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Are you just following up or are you micromanaging?

Kiron Bondale

Today’s Dilbert comic strip provides us with a good reminder of the fine line which exists between reasonable oversight of activities and micromanagement. Dilbert has allowed sufficient time to pass before seeking an update on a colleague’s assigned task only to find that it has been neglected due to a lack of following up. So how can we avoid this?

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INFOGRAPHIC: 7 Tips for Preventing Project Manager Burnout


INFOGRAPHIC: 7 Tips for Preventing Project Manager Burnout. best practices infographic Leadership PPM productivity Project Management work culture celoxis Online project management software project management project management best practices web based project management tool

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25 mistakes project managers make


Everybody makes mistakes. The secret to success as a project manager or any other profession is to learn from our mistakes and not repeat common mistakes project managers make; even the experienced ones. Project manager’s role is complicated. I am writing this paper with the new project managers and those with no management experience in mind. 25 Common mistakes project managers make.

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Wonderful Things Happen When Your Team is Unified

Project Risk Coach

Discover Practical Ways to Build Trust in Your Teams Team values drive the team’s behavior and actions. If the team values efficiency, individuals will look for ways to get greater results with less effort. Project managers who value communication seek to improve understanding between stakeholders. Many individuals assume that all the team members have similar values. What is a team constitution?

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Managing The Project Budget - Developing Your Project Management Skills

This eBook describes the process of managing the project budget and its associated costs.

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New PM Articles for the Week of March 6 – 12

Practicing IT Project Manager

New project management articles published on the web during the week of March 6 – 12. And this week’s video: in honor of St. Patrick, Cait O’Riordan leads the cast of “Straight to Hell” in a rendition of Danny Boy. Less than two minutes, but timeless. Side note: The US and Canada converted to Daylight SavingsTime on March 12, but the rest of the world doesn’t convert until March 26. Enjoy!

This Free Time Tracking Software Can Be Your Moneymaker!


We never get tired of presenting to you the time tracking software! That is because we really care about your productivity and efficiency at work =] Today, we will describe a few apps that you can use for free. We are going to focus on those that are available completely off charge, but there may […].

Tool Review: Active Collab Review

The Digital Project Manager

How is Active Collab different from any other project management tool out there? Is it worth it? Almost every project manager knows that being agile. The post Tool Review: Active Collab Review appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Tools

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Product Management 101: How to Become a Product Manager


Stop me if you’ve heard this before: . Product managers are technical people, so there’s no need to involve them in business, marketing, or sales decisions. Product managers spend all their time writing requirements. Creating a roadmap is just a matter of sprinkling some features on a timeline and adding a few dates. Product managers are all former engineers. What is a product manager, really?

Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

These FREE most popular templates will help you perform your role more efficiently.

How to Develop a Strong Governance Process with These 6 Tips ?

Projects involved a lot of planning , implementation , and not to mention tracking or detecting issues and problems within the team or the project, and surpassing the following process. It also means successfully identified the stakeholders and risks and the project are already in the plan, ready for implementation. But don’t forget the essential factors of them all—controlling and monitoring. The two governance processes should be implemented constantly to keep track of the scope creeps, risks , opportunities, and also safeguard the following resources from running out.

What Kind of Software is Best for the Marketing Agency?


In a marketing agency, many factors can determine our success. Thus, it is vital that we keep an eye on every client, task, project, but also on our employees. It is not easy, and we may easily miss an important chance, just because there is too much on our minds. A great way to improve is […].

Inspiring Women in Project Management: Amy Hamilton

Girl's Guide to PM

Today I’m interviewing Amy Hamilton. Amy’s spoken at a TEDTalk, served in the US Army, and is writing a book. Truly a woman of many talents! I asked her how she got started. Amy, how did you get started in project management? I have been in the IT field since I graduated from Eastern Michigan University and was commissioned in the US Army. What is your current role? Life can be chaotic.

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The Data Conversion Cycle – Now Available on

Practicing IT Project Manager

My new book, “The Data Conversion Cycle: A guide to migrating transactions and other records, for system implementation teams,” is now available on in both Kindle format for $4.49 and paperback for $6.99. If you buy the paperback version, you can also buy the Kindle version for 99 cents in what Amazon calls “matchbook” pricing.

7 project management tips

How to manage projects within a fragmented workforce

How to Persuade in Every Project Management Situation?

One of the key elements of an effective and successful project management is someone’s ability to master persuasion. It’s hard work since you don’t want to appear too pushy when you want certain members of the group to do what you asked them to do. Project management persuasion is different than your usual persuasion techniques that you see when someone sells a car or who leads a country for a change. The only distinction here is the objective—most of the time when you persuade in project management it’s because you wanted to reach project success or a change of process. But how do you do it?

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How Hard Is The PMP Exam? – 5 Tips To Pass The PMP Exam

PM by PM

Study Strategy To Make Hard PMP Exam Easy PMP Exam is hard but do not panic! That is the message from Sanal who recently passed the exam with flying colors. A few weeks ago, I received an email in my Inbox. Sanal contacted me through this blog to seek guidance on PM Exam prep. I […]. The post How Hard Is The PMP Exam? – 5 Tips To Pass The PMP Exam appeared first on PM-by-PM. Experience PMP Exam Prep PMP Study Material

Sortd – Project management tool for Slack

The Digital Project Manager

Sortd is a project management tool akin to Asana or Trello, right inside Slack. It gives you full function collaboration boards in each of your. The post Sortd – Project management tool for Slack appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. General Tools

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Deploying ERP with Agile

Herding Cats

Here's a paper from a prior agile conference that is still applicable today. Agile Architecture ERP

Project Management Processes - Developing Your Project Management Skills

This free eBook will help you to identify the appropriate project management process to apply at any point in your own project.

Are your project management success rates improving?

Ron Rosenhead

The latest PMI Pulse of the Profession Report said: “We are encouraged to see in this year’s Pulse of the Profession® that organizations are making progress—significant progress—as they are experiencing more success with implementing strategic initiatives. How about your company? Are your success rates improving? PMI Pulse of the Profession 2017. Standardised project Management Practices.


5 Awesome Time Recording Software To Make Your Working Day Easier


It practically does not matter what type of work you are doing – the successful time management is a key factor in achieving great results in every job. There are many different ways of organizing a working day. From short messages written on sticky notes, through paper calendars, phone and computer apps, to hiring secretaries […].

How to Find Talented Employees


The hiring process has 3 stages: sourcing, screening, and interviewing. Before you can hire anyone, you first need to find people who want to work at your company. There are 4 main sourcing channels through which you can get candidates: in-house referrals, agency referrals, outbound, and inbound. You’ll need a strong command of each to meet your hiring needs. Relying too much on one channel only is not good as it will eventually tap out. In-house referrals. In-house referrals are candidates you learn about from someone who works at your company. Agency referrals. Outbound. Denise Richards.

Misunderstanding Making Decisions in the Presence of Uncertainty

Herding Cats

There was a Tweet two days ago from one of the founders of eXtreme Programming, that said. What happens if you shift focus from "accurate estimation" to "reliably shipping by a date"? . This quote demonstrates a lack of understanding of making decisions in the presence of uncertainty and the processes and events that create uncertainty. First, let's establish a principle. For our credible. 22–26.

Project Manager's Guide to Getting Things Done

9 tips on how to manage your team’s workload.

CEO Liz Pearce Shares Insights on SIAA TechChats [Video]


LiquidPlanner CEO Liz Pearce was recently featured on TechChats, a web series by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA). The series offers a look into some of the most successful executives in the industry and what they’re doing to grow and innovate within their companies. The post CEO Liz Pearce Shares Insights on SIAA TechChats [Video] appeared first on LiquidPlanner.

". means are authorized"

Musings on Project Management

James Madison, one of the intellectuals of the American revolutionary period, writing in Federalist* 44 in the pre-constitutional period of the late 1780's, said this: ". wherever the end is required, the means are authorized" Whoa! Not so fast! What about ". means are authorized" so long as they are: Morally and ethically constructed Conform to legal and regulatory constraints Actually Project Management

Arras People Head to Project Challenge

Arras People

Talk about last-minute! Arras People will be at Project Challenge next week. It takes place next Wednesday and Thursday at London’s Olympia in Kensington. If you’ve not already seen it – or registered, head over to and see what’s happening. That’s just the expo. Check out the different zones they have and plan your day well. See you there!

Quote of the Day

Herding Cats

If you don’t pay appropriate attention to what has your attention, it will take more of your attention than it deserves. - David Allen, Consultant. Since all project work is uncertain, both reducible and irreducible randomness, we need to pay attention to the root causes and outcomes that impact the probability of our project's success. Related articles. IT Risk Management.

Secrets of an Elite Project Manager

Fast track your way to the top by learning the secrets of the trade from three top project management experts.

6 Steps to Achieving Realistic Deadlines for Your Manufacturing Projects


As a consultant, I frequently work with companies that lack a unified business process and struggle to deliver their projects on time. Even though I hear the same story time and again, I’m surprised by how so many organizations function in a state of constant chaos. It doesn’t have to be this way! A Familiar Story. A Process to Drive Positive Change. Create a Focused Objective. Plan the Network.

O-Ring jobs

Musings on Project Management

Are you an O-Ring? Or in an O-Ring job? Many professionals are. What's an O-Ring job? You are an indespensible link in a chain, or an important tile in a mosaic (system) whose performance bears on the performance of the entire chain or system. You do a poor job, or you do a really good job, and the larger outcome notices. The name comes from the O-Ring failure in the shuttle disaster of. Project Management

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The Tao of Project Management

Happy St Patrick's Day to all those with Irish blood/Guinness flowing in their veins (I think I count under both qualifications) and good luck to Ireland in Dublin tomorrow when they attempt to spoil England's party. If they can beat the All Blacks in New York they can surely beat England in Dublin, especially with Jack Nowell left on the bench! Meanwhile Topsham RFC still face an uphill struggle to avoid relegation but if they can match last week's performance they could still do it. So that's the important stuff out of the way, a nd talking of the Way this weeks subject is subtlety.

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10 Questions: Lewis C. Lin

The Clever PM

This is the first in a (hopefully) continuing series of interviews with leaders in the Product Management community, hosted right here by the Clever PM. The idea is to have five static questions about Product Management in general, and five questions that are specific to the current participant’s areas of focus. For the very first […]. Product Management 10 Questions Good PM Influence Leadership PM Roles

Agile Adoption: Decreasing Time to Market

This Refcard is focused on helping you evaluate and choose the practices for your team or organization when getting to market faster is of prime importance.