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Successful Project Manager and Team Collaboration

7 Secrets to Successful Project Manager/Team Collaboration

7 Secrets to successful project manager and team collaboration by Elisa Cepale of White October.
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Complete Guide To RACI Charts

A Complete Guide to RACI/RASCI Charts

Everything you ever wanted to know about RACI charts (or RASCI, if you prefer that version). Includes a RACI example...
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Challenging project leaders

Challenging project leaders to lead confidently in uncertain times

This year’s trends each highlight a reason why adaptive skill sets are increasingly in demand, and why project leaders at...
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Capacity Planning: The Secret to Successful Projects

Learn why capacity planning for project resources could be your secret weapon for ensuring an on time, low stress delivery.
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dependencies and constraints

The Ultimate Guide to Project Dependencies and Constraints

Demystify project dependencies and constraints with this article that introduces and defines the ideas. Learn how they relate to your...
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decision bias

3 Things That Stop You Making the Right Decision

Are one of these things stopping you from making the right decisions? Chris Cook helps us by taking a look...
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tips for decision making

5 Tips for Better Decision Making (With Process)

These 5 tips will help you make better decisions at work. Find out how to come to the right conclusion...
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2019 Project Management Conferences You Won’t Want to Miss

Check out this list of 2019 project management conferences that you won't want to miss. Enter them into your calendar...
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schedule around people

Why You Should Schedule Around People, Not Tasks

   I’m pleased to be working with Proggio to bring you this thought-provoking article from Tzvi Zucker, Marketing Manager. The...
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5 Steps To Complete a SIPOC Diagram

SIPOC is a visual process mapping tool that can help you see the big picture, identify the individuals involved and...
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RAID in Project Management

RAID in Project Management

RAID in project management is so important! If you have no idea what that means this article breaks it all...
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What is a Programme in Project Management? 3 Types of Programme

Programmes are handy ways of tying together related work. Here are 3 types of programme in project management.
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Availability is Not a Skill Set! 5 Tips for Resource Allocation

“Who is free to work on this task?” That’s something all project managers will hear at some time or another....
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Best Agile Books for Project Managers

Best Agile Books for Project Managers

Here are my recommendations for the best agile books for project managers. Learn more about agile if you are looking...
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How To Make Time for Professional Development

The best project managers invest time in professional development. Here are ways to make time for professional development in your...
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Best Books for New Project Managers

I recommend these three books for new project managers to get your career off to a great start.
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Trouble with Methodologies

The Trouble with Methodologies and Why Frameworks are Better

If a methodology isn’t the best way to get the behavioural or cultural change you want to see, what would...
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PMO Lifecycles with Bill Dow

PMO Lifecycles: Interview with Bill Dow [Video]

Bill Dow explains PMO lifecycles from building it, running a PMO and then shutting it down in this video interview...
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Social skills for project managers

Social Skills for Project Managers: Interview with Geoff Crane [Video]

How do you gain influence with body language? What should you be aware of for managing stress in the workplace...
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Thrive as an accidental project manager

How to Thrive as an Accidental Project Manager [Video interview]

We discuss how people find themselves in a project management role, why stepping up can give you new opportunities, building...
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Brilliant Project Leader

What Makes a Brilliant Project Leader?

A brilliant project leader will have solid project management expertise and be able to plan and deliver their projects with...
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6 Easy Ways to Manage Group Think

6 Easy Ways to Manage Group Think and Risk at Work

Dr. Mike Clayton gives some great advice on managing group think and risk at work in this guest article.
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Common Roadblocks on Projects

5 Common Roadblocks on Projects (And What To Do About Them)

These are 5 common project roadblocks along with tips on how to address them, so you can take action now...
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Implement project management strategy

How To Implement Strategy [Video]

An interview with Todd Williams, author of Filling Execution Gaps, on how to implement strategy in your projects.
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GDPR projects

10 Data Protection Considerations Before Starting a New Project

GDPR – the General Data Protection Regulation – comes into effect on 25 May 2018 across Europe. Learn how to...
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5 Ways To Engage Your Project Sponsor

Here are five of the tips I’ve used to my advantage of the years to help build successful relationships with...
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2018 Project Management Conferences You Won’t Want To Miss

These are the best 2018 project management conferences from around the world. Which of these will you be at this...
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What Are The Dates for the 2018 PMI Exam Changes?

Learn the key dates for the PMP and PMI-ACP exam changes in 2018 so you can decide whether to take...
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Project management #ethics tips for difficult work situations

7 Ethics Tips For Project Managers

Learn how to avoid difficult situations at work with these project management ethics tips.
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7 Awesome Meeting Habits

7 Awesome Meeting Habits That Will Make You Money

Find out how to run awesome meetings with these habits that will see you boost productivity and focus your meetings...
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5 Ways To Use Visual Project Management

Visual project management is a trend we all need to be aware of. Learn how to make your project communications...
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Lessons learned management techniques

Lessons Learned Management Techniques [Podcast]

Find out about the project lessons learned management techniques that will help you run effective lessons learned and retrospective sessions....
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How to Juggle Work With Your PMP Study Plan

Learn how to create a PMP study plan that works for you with these practical tips for finding time to...
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How to do document version control

How To Do Document Version Control

Learn how to do document version control. It's a way of making sure you know which is the current iteration...
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10 Things New Project Managers Should Know

Here are 10 simple things that you can do as a new project manager to get up to speed quickly...
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communicate effectively

How To Communicate Effectively When You’ve Got No Time For Meetings

Learn how to communicate effectively with your team when you don't have time for meetings. These tips will make it...
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Communications Tools: The Project Banner

A project banner can be a great way to communicate about your project that goes beyond email, newsletters and presentations.
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How Change Management Fits Into Projects

How Change Management Fits Into Projects

Communication remains critical in a changing environment, both in laying the groundwork for the change and for ensuring people know...
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Communicating Change by Elizabeth Harrin

Communicating Change: A New Book From Elizabeth

My book will make it easier for you to start talking, writing, presenting and sharing about your project in a...
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Project Management for Humans Book Review

Book Review: Project Management for Humans

In Project Management for Humans, Brett Harned has taken his experience, ideas and good practice and distilled them into a...
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Project Forecasting 101

William W. Davis, forecasting superhero, joins us again to help explain project forecasting and how to make it easier.
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Behind the Scenes at PMCamp Barcelona

Behind The Scenes At PMCamp Barcelona

PMCamp Barcelona is taking place 6 & 7 October 2017. I sat down with two of the organizers to learn...
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Benefits of Agile Approach to Meetings

The Benefits of Agile Approach to Meetings

Take a page from Agile and have better, more efficient meetings with your team, even virtual ones. You can learn...
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The 3 Most Important Things that Define Your Project

In this guest article by Dr. Mike Clayton he explains the three things you need to define your project so...
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7 Hidden Dangers Of Project Management (Why Even Well-Planned Projects Sometimes Fail)

I’m pleased to be bringing you this post today, written by Maja Mrsic and sponsored by Active Collab. Despite your...
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5 Considerations for Managing a Project Portfolio

This article by Jaime Capitel of ITM Platform reviews 5 key considerations and knowledge areas under which the main criteria...
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3 Steps to Take When Failure is Not an Option

The 3 Steps to Take When Failure is Not an Option: Getting to Impeccable Business Execution

Our expectation for consistent, immediate and high-quality service is at a level never before seen in human history. But can...
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7-S for Project Management

The 7-S Framework: Project Management Remix

When you’ve got a lot to do, ensuring that your project is aligned to your organisational goals becomes even more...
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Planning a Budget for a Proposal in 5 Easy Steps (+ Example)

Before the project can begin you need to create a proposal and a budget. Edoardo Binda Zane shows us how...
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The Battle Between Process and Progress

The Battle Between Process and Progress

Following organisational process in can sometimes lead to a lack of progress in project management. Chris Hammond offers some great...
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Why Clear Communication is Vital to Successful Project Management

Good and clear communication between a project manager and their team is a key component on whether a project is...
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Are your ready for the social tech revolution

Are You Ready For The Social Tech Revolution?

Learn why it's not important to learn the latest hot social media tools that new entrants are using in their...
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6 Ways to Manage Projects Like a Nordic

6 Ways to Manage Projects Like a Nordic

Learn how the Nordics can inspire you to be more organised as a project manager. These top tips will help...
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5 Tips for Working with Outsourcing firms

5 Tools and Tactics To Manage Projects With Your Outsourcing Partner

Starting a business is no easy feat – I know, I’ve done it. Regardless of what your business does, it...
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12 Project Managers to follow on Pinterest

12 Project Managers To Follow on Pinterest

There's a big project management community on Pinterest. I call out 12 of the best pinners to follow, all of...
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Project Management Tools and Free Templates

15 Awesome Tools I Use To Manage My Projects

Everyone has their favourite tools that they return to time and time again. Here are my top 15: a mixture...
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Virtual meetings best practices

4 Easy Tips For Effective Virtual Meetings

Virtual meetings are a fact of life. These 4 easy tips take only moments to put into practice but will...
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Why there's no such thing as an IT project

Why There’s No Such Thing as an IT Project

Learn why IT departments risk accidentally (or deliberately) blocking business change and how other teams risk missing the technical implications...
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Agile project mangement with Patrick Mayfield

Why Agile Works for Today’s Projects

Agile is the perfect approach to use on many projects. Learn why Agile is here to stay and what is...
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5 Tips for Virtual Team Meetings Video

5 Tips for Virtual Meetings [Video]

Watch this video to find out the 5 things you can do to make your virtual team meetings more interesting...
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How to celebrate with your team at work

15 Ways to Celebrate Success

15 easy ways to thank your team for a job well done. From meals out to activities that create shared...
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Project communications on a budget

Project Communication on a Budget

How do you communicate what you are working on when you don't have any money for fancy marketing materials? Read...
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Visual Project Management with Mark Woeppel

Visual Project Management Explained [Interview]

Read this interview with Mark Woeppel to find out what visual project management is and how you can identify the...
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50 Tips for Managing Projects

50 Quick Project Management Tips

No suprises, spend time on contract management and other great tips for an easier life as a project manager. These...
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Mistakes that project managers make

3 Mistakes Managers Make

These 3 fundamental management mistakes hit everyone at some point in their career. Learn what to look for and how...
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User story mapping tips

Make the Vision Real: Scope Your Next Project with User Story Mapping

Find out how to do user story mapping on your next project. Learn the benefits and how to get everyone...
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Managing a failing project

How to Recover A Troubled Programme

Learn how to implement a project recovery plan to deal with troubled projects and programmes. This 5-step approach will get...
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Why projects need stories

Why Projects Need Stories

Find out why you should be telling stories at work. Learn how they can engage your team more effectively and...
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Presentation tips for public speaking

My worst presentation ever (and other public speaking tips)

Learn the three most important things for giving presentations, and read about how I failed spectacularly at one of them...
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Capture actions after meetings

4 Steps for More Effective Meetings

Time spent in such meetings is only wasted if they are unproductive and don’t have any actionable outcome. Learn about...
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Reasons to hate status meetings

The Unpopularity of Status Meetings [Infographic]

35% of people say that status meetings are a waste of time. See more facts about how people rate attending...
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Essential Questions for Initiating Projects

16 Essential Questions for Project Initiation

Find out the 16 most important questions to ask your team and stakeholders when you first start a project.
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Management styles for giving feedback

4 Management Styles for Giving Feedback

My style for giving feedback is one of positive praise. I say things like, “Great walking, Oliver!” and “Thanks for...
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What your conference call looks like in real life

I used this video at a presentation on managing virtual teams I gave with László Kónya, Head of Solutions &...
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5 Things better than conference calls

5 Things Better Than Conference Calls

I spend a lot of time on conference calls, especially now I am lucky enough to work from home. If...
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15 Communication Hacks to try in 2015

Want to get ahead with your project communications this year? Here are 15 hacks to try in the coming months....
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Project risk management

Risk management doesn’t have to be difficult

“We try to convey the earnesty and legitimacy of risk management by communicating as if it were a science,” said...
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Identifying project dependencies and constraints

5 Steps for Identifying Project Dependencies and Constraints

This 5-step approach to identifying project dependencies and constraints will help you get started quickly. We'll also talk about how...
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How to create a project communications plan

7 Steps To A Good Project Communications Plan

Find out how to create a project communications plan in 7 easy steps. A communications plan helps you get the...
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What Project Managers really need to know about leadership

This is a guest post by Martin Webster from leadershipthoughts.com. Search for project management training on Google and you’ll find...
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Tips for new project managers

New to project management? 5 more things you should know

These five tips are essentials for new project managers! Find out what you should be doing to kickstart your career...
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Tips for new project managers

New to project management? 5 things you need to know

It would be nice to think that every company has a formal mentoring scheme, and that you can tap into...
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BPSR Course screenshot

Tips for risk and issue reporting

Recently one of the students taking my Better Project Status Reports course got in touch with some questions about risk...
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The connected project manager

Collaboration tools have a number of benefits, and enhanced communication with stakeholders is top of the list. You can use...
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Social Media for Project Managers: Q&A

I gave a presentation on social media for project managers at the PMI Learning, Education and Development Community of Practice...
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Guillermo Solis

Effective Meetings: Reloaded

This is a guest post by Guillermo Solis. Managing successful meetings is not a new subject, but neither is a...
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Wilhelm Kross

Talking about risk: interview with Wilhelm Kross (part 2)

Last week I spoke to risk expert Dr Wilhlem Kross about risk communication and the challenges facing project managers talking...
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Wilhelm Kross

Talking about risk: interview with Wilhelm Kross (part 1)

It can be hard to talk to stakeholders about risk, but project status reports should include information about the risks...
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Kevan's book

Managing in a matrix – we are all project managers now!

This is a guest post by Kevan Hall, CEO of Global Integration. Project managers have had to deal with ‘matrix...
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Leading Successful Change

The 8 Levers of Change

In their book, Leading Successful Change: 8 Keys to Making Change Work, Gregory P. Shea and Cassie A. Solomon talk...
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Roland Hoffman

Overcoming bias in project management

This is a guest post by Roland Hoffmann. A project manager is the lynchpin of a successful project. Her leadership and...
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Risk Happens

Book review: Risk Happens

Mike Clayton defines risk as “uncertain events that can affect outcomes,” in his book, Risk Happens!: Managing Risk and Avoiding...
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Headphones

An introduction to communications plans

Does your project have a communications plan?  It’s often something that less experienced project managers forget to do, although even...
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Learn from failure

If You are Going to Fail, Fail Fast

Sometimes at work mistakes are made and projects fail. If you think that's going to happen, hurry up and get...
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RFC process

How To Manage Constantly Changing Requirements

This is an extract from Project Pain Reliever. I contributed two chapters. Last week’s extract was about the issues and...
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Rescuing failing projects: an interview with Todd Williams

This is a video of Todd Williams, talking about his book, Rescue the Problem Project, and how project managers can...
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Qualifications

Project work is growing, but the profession is struggling to keep up

Project-related work and the number of project-related jobs are growing too quickly for our approaches to professionalism to keep up....
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Conflict in project management infographic

Causes of Conflict in Project Management

Infographic prepared for me by thegappartnership.com. Click the graphic to see a larger version.
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What project managers can learn on Twitter: Interview with Robert Kelly of #PMChat

Robert Kelly and Rob Prinzo have started using Twitter to connect project managers in an unusual way. I spoke to...
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Book cover image

Book review: Managing Business Transformation

Projects change things. Some projects change a lot of things, and business transformation is a big, scary subject. How do...
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4 Pillars of Project Leadership

The Leadership Attitude

There has been a notable shift in recent years to talking about project leadership, as distinct from project management. Management,...
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CMI discussion page

Using social media tools for communication: a case study

One of the questions I’m asked frequently is: “How do I use social media tools for communication?” I addressed this...
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Trend results

Social Media in a Project Environment: 2011 Survey Results

Over 75% of you feel that social media tools provide the opportunity to improve the way you manage projects, according...
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Kathlika

Project Meetings: 3 Steps to Maximize Efficiency

This is a guest post by Kathlika Thomas, head writer for the IT Project Blog. Impromptu project meetings are easy enough to...
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Picture of people round a table

Focus on project management outcomes, not processes

We’ve been doing some thinking at work recently about how to improve the project management processes.  The processes aren’t terrible,...
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Photo of Rick Graham

The Value of Contract Management Fundamentals for Every Project Manager

This is a guest post by Rick Graham, an instructor with ESI International. During the late 1910s and early 1920s,...
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Can we use Facebook to manage projects?

“What about Facebook for project managers?” is a question I’m asked a lot when I talk to people about social...
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Why use Kanban?

In this video I ask Josh Nankivel from pmStudent.com why he has chosen to use Kanban for managing the tasks...
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Debunking Agile

Agile is: Change friendly Iterative Collaborative Chunked delivery Communications focused Business focused Scope tolerant Quality focused (if you do it...
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Zombie Project Management

Last week I published a project management alphabet, and I admit it, I had a hard time coming up with...
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Inside PRINCE2: Who does what in project Initiation

Initiating a project is where it all starts in PRINCE2.  This is the phase where you start working out who...
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Fixed date projects: more advice from the experts

Last week we saw that PRINCE2 doesn’t really have much advice to offer the project manager stuck with delivering to...
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Keeping up to date: the value of training

This month in the Office Goddess series, I’m talking about training. I meet a lot of dynamic, switched on women...
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Managing programmes in a changing world

I joined in with Managing and Saving Programmes in a Changing World, an audio/Webex conference with LeRoy Ward, Executive VP...
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Changing the perception of ‘failed’ projects

I have written before about the fact that some projects are stopped for good reasons. Businesses need to be very...
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Why do projects fail?

There must be a good reason why all these projects fail.  There is; in fact, there are many factors that...
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Project success criteria: how do you define success?

Success criteria are the standards by which the project will be judged to have been successful in the eyes of...
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Taking the guess out of success

Organisations don’t define failure. We don’t document how we will know if a project has failed – what failure looks...
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Be a Helicopter Project Manager

In a new job, it’s hard to know what details are important and what you can let slip in one...
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5 Types of Project Meeting

5 Types of Project Meetings: Collaboration Explained Book Review

Learn about the different types of meeting you'll hold on your project (and one to definitely avoid!). There are also...
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Transferable (dancing) skills

I am a big believer in the value of transferable skills, which is why I find the French education system...
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Estimating part 2

Now my brain is less fuddled due to not being in the heat quite so much, I can explain my...
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Electronic Filing on Projects

Over my career, the majority of my projects have involved people who already work together.  I remember working with one...
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Status reporting might have helped Gypsy Moth IV

You might remember I have written before about the Gypsy Moth IV project. It was a project to restore Sir...
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What is OTOBOS?

OTOBOS is On Time, On Budget, On Scope. This definition of what makes a project successful misses out quality, happy...
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