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6 Things I didn’t know about being a project manager

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I decided to be a project manager. Admittedly, it wasn’t until I started working that I knew such a job existed, but when I realised I did, I knew it was for me.

2020 358

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

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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.

2020 268

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How Organisations Can Set up New Project Leaders for Success

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This is a guest post from Varada Patwardhan from Xebrio. This is the story of my friend Angela, see if you relate. Angela always excelled at playing leader or manager at group projects growing up. She believed that she was destined to lead.

2020 260

GanttPRO Review + Mini Tutorial

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Are you looking for an online tool that offers powerful Gantt chart templates and all the other bits you need for collaboration like file sharing, exporting and resource management? GanttPRO might be just the solution for you. Read on….

2020 230

Building Healthy Innovation Ecosystems for Your Projects

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

In this webinar, Nick Noreña will walk through an Innovation Ecosystem Model that he and his team at Kromatic have developed to help investors, heads of product, teachers, and executives understand how they can best support innovation in their own ecosystem. He'll also go over metrics we can use to measure the health of our ecosystems as we build more resources for innovators.

10 Knowledge Areas of Project Management (PMBOK 6) With PPT & PDF

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This article reviews and explains the 10 project management Knowledge Areas from the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition. You can view a PowerPoint of the Knowledge Areas and grab a PDF download below. Knowledge Areas: Definition. What exactly are ‘Knowledge Areas’?

2019 409

How to Select Your Risk Responses

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This is a guest article by Harry Hall from projectriskcoach.com. Risk management is one of the core knowledge areas for project managers. Harry Hall. You’ve identified and assessed your project risks—both threats and opportunities. Now, you are planning your risk responses with your risk owners.

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Resource Management in Projects: The Ultimate Guide

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Projects are done by people. Whether that’s just you, or whether you have a team of many hundreds, a project team is how work gets done. Working with people is the main part of project management. You need to know how to get people on your team and get them to do the work at the right times.

2019 389

How to Build Trust in Virtual Teams [Book Review & Tips]

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Trust matters because it helps build a resilient project team. Trust helps get things done. Trusted team members not only do only what is asked, but what the project needs them to do, because they know that the project manager will trust their decisions and actions. .

2020 248

10 Places to Get Free Project Management Templates

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You’ve got responsibility for a project. And yet… somehow the organisation doesn’t have the documentation you need to get it started, keep it on track and close it down successfully. So you turn to the internet to find the paperwork you need. Let me make it easier for you.

2019 415

Task Management For Project Managers

How can project planning that stretches over months or years remain relevant and account for new ad-hoc activities that arrive every day?

7 Secrets to Successful Project Manager/Team Collaboration

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This is a guest post from Elisa Cepale. Elisa Cepale. As project managers, it’s important that we know how to best support our development teams (and vice versa), especially in Agile environments. At White October we continuously reflect on our process to refine the way we work.

2019 414

Backlog Review (Nulab – 2019)

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Backlog (from Nulab) is a project management tool for prioritising and tracking work. This is a review of the product using my laptop and Chrome browser, and my iPad with Safari, in June 2019. General Information. Name: Backlog. Vendor: Nulab.

2019 409

Managing Team Conflict and Strategies for Conflict Resolution

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Projects can be a hotbed of conflict. From the difficult stakeholder who wants to undermine the project’s success to a disagreement about a feature of a deliverable, project work lends itself to workplace conflict situations.

The Ultimate Guide to Getting People to Take Responsibility At Work

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Much of what we do today relies on other people – other people who don’t work for us. Whether it was as part of a project or another professional interaction, I’m sure you have met colleagues who aren’t taking responsibility at work for their tasks.

2019 307

Managing The Project Budget - Developing Your Project Management Skills

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

How to hold a Brilliant Kick off Meeting

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What is a kick off meeting? A kick off meeting is the first meeting you have as a project team.

2019 337

Get Your Projects Fit with The Lazy Project Manager

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This interview was first published in 2014. I am not fit. Since having my two boys I am heavier than I have ever been, except while pregnant. My only exercise is balancing in small spaces while standing on the train to work. I fuel getting up for the night feeds with cereal bars and chocolate croissants. Luckily, my projects are healthier than I am. All projects benefit from a health check now and again.

2020 177

How To Make 2019 A Successful Year for Your Projects

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Would you like to make 2019 a successful year for your projects? I’m sure you do. But what does it take to get there? I asked people two questions: What should people managing projects be aware of as we go into 2019 to make 2019 their most successful year ever?

2019 355

How to Track Percent Complete

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When you are trying to calculate percentage complete in a Gantt chart, you need to take into account various different figures, and get lots of information from other people. Or do you? There are simple ways to track percent complete on your project, so you know what to input into your software.

2019 374

Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

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

The Social Project Manager [Interview]

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This interview was first published in 2015. How do you balance the need to collaborate with the governance and control that’s required in a project environment? That’s the question answered by Peter Taylor’s new book, The Social Project Manager. Today I’m interviewing Peter, whom you might know as The Lazy Project Manager. He’s a bit of a character on the UK project management scene and a respected author and commentator particularly since, like me, he also does the job.

2020 177

How to Get Into Project Management: 5 PMs Share Their Stories

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There are lots of routes into project management, as I explored recently in an article on how to become a project manager. But reading about what you should do to break into project management isn’t the same as hearing real stories of people who took that leap and got that project management job.

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How to create a project budget

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Creating a project budget involves: being able to identify all the items that are going to cost money building a complete picture of what you need to spend getting approval for that amount.

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The Ultimate Guide to Easy Dashboards for Projects

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How do you get a quick overview of what is happening on your project? When deadlines seem to be zooming past at a frightening rate, and this is only one of several projects you are juggling at the same time, it can feel like you don’t have a grip on what’s happening on your project.

2019 389

Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life with Nir Eyal

Speaker: Nir Eyal

Ever get the feeling the world is full of too many distractions? Research shows the ability to stay focused is a competitive advantage, in work and in life. However, in an age of ever-increasing demands on our attention how do we stay productive and stay sane? In this webinar, Nir provides research-backed, practical advice, and memorable strategies for managing distraction and our time. Nir Eyal shares findings of his five years of research into how to master what he calls, "the skill of the century," the power to be "Indistractable."

What we want from project management tools in 2020

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I don’t often wear a watch, but when I do it’s a very unassuming watch with real hands. Not a smart watch. I’ve been a little bit in awe at colleagues who get WhatsApp messages on the wrists. I’m not sure if I would want that, but I do love the simplicity of it.

2020 248

Managing in Complex Project Environments

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How do you manage a project when it feels like walking through fog? When you don’t know what you don’t know, and the environment is shifting so much that it’s virtually impossible to keep track of all the moving parts? You focus on what you can control.

2019 314

Resources for Remote Work (March 2020)

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We’re living in extraordinary times, and many people will be working from home for the first time. Trust me, working from home is great. But it is a shift in mentality. And we’re all in this together. I decided it would be OK to share some free and paid resources that you might find useful to help you keep your projects and teams moving forward, wherever you find yourself based over the coming weeks.

2020 177

BrainBOK Review: PMP and CAPM Training

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Name: BrainBOK. Cost and plans: There’s a free version to allow you to test out a limited number of features. The PMP® pack including all the practice exams and the important proof of your 35 contact hours for your PMP® application is $119.99. CAPM® plans are slightly cheaper.

2019 334

Beyond the Findings: The Case for UX Research in Digital Transformation

Speaker: Marina Foglietta-Tereo, Head of UX Research, AXA Insurance

People often think of UX research as a tactical approach to improve the usability or visual appeal of a digital product. While good research will certainly validate an existing design, using it for validation alone would be like using your iPhone solely to tell time! Join Marina Foglietta-Tereo, Head of UX Research at AXA Insurance, as she explores the unrecognized organizational, cultural, and strategic benefits of an in-house, central and mature UXR team.

3 Ways to Improve Life for Women in Project Management

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So many column inches, blog posts and books have been written about why there’s a gender pay gap. This book is my favourite, but frankly I’m bored of the ‘why’ already. I only have to look round my office to see the reasons why. What I’m interested in is how to eradicate it.

2020 266

Challenging project leaders to lead confidently in uncertain times

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This is a guest post by Nadine Rochester, technical marketing director at Strategy Execution. Strategy Execution’s Top 10 Trends for 2019.

2019 367

How To Motivate Your Project Team

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Ruth Pearce knows everything there is to know about motivating your project team. She’s even written the book on it. I caught up with Ruth to find out more about how to motivate teams and why it’s something you should be actively doing. Ruth, let’s start at the beginning.

2019 376

15 Practical Tips to Improve Project Communication

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Do you want to improve communication on your projects? And yet make it easier to do at the same time? In this article I’ll share 15 tried-and-tested tips for effective project communications. Use a milestone tracker. The milestone tracker I use is a simple Excel spreadsheet.

2020 257

Before Transforming The Experience, You Need to Disrupt Yourself

Speaker: Vivek Bedi, Product Expert and Keynote Speaker

Every company is (soon to be) a technology company. Undergoing digital transformation is the key to succeeding in this digital era - but the process isn’t all innovation and shiny new tech. Join Vivek Bedi, a product expert with 18 years of experience across Fortune 100 companies and startups alike, as he shares his expertise on how to strike the right transformation balance and change your product mindset.

Project Management Job Description

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The project management job descriptions you see in profiles on LinkedIn might not represent exactly what you would do in the role. That’s because project managers do so many different things!

2020 230

Have you tried Gantter?

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A Gantt chart-based online PM software with a first-of-its-kind AI Recommendation Engine and complete Google integration. This is a guest article by Susan Kuruvilla at Gantter. Gantter is a Gantt chart-based Critical Path Method (CPM) project management tool in the Google Chrome web store.

2020 242

How to Improve User Adoption of SharePoint for Project Management

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I’m delighted to be working with BrightWork to bring you this article by Micheál Clesham. Read on to find out how to get your free SharePoint project management template. ‘A A good craftsman never blames his tools’ as the old saying goes.

2019 360

Project Management Job Titles: Understanding the Types of Roles in Project Management

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If you’re searching for a project management job, you’ve no doubt come across a range of different job titles. Which one should you go for? Even the jobs called ‘project manager’ seem to have a lot of variation in roles and duties. And therein lies the challenge.

2020 202

Business Agile: A Roadmap for Transforming Your Management & Adapting to the VUCA Environment

Speaker: Peter Taylor, Speaker/Author, The Lazy Project Manager

Businesses everywhere are trying to “get business agile”—but it’s not easy to adapt to becoming this adaptive. How can conventional organizations succeed in this transformation? In this webinar, Peter Taylor will walk through the change process step by step, and look at a tried and tested transformation roadmap: benefits are outlined, solutions to common challenges offered, and tried and tested methods and tools provided. It will be a guide towards a decentralized and management style that offers more successful decision making through collaboration.