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How to Manage a Construction Project

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Construction project management has similarities to managing projects in other industries: ultimately, you’re aiming to get something delivered on time, on budget and to the required scope with an acceptable degree of quality. The role of a construction project manager is to make that happen.

15 Easy-to-Do Types of Professional Development

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You want to get some professional development time on your calendar. But the budget is tight. Your manager says there isn’t a lot of money to spend on career development activities. And frankly, you don’t have a lot of time to dedicate to it either.

2019 394

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 367

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 389

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?

16 Pre-Project Questions for Project Initiation Meetings

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As I’ve got older and more experienced I’ve also got lazier when it comes to preparing for meetings. Recently I was completely caught out when I checked my diary in the morning. That afternoon I had four external people coming in for a meeting that I had forgotten about!

From Technical to Exceptional Book Giveaway

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Recently I reviewed Andrew Zeitoun’s training course, From Technical to Exceptional. It is about transitioning from a technical expert to a team leader or project manager. I found his course very grounded in reality and I recommend you check out my review. Andrew Zeitoun.

2019 283

How To Present To Project Executives

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Today, I’m handing the blog over to Leigh Espy. In this piece, Leigh talks about how to tailor your presentations for C-suite level executives. As you grow in your project management career, you’ll be called upon to make various presentations. However not all presentations are the same.

9 Essential Project Documents (With Templates)

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I picked up a project from someone else not that long ago and I was three months into my management of it before I realised there wasn’t a project charter. There were lots of other documents that all had a degree of overlap with a charter, but not an actual charter.

2019 366

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 318

Managing The Project Budget - Developing Your Project Management Skills

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

2019 Project Management Conferences You Won’t Want to Miss

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Project management conferences are a fantastic way to meet new people and improve your skills. I always come away feeling energised about where I am in my career and relieved having met people with similar problems to me.

2019 390

Agile Teams: Roles & Structures That Work

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Agile project management is a way of managing work that delivers iterative, incremental benefit. It’s different to predictive project management — where you know what you are building and are planning how to get there — because when you work with Agile methods, you adapt as you go.

2019 280

How to Go From Technical Expert to Leader

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Domenic was very smart, very precise and had a lot of success in his current organisation (as a chemical engineer). He was given the opportunity to act as a team lead, a role he very much wanted and where he felt he could make a difference. He took the role on and was frustrated.

2019 318

Why You Should Schedule Around People, Not Tasks

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. Tzvi Zucker, Marketing Manager at Proggio. I’m pleased to be working with Proggio to bring you this thought-provoking article from Tzvi Zucker, Marketing Manager. The nature of the modern business environment is constantly evolving. Project management has wrought much change.

2018 369

Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

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

A Complete Guide to RACI/RASCI Charts

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Working out who does what on your project can be a challenge. A RACI chart is a project management tool that helps you do exactly that. At the end of this article there’s a link to download my free roles and responsibilities document template. Scroll to the bottom to get it.

2019 283

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 310

What is a Programme in Project Management? 3 Types of Programme

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What is a programme in project management terms? Here’s a definition. A programme is a set of related projects and activities, managed in a coordinated fashion and under a structure that allows for the delivery of outcomes and benefits. And in the UK, we really do spell programme like that!

2018 388

From Technical To Exceptional Review [Training Course]

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The move from technical expert to leader is a big jump for many people. And the work you do as a subject matter expert is very different from how you manage a project or lead a team. Many people get promoted – or think they get promoted – because they’re technically very good in a role.

2019 282

Measure the Immeasurable: Beyond Vanity Metrics

Speaker: Sari Harrison, Product Management Instructor, Product School

As a product manager, it's your job to realize your product’s vision by executing your chosen strategy. It’s also your job to deliver value to the business. Ultimately, these two outcomes are aligned so the temptation is to focus primarily on business metrics. Doing this can cause you to lose focus on the real value you are trying to achieve, in favor of moving the vanity metrics such as launches and time spent. Join Sari Harrison, Product Management Instructor at Product School, as she explains how to use immeasurable success criteria along with your more standard KPIs to deliver products that don't just get used a lot, but deliver real value.

6 Ways To Get Taken Seriously at Work

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When you’re the youngest person in the room, or in the minority in some way, or just new to your role and trying to make the best impression possible, sometimes it feels like you aren’t being taken seriously at work.

2018 348

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 284

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 289

Availability is Not a Skill Set! 5 Tips for Resource Allocation

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“Who is free to work on this task?”. That’s something all project managers will hear at some time or another. And it isn’t the best way to allocate work to your project team members.

2018 360

Build Delightful Products with Customer Validation

Speaker: John Little, Head of Product Marketing, Centercode

When it comes to delivering a solid product/market fit, customer validation is key. After all, you want to provide customers with a product that not only fills the need, but is delightful -- right? To get there, you need to commit to a vital blend of market research, strategy, and user testing. Join John Little, Head of Product Marketing at Centercode, as he explains a two-part approach to customer validation. First, how do you strategically identify your top product areas that need attention prior to release. And second, how do you turn user data into strategic priorities that help the right teams make the right decisions.

Best Books for New Project Managers

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Are you just starting out in project management? There are so many books out there. How do you know where to start? In this video I share 3 books that are fantastic reads for new project managers. Under the video you’ll see details for each of the books. The Project Management Book by Richard Newton.

2018 369

The PMI-SP Certification & uCertify Training Course Review

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What is the PMI-SP Scheduling Certification? PMI-SP® is the PMI Scheduling Professional credential. It is aimed at people with an advanced knowledge of project scheduling i.e. developing, managing, updating and maintaining schedules.

2019 241

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 241

Why Projects Succeed or Fail

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Understanding project failure is the first step to putting it right. Let’s explore why businesses are so slow to learn the lessons of the past and what you can do to boost your chances of project success. Every researcher, management guru and project manager has their own view on why projects fail.

2018 333

Get Growth With Partner Integrations

Speaker: Mandy Howard, Product Manager, ServiceTitan

Once your SaaS product hits a certain level of revenue, you'll need to change things up to move past the plateau. One of the ways to do this is to move past your core product and introduce new business streams. If you're strategic about your integrations, you can strengthen your ties to your target market. Join Mandy Howard, Product Manager at ServiceTitan, as she takes you through the three key questions that you need to answer to grow your product with the right partner integrations. Whether you're a start-up, or working on a new product in an enterprise environment, you'll learn how to push through to a new level of growth.

How To Lead Your Manager

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This is a guest post by Nick Nuss from VocationCultivation. Nick Nuss. You can’t tell from the picture, but he’s actually an Excel Wizard. There comes a time when you have to step up and lead your manager, or any senior manager in your organisation.

2018 336

The Must-Read Reading List for Project Communication and Collaboration

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. Project teams communicate and collaborate by default, don’t they? Erm, no. That certainly hasn’t been the case for all the teams I have worked on. Don’t assume your project team will know how (or even want to) communicate well and collaborate with each other.

2018 321

RAID in Project Management

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Ever wondered what RAID is all about in project management? You’ll hear project managers talking about their RAID logs, or updating the RAID, but what does it all mean? In this article, we look at everything RAID.

2018 325

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 284

Leverage Your Organization for Best Product Decisions

Speaker: Rene Kolga, Senior Director of Product and Marketing, Nyotron

You can learn a lot by studying your product data, but the real magic happens when product managers blend different types of data from different sources. If you want to blend data and intuition to make bold decisions that move your product forward, you'll need to open yourself up to new data sources - but where do you get this new information? Rene Kolga, Senior Director of Product and Marketing at Nyotron, knows the answer: from other teams in your organization! Join us as Rene goes through the different teams you'll find in a B2B organization, how to build a strong relationship with those teams, and what kinds of insights you can get that will benefit your product.

Capacity Planning: The Secret to Successful Projects

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Not that long ago, a project manager – who, for the purposes of this article has asked to remain anonymous – was planning out Phase 2 of her project. There was a lot of work to do for the project management team, which was just her. No problem, she thought.

2019 253

5 Tips for Better Decision Making (With Process)

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We make hundreds of decisions on projects. Every day, we’re expected to take some action and that inevitably means making a decision about something. It might be something small like whether or not to call a meeting. Or it might be something substantive like whether to escalate an issue to your sponsor. Get a free decision log template to help you track the decisions you make. Decision Log Template Remind yourself of decisions with this easy template (Excel).

2019 257

5 Steps To Complete a SIPOC Diagram

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Process mapping creates value as it helps people understand the business context of the work they are doing. One tool to do this is the SIPOC diagram. Get a free PowerPoint SIPOC diagram template.

2018 307

Ace the PMP Exam [Book Review]

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When I first wrote Collaboration Tools for Project Managers the publishers put ‘Elizabeth Harrin, PMP’ on the cover. I had to get that taken off – I’m not a PMP, although I feel very familiar with the PMBOK Guide ® concepts.

2018 308

How To Launch A Feature To Maximize Growth

Speaker: Brian Balfour, CEO, Reforge

Have you ever been part of a launch that, despite everyone's hard work, was more like a balloon deflating than a rocket taking off? It turns out that some of the most popular product and feature launch tactics can be counterproductive to achieving sustainable growth. Brian Balfour, Founder and CEO of Reforge, has taken a close look at these practices to figure out just why they can slow - or even hurt - growth. Now, he has a repeatable model for you to use in your next launches to get the growth you're looking for.