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7 Best Productivity Apps For Project Managers

Rebel’s Guide to PM

I’m pleased to be working with Devart, the company behind TMetric, to bring you this sponsored article. All opinions are my own. There are simply not enough hours in the day to get everything done that I want to. I can’t add more hours, so I’m always on the lookout for productivity shortcuts and tools that will help. My basic three-step productivity approach is: Prioritise.

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How to Keep Your Projects Financially Fit

Project Risk Coach

I received a Fitbit as a gift. “Fitbit tracks every part of your day — including activity, exercise, food, weight, and sleep — to help you find your fit, stay motivated, and see how small steps make a big impact.”. Keep Your Projects Financially Fit. After using the Fitbit for about three weeks, I’ve discovered it works. How? First, I see my performance — the number of steps, activity levels, and sleep — throughout the day.

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Farewell to Black Sabbath

The Lazy Project Manager

On the 4th February 2017 I will attend, with my daughter, the very last ever (well they promise it will be the last ever, ever, ever) Black Sabbath gig, nearly 50 years after it all started. For those who are not of my era or who aren’t aficionados of heavy metal, here is the short history: Black Sabbath are a heavy metal band from Birmingham, England, consisting originally of frontman Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler and Bill Ward on drums.

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Do you know, really know….?

Ron Rosenhead

The project manager had no view at all of his performance and no development needs were discussed. How do I know? He told me that he had not had the usual performance management review nor sat with anyone to produce a personal development plan. He was unsure about his future…. I suggested he needs to put himself into the driving seat. How? I sat with him and we worked our way through various options.

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Understand Digital Debt, Form a Team, Set Goals, and Plan Roadmap for Transformation

Understanding digital debt is crucial before digital transformation. Assemble a team to assess internal operations, market pressures, and digital debt's impact. Define future digital vision with measurable goals. Refine hypotheses and conduct market analysis. Develop a roadmap for transformation with defined projects, cost estimates, and governance.

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Planning a Budget for a Proposal in 5 Easy Steps (+ Example)

Rebel’s Guide to PM

This is a guest article by author Edoardo Binda Zane. We start with 5 steps for how to put a proposal budget together and then Edoardo shares a worked (fictional) example to show you what the budget would look like once it is completed. A proposal budget is similar to a project budget, but with a very different goal. A project budget is meant to guide you step-by-step throughout the project phases, and is meant to be changed and adapted (within limits, of course) to what happens during the proje

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12 Project Management & Resource Scheduling Tools

The Digital Project Manager

You’re probably asking – do we really need project management tools or resourcing and scheduling tools? The answer is probably no, and yes. No, you. The post 12 Project Management & Resource Scheduling Tools appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.

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Are we all on the same page?

Ron Rosenhead

On project management courses I use the 5 principles of project management so ably developed by Glen Alleman*. He has written extensively about them and for those who have not seen his writing he suggests that there are some principles, processes and practices to increase the probability of project management success. These are: Increasing the probability of success – the 5 key principles.

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How to Succeed in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

LiquidPlanner

Many organizations and their teams aren’t prepared for the future. We’re talking about a future that’s being heralded as the Fourth Industrial Revolution : an exciting time where technology-meets-manufacturing to change the way we work and live. Every industrial revolution throws the incumbent modes of productivity into turmoil. Take the First Industrial Revolution for example.

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How to Pick the Best Team Communications App in 2017

Redbooth

The State of Team Communication Apps. Back in the day, the only way for teams to communicate was with phone, email and fax. Now, there is an app for everything. Teams know this and expectations for convenience and efficiency are high. You may hear water cooler talk like, “The new team communications app that IT just rolled out worked great until I tried to use it to fax a shared file.

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Strategic Project Finance Essentials: A Project Manager’s Guide to Financial Metrics

Speaker: Ketan Jahagirdar - Sopheon’s Director of Product Management

Empower yourself as a project manager with insights that directly influence the financial landscape and strategic direction of your organization! Join us for a deep dive into the world of financial strategy, as we dissect key metrics that drive CFOs and business leaders’ investment decisions. This session will equip you with the necessary tools to craft compelling business cases as well as a comprehensive understanding of the crucial distinction between capital expenditure and operational expend

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Are you addicted to the Productivity Race?

Susanne Madsen

​Most of us love the feeling of having had a productive day and getting everything done that we need to. We also love it when team members and stakeholders turn around tasks quickly so that the project can stay on track. No one likes to procrastinate It’s very satisfying to know that we aren’t wasting our time and that our work is progressing smoothly.

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Podcast 110 – Agile PMOs

Fix my Project Chaos

Let’s talk about Agile PMOs Learn about Agile PMOs in this podcast with Melanie Franklin. Melanie is an expert from Agile Change Management who helps organisations transform to become more agile. In this podcast, she speaks to Elise Stevens about how PMOs can make an organisation more agile. With more than 20 years of experience, […]. The post Podcast 110 – Agile PMOs appeared first on Fix My Project Chaos.

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The Real Story Behind Why Your Organization Wants You to Track Time

LiquidPlanner

For organizations that track time, there’s always going to be some resistance—or at least questions about it. Even if nobody says it out loud, I’ll bet your employees are at least wondering: “Why on earth is my company making me track time?”. It’s easy to feel like tracking time is a way for leadership to keep an eye on the rank and file. But that’s far from the truth—leaders are busy people.

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Five Advantages of Applying Design Thinking in Project Management

Celoxis

Project management and design thinking have been evolving rapidly in the recent years. Being both a science and an art, design thinking is an important part of project management that cannot be ignored anymore. Design thinking first emerged as a methodology for driving innovation; it is now the go-to mindset for most managers, including progressive project managers.

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20 Common Mistakes Made by Inexperienced Project Managers

You’ve read the PMBOK® Guide several times, taken the certification exam for project managers, passed, and you are now a PMP®. So why do you keep making rookie mistakes? This whitepaper shows 20 of the most common mistakes that young or inexperienced project managers make, issues that can cost significant time and money. It's a good starting point for understanding how and why many PMs get themsleves into trouble, and provides guidance on the types of issues that PMs need to understand.

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Take Your Questions From Good To Great: 15 Examples

Project Management Hacks

What questions do you use most often in your work? You may be focused on squeezing out incremental gains – how can we process 2% more transactions per day through this system? In some cases, that type of question is just right. If you’re working on a banking system that manages two million daily transactions, then incremental gains are valuable.

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Active Collab Solved Our Communication Problems

ActiveCollab

I currently run a small team in a digital design, development, and consulting agency called Suljam , based in UK in Peterborough’s FutureBusinessCenter. We build web and mobile applications while also doing user experience design and analytics. We help our clients get their ideas off the ground so they’re up and running successfully, with minimum stress.

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Podcast 110 – Agile PMOs

Fix my Project Chaos

Let’s talk about Agile PMOs Learn about Agile PMOs in this podcast with Melanie Franklin. Melanie is an expert from Agile Change Management who helps organisations transform to become more agile. In this podcast, she speaks to Elise Stevens about how PMOs can make an organisation more agile. With more than 20 years of experience, […]. The post Podcast 110 – Agile PMOs appeared first on Fix My Project Chaos.

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Preparing to Take On a Business Process Management Software

Wrike

Business process management (BPM) isn’t new. It’s been around in one form or another from the industrial age, when ideas about the division and specialization of labor were introduced by writers like Adam Smith and Frederick Winslow Taylor. Ever since 1913 when Henry Ford implemented the first moving assembly line and optimized the mass production of his automobiles from 12+ hours to only 2.5 hours, there’s been a process-centric and customer-centric approach to improving business results.

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The Big Payoff of Application Analytics

Outdated or absent analytics won’t cut it in today’s data-driven applications – not for your end users, your development team, or your business. That’s what drove the five companies in this e-book to change their approach to analytics. Download this e-book to learn about the unique problems each company faced and how they achieved huge returns beyond expectation by embedding analytics into applications.

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A clever tool to help you problem solve

Lynne Cazaly

While plenty of tasks, projects and initiatives are about minimising problems, fixing things and reducing issues, there's a time when it helps to make a problem bigger. A favourite 'think outside the box' book I enjoy flinging open at random places is John Kuprenas' (with Matthew Frederick) book 101 things I learned in Engineering School. It's a chunky hardcover edition and you really know you're holding it despite its A5-ish size.

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Presenting: The Map of Time Trackers!

TimeCamp

In the era when one time tracking software appears right after another, it is a good idea to keep track of their origins! TimeCamp has done some research, and now we can present to you the world map on which we marked places where the ideas to create some of the most popular time tracking apps […].

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Leverage Change Management for Better Projects

Brightwork

If you’re in an organization and you want to do something new, strategic, exciting, challenging or difficult – it’s a project. A project is a way to transform an organization or a group. The essence of project management is change, something individuals will resist for many reasons. They prefer the status quo; they are fearful about job security; they may think they will be unable to learn something new.

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Shared values or power relationships?

Musings on Project Management

John Traphagan has a different idea on organizational culture. "A common set of shared values" has always been my working definition, though I admit that, like multiple "identities" at home and work, there is a culture at work and there is a culture at home, and they may not be the same, and thus the "sharing thing" may have -- likely has -- borders.

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Acclaim Projects Helps Deliver Innovation Projects on Time and on Budget

This large intercity transportation company for people and freight employs 100+ IT employees and contractors across North America and Europe and spends $10MM annually for approximately 50 inflight projects. The company needed the right financial tools to budget for innovation initiatives and real-time information on spending and forecasting. This transportation company turned to Acclaim Projects by Sopheon to help deliver projects on time and within budget.

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A story will help you make sense

Lynne Cazaly

When the world feels all upside down and its challenging to understand what's happening or why, it's often in hindsight that we're able to see what went on. This is sense making at work. It's how we connect the dots and draw some conclusions from what was uncertain or complex. With Sensemaking rated as a vital capability for the future of work as work keeps getting re-worked, we've got to look at human, helpful and effective ways to make sense - that don't involve drowning in fathoms of data.

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Four Inexpensive and Sure-Fire Ways to Jump-Start Your Learning [Video]

Project Risk Coach

If you can’t see this video in your RSS reader or email, then click here. You can grab your copy of The Project Management Toolbox – 2017 Edition here. The post Four Inexpensive and Sure-Fire Ways to Jump-Start Your Learning [Video] appeared first on.

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The Basics of Leadership

The Digital Project Manager

When you first step out in front of a team it’s natural to feel apprehensive. Nervous even. And it’s with good cause. Truth is, in. The post The Basics of Leadership appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.

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PM's FAQ about System Engineering

Musings on Project Management

A lot of PMs know they need systems engineering, or think they might, but aren't sure who these folks are or what they do. Here's my FAQ I used when I was a Director for systems engineering for an aerospace and communications firm (And, I tried to make this not too stuffy!) What is this thing called system engineering? What is system engineering?

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From Concepts to Actionable Insights: Powering Digital Transformation Success

Speaker: Ketan Jahagirdar - Sopheon’s Director of Product Management

70% of most digital transformation projects fail. Learn how you can quickly improve that success rate. To be successful, digital transformation involves the strategic application of digitalization to improve a business’ entire system of production, procurement, sales, operations, human resources, and financial management. In short, to basically transform the way a company makes money and delivers value to customers.

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Managing Failure in Project Management

Arras People

In this post from Genius Project, part of Arras People’s project management software directory, we take a look at project failure – take time to have a look at how project management tools are part of the solution to help project practitioners tackle project failure rates. What if failure could make us stronger? Back in November of 2016, the PM Summit in Munich concluded with a round table discussion amongst project management professionals, PPM specialists and a mountaineer.

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