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What is Level of Effort (LOE)? Plus, 5 Tips for Effort Estimation

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Level of effort (LOE) is a project management term that refers to a specific type of project activity called support activities. Support activities do not yield deliverables, but rather fuel tasks that do. Therefore, the level of effort is how much work these tasks will take to complete.

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Project Manager Job Description (with free copy+paste examples!)

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Project managers are the point person in charge of a specific project or projects within an organization. We regularly feature project management resources to help train PMs to land jobs in the industry or develop better skills in their current role.

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Monday.com vs. ProjectManager: Which Is Best for Project Management?

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If you’re looking for project management software, you’ll find countless options. This can make narrowing the search feel like an insurmountable task. Ultimately, choosing the right project management software comes down to identifying your needs and finding a good fit.

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How to Calculate Cost Variance for a Project (Formula Included)

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Throughout the life of a project, project managers check in on progress and compare it to the project plan—comparing their predictions to reality. If they don’t do this regularly, odds are the budget will suffer and their project will fail entirely.

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Insiders' Guide to Self-Service Analytics

Self-service analytics are vital for how your users interact and engage with your application. As you explore analytics solutions for your application, see why self-service analytics can prove critical to the adoption and stickiness of your application.

Communications Planning: A Quick Guide

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All projects require communication between stakeholders. This seems simple enough, but sharing information with everyone clearly and consistently requires a plan. Without one, things become messy and stakeholders can become confused and unhappy. That’s where communication planning comes into play.

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Best MS Project Alternatives 2021 for Project Managers

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As projects grow in complexity and workforces expand globally, the need for online project management tools is no luxury. There is no lack of products to choose from, with varying degrees of usefulness. Microsoft has thrown its considerable weight into the ring with Microsoft Project.

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Construction Project Manager Job Description (with Free Example!)

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The construction project manager role is a unique position, though it shares many of the attributes associated with any kind of project manager.

Best Resource Management Software of 2021

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Resources in project management are the people, places and things you need to get the job done. This includes the project team, the tools they need, materials, facilities and so on. That can mean a lot of headaches for project managers trying to balance their resources with the team’s capacity.

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Mastering the Workback Schedule: 5 Essential Tips

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Have you ever gotten stuck trying to schedule a project? If you’re like most of us, the answer is yes. It’s the project management equivalent of writer’s block, and it can majorly slow down your planning.

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4 Approaches to Data Analytics

As the analytics landscape continues to evolve, application teams who need to embed dashboards, reports, and other analytics capabilities in their applications can choose from dozens of solutions. How do you differentiate one solution from the next?

Best Task Management Software of 2021 for Teams

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Task management is essential to project management, teamwork and simply getting work done. Productivity is lost if a team loses control of their tasks and deadlines. Teams use task management software to execute tasks on time, within budget and with the right resources.

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Best Kanban Software of 2021 for Project Management

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Kanban, which means billboard or signboard in Japanese, is a work management system developed by Taiichi Ohno, an industrial engineer at Toyota. Kanban is executed with a board and a collection of cards that move across a series of columns, which indicate progress and state.

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Risk Mitigation Plan: Definition & Top Strategies

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Risk is always present. This is true in life and projects alike. If we were to try and avoid all risks, it would be paralyzing—not to mention impossible. We couldn’t step out of the house, let alone embark on a project. There’s just too much that could go wrong!

Gantt Chart Dependencies: Understanding Task Dependency Types

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Every project is made up of tasks, and the sequence of those tasks are often of the upmost importance. Certain tasks can’t begin until another one has finished, and vice-versa.

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2021 State of Analytics: Why Users Demand Better

As organizations become more data driven, their analytics requirements grow. Find out how knowledge workers use analytics and explore their needs and preferences.

What Is Contract Administration? Key Practices and Processes

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If you’ve ever worked on a large-scale project—especially a construction project—you’re familiar with the concept of contract administration. An employer hires a contractor to do work. The two parties come to an agreement on what the work will be, how long it will take and how much it is worth.

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Project Crashing in Project Management: Definition & Best Practices

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There’s never enough time when managing a project. That’s why we make schedules—to try and control time, just enough to get your deliverable by the deadline. But even the best laid plans tend to go awry, to paraphrase the poem.

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Construction Bids: Mastering Construction Bidding

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Construction projects are won by responding to solicitations or requests for proposals with a construction bid. It can often feel like a lot of work for possibly no return, but there’s a way to make a construction bid that doesn’t break the bank and sets your organization apart from the competition.

How to Assemble a Project Team

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Projects, no matter the size and scope, are complex. If they weren’t, they might as well just be tasks on a to-do list. Luckily, projects are also a group effort—for every project, there is a project team working together to make deliverables a reality. How do these teams come together?

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Report by Dresner Advisory Services: Embedded Business Intelligence Market Study

According to the 2020 Dresner Embedded Business Intelligence Market Study, embedded business intelligence is crucial for application success. This report explores the current state of BI and why application teams are increasingly choosing an embedded solution.

Cost Benefit Analysis for Projects – A Step-by-Step Guide

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When managing a project, one is required to make a lot of key decisions. There is always something that needs executing, and often that something is critical to the success of the venture. Because of the high stakes, good managers don’t just make decisions based on gut instinct.

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Calculating Estimate at Completion (EAC)

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Even the most meticulously planned projects experience unforeseen changes, and when this happens, we need to quantify the effect these changes have. Luckily, there are formulas that eliminate the guesswork.

How to Create a Project Brief (Example Included)

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Projects don’t just happen. There’s a lot of work before they’re approved, and once they have been given the go-ahead, there’s even more planning and scheduling needed! How do you communicate that information with stakeholders and the team so they understand the project?

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The 10 Project Management Knowledge Areas (PMBOK)

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What do you need to know to succeed at project management? Everything! While there’s some truth to that joke, it’s not helpful to the student or the experienced professional who is looking for a way to understand the myriad responsibilities of being a project manager.

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Are Your Embedded Analytics DevOps-Friendly?

Does your analytics solution work with your current tech stack and DevOps practices? If not, any update to the analytics could increase deployment complexity and become difficult to maintain. Learn the 5 elements of a DevOps-friendly embedded analytics solution.

What Is a Project Management Communication Plan?

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Communication is strange. It should be so easy. You say something, someone listens and understands. But it doesn’t always work out that way, does it? So, what do we do to make sure our words are heard and the message we’re trying to convey is comprehended and acted on correctly? That’s a tall order.

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Smartsheet vs. ProjectManager: Which Is the Better Project Management Software?

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There are plenty of well-known project management solutions and many more lesser known software products on the market. All of them tackle at least one aspect of managing a project, while some claim a holistic approach to project management. What tool better serves your project management?

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Project Plan Template

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Download this free project plan template to scope out your work and break it down into manageable components; then schedule and assign the tasks needed to complete your project. You can also use this template to manage workloads and tasks as changes occur.

What Is Work Management? How to Manage Work for Your Team

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Project management spends a lot of time on the work that must happen before any project can be executed. Researching the feasibility of the project, planning for its success, scheduling tasks, organizing resources and building a budget are all important.

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Analytics Best Practices: 5 Key Dashboard Design Principles

Explore 5 key principles that exist to ensure you create a relevant dashboard that guides and simplifies the user experience, makes it as easy as possible to interpret what is presented no matter its complexity, and increases the adoption of BI.

How to Write a Business Case

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A business case is the way you prove to your client, customer or stakeholder that the product you’re pitching is a sound investment. Below, we illustrate the steps to writing one that will sway them.

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Contract Management: Understanding the Contract Lifecycle

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Managing a project is complex. Project managers are trained to plan schedules and allocate resources to meet deadlines and stay within budgets. But once you’re contracting with people outside of your organization, the legal and logistic issues can be overwhelming.

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What is Subcontractor Management in Construction?

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Projects aren’t a one-man show. They require professionals with an array of skills, and the more complex a project is, the more skills they require. Because of this, owners hire contractors to manage the project, and contractors use subcontractor management to fulfill niche roles.

Benefits Management for Projects: How to Make a Benefits Management Plan

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A project is a vehicle to deliver benefits to their stakeholders. These benefits include improved quality, reduced cost of production, better customer service, increased customer retention and so on. Identifying, describing and measuring these benefits is called benefits management.

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Why Operational Reporting is Still Critical in Modern BI

In a world full of new features, traditional reporting is still a critical requirement for businesses. Read further to understand the reasons behind its lasting relevance and why it should continue to be an integral part of modern analytics solutions.

Float in Project Management: A Quick Guide

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Projects are made up of a large number of tasks, and keeping track of those tasks is a primary role of a project manager. Sometimes, the tasks in a project all run smoothly and independently of each other, and there are no complexities.

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What Is Scope Creep and How Can I Avoid It?

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Before we can explain how to avoid scope creep in your projects, we need to understand what project scope and scope creep are. What Is the Scope of a Project? In simple terms, the project scope refers to all the work that is required to complete a project.

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Schedule Performance Index (SPI): An Introduction

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If someone asked how much value you get from a day of work, what would you say? Odds are, you’d give one of the customary responses — a fair amount of value, not much value, a lot of value, etc. Unfortunately, these answers aren’t helpful and aren’t valuable to projects.

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Project Definition: The Meaning of a Project

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What is the definition of a project, exactly? We talk a lot about specific facets of project management, but it’s sometimes valuable to start at the root and dig into the basics. In order to fully understand high-level project management concepts, it’s important to know the simple answers.

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What is Data Storytelling? The Value of Context and Narrative

This beginner’s guide explains what data storytelling means for your company’s business intelligence and data analytics, the importance of leveraging it today, and how Yellowfin’s own set of storytelling tools can enrich your insight reporting efforts.