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  • 3 Reasons We Say Yes to Impossible Projects

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

    Project Management Methodologies
    admin
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:09 am
    When you create a schedule you generally don’t know enough to enter all of the detailed activities the first time though. Instead, you identify large chunks of work first, and then break the larger chunks into smaller pieces. These smaller pieces are, in turn, broken down into still smaller and more discrete activities. This technique is referred to as creating a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS). A question people ask is how small the activities should be before they do not need to be broken down further. This is referred to as your “estimating threshold”. Work can be broken down into…
  • What Should Every Project Manager Have on Their Desk?

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    Ben Ferris
    22 Apr 2015 | 4:28 am
    Have you ever stopped and looked at what is in front of you on your office desk? If you have sat in the same place for a long time then the chances are that you have built up an impressive collection of objects but do you really need all of them? More to the point, is there anything which you should have there which is missing? As far as I know there is no definitive list of objects which every single project manager should have on their desk but there are some things which I reckon it would be good to have on there. A Pen and Paper Now that most of us have a work surface which is dominated…
  • Shadow Project Work

    projectsatwork.com
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    In every organization, out of reach of Gantt charts or Kanban boards, is "shadow" work - tasks, emails and collaborations that are often unstructured but can have a huge impact on project and program results. How do you capture it all? Planview's Patrick Tickle thinks a recent acquisition holds some answers.
  • How to Monitor the Health of Your Team

    Project Management Resources
    Elizabeth Harrin
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:15 am
    You regularly monitor the health of your projects, but when is the last time you checked the health of your team? A team with a healthy outlook performs well and is a pleasure to be around. They turn in the results and make work enjoyable while keeping it professional and constructive.Ensuring that your project team resources have a healthy environment to work from is one step towards getting and keeping great business results. The health of your team is something that every manager should care about and here’s why.Why Team Health is ImportantThe Corporate Leadership Council surveyed over…
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    Pawel Brodzinski on Software Project Management

  • Portfolio Kanban Board

    Pawel Brodzinski
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    One thing that I learned quickly when I started experimenting with Portfolio Kanban is that a classic, flow-driven board design isn’t particularly good in vast majority of cases. Board Designs Long story short, I ended up redesigning the board structure completely and it worked much better. In fact, it worked so well that I started proposing such a design as a starting point whenever working with portfolio Kanban. Interestingly enough, as Kanban adoption of portfolio level progressed I started seeing completely different approaches to visualization. Not that they were worse. They just…
  • The Fallacy of Shu-Ha-Ri

    Pawel Brodzinski
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:28 am
    Shu-Ha-Ri is frequently used as a good model that shows how we adopt new skills. The general idea is pretty simple. First, we just follow the rules. We don’t ask how the thing works, we just do the basic training. That’s Shu level. Then we move to understanding what we are doing. Instead of simply following the rules we try to grasp why the stuff we’re doing works and why the bigger whole was structured the way it was. We still follow the rules though. That’s Ha level. Finally, we get fluent with what we do and we also have deep understanding of it. We are ready to break the rules.
  • The Cost of Too Many Projects in Portfolio

    Pawel Brodzinski
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    I argued against multitasking a number of times. In fact, not that long ago I argued against it in the context of portfolio management too. Let me have another take on this from a different perspective. Let’s talk about how much we pay for introducing too many concurrent initiatives in our portfolios. I won’t differentiate here between product and project portfolios because for the sake of this discussion it doesn’t matter that much. Let’s imagine that the same team is involved in four concurrent initiatives. Our gut feel would suggest that this is rather pessimistic assumption, but…
  • Why We Fail to Change

    Pawel Brodzinski
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:48 am
    I’d love to get a beer each time I hear a story about management imposing a change on teams and facing strong resistance. It would be like an almost unlimited source of that decent beverage. Literally every time I’d fancy a beer I’d be like “Hey, does anybody have an agile implementation story to share?” One common excuse is that people don’t like the change. That is surprising given how adaptable humankind has proven to be. I rather subscribe to the idea that people don’t mind the change; they don’t like being changed. Unfortunately being changed part is the story of oh so…
  • Story Points and Velocity: The Good Bits

    Pawel Brodzinski
    18 Feb 2015 | 5:42 am
    You get what you measure. The old truth we keep forgetting about so often. Story Points and Velocity One relevant context to remember this is when we measure progress of project teams. The set that was wildly popularized along with Scrum is story point estimation, most typically with Planning Poker as a method to come up with the estimates, and measuring velocity. In such a set velocity, which simply is a number of story points completed in an iteration, is a primary measurement of pace. I don’t say the whole set is evil. What is evil though is how it is frequently used. Story point is…
 
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    Project Management Articles | Project Smart

  • Looking Forward to Spring

    6 Apr 2015 | 9:45 am
    Winter is not always the most enjoyable season. Cold, rain, snow, ice, bare trees, and shorter days can make you feel as though spring will never arrive. Every year, though, spring shows up. The trees bloom. People head back outside to soak up the sun. At times, life on projects sometimes feels like winter. The never-ending meetings. The schedule overruns. The unexpected problems. You might feel like the project end date will never come.
  • Estimating Project Work Gone Wrong

    21 Mar 2015 | 2:03 am
    Estimating project work is fraught with opportunities for things to go badly. The customer wants new work done on the project - work that isn't currently part of the scope, of course. Or perhaps the project hasn't started yet and you're still putting time and energy into good solid work estimations that will turn into timeframes of effort in your master schedule. The possibilities are endless.
  • It's Easy to Give the Good News

    15 Feb 2015 | 8:32 am
    As I think back to some treacherous experiences in my project management career, I'm reminded of the huge difference between giving good news and bad news to the project client. It's so easy to pick up the phone to say the project is rolled out successfully, on time, on budget or that the latest deliverable is coming a week early and it's ready for review. It's so much harder to wrap your head around how to break bad news.
  • Getting In Over Your Head

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

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

  • APMies v2

    24 Apr 2015 | 4:12 am
    The publishers have downloaded the new version of the book from Dropbox so now it's fingers crossed time. As it is the second edition and is now co-authored by David Morris, they have given us a new cover:Let's hope they don't find any problems or mistakes!
  • Agile Project Management in easy steps

    17 Apr 2015 | 3:16 am
    David Morris and I have just finished updating the second edition of Agile Project Management in easy steps. We have expanded the book from 192 to 216 pages, with new chapters covering Feature-Driven Development and Agile at Scale. Most of the hard work has been done by David, who is an expert in the field and who will be taking over the book entirely from the next edition. It has been interesting collaborating with someone on the other side of the world (Auckland, NZ) and 12 hours time difference. And even more pleasurable is the fact that he is my son, so I'm going to be leaving the book in…
  • PMI Netherlands Summit

    10 Apr 2015 | 9:15 am
    I mentioned last week that I had been invited to speak at the PMI Netherlands Summit and the program has now been finalized at: http://www.pmi-netherlands-summit.com/The central theme is The secret of Project Management; next practices demystified and the presentations will elaborate on Project Management circa 2025. What is the secret of successful project management, what are those next practices we need to adopt? During the Summit they will demystify next practices from both a scientific and real-life perspective and will consider:Next practices of…
  • PMI Netherlands Summit

    3 Apr 2015 | 3:55 am
    I have been invited to give a presentation on Why Projects Really Fail (and what we can do about it) at the PMI Netherlands Summit on June 11th 2015. The Summit is the platform for Project, Program and Portfolio Management professionals to inspire and to be inspired by national and international thought leaders and experts. The central theme this year is The secret of Project Management; next practices demystified.so I hope I will be doing some of that for them.
  • Review the Projects

    27 Mar 2015 | 1:53 am
    Why Projects Really FailStep four is to put processes in place to review all projects at set times in the project life-cycle. What is needed is some form of peer review process (where a small team external to the project, or just a single person for a small project, carries out a quick review against a standard check-list). Typically this would be at the end of each project stage. This is sometimes referred to as a gateway review process and uses a Red, Amber, Green traffic light against each point on the check list. Red is critical and urgent: the problem must be addressed or the…
 
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  • Securing Shared Printers

    23 Apr 2015 | 2:47 pm
    A LAN administrator at a major bank once observed, "The company data processing auditors spend a lot of time on password security and access to sensitive on-line information, but they completely ignore the fact that all the network printers, whe...
  • Better Workstation Security

    22 Apr 2015 | 4:35 pm
    Many years ago, a student at George Washington High School in Denver, Colorado, installed a small TSR (terminate-and-stay-resident, or RAM-resident) program on a network administrator's PC that waited for the command LOGIN to be entered, then wrote t...
  • Five ERP Change Management Strategies to Promote Growth

    22 Apr 2015 | 3:56 am
    While many ERP system initiatives are intended to help replace outdated legacy systems, our clients typically leverage new systems to help them promote and prepare for growth.
  • Five ERP Change Management Strategies to Promote Growth

    22 Apr 2015 | 3:56 am
    While many ERP system initiatives are intended to help replace outdated legacy systems, our clients typically leverage new systems to help them promote and prepare for growth.
  • Better Physical Security

    21 Apr 2015 | 12:02 pm
    The first step in Network security is controlling physical access to critical or sensitive hardware. File Servers and Hosts Network file servers and time-sharing hosts are especially vulnerable. If the wrong person has physical access and suf...
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    Project Management Articles - PM Hut

  • What’s Wrong with Lessons Learned Sessions?

    PM Hut
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:15 am
    What’s Wrong with Lessons Learned Sessions? By Andrea Brockmeier What’s wrong with lessons learned sessions done at the end of a project? If the sentiments of my project management training students are any indication, plenty. The complaints are many and varied: “They take too long and we don’t have time.” “At that point, the project is over so people don’t [...]
  • How To Assess Your Team’s Leadership Abilities

    PM Hut
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:52 am
    How To Assess Your Team’s Leadership Abilities By Tracey Fieber As the boss, one facet of your business that it is crucial you remain constantly focused on is employee development. Helping your team members grow benefits not just them personally, but also your company as a whole. Some may argue that true leaders are born, not made, [...]
  • Project Scope and the Question of Quality

    PM Hut
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:11 am
    Project Scope and the Question of Quality By Ben Snyder, CEO of Systemation When the subject of project scope comes up, many people immediately think of the features and functions of a product or service, and maybe the results that are expected. But one key aspect that’s often overlooked is the level of quality each of the [...]
  • Going Agile: Top Barriers and Accelerators for Team Adoption

    PM Hut
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:47 am
    Going Agile: Top Barriers and Accelerators for Team Adoption By Roger Kastner So you’ve made the decision to embrace Agile methodology and received approval to start implementing. Congrats! Now the hard work begins. Many organizations and teams have successfully made the switch to Agile methodology, but not without first resolving some resistance from both the team and outside [...]
  • Is Organizational PM Maturity Driven from Without More than from Within?

    PM Hut
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:49 am
    Is Organizational PM Maturity Driven from Without More than from Within? By Kiron D. Bondale When it comes to the use of generally accepted good project management practices, why do so few companies achieve even a reasonable level of maturity? It can’t be through a lack of awareness as significant effort has been spent by associations such as [...]
 
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    The Project Management Podcast

  • Episode 316: Project Workflow Management (Free) #PMOT

    17 Apr 2015 | 3:21 pm
    Play Now: This episode is sponsored by The PM PrepCast for The PMP Exam: Today, we are going to take a look at a business process approach that is quite new and quite unique called Project Workflow Management. When I initially asked Daniel Epstein (https://www.linkedin.com/pub/dan-epstein/1/10b/308) and Rich Maltzman (https://www.linkedin.com/in/exclaim) to come on the program for this interview I didn’t quite know what to expect. I knew that they had written a book about Project Workflow Management, but what I didn’t know is that the book is only part of the package. Their website…
  • Episode 315: The Top Ten Topics, Tips & Tricks for Project Scope Management (Premium)

    9 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    This episode is reserved for subscribers of the Premium Podcast. Learn how to subscribe to the Premium Podcast to access this interview and transcript... This episode is sponsored by The PM PrepCast for The PMP Exam: We are welcoming back Jamal Moustafaev (http://ca.linkedin.com/in/jmoustafaev/en). And once again we will be talking about his new book on the topic of Project Scope Management. But this time it’s all practical because we are going to discuss and give you the top ten topics, tips and tricks for scope management. And so you can look forward to learning about the signs that your…
  • Caribbean Cruise Break

    4 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    We went on a Caribbean Cruise, which means that The PM Podcast is on a break this week. Please enjoy this video with some impressions from our trip. My apologies for the awful video quality. Instead of setting the camera to the highest recording quality I set it to the lowest... Play Now: Sorry. Your browser cannot play this video. The next "real" episode is coming your way in less than a week...
  • Episode 314: Project Scope Management (Free)

    25 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Play Now: This episode is sponsored by The PM PrepCast for The PMP Exam: Incomplete or missed requirements, omissions, ambiguous product features, lack of user involvement, unrealistic customer expectations, and the proverbial scope creep can result in cost overruns, missed deadlines, poor product quality, and can very well ruin a project. That is why Jamal Moustafaev (http://ca.linkedin.com/in/jmoustafaev/en) wrote his new book about the topic of Project Scope Management. It is a Practical Guide to Requirements for pretty much any industry and describes how to elicit, document, and manage…
  • Episode 313: The Project Manager's Dirty Little Secret (Hint: It's Made by Microsoft but it's not MS Project...) (Free)

    21 Mar 2015 | 10:48 am
    Play Now: This episode is sponsored by The PM PrepCast for The PMP Exam: Here’s a little secret for you -- everybody does it. At one point or another during their careers, every project manager will use Microsoft Excel to manage one of their projects! That in itself is not surprising. After all, budgets are often tight and companies may not want to invest into full blown project management software. And if they have such a software there are only a limited number of licenses available, which means many stakeholders cannot access the tool. So we project managers make due with what we have.
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    Better Projects

  • Microservices for the rest of us.

    Kelsey van Haaster
    18 Apr 2015 | 12:37 am
    Microservices: An Accessible OverviewBy Kelsey van HaasterIf your work were remotely associated with software development, it would have been difficult for you to miss the recent excitement and discussion in the tech world about the term Microservices. Much of this discussion has been in the context of the underlying tech, software architectures, development techniques and cloud-based services. The conversation has been conducted mostly within technical forums, blogs and meet-ups. As a consequence, you may have felt that this was a purely technical discussion of little relevance to your work,…
  • It's the little things | An Innovation on User Stories that matters

    Craig Brown
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:14 am
    One of the great things about working at Aconex is that no two teams work in an identical way. Each team has it's own methods and techniques that it has developed.We try to share good practices across the teams in various forums and channels, but that just keeps teams looking for their own new innovations to keep themselves distinct.Let me share an example.  Below is a User Story card, a pretty straightforward artifact.The front has the common "As a, I want" form, which is a default pattern across the industry.  This team use it regularly (but not dogmatically.) You'll see common…
  • Reponse to "What do you do with "that' employee"

    Craig Brown
    6 Apr 2015 | 11:17 pm
    I was referred to "What do you do with "that' employee" as an interesting article to look at.The article targets managers who are trying to work with high performing misfits. THe fundamental idea in the model is a 2x2 matrix based on effectiveness and attitude.I found the article's premise fundamentally flawed.  Effectiveness and attitute are not the right aspects to contrast.ConsiderDemings notion of 95% of work output is derived from the system rather than  the individual contribution. Management's job is to faciloiate the right environment to enable people to flourish…
  • Listen to Ted say the word "so" way too many times

    Ted Hardy
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:20 am
    About 10 days ago, I spoke to the Bluegrass IIBA chapter about eCommerce and the Business Analyst, or as I like to call the talk, DIE IN A FIRE!!!!!
  • Mapping feeback loops and ther effect.

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

    pmpowerbg
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:23 am
    Като ръководители на проекти, освен критичния път (critical path) на проекта трябва да следим и почти критичния път (near-critical path). Почти критичният път е път близък с продължителността на критичния път. Обикновено това са пътища с общ времеви резерв (total float) от 1 до 5 дни. В отделни случаи понякога може да се получи, че почти критични…
  • CareFirst--Contract Specialist II

    vtayloraec
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:19 am
      Job Title: SPECIALIST, CONTRACT II Location: WASHINGTON DC                                  
  • Countdown To Release

    thereluctantprogrammer
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:53 am
    I have tentatively set the release date for DiagramBuilder v1.0 to 1st June, which is just under six weeks from now. This should give me enough time to complete the following tasks: Produce Ubuntu/Linux installer Finish off work on zmserver (including Help documentation) Produce updated zacksmohawk.com Everything else has been taken care of. I’m sure there will be more hiccups along the way, but it’s been a very useful exercise learning how to release software like this. Any future applications should roll off the production line a lot more easily. No more to add, really. Better…
  • Methodology Wars: ADDIE vs. SAM vs. AGILE

    Rusty Maynard
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:26 am
    Excellent summary of project management methodologies that doesn’t require an interpreter. Methodology Wars: ADDIE vs. SAM vs. AGILE.
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    20 Apr 2015 | 4:45 am
    Too much to do & just not enough time? #Getorganised today! #Giftfinders #Leisure #HouseHome #Events #Design #Oxford pic.twitter.com/9DFGLT5k0i — ✺ Revivers Oxford ✺ (@ReviversOxford) April 20, 2015
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  • Be Emotional and Build a High-Performing Team

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

    MMeloni
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:45 am
    Are you adding team members to your virtual team? More and more of us work remotely. Not everyone enjoys working remotely and not everyone is a good candidate to work remotely. In a previous discussion we covered how to maintain a high profile while working remotely. Now let’s talk about how to set your remote […]
  • Working Remotely? Three Tips to Maintain a High Profile

    MMeloni
    6 Feb 2015 | 10:12 am
    Do you work remotely? Or do you want to work remotely, but are concerned that you will miss out on attention, acknowledgement and advancement? You do not have to be in the office to get ahead. But, you do want to be smart when you work remotely. Here are three tips for you to use […]
  • How Much Do Project Managers Earn?

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

    MMeloni
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:28 am
    Do you love this time of year or do you dread it? Your holiday experience can be really upsetting, tiring and stressful OR your holiday season can truly be one of peace and joy. The choice is up to YOU. Your thoughts and actions during this time will define your holiday experience. You cannot control […]
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  • Mom’s #1 Rule for Success

    admin
    19 Apr 2015 | 5:08 pm
    “There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way.” -Christopher Morley Out of nowhere my Mom declared, “You will have to take me out of this house feet first!” My husband and I were stunned. Neither of us had even suggested that Mom be taken out of the house head first, feet first or sideways.  What she was doing was asserting her independence. Her independence was not at risk, but it was a difficult time. It had only been a few weeks since my father had passed. I guess she thought that we were going to try to convince her to move closer to us or to give…
  • Discouragement is no Excuse

    admin
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:16 am
    “Discouragement is like a scorpion in your shoe; it takes courage to toss it out so you can move on.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich “Why should I put in for that promotion? I already know that Simon will get the job.” Or, “I could never complete my master’s degree while I am working, I guess it is too late, I guess I should have done it when I was younger.” Oh come on now! You can do better than that. Don’t use discouragement as an excuse and don’t let discouragement translate into laziness. See if you allow yourself to give in to discouragement, you really are taking the easy…
  • Those Who Annoy Us Teach Us

    admin
    7 Apr 2015 | 12:26 am
    “Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” -Carl Jung Mary Carol was so annoyed. Her subject matter expert Sue had just interrupted her while she was speaking. “That is not what I asked.” Sue said. Inwardly Mary Carol seethed. Inwardly she thought, “Well if you would have let me finish I would have answered you.” Mary Carol tried again and this time she kept her answer much more concise and to the point. Later in that same conversation, Sue cut her off again. This was really irritating. She began to realize that she did not enjoy…
  • Be Brave Ask for Help

    admin
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:54 am
    “Go ahead and tell me the steps you will take to complete this assignment.” This is the question that NONE of my early supervisors ever asked me on the job. And boy was I relieved that they never asked this question. Why? Because I had no clue! When I was new on the job I was afraid to ask questions or to admit what I did not know. I would dash back to my cubicle and frantically search for the information I needed to complete my new assignment. If any of my early supervisors had asked me how I was going to do my work, they would have known I needed some assistance. If they had asked me to…
  • Are high-performing teams beyond emotion?

    admin
    22 Mar 2015 | 9:43 pm
    Is this you? “As a business student, you don’t want to show compassion; you don’t want to let your guard down,” she says. “You’re taught to be strong and not show emotion.” This is a quote from Samantha Serna, a business student who was drafted with other members of her class to participate in compassion training. Too often we are taught not to show emotions in the workplace. We do not want to be insensitive, but if people know that we care about them they will walk all over us, won’t they? Or they might misinterpret our feelings and we certainly do not want that. Yet we know…
 
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  • Recognition; it’s such a powerful tool

    Ron Rosenhead
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:01 am
    I took a rest and for some background noise, put the TV on. The programme was Undercover Boss. (For a full description of the programme go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Undercover_Boss ) This episode was based around a Calgary Transit where the boss went undercover to discover how the company was doing. I caught the last 10 minutes. It was fascinating. I was … Read More >Related Posts:So, how good are you?Project sponsors; how good are you at briefing your project…Who are your good project management role models?What do you do when someone does not take responsibility?Do…
  • This is why change control is so important

    Ron Rosenhead
    7 Apr 2015 | 2:10 am
    It was the final afternoon of the project management course and one of the participants had everyone listening. She was new to the company and said a number of very important things: she was the only one in the family who did not go into the family business – a building company the family company made a significant amount of money … Read More >Related Posts:Sometimes an idea is so simple you wonder why it is not…They threw ‘it’ awayDoes your client keep changing their mind?Project sign off – do people really know what this means?Why is project management so…
  • Save yourself time and money on your projects. How …?

    Ron Rosenhead
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:13 am
    Now I know that this goes against the traditional definition of what is a project, but how about this to save you time and money?How about producing a simple record of the project you have just worked on so the next time it can save you time? This is not as daft as it sounds! The quarterly or half yearly … Read More >Related Posts:Sounds like a plan…. but will it work?Do you carry out a primary survey before starting a project?This is why change control is so importantMonitoring and control in projects is essential to avoid…Forget a stakeholder? That’s OK – you only…
  • Project sponsors; how good are you at briefing your project managers?

    Ron Rosenhead
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:50 am
    “This is a long; much longer than a briefing note I would normally get from my manager or sponsor.” These are words spoken by someone on a project management course and words I have heard before. What was being referred to was a case study, 315 words long which took up less than a page of paper. The person went on to … Read More >Related Posts:Why was there real tension in the room?Recognition; it’s such a powerful toolAre people skills the final project management frontier?What do you do when someone does not take responsibility?So, how good are you?
  • So how do you prioritise your projects?

    Ron Rosenhead
    17 Mar 2015 | 2:46 am
    This was a question I was asked on a recent project management course. I was able to introduce a simple model which went down well. I wished however I had been able to pull out an article written by Mark Richie of the University of Edinburgh. Entitled Simple Project Portfolio Management he explains the university’s approach to: assigning projects an … Read More >Related Posts:How much project management information do you share?Today’s quiz question on project management is…Who owns project management in your company? *Why don’t they improve project delivery?Steering…
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  • Gary Vaynerchuk: The Most Important Word Ever

    Karol Zielinski
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:15 am
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  • What I Learned About Podcasting After Listening 200+ Hours of Podcasts?

    Karol Zielinski
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:01 am
    Podcasts are something I’m currently addicted to. I’m trying to listen them as often as possible. While travelling, running, exercising at the gym, while waiting for something. Podcasts are something I’m currently addicted to. I’m trying to listen them as often as possible. While travelling, running, exercising at the gym, while waiting for something. I […] The post What I Learned About Podcasting After Listening 200+ Hours of Podcasts? appeared on Karol Zielinski.
  • Albert Einstein: Imagination is more important than knowledge

    Karol Zielinski
    15 Apr 2015 | 1:53 am
    The post Albert Einstein: Imagination is more important than knowledge appeared on Karol Zielinski.
  • What Would Mike Belsito Do With 1 Billion Dollars?

    Karol Zielinski
    10 Apr 2015 | 7:07 am
    I recently asked Mike Belsito what he would do if someone would give him $1B. That’s what he answered… We all have some sort of answer to the question of what we would do if someone invested in us/gave us some amount of money. Let say a million or 5 millions dollars. But what would […] The post What Would Mike Belsito Do With 1 Billion Dollars? appeared on Karol Zielinski.
  • Know Your File Types: When to Use JPEG, GIF, & PNG

    Karol Zielinski
    8 Apr 2015 | 4:56 am
    Source: Who Is Hosting This? The post Know Your File Types: When to Use JPEG, GIF, & PNG appeared on Karol Zielinski.
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    ThousandtyOne! - .NET, Life and Logical Thoughts By Rajiv Popat

  • Easier Than Fizz Buzz - Why Can't Programmers Print 100 to 1?

    Rajiv Popat
    4 Apr 2015 | 1:11 pm
    I recently wrote a book on how we as professionals need to stop whining and start focusing on developing our skills. One data point that I obtained for the book (but didn't quite include in the book because it was too programmer centric) was based on 22 job interviews for programming positions I conducted for one of my clients over a period of two months. Though this is hardly a considerable sample size, it did reveal some interesting facts about programmers. There were two seemingly disconnected questions that we asked at completely different moments of time during the interview: Talk about…
  • That's Not How Much They Pay. That's How Much They Pay You.

    Rajiv Popat
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:52 am
    People who work in IT (or for that matter any industry) can be grouped in three categories: The Builders - folks who actually build stuff and get things done. The Story Tellers - folks who weave remarkable stories around what's getting built and help sell what builders build. The Whiners - folks who complain about why they cannot build remarkable products or weave remarkable stories. A lot of this blog has been about what companies can do to build environments and cultures that seeds and grows builders and weeds out whiners. A good part of what I wrote about back in 2009 was about that. Then…
  • Safely Disastrous.

    Rajiv Popat
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:21 am
    Your brain will play tricks with you every time you inch aware from safe: Doing that would be disastrous! Let's stick to something which we've done in the past. Something time tested. Something... Safe. There is an old saying that nothing in life is as good or as bad as it seems. That saying is now supported by rigorous and legitimate... science. Most of the times "disastrous" isn't as disastrous as you think. Most of the times "disastrous" is just a figure of expression and all it means is: Somewhat painful or borderline uncomfortable. Most of the times safe or harmless is much more…
  • Time To Overcome The Always Mindset.

    Rajiv Popat
    15 Mar 2014 | 7:53 am
    All Resistance often begins with an always mindset. This is what we have always done. What we have always said. How we have always worked. What we have always believed. No doubt your organization isn't morphing like an living organism that adapts, learns, improvises and changes the way your business has always worked. Personal lives are no different: This is what I have always worn. What I have always eaten. How I have always lived. What I have always done. The kind of people I have always been friends with. No wonder your career and life isn't bringing you new and meaningful challenges. No…
  • Minimalistic Artists - Part 1.

    Rajiv Popat
    17 Feb 2014 | 11:19 am
    Some environments shout out smart. That young random doctor in that fancy hospital for instance; The chamber, the white coat, the receptionist, the forms you fill before you are allowed to meet the doctor - all work to prime your brain with the belief that your doctor is smart. That you are in safe hands. Software is no different. The plush offices of that smart product company, the bean bags, the large television screens on the corridor, the huge long passageways, the professionally trimmed grass in the gardens that surround the office - all designed to prime the customers brain to believe…
 
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    the Intervals Blog by Pelago

  • Speeding Up PHP Web Apps With Xdebug and Cachegrind

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

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

    John Reeve
    6 Apr 2015 | 2:53 pm
    Managing a creative agency should be both fun and challenging. Tracking time, however, is neither of those. It’s boring and tedious. Creative teams don’t to fill out time sheets. They want to focus on producing their best work, the type of work they can proudly display on the wall. In addition to creative pursuits, agencies also need to have some business acumen if they are going to succeed. And time tracking, as much as its disliked, is one of the best data-driven approaches to making good judgments and quick decisions. If your agency is considering adopting time tracking…
  • Choosing Online Time Tracking Software for Your Agency

    John Reeve
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:55 pm
    Anyone who’s ever been tasked with finding time tracking software for their agency knows the process can be overwhelming. A simple Google search reveals more options than any one person, or agency, could possibly evaluate in the limited amount of time given to the task. Slightly overwhelmed, we pick two or three that appear to be a good fit and trial each one, hoping at least one of them will work out in the end. If we know what to look for, choosing online tracking software can be less stressful. The following is a loose guideline for agencies diving into the selection process. Does…
  • Buying Web-based Project Management Software

    John Reeve
    13 Feb 2015 | 2:44 pm
    The adoption rate of web-based project management software among small businesses has been steadily increasing the last few years. Businesses are embracing the software’s ability to connect remote teams and reduce IT budgets. In light of this trend, the folks at SoftwareAdvice.com, an online project management technology consultancy, have put together a buyers report based on their interactions with hundreds of small businesses. Key findings A majority of prospective software buyers (58 percent) use a single method for project management. Seventy percent of prospective buyers in our…
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  • RationalPlan 4.11 – Improved Online Project Planning and Support for High Resolution Monitors

    Tiberiu Ghioca
    19 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Stand By Soft is pleased to announce the release of RationalPlan 4.11. Current version comes with support for high resolutions screens, an improved web-based project management module for the Server product, better support for opening Microsoft© Project 2013 files, custom filters, more predefined roles and much more. Plus starting with this version RationalPlan is also available [...] Related posts: RationalPlan 4.10 – Project Management Software Now Also Online RationalPlan 4.9 – Better Mac OS X Integration and Improved Printing RationalPlan 4.8 – Hungarian Language…
  • RationalPlan 4.10 – Project Management Software Now Also Online

    Tiberiu Ghioca
    5 Oct 2014 | 1:03 am
    Stand By Soft is pleased to announce the release of RationalPlan 4.10. Current version comes with a web-based project management module for the Server product, more reports, better support for opening Microsoft© Project files and many other features. Plus starting with this version all RationalPlan products are available for Mac OS X users within the [...] Related posts: RationalPlan 4.9 – Better Mac OS X Integration and Improved Printing RationalPlan Project Management Software 3.22 Is Available With Stronger Server Privacy Options RationalPlan Project Management Software Version 3.20…
  • Free Project Management Software on Linux Operating Systems

    Tiberiu Ghioca
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:33 am
    Starting with version 4.7 RationalPlan Single is distributed as freeware under all Linux operating systems. RationalPlan is a project management suite that puts the accent on productivity, ease of use and fast learning. The Single version can be seen as an alternative to Microsoft Project and the perfect solution for novice or accidental project managers. [...] Related posts: RationalPlan Project Management Software 4.2 – Increased Productivity And Ubuntu Adoption RationalPlan Project Server – free Beta version released RationalPlan 4.8 – Hungarian Language Support, Ubuntu…
  • RationalPlan 4.9 – Better Mac OS X Integration and Improved Printing

    Tiberiu Ghioca
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:03 am
    Stand By Soft is pleased to announce the release of RationalPlan 4.9. Current version offers better Mac OS X integration, improved printing mechanism and many other features. RationalPlan suite started as a desktop application designed to run on all major operating systems – Windows, Linux and Mac OS X – but it evolved into an [...] Related posts: RationalPlan Project Management Software v3.12: Resource Availability, Better Tracking and Improved Printing RationalPlan 4.4 – Integration With Google Drive and Dropbox Storage Services RationalPlan 4.5 – Improved Reporting…
  • RationalPlan 4.8 – Hungarian Language Support, Ubuntu Adoption and Earned Value Analysis

    Tiberiu Ghioca
    12 May 2014 | 5:59 am
    Stand By Soft is pleased to announce the release of version 4.8 for RationalPlan project management suite. Current version comes with significant changes that will certainly help users: Hungarian language was added, Ubuntu integration, support for Earned Value Analysis, tasks distribution in Timesheet view, improved filtering and many other features. RationalPlan is a project management [...] Related posts: RationalPlan Project Management Software 4.2 – Increased Productivity And Ubuntu Adoption Support For Working With Subprojects In RationalPlan Project Management Software…
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    Project Management Methodologies

  • Schedule Estimating Threshold

    admin
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:09 am
    When you create a schedule you generally don’t know enough to enter all of the detailed activities the first time though. Instead, you identify large chunks of work first, and then break the larger chunks into smaller pieces. These smaller pieces are, in turn, broken down into still smaller and more discrete activities. This technique is referred to as creating a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS). A question people ask is how small the activities should be before they do not need to be broken down further. This is referred to as your “estimating threshold”. Work can be broken down into…
  • Manage the Schedule for Small Projects

    admin
    6 Apr 2015 | 10:49 am
    All projects need a schedule. If you have a small project perhaps the schedule is a simple checklist or Excel spreadsheet. As projects get larger they need more formal scheduling templates and tools. The processes you use to manage a schedule also vary depending on the size of the project. Large projects need a lot of schedule management rigor. Small projects can use a lighter process. The following steps can be used to mage the schedule of a small project. Review the schedule on a weekly basis. Identify activities that have been completed during the previous week and update the schedule to…
  • Define the Objectives of Your Project

    admin
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:21 am
    Objectives are concrete statements that describe the things the project is trying to achieve. They are included in your Project Charter. An objective should be written in a way that it can be evaluated at the conclusion of a project to see whether it was achieved. A well-worded objective will be Specific, Measurable, Attainable / Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound (SMART). (SMART is a technique for wording the objective. An objective does not absolutely have to be SMART to be valid.) An example of an objective statement might be to “upgrade the customer service telephone system by…
  • Four Steps to Show the Value of Training

    admin
    9 Mar 2015 | 10:01 am
    Many businesses struggle with whether they are getting their money’s worth in sending employees to training classes. This question can be applied to project management training as well as any other type of business training. You know the cost side of training too well. But how do you tell what the business value is? The most common way to determine value today is to ask the trainee whether he or she thinks the class was valuable. This is very touchy-feely and doesn’t give you much information to go on, but it is probably the most that most companies ask in terms of follow-up. A Rigorous…
  • Three Techniques for Scope Change Management

    admin
    23 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    1. Hold Everyone Accountable for Scope Management Many scope management processes work well at the project manager level, but get compromised by team members. If the project manager is diligent in enforcing the scope change rules, your customer may try to go directly to team members for changes. The bottom line is that everyone needs to be held accountable for the scope management process. Team members must understand the process and why it is important. Your customer  must also understand the process and its importance. Don’t consider these procedures to be only of interest to the…
 
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    Project and Portfolio Management

  • Discouragement is not YOUR Scapegoat

    21 Apr 2015 | 2:13 pm
    “Discouragement is like a scorpion in your shoe; it takes courage to toss it out so you can move on.” ? Richelle E. Goodrich   “Why should I put in for that promotion? I already know that Simon will get the job.”   Or, “I could never complete my mast...
  • Tim Bryce - BUSINESS WRITING - 4/20/2015

    17 Apr 2015 | 12:13 am
    A crash course on writing for people in a business setting.
  • Magical metadata

    13 Apr 2015 | 9:08 am
    We use the term "metadata-driven" to describe IT solutions in which functionality is defined in data. Taking this to the extreme can provide unparalleled levels of speed, simplicity and versatility.
  • Tim Bryce - WARNING TO BLOGGERS: BEWARE OF YOUR COPYRIGHTS - 4/15/2015

    13 Apr 2015 | 2:19 am
    BRYCE ON WRITING   - Before you start blogging, protect yourself.   (Click for AUDIO VERSION)To use this segment in a Radio broadcast or Podcast, send TIM a request. I have had a blog for a number of years with hundreds of postings. I take my work rather seriously and in order to s...
  • Those Who Annoy Us Teach Us

    12 Apr 2015 | 7:51 pm
    “Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” -Carl Jung  Mary Carol was so annoyed. Her subject matter expert Sue had just interrupted her while she was speaking. “That is not what I asked.” Sue said. Inwardly Mary Carol se...
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    projectsatwork.com

  • Shadow Project Work

    21 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    In every organization, out of reach of Gantt charts or Kanban boards, is "shadow" work - tasks, emails and collaborations that are often unstructured but can have a huge impact on project and program results. How do you capture it all? Planview's Patrick Tickle thinks a recent acquisition holds some answers.
  • The Financial Benefits of Scrum

    19 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Scrum can be a project team's best friend, but there are many other reasons to leverage Scrum across your organization, from risk avoidance to tangible return on investment. Let's take a look at how Scrum can benefit the bottom line.
  • Evaluating Project Opportunities

    19 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    What should executives and other decision-makers look for when evaluating a proposed initiative? Three ‘C's' - comprehensiveness, confidence and consultation - are helpful guidelines in making project initiation decisions. Here are eight questions that can be used to assess their presence in new opportunities.
  • Context Is King

    14 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Programs requiring cross-cultural team cooperation are on the rise. One important key to leading and working with multi-cultural teams is to understand how context factors into all communication, from developing plans to gaining consensus. Here's a summary of the main differences between high- and low-context cultures.
  • Exercising Agency

    12 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    When it comes to project initiation decisions, does your organization follow a rational, considered process? Most projects are beholden to politics, proceeding as the result of advocacy, persuasion and bargaining. And it is often the committed actions of an individual project "shaper" who wields the greatest influence on any given project's approval.
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    Project Management Professional Mentor-www.ritetracconsult.com.ng;info@ritetracconsult.com.ng

  • Develop your Talents in April Open Classes right here in Nigeria.

    31 Mar 2015 | 4:47 am
    As the dawn of April approaches,we wish to appreciate all our clients/fans for a fabulous 1st Quarter 2015.Develop your Talents in April Open Classes right here in Nigeria.Book now!1.Hotel/Hospitality Management:1st,2nd,3rd April (Abuja,Lagos and Port Harcourt City)2.ITIL {Information Technology Infrastructure Library}Foundation April 7th,8th and 9th (Abuja,Lagos and PHC)3.PMP {Project Management Professional}Training  April 7th,8th,9th and 10th 2015 (Enugu)4.Primavera Basic P6 Port Harcourt: April 14th,15th 16th 2015Lagos: April 14th,15th 16th 2015Abuja: April 21st,22nd and 23rd…
  • PMP Paper Based Test Schedule for Nigeria 2015

    22 Nov 2014 | 7:02 am
    PMP Paper Based Test  Schedule for Nigeria 2015 PMI (Project Management Institute USA) has recently published exam schedules for 2015.This is a great time to plan ahead to write your Certification exams in the coming year.PMP Certification remains the top global certification that is most sought after (Google research to find out)Contact 08037090474 or 08038769323 now if you need any assistance with registration, documenting your 4,500 hours and scheduling your own exam. Call 08037090474 or 08038769323 for a scheduled simulated Mock Exam to ascertain your preparedness for the PMP…
  • Easily earn over 40PDUs between October - December 2014

    8 Oct 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Easily earn over 40PDUs  between October -December 2014Are you bothered about your Professional Development Units?PDUs are for Re-certification on PMI'S Global Certifications.The Five Processes of ITIL Service Operation-October 9th 2014 and Earn 1PDU FREE!http://www.itmpi.org/PMPEducationalCollateral/LiveWebinars%28PDUs%29/WebinarView/tabid/708/ArticleId/9265/The-Five-Processes-of-ITIL-Service-Operation.aspxWe also offer ITIL Foundation and Intermediate Training Services in Nigeria learn moreAttend Saving Troubled Projects by the Risk Managment Community of Practice 14th October 2014 and…
  • Earn Residual Income with Ritetrac Consulting Nigeria Ltd.

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    Earn Residual income with Ritetrac Consulting and get paid over and over. Also hiring Digital Marketers with 2years experience!Be financially ready for the holiday season Early!Help us while helping yourself!We are implementing our new affiliate program - you make referrals to companies and individuals needing different levels ofProject Management Consulting Services,training and certification preparation.We offer lucrative bonuses - cash payouts.Let's talk this week. Call for private chat.Ojiugo Ajunwa MBA,PMPRitetrac Consulting Nigeria LtdEarn.www.ritetracconsult.com.ngSkype:…
  • Digital Marketing Training Workshop in Abuja,Nigeria.

    6 Oct 2014 | 2:51 am
    Course Details: Digital Marketing Training Workshop Meet,Greet,Learn and Earn more income in your business while attending our 1st Digital Marketing Training Workshop in Abuja,Nigeria. Course Description:Traditional "outbound" marketing tactics that dominated the pre-digital/ internet world are now alarmingly ineffective. We all have the power to filter out advertising and we're not afraid to use it. The customer is in control. The communications process begins if and when the customer wants. Without advertising. Without phone calls. Without you. Instead of pushing out messages via paid…
 
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  • RationalPlan 4.11 – Improved Online Project Planning and Support for High Resolution Monitors

    Tiberiu Ghioca
    19 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Stand By Soft is pleased to announce the release of RationalPlan 4.11. Current version comes with support for high resolutions screens, an improved web-based project management module for the Server product, better support for opening Microsoft© Project 2013 files, custom filters, more predefined roles and much more. Plus starting with this version RationalPlan is also available [...] Related posts: RationalPlan 4.10 – Project Management Software Now Also Online RationalPlan 4.9 – Better Mac OS X Integration and Improved Printing RationalPlan 4.8 – Hungarian Language…
  • Brainstorming – Trendy or Not?

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

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

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

    Crina Popescu
    5 Jan 2015 | 2:45 am
    Zero Based Budgeting Zero Dollar Contract Zero Float Related posts: Project Management Glossary Of Terms – F Project Management Glossary Of Terms – N Project Management Glossary Of Terms – B
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    BradEgeland.com - Blog

  • Why Meeting Management is Critical to Creative Project Performance

    24 Apr 2015 | 2:46 am
    Creative projects have many elements that are key players in their success or failure. Some of those are outside of the creative project manager’s (or creative director’s) control. Funding gets pulled, vendors go away, clients become disinterested, etc. etc. But one of the common threads in every creative project is meetings. And what happens in meetings? Communication, decision making and information dissemination. So, it only goes to prove that well-run, efficient and effective meetings that help move the project and key stakeholders along toward the overall project goals are a…
  • Which Came First, the Schedule or the Budget?

    20 Apr 2015 | 3:07 pm
    One drives the other.  Or the 2nd drives the 1st.  Or vice versa.  Which should come first, the schedule or the budget?  It’s a tough call – each plays a huge role in the other, right?  And it depends on who is pricing the project, I suppose. I’m not sure how your organization is run, but most organizations that I’ve been associated with have had a sales or account manager aspect that worked with the outside project client to establish the services to be rendered, came up with a draft schedule and a price, and then handed it all to me when the…
  • Project Management as a Strategic Tool for the Organization

    20 Apr 2015 | 2:53 pm
    Project management as a concept and infrastructure in the organization helps create standard practices and hopefully helps an organization successfully deliver on projects on an ongoing basis.  The purpose of strategy is to provide direction and concentration of effort as organizations continually strive to improve their position or gain the upper hand within the marketplace. Basically, it's a struggle for advantage, and the one with the best advantage wins. It's that simple. On what areas must businesses concentrate?... Read the full article...
  • Making the Right Decisions on Our Projects

    17 Apr 2015 | 6:10 pm
    Project managers make decisions all the time. It’s part of the job. In fact, it is much of the job. Decision-making is an ongoing task on every project engagement. Key decisions have to be made throughout by everyone including the project manager, the project team members, the customer, executive management, and usually other stakeholders. They may be as simple as when to hold a meeting or as difficult as making a go- no-go decision on a phase of the project or the entire project. What we often lack when making some key decisions is the right information at the right time. We all know…
  • Strategies for Tackling and Saving the Most Troubled IT Projects

    17 Apr 2015 | 3:16 pm
    Some professionals go the safe route when seeking out new projects and new clients. Others look for the long shots and lost causes. Which type are you?... Read the full article...
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    Ron Rosenhead

  • Recognition; it’s such a powerful tool

    Ron Rosenhead
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:01 am
    I took a rest and for some background noise, put the TV on. The programme was Undercover Boss. (For a full description of the programme go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Undercover_Boss ) This episode was based around a Calgary Transit where the boss went undercover to discover how the company was doing. I caught the last 10 minutes. It was fascinating. I was … Read More >Related Posts:So, how good are you?Project sponsors; how good are you at briefing your project…Who are your good project management role models?What do you do when someone does not take responsibility?Do…
  • This is why change control is so important

    Ron Rosenhead
    7 Apr 2015 | 2:10 am
    It was the final afternoon of the project management course and one of the participants had everyone listening. She was new to the company and said a number of very important things: she was the only one in the family who did not go into the family business – a building company the family company made a significant amount of money … Read More >Related Posts:Sometimes an idea is so simple you wonder why it is not…They threw ‘it’ awayDoes your client keep changing their mind?Project sign off – do people really know what this means?Why is project management so…
  • Save yourself time and money on your projects. How …?

    Ron Rosenhead
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:13 am
    Now I know that this goes against the traditional definition of what is a project, but how about this to save you time and money?How about producing a simple record of the project you have just worked on so the next time it can save you time? This is not as daft as it sounds! The quarterly or half yearly … Read More >Related Posts:Sounds like a plan…. but will it work?Do you carry out a primary survey before starting a project?This is why change control is so importantMonitoring and control in projects is essential to avoid…Forget a stakeholder? That’s OK – you only…
  • Project sponsors; how good are you at briefing your project managers?

    Ron Rosenhead
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:50 am
    “This is a long; much longer than a briefing note I would normally get from my manager or sponsor.” These are words spoken by someone on a project management course and words I have heard before. What was being referred to was a case study, 315 words long which took up less than a page of paper. The person went on to … Read More >Related Posts:Why was there real tension in the room?Recognition; it’s such a powerful toolAre people skills the final project management frontier?What do you do when someone does not take responsibility?So, how good are you?
  • So how do you prioritise your projects?

    Ron Rosenhead
    17 Mar 2015 | 2:46 am
    This was a question I was asked on a recent project management course. I was able to introduce a simple model which went down well. I wished however I had been able to pull out an article written by Mark Richie of the University of Edinburgh. Entitled Simple Project Portfolio Management he explains the university’s approach to: assigning projects an … Read More >Related Posts:How much project management information do you share?Today’s quiz question on project management is…Who owns project management in your company? *Why don’t they improve project delivery?Steering…
 
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    managewell.net

  • Stop ‘teaching’ students about entrepreneurship…!

    TV
    7 Apr 2015 | 10:07 am
    Last weekend, I was at one of the youngest IIMs - IIM Udaipur to be a mentor at their annual event Prarambh where students and young entrepreneurs slog for 32 non-stop hours to build a 'startup'. No, not just a cool code hack but a (near-real) startup. The event ends with the teams pitching to real VCs. And who knows what can happen there...
  • Using blog as a teaching aid

    TV
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:36 am
    Last year, I started conducting an experiment in my classes. For the class assignment, I asked my students to write a blog post that they would need to share among all class mates. Also, I insisted that the blog post be visible to anyone on the internet. Here's why I did that:
  • Want best impact? Change yourself!

    TV
    16 Feb 2015 | 2:02 am
    A lot of us want to create an impact, especially the ones that comes in B-I-G font size. Change the world. Stop global warming. Establish world peace. Find cancer cure. Stop wars. Leave a legacy that lasts forever. We want to conquer the world with our ideas, our creation, our accomplishments.
  • What 16months of stay at Antarctica taught me?

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

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

    Rick A. Morris
    6 Apr 2015 | 2:13 pm
    It has been too long since I have posted!  As a client just said to me, "Your blog is woefully out of date."  That is true.  Mainly, I have been capturing stories internally for the next book and they are now categorized in 9 different unfinished books.  Do I self-publish?  Do I continue down the path I always have?  Decisons.Whenever I speak, people always ask how I keep up with everything that I have going on, which leads me to the title of the blog post and the philosophy of my life.  Jonathan Larson wanted to change the rock musical forever on Broadway…
  • Transparency is your Friend in Strategic Planning

    Rick A. Morris
    12 Jul 2013 | 3:43 pm
    The more I speak throughout the world, it is becoming more clear that there is a growing fear when it comes to strategic planning.  There is a general fear in transparency.  Why is that?  I meet with many project managers across the globe that emote a general apathy.  Frustration is the most common emotion due to what they feel is a series of mandated dates, misunderstood requirements, and most of all, over-utilized staff.  Executives that I meet with are most frustrated because they are constantly hearing that projects are on track until the last minute or by the…
  • Clarity 13.2 Brings Added Value to an Already Fabulous Product plus New CA Clarity Agile Integrations!

    Rick A. Morris
    11 Apr 2013 | 7:09 am
    As many of you know I am a huge fan of the latest release of Clarity 13.  Recently, I received a sneak peak of the new 13.2 release of Clarity and the new features of CA Clarity Agile.  These promise to be extremely exciting releases!  Here are some of the features that we can all look forward to:Clarity 13.2I felt that the 13 release of Clarity was a game changer.  Clarity has always been more than a project and portfolio tool to me, it is also a platform.  Since we can create objects, attributes, and configure the tool, we are really only limited by our…
  • Let Go of Being Done!

    Rick A. Morris
    2 Apr 2013 | 9:38 am
    Let go of being done.  This was the toughest lesson I had to learn.  I read a fantastic book lately called Positive Intelligence that I  was able to relate to on many levels.  As I read through it, I had one of my own revelations.  I place so much stress on myself on completion.  Being done.  Unfortunately, in life there is only one time that you are really done, and that is when you are done breathing.  Otherwise, there are always things to do.  New stress, projects, items that require your attention, and unexpected events.  I used to…
  • My Olympic Connection – May 5th, 1988 – USA vs. Brazil @ Dr. Phillips High School

    Rick A. Morris
    30 Jul 2012 | 7:40 am
    From time to time I like to take a moment and reflect on my past.  As the London Olympics are upon us, like most families, my family and I watched the opening ceremonies and reminisced about Olympic memories.  I have a particular connection that led to many of my personal choices in life and many of my connections.  It started with a club at my high school.  Back in 1988, we did not have a men's volleyball team.  The swim coach at the time was Bruce Follensbee and he started a volleyball club for men.  I doubt he was even paid for it.  Interesting how his idea reshaped and molded so…
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  • The Leaner, Simpler PMO

    Lindsay Scott
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    Organisations which are leaner, more agile, move faster and deliver more dynamic projects demand the same characteristics from their PMOs. This insight kicked off a recent interview with Nick Wilson, MD at Programmexpress, who are exhibiting at the PMO Conference on the 11th June.Programmes and projects which deliver competitive advantage through new products and services are just one typical example of projects that rely on the capability to deliver quickly and innovatively. Being first to market needs a simple effective approach to project management without the unnecessary bureaucracy and…
  • High Earners in Project Management

    Lindsay Scott
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    In the latest Project Management Salary Guide from Arras People, the independent annual report of the project management industry, of over 2000 practitioners polled, it was found that the highest earners* in project management are males in their forties. The highest earners also work for large organisations within the professional services and consultancy fields and are delivering ‘business transformation’ projects and programmes.High earners work in positions such as Portfolio, Programme and PMO Management roles and report to the Board of Directors within their businesses. High earners…
  • The PMO Role in an Agile Environment

    Lindsay Scott
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:47 am
    Agile. Everyone is talking about it.In one corner it is the holy grail of project delivery, in the other skepticism. As the project management industry continues to discover more about the role Agile can play in successful delivery it stands to reason that the PMO should explore what this means for PMO functions and services which are normally more “command and control” in its nature.Understanding exactly what is meant by Agile, both at an organisation level and programme/project level is where most organisations and practitioners are today.Steve Messenger, Chairman of DSDM Consortium,…
  • The Business Driven PMO Workshop Hits London

    Lindsay Scott
    10 Apr 2015 | 6:28 am
    Terry Doerscher and Andy Jordan are long time PMO stalwarts. Together they have delivered numerous Business Driven PMO workshops across the States and now we’re happy to have them here in London on Friday 12th June. Both Terry and Andy are keynote speakers at the PMO Conference the day before so it made sense to make sure PMO practitioners in the UK get the opportunity to take part in what their US counterparts have been taking up for the last few years.The Business Driven PMO workshop combines fresh new PMO thinking combined with interactive learning sessions delivered over one…
  • IN THE SEARCH FOR SUCCESSFUL PROJECT OUTCOMES – CONTEXT IS KEY

    David Cotgreave
    9 Apr 2015 | 6:12 am
    David Cotgreave – StoneseedBy David Cotgreave – Professional Services Director at StoneseedI heard a pundit on the radio this week talking about different styles of football management. He was listing the names of football coaches who would obdurately stick to their pre-match game plan no matter what, they were intractable and enjoyed a degree of success and then he listed those managers who were able to read a game in the first twenty minutes, make bold decisions and necessary adjustments to win the match based on what was actually happening on the pitch.It came as no surprise…
 
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  • What is a Workaround?

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

    Fahad Usmani
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:25 am
    If you are involved in risk management, you must be aware of the Monte Carlo simulation. The Monte Carlo simulation is a quantitative risk analysis technique which is used to identify the risk level of completing the project. This is one of the most important techniques in risk management; however, you will not see a […]
  • A Short Guide to Expected Monetary Value (EMV)

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

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

    Fahad Usmani
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:31 am
    During my PMP exam preparation I encountered many myths regarding the PMP exam and application filing procedure, which causes me a lot of trouble and headaches. I believe that this may happen with you as well. However, if you trust any these rumors, your preparation may be badly affected, you may feel demoralized, and it […]
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  • Recognition; it’s such a powerful tool

    Ron Rosenhead
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:01 am
    I took a rest and for some background noise, put the TV on. The programme was Undercover Boss. (For a full description of the programme go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Undercover_Boss ) This episode was based around a Calgary Transit where the boss went undercover to discover how the company was doing. I caught the last 10 minutes. It was fascinating. I was … Read More >Related Posts:So, how good are you?Project sponsors; how good are you at briefing your project…Who are your good project management role models?What do you do when someone does not take responsibility?Do…
  • This is why change control is so important

    Ron Rosenhead
    7 Apr 2015 | 2:10 am
    It was the final afternoon of the project management course and one of the participants had everyone listening. She was new to the company and said a number of very important things: she was the only one in the family who did not go into the family business – a building company the family company made a significant amount of money … Read More >Related Posts:Sometimes an idea is so simple you wonder why it is not…They threw ‘it’ awayDoes your client keep changing their mind?Project sign off – do people really know what this means?Why is project management so…
  • Save yourself time and money on your projects. How …?

    Ron Rosenhead
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:13 am
    Now I know that this goes against the traditional definition of what is a project, but how about this to save you time and money?How about producing a simple record of the project you have just worked on so the next time it can save you time? This is not as daft as it sounds! The quarterly or half yearly … Read More >Related Posts:Sounds like a plan…. but will it work?Do you carry out a primary survey before starting a project?This is why change control is so importantMonitoring and control in projects is essential to avoid…Forget a stakeholder? That’s OK – you only…
  • Project sponsors; how good are you at briefing your project managers?

    Ron Rosenhead
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:50 am
    “This is a long; much longer than a briefing note I would normally get from my manager or sponsor.” These are words spoken by someone on a project management course and words I have heard before. What was being referred to was a case study, 315 words long which took up less than a page of paper. The person went on to … Read More >Related Posts:Why was there real tension in the room?Recognition; it’s such a powerful toolAre people skills the final project management frontier?What do you do when someone does not take responsibility?So, how good are you?
  • So how do you prioritise your projects?

    Ron Rosenhead
    17 Mar 2015 | 2:46 am
    This was a question I was asked on a recent project management course. I was able to introduce a simple model which went down well. I wished however I had been able to pull out an article written by Mark Richie of the University of Edinburgh. Entitled Simple Project Portfolio Management he explains the university’s approach to: assigning projects an … Read More >Related Posts:How much project management information do you share?Today’s quiz question on project management is…Who owns project management in your company? *Why don’t they improve project delivery?Steering…
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    Focus on Training Blog

  • 70:20:10 Model for Learning & Development

    Rex
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:24 am
    What’s it mean for me? Does it apply to IT, Project Management and Agile skills? What should I be doing differently? We take a “back to basics” look at what the 70-20-10 Learning Model means and how it can or should be used. What is the 70:20:10 Model? The model evolved from observations by academic researchers in the 1980s and 1990s. They noted  that workers learn most of what they need to do their jobs in the workplace rather than in the classroom.  The three US based researchers, Morgan McCall, Michael M. Lombardo and Robert A. Eichinger, were investigating the key developmental…
  • Project Management Pay Up in 2014 and Confidence is Building

    Rex
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:13 am
    The headline is positive but there is a mixed picture when you dig into the statistics. Each year Arras People undertakes a survey of over 2,000 project professionals. Their Benchmark Report reveals changes in remuneration and personal confidence – as well as tracking factors such as uptake of qualifications and breadth of expertise. The 2015 survey finds that whilst the majority saw an increase in remuneration last year, for many the increase was little or no more than the inflation rate of 1-2%. Just 31% of respondents saw their remuneration increase by more than 2%. Meanwhile 33% saw a…
  • PRINCE2® & ITIL® Exam Stats

    Rex
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:45 am
    Exam figures for 2014 confirm that worldwide growth in the take-up of PRINCE2 and ITIL certifications stalled last year. There was particular weakness in Asia – where broader economic pressures have had an effect.  In the UK there is already very high adoption with 66% of project professionals already holding PRINCE2 certification.  There are new initiatives planned for this year which look set to stimulate growth in best practice certifications. That said the absolute number of ITIL and PRINCE2 exams taken is huge reflecting the popularity of these best practice frameworks.  There were…
  • Service Management: ISO20000 or ITIL®?

    admin
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:14 am
    In today’s world there is a lot of confusion about how organisations should implement IT Service Management. It’s a phrase that is commonly used but its precise meaning does lead to confusion. In this article I will try and give some guidance on what you need to consider when you decide to embark on ‘doing’ IT Service Management. Having been involved in IT Service Management for over 30 years now, I have seen many comings and goings along with changes to the ways of thinking about how IT should be managed and delivered. Yet in all that time, one of the most commonly asked questions…
  • 12% of Project Managers now hold an Agile Certification

    Rex
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:36 am
    The 10th Arras People Project Management Benchmark Report is out. Agile was one of the core topics researched by this comprehensive survey of project managers. The research was undertaken in December 2014 with responses from over 2,000 project specialists. Over half of project management practitioners were familiar with Agile methods but the proportion with a recognised accreditation is still only 12%. The positive slant on this data is that since a year prior the proportion of respondents who say they regularly use Agile methods and techniques in their day to day roles is up from 15% to 25%.
 
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    Project Management Software | Online PM System | Easy Projects » Blog

  • VIDEO: Lesson Four – Dependencies

    Ash Aujla
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:12 am
    We’re back for our fourth video lesson. This week is all about those tricky little dependencies and to use them properly when planning a project. Video Transcript: In the real world, a dependent is someone who depends on you to support them financially or emotionally. In the project management world, it’s not so different. A dependency is commonly understood as a task that is dependent on other tasks being completed before it can move forward. However, there are several kinds of dependencies which we will cover in this video. The truth is that it’s rare to end up with a project that…
  • VIDEO: Lesson Three – Postmortem Reports in Project Management

    Ash Aujla
    10 Apr 2015 | 7:02 am
    Hi everyone! Here’s the third lesson from our Project Management Made Easy video series. Let us know what you think! Video Transcript: Hi, welcome back for another episode of Project Management Made Easy. If you haven’t checked out our previous video on Time Estimation make sure to do so after this video! Today’s topic is all about Postmortems or what some PM’s call the project retrospective . So you just finished a project and you think you can be done with it forever? Think again. The Postmortem is one of the most important aspects of the project but also one of the most…
  • New! Payroll Reports

    Ash Aujla
    7 Apr 2015 | 10:49 am
    The Easy Projects development teams is proud to present a brand new feature called payroll reports. Your accounting team will now be able to accurately track and monitor employee hours to make sure everyone is  paid correctly. With payroll reports, you’ll be able to calculate:   Overtime Hours Absence Hours Holiday Hours What the final breakdown might look like: This will help with accuracy in understanding where company resources are going and where improvements can be made. More so, payroll reports will help you figure out how much you need to pay your team members and ensure that…
  • Automating Incoming Requests: Best Practices

    Vadim Katcherovski
    5 Apr 2015 | 11:24 am
    “This is driving me nuts! I mean, every day I would get about a dozen new requests by email. Plain or as Word attachments. Sometimes PDF or even PowerPoint. Then there are phone calls. Add another five or eight request. On top of that – people are dropping by my office. “Can I ask you a favor”, they start… and I’m supposed to keep track of all these requests, prioritize the, assign them, track them and report on them.” – Linda (not her actual name) sounded really stressed and frustrated. Linda was a Traffic Manager of a marketing department within a large retail chain.
  • Who are Guest Users and what can they do?

    Vadim Katcherovski
    1 Apr 2015 | 3:09 pm
    Sometimes, in addition to your direct team, you also have customers, vendors or other stakeholders who need to collaborate on your project. Guest Users is the best option for this. Here is why: They’re free! They work through Guest Portal, which has next to no learning curve. Your sensitive data is protect, since they only have access to the projects and tasks they’ve been assigned to. Once you assign a Guest User to an activity (task) in a project, here is what he or she can do: View overall Project Progress; Submit new Requests and Issues; Track Status of such Requests or…
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    CobaltPM » Blog

  • What Should Every Project Manager Have on Their Desk?

    Ben Ferris
    22 Apr 2015 | 4:28 am
    Have you ever stopped and looked at what is in front of you on your office desk? If you have sat in the same place for a long time then the chances are that you have built up an impressive collection of objects but do you really need all of them? More to the point, is there anything which you should have there which is missing? As far as I know there is no definitive list of objects which every single project manager should have on their desk but there are some things which I reckon it would be good to have on there. A Pen and Paper Now that most of us have a work surface which is dominated…
  • Will You Have a Champagne Moment This Week?

    Ben Ferris
    15 Apr 2015 | 3:20 am
    Not every single week of your project can provide you with exciting moments such as when you meet an important milestone or successfully complete some testing. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t manage to fit in a weekly champagne moment to make everyone feel better. Here are a few ways of doing so. Give Out Some Awards I have never been a big fan of handing out awards left, right and centre but it is a tactic which can come in useful if you use it now and then. For example, if your piece of work is going through a bit of a lull then organising a small awards ceremony for your team…
  • Coping with Promotion from the Project Team

    Ben Ferris
    8 Apr 2015 | 2:14 am
    If you work as a project team member and get promoted into a project management role then this is sure to be an exciting yet daunting progression in your career. Moving from one job into a more senior position in the same company is something which not everyone is able to handle very well. The following are a few points to bear in mind when you find yourself in this position. Make the Mental Shift One of the most important changes to make early on in your new role is the mental shift which this change involves. If you carry on thinking of yourself as a member of the team instead of as the new…
  • Which Fictional Character Would Make the Worst Project Manager?

    Ben Ferris
    1 Apr 2015 | 3:11 am
    It can be confusing to read about all of the skills and personality traits which you need to be a great project manager, can’t it? After all, is it possible that one person can embody all of the things you need to be in order to do this job? Let’s look at in a different way and check out a few fictional characters who definitely couldn’t do this. David Brent – The Office I had to start off with our old friend David Brent because he would make one of the worst project managers in the world without doubt. I realise that there is a different version of this show in the US but I imagine…
  • Stop Getting So Cranky at Work

    Ben Ferris
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:06 am
    If you sometimes find that you get too cranky at work then it is time to do something about it before it becomes a lasting problem for you. This sort of attitude isn’t going to help you progress in your career, won’t help you build up strong working relationships and will make you feel bad about yourself as well. All in all, it is one of the worst kinds of mood you can get into at work if you are project manager.  So how can you do this? Let’s take it one step at a time and see how to do it. Work Out What the Problem Is Do you really not know why you now get more irritated than you…
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    Project Management Resources

  • Tips and Tricks of Project Management Software

    Jason
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:15 am
    How well do you know your project management software? I bet you think you know all the features, but in reality it’s common for project managers to use less than half of the available functionality in a tool.Streamlined project management applications have focused on providing really good features that you do need and want to use time and time again, stripping out the features that bloat the system and that the majority of people have no need to use. Other tools retain lots of features for customization and flexible use across the organization. Whatever your current tool, I bet there are…
  • How to Monitor the Health of Your Team

    Elizabeth Harrin
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:15 am
    You regularly monitor the health of your projects, but when is the last time you checked the health of your team? A team with a healthy outlook performs well and is a pleasure to be around. They turn in the results and make work enjoyable while keeping it professional and constructive.Ensuring that your project team resources have a healthy environment to work from is one step towards getting and keeping great business results. The health of your team is something that every manager should care about and here’s why.Why Team Health is ImportantThe Corporate Leadership Council surveyed over…
  • 5 Reasons to Switch to Online Project Tools

    Jason
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:15 am
    I have noticed more and more people using online tools in their personal lives for things like photo sharing, storing files and chatting to their friends. But when you move into the office environment and talk about using online tools to manage projects, then I hear a lot of sharp intakes of breath!People seem somewhat old-fashioned in their preference for off-line spreadsheets for work when they are using Google Docs and online spreadsheets to plan who is bringing what to the cricket club picnic next month.Security is often cited as the reason why project teams don’t adopt online ways of…
  • 5 Signs That Your Team Is Out Of Control

    Jason
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:15 am
    Project teams are great places to be – most of the time. Occasionally I have felt as if the team is spiralling out of my control and that my project isn’t a nice place to be. I’m sure you have felt the same (and if you haven’t, you will at some point in your career!).If you have any feeling, however small, that your team is going off the rails then you need to deal with it as soon as you can. That involves looking out for the warning signs. These will tell you that something is going wrong and you need to take action…quickly.1. They ProcrastinateWhen you check the task tracking…
  • Project Story Mapping: True Grit

    Devin Deen
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    Devin Deen, Scrum Master, shows you how to use Agile story mapping techniques for your project planning.Here’s a shot of the whiteboard for your reference!Video TranscriptionHi, thank you for joining me. I’m Devin, and today I’m going to talk about story mapping.Now story mapping is an Agile technique that’s used in decomposing our top level vision down into the individual bits of sand that our sprint teams can actually work on. It’s also relevant to our traditional project management methodologies in terms of decomposing scope or features and functionality into…
 
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    The Digital Project Manager

  • Leadership produces leaders

    Ben Aston
    21 Apr 2015 | 3:32 am
    Posted in General Unknown ~ Unknown The post Leadership produces leaders appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.
  • Built With

    Ben Aston
    13 Apr 2015 | 11:22 pm
    Posted in Tools http:// Built With is a handy tool to find out what a site is built with, their CMS, CDN, and analytics provider without having to right click, view source and start poring through the code. Find out the technology behind websites and download lists of leads using specific web technologies. The post Built With appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.
  • Making projects profitable

    Ben Aston
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:01 am
    Posted in General Are your projects profitable? Beyond simply charging more, what can we do to make our projects more profitable in an industry that’s becoming increasingly commoditized and demanding more for less? What are the skills we need to develop and tools we can use to ensure that we’re delivering value to our agency as well as our clients? Deltek TrafficLive hosted an interesting debate at SXSW called Cocktails, Conversation, and Creative Leaders where members from the creative... The post Making projects profitable appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.
  • Digital Project Manager job description

    Ben Aston
    17 Mar 2015 | 10:57 pm
    Posted in General Are you a digital project manager, web project manager, web producer or digital producer? First off, let’s cover off this naming malarkey. A digital project manager job description can be hard to come by! Partly it’s because digital project managers are known by a few different names; web project managers, web producers, digital producers and digital project managers – but for the most part, we’re all pretty much the same thing. So what is the... The post Digital Project Manager job description appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.
  • You try for months to sell in what should be an amazing project, get it, and suddenly realize you wish you hadn’t.

    Ben Aston
    13 Mar 2015 | 8:08 am
    Posted in The PM life The post You try for months to sell in what should be an amazing project, get it, and suddenly realize you wish you hadn’t. appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.
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  • Tips and Tricks of Project Management Software

    Jason
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:15 am
    How well do you know your project management software? I bet you think you know all the features, but in reality it’s common for project managers to use less than half of the available functionality in a tool.Streamlined project management applications have focused on providing really good features that you do need and want to use time and time again, stripping out the features that bloat the system and that the majority of people have no need to use. Other tools retain lots of features for customization and flexible use across the organization. Whatever your current tool, I bet there are…
  • How to Monitor the Health of Your Team

    Elizabeth Harrin
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:15 am
    You regularly monitor the health of your projects, but when is the last time you checked the health of your team? A team with a healthy outlook performs well and is a pleasure to be around. They turn in the results and make work enjoyable while keeping it professional and constructive.Ensuring that your project team resources have a healthy environment to work from is one step towards getting and keeping great business results. The health of your team is something that every manager should care about and here’s why.Why Team Health is ImportantThe Corporate Leadership Council surveyed over…
  • 5 Reasons to Switch to Online Project Tools

    Jason
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:15 am
    I have noticed more and more people using online tools in their personal lives for things like photo sharing, storing files and chatting to their friends. But when you move into the office environment and talk about using online tools to manage projects, then I hear a lot of sharp intakes of breath!People seem somewhat old-fashioned in their preference for off-line spreadsheets for work when they are using Google Docs and online spreadsheets to plan who is bringing what to the cricket club picnic next month.Security is often cited as the reason why project teams don’t adopt online ways of…
  • 5 Signs That Your Team Is Out Of Control

    Jason
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:15 am
    Project teams are great places to be – most of the time. Occasionally I have felt as if the team is spiralling out of my control and that my project isn’t a nice place to be. I’m sure you have felt the same (and if you haven’t, you will at some point in your career!).If you have any feeling, however small, that your team is going off the rails then you need to deal with it as soon as you can. That involves looking out for the warning signs. These will tell you that something is going wrong and you need to take action…quickly.1. They ProcrastinateWhen you check the task tracking…
  • Project Story Mapping: True Grit

    Devin Deen
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    Devin Deen, Scrum Master, shows you how to use Agile story mapping techniques for your project planning.Here’s a shot of the whiteboard for your reference!Video TranscriptionHi, thank you for joining me. I’m Devin, and today I’m going to talk about story mapping.Now story mapping is an Agile technique that’s used in decomposing our top level vision down into the individual bits of sand that our sprint teams can actually work on. It’s also relevant to our traditional project management methodologies in terms of decomposing scope or features and functionality into…
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  • 5 Ways to Get Better Project Visibility Throughout Your Organization

    Jennifer Lund
    13 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Europe has the greatest linguistic and cultural diversity of the Western world. Unlike the U.S., Europe cannot be treated as one market.  In 2007, I was responsible for centralizing SuperOffice marketing, creating economies of scale and driving a common marketing strategy across SuperOffice’s 7 main European markets. The Challenge The company was founded in 1990, and each country had its own marketing budget that he/ she controlled – Campaigns were created separately, no best practices were shared, and there was no common way of measuring the success. Here’s a little sample of how…
  • How to Maintain the Most Productive Team Ever

    Trina M.
    16 Nov 2014 | 8:34 am
    According to the Guardian, economists have at last discovered tangible scientific proof that suggests a direct correlation between happy employees and increased productivity. In fact teams can clock up to about 12% enhanced productivity if the company is mindful of the needs and wants of the team members. In direct contrast, productivity may plummet by as much as 10% if the work environment is full of anxiety, stress and mistrust. However happy employees are not necessarily idle employees. You do not need to go the Sir Richard Branson way and give your team members the authorization to take…
  • How To Build a Dream Team From Scratch?

    Trina M.
    9 Nov 2014 | 4:22 am
    Build a Dream Team from scratch Have you ever tried to build a dream team? If you have then you know it’s easier said than done! By the very use of the word “dream” the possibility of actually assembling a congregation of individuals who work together in complete harmony shouldering their delegated roles perfectly is rendered quite bleak. Human beings have egos, they overlook details, they tend to make mistakes and biased decisions. These factors all act as road blocks on the way to the perfect team. But you can get close to the ideal team leveraging clever strategy and plain common…
  • How To Create Killer Buyer Personas: Basic & Advanced Strategies

    Trina M.
    2 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Buyer Personas: A Tricky Basket of Eggs A marketer or an ad agency creative? Thought so! Well, you are on the right page if you want to learn the secrets of the fine art of psychographic analysis or what the “inbound” driven marketers of today are calling buyer personas. Chances are you: – Have heard the term tossed around and are starting to feel the need for a tool to better understand your market(s) – Know the basics, even implement them in day to day work but are looking to take your persona crafting skills to the next level!   In either case, keep reading because we…
  • Qualities Of a Team Leader: How To Maintain Leadership In Meetings

    Trina M.
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Qualities of a Team Leader Series Have you ever struggled with being a good team leader? If you aren’t one of those lucky Type B personalities, it is likely you have. Being an excellent organizer and assiduous worker has nothing to do with leadership which is the measure of how we can inspire others to give their best and collaborate to achieve a common goal. WorkZone over the years has had the privilege of interacting with dozens of fantastic leaders worth getting inspired by and thus has decided to encapsulate its experiences into a series of short articles to help managers develop…
 
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    PM-by-PM

  • PMP PDU Validity

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

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

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

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

    Praveen Malik, PMP
    9 Jul 2014 | 2:38 am
    What is a Gantt Chart? Is Gantt Chart same as a Scheduling Bar Chart? What is a Time Scaled Logic Diagram? Is it same as Gantt chart? What is a Time Scaled Network Diagram?... The post What is a Gantt Chart? appeared first on PM-by-PM.
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    PMIS Consulting

  • Why it should be called ‘benefits realisation’

    Kevin Lonergan
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:06 am
    Over the past decade the topic of Benefits realisation has emerged and is gaining much interest.  In some circles it is being referred to as benefits management. We do not agree with this and here’s why. The goal of the concept is to provide real focus on, and visibility of the actual realisation of the planned benefits in any business change, throughout the change cycle.  The goal is not (just) to wrap a management process (consisting of templates, reports, maybe even graphs etc) around this task.  That by itself achieves very little.  Therefore the name is important. This…
  • Benefits Realisation – context drives the terminology

    Kevin Lonergan
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:10 am
    There are discussions on LinkedIn etc around the slow rate of take-up of Benefits realisation and why this may be.  Some argue the language does not help people to understand the subject and may contribute towards the rate of take up. Among this, some propose their own ideas for what it could be called, using either new terminology or terminology that is used in similar topics.  The most common of the latter usually involves the use of the world value.  Neither of these proposals or ideas necessarily help – in fact they can make the matter (of terminology) even worse. Why […]
  • 10 reasons why Prince2 is not even close to ‘best practice’

    Kevin Lonergan
    28 Mar 2015 | 8:57 am
    The current custodians of Prince2: 2009 ®  (the UK Government’s ageing PM Method), who look after it on their behalf, by virtue of winning a contract to do so, state on their website that Prince2 is “Global best practice”. That is quite a claim! This is a personal view (backed up the references in the links below), however from someone who has been involved in projects all his career (inside and outside the public sector), who believes that Prince2 (as written) has never been, and even more importantly, especially today, is a very long way from ‘best practice’, let alone…
  • Why Hazards and risk are not the same on projects

    Kevin Lonergan
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:05 am
    Project risk management presents many challenges to project teams.  Two of them are understanding (across a broad enough range of people) and application, getting it done early enough in the project, when you are always very busy, so that it can have a genuinely positive impact on the project. In relation to understanding, there are many discussions that you can see around the Web on this topic, which demonstrate levels of understanding are not always where we might like them to be.  One such discussion is ‘hazards’ and ’risks’ – are they the same or are they different and if…
  • Why “Management by Exception” has no place on projects

    Kevin Lonergan
    2 Feb 2015 | 2:40 am
    Firstly, may we say this:  however strange this may sound, this post assumes that we start out really wanting to deliver the full project successfully, on time and within budget?  Next we have to ask the question, “how often does that really happen?”  This is the context for much of what follows. One thing we need to be clear on – we are not advocating that Project Managers sit on the shoulders of team members every day so that they see progress and issues – some will refer to that as micro management. At the same time, we are referring […]
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    Palchoice

  • books to read

    admin
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:24 am
    The post books to read appeared first on Palchoice. This post is for all those book lovers, who like to read and read and read more… I have read all these books while i was preparing for my management entrance exam. I know it sound odd but this is how i started my reading habit. This post can also help all those who are [...] The post books to read appeared first on Palchoice.
  • 15 life lessons from ancient text panchtantra

    admin
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:33 am
    The post 15 life lessons from ancient text panchtantra appeared first on Palchoice. Man quest is always to learn new things. But we can learn so many new things from our ancient history also. The ancient text is full of wisdom quotes and text. They can teach us how to live a wonderful life. Recently I completed reading the ancient Indian text panchtantra. I tell you this book [...] The post 15 life lessons from ancient text panchtantra appeared first on Palchoice.
  • 16 wake up early quotes to inspire you

    admin
    28 Nov 2014 | 10:21 am
    The post 16 wake up early quotes to inspire you appeared first on Palchoice.   Why is there  so much fuss about waking up early in the morning? Why your mother keep on pestering you from the day you started your school to get up early in the morning? What’s so magical about getting up early in the morning? Let’s get it clear that every person is different. Some [...] The post 16 wake up early quotes to inspire you appeared first on Palchoice.
  • top 9 famous quotes of chanakya

    admin
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:39 am
    The post top 9 famous quotes of chanakya appeared first on Palchoice. Chanakya was an acclaimed Indian teacher, philosopher, and royal advisor. A professor of economics and political science at the ancient Takshashila University, Chanakya is widely credited for having played the most important role in the establishment of the Maurya Empire. Maurya empire was the first empire in archaeologically recorded history to rule most of the Indian subcontinent. [...] The post top 9 famous quotes of chanakya appeared first on Palchoice.
  • 7 ways to motivate yourself for studies

    admin
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:55 am
    The post 7 ways to motivate yourself for studies appeared first on Palchoice. Do you find it difficult to motivate yourself for studies? Or do you want to find the ways to motivate your children for studies? If your answer is yes to above questions then I think you are landed on the right place. In this article, I am going to share some of the practical things [...] The post 7 ways to motivate yourself for studies appeared first on Palchoice.
 
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    The Digital Project Manager - eCommerce and Web

  • Which ways exist to specify the layout update handles that will be processed during a request?

    TheDigitalPM
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:49 pm
    Q. Which ways exist to specify the layout update handles that will be processed during a request? <layout> <default> <update handle=”add_jquery_first” /> </default> <add_jquery_first> <action method=”addJs” block=”head”> <file>jquery/jquery-1.8.1.min.js</file> </action> <!– or <reference name=”head”> <action method=”addJs”> <file>jquery/jquery-1.8.1.min.js</file> </action> </reference> –> </add_jquery_first> </layout>   The post Which ways exist to specify…
  • How are layout xml directives processed?

    TheDigitalPM
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:48 pm
    Q. How are layout xml directives processed? Mage_Core_Controller_Varien_Action::loadLayout() – processes the request to load layout Mage_Core_Model_Layout::__construct() – loads layout xml Mage_Core_Model_Layout_Update::load() – load layout updates by handles   The post How are layout xml directives processed? appeared first on The Digital Project Manager - eCommerce and Web.
  • What is the difference regarding module loading between Mage::run() and Mage::app()?

    TheDigitalPM
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:45 pm
    Q. What is the difference regarding module loading between Mage::run() and Mage::app()? – Mage::app() :: Get initialized application object. It provides all those required variables, objects which are required to access magento functionalities out of magento boostrap i.e. index.php. Mage::run() :: Frontend entry point which means it loads the configuration files, modules configuration, load Database. This constructs all of the necessary xml data in configuraiton tree object. Mage::app() – Initialize application without request processing. Mage::run() – Run application. Run process…
  • After a matching action controller is found, what steps occur before the action method is executed?

    TheDigitalPM
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:43 pm
    Q. After a matching action controller is found, what steps occur before the action method is executed? – It then instantiates controller class; then sets module name, controller name, action name, controller module name & parameters. Finally it calls: $request->setDispatched(true); $controllerInstance->dispatch($action); to dispatch the request   The post After a matching action controller is found, what steps occur before the action method is executed? appeared first on The Digital Project Manager - eCommerce and Web.
  • How does Magento process requests that cannot be mapped?

    TheDigitalPM
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:42 pm
    Q. How does Magento process requests that cannot be mapped? – It will send user to 404 page.. cms/index/noRoute   The post How does Magento process requests that cannot be mapped? appeared first on The Digital Project Manager - eCommerce and Web.
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    Comindware Blog

  • Comindware selected as one of Top 20 Most Promising BPM Technology Solution Providers

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

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

    pavel
    1 Apr 2015 | 6:32 am
    When evaluating Project Management and Workflow Automation solutions for Marketing agencies, we had a chance to talk to numerous Marketing representatives and industry thought leaders. Our questions were around what online tools are usually used to ensure integrated Marketing services and management of Marketing campaigns – all while coordinating efforts with other teams and reacting to change timely. Based on the responses, we put together this article in hope to help you familiarize with the 12 must-have online tools your Marketing agency can use to improve your team performance and…
  • Comindware launches next-gen Business Operations Management Suite

    pavel
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:02 am
    Stoneham, MA Comindware® (www.comindware.com) – a leading provider of cloud-based Enterprise Work Management solutions, today announces the launch of its next generation enterprise Business Operations Management Suite that provides game changing Business Process, Project and Case Management capabilities and empowers both Business and IT users with a highly configurable and scalable foundation for business applications build. Leveraging a unique single platform-based architecture and the digital-first process optimization approach, Comindware Business Operations Management Suite enables…
  • Comindware to showcase its next-gen BPMS at bpmNEXT 2015

    pavel
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:45 am
    Comindware® – a leading provider of cloud-based Enterprise Work Management solutions is to present the next generation of its flagship business process management solutions at the grand bpmNEXT event March 30, 2015. The bpmNEXT is universally held to be one of the most influential annual BPM conferences with participation from around the world. The conference is the single greatest concentration of industry influencers and the buzz coming from bpmNEXT sets the tempo, trends, and market direction for all matters of process innovation. Comindware will be presenting the next generation of its…
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    Project Management Hacks

  • 5 Lessons Learned From Becoming A PMP

    bruce
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:36 am
    Image Credit: Yes by Geralt (Pixabay.com) Last week, I earned the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. In completing this project, I learned a great deal about the art and science of project management. In today’s post, I will share some lessons learned from the experience. I intend for this article to be helpful to anyone working toward a challenging goal, especially one involving education or professional development. 1. Finding Your Why For The Goal In late 2014, I went through Michael Hyatt’s goal setting course 5 Days To Your Best Year Ever. In that course,…
  • Foundations of Personal Productivity: 3 Habits That Make The Difference

    bruce
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:26 pm
    Habits guide 40% of behavior according to a 2014 report from Science Daily. That means almost half of our daily activity happens without you giving much thought to what you’re doing. Habits are like fire: they can make life better and harm you. For example, you may have a good habit of saying “good morning” to everyone in your department in the morning. On the other hand, you might have a bad habit of staying up late every night, again and again.  In this article, you will learn about the foundation habits that can enhance your productivity quickly (no software needed). I…
  • How To Renew Your Leadership This Spring

    bruce
    7 Apr 2015 | 8:43 am
    Image Credit: Tree by 899473 (Pixabay.com) Spring is the season of renewal and change in nature. For many people, spring cleaning is a part of their household routine. You may have a habit of reorganizing your garden after winter or starting to plan for the summer. Today, I suggest you use this season of the year to renew your leadership. According to author John C. Maxwell “leadership is influence.” Our ability to influence others is an important capability. Like any capability, it can be improved and developed further. Yet, many refuse to pause and seek out ways to improve.
  • Why Showing Appreciation To Your Team Makes A Difference And 5 Ways To Do It

    bruce
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:35 am
    Thank You Note (Image Credit: GingerQuip, Pixabay.com) Appreciation. It is a powerful way to strengthen a relationship, in the office and elsewhere. When you show appreciation, you shift your focus to the other person rather than yourself. In many cases, your efforts at appreciation make the difference between an awesome day and an ordinary day. As a project managers, you can get work done through other people. While you may pitch in with your team from time to time, that’s not the focus of your role. Instead, leading project managers focus on leadership and supporting their team. An…
  • Why Knowing Yourself Is Essential To Leadership

    bruce
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:31 am
    In my study of leadership, I have discovered a number of insights from successful leaders. I have been inspired by Churchill’s determination, writing and his ability to recover from disappointments. In addition, I have also learned the vital role of introspection in leadership. Without self-knowledge and understanding, one’s leadership capabilities will hamstrung by blind spots and slow growth. In this post, I will discuss four methods leaders can use to better understand themselves. Armed with this insight, you will be able to grow your leadership further. DISC Profile: An Excellent…
 
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