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  • What Makes the Project Manager Role So Appealing to You?

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    Ben Ferris
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:55 am
    It is always nice to be able to think about your work and find a few aspects which you consider especially appealing. The project manager role has a lot going for it and the following are a few of the parts which you might find appeal to you more than the rest. The Variety This is probably the most important aspect of the role for me. I have always enjoyed having a lot of variety and change in my life and work and this is exactly what this line of work gives me. I love the fact that each piece of work only lasts for a finite period of time and that the next one to come along will be about…
  • 7 Personal Qualities a Good Project Manager Just Can’t Do Without

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    PM Hut
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:49 am
    7 Personal Qualities a Good Project Manager Just Can’t Do Without By Michelle Symonds What are the most important qualities for a project manager? Patience? Intelligence? No doubt those certainly come into play, but according to research by ESI International, these are the seven most important personal qualities that a project manager should possess: The ability to inspire [...]
  • Killers of Project Sustainability

    Project Management Articles - PM Hut
    PM Hut
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:46 am
    Killers of Project Sustainability By Gratien Gasaba Development projects are designed with the purpose to positively affect beneficiaries’ life for long time. It is startling to see to what extent sustainability aspects of projects evaporate during or before execution. The reasons why sustainability remains the paperwork in some development projects, have not been sufficiently discussed. Difficulties to [...]
  • Why Your Change Program Will Fail

    Pawel Brodzinski on Software Project Management
    Pawel Brodzinski
    30 Mar 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Most change initiatives fail. How many of them? Well, let’s see. In 1995, John Kotter published research that revealed only 30 percent of change programs are successful. Fast forward to 2008. A recent McKinsey & Company survey of business executives indicates that the percent of change programs that are a success today is… still 30% This is from a McKinsey report. How about different sources? According to international management consultants Bain & Co, 70 to 90 per cent of organizational change initiatives fail. Now, obviously these statistics receive some criticism. After all,…
  • 57: Interfere Less

    The Tao of Project Management
    21 Mar 2014 | 9:50 am
    Some project managers need to feel that the team is dependent on them.  In order to do this they interfere with the work of the team and make all the decisions themselves.  This reduces the freedom and responsibility of the team members.  The more coercive the project manager becomes, the more resistant the team members become.  Manipulation breeds evasion.  This is not the way to run a project.  The wise project manager establishes an open and honest climate for the team and as a result the team acts in an open manner.  The project manager’s job is to…
 
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  • Hyperproductivity Myth

    Pawel Brodzinski
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:54 pm
    If you are in broadly understood context of Agile you eventually has had to hear about being hyperproductive. Sources reporting a few hundred, or even as much as more than a thousand, percent productivity improvement aren’t unusual. In fact, 200% improvement seems to be “guaranteed” by some. That’s great! Good for them! They’re going to get hyperproductivity badge or something. Yay! What Hyperproductivity Is Let’s start with the basics though. What is this whole thing? When a team becomes hyperproductive? How much do they have to improve? Oh, and by the way, if a super-crappy team…
  • Personal Ritual Dissent

    Pawel Brodzinski
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:25 pm
    If I got a dollar each time I heard someone mentioning that they’d like to get more feedback I would be filthy rich by now. Heck, if I got a dollar each time I personally said that I would still got a decent sum. Most of us do want and like to get feedback. Most of us would love to get more of that. There’s obviously one thing to consider, which is what kind of feedback and received in what context is most useful for us. I’ve heard a lot of theories on that. One example is that we should always focus on positive or supportive feedback as people would improve their weaknesses…
  • Unscaling Agile

    Pawel Brodzinski
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:26 pm
    A theme of scaling Agile, or Lean for that matter, is all hot these days. You will hear it all sorts of contexts: as broad as Agile and as specific as one of the methods we use. No wonder. It sells. You can tell that looking at tracks at Agile or Lean conferences. You can tell that looking at a rise of approaches that specifically aim at the big scale as their main target (SAFe, anyone?) The interesting part of the whole dispute is how rarely we question scaling up strategy. I mean it seems to be some sort of unquestionable paradigm and when you decide to go against that everyone looks at you…
  • Why Your Change Program Will Fail

    Pawel Brodzinski
    30 Mar 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Most change initiatives fail. How many of them? Well, let’s see. In 1995, John Kotter published research that revealed only 30 percent of change programs are successful. Fast forward to 2008. A recent McKinsey & Company survey of business executives indicates that the percent of change programs that are a success today is… still 30% This is from a McKinsey report. How about different sources? According to international management consultants Bain & Co, 70 to 90 per cent of organizational change initiatives fail. Now, obviously these statistics receive some criticism. After all,…
  • (Don’t) Change Your Job

    Pawel Brodzinski
    19 Mar 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Few of us have comfort not to worry, or think, of changing a job ever again. If you’re not one of those few, this post is for you. I have easily gone through way more than a hundred of exit interviews. No, it doesn’t mean that I changed job that many times. This means that so many people left my teams. Nothing to brag about, I guess. Anyway, if there’s a reason for leaving one’s job I’ve heard it. And I’ve heard it from a person who I knew and worked with for quite a while. Obviously, more often than not I tried hard to keep people around and missed those who decided to leave.
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  • Why Project Managers Should Coach

    18 Apr 2014 | 1:33 am
    Teams, not individuals deliver projects. As a project manager you are like the conductor of an orchestra, you must bring all aspects of the project together to produce a successful performance and result. However, what happens if the people on your project team do not have the full range of skills and expertise needed? This is where coaching plays a part.
  • When Project Management is a Four Letter Word

    11 Apr 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Most project managers add incredible value to the engagement. I, personally, could not imagine a project run without that kind of leadership. In my mind, it would be a disorganised mess. I hope that most of the clients that I have run projects for would agree with this statement. However, what happens when you have those customers who, for whatever reason, aren't fond of project managers?
  • How to Run the Most Productive Project Meetings Possible - Part 2

    22 Mar 2014 | 11:50 am
    In Part 1 of this two-part series on running highly effective and productive project meetings, we discussed the first three of my seven key concepts. Those included creating an agenda, starting and finishing on time, and ending a meeting when it is done. Now let's look at the final four key concepts for highly productive project meetings.
  • How to Run the Most Productive Project Meetings Possible - Part 1

    19 Mar 2014 | 10:13 am
    No one wants to be one of those people. You know who I'm talking about - the time-wasters who seem to call meetings just to hear themselves talk out loud; like a committee trying to form another committee. And if you are like me - one who hates the long-winded chitchat at the water cooler - then you aren't a fan of these types of meetings either.
  • Praise Loud, Blame Soft

    15 Mar 2014 | 4:55 am
    This is a big one. Project managers have a lot of responsibility, a lot of power, a lot of clout, and a lot of control on any given project. At least, they should, and hopefully, they do in project management infrastructures that are properly set up and have the right idea about allowing their project managers the freedom to do their jobs well.
 
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    The Tao of Project Management

  • 60: Stirring Things Up

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:25 am
    At long last we are getting some sunshine and spring is definitely here. The Topsham outdoor swimming pool opens tomorrow and I’ve got my first early morning stint at 05:30 Easter Monday morning! I have vivid memories last year of struggling to get the pool cover off in the dark and in the pouring rain. I wonder what this year will bring.The ProjectSilence from the publishers, which could be good or bad. I try not to pester them at these times as they will get back to me soon enough if they find any problems. The last thing I want to do is stir things up as my book is but one of many…
  • 59: Restraint

    11 Apr 2014 | 12:21 am
    The ProjectSo at long last my final content for “Project Program and Portfolio Management in easy steps” has been uploaded to the publishers.  Now the waiting begins!  Will they like it?  Will they find any errors or typos?  There is always a strange sort of empty feeling when I finish a book or any other project, but in my case I have one or two more things in the pipeline, so watch this space.As project managers, we need to be aware of what is happening and how things happen on our projects, so that we can act accordingly.  Poor project managers tend to bludgeon…
  • PMI Netherlands Summit 2014

    4 Apr 2014 | 1:54 am
    3rd edition PMI Netherlands SummitOnce again I find myself on the bloggers team for those good PMI folks in the Netherlands and following on from their very successful events in 2012 and 2013, the PMI Netherlands Chapter & CKC Seminars are organizing the 3rd edition of PMI Netherlands Summit on: Thursday, June 12th 2014 The PMI Netherlands Summit is a unique event for Project, Program and Portfolio professionals to inspire and to be inspired. The central theme of this event is “The thin line between project success & failure”, something very close to my heart.  The…
  • 58: Facilitation

    28 Mar 2014 | 2:26 am
    The ProjectHad some more excellent feedback from Graham and David for the book. A few typos and a lot of helpful suggestions. Final proof reading over the weekend and submit it to the publishers on Monday. All being well it should be published by the end of April. It is great to have friends and former colleagues that you can rely on for help, support and facilitation.Poor project managers try to control their teams and the processes they use.  But by doing this they interfere with the natural process and end up by making it chaotic.  The team process should evolve naturally and be…
  • 57: Interfere Less

    21 Mar 2014 | 9:50 am
    Some project managers need to feel that the team is dependent on them.  In order to do this they interfere with the work of the team and make all the decisions themselves.  This reduces the freedom and responsibility of the team members.  The more coercive the project manager becomes, the more resistant the team members become.  Manipulation breeds evasion.  This is not the way to run a project.  The wise project manager establishes an open and honest climate for the team and as a result the team acts in an open manner.  The project manager’s job is to…
 
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  • Killers of Project Sustainability

    PM Hut
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:46 am
    Killers of Project Sustainability By Gratien Gasaba Development projects are designed with the purpose to positively affect beneficiaries’ life for long time. It is startling to see to what extent sustainability aspects of projects evaporate during or before execution. The reasons why sustainability remains the paperwork in some development projects, have not been sufficiently discussed. Difficulties to [...]
  • Agile Has become the Rodney Dangerfield of the Project Management World!

    PM Hut
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:39 am
    Agile Has become the Rodney Dangerfield of the Project Management World! By Kiron D. Bondale Follow discussions in any online PM community over a couple of weeks and you’ll run across at least one discussion thread vilifying agile project management. Whereas a few years back supporters clearly outnumbered the naysayers, the balance appears to be shifting in the [...]
  • 7 Personal Qualities a Good Project Manager Just Can’t Do Without

    PM Hut
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:49 am
    7 Personal Qualities a Good Project Manager Just Can’t Do Without By Michelle Symonds What are the most important qualities for a project manager? Patience? Intelligence? No doubt those certainly come into play, but according to research by ESI International, these are the seven most important personal qualities that a project manager should possess: The ability to inspire [...]
  • Art of Managing - Shiny Objects and the Senior Management Team

    PM Hut
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:36 am
    Art of Managing - Shiny Objects and the Senior Management Team By Art Petty One of the value killers found inside many organizations is the out of control pursuit of too many new initiatives. The resultant too few resources chasing too many projects, is a sure-fire way to create organizational stress as initiatives fall short, inefficiencies skyrocket [...]
  • Project Management: Floccinaucinihilipilification

    PM Hut
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:58 pm
    Project Management: Floccinaucinihilipilification By Olga Sa Have you ever felt floccinaucinihilipilification while estimating one of your projects? What’s that you ask? Oh, let me Google that for you! On a more serious note, however, how often do you as a PM have input into which projects are chosen for development in your organization? My guess is not very often. [...]
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    Project, Program and Portfolio Management

  • Employment Trend: Project Management Remains Strong Career Option

    20 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Newtown Square, Dec. 20 -- In alignment with signs of improvement from various global economies, the project management profession is experiencing continued growth and high median salaries, according to the recently released 2013 Project Management Salary Survey from Project Management Institute (PMI). This latest research from the world's leading professional membership
  • 360-degree feedback - Developing self-awareness among employees

    21 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Sri Lanka, April 21 -- In the 1990s, organisations started to change from highly structured pyramid-like hierarchies towards flatter and leaner shapes. The autocratic management styles that suited a pyramid structure won't work in the modern organisation with its wide spans of control, high levels of self-management and a workforce that relies on motivation rather than control. Management styles needed to change. Change is difficult at best of times but behavioural change is more difficult than anything else. Many things get in the way of the best intentions to do things differently.
  • Robert Gordon University: MSc Project Management Attracts Two Leading Industry Awards

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    April 17 -- Project Management students at Robert Gordon University (RGU) are being given the opportunity to run for two leading industry awards.The best student on the MSc Project Management course at RGU's Aberdeen Business School will be presented with an award of 1,000 from global company Aker Solutions.
  • Florida Tech, Southern Maryland Higher Education Center Partner to Offer M.S. in Project Management

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Florida Institute of Technology issued the following news release: The Extended Studies Department of Florida Institute of Technology's Nathan M. Bisk College of Business is pleased to announce it now offers a Master of Science in Project Management at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center (SMHEC) in California, Md.
  • Plucky 10-week build brings Irish bar back

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Some people will tell you it takes a lot of luck to bring a construction project in on time but project manager Patrick Hill will tell you most jobs are held up by a lack of fast decision-making. With decades of project managing the development of more than 30 bars and restaurants throughout New Zealand, someone of Hill's experience is vital in a city swarming with projects in various stages of completion.
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    The Project Management Podcast

  • Episode 270: Are They Really Working On Your Project (Free) #PMOT

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:15 am
    Play Now: This episode is sponsored by The PM PrepCast for The PMP Exam: How do you know whether or not someone is actually doing the work they are supposed to be doing on your project? Well.. we could assume that if they are assigned to your project then they must be working on the project, right? Well… maybe. But sometimes it is not so clear. Sometimes you just don’t have that “warm fuzzy feeling”. And that pretty much is the point where today’s interview with Margaret Meloni (http://www.margaretmeloni.com/) starts. From here we will explore how such situations can occur, how line…
  • Episode 269: Portfolio Management and the Strategic Project Management Office (SPMO) (Free)

    30 Mar 2014 | 9:15 am
    Play Now: This episode is sponsored by The PM PrepCast for The PMP Exam: John Donohoe (http://de.linkedin.com/pub/john-donohoe/3/545/24b) is the Director of Project Management at Star Alliance, and portfolio management is his passion. He says that many corporations don’t fail when they are developing a strategic plan but instead, they fail in the execution of that plan. This is basically because executing strategy consists of two main components, which are doing the right projects and doing projects right. Once you have this down, then effective portfolio management enables companies to do…
  • Episode 268: Six Reasons Why You May Have Failed The PMP Exam Three Times (Free)

    25 Mar 2014 | 9:15 am
    Play Now: This episode is sponsored by The PM PrepCast for The PMP Exam: Today’s topic is not an easy one. Kevin Reilly, PMP, PMI-ACP (http://krpm-training.com/ - http://www.linkedin.com/in/kevinwreilly) and I are going to talk about failure. Failure on the PMP exam to be precise. But of course, just talking about failure is not interesting. So our approach is that we want to talk about the reasons why someone may have failed the PMP exam once, twice or maybe even three times, and then most importantly what actions one can take to recover, regroup and and begin moving forward to passing…
  • Episode 266: PMO and Capitalizing on Diversity (Free)

    25 Mar 2014 | 9:15 am
    Play Now: This episode is sponsored by The PM PrepCast for The PMP Exam: Globalization and internationalization continue to change the diversity of businesses and our projects. Corporate structures mirror these trends. However, it seems that “diversity” mostly focuses on gender, age or origin. And diversification of employees is not the objective of diversity management. Roland Dumont du Voitel (http://www.amontis.com/ - http://de.linkedin.com/pub/dr-roland-dumont-du-voitel/14/9b7/567) says that there is much more to it. He says that building on diversity focused on individual talents and…
  • Episode 267: Integration of Project Management and Ongoing Business (Premium)

    25 Mar 2014 | 9:15 am
    This episode is reserved for subscribers of the Premium Podcast. Learn how to subscribe to the Premium Podcast to access this interview and transcript... This episode is sponsored by The PM PrepCast for The PMP Exam: In this discussion, Roland Dumont du Voitel (http://www.amontis.com/ - http://de.linkedin.com/pub/dr-roland-dumont-du-voitel/14/9b7/567) and I will be delving into the topic of how an Enterprise PMO - an EPMO - needs to take the perspective of two worlds. That is to say that the EPMO needs to look at both projects and project management as well as the ongoing business. And that…
 
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  • Security update: Heartbleed

    asciithoughts
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:57 am
    On Monday April 7th, a vulnerability in OpenSSL was disclosed as CVE-2014-0160, also known as Heartbleed. This is a serious vulnerability as OpenSSL is widely used to secure HTTPS traffic, and so it affects a large part off the internet. All our services have been patched and secured: Tender was never vulnerable but Lighthouse was partially vulnerable through our use of Amazon Elastic Load Balancer. Our load balancer runs on a dedicated instance, which limits the data that could have been exposed. On Tuesday 8th, Amazon issued an update to their services, and we immediately updated our…
  • Companies

    asciithoughts
    26 Mar 2014 | 11:26 am
    Howdy. Today we are deploying some changes to Companies. Companies are groups of users that have access to each other’s private discussions. This is often used when your product/service is used by multiple people inside a company, and they all need/want to participate in discussions/issues. This is a helpful system, but it was missing one big feature: notifications. So today, we are introducing Notifications for Companies. So what are the changes: By default, all members of a company will receive notifications about any discussion started (or replied to) by someone else in the company.
  • Knowledge Base Only

    asciithoughts
    19 Mar 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Howdy! While Tender is a great support platform, sometimes all you need is a simple Knowledge Base. So we just deployed an option to do just that. You can find out more in the knowledge base article. Cheers!
  • Spam improvements

    asciithoughts
    24 Feb 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Howdy, Today we deployed a number of improvements to our spam engine. As a result you should see a big decrease of false positives (real discussion incorrectly marked as spam). It is possible that you will also notice a slight increase of false negatives (real spam, not caught). As you continue marking those as spam the situation should rapidly improve. We also added a new option: you can now ignore spam checking for a particular category. This is useful when you receive emails from an automated source (form, etc), which contains a lot of (sometimes malformed) HTML which may trigger some of…
  • Site offline for maintenance

    asciithoughts
    9 Jan 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Hi all, Tender will be offline for 5-10 minutes tonight, Thursday 1/9 at 9pm PST, while we perform a maintenance operation on one of our database servers. Emails coming in during this period will be slightly delayed. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any question or concern, drop us a line at support@tenderapp.com. Thanks!
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  • Three things that will improve your grasp of theories

    Craig Brown
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    A good test of whether you do know your theory is if you can explain it using multiple reference lenses.So for example, why does time boxing seem to work?Is there a social reason?Is there a neurological explanation?Is there a behavioural reason?If you can pull off two answers to these questions, great job.The next question to challenge yourself is where are the limits?In what circumstances will this theory or practice fail to deliver?Why is that? What are the implications to the theory?For a nice roundout, go and try it out in a domain where it is not usually applied (eg cooking for a dinner…
  • The difference between Project Manager and project manager

    Craig Brown
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Once upon a time Project Managers were known to manage teams and resources to make stuff that is a Big Deal. It was almost like being a Project Manager was a destination. These days it seems like job title inflation has pretty much made project manager the job description you give to anyone who is supposed to chase stuff up and get stuff done.
  • Good PMs do more than manage processes. For example...

    Craig Brown
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Justin wants his team to be successful. He wants them to create a great software product and so he does more than goes out and listens to customers, more than sharing insights with the team, more than balancing competing agendas from things like UX, engineering, sales and others.He also does things that encourage a spirit of comradeship, like getting up early, shopping and cooking the team breakfast on the day a team member is moving away.Good on you Justin. And thanks for the bacon and egg sandwich you cooked me.)
  • Advanced Agile: A Review

    Kelsey van Haaster
    15 Mar 2014 | 12:51 am
    The work of Dr. Alistair Cockburn has informed and influenced my practice both as a software developer and as a business analyst over many years. More recently I have had cause to engage more deeply with his work (amongst that of many others), as a result of my (ongoing) attempt to write a PhD. Through sheer good luck, I had my first opportunity to hear Dr Cockburn speak about 12 months ago, the context was rather weird: this was at a local meet-up group which took place in a very odd venue (as they often do). The session was supposed to be a presentation on some aspect of Agile business…
  • That's not real Agile!

    Kelsey van Haaster
    8 Mar 2014 | 3:39 am
    That’s not real Agile! I have heard and read this a few times recently in various contexts, including that of my own day-to-day work and it bothers me. It’s usually been in the context of some transgression of the rules of some methodology or another. An example that comes to mind is choosing to delay the start of a sprint for a day in order to deliver an item that didn’t make it all the way to “done” within its sprint.  The team took the decision, in the interest of meeting a specific business need. There are lots of other small examples, many of which are responses to various…
 
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  • BLOGGING 101, Day Three: Pennies and Thoughts and All that Jazz...

    A.n.k.H.
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:59 am
    OK, so the blog post prompt/assignment thingy for April 17th was as follows: Write the post that was on your mind when you decided to start blogging. They follow this with the “why?” Because it’s an idea you were passionate enough about that it motivated you to become a blogger–there’s something to that. Because you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment and ownership for following through on the idea, the blog, and the post–and that will make you a more confident blogger. In response, I have a two-fold answer to this assignment: I started this blog because I…
  • Software project management: perspective on people management

    ahmedashfaque
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:38 am
    In literature and in real life i have come across many project managers who argue that just throw some good people on your project, take care of their needs, make them feel that they are kings and lo and behold, you project will be sprinting like a champion athlete and you will have a dream run with your project. Is it really so? When we discuss software project management, we know that software project management is all about managing resources, time, budget, vendors, customers and technology. Managing project team is only one part of project management. It is important but other aspects are…
  • Opportunity for JAVA Development Lead in Philadelphia.

    srikarl
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:19 am
    Seeking a JAVA Development Lead for a opportunity in Philadelphia. Email me slabure@liquidhub.com for more information.
  • Technical Writing | Documentation Plan

    jbtvancouver
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:50 pm
    Name: Web Work(R) User Manual Client: Tero Consutling Ltd. | Port Coquitlam, BC Date: 2009-2011 Purpose:  Put concrete dates and actions to user manual content for signature product. Challenges: User manual had not been updated for a few years; numerous changes to understand, test and document; needed access to test sites; competing projects; late release of major software version; and, no previous documentation plan found. Choices: Developed my own documentation plan to organize content, actions and timeline in order to achieve expected release date. Document was still in progress.
  • PEARL IX : Effective Visual Management in Agile S/W Methodology

    espirl
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:56 pm
    PEARL IX :  Effective use of visual management tools in Agile S/W Methodology  Visual management goes beyond task management. It’s a work management technique that helps to save time while evolving the team to work more effectively as a unit. Project managers find themselves spending less time chasing information when they manage work visually, and team members find it to be a more pleasant way to work because there is less ambiguity in what they are being asked to do. Information Radiators Information Radiators, also known as Big Visible Charts, are useful quite simply because they…
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  • How to get people to take action as a result of your documents

    Elizabeth
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:10 am
    Do you have problems with people not reading your project documents? It’s really frustrating when you send out documents for comment and then find that the people you sent them to don’t read them. Or have any recollection of receiving them. One of the best ways that I have found to avoid this happening is to make sure people know what is expected of them when they receive an email from you with a document attached. If you don’t spell out what you are waiting for then it’s really unlikely that you’ll get it, so you have to make it clear for stakeholders. There are 4 statuses that I…
  • 4 Options for building your project plan

    Elizabeth
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:24 am
    There are many ways to create a project plan, although most project managers will automatically think of using project management software to build a Gantt chart. This is a bar graph that displays tasks down the side and dates across the top. You can also add in additional information in columns like dependencies and resource names. While the Gantt chart is a popular and professional way to prepare your project plan, it’s not your only option. Below are the pros and cons of 4 different options for building a project plan, including project management software. 1. Spreadsheets Spreadsheets…
  • The two facets of change management

    Elizabeth
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:48 am
    Managing change is part of every project manager’s job. There is (or there should be) a structured process to follow to ensure that every change is logged, assessed and a decision made about whether it should be incorporated into the project or not. When the change management process is working well it isn’t difficult to get changes into the system, although it might be difficult to implement them once the decision has been taken to go ahead with whatever is being changed! When you have got agreement to make a change, there are two things that you should consider, and these aren’t part…
  • 5 Reasons to use mind mapping software

    Elizabeth
    4 Apr 2014 | 8:21 am
    I don’t use mind mapping software often because I nearly always have a notebook and pen with me and prefer to take notes that way. I also ‘think in lists’ rather than visually so mind mapping isn’t a natural structure for me to use. I have sat next to people at conferences who have mind mapped a presentation instead of taking linear notes like me and it is fascinating to watch. However, recently I’ve been looking into it more. I have less time available (doesn’t everyone?) and it is more convenient to take notes directly into a software tool so I don’t have to retype them when I…
  • Who does what in project communications?

    Elizabeth
    25 Mar 2014 | 4:23 am
    If you are anything like me, you probably deal with all the project communications yourself. That’s because it’s a rare (and large) project that has a full-time communications professional seconded to the team. It is far more likely that you have no communications budget and are expected to tell everyone about the project, create buy in and manage the communications on top of managing the project. And as the person who knows the most about the project, it is usually the project manager who takes on this role. But you don’t have to be responsible for communicating everything or doing all…
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  • Where Did THAT Project Come From?

    Margaret
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:49 am
    There you are, about to lead another project kick off meeting. You know what you and your team are supposed to accomplish, but do you know why? If you are not certain do not feel badly, because you are not alone. Too often we are assigned projects to lead without being given any background as to why this project and why this project now. This limits your ability to set the vision and inspire your team. You do not want to say, “Because management says so.” Aren’t you management too? Of course you are. The answer is in your project portfolio management process. You want to know how…
  • Effective Project Management: The Prince 2 Principles

    Margaret
    12 Mar 2014 | 4:45 am
    PRINCE2 (an acronym for PRojects IN Controlled Environments) is a de facto process-based method for effective project management. The methodology encompasses the management, control and organization of a project.  Prince2 is based on 7 principles, 7 themes and 7 processes in which each process is defined by main input and output, together with specific objectives to be reached and activities to be done. These principles are the bedrock and foundations upon which everything else in the framework is based. This set of seven principles that guide the project manager and the project team during…
  • Project Management Intuition

    Margaret
    5 Mar 2014 | 7:55 am
    What is project management intuition? It’s those thoughts you develop that are not necessarily logical. These are thoughts which should be heeded. Some people might call this their gut instincts. Let’s take a look at an example: There was a project I managed where the organization was a balanced matrix. Of course you remember that means I was sharing resources and those resources were provided to me by various functional managers. The functional managers and I shared equal power. There was one functional manager that was providing a key technical resource but she would not let me…
  • Go Down with the Ship?

    Margaret
    18 Feb 2014 | 8:14 am
    “In a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks.” – Warren Buffett If a captain is supposed to go down with his ship, does a project manager have to sink with his failing project? The expression that a captain is supposed to go down with his ship does not have to mean that it leads to his demise. It is meant to express that the captain has ultimate responsibility for his ship and his passengers. As a project manager YOU have ultimate responsibility for your ship and your passengers. Your ship is the…
  • Overwhelmed? Manage YOUR Time

    Margaret
    29 Jan 2014 | 7:32 am
    Are you feeling overwhelmed? Do you have too much to do and not enough time to do it? You have so many projects to manage and people who need to speak with you. It would also be nice if you actually got home at a decent time and saw your family and friends. Perhaps you even made a resolution to not be so far behind and not feel disorganized and spend less time in the office. Well then, let’s take a look at some quick and simple changes you can make to feel less overwhelmed and more on top of things. Know how you spend your time. I am not implying that you goof off, but do you really know…
 
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  • Are They REALLY Working on YOUR Project?

    admin
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:15 am
    There you are in your project status meeting. You have a team member who attends and has attended for the last couple of weeks; she always looks at you with a smile on her face and assures you that everything is on track. She has no issues to report. Somehow you’re just not getting that warm fuzzy feeling. What is going on? Maybe your project manager intuition is off and you are wrong. Maybe you are right. What could lead to something like this occurring? Let’s go back to the beginning when this resource was assigned to your project team. If you’re running your project using…
  • Don’t Be So Linear!

    admin
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:53 am
    “Careers are more like jungle gyms than ladders- sometimes a sideways or backward step can propel you forward.” Sarah Robb O’Hagan President of Equinox Looking to advance? That’s terrific. Sometimes the way up is not just to keep climbing straight ahead. Sure if you are a bird, then the best and most efficient path is the straight line. Just fly from the bottom of the mountain straight up to the top. But you are not a bird. You might reach the top of the mountain by walking straight up and if you are lucky, maybe there will be stairs or an escalator or even better an elevator.
  • YOU Should Have Seen That Coming

    admin
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    “You should have seen that coming.” Mary Carol could not believe her ears. She thought to herself, “That is an odd statement from someone who doesn’t believe in spending any time identifying risks.” Somehow she knew not to say anything in response and so she turned and walked back to her office. The truth is she was a little annoyed with her boss but she was also annoyed with herself. There was a little voice inside her head saying “you should have known better.” The risk which prompted her boss to make the “you should’ve seen that…
  • Who are YOU Pretending to Be?

    admin
    2 Apr 2014 | 5:47 pm
    “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.” – Kurt Vonnegut There are different ways of considering the above quote. “Fake it till you make it” or “Perception is reality”; but I think we can take a deeper look. This is not just about what your exterior says to other people. It is not just about buying the right kind of clothing so that you look like the boss or pretending to have expertise at something while behind the scenes you desperately look things up (“Fake it till you make it”.) It is not about people seeing your exterior and…
  • You are NOT Afraid of the Unknown

    admin
    25 Mar 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Consider this statement for a moment, ‘It’s not the unknown that scares you it is what you think you know that frightens you.’  Aren’t we taught that the unknown is ominous and scary? Aren’t we conditioned to trust the tried and true? Those who take the road less traveled are considered to be rare individuals. The concluding lines from “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost state: I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence:  Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,  I took the one less traveled by,  And that has made all the…
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    Ron Rosenhead

  • Reflection – 400 Blogs

    Ron Rosenhead
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:16 am
    I have been thinking about this blog for a while now. I saw the dashboard for my blog postings was reading 397, 398, and now it’s 403 making this the 404thnd blog posting. All those ideas in the articles; all those words. I have decided to take a reflective look back at the last 7 years (the first blog posting … Read More >
  • I do not take account of my time. Do you?

    Ron Rosenhead
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:12 am
    The group were really impressed with the skills of their colleague. I was running a project sponsorship programme, and to make a point, I asked the group about the skills people had outside of work. One of the group spoke about making wedding cakes. She showed us some photographs of cakes she had finished. They were amazing, and had great … Read More >
  • Who owns project management in your company? *

    Ron Rosenhead
    3 Apr 2014 | 1:53 am
    I did an interesting piece of work recently. The company had its own project management approach which had been updated. The PMO Manager wanted some training to ensure that people not only knew about the revised approach, but refreshed their project management skills. I have now run several events for this client and it is clear that: the previous project … Read More >
  • How many of your projects follow this learning route?

    Ron Rosenhead
    12 Mar 2014 | 2:47 am
    Five years ago the press had a field day: Disastrous Opening Day for Terminal 5 British Airways reveals what went wrong with Terminal 5 Technical glitches hit Terminal 5 opening Rebuilding of Terminal 2 started in July 2010 and will re-open in June this year. The bosses of Heathrow are as you could imagine ‘cautious’, and are looking quite carefully … Read More >
  • Shopping, it’s surely like a project?

    Ron Rosenhead
    6 Mar 2014 | 1:27 am
    My wife will tell you I am the world’s worst shopper. She is as usual, probably right! Take last Sunday. She has a significant birthday coming up and I wanted to buy her a special present so off to Brent Cross shopping centre we went. We started off well and we explored a range of jewellers without much luck. From … Read More >
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    Karol Zielinskis Blog - all kind of stuff around the web

  • Know the rules well (…) – Dalai Lama XIV

    Karol Zielinski
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:29 am
    Know the rules well (...) - Dalai Lama XIV Post Know the rules well (…) – Dalai Lama XIV z bloga Miedzy5a6.
  • Too Late To Start? It’s Never Too Late.

    Karol Zielinski
    19 Mar 2014 | 2:01 am
    Myślisz, że jesteś już "za stary na start swojego biznesu"? Nic bardziej mylnego. Świetna infografika od Anny Vital. Too Late To Start? It's Never Too Late. Post Too Late To Start? It’s Never Too Late. z bloga Miedzy5a6.
  • 10 Metod Płatności Dla Globalnego E-Biznesu

    Karol Zielinski
    18 Mar 2014 | 2:45 am
    Każdy web biznes myślący o globalnym rynku, powinien zaoferować takie metody płatności, którymi będą chcieli płacić klienci z różnych części świata. Post 10 Metod Płatności Dla Globalnego E-Biznesu z bloga Miedzy5a6.
  • How To Be Productive

    Karol Zielinski
    27 Feb 2014 | 5:57 am
    Świetna infografika, by Anna Vital. How To Be Productive? Post How To Be Productive z bloga Miedzy5a6.
  • Inwestor i startup. Ale po co? Ale kiedy?

    Karol Zielinski
    25 Feb 2014 | 1:19 am
    W Polsce, zresztą nie tylko w Polsce, ale ogólnie na świecie, panuje dziwne przeświadczenie, że pozyskanie finansowania zewnętrznego na stworzenie startupu to jakiś wybitny powód do dumy. Kompletnie bez sensu. Post Inwestor i startup. Ale po co? Ale kiedy? z bloga Miedzy5a6.
 
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    the Intervals Blog by Pelago

  • Intervals Spring Update

    John Reeve
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:31 pm
    “Thank you! Our company moved over to Intervals from AtTask™. Intervals is a very well designed and professional tool.” — Clark Becker, PrincipalThe Intervals team has been busy cranking out our latest round of updates. We’ve made improvements to our web-based project management software and added more help documentation and videos. Plus a few other things.Here is the latest about what we’ve been up to…Quickly find a task when adding timeIntervals has always allowed you to start a general timer not associated with a task. This functionality is quite useful when starting…
  • Our One Percent for the Planet Partnership

    John Reeve
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Did you know Intervals gives back 1% of all our revenue to environmental causes? That means 1% of your monthly payment goes directly to preserving the environment, to keeping the skies blue and the grasses green. Through our partnership with 1% for the Planet every dollar goes directly to the nonprofit organizations we support. This partnership, going on its sixth year now, would not be possible without our dedicated customers. So we say “thank you,” for your continued support of Intervals, and by extension, the environment.This year we embark on two new relationships with…
  • How to Kickstart Your Creativity, Without a Computer

    John Reeve
    31 Mar 2014 | 3:09 pm
    “Man is a slow, sloppy, and brilliant thinker; computers are fast, accurate, and stupid.”― John PfeifferEvery web designer I know, including myself, has experienced an utter absence of creativity at the time it is needed most. A deadline is coming up in a few hours, or 5pm is minutes away, and we are stuck. The creative mind has its ebbs and flows. But the tide metaphor stops there. Unlike the tide, creativity is not predictable.When the creative mind stops working, don’t count all your time as lost. There are a few things you can do to kickstart your creativity.The first thing…
  • Staying Active and Healthy at SXSW Interactive

    John Reeve
    3 Mar 2014 | 12:06 pm
    SXSW Interactive begins in just a few days. Over 30,000 people from over 57 countries will be pulling into Austin, Texas, for panels, workshops, and fun parties. As much fun as it is to attend, all that food and drink and sitting around can catch you a case of SXSW SARS. Want to stay healthy and stay in shape this year at SXSW? Here is how to do it:Bypass the escalator and elevator and use the stairsExercise is one of the best ways to stay healthy, and in shape. Don’t take the escalator or the elevator when at the conference center or any of the venues. Avoid it at your hotel, too. Seek…
  • Tracking Bugs with Intervals Online Task Management Software

    John Reeve
    6 Feb 2014 | 4:12 pm
    Our Web site makes it clear that one of Intervals core strengths is online task management. But what is not obvious is that Intervals is also very well suited to bug tracking. When we first started developing Intervals we wanted the task management feature to be more comprehensive than a basic to do list. We used bug tracking software as a reference, borrowing ideas on how to delegate and prioritize tasks. And we ended up with a powerful task management app that can track bugs just as easily as it can tasks.Web developers, especially, often have to handle bugs alongside managing tasks when…
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    Project Manager Tips and Hints

  • Manufacturing Resource Planning

    admin
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    The manufacturing resource planning is just one of the many plans that must be created to properly execute a business venture.  This is the area of the project plan where the material, manpower and equipment will be listed. It is also the place where just how they will be utilized in the creation of the deliverable. When creating a manufacturing resource planning document, a project management template can be used. It helps the project manager in creating a document that has already shown to have a proven path to working successfully. This will make it possible for this plan’s…
  • Project Tracking Systems and Programs

    admin
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    There are project tracking systems and programs available today to help keep your project manager informed about all the data in their latest business venture. These programs are generally part of a larger set of software called the project management program. To help the project manager stay knowledgeable about the actions and task being completed in their business venture, the project tracking programs can be used to create a project dashboard. This is a simple one screen display that is generally set up in graphical form. The two most common forms are the Pie and Gantt charts. Both of…
  • Using Project Scheduling Software

    admin
    7 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    By using project scheduling software to its fullest potential, a project manager can save time and frustration in the execution of a project plan. This is possible since the scheduling programs acquire the information for the printed schedule from the locations in the project plan where they are originally inputted. The project scheduling software was designed to search out and discover the information that is necessary for a schedule to be made. This was purposely placed into the programs so time would not be wasted by the project manager having to search out information they need then spend…
  • Project Scheduling

    admin
    31 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    There are programs available to the project manager that can assist them in project scheduling. These are considered project management tools that have proven to be more efficient and accurate than what a project manager can construct from scratch. The project scheduling software is made in such a manner that it automatically acquires the necessary information about a project plan that is required for its construction.  This information is provided by the project manager when they actual construct the project plan. These software programs takes the information from the task and resource list…
  • Project Planning Software

    admin
    24 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    The project planning software that is now available for the project manager to use is equipped with the latest tools. These project management tools are designed to assist the project manager in creating an efficient plan of a business venture so a profitable revenue stream can be developed. Included in the project planning software will be tools most refer to as list builders. These are more than simple Excel comparable sheets. They have been designed to simplify and effectively work in conjunction with each other so the establishment of digital links can be created in the smallest allotment…
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    Project Management Methodologies

  • Characteristics of Agile Iterations

    admin
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:09 am
    Most people understand that the days of the five-year, monolithic project are over – and have been for some time. The better approach is to break large projects into a set of smaller, easier to manage projects. Short projects are easier to manage than large projects. There are fewer things that can go wrong, fewer people involved, less time for scope changes, etc. Characteristics of Agile Iterations The Agile model takes this to an extreme by stating that even the days of the six-month development cycle is over, as is the three-month cycle and maybe even the one-month cycle. Partial…
  • Proactively Manage Project Resources Without Authority

    admin
    31 Mar 2014 | 7:05 am
    One of the frustrating parts of being a project manager is that it can be difficult to manage the project when you have no formal management authority over the members of your team. From an organizational perspective, if the people do not report to you as a functional manager, then you are probably operating in some type of matrix structure. The matrix makes the most efficient use of people resources, but it can also be very challenging on the part of project managers. How do you hold team members accountable for their deadlines without this authority? Proactively Manage Project Resources…
  • Assumptions and Risks

    admin
    17 Mar 2014 | 8:04 pm
    Assumptions are statements that we believe to be true. You “assume” it to be true, but if it turns out not to be true there could be a detrimental impact to your project. The key point about an assumption is that you are not 100% sure if it true. You believe it to be true, but you are not certain. This means there is some risk that the assumption will not come true. Because of this uncertainty assumptions are very much related to risk, and in fact are simply low-level risks. They have the same characteristics as a risk – probability of occurrence and impact to your project.
  • Six Reasons You Need a PMO

    admin
    3 Mar 2014 | 7:55 pm
    We all have many wants in our lives but only a handful of needs—food, clothing, and shelter being the top three. Similarly, companies may want many things, but really only find a few things absolutely necessary for survival. A Project Management Office (PMO) should be at top of that list of priorities, along with sales, profits, and growth. Read on for the: Six Reasons You Need a PMO Consistent Methodology – The bane of many organizations is when departments and groups develop home-grown ways of completing projects. Some processes may work beautifully, some may work terribly; the point is…
  • Project Quality Review

    admin
    17 Feb 2014 | 6:37 am
    Seven Steps for a Project Quality Review In some cases, such as a government project, periodic audits may be called for as a part of the overall contract. This “outside party” could be any qualified person outside of the project manager. In some cases, your organization may have an internal project audit specialist. It is possible that the Project Director or the Project Sponsor could also perform this audit. The outside party could be an outside contractor or consultant, but they do not need to be. The audit itself focuses on whether effective project management processes are being…
 
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    Perspectives on Project Management & Training from Learning Tree International

  • Top 10 Workplace Trends for 2014

    sweeseltre
    31 Mar 2014 | 1:19 pm
    According to China Gorman, CEO of the Great Place to Work Institute, the Top 10 workplace trends for 2014 are: Millennials make their mark Global goes global Talent, talent, talent Investing in development Values training Wellness matters Employers up the ante Always on work environments Using inspiration to motivate Forward thinking Just based on these 10 trend titles, you can pretty much define what the meanings are behind these trends. FYI, the Millennials are the generation with ages ranging from the early 20s into the early 30s. Some generational models call the Millennials by another…
  • Adding Thought Diversity to Your Project Teams

    sweeseltre
    24 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
     “The future of workplace diversity is here, and it’s not what you think. In fact, it’s how you think.” — Alison Griswold In Griswold’s article, “Why ‘Thought Diversity’ is the Future of the Workplace”, she looks at the idea that diverse thinking methods are the next trend in workplace diversity. What a great focus for today’s project managers and hiring managers as they build their teams and organizations. Seems to me like the demographic trends in today’s workplace are not the “barn burners” that they used to be. The combination of HR training…
  • Lessons in Leadership from Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos

    sweeseltre
    19 Mar 2014 | 9:05 am
    After the Denver Broncos Super Bowl loss earlier this year, it took me a while to realize that there were some positive lessons to be learned from watching my favorite team lose at the very end of the season.  My husband and I are serious Broncos fans, which means we always watch the whole game from start to finish, win or lose. In this particular game, the team and its quarterback provided a number of lessons on leadership and some things I think will work very well on my projects and with my teams. Here is my list of leadership lessons learned from the Broncos loss in this year’s…
  • Project Outsourcing Does Not Equal Simplicity

    sweeseltre
    14 Mar 2014 | 2:38 pm
    How’s that project outsourcing working for you? In my experience, entire projects or just some of the project work can be outsourced for a number of reasons.  Sometimes organizations are required to outsource project work due to a lack of resources, lack of skills or a need to reduce costs. Whatever the reason for outsourcing all or part of your project work, project managers need to be prepared for an additional layer of complexity within their project structure once outsourcing takes place. I grew up working on Information Technology  (IT) projects, and it was no surprise for me to read…
  • What are the Three Kinds of Focus Every Project Leader Needs?

    jhanerltre
    12 Mar 2014 | 7:02 am
    According to Daniel Goleman’s new book FOCUS: The Hidden Driver of Excellence, 1) An inner focus for self-awareness and self-management; Many consider flow to be an ideal state. That’s when your concentration is utterly absorbed – and you’re most likely being challenged. You’re better able to tune out your mental chatter because you’re fully engrossed in a task. That can feel great since you’re not only being productive, but you’re also not distracted by negative self-talk or ruminations. The opposite is when we are facing a challenging situation or a fearful experience.
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    AtTask Blog

  • Semi-Annual AtTask Service Activity Beautifies Nat’l Monument

    Marcus Varner
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:03 am
    They’ve taken time out to perform service for an aquarium, a day camp for disabled youth, and United Way. Now AtTask is heading to the great outdoors. From April 28 to May 2, AtTask employees will have the opportunity to … Continue reading →
  • How Email is Killing Your Productivity and Tips to Beat It

    Raechel Duplain
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:31 pm
    How Email Contributes to the Illusion of Productivity Email is a bottomless pit where productivity goes to die. Don’t believe me? Consider this example: It’s common in the workplace to hear the phrase, “Let me email that to you again … Continue reading →
  • 10 Thank You Notes From Your Marketing Creative Team

    Marcus Varner
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:42 am
    In-house creative teams have an often thankless job. Based on requests that come to them in every medium, they’re charged with organizing and coming up with brilliant, original, clutter-piercing material quarter after quarter. While they’re juggling all that, they also … Continue reading →
  • AtTask Security Update: Heartbleed

    Marcus Varner
    10 Apr 2014 | 2:03 pm
    In response to customer inquiries we’ve received about the recently discovered Heartbleed Internet security vulnerability and how it might affect security on AtTask, our Chief Technology Officer, Ted Hoy, has published this statement: You may have heard by now about … Continue reading →
  • 5 Huge Time Sucks and How to Show Them Who’s Boss: Part 2

    Marcus Varner
    8 Apr 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Welcome back! This is the second post in a two-part series (if you haven’t, go back and read the first one). We’ve already detailed how email and ad hoc work can suck incredible amounts of time from your day. Now, … Continue reading →
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    Project and Portfolio Management

  • Tim Bryce - MORE EVIDENCE OF TECHNOLOGY ADDICTION - 4/23/2014

    23 Apr 2014 | 4:10 am
    Some new evidence revealing the legitimacy of the concept, and its effects.
  • Don't Be So Linear!

    21 Apr 2014 | 4:40 am
    Looking to advance? That’s terrific. Sometimes the way up is not just to keep climbing straight ahead. Sure if you are a bird, then the best and most efficient path is the straight line.
  • Embracing the Tablet Age

    21 Apr 2014 | 2:44 am
    Tablet technology has quickly become the standard for professionals in business.  Many people saw tablets as a trend when they first emerged, but now see them as equally essential to other devices like laptops and smartphones.     As tablets and mobile apps enable employees to ...
  • Your first web app

    15 Apr 2014 | 6:39 am
    In just a few minutes, you have built a web app in Metrici. In a few more minutes you could share your contacts database with your colleagues, or package your app for others to use.
  • YOU Should Have Seen That Coming

    14 Apr 2014 | 4:29 am
    "You should have seen that coming." Mary Carol could not believe her ears. She thought to herself, "That is an odd statement from someone who doesn't believe in spending any time identifying risks."
 
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    projectsatwork.com

  • Adjusting to Virtual Teams

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Even very good project leaders will run into difficulties when they are called upon to manage a virtual team. What might have worked well in an office setting doesn't always translate to a distributed environment. Here are five adjustments that can help you better manage your team from afar.
  • Flat-Out Innovation

    20 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Flat management systems are producing benefits for a growing number of organizations that thrive on innovation and rapid change. By reducing their management hierarchies, they have democratized decision-making, spurred creative problem-solving and fostered greater trust in the workplace. Here's how and why it works.
  • Mindfulness and Risk

    20 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Much of what we do in our personal and professional lives is automatic and unthinking. In the lives of projects, this complacency can blind us to critical risks. Learning to practice mindfulness can help us see risk more clearly and manage it more effectively.
  • The Agile Thermocline

    20 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The higher levels of an organization often struggle to keep track of the work they direct. A different set of obligations keeps them out of the day-to-day work and challenges project teams face. When adopting Agile, this gap can become even larger due to a separation of leadership values from team values.
  • Why Small Teams Win

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Size isn't everything. If it takes more than two pizzas to feed your project team, it could be a good indicator that the team is too large. Here are eight compelling reasons why 8-to-12-person groups more often lead to higher productivity and performance. Plus: 12 tips for creating and nurturing these two-pizza teams.
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    Fear No Project Blog - Focusing on the Management Side of Projects

  • How do you celebrate birthdays? (celebrating team milestones)

    Bruce McGraw
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:01 pm
    OK- so I’ll admit that it’s my birthday. And acknowledging it made me think about milestones in general, and more specifically, for a project team. Birthdays are a great milestone that can—and should-be celebrated. Do you celebrate milestones for your team members? I wish I could say we do a great job; we at least […]
  • Communication: The Essential Ingredient for Good Project Management

    Bruce McGraw
    6 Apr 2014 | 8:28 pm
    You might expect that, as a Technology guy, I would say that tools are the essential ingredient (And I have certainly written plenty about tools!). Or as a certified PMP, you might have guessed that I would say that processes and procedures are the essentials for managing projects and people. And those of you that […]
  • What do the Olympics have in common with a Project?

    Bruce McGraw
    17 Feb 2014 | 9:17 pm
    If you are like me (and millions of others) you have been watching the SOCHI Winter Olympics.  It is exhilarating to watch women and men, who have trained for years, put their skills to the test in order to win a medal.  It makes me think about our staff and how they work every day […]
  • Top Ten Questions You Should Ask about Every Project You’re Managing

    Bruce McGraw
    2 Feb 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Have you ever been assigned to manage a project that seems like a shape shifter—you know, a character from a science fiction story that keeps appearing to different people in different shapes?  You already know that project success requires a clear understanding of what your project is all about, why you are doing it, who […]
  • Maintaining Team Morale When Your Projects Get Tough

    Bruce McGraw
    21 Jan 2014 | 7:34 pm
    ‘I don’t measure a man’s success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits the bottom.’-General George Patton Today I had a tough travel day – The Northeast US is snowed in by Winter Storm Janus (When did we start naming winter storms?) and flights and airline staff were crazy.  […]
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    Project Management Professional Mentor-www.ritetracconsult.com.ng;info@ritetracconsult.com.ng

  • PMP Exam is now back in Nigeria!

    9 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Important PMP Announcement for Nigeria TestingDear Candidate: We are pleased to announce that beginning in April 2014, PMI in partnership with Prometric will host testing events to deliver all of our world class professional certifications in Nigeria.  We would like to offer you an opportunity to reserve a seat at the upcoming paper-based testing (PBT) events that will be held in Lagos and Abuja. Please review the details of the upcoming testing events and follow the instructions to confirm your seat at an upcoming testing event.Dates and Locations for Nigerian Testing EventsPMI has…
  • April-May 2014 Training Courses from Ritetrac Consulting

    29 Mar 2014 | 8:22 am
    April-May 2014 Training Courses from Ritetrac ConsultingReVAMP your Career.. April/May Training Calender at Ritetrac Consulting Nigeria Limited Enquires are welcome,FREE Career Advice also available to you! Email info@ritetracconsult.com.ng and if you find this useful share with your friends and colleagues. PMP{Project Management Professional} Lagos {APRIL 5TH,6TH,12TH &13TH 2014} PMP Abuja {MAY 10TH,11TH,17TH AND 18TH 2014} PMP Port Harcourt {MAY 10TH,11TH,17TH AND 18TH 2014} Corporate Event Management ABUJA: April 22nd,23rd,24th 2014. Corporate Event Management LAGOS: April…
  • Steps to Managing Multiple Projects.

    14 Mar 2014 | 1:44 am
    STEPS TO MANAGING MULTIPLE PROJECTSTime management is crucial when you have more than one task on your to do list and without it the amount of work you've signed yourself up for may feel overwhelming. The following are ways to keep your sanity while getting everything done in a timely manner.1       Prioritize your projects. Order of importance can be determined by deadlines, the insistence of others (also known as the squeaky wheel syndrome) or the amount of work it will take to complete.       Bigger projects, even those with far out deadlines,…
  • Earn PDU Information Service now available.

    10 Mar 2014 | 2:40 am
    At Ritetrac Consulting Nigeria Limited our Earn PDU Information Service is now available.We are offering PDU information as a service from Ritetrac Consulting starting from March 1st 2014 to help PMPs to be keep track with earning their PDUs on time and on schedule from various global PMI accredited PDU providers.This service is coming to you as a result of gaps noticed with PMP certification owners in Nigeria and the world at large not being able to earn their PDUs to allow them re-certify usually caused by lack of information, busy schedule etc found from our survey.Your annual subscription…
  • How to build great relationships for project success.

    6 Mar 2014 | 1:38 am
     How to build great relationships for project success.Good relationships can be the difference between outstanding Success and dismal failure because it's all about getting people to like and trust you so that they will deliver what you need them to deliver at the right time in the right place. Networking helps build relationships, networking either internal or external is essentially about building solid business relationship especially while executing projects.In doing this, you need good skills in creating rapport and listening. If you can make a connection with people on subjects you…
 
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  • Is the Project Management Iron Triangle Obsolete?

    Cristina Neagu
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:15 am
    One of the first things project management students learn is that a project’s cost, time, and scope are interdependent. These three project constraints form the iron triangle. If one constraint changes, the other two change as well. For example, adding extra features to a product costs more and takes more time. Although the iron triangle [...] Related posts: Is There a Project Management Methodology for One-Person Projects? Traditional and Agile Project Management in a Nutshell Project Management Terms – Task Contraints
  • Recognizing and Avoiding Project Team Burnout

    Cristina Neagu
    9 Apr 2014 | 1:46 am
    “Death march projects are the norm, not the exception,” says Edward Yourdon, the author of the Death March, a book about surviving highly stressful, irrational projects in the software industry. Many organizations promote “death march” projects – those with unrealistic goals and schedules – to keep up with the competition in their respective industries. As [...] Related posts: How to Deal with a Lazy Team Member Project Team Productivity – Problems and Solutions Project Team Performance – Beyond Appraising and Reporting
  • Costly Mistake: Communicating Ineffectively with Project Stakeholders

    Cristina Neagu
    24 Mar 2014 | 7:15 am
    More than half of what an organization spends on a project is at risk due to ineffective communication, warn the authors of PMI’s Pulse of the Profession In-Depth Report: The Essential Role of Communications. Over 50% of the project managers surveyed by PMI researchers nominate effective communication as the most important factor that contributes to [...] Related posts: Project Team Performance – Beyond Appraising and Reporting Building Trust: Why it Matters for the Project Manager Project Team Productivity – Problems and Solutions
  • 5 Reasons Even a Small Project Needs a Project Manager

    Cristina Neagu
    13 Mar 2014 | 6:04 am
    Why hire a project manager for running a small project? “The team can multitask; they just need to organize their workload.” “The project is simple; the team needs no leadership – they just need to get the work done.” “We can spare no money; a project manager is a luxury we cannot afford.” A project [...] Related posts: What to Do when the Customer is Delaying Your Project Which Set of Skills Is Crucial for a Project Manager: Soft Skills or Hard Skills? What to Do as a Newbie Project Manager
  • RationalPlan Is Now Also Available In Google Chrome Web Store

    Tiberiu Ghioca
    17 Feb 2014 | 3:03 am
    Stand By Soft is pleased to announce that RationalPlan products are now also available within Google Chrome Web Store. Users will have the possibility to install and run the preferred product directly from browser and from any location with Internet access. RationalPlan is a project management software that puts the accent on productivity, ease of [...] Related posts: RationalPlan 4.4 – Integration With Google Drive and Dropbox Storage Services MOOS Project Viewer 3.1 Integrates With Google Drive Storage Service RationalPlan 4.6 – Project Reschedule, Invoice Generation and…
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  • What if Your Contractor Flakes on You? - Part 2

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:28 am
    In Part 1 of this rather unfortunate discussion concerning project contractors or consultants that bail on our engagements, I discussed my own unfortunate recent situation and began to look at ways we try to combat, mitigate, or avoid such situations. Certainly open and frequent communication can help pave the way to less eventful project manager-team situations, but that won’t guarantee that you avoid all scenarios. You may still eventually find yourself in one of those situations where your contractor or consultant turns out to be someone you didn’t realize they were…no…
  • Communication Essentials: Hold Me Close Young Tony Danza

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:40 am
    Raise your hand if you were watching that hilarious moment on the TV show "Friends" when Phoebe talks about how much she likes that song that Elton John sings about the guy on the TV show "How's the Boss." They look at her very oddly and she says sings, "Hold me close young Tony Danza." One of the best moments ever from that show. Yes, Phoebe's character was often a bit strange and misguided. But it highlights the issue of good listening and accurate communication. Of course the song is really called "Tiny Dancer" and it was a hit for Elton John in the early 1970's. But let's think if this in…
  • What if Your Project Contractor Flakes On You? - Part 1

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:23 pm
    It can be as simple as a little blip on the project radar or it can be as large as complete project shutdown and ultimate cancellation and failure. What I am talking about is the act of bringing on a contractor for your technical project, construction project, or other type of project work only to have the contractor bail on the work – sometimes at the worst possible time – leaving you to figure out how best to get the work done, keep the customer satisfied, and keep the project going. Sometimes it’s possible, sometimes it isn’t, and sometimes you may have to take…
  • How Constraints Affect Our Projects

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:21 am
    As much as we would like to think that we are free and clear to run our project and determine its outcome….the reality is that is not true. Every project – really no matter what the type of project, what industry the project is in, and what level or type of technology is utilized in the solution – has three major constraints. These are always going to be budget, time, and quality. There really is no way to avoid these. I have never seen any project manager blessed with an unlimited budget. Likewise, I have never heard of or witnessed a project customer say, “Take as…
  • When People Ask "What Do You Do?...Huh?? A Project Manager?" - Part 2

    9 Apr 2014 | 4:11 pm
    In Part 1 of this two part series on what to tell those inquisitive people that are curious about what it actually means to be a project manager, we began looking at the first three of six major functional areas that PMs deal with day in and day out. It isn’t always exciting, it isn’t always awe-inspiring, but it is usually fairly interesting. At least to me – and far more interesting…in my opinion…than most people imagine it to be. And it is almost always different. No two projects are the same, issues and risks and decisions are always present and different,…
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  • How to get people to take action as a result of your documents

    Elizabeth
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:10 am
    Do you have problems with people not reading your project documents? It’s really frustrating when you send out documents for comment and then find that the people you sent them to don’t read them. Or have any recollection of receiving them. One of the best ways that I have found to avoid this happening is to make sure people know what is expected of them when they receive an email from you with a document attached. If you don’t spell out what you are waiting for then it’s really unlikely that you’ll get it, so you have to make it clear for stakeholders. There are 4 statuses that I…
  • 4 Options for building your project plan

    Elizabeth
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:24 am
    There are many ways to create a project plan, although most project managers will automatically think of using project management software to build a Gantt chart. This is a bar graph that displays tasks down the side and dates across the top. You can also add in additional information in columns like dependencies and resource names. While the Gantt chart is a popular and professional way to prepare your project plan, it’s not your only option. Below are the pros and cons of 4 different options for building a project plan, including project management software. 1. Spreadsheets Spreadsheets…
  • The two facets of change management

    Elizabeth
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:48 am
    Managing change is part of every project manager’s job. There is (or there should be) a structured process to follow to ensure that every change is logged, assessed and a decision made about whether it should be incorporated into the project or not. When the change management process is working well it isn’t difficult to get changes into the system, although it might be difficult to implement them once the decision has been taken to go ahead with whatever is being changed! When you have got agreement to make a change, there are two things that you should consider, and these aren’t part…
  • 5 Reasons to use mind mapping software

    Elizabeth
    4 Apr 2014 | 8:21 am
    I don’t use mind mapping software often because I nearly always have a notebook and pen with me and prefer to take notes that way. I also ‘think in lists’ rather than visually so mind mapping isn’t a natural structure for me to use. I have sat next to people at conferences who have mind mapped a presentation instead of taking linear notes like me and it is fascinating to watch. However, recently I’ve been looking into it more. I have less time available (doesn’t everyone?) and it is more convenient to take notes directly into a software tool so I don’t have to retype them when I…
  • Who does what in project communications?

    Elizabeth
    25 Mar 2014 | 4:23 am
    If you are anything like me, you probably deal with all the project communications yourself. That’s because it’s a rare (and large) project that has a full-time communications professional seconded to the team. It is far more likely that you have no communications budget and are expected to tell everyone about the project, create buy in and manage the communications on top of managing the project. And as the person who knows the most about the project, it is usually the project manager who takes on this role. But you don’t have to be responsible for communicating everything or doing all…
 
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  • Reflection – 400 Blogs

    Ron Rosenhead
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:16 am
    I have been thinking about this blog for a while now. I saw the dashboard for my blog postings was reading 397, 398, and now it’s 403 making this the 404thnd blog posting. All those ideas in the articles; all those words. I have decided to take a reflective look back at the last 7 years (the first blog posting … Read More >
  • I do not take account of my time. Do you?

    Ron Rosenhead
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:12 am
    The group were really impressed with the skills of their colleague. I was running a project sponsorship programme, and to make a point, I asked the group about the skills people had outside of work. One of the group spoke about making wedding cakes. She showed us some photographs of cakes she had finished. They were amazing, and had great … Read More >
  • Who owns project management in your company? *

    Ron Rosenhead
    3 Apr 2014 | 1:53 am
    I did an interesting piece of work recently. The company had its own project management approach which had been updated. The PMO Manager wanted some training to ensure that people not only knew about the revised approach, but refreshed their project management skills. I have now run several events for this client and it is clear that: the previous project … Read More >
  • How many of your projects follow this learning route?

    Ron Rosenhead
    12 Mar 2014 | 2:47 am
    Five years ago the press had a field day: Disastrous Opening Day for Terminal 5 British Airways reveals what went wrong with Terminal 5 Technical glitches hit Terminal 5 opening Rebuilding of Terminal 2 started in July 2010 and will re-open in June this year. The bosses of Heathrow are as you could imagine ‘cautious’, and are looking quite carefully … Read More >
  • Shopping, it’s surely like a project?

    Ron Rosenhead
    6 Mar 2014 | 1:27 am
    My wife will tell you I am the world’s worst shopper. She is as usual, probably right! Take last Sunday. She has a significant birthday coming up and I wanted to buy her a special present so off to Brent Cross shopping centre we went. We started off well and we explored a range of jewellers without much luck. From … Read More >
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  • Three questions every program manager must ask

    TV
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:52 pm
    Suppose you are the new program manager assigned to a program. How would you go about finding your way inside the complex maze of a program, its stakeholders, sponsors, component teams and various vendors?
  • Hard work is killing people. Literally!

    TV
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:11 am
    Burnout is a serious issue for several countries, industries and people, even if we don't acknowledge in as many words. In our industry, where heroism, cowboy programming and all-nighters are considered cool and an integral part of the software subculture, there has been a (really) small effort to address work-life balance.
  • Let’s free up agile teams…

    TV
    2 Feb 2014 | 6:07 am
    Why are we so parochial in software industry about not recognizing the bigger economic sense rather than limiting ourselves to a singular idea that collocated teams are the best option?
  • How do you design agile feedback?

    TV
    15 Jan 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Feedback is perhaps the most important aspect of the overall agile lifecycle - without a proper, honest and timely feedback, there is no ‘adapt’ step in the inspect-adapt cycle. However designing a proper feedback instrument for a human-human interaction, like a training program, is a totally different thing because it entails imprecise measurements that are often influenced by people’s mental models, skills and experiences, and not to mention - their calendars! Needless to say, these feedbacks could mean anything to different people on different days.
  • Design Vs. Innovation?

    TV
    7 Jan 2014 | 8:28 pm
    Even the ideas need to procreate in order to produce better ideas! Innovation tells which ideas should procreate, and Design tells how they should procreate! They both must be present in a 'cooptetive' manner - competing and yet collaborating at the same time.
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    The Critical Path by Derek Huether

  • Top 10 Negative Personas of a Daily Standup Meeting

    Derek Huether
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:24 am
    All Agile teams should be holding a daily standup meeting.  Don’t think of it as a daily planning meeting. Think of it as a daily opportunity to have a shared understanding of what is getting done and what lies ahead.  During a daily standup meeting, participants sometimes exhibit negative behavior that will detract from the meeting.  As an empowered team, it is your job to self-manage and encourage good behavior. Some of these behaviors are so common, we don’t even realize people are doing them. So, I’m giving them some names. Next time you hold a daily standup, see if…
  • Derek Huether Presenting at Agile 2014 in Orlando, Florida

    Derek Huether
    27 Mar 2014 | 7:04 am
    It’s official. I’m going to be presenting at Agile2014 in Orlando this summer. My 75-minute session will be part of an Learning track that is targeted at anyone who struggles with getting their work done. My session will be on Wednesday, July 30 at 09:00 in the Sarasota Room.  Hope to see you all in Florida! At home and work, how to get more stuff done. An introduction to Personal Kanban. Submitted: Tue, 2014-01-14 01:40 Updated: Tue, 2014-01-14 01:43 Presenter: Derek Huether Track: Learning Session Type: Workshop Audience Level: Learning Room…
  • Product Owner and the Scrum Team

    Derek Huether
    14 Mar 2014 | 2:07 pm
    On March 11, 2014, I presented a talk to IIBA Baltimore on the topic of the Product Owner and the Scrum Team.  I have to say, this was an awesome bunch of people to talk with.  You know you’re at the right place when they offer beer and crab cakes with dinner.  Gotta love Charm City! The last 10 years of Agile have focused on the team. I believe the next 10 years of Agile will focus on the enterprise. That said, should the Product Owner continue to be a single person or does it need to evolve as well? Let’s cover the basics and then see how LeadingAgile has been successful at…
  • Agile Engine Metaphor

    Derek Huether
    26 Feb 2014 | 10:36 am
    I recently published a post over at the LeadingAgile website. I compared and agile transformation to a carburetor engine. It was based on an interesting exchange I had on Google+ about Agile process transformation successes and failures. Here is one of the comments from the other person. Tell me if it sounds familiar. My previous employers had big problems with Agile. Attempted to use it multiple times and had a nice failure rate of 100%. As far as I know, they are trying again. I’m rather curious. Would be interesting to know how it turns out this time. If you like it or not, I can pretty…
  • Bad UX on a Menu

    Derek Huether
    22 Jan 2014 | 5:35 am
    I took the family to Popeyes this weekend.  I’m not the fast food type so this is about as close as it gets for me.  I’m also not one who eats biscuits or drinks a lot of soda.  Why eat at Popeyes, you ask?  It was Sunday and Chick-fil-A was closed. Lastly, I am not a UX (user experience) expert. I scanned the menu and I noticed a 2 Loaded Chicken  Wrap option.  It’s basically 2 chicken tenders, beans and rice, wrapped in a tortilla.  I was good with that but I only noticed the price for the combo at $6.59.  As noted in bold letters at the bottom of this menu sign,…
 
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  • What is the value of value?

    Lynda Bourne
    29 Mar 2014 | 4:19 pm
    The PMBOK® Guide 5th Edition recognizes the importance of organizations realizing value from their investment in a project. But what exactly is ‘value’?  The PMBOK® Guide (1.6) suggests value is a concept that is unique to each organization and encompasses the total sum of all tangible and intangible ‘value elements’. Determining the tangible elements is relatively straightforward and can easily be reduced to a financial return.  More difficult, but often more important, is understanding the intangible value the project can create and identifying low cost options that have the…
  • Using a Document Management System (DMS) To Manage Project Documentation

    Guest
    13 Mar 2014 | 7:31 am
    It isn’t surprising that with the continuous improvement and development of technology, businesses are also transitioning from traditional, paper-based documentation and manual management to electronic systems. This shift is not just about doing what’s currently in and new. Electronic document management systems or DMS can do so much to improve the efficiency of projects where documents are concerned. Uses of DMS DMS encompasses all procedures related to these four primary activities: Capturing data Storing data Securing data Retrieving data Before computers became standard in the…
  • Project Management Around the World #pmFlashBlog: The Need for a Fresh Approach.

    Paul Naybour
    10 Mar 2014 | 7:17 am
    Project Management has it’s roots in a few key sectors, defence, IT, construction, and capital intensive industries such as energy and oil and gas. If you look at the awards issued by the APM over the past few years then most of the award winners are from these key sectors. However as project management matures are we seeing a more diverse and global approach to project management. I noticed with interest that the theme for the Association for Project Management conference this year is new frontiers. This got me wondering we can see a more holistic approach to project management around…
  • Public Sector PM Practitioners Fear Cuts in 2014

    Lindsay Scott
    6 Mar 2014 | 9:06 am
    Arras People, the project management recruitment specialists release the latest annual report on the UK’s Programme and Project Management Professionals. The report polled 2,298 permanent and contract Programme and Project Management Professionals during December 2013 and January 2014. The Project Management Benchmark Report (PMBR) 2014 shows how the UK’s economic turbulence is affecting project management practitioners’ earnings, aspirations and professional life. Having entered 2013 with the threat of a triple dip recession and serious amounts of gloom and doom; the UK figures now…
  • Project Managers Are Up For The Challenge

    Lindsay Scott
    3 Mar 2014 | 2:15 am
    Project managers and business planners from across the country are set to meet at Project Challenge Spring Show which takes place 12 – 13 March 2014 at London, Olympia The event is a ‘must attend’ for anyone interested in the latest technology and services to support effective project management. Leading suppliers will showcase the best products, services, software, training and consulting. Additionally, 40 free seminar presentations will run throughout both days of the show, delivered from open zones within the exhibition hall. Selected sessions include: Mastering the PMO, a ticket to…
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  • Project Selection Methods

    Fahad Usmani
    30 Mar 2014 | 12:11 pm
    It happens many times that you get many choices when selecting the best option. For example, you may have the option to select which movie you want to see or where you should go for your next vacation. In your personal life you may make the decision just randomly, or based upon your experience and/or […]
  • Critical Chain Method (CCM) in Project Management

    Fahad Usmani
    19 Feb 2014 | 8:04 am
    We have studied the critical path method (in my previous blog post), which was used to develop the project schedule. This technique helped project managers manage their projects in the past. However, in today’s fast moving era, a project manager has to build an aggressive and realistic schedule because time is important, resources are costly, […]
  • Critical Path Method (CPM) in Project Management

    Fahad Usmani
    27 Jan 2014 | 9:24 am
    If you have been into project management, you must have heard about the Critical Path Method (CPM), which is a project modeling technique developed by Morgan R. Walker and James E. Kelly in late 1950 (Wikipedia). The critical path method (CPM) is extensively used by project planners worldwide for developing the project schedule in types […]
  • Types of Procurement Contracts used in Project Management

    Fahad Usmani
    30 Dec 2013 | 3:15 am
    Today we are going to talk about all types of procurement contracts used in project management. Procurement management helps you identify a suitable supplier or a contractor to get or lease goods or services. These days, procurement management is a necessity of organizations, and everyone must deal with it at some point in their business […]
  • 35 Contact Hours of PMI’s PMP Training Program

    Fahad Usmani
    10 Nov 2013 | 10:51 am
    When I was preparing for my PMP Certification exam and I was searching for any affordable 35 contact hours PMP Training Program, nobody was there to guide me to which PMP training provider I should select, or what type of training program I should join. Honestly, I was not even aware that there were any […]
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  • Reflection – 400 Blogs

    Ron Rosenhead
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:16 am
    I have been thinking about this blog for a while now. I saw the dashboard for my blog postings was reading 397, 398, and now it’s 403 making this the 404thnd blog posting. All those ideas in the articles; all those words. I have decided to take a reflective look back at the last 7 years (the first blog posting … Read More >
  • I do not take account of my time. Do you?

    Ron Rosenhead
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:12 am
    The group were really impressed with the skills of their colleague. I was running a project sponsorship programme, and to make a point, I asked the group about the skills people had outside of work. One of the group spoke about making wedding cakes. She showed us some photographs of cakes she had finished. They were amazing, and had great … Read More >
  • Who owns project management in your company? *

    Ron Rosenhead
    3 Apr 2014 | 1:53 am
    I did an interesting piece of work recently. The company had its own project management approach which had been updated. The PMO Manager wanted some training to ensure that people not only knew about the revised approach, but refreshed their project management skills. I have now run several events for this client and it is clear that: the previous project … Read More >
  • How many of your projects follow this learning route?

    Ron Rosenhead
    12 Mar 2014 | 2:47 am
    Five years ago the press had a field day: Disastrous Opening Day for Terminal 5 British Airways reveals what went wrong with Terminal 5 Technical glitches hit Terminal 5 opening Rebuilding of Terminal 2 started in July 2010 and will re-open in June this year. The bosses of Heathrow are as you could imagine ‘cautious’, and are looking quite carefully … Read More >
  • Shopping, it’s surely like a project?

    Ron Rosenhead
    6 Mar 2014 | 1:27 am
    My wife will tell you I am the world’s worst shopper. She is as usual, probably right! Take last Sunday. She has a significant birthday coming up and I wanted to buy her a special present so off to Brent Cross shopping centre we went. We started off well and we explored a range of jewellers without much luck. From … Read More >
 
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  • Better Business Cases – Top Tips

    Rex
    4 Apr 2014 | 7:41 am
    The Business Case identifies why a project is worth doing and also whether we should continue or stop. It should be explicit in terms of benefits, cost and risks. It should be reviewed and verified through the life of a project. It sets the benchmark for evaluating project performance. Sadly, failure to prepare a good Business Case is one of the most common causes of project failure. There is a new “best practice” Better Business Cases course from the APMG, and the article below provides some top tips. What is the Business Case? On this there is little disagreement whether your reference…
  • NEBOSH Courses Now Available from FOCUS

    Rex
    4 Apr 2014 | 7:25 am
    Over the past 20 years NEBOSH courses have become amongst the most popular for health and safety professionals who need to acquire skills and validate competency. Focus has added NEBOSH training in response to requests from our corporate clients for courses beyond our usual scope of Project Management and IT. Our position as a leading provider of project training means that many of our clients operate in industries where effective management of health and safety is of critical importance. The Focus NEBOSH course schedule includes over 250 courses in 25 towns and cities across the UK. The…
  • The Benefits of ITIL®

    Rex
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:57 am
    As a user or provider of IT services you probably know when Service Management is working (and when it’s not): -       IT Services which align with business priorities -       Known and manageable IT costs -       Increased business productivity and effectiveness We review a paper from Maggie Kneller which provides useful background if you are looking to make the case for ITIL to senior managers. Justifying investment in IT Service Management is often difficult – until it starts to go wrong. Nobody notices IT services which work smoothly and without interruption. Once…
  • SQL Server 2014 – What’s New?

    Rex
    5 Mar 2014 | 7:49 am
    Release of SQL Server 2014 has been a long time coming and in fact is only just coming out of Community Technology Preview stage. The new release continues the systematic product enhancements which have seen Microsoft close the gap on its rivals. Microsoft SQL Server accounts for only 14% of the total RDBMS market (relational database management system) – but has recently passed Oracle when looking at systems on Windows platforms. The key feature of SQL Server 2014 is “In-Memory Online Transaction Processing” (OLTP). This lets administrators move selected tables into main memory,…
  • Project Management Job Prospects – 2014 Benchmark Report from Arras

    Rex
    5 Mar 2014 | 2:03 am
    Threat of job cuts reduced. Personal development plans becoming more ambitious. Many PMs lack Agile training and certification. These are some of the findings of the 2014 Arras People Benchmark Report. Based on a survey of over 2,000 Project Management professionals this annual survey provides unique insights. Generally, there is much more optimism than a year ago. Although remuneration is still largely static, employees and contractors are starting to think about their next career steps. Agile training and certification is highlighted as an area where many PM professionals need to invest.
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  • Requests from our users that made into Apollo lately

    Andrea Di Clemente
    2 Apr 2014 | 2:50 am
    Hi there! In our quest to make Apollo increasingly better and more functional to your needs, here's a list of new feature and enhancements that have been requested by some users and that we've brought to you with our latest release: Archived projects are now marked as such in the search results. read more
  • Quick create case and deal tasks

    Andrea Di Clemente
    18 Mar 2014 | 1:34 am
    Hi there! those of you who are using the Add Task modal dialog a lot, rejoice! As you may already know, the Add Task modal dialog is a handy dialog you can reach anytime by clicking on the little task icon near the timers (bottom left on the screen). This modal dialog can be used to quickly create a task on any project or contact you have access to. read more
  • Hide completed tasks at project opening

    Andrea Di Clemente
    20 Nov 2013 | 2:19 pm
    Hi there! Today we're going to introduce a minor tweak, that kept being requested by our users very often. So we obliged. Hope most of you will appreciate! As a default option, the task list page of an Apollo project has always shown the last 3 completed tasks in each list. This can be useful, in a multi user environment, to let people have a wider outlook of the latest accomplishments. read more
  • Import your contacts from a vCard file

    Andrea Di Clemente
    12 Nov 2013 | 7:25 am
    Hello everyone, today we are going to introduce a brand new feature that will allow you to import contacts directly from a vCard file, which nowadays is a common file format supported by most applications. What you have to do is simply go to Settings > Import, and tick the vCard box at Step 1 (Choose the source). read more
  • A few enhancements suggested by users

    Andrea Di Clemente
    28 Oct 2013 | 5:02 am
    Hi friends! Today we're introducing a few new tweaks that some users have been requesting us lately: now Apollo displays the original due date for completed milestones also in the milestone list. No need to do the extra click to open the specific milestone page to see it when you add an important date on a Contact, and request that a task is created when the date is approaching, you'll see a bell icon next to the date. read more
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  • Project Management 101: How do I Manage Expectations?

    Easy Projects
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Managing expectations is a vital skill, and can be applied to nearly every interaction a project manager has: client management, employee management, and even managing up. Project managers who master this skill will be able to avoid a lot of the misunderstandings that cause so much project drama. Know Your Subject Matter You need to know what you’re talking about before you can discuss expectations. How can you say a task will take a week to do, for example, if you’ve never done the task before or know your team’s capabilities? I’ve seen project managers give wildly inaccurate…
  • Project Management 101: What is the DICE Framework?

    Easy Projects
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:52 am
    The DICE framework is a tool to help assess how likely a change management initiative or project is to succeed. It was developed by the Boston Consulting Group, a management consulting firm, in the mid-1990s in an effort to develop a more effective approach to change management. DICE has been adopted by over a thousand companies and PMOs since. How Do I Compute DICE? DICE works by measuring four factors, each of which is a letter of the acronym: Duration: This is the duration of the project being measured. In addition to measuring an entire project, this can either be the total duration of a…
  • What Skills Do Self-Taught Project Managers Commonly Lack?

    Easy Projects
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:59 pm
    I’m a self-taught project manager. All the project management skills I have, I learned either on the job or through online resources. And I was good at my job, too. I was promoted twice and recognized as the top employee in the department two years running. But there are certain skills I wish I had when I first started out. And after observing and talking with other similarly self-taught colleagues, I realized that many of us had the same gap in our knowledge. Project Management-Level Planning “Planning” is one of those grossly underestimated project management skills. After all,…
  • Streamline Your Workflow with Project Templates

    Easy Projects
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:26 am
    When I used to work at a marketing agency, we did projects for a wide variety of clients from different industries. Each had their own messages and campaigns, but they all boiled down to the same media—websites, animated videos, whitepapers, brochures, and the like. They were all different, of course: some videos had a particular style, or some websites needed a specific functionality. But because we did so many of them, we were able to streamline the project creation process and get it out of the door fast (while still making it look good).  And one of the key factors was creating project…
  • Project Management 101: What is a project stakeholder?

    Easy Projects
    8 Apr 2014 | 12:17 pm
    In a nutshell, a project stakeholder is someone who is either involved with the development of a project, affected by the outcome, or both. They can be internal or external to the organization, and can usually exert some degree of influence over the project’s activities and objectives. There are various types of stakeholders, some with direct involvement in the project, and some without. Some of the most common are: Project Manager – You and your colleagues, who are in charge of organizing the project and its participants and seeing it through to completion Project Team – The team…
 
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  • What Makes the Project Manager Role So Appealing to You?

    Ben Ferris
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:55 am
    It is always nice to be able to think about your work and find a few aspects which you consider especially appealing. The project manager role has a lot going for it and the following are a few of the parts which you might find appeal to you more than the rest. The Variety This is probably the most important aspect of the role for me. I have always enjoyed having a lot of variety and change in my life and work and this is exactly what this line of work gives me. I love the fact that each piece of work only lasts for a finite period of time and that the next one to come along will be about…
  • 5 Things You Want to Stop Your Team Members from Doing

    Ben Ferris
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:49 am
    As the project leader you have a responsibility to look after you team as well as do your own work. This is one of the most demanding parts of the role but if you do it right then it can also be one of the most rewarding parts. One of the main things you need to think about is how to stop the team members from doing the things you don’t want to do and here are a few examples to consider. Procrastinate Anyone who isn’t used to the project world could find that it is extremely easy to keep putting off decisions time and time again. As the manager of the project you need to stay on top of…
  • How to Show Off Your Ideas in Style

    Ben Ferris
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:32 am
    Once you realize what it is you want to do with your project you will be keen to show your ideas to the people who matter on the piece of work. This is a hugely important part of the project and it is important that you don’t let your excitement get the better of you and cause you to make a mistake here. The following are a few tips to help you get it right. Keep It Simple One of the biggest problems when you are showing others what you are planning is that it is easy to get caught up in the details and confuse everyone. To avoid this you should look to keep it simple and explain things in…
  • The Essential Steps to Managing Projects

    Ben Ferris
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:01 am
    Every project you come across will be different but there are certain steps that will be the same in every case. As long as you know what these are then no future project should hold any fears for you. Know the Scope One of the wonderfully exciting things about any new project is the fact that you get to find out about a new system or new process. Usually the first step you need to carry out is to work out what it is all about in the first place. This means understanding the scope of the project. The first couple of times you read the project documentation it may be as clear as mud but you…
  • Is Becoming a Project Manager Like Learning How to Drive?

    Ben Ferris
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:14 am
    It was a few years ago when I learned to drive but right now I am helping my wife do the same. To be honest, I had forgotten how much there is to learn, as it all comes naturally after a few years of doing it. This sounds a bit like being a project manager, doesn’t it? Let’s see if we can find any other similarities between learning how to drive a car and becoming a project manager. Get Taught the Basics I can’t believe that anyone sits in the driver’s seat of vehicle for the first time and says, “Oh look, that must be the clutch, and if I move this stick like this it will probably…
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  • Paper Review – Generating Premium Returns on Your IT Investments

    Shim Marom
    1 Apr 2014 | 4:05 am
    Introduction The third installment in the ‘The Case for the Business Case‘ focuses on a review of  a 2006 paper by Peter Weill and Sinan Aral, published in the MIT Sloan Management Review, titled “Generating Premium Returns on Your IT Investments“. But first a recap: In the first part of this series I elaborated on a model suggested by Jeanne W. Ross and Cynthia M. Beath; focusing on the association between two dimensions: Technology Scope and Strategic Objectives. Technology Scope covered the investment spectrum between Shared Infrastructure and Business…
  • Paper Review – Building Better Business Cases for IT Investments

    Shim Marom
    24 Mar 2014 | 4:34 pm
    Introduction In the first part of this series I elaborated on a model suggested by Jeanne W. Ross and Cynthia M. Beath; focusing on the association between two dimensions: Technology Scope and Strategic Objectives. Technology Scope covered the investment spectrum between Shared Infrastructure and Business Solutions and Strategic Objectives covered the spectrum between Short Term Profitability and Long Term Profitability; resulting in four investment areas categorized as: Renewal, Transformation, Process Improvement and Experiments. The authors suggested that organizations need to make…
  • Paper Review – Beyond the Business Case: New Approaches to IT Investment

    Shim Marom
    18 Mar 2014 | 2:43 am
    Introduction The Business Case is used in most project management methodologies as a fundamental tool for capturing, articulating and rationalizing the call for taking a particular business action (in our context – approving the initiation or the continuation of a project or a program). The need to have a Business Case arises from the fact that organizations (or those who ‘own’ the money) need to make investment decisions and select those investments that provide a better value for money proposition then other possible investments. The key for understanding business cases is to…
  • #PMFlashBlog – Project Management Around the World – Melbourne, Australia

    Shim Marom
    16 Mar 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Greetings from Melbourne, Australia. I can’t prove it but I believe that the way we execute the precepts of project management is, at least to some degree, determined and influenced by our cultural surroundings. Melbourne is, by all accounts, a fantastic cosmopolitan city. It is a place where people of diverse and different backgrounds, cultures and nationalities have come together and call this place ‘home’. While the ‘hard’ aspects of project management (in which I mean to include the core techniques used by most project management methodologies) are fairly…
  • Figuring Out Your Project’s Landscape Using the Cynefin Framework

    Shim Marom
    3 Mar 2014 | 8:36 pm
    Introduction Despite our best endeavors in codifying many aspects of project management, a lot of what we do in project management is still ‘situational’ and ‘variable’. That is, in project management we need to react to various situations and these situations are a result of any number of variables, the impact of which cannot be fully predictable, understood or comprehended in advance (and occasionally not even while or after they occur). In this post I want to elaborate on the applicability of a common framework that project managers can use in order to map various…
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  • Beginners Guide to Project Management

    jason
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    Learn the basic steps to kicking-off and managing a project successfully with this brief beginners guide to project management.Find us on Google+
  • How to Prioritize Project Work for Your Team

    jason
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    "Wow that's a lot of tasks" one of my project team members said the other day. "That's a huge undertaking."I didn't think it was that much after all I have managed projects with hundreds more tasks in the project schedule. But my team member was looking worried. And when I went to the next team meeting I realized that the rest of the team were looking worried as well.As we went round the table reporting progress I started to notice a trend. They weren't making any progress. A few team members had started some of the easier things. One developer had started coding something from the…
  • Five Ways to Cool Down a Flaming Email

    jason
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    I did a lot of odd jobs when I was a teenager. One of the more memorable was the week I spent clearing brush out of a lot where a new home was going to be built. It wasn't that the job itself was memorable. The work was actually quite miserable. It was hot and humid the tree sap on the branches was sticky poison ivy was all over the place and the days were long. No it wasn't the job itself but rather what happened after my job had been completed.The homebuilder had told me to put everything in a huge pile in the middle of the lot. Once I had completed that he would come back and burn the pile…
  • The Silent Project Manager

    jason
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    I recently was part of a team managed by a pseudo-project manager semi-assigned to a down-and-dirty two-week project. It wasn't that this guy was a bad project manager; it was just that it was not a full-blown project with all the trimmings. There was no need for a comprehensive project schedule communication plan or even a risk assessment. It was a proof of concept that needed to be put together quickly for a potential client so that they could validate our competence in delivering on their requirements.There wasn't a need for the usual project documentation because by the time it would have…
  • What is a Post Implementation Review

    jason
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    Project post implementation reviews are called many things so if you don't recognize the name don't despair. Maybe in your organization they are called project post-mortems or post-project reviews. Maybe you just know them as an acronym: PIR or PPR. Or maybe you don't have them at all!It may come as a surprise but plenty of companies don't bother to assess the success (or otherwise) of their projects and that is the main reason that we do post implementation project reviews.In the simplest form they are a meeting or workshop which is facilitated and has a structured agenda. The project team…
 
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  • Leadership is holding extremes in tension

    Ben Aston
    30 Mar 2014 | 8:32 pm
    Posted in GeneralThe challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly. ~ Jim RohnThe post Leadership is holding extremes in tension appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.
  • WordPress optimized hosting from Media Temple

    Ben Aston
    8 Mar 2014 | 1:44 am
    Posted in Toolshttp://www.kqzyfj.com/click-7475576-11655026Looking for hosting for your next WordPress project? Media Temple have just launched their Premium WordPress Hosting which is built and tuned specifically for hosting high traffic volume WordPress sites for $29/month which includes - Automatic WordPress core & security updates, Unlimited bandwidth, 1-click staging environment, 3 x WordPress installs (additional installs $9/month) and 20GB SSD storage. The post WordPress optimized hosting from Media Temple appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.
  • You’re really chuffed with the cost estimate you sent to the client until you realise that you missed off a few vital rows in your Excel auto-sum. Expensive.

    Ben Aston
    4 Mar 2014 | 11:55 pm
    Posted in The PM lifeThe post You’re really chuffed with the cost estimate you sent to the client until you realise that you missed off a few vital rows in your Excel auto-sum. Expensive. appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.
  • 10 top tips for creating timing plans: Checkpoint charlie

    Ben Aston
    19 Feb 2014 | 11:06 pm
    Posted in Ten Tops Tips We’ve now covered the basic elements of creating a project plan – but how do you create a timing plan to keep a project on track? In this penultimate post on creating timing plans we’ll cover off one of the key aspects of managing timelines with milestones and baselines. In this post we’ll explore how you keep a project on track, and account for when it’s no longer on track. Why bother with milestones and baselines? It’s a fair question, are milestones and checkpoints really that important? Using milestones ensure that when the…
  • No nonsense leadership

    Ben Aston
    16 Jan 2014 | 5:32 pm
    Posted in GeneralLead me, follow me, or get out of my way. ~ General George PattonThe post No nonsense leadership appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.
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  • Myths of SaaS

    khilyar
    4 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    A hot topic in the technology world today revolves around SaaS vs. on-premise. What type of solution deployment is best to fit your business’ needs, and why you would select SaaS vs. on-premise? There are many conflicting views or myths that follow SaaS based solutions. Let’s first start by defining what SaaS means. SaaS, or Software as a Service, is a software delivery model in which software and storage are provided in the cloud. An end user accesses the software via an Internet browser, not on a local server or computer, as is required for on-premise software. This means you do not…
  • You Can’t Manage What You Don’t Measure

    dlechleitner
    4 Mar 2014 | 4:50 am
    If you are a business owner, you may be very familiar with the old adage, “you can’t manage what you don’t measure.”  Specifically, if you are the owner of a job shop or a contract manufacturing facility, it is critically important to understand the current state of your business through the use of real time key performance indicators or KPIs.  The challenge for many job shop owners is understanding first WHAT to measure, then setting a goal or standard metric by which your current state is measured against also known as benchmarking, and then putting corrective actions into place…
  • The Power of Association

    jwarren
    25 Feb 2014 | 11:39 am
    If you’re anything like I am your work days are packed, demanding and often exhausting. It was hard to imagine tacking on another work-related responsibility. Herein lay my initial resistance to getting involved with sign industry associations. The fact is, no one understands your sign shop  business more than other sign shops. And because KeyedIn is committed to being a key partner for these businesses, it was evident that supporting and collaborating with industry associations would be of great value for our customers and the industry as a whole. KeyedIn Solutions is seeing the benefits…
  • Accurate Job Costing—Critical for Today’s Custom, Make-to-Order Manufacturer

    dlechleitner
    19 Feb 2014 | 6:17 am
    If you are like many small shop owners today you may be using a standard, off-the-shelf accounting package to manage your manufacturing operations.  However, one of the shortcomings of a general accounting solution is, often, these solutions are not robust enough for adequate job costing in a custom, make-to-order manufacturing environment.  If you are the type of manufacturing operation where labor costs account for as much or more than the material that goes into a job, these accounting solutions may not provide you the necessary tools to analyze job profitability adequately by operation…
  • New Year’s Predictions

    khilyar
    15 Jan 2014 | 9:26 am
    Is U.S. manufacturing really making a comeback?  This question has been asked and addressed hundreds of times over the last year, and the answer to this loaded question is…YES!  This question continues its relevance as we reflect on 2013 and plunge into 2014 as we are in the beginning phases of the U.S. manufacturing comeback indicating a rise in our economy. PMA (Precision Metalforming Association) released a report in November 2013 revealing an improvement in business conditions specific to metalforming companies over the next 3 months…
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  • Project Management Skill: Getting the Team to Communicate by Lew Sauder

    Lew Sauder
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Perhaps one of the most important abilities a good project manager has is being able communicate effectively. Project managers need to know when to communicate, when not to communicate, and how to do it effectively. Having good communication skills means knowing the the right format – should I email this person, call her, or schedule a meeting in person?
  • The 5 C’s of Successful and Happy Businesses by Ebonie Allard

    Ebonie Allard
    3 Apr 2014 | 10:16 am
    1. Communication. Clearly communicate what you do and for who. Otherwise known as your pitch, getting really clear on WHAT you are offering and WHO it offers value to is vital. Learning how to articulate what you do helps other people hire you. Take time to develop your ‘elevator pitch’ make sure you can explain in under a minute how what you do is of value to the people you do it for. Practice your pitch until it flows, until you sound clear and confident.
  • Join the Conversation: How to Engage your Customers through Social Media by Joe Palko

    Joe Palko
    18 Mar 2014 | 11:18 am
    Small business owners, if you’re not engaging your customers through social media and taking the time to learn the best social media marketing tactics, it's time to start! People use the Internet to meet their future spouses, apply for jobs, research different subjects, and evaluate and compare different products and services. If you're not using social media to your advantage, you're missing a valuable opportunity to engage with current and potential customers.
  • Best Ways To Motivate Your Work Team by Johnny Thomas

    Johnny Thomas
    14 Mar 2014 | 12:06 pm
    One of the most important things a business owner needs to do is to motivate the whole team for better performances. It is really important that you notice when your team is having problems with motivation and find little ways to boost it. Here are some of the best ways to boost the motivation in the team and to get more success.
  • The Ancient and Future Art of Outsourcing and Collaboration by Steve Prentice

    Steve Prentice
    25 Feb 2014 | 9:22 am
    Back in the age when the Romans ruled much of the world, there was a special place, located in what we now collectively call the Middle East, where three major roads met: the road leading northwest to Europe, the road leading south to Africa, and the road leading east to Asia. At the meeting place of these three roads was, so the story goes, a giant pole, upon which passers-by would post messages to other passers-by, in the hope and expectation that the private messages would be delivered to their destinations and that the public notices would be read and acted upon.
 
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  • Beginners Guide to Project Management

    jason
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    Learn the basic steps to kicking-off and managing a project successfully with this brief beginners guide to project management.Find us on Google+
  • How to Prioritize Project Work for Your Team

    jason
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    "Wow that's a lot of tasks" one of my project team members said the other day. "That's a huge undertaking."I didn't think it was that much after all I have managed projects with hundreds more tasks in the project schedule. But my team member was looking worried. And when I went to the next team meeting I realized that the rest of the team were looking worried as well.As we went round the table reporting progress I started to notice a trend. They weren't making any progress. A few team members had started some of the easier things. One developer had started coding something from the…
  • Five Ways to Cool Down a Flaming Email

    jason
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    I did a lot of odd jobs when I was a teenager. One of the more memorable was the week I spent clearing brush out of a lot where a new home was going to be built. It wasn't that the job itself was memorable. The work was actually quite miserable. It was hot and humid the tree sap on the branches was sticky poison ivy was all over the place and the days were long. No it wasn't the job itself but rather what happened after my job had been completed.The homebuilder had told me to put everything in a huge pile in the middle of the lot. Once I had completed that he would come back and burn the pile…
  • The Silent Project Manager

    jason
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    I recently was part of a team managed by a pseudo-project manager semi-assigned to a down-and-dirty two-week project. It wasn't that this guy was a bad project manager; it was just that it was not a full-blown project with all the trimmings. There was no need for a comprehensive project schedule communication plan or even a risk assessment. It was a proof of concept that needed to be put together quickly for a potential client so that they could validate our competence in delivering on their requirements.There wasn't a need for the usual project documentation because by the time it would have…
  • What is a Post Implementation Review

    jason
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    Project post implementation reviews are called many things so if you don't recognize the name don't despair. Maybe in your organization they are called project post-mortems or post-project reviews. Maybe you just know them as an acronym: PIR or PPR. Or maybe you don't have them at all!It may come as a surprise but plenty of companies don't bother to assess the success (or otherwise) of their projects and that is the main reason that we do post implementation project reviews.In the simplest form they are a meeting or workshop which is facilitated and has a structured agenda. The project team…
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  • Getting Personal to Achieve Project Management Success

    Alex Dingley
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    When it comes to successfully managing projects, every bit of support and guidance helps. As teams implement WorkZone, they are partnered with one of our Success Managers to facilitate the roll out of these new tools. No matter how easy to use these tools may be, deploying any new software poses challenges. The first step to overcoming these challenges discovering what the team’s specific challenges may be, what the leadership’s goals are, and how they’ll maintain their strategy over time. Those questions are the key ingredients in our first discussions with any team…
  • The Secret to Productivity (and Finally Reaching Your Goals)

    Kathryn Aragon
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:47 am
    Photo credit: Wikipedia Steven Pressfield talks about it in The War of Art. Julia Cameron deals with it in The Artist’s Way. And most recently, James Altucher explores it in an article, How to Get Rid of Your Excuses. What am I talking about? You might have guessed from Altrucher’s title. We’re talking about excuses. Or the resistance we feel every time we sit down to do something that’s important to us. The truth about why you aren’t more productive As business professionals, we all struggle with productivity. Our goal is always to get more done in less time.
  • How to be the Project Manager That No Company Can Live Without

    Jennifer Lund
    31 Mar 2014 | 3:30 am
    Project management has been around since the beginning of time….the Crusades, the Great Wall, the Industrial Revolution.  All of these things couldn’t have happened without the help of project management. And, project management continues to be a growing market.  According to a study published by the Anderson Economic Group, between 2010 and 2020, the project management profession is slated to grow by $6.61 trillion, globally across seven project-intensive industries. Because of this anticipated growth, there has never been a more opportune time for professionals and job-seekers to…
  • 8 Project Management Mistakes You Make Every Day

    Tommy Walker
    24 Mar 2014 | 3:45 am
    Project management is key to setting up a good workflow for people on teams, but you may find you’re struggling to make it work. Either in your own mind or through your project management process, you haven’t found that sweet spot of how to communicate what needs to be done. You may have set up processes or rules for how to share information within your project management system that cause people to just skip updating altogether. Your process might actually have so much communication that collaborators are feeling like they’re being micro-managed or losing time to the process. There are…
  • Why Your Organization Needs a Project Management Strategy

    Steven MacDonald
    17 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    Have you ever taken the lead on a project that was destined to spin wildly off track? Has your organization ever missed an important deadline? It’s not uncommon yet, these are a few of the telling signs that it might be time for you to implement a project management strategy. A poor project management strategy can be deadly to any organization. And to combat this, we are spending more this year on project management tools than ever before as we move from traditional desktop based applications to cloud based project management tools. In fact, project management spend is expected to reach…
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  • Striving to be an Excellent Team Lead? Search Project Management Skills Within!!

    Khemchand Joshi
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:45 am
    Does your project management skill ensure you a complimentary brand and team success? It’s quite probable that some good and expert leaders have refined project management skills dwelling within. One of the exemplary of it is Steve Jobs with his legendary and aggressive management style which has rendered us with some remarkable results. The success of Apple could not have been at this gamut if it wasn’t under his control. The USP of such innovators is the constant push to keep projects moving via communication and ensuring whether the entire team shares the same vision. They just don’t…
  • Planning to Evaluate Success Factors?? Try ‘Micro Monitoring’!!

    Khemchand Joshi
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:21 am
    Finding right folks for functioning is like winning half the battle. But this is not it until the Project manager learns to manage them effectively and get the productive work done from them. Here, ‘Micro Monitoring’ has emerged as a striking panacea to measure the work progress. Micro Level Monitoring for the project manages the ‘details of the details’ which involves investing time on each task and gauging its productivity that delivers some excellent breakthrough results. It deals with the decomposition of the task into subtasks and assigning it to the reliable and skilled…
  • Different Methodologies For Different Projects: Which One Did You Select?

    Khemchand Joshi
    1 Apr 2014 | 6:26 am
    Fate of any project is decided much before you actually start working on the project. For the success of the project, you need to select the right methodology. There are different project methodologies and it depends on the creed of project that decides your methodology path. Here’s a look at the different methodologies that help you bring your project on-track: Agile Methodology: It is the most popular project methodology that entails constant situation-based changes and regular feedbacks from clients and other members. This is an ideal one when handling client and management projects,…
  • Learning the Fundamentals of “Formula P2E2” in Project Management

    Khemchand Joshi
    24 Mar 2014 | 3:46 am
    Project management is a far reaching business with its ‘principles and practices’ following the mainstream. It has become one of the major reasons of concern for the people as well as the organization thriving to learn all the upcoming trends rolling in the market. Therefore, from all the wealth of suggestions and advices; PM Aura has come up with a new and crisp “Formula P2E2” to make the Project Management a better experience. P2E2 stands for Plan, Proceed, Execute and Experience which enunciates the following chain. PLAN ->PROCEED -> EXECUTE ->EXPERIENCE If explained in…
  • Become a Success-Oriented Project Manager Through “Give and Take” Mechanism!

    Khemchand Joshi
    11 Mar 2014 | 5:04 am
    Thinking what you are whether a giving PM or a taking PM, majority of project managers feel that they are more of giving ones. It is on them to take the responsibility of stakeholder’s needs, project needs, and at the same time to be the parent guardian of resources. In a number of instances, PMs usually end up getting over-burdened with the responsibility of keeping all others happy in a myth of benefitting the project. But, the underlying fact is that a PM can only make all the stakeholders satisfied through the successful project deliverables. With the changing business dynamics, the…
 
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  • Personal Touch Signature Makes Mobile Devices More Secure

    admin
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:32 am
    Gestures, Passwords and finger impression sweeps are all useful approaches to keep a hoodlum from opening and utilizing a phone or tablet. Cyber security scientists from the Georgia Institute of Technology have gone above and beyond. They have created another security system that persistently screens how a user taps and swipes a cell phone. In […]
  • Facebook adds new feature to locate Nearby Friends

    admin
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:25 am
    Facebook is an online social networking service earned US$7.872 billion in the year of 2013, having more than 6,000 employees, and owing Instagram, WhatsApp and Oculus VR. To engage their users Facebook always introduce new Apps, new themes, and new designs,obsolete the things which are not getting much appreciation. According to the statics and reports […]
  • BMW i3 Named 2014 World Green Car

    admin
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:46 am
    In NEW YORK, April 18, 2014 at a press conference hosted by the New York International Auto Show and Bridgestone Corporation, the BMW i3 was declared the 2014 World Green BMW is abbreviation of Bayerische Motoren Werke, is a German automobile manufacturer founded in 1916.. BMW is the name of class offering their luxury vehicles […]
  • Future Computers that will be “Normally Off”

    admin
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:16 am
    In the event that an exploration group in Japan gets its wish, “Normally off” computers might one day soon be swapping present machines in a move that might both dispose of unstable memory, which obliges force to uphold put away information, and decrease the massive vitality misfortunes connected with it. Most parts of present machines […]
  • Twitter Use Linked to Infidelity and Divorce, MU Study Finds

    admin
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:55 am
    Social Networking sites or social media sites are highly involved in our social and practical life. Everyone who is in the office, home, school, college, university will find in using the social media sites like Twitter and Facebook during his work. According to a study and research of Russell Clayton, who is a doctoral student […]
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