here are my golden rules which should help you deliver more effectively. If it’s a ‘big’ project then it’s a … Read More >Related Posts:Save yourself time and money on your projects. How …?Project managers need to cope with uncertainty. What are…How to say no without saying no!Project sponsors; how good are you at briefing your…
  • Self Development? Me?…sorry, I’m too busy for that

    Ron Rosenhead
    17 Jun 2015 | 4:11 am
    Be honest, when was the last time you took time out from your project to really focus on yourself? I ask this as I speak with many project managers who are very busy, so busy they barely return phone calls, their calendars are fully committed to the project(s) or there is little space in their day/week for anything else. As … Read More >Related Posts:So, how good are you?What do you need to change to be more effective?Project Management Training: Classroom vs mobileGood project management skills are not enoughWho are your good project management role models?
  • All change but how…..?

    Ron Rosenhead
    9 Jun 2015 | 3:31 am
    I am trying to type this without using my right hand and it is proving a tad difficult. You see I have something called De Quervains Tenosynovitis. Treatment – physiotherapy and resting the wrist….no typing please and wear a support. It is so difficult not to use my right hand….the spelling in this article is really being tested by this … Read More >Related Posts:If only common sense was…. well common!Sometimes an idea is so simple you wonder why it is not…How healthy are you (and your project)?Why is project management so fragmented in companies?This is why change…
  • If only common sense was…. well common!

    Ron Rosenhead
    21 May 2015 | 2:44 am
    The above idea came from a tweet I saw in April. It read: I must admit I was taken aback by this. Why? Before explaining fully let me say a thank you to Operation Saves Lives, they probably never intended the above to go in the direction I am going to take it. So why was I taken aback? Well … Read More >Related Posts:Why do projects fail? It’s because we do not exert enough…So, what have I learned this year 1?Project sign off – do people really know what this means?How good are your listening skills?How often do you take the helicopter view?
 
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    Rajiv Popat - ThousandtyOne! - .NET, Life and Logical Thoughts By Rajiv Popat

  • Output Vs. Input

    Rajiv Popat
    16 Jul 2015 | 2:24 pm
    Your workplace has two kinds of people. People who provide inputs and people who produce outputs. That extroverted manager who gives you opinions on the document you worked really hard to prepare; is giving you his inputs. Ask the same person to produce an output - an end to end project working prototype, a design document, working code --- anything and you'll see a blank face staring at a computer screen for hours. For someone who has spent his or her whole life giving inputs, producing outputs is hard. These people aren't incompetent or idiots. Some of them are actually smart. But producing…
  • The Power Of Pattern Recognition In Health And Wellness

    Rajiv Popat
    4 Jul 2015 | 12:08 pm
    What do you do you do when you find yourself sliding down the slippery slope of living an irregular life style where you have very little control over your own health and life? Or what do you do when you find yourself diagnosed with a disease that has the potential of killing you slowly and steadily if left completely ignored. What would you do if the doctor was to tell you in no-uncertain terms that you'd better change your life style or you will kill yourself in the long term? Any sensible person with an iota of human intelligence would say - you change your life-style and do what the…
  • Systems Vs. Goals.

    Rajiv Popat
    18 Jun 2015 | 12:24 pm
    Most self help gurus seem to give a lot of stress on the idea of setting Goals. The basic premise behind the argument being that if you don't know where you want to get to, how can you get there. Most real life productivity however, doesn't work on goals. For instance, you don't wake up every morning and get ready to go to office because you want to go on that world tour with your family ten years from today. You don't push yourself out of the bed because you want to live in billion dollar home twenty years from now. We get up and go to work because we have internalized a system; we know…
  • Busting Self Help Cliches with Data And Science.

    Rajiv Popat
    12 Jun 2015 | 11:22 am
    Most self-help books contain scientifically non-verifiable advice of how to be successful in life dispensed by self-help gurus who became successful in life by dispensing advice that was --- scientifically non verifiable. Over a period of time the Self-Help industry has created clichés that have often done as much harm as they have done good. I can't even begin to guess just how many entrepreneurs burn their hands trying out the whole 'follow your passion' cliché pushed out by self help books around the globe. The power of positive thinking is another such cliché. Most self help books out…
  • Fake It Till You Become It.

    Rajiv Popat
    10 Jun 2015 | 1:41 pm
    I've talked about how a lot of programmers and artists go through the imposter syndrome - or put simply, feel like phonies. While it's easy to cringe at words like Phony or Fake which seem to carry inherent negative connotation; it's hard to ask more honest and introspective questions about the realities of being a phony or faking it. Scientists for example know that the mere act of faking a smile by sticking a pencil between your teeth; makes you rate a cartoon funnier than it is. Social Scientists also know that synthetic fake happiness can be just as real as real happiness. If Faking it is…
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    Intervals

  • Collecting SaaS Customer Metrics in Web-based Software

    John Reeve
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:09 pm
    Just last week, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft made it’s much anticipated and already historic flyby of Pluto. Many of us have already gazed in awe at the dramatic photos being sent back from the spacecraft. The images we’ve seen are only a fraction of the data scientists have received. In fact, scientists have received only 5% of the data being collected.That’s because filling out NASA’s photo album is not the spacecrafts primary focus. NASA’s mission is to collect as much data as possible while Pluto is in range of the spacecraft. Scientists won’t…
  • Better Client Management Through Time Tracking

    John Reeve
    8 Jun 2015 | 2:24 pm
    A good agency is built on good client relationships. Managing clients and their projects is a skill that requires intuition and tact. But, it’s not an exact science. Even the best agencies can let personal opinion interfere with making difficult business decisions.Agencies that use web-based project management and project time tracking software have a distinct advantage — they have data. It’s hard to argue with data, and it’s dangerous to ignore it. When the data is incorporated into the day-to-day, the agency gains a deeper and more detailed insight.The first step in…
  • Managing Web Design Projects with Scrum

    John Reeve
    11 May 2015 | 3:08 pm
    Photo credit: VFS Digital DesignSuccessful web design and development agencies share the same passions — we want to do good work and see our clients succeed. Because the web is a relatively new medium and is evolving every day, traditional software development processes can often get in the way. Designing and developing web sites requires methodologies that are as fluid as the medium. There are several Agile methodologies available, but Scrum is the best option for agencies. This is a story about our agency’s transition to Scrum, and how it made our work and our clients more…
  • Speeding Up PHP Web Apps With Xdebug and Cachegrind

    John Reeve
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:26 pm
    As a Web development agency we do our best to ensure applications will perform under a variety of customer conditions. But, we can never account for every scenario before launching our app out into the wild. There is a good chance the application will encounter slowness at some point. It could be a week after launch, or a year. When the app does begin to show signs of slowing, we want to be ready to troubleshoot and resolve the slowness.We’ll be taking a look at our Web-based task management and time tracking software, Intervals, which recently experienced some slow page loads with…
  • From Excel Spreadsheets to Online Time Tracking Software

    John Reeve
    10 Apr 2015 | 1:43 pm
    There are many valid reasons why an agency might be using Excel Spreadsheets to track people’s time. The data is securely stowed away on the local network. The software isn’t going to disappear if the vendor goes out of business. And, spreadsheets are flexible enough to build any number of custom reports to analyze the data.Tracking time with Excel spreadsheets undoubtedly gives an agency the most control and highest level of ownership of their data. However, there are several benefits that may make moving to online project management time tracking software worthwhile.Transitioning your…
 
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    Utpal Vaishnav

  • The disease of copying superiors

    Utpal Vaishnav
    21 Jul 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Recently, Tom Peters shared this insightful article – The 15 Diseases of Leadership, According to Pope Francis – on his FB page and titled it as Wow & Wow & Wow! It got Tom’s attention then who am I to ignore it? It turned out to be a really insightful read and its author Gary Hamel has articulated it so aptly. While all the pointers have a potential to be a wake-up call for many of us, point #10 struck the chord. Here it goes: The disease of idolizing superiors: This is the disease of those who court their superiors in the hope of gaining their favor. They are…
  • Do Things That Might Not Work

    Utpal Vaishnav
    19 May 2015 | 1:03 pm
    Huh? Are you insane? Certainly everyone wants this … assurance. When a wedding event is planned then the head of the family wants the assurance that the event will go well. When a new project is about to begin, the sponsor wants the assurance that it will be successful. When a new product line is launched, the Executives, VPs and Sr. Managers need assurance that it will work. When a startup is hiring a freelancer, they want certainty that the work freelancer would carry out will be extremely useful  to them (and since the freelancer is supposed to be needing the work, she should offer…
  • Will You Miss Me If I’m Gone?

    Utpal Vaishnav
    12 May 2015 | 9:05 am
    Recently read this news on TechCrunch: Secret App Shuts Down. Details here. It raises some questions and the answers to those questions come with an opportunity to reflect on important something. Here’re the questions: How would your app users react if you take the app down? How would your clients react if you stop providing your consulting services? How would your employer react if you put up your resignation? If you stop doing your work, will that be a setback for them? If your app is a clone of a popular app then no one would ever bother to notice if it is taken down. If the quality…
  • Mediocrity Is Not an Option

    Utpal Vaishnav
    26 Apr 2015 | 4:49 am
    Few days ago, one of my newly hired designers came to me to show a design that was not even mediocre at its best. He didn’t say anything but got back to his drawing board when I asked, “Is this your best work?” If I would have measured my blood pressure at that time, I’m sure it would be much higher. Not because the deadline was about to miss. Not because my designer’s capabilities was any less. It was because the premise that the designer operated from: mediocrity might work this time. No. Mediocrity won’t work. Not this time. Not anytime. If it works for…
  • How to Get the Shit Out of Your Coding Skills

    Utpal Vaishnav
    12 Mar 2015 | 1:14 am
    Do you know how to get the shit out of your coding skills? No? You can do two things with your coding skills. Sell your skills on per-hour basis, a pretty good source of income, or use your skill to create an app, a product and experience the compound returns on your skills sooner or later. The developer who writes the code aggressively, without regard for her peers earning pretty good income for more or less the same skills, and partying out loud on the weekends more frequently than she could, often ends up with more opportunities on her way and more possibilities to influence the world…
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    Project Management Methodologies

  • Basics of Procurement

    admin
    13 Jul 2015 | 9:08 am
    Procurement refers to obtaining goods and services from outside companies. This specifically refers to vendors and suppliers. It does not refer to other internal organizations within your own company. (For the purposes of this discussion, “purchasing” and “procurement” are equivalent terms.) This is an area that project managers definitely need to understand at some level, and it is an area into which the project manager will give input. However, in many, and perhaps most companies, procurement is an area that the project manager does not own. The project manager…
  • Use the Schedule for Project Integration

    admin
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    In the TenStep® Project Management Process, once the project is executing, all of the project management processes are integrated in the schedule. The integration occurs here because of an overriding philosophy of the TenStep process – “what’s in the schedule gets done”. In other words, all of the work of the project should be in the schedule and if an activity is not in the schedule, it should not be worked on. The schedule is the focal point of managing the project, and all the project management processes are integrated in the schedule. You should have activities and time…
  • Know the Five Steps in a Document Life Cycle

    admin
    15 Jun 2015 | 6:52 am
    Document management is a part of communication management. It is important for the project manager to recognize the stages that a document must go through from creation to completion. This knowledge allows the project manager to understand the overall status of a document at any given time and helps ensure adequate time is allocated for the completion of the document. For instance, when a team member says they can complete a document in two weeks, are they saying that the document will be ready to circulate in two weeks or that the document will be completed and totally approved in two…
  • Ten Steps to Manage Issues on Large Projects

    admin
    1 Jun 2015 | 9:33 am
    Issues are more than just common problems. They are problems that meet specific criteria. An issue is a formally-defined problem that willimpede the progress of the project and cannot be totally resolved by the project manager and project team without outside help. The processes used to manage issues can be simpler or more rigorous depending on the size of the project. Use the following process to manage issues on large projects. Identify the problem and document on the Issues Form Solicit potential issues from any project stakeholders, including the project team, clients, sponsors, etc. The…
  • Six Components of a Procurement Management Plan

    admin
    4 May 2015 | 8:10 am
    The Procurement Management Plan is a part of the overall Project Management Plan. The document describes how items will be procured during the project and the approach you will use to managing vendors on the project. Specific areas to describe include: Procurement process. This section provides a brief overview of the process requirements necessary to manage procurement of the identified needs. This process should include: Initiating a request Development of requirements (technical, timing, quality, constraints) Request approval Purchasing authority Bid / proposal review Contract management…
 
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    projectsatwork.com

  • The Value-Centric PMO

    28 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Many PMOs focus on measuring activities and tracking on-time, on-budget delivery of projects. That's not enough. Ensuring value through business and strategic impact should be their top priority, and that requires a focus on outcomes. Here are three steps for employing a value-centric approach.
  • The Value of Values

    27 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Projects must deliver value, of course. But they can deliver additional benefits by being aligned with the values of an organization, including improved team morale, stakeholder trust and work efficiency. It's also worth analyzing if they align with your own values.
  • Using PPM to Curb Complexity

    26 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Some problems can't be solved on the back of a napkin. Managing resource capacity and demand in a complex enterprise environment is a good example. A project portfolio management system can help in four critical, connected areas: visibility, prioritization, optimization and integration.
  • Is Anybody Listening?

    22 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Nurturing a work environment that fosters communication among teams, managers and stakeholders is an undisputed key to success. But some leaders focus too much on requiring a steady stream of detailed reports and too little on context. After a while, this frenetic approach to "communication" just becomes noise.
  • Agile Readiness

    21 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    In pursuing the organizational agility that enables strategic, fast-moving transformation, leaders must focus on four spheres - individual behavior, team responsibilities, management governance and institutionalization. Along the way, they'll also need to ask "so what?" questions, break down barriers and embrace discovery.
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    BradEgeland.com - Blog

  • Keeping Projects Under Control

    29 Jul 2015 | 4:54 pm
    Control. We all like to be in control of what we are living, managing and doing on a daily basis, right? Both personally and professionally. At least it’s the goal. From a professional standpoint – from a project management standpoint – as we go about our processes of managing all of the projects on our plate that can often mean organizing our activities across four, five or even six live projects at a time. Maintaining control of those projects can sometimes be an issue. Keeping projects on track, organizing the team and keeping them focused, and making sure the customer…
  • With Creative Projects, Never Give Up on an Idea You Love

    29 Jul 2015 | 1:24 am
    This is a quote from Margaret Johnson, co-ECD at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners in San Francisco. It sums up the creative process pretty well, in my opinion anyway. I mean, isn't that what creative projects are all about? Doing what you are passionate about and making it work for your company, for your next successful marketing initiative, and most of all, for your client. The best teams are built around individuals who love what they are doing and believe in what they do. That passion will show through in the work you do, the creativity you bring to the table and how you engage the…
  • How to Build a High-Performance Project Team

    29 Jul 2015 | 1:08 am
    Let's consider this scenario: Your manager has asked you to set up a project to develop a new product for your company. Your number one competitor is producing a similar product. You must get to market first to gain competitive advantage. The first to market will gain the greatest market share. The first thing you need to do is to put together a project team that will design, develop and manufacture the product. Success is essential to the profitability of your company, so you must ensure you have a high-performing project team focussed on winning... Read the full article...
  • Building Teamwork

    29 Jul 2015 | 1:02 am
    In order for a project to be successful, a team of workers has to get along and work together. They must support the common project work. These teams could be large or small. Backgrounds and experience can often be vastly different. It's not these things that matter so much, though. It's how everyone comes together to work as a cohesive team. It's how they engage in teamwork... Read the full article...
  • Perception is Not Always Equal

    29 Jul 2015 | 12:54 am
    We have a large family. A very large family. Over the past 7 years, we have adopted multiple babies, thus the large family. We also get lots of items every month from Amazon. Diapers, laundry detergent, apple sauce-you name it. If it can come cheaper and faster with free delivery through Amazon, then my wife has it set up as a rotating standing order. We often get 1-2 packages per day. It also means we don't have to drive out in the hot 110° Las Vegas weather to buy it. Win-win... Read the full article...
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    Kelly's Contemplation

  • 4 Essential Project Management Resources

    rkelly976
    16 Jul 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Wondering how to make your project’s run more smoothly?  Are you aware of the resources available to you as a project manager? Whether you are a project manager or a team member tackling one portion of a project, there are resources available to you that will make your project run smoother.  SmartSheet Overview Smartsheet is a task management software designed to increase productivity on any project. SmartSheet is a great software tool for project managers.  It allows you to create and track projects, delegate tasks to your team members, and track everyone’s progress. Features…
  • The Basics (really basic) of Meetings

    rkelly976
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:35 am
    It’s no secret that meetings are one of the downsides of a career in project management. At one point or another, we have heard someone say “I would love to get that work done and could, if I didn’t have to sit in so many meetings.”  Requirements gathering, design sessions, planning sessions, status meetings, and even meetings to prep for meetings…really, I have had to host a few of those!  With such an emphasis on collaboration, meetings aren’t going anywhere, anytime soon.  This isn’t going to be a post on how to run a meeting, I am actually going to get even more basic…
  • How to Manage Subcontractors Using Construction PM Software

    rkelly976
    6 Aug 2014 | 9:57 am
    For medium- to enterprise-level project managers, half the battle is often simply keeping track of subcontractors. They aren’t your employees, you aren’t their only manager, and a whole host of paperwork is required to track them and their labor. Paperwork is old fashioned, but documentation is not, and it’s easier than ever now to create and keep such documents organized along with other job-specific files, using software. When properly implemented, construction project management software goes beyond monitoring task completion and helps with labor management as well. There are three…
  • Email Basics…Yes, Even YOU Are An Offender!

    rkelly976
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:31 am
    As companies continue to hire remote employees, embrace flexible work schedules, and implement virtual teams; email communication becomes the lifeline of a project and even the overall organization.  It is not unusual to hear that people receive 300+ emails every single day!  Considering the impact of and reliance on emails, we must get some of the basics right.  Seeing how I interact with a hundred plus clients a year from sales, engineers, legal, etc across almost every industry I can say the following basics rules are broken by all of you [smile]. Horrible Use of Subject Lines The…
  • Project Management Around the World – Raleigh, NC, USA

    rkelly976
    2 Mar 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Last September, Shim Marom had coordinated what was the first ever PM FlashBlog and it was a great experience! Some 50+ project managers from around the world shared their thoughts on what Project Management meant to them. You can check out my contribution “What is Project Management to Me? Everything!” here.  A few weeks ago, Mark Phillipy picked up the torch and coordinated Round 2, with a slight twist.  In this 2nd Edition of PM FlashBlog, the global PM community will share insights into what is going on with Project Management in their respective region of the world. …
 
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    pmtips

  • 6 Ways Technology has Changed Project Management

    Rachel Matthews
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:39 am
    Technology creates change everywhere it is implemented. Most of the time those changes are good, but sometimes they aren't so good. With the growth of technology people become more connected to ...
  • How to Work and Manage at the Same Time

    Elizabeth Harrin
    23 Jul 2015 | 2:40 am
    I think that one of the benefits of knowledge work – including managing projects – is that I can be the worker for some tasks and the manager for others, sometimes at the same time. Managers decide ...
  • Why You Should Interview Your Sponsor

    Elizabeth Harrin
    16 Jul 2015 | 5:12 am
    Project managers manage projects for a living. Even if you only manage the odd project here and there as part of your day job, the chances are that you have more experience doing that than your ...
  • 7 Checklists for Choosing an Agile Project Management Tool

    Michael Chibuzor
    9 Jul 2015 | 7:20 am
    Agile principles put you ahead of the competition. It keeps you focused, and result-oriented. The difference between a traditional project manager and an agile project manager is because of ...
  • The Two Things That Will Kill Your Project

    Elizabeth Harrin
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    No one wants to work on a failing project. Projects stop for lots of reasons but there are two things that will kill your project completely: complacency and competition. Let’s take a look at those ...
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    Ron Rosenhead

  • “They make it easier to keep track….”

    Ron Rosenhead
    14 Jul 2015 | 3:37 am
    I had an interesting conversation last week with someone who had used our project management templates. This person had seen the templates, downloaded the templates and used them. She was really pleased with them and wanted to feedback that: ….it makes it easier to keep track of the project I can protect myself and the project team We can measure … Read More >Related Posts:Project management templates – are they worth while doing?The case of the missing project managerHow much project management information do you share?Practical project management training – it…
  • My 10 golden rules for effective project delivery

    Ron Rosenhead
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:37 am
    I was running a project management course when someone said to me: ‘Ron, what are your golden rule for effective project delivery?’ What a great question. I picked up a marker pen and wrote the following on a flip chart. Here are my golden rules which should help you deliver more effectively. If it’s a ‘big’ project then it’s a … Read More >Related Posts:Save yourself time and money on your projects. How …?Project managers need to cope with uncertainty. What are…How to say no without saying no!Project sponsors; how good are you at briefing your…
  • Self Development? Me?…sorry, I’m too busy for that

    Ron Rosenhead
    17 Jun 2015 | 4:11 am
    Be honest, when was the last time you took time out from your project to really focus on yourself? I ask this as I speak with many project managers who are very busy, so busy they barely return phone calls, their calendars are fully committed to the project(s) or there is little space in their day/week for anything else. As … Read More >Related Posts:So, how good are you?What do you need to change to be more effective?Project Management Training: Classroom vs mobileGood project management skills are not enoughWho are your good project management role models?
  • All change but how…..?

    Ron Rosenhead
    9 Jun 2015 | 3:31 am
    I am trying to type this without using my right hand and it is proving a tad difficult. You see I have something called De Quervains Tenosynovitis. Treatment – physiotherapy and resting the wrist….no typing please and wear a support. It is so difficult not to use my right hand….the spelling in this article is really being tested by this … Read More >Related Posts:If only common sense was…. well common!Sometimes an idea is so simple you wonder why it is not…How healthy are you (and your project)?Why is project management so fragmented in companies?This is why change…
  • If only common sense was…. well common!

    Ron Rosenhead
    21 May 2015 | 2:44 am
    The above idea came from a tweet I saw in April. It read: I must admit I was taken aback by this. Why? Before explaining fully let me say a thank you to Operation Saves Lives, they probably never intended the above to go in the direction I am going to take it. So why was I taken aback? Well … Read More >Related Posts:Why do projects fail? It’s because we do not exert enough…So, what have I learned this year 1?Project sign off – do people really know what this means?How good are your listening skills?How often do you take the helicopter view?
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    Project Accelerator News

  • Targeted communication – the key to effective stakeholder engagement

    Lynda Bourne
    25 Jul 2015 | 10:55 pm
    Just as each project is unique, so is each of its stakeholders! Whether as individuals, groups or organizations, every stakeholder, and every stakeholder community has a unique and evolving set of cultures, expectations and perceptions. To effectively engage with, and influence, this diverse community the traditional approach to project communications of regular reports and other ‘one size fits all’ strategies need to be replaced by a structured methodology that considers the complexities of the people you need to work with and the information that is of interest to them.Effectively…
  • Does One Size Really Fit All or Do Supplier Organizations Deserve a Bespoke Suit?

    Adrian Taggart
    22 Jul 2015 | 4:50 am
    It is gratifying to note just how far project management has developed as a management discipline in its own right over recent years. I believe that much of this is driven by the clarity and focus demanded by the modern definitions of projects that have evolved. ‘A temporary endeavour undertaken to create a unique product service or result‘ is the expression conceived by the PMI in their Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge 5th ed.’, for instance, and the use of the words ‘temporary’ and ‘unique’ are very significant for two reasons.
  • Autumn Project Challenge – First Sessions Announced

    Lindsay Scott
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:04 am
    Project Challenge returns to London on the 6th and 7th October 2015 at London Olympia. The first seminars for the show have just been announced. Registration is free and is now open, please register to attend:Managing Agile, Waterfalll and Hybrid projects within the Portfoliowith Jon Lewis, Director, Ninth WaveNinth Wave has extensive expertise in supporting project portfolio management. We find that introducing agile management techniques alongside traditional waterfall based planning is becoming increasingly important for many of our customers.In this session, we’ll describe and explain…
  • Valuing Soft Skills

    Lynda Bourne
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:33 am
    The project management community and the wider business community are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of soft skills. However, being aware of their importance and investing in developing improved capabilities are different.  Before most organisations (and individuals) will invest in developing improved soft-skill capabilities, their value needs to be demonstrated.A recent report prepared for McDonald’s UK[1] provides a solid foundation for understanding the importance of soft skills to the UK economy as a whole, and is likely to be indicative of the situation in the…
  • Limber up: Are Project Managers getting Agile?

    Jean-Pierre Ullmo
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:11 am
    Jean-Pierre Ullmo, VP EMEA Sales at ChangepointIt can be tough to keep up with buzzwords in the project management world: in recent years we have seen ‘scrum teams’ using ‘game theory’ tactics to play ‘zero sum games’. A phrase that has risen to prominence recently is Agile. Familiar to those working in IT, the term is growing in popularity in a number of other sectors as they become wise to the potential benefits of working in this way.Adoption of an Agile approach to project management is certainly on the rise: a quarter of all projects in the UK now happen in an Agile way,…
 
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    PM Study Circle - A PMP & CAPM Certification Exam Preparation Blog

  • Changes to the PMP Certification Exam – November 2015

    Fahad Usmani
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:53 am
    I hope you are aware of the changes that PMI is going to implement in the PMP certification exam. In June, 2015, PMI published a new PMP certification exam content outline, and after November 1st the PMP exam will be based on it. This has caused panic among PMP aspirants, and they are having many […]
  • What is a Pareto Chart?

    Fahad Usmani
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:36 pm
    Today we are going to discuss the Pareto Chart, which is one of the seven basic tools of quality management. I am writing this blog post upon receiving a few requests from my visitors who asked me to explain the Pareto Analysis. Sometimes it is very difficult for you to understand the problems and their […]
  • Risk Response Strategies for Positive Risks or Opportunities

    Fahad Usmani
    31 May 2015 | 10:34 am
    In my previous blog post, we have discussed negative risks response strategies, and now we are going to discuss the risk response strategies for positive risks or opportunities. Risk response strategies for positive risks differ from the risk response strategies for negative risks because of the difference in nature of these two types of risks. […]
  • Risk Response Strategies for Negative Risks or Threats

    Fahad Usmani
    30 Apr 2015 | 11:17 am
    As we know, risks are not always bad; sometimes they can bring some opportunities as well. Negative risks or threats have a negative impact on the project objective and positive risks have a positive impact on the project objective. Therefore, risk response strategies to manage positive and negative risks are different. In the PMBOK Guide, […]
  • What is a Workaround?

    Fahad Usmani
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:33 am
    In this blog I have discussed the workaround many times in some blog posts and in comments. Although this is not a very difficult concept, a few visitors asked me to write about it. They have some doubts such as: What is a workaround? Which plan is used for workarounds (contingency plan or fallback plan)? […]
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    Ron Rosenhead

  • “They make it easier to keep track….”

    Ron Rosenhead
    14 Jul 2015 | 3:37 am
    I had an interesting conversation last week with someone who had used our project management templates. This person had seen the templates, downloaded the templates and used them. She was really pleased with them and wanted to feedback that: ….it makes it easier to keep track of the project I can protect myself and the project team We can measure … Read More >Related Posts:Project management templates – are they worth while doing?The case of the missing project managerHow much project management information do you share?Practical project management training – it…
  • My 10 golden rules for effective project delivery

    Ron Rosenhead
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:37 am
    I was running a project management course when someone said to me: ‘Ron, what are your golden rule for effective project delivery?’ What a great question. I picked up a marker pen and wrote the following on a flip chart. Here are my golden rules which should help you deliver more effectively. If it’s a ‘big’ project then it’s a … Read More >Related Posts:Save yourself time and money on your projects. How …?Project managers need to cope with uncertainty. What are…How to say no without saying no!Project sponsors; how good are you at briefing your…
  • Self Development? Me?…sorry, I’m too busy for that

    Ron Rosenhead
    17 Jun 2015 | 4:11 am
    Be honest, when was the last time you took time out from your project to really focus on yourself? I ask this as I speak with many project managers who are very busy, so busy they barely return phone calls, their calendars are fully committed to the project(s) or there is little space in their day/week for anything else. As … Read More >Related Posts:So, how good are you?What do you need to change to be more effective?Project Management Training: Classroom vs mobileGood project management skills are not enoughWho are your good project management role models?
  • All change but how…..?

    Ron Rosenhead
    9 Jun 2015 | 3:31 am
    I am trying to type this without using my right hand and it is proving a tad difficult. You see I have something called De Quervains Tenosynovitis. Treatment – physiotherapy and resting the wrist….no typing please and wear a support. It is so difficult not to use my right hand….the spelling in this article is really being tested by this … Read More >Related Posts:If only common sense was…. well common!Sometimes an idea is so simple you wonder why it is not…How healthy are you (and your project)?Why is project management so fragmented in companies?This is why change…
  • If only common sense was…. well common!

    Ron Rosenhead
    21 May 2015 | 2:44 am
    The above idea came from a tweet I saw in April. It read: I must admit I was taken aback by this. Why? Before explaining fully let me say a thank you to Operation Saves Lives, they probably never intended the above to go in the direction I am going to take it. So why was I taken aback? Well … Read More >Related Posts:Why do projects fail? It’s because we do not exert enough…So, what have I learned this year 1?Project sign off – do people really know what this means?How good are your listening skills?How often do you take the helicopter view?
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    Project Management Software | Online PM System | Easy Projects » Blog

  • Dealing with Employee Turnover: 5 Secrets Great Marketing Managers Will Never Tell You

    Ash Aujla
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:57 am
      Employees leave. It’s a reality businesses have to deal with. While mediocre managers wish on their idols that employees stay forever, the competent ones face this challenge head on. You might be in slight state of panic thinking about how to deal with all the turmoil that follows after an employee resigns but you should never let this feeling overtake the fact that your company is still running and your task is to manage your marketing team. Management is about strategy. Failing to see the big picture screams incompetence–and soon, it will reflect in your work. First thing…
  • Productivity Hack: How to easily come up with unique passwords that you never forget

    Vadim Katcherovski
    24 Jul 2015 | 12:01 pm
    “Damn it! What’s the password for this site again?” If you can’t recall asking yourself this question – you must be using “password” as your password. Nice one, my friend, but not very secure. We all know about the importance of strong passwords, so they’re not easily hacked or guessed. There are hundreds of articles on the Internet showcasing different ways and tools to generate strong passwords. So you go ahead and generate something like: k8F00_#@dkuPar_!ku However you’re also constantly reminded to keep your passwords unique, so if one of the sites is compromised and…
  • Project Management Lessons from the New Horizons Mission to Pluto

    Ash Aujla
    16 Jul 2015 | 9:07 am
      We’ve all had that project. The one that we’ve been working on forever, not only because we have to, but because it has a real purpose.  It could be anything from writing a book like J.K Rowling (17 years to write Harry Potter) to creating the state-of-the-art FIFA World Cup stadium. It’s a project that’s going to change the world when it’s finished and so it’s crucial to ensure that it is done right. Now imagine that project is called New Horizons. New Horizons was a project launched by NASA that took 6 years to prepare and then almost 10 years of execution. Oh yeah,…
  • The Tragic Flaws of a Project Manager

    Ash Aujla
    14 Jul 2015 | 10:49 am
        (Spoilers for a 415-year-old play follow.) One of the most famous tragic flaws in history is that of Hamlet, which eventually led to his downfall. He is repeatedly told and provided with evidence that his uncle, King Claudius, is guilty of the murder of his father, but he delays killing Claudius in revenge. There are a variety of reasons for this delay, but ultimately it leads to his death as Claudius engineers a fencing match that sees Hamlet fatally stabbed with a poisoned sword. That Hamlet manages to kill Claudius before he himself dies is an irony not lost on anyone. While…
  • 4 Common Misconceptions about Successful Women

    Ash Aujla
    7 Jul 2015 | 11:42 am
      Facebook C.O.O., Sheryl Sandberg   The media have done an excellent job of portraying today’s successful women as superhuman; painting them as unachievable role models. Thankfully, a recent study has revealed the real routines of successful women are balanced between work, family and ‘me’ time. Below we tackle the common misconceptions about hardworking females. They don’t stop working Granted, most dedicate extended hours to their jobs, but all those featured allowed themselves downtime. Kate Simpson, Travel Lead for Facebook Global Marketing Solutions, said: “As much…
 
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  • The Project Office’s Coffee Machine Is Your Friend

    Ben Ferris
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:21 am
    I used to work a few feet away from the worst coffee machine in the world. I never knew this at the time, of course, just as we never know about the really horrible things which are right under our nose all day. I only realized how bad that piece of junk was when I moved to a new office and made friends with a smart modern machine which offered me several types of coffee, hot chocolate and even two types of hot soup. I was in hot beverage heaven. As you can probably tell, I love reminiscing about seemingly insignificant stuff like this but what does it have to do with being a project…
  • Some Interesting Ways to Enhance Your Career

    Ben Ferris
    22 Jul 2015 | 2:18 am
    Once you start out in a project manager role you could be forgiven for thinking that you will be restricted in your future career to similar jobs to the one you are now doing. The good news is that this doesn’t have to be the case provided that you know how to diversify and enhance your career as you go along. Focus More on People Management As you progress your career in the project world you will find that your people management skills become ever more important. This is because you will look to run bigger projects all the time and you will be expected to do this using bigger project…
  • Don’t Make a Mess of Your Email Communication

    Ben Ferris
    15 Jul 2015 | 2:13 am
    These days most project managers use email for a lot of their communication. It is quick and easy but, sadly, it is also easy to mess up. If you don’t want to enjoy email communication which is clear and useful then here are some top tips to follow. Don’t Send Long and Confusing Emails One of the most common mistakes when sending emails is to make the messages more long and complicated than is advisable. If you have to spend more than 5 minutes writing out the email then there is a good chance that it falls into this category. When this is the case it might be better to set up a meeting…
  • Why Does This Project Look So Easy?

    Ben Ferris
    8 Jul 2015 | 11:46 am
    If you are ever tempted into wondering why a project seems so much easier than you had expected then this should set some alarm bells ringing. Projects are rarely easier than they appeared to be at the start. In fact, in my experience they tend to gain in complexity the more you study them. So what if you sit back one day and realize that you are having a far easier time of it than you had expected? It isn’t time to panic yet but it is time to think about where you could have gone astray. You Got the Scope Wrong The first option to consider is that you are working on the wrong scope. We…
  • 5 Reasons to Go the Extra Mile

    Ben Ferris
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:33 pm
    It can be easy to make the decision for settle for your current level of effort on a project. After all, you are probably already doing a good job, so why make your life more complicated by trying to go the extra mile if you don’t need to? Well, here are 5 great reasons why you should do more often. Feel Good About Yourself If there is one overwhelming reason to go the extra mile it is to make sure that you feel better about yourself and how you are doing the job. We all like to look at ourselves in the mirror in the morning and know that we are looking at a serious project manager who does…
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  • How to run a great internal project kickoff meeting

    Ben Aston
    23 Jul 2015 | 5:37 pm
    Posted in General All of us project managers are eager beavers. It’s an innate part of who we are. We love getting things started and seeing stuff happen. But in the case of kicking off a project with a client, let’s not rush into them before first prepping properly with an internal project kickoff meeting. Put your beaver in check We need to take them seriously. The internal project kick-off isn’t just a precursor to the client kick-off... The post How to run a great internal project kickoff meeting appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.
  • 10 top tips for how to create a statement of work: break it up

    Ben Aston
    21 Jul 2015 | 8:17 am
    Posted in GeneralStatements of work It’s tempting to create a nice, neat, fully baked statement of work (SoW) at the beginning of a project that covers everything from project initiation right through strategy, UX, design, build, QA right through to post-deployment support. It’s often what your clients want too – they ‘just’ need a SoW for the entire project so that they can secure funding. You can be all too happy to oblige because you want to get things moving and... The post 10 top tips for how to create a statement of work: break it up appeared first on The Digital Project…
  • Lead by serving

    Ben Aston
    21 Jul 2015 | 3:32 am
    Posted in General Unknown ~ Unknown The post Lead by serving appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.
  • Another strategy presentation where everyone nods affirmingly but has no idea what’s being talked about

    Ben Aston
    17 Jul 2015 | 8:22 am
    Posted in The PM life The post Another strategy presentation where everyone nods affirmingly but has no idea what’s being talked about appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.
  • Win $500 with Clarizen’s PM survey

    Ben Aston
    15 Jul 2015 | 3:55 pm
    Posted in General http:// Enter our 10 question survey from Clarizen on real-world project management practices and approaches for a chance to win $500. The post Win $500 with Clarizen’s PM survey appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.
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  • PMP Exam Preparation – A Training Course Review

    Jose Maria Delos Santos
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:54 pm
    Need a simple project management software to manage your team? Check-out our valuable and unique Top 15 Web Applications 2015. Course Description Project Management Professional (PMP) Exam Preparation is a Udemy course designed for one specific purpose: to help students pass the PMP certification examination on their first try. The PMI’s Project Management Professional certification is respected and recognized all over the world. Today, the certification is increasingly becoming a requirement from candidates for a project manager or related position. It has also become a valuable…
  • Lean Six Sigma in IT Sector

    Rajneesh Kumar
    25 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    Need a simple project management software to manage your team? Check-out our valuable and unique Top 15 Web Applications 2015. This article is being published with the intention of endorsing the various vistas of Lean Six Sigma implementation, particularly when it is implemented in the IT sector. We do believe that IT professionals of all ranks & files would acknowledge the great value Lean Six Sigma brings to their organization, if it has been implemented with sincere undertaking. Information technology (IT) organizations increasingly are under pressure to improve their service and…
  • Project Management Landscape is Changing for Better

    Sebastien Boyer
    24 Jul 2015 | 9:12 am
    Need a simple project management software to manage your team? Check-out our valuable and unique Top 15 Web Applications 2015. Business and project management processes have been undergoing significant changes over the past decade, thanks to technology changes. It has, in fact, changed the way companies communicate, conduct business, and manage teams to improve customers’ experiences as well as the business revenue. Project management has come a long way from the traditional Gantt charts. Today we have different models and methodologies to make managing project a seamless and transparent…
  • Why Project Maintenance is the Key to Success

    Lori Benson
    23 Jul 2015 | 1:27 pm
    Need a simple project management software to manage your team? Check-out our valuable and unique Top 15 Web Applications 2015. Ace World War I fighter pilot and pioneering airline and auto industry executive Eddie Rickenbacker once said, “I can give you a six-word formula for success: Think things through, then follow through.” Many decades later, the same stalwart advice holds true for modern-day project management—the likelihood for success relies much more heavily on the project maintenance (or the ‘follow-through’) than on the initial plan itself. Executives and project…
  • Project Management: A Compact Guide – A Book Review

    Jose Maria Delos Santos
    21 Jul 2015 | 4:07 am
    Need a simple project management software to manage your team? Check-out our valuable and unique Top 15 Web Applications 2015. Project Management: A Compact Guide to the Complex World of Project Management is a handy reference guide for both the new project professional and the veteran manager. It is a balanced, concise manual that contains definitions and academic reference as well as real-world scenarios, tips, tools and links to further PM learning. It provides guidance in goal setting, scheduling, team building, risk assessment, change management, and more for all the processes…
 
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  • 7 Reasons Why You Should Want to be a Project Manager (PM)

    deskander
    26 Jul 2015 | 10:27 pm
    Project Managers are highly coveted positions, especially in the IT sector. If project management is something you’re considering as a career path, you’re definitely on to something. It is both a highly challenging and highly rewarding career path. And here are the top 7 reasons why: 1. Leading a team: Hands down, one of the most rewarding aspects of being a PM is the satisfaction that comes with leading a team through a project, from idea to completion. If you develop a holistic approach to managing both a project and a team, being a leader is not only rewarding for the PM but for their…
  • Ready for an Enterprise Project Management Solution?

    deskander
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:08 am
    Many companies, from smaller start ups to multinational corporations are embracing the importance and the inevitable need of project collaboration and/or project management solutions. As organizations grow and systems become more intelligent, the days of organizing tasks through excel spreadsheets are becoming a memory of the (very) distant past. The question is, when is your business ready to adopt a more comprehensive solution, such as an Enterprise Project Management (EPM) Solution? If these points sound all too familiar, then it may be time to consider an EPM! *Your company manages…
  • The difference between Project, Portfolio and Program Management

    deskander
    12 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    It’s not uncommon for an overlapping use of terms when it comes to project, program and portfolio management; and they are often interchanged with the assumption that they describe similar processes. But in fact, the three terms describe three very different practices. If we were to put them into a visual representation, it would look like a pyramid, with Projects as the base, Program Management as the middle layer, and Project Portfolio Management at the top. This is not because one type of management is more important than the other, but rather that each management requires the inclusion…
  • The Importance of a Project Management Office (PMO) and Who Needs One

    deskander
    5 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Project management office (PMO) is a buzzword that’s been gaining a lot of popularity and attention. It’s a word that many organizations are gravitating towards and with good reason. However, the question of who needs a PMO and when it is most valuable for an organization, is an important one to ask. The PMO is a department or group within an organization that defines the standards and processes for project management. The most effective PMOs reflect the culture and strategy of its organization and are important for establishing (and maintaining) consistency, efficiencies and management…
  • Learning Fast & Failing Forward

    deskander
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:26 am
    While many organizations and PMOs are realizing that “failing fast” is a smart approach, New Product Development (NPD) has been doing this for years, and doing it successfully. They refer to the process as Stage Gate, where ideas are turned into products; to sum it up the stages are “Activities” + “Analysis” = “Deliverables”. The reason that NPD has adopted this practice is that engagement levels and investments (both monetary and time-wise) are so high in product development, that they need to fail & learn fast before going too far – otherwise the loss would simply…
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  • 5 reasons to do PMP training again…

    Praveen Malik, PMP
    12 Jul 2015 | 6:20 am
    Why should you do PMP training again? Recently I received a mail from one of my erstwhile student. He wanted to know if he should attend a PMP training again. Here is an excerpt... The post 5 reasons to do PMP training again… appeared first on PM-by-PM.
  • PMP PDU Validity

    Praveen Malik, PMP
    4 Apr 2015 | 9:16 am
    Let us Answer some questions about PMP PDU Validity Do you need an answer for these Questions? Depending on your requirement, these may be not be the correct questions. In fact, the title of... The post PMP PDU Validity appeared first on PM-by-PM.
  • Project Time Management Terms You Should Know

    Praveen Malik, PMP
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:46 am
    Project Time Management Terms and Definitions What is Project Time Management? Project Time Management is a subset of Project Management which includes processes that are required to ensure timely completion of a project. Project... The post Project Time Management Terms You Should Know appeared first on PM-by-PM.
  • What is the Difference Between Project Effort and Duration?

    Praveen Malik, PMP
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:39 pm
    Project Effort and Duration I recently posted a series of articles on Project Network Diagrams. I wrote an article on Start to Start Relationship. I described the relationship using a small example. While explaining... The post What is the Difference Between Project Effort and Duration? appeared first on PM-by-PM.
  • Why is Defect Repair Considered as a Change Request?

    Praveen Malik, PMP
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:11 am
    9ud7k7yubgg What is Defect Repair? I started managing projects long time ago. We used to have lot of fun in early days. During that period, we had a common joke in our organization A... The post Why is Defect Repair Considered as a Change Request? appeared first on PM-by-PM.
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  • Amazon’s Prime Day Could Push eCommerce Margins Lower

    TheDigitalPM
    12 Jul 2015 | 7:49 am
    In case you have been living under a rock here is some important news.  I’m simply going to add the news from internetretailer.com because I figure my readers might want to know a bit more. The 20th anniversary event, which Amazon says will be bigger than Black Friday, holds promise as a sale but its long-term effects are unclear, analysts say. Prime Day, Amazon.com Inc.’s newly announced sale for July 15, has been tagged as Christmas in July, bigger than Black Friday or a U.S. version of Singles Day, the blowout online shopping event in China that generates billions of dollars in…
  • How To Stay on Google’s Good Side (Infographic)

    TheDigitalPM
    12 Jul 2015 | 7:39 am
    In the event that the words “Google Algorithm Update” don’t strike dread into your heart, than the way you earn a living must not be in the digital or eCommerce industry.  If that is the case, I want to know why you are here and what you do?  But that’s beside the point.  Every time Google releases another algorithm update your business has to evolve and change.  If you aren’t quick to change your practices and follow suit, and by that I mean update your content to Google’s new requirements, you run the risk of Google’s penalizing your digital marketing…
  • 5 Web Design Elements that Make Your Website Look Established

    TheDigitalPM
    19 Jun 2015 | 9:49 am
    5 Web Design Elements that Make Your Site Look Old School In this Two Minute Tuesday, Matt will tell you how to keep your site looking so fresh and so clean in order to draw customers and increase conversions. When selling online, your site design is just as important as the items you stock. Most people have the attention span of a goldfish, so it’s crucial to catch their eyeballs with a compelling and unique layout. Enjoy the return of Two Minute Tuesdays with this handy video about how to keep your site ahead of the rest! If you want a quick review of your website, feel free to submit…
  • How To Complete an Amazing Project Meeting

    TheDigitalPM
    4 Jun 2015 | 5:42 pm
    I had to laugh at this one. I was meeting with a potential new client this morning and he talked about the concept of the “good meeting” on projects. You know the ones – everyone comes out of the meeting saying, “good meeting!” But when asked what was accomplished no one can really pinpoint anything of any significance. The really sad thing is this – when that happens for a two hour project meeting with an attendee list of 6-8 individuals, you suddenly realize you just blew through somewhere between $500 and $2,000 of billable time. The PM now has that much…
  • SEO Guide to Keyword Research for Beginners

    TheDigitalPM
    17 May 2015 | 3:41 pm
    In case you are new to the universe of ecommerce or digital marketing in general, you’ve likely heard about search engine optimization (SEO). In our current reality where the lion’s share of online traffic stems from a string of text typed into a search box, search engine optimization can be the main factor in the fate of your business. SEO incorporates numerous strategies yet the underlying principal is that you’re helping Google and internet search engines better understand what your ecommerce website is about and what it offers (fyi, it can be a static website too, it…
 
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  • Top BPM System Trends for 2015

    pavel
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:45 am
    Top trends for BPM systems in 2015 will take the concept to levels not seen before. Of course, BPM advances every year, because continuous improvement and transformation is a key concept of BPM, so it only makes sense that BPM itself would be on a continuous improvement track. BPM is expanding to take on new challenges in 2015. For many years, BPM was talked about in terms of its potential, but today, we have the technology and tools to show just how BPM delivers results and how to measure them. Now that we’ve passed the point of looking at BPM potential and are now measuring exactly…
  • 7 Features You Need to Have in Your Workflow Management System in 2015

    pavel
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Workflows may be a simple sequence of work activities, or a complicated collection of processes that take place in parallel. When a company’s methodology features workflow management system capability, the result can be more visibility into all stages of the process, better accountability among work team members, and improved efficiency overall. With the right workflow management solution, repetitive tasks can be automated, and better collaboration is facilitated. The right workflow management system keeps everyone in the loop and makes tracking complex projects easier. The right…
  • Active Logistic to improve efficiency of its business processes with Comindware

    pavel
    9 Jul 2015 | 2:46 am
    One of the leading transport logistics and shipping companies – “Active Logistic” – deployed Comindware to increase efficiency of its business operations and optimize execution of its internal and external projects. Comindware solution among other enables receipt of cargo delivery requests and entering additional data on the go as well as real-time collaboration in case of urgent issues. Following the implementation, the Company’s Executive team is now able to monitor their employees’ actual workload and assignment execution progress. Key capabilities delivered by…
  • Comindware selected as one of Top 20 Most Promising BPM Technology Solution Providers

    pavel
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:20 am
    Stoneham, MA –April 20, 2015 – Comindware® (www.comindware.com) – a leading provider of cloud-based Enterprise Work Management solutions has been selected as one of the Top 20 Most Promising BPM Technology Solution Providers by CIO Review in 2015. The CIO Review editorial board comprised CEOs, CIOs, CMOs and industry analysts who reviewed the finalists by various parameters such as impact on the market, product differentiation, ability to execute and other criteria. Comindware distinguished among the top 20 Most Promising BPM Technology Vendors as leveraging the unique digital-first…
  • Marketing Agencies: The Benefits of Managing Your Campaigns with Comindware Project

    pavel
    14 Apr 2015 | 2:46 am
    For marketing campaigns, time and freshness are crucial, which is why deadline projections must be met at all costs or you risk missing the audience’s tune of the moment. To avoid confusion and misplaced information or instructions, it’s important for marketing agencies to have a central and dedicated system in place to manage projects, tasks, events, communications, and progress across the agency and client base. One such system is Comindware Project, a project management solution that provides a single environment for everything related to your projects, a real-time view of how your…
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  • Field Report from the World Domination Summit: Online Business, Relationships & Great Workshops

    bruce
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:33 am
    I have followed Chris Guilebeau’s blog and books for years but only attended his conference, the World Domination Summit (WDS) in 2015. When Chis came to Toronto in 2014 to promote his new book The Happiness of Pursuit, I had the chance to meet him (see below) and interview him (How Quests Transform Your Leadership — An Interview with Chris Guillebeau). I was also delighted to receive a Willy Wonka-style “Golden Ticket” to attend the World Domination Summit – a thoughtful touch that I appreciated. Image: Bruce Harpham and Chris Guillebeau during the “Happiness of…
  • From Software Developer To Management Consultant: An Interview with Lynne Harrison, PMP

    bruce
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:45 am
    Earlier this year, I conducted a career advancement survey to find out how project managers get ahead. Earlier, I shared some of the findings from the research in this post: 22 Career Advancement Insights To Help You Get Ahead. Today, you will read a profile of one of the respondents and the lucky winner of the free draw – a premium subscription to the Project Management Podcast. Enter Lynne Harrison, PMP. Lynne is a management consultant with the Atum Group in Portland, Oregon. Lynne Harrison, PMP. Introduction 1. How did you get started in project management? I started my career in…
  • How To Improve Productivity With Personal Projects

    bruce
    21 Jul 2015 | 2:15 am
    Image Credit: Artist by Counselling, Pixabay.com A personal summer project, unrelated to your career, is a great way to become happier and more productive. In today’s post, you will discover the productivity benefits of personal projects and practical suggestions for what areas to get started in. For today’s post, I define a personal project as a project undertaken for satisfaction, enjoyment and personal growth rather than career or business reasons. Why Personal Projects Matter To Your Productivity Personal projects are an excellent way to enrich your life beyond the office. Here are…
  • Your Guide To Starting A Summer Project At Work

    bruce
    14 Jul 2015 | 2:35 am
    Image Credit: Start By Geralt (Pixabay.com) Last week, you learned about the value of starting a summer project. Today, we continue that theme with a focus on starting a summer project at the office. Our work context carries some restrictions and other considerations to consider when we design a project. Today’s post will help you identify opportunities and provide a list of ideas. Where To Find Summer Projects At Work Many of us are under pressure at the office with a constantly growing task list. If you lead yourself with Getting Things Done, it’s possible to retain perspective…
  • Why You Need To Start A Summer Project

    bruce
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:30 am
    Image Credit: Camera by markusspiske (Pixabay.com) For many of us, the summer is a slow period at the office. As many people leave the office for vacations and holidays, the pace of work slows down. It is easy to slow down and defer work to the fall. Don’t fall into that trap of “writing off” the summer as a lossed cause. What’s the solution? Work on a summer project! It’s a great way to get ahead and stay excited during the summer. In addition to the immediate benefits, completing a summer project will get you ready for the fall. Without a good summer project,…
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  • The Importance of the Project Management Software Dashboard

    Bhauvik Tripathi
    9 Jul 2015 | 10:33 pm
    What does it take to choose the right project management software? Should you focus on the price or should you pay attention to the feature? The answer is simple – both of these areas are important. The quality of the project management software dashboard is probably one of the most important criteria to examine before selecting. The dashboard will determine usability and your ability to utilise every functionality of the product. Several other characteristics are also determining for the importance of a good project management software dashboard. It Allows Customisation A project…
  • How to Avoid Project Failure

    Bhauvik Tripathi
    8 Jul 2015 | 10:56 pm
    Project managers and their team members dread the prospect of failure because of its personal and professional implications. But while everything that can go wrong will go wrong in any project – it’s Murphy’s Law, after all – the best project managers adopt effective and efficient measures to avoid project failure. Keep in mind that project failure can mean different things to the different stakeholders. Project failure can mean the failure to deliver based on the agreed quality, schedule and cost, it can be the failure to yield the desired positive results for the end users, or it…
  • Seven Things that can Kill Productivity at Work

    Bhauvik Tripathi
    19 Jun 2015 | 12:26 am
    What pops to mind when you think about productivity killers? Social media will certainly appear among the most common answers. CareerBuilder carried out a survey among employees to figure out what factors prevented them from being productive. Nearly 38 percent of the respondents said that social media were to blame. This isn’t the survey leader, however. Smartphones are the main culprit for diminished productivity according to 50 percent of the respondents. We live in a very dynamic corporate world and fast execution is becoming determining for employment success and the chance to…
  • Project Management Reports – Visibility is Key

    Bhauvik Tripathi
    16 Jun 2015 | 4:03 am
    Information that is presented in clear and concise form can have an incredibly positive impact on project management. This is why the creation of a detailed report can be determining for making sure that the project implementation has taken place in the best possible way. Creating a project management report that is detailed enough and easy to understand isn’t one of the simplest tasks. A small detail that has been underestimated could potentially lead to problems in the future. Visibility is the key to successful reporting, guaranteeing that all important parts and pieces of the project…
  • How to Track Tasks Better and Delegate Even Better

    Bhauvik Tripathi
    29 May 2015 | 12:09 am
    Delegation is the process of assigning responsibility and/or authority to another person on the team usually from a manager to a team (e.g., chief finance officer to accountant) for carrying out specific activities. But delegation being a core management leadership concept, it does not end with the assignment of tasks since the person who delegated the task remains accountable for its outcome – or in short, delegation and abdication are not synonymous. Then there’s the other end of delegation, namely, micromanagement. In this case, the manager who delegated the task meddles too much in…
 
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