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7 Reasons Why Multitasking Is Not the Answer

Rebel’s Guide to PM

This is a guest article by Kristy Dickerson from STARTplanner. Multitasking has been praised by many as the secret sauce to reaching success at record speeds. But over the years, that’s been dispelled. Studies aimed at disproving the claimed advantages of multitasking have popped up, urging the public to actually turn the process of multitasking inside out to see if it’s an ally or an enemy.

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11 ways company politics can thwart your projects

Moira Alexander

Workplace politics are ultimately types of behaviors or actions injected into business situations that can complicate, impede, or derail progress altogether. Politics and its impact are often underestimated until it's too late. However you can mitigate the risk and the first step is to identify the type and level of political behaviors that might curtail the efforts of a project, program, portfolio, or even an entire organization.

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Tips for taking over an active project

Kiron Bondale

I’ve written previously about the need for a project manager to proactively plan for a smooth transition if someone else will be assuming the role on one of their projects. Should you be fortunate enough to find yourself taking over from a project manager who has followed some of those suggestions, it will make your life easier. But often we don’t have that luxury.

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Perceptions on risk -- a perfect storm of problems.

Musings on Project Management

The messenger: “Unfortunately, my King … here I am, unwilling and unwanted … because I know that no one ever welcomes a bearer of bad news.” —Antigone by Sophocles, circa 442 BC The surprise: “It is pardonable to be defeated, but never to be surprised.” —Frederick, the Great Pedro C. Ribeiro, writing in ASK magazine for NASA, has a nice posting on risk perception.

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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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Overcoming Noisy Communication

Rebel’s Guide to PM

This is a guest contribution from John Edmonds from pearcemayfield. Noise hinders communication. It’s so obvious that I hesitate to say it. But it is often something that is overlooked when we are planning communication activities with stakeholders. Noise, in communication terms, means any interference that makes it harder for the stakeholder to firstly receive, then interpret the message and its meaning.

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Definitive Guide to Collaborative Project Management

Binfire

Collaborative Project Management or CPM is the application of tools and processes to help employees working on projects to collaborate more effectively. It is not a separate or standalone Project Management methodology. It applies equally well to all project management methodologies like Agile, Lean, Waterfall and Hybrid. Collaborative project management is based on best practices for using tools and processes to tap into the collective knowledge of all employees.

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Advice for Project Managers: The Productivity Roller Coaster and Starting Projects too Soon

LiquidPlanner

Are you grappling with a stubborn project management work issue? Ask Elizabeth! Email your question to: marketingteam@liquidplanner.com. Anonymity included. Dear Elizabeth: I run a product team that responds to seasonal demands, and our output fluctuates. We have times when we’re very busy and then a couple of weeks where it’s slow. There’s always work to be done, but when demand ebbs, people’s productivity and engagement does as well.

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Getting It Together for Team Collaboration

Redbooth

You’d think with all of the technology we have at our fingertips, teams and projects would run as efficiently as the trains in Switzerland. Meetings would deliver fast, synchronized results. And we’d have time to just think. After all, we’re knowledge workers, right? Too many productivity tools can leave you feeling overwhelmed. That’s why we made Amium.

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Free Twitter Followers to Upgrade Your Account! New tool

TimeCamp

Friday is time for partying! And nowadays so many people party with a drink in one hand, and smartphone in the other. Perhaps these days having fun is not as important, as showing to everyone that we are having fun… Instagram, Facebook, Twitter – all these social media websites are literally bursting with photos from all […].

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

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 expendi

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Cone of Uncertainty - Part Cinq

Herding Cats

The notion of the Cone of Uncertainty has been around for awhile. Barry Boehm's work in “Software Engineering Economics”. Prentice-Hall, 1981. The poster below is from Steve McConnell's site and makes several things clear. The Cone is a project management framework describing the uncertainty aspects of estimates (cost and schedule) and other project attributes (cost, schedule, and technical performance parameters).

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What Does the Fourth Industrial Revolution Look Like?

LiquidPlanner

The future is no longer on its way. It’s here. Take these recent news items, for example: Las Vegas just launched the first electric autonomous shuttle on American roads. Airbus announced that they’ll test the first autonomous flying taxi by the end of 2017. These are some of the cooler signs of the Fourth Industrial Revolution—powered by the radical technological advancements of AI, IoT, robotics, automation, quantum computing, biotechnology and more.

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Navigating a Sales and Marketing Pivot

Redbooth

Sales & Marketing Management, a leading media source for reaching sales and marketing decision-makers, recently published an article written by our own Jeff Harrell, vice president of marketing. The article, Deconstructing Sales for Go-to-Market Success , tells the inside story of how AeroFS pivoted its sales strategy when Amium was introduced. The article describes our process of navigating a significant change in product direction and how it affected sales—as well as other groups within th

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Announcing the launch of the Resource Guru – Zapier integration

Resource Guru

We’re excited to announce the launch of our official integration with Zapier! It’s now possible to connect Resource Guru to hundreds of your favourite apps, including Gmail, Slack, Office 365, Basecamp, Asana, and Salesforce, giving you the chance to automate some of your most repetitive and time-consuming tasks. About Zapier / How it works. Zapier is a tool that connects web apps through “Zaps” – automated workflows that are simple to create and allow you to pass data from one application

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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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Managing millennials: A project manager’s guide

The Digital Project Manager

What you’ve been told about managing millennials is wrong. Unless you’ve had your head stuck in the sand, you’re probably seen ‘that’ video from Simon. The post Managing millennials: A project manager’s guide appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.

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4 Science-Backed Reasons Your Team Is Dysfunctional | TeamGantt Blog

TeamGantt

Is your team dysfunctional? We cover four common causes of team dysfunction and how to overcome them.

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5 Amazing Tive Travel Movies

TimeCamp

The weekend is closing in and while some of you will probably hit the city, go to a pub or club, meet with friends. However, many of you will decide to stay at home, relax, spend time with your family, perhaps watch a movie? As promised, we are dedicating one entry per week to entertainment. […].

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New PMP Exam & PMBOK Guide 6th Edition – Get PMP Certified in 2017

PM by PM

3 Reasons To Do PMP Before New PMP Exam & PMBOK Guide 6th Edition Did you take a New Year resolution to become PMP certified in 2017? If your answer is ‘No’ then you should add PMP certification to your list of priorities before the new PMP exam comes into effect. If your answer is […]. The post New PMP Exam & PMBOK Guide 6th Edition – Get PMP Certified in 2017 appeared first on PM-by-PM.

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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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When you have to take on someone else’s project half way through

The Digital Project Manager

Taking over someone else’s project half way through – is it ever not like a big, fat punch in the noggin? The post When you have to take on someone else’s project half way through appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.

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Trust

The Tao of Project Management

One thing I have observed over the years is that a wise project manager does not spend all his time talking about problems and issues. He gets on and does something about them and only speaks when it is necessary. He demonstrates what needs to be done by his behaviour rather than by what he does. The poor project manager tries to impress his team and project stakeholders by talking about what he is doing, but it carries little weight.

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5 Top Productivity Podcasts for a Better 2017!

TimeCamp

We keep hearing from all sides the promises to make us more successful. Within the last decade, lots of the people who define themselves as “coaches” have appeared, many websites providing life management tips were launched too. Unfortunately, some of them are not backed by the expertise and their productivity lessons are just made of […].

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Quote of the Day

Herding Cats

It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority. ― Benjamin Franklin. Think of this when you hear someone say protesting is a waste of time, just be quite and aspect the situation you are in.

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3 ‘Must-Dos’ for Addressing Digital Transformation Challenges

Digital transformation projects are crucial, with global spending projected to hit $3.4 trillion by 2026. However, they often fail at a rate of about 70%. To enhance success: Employee Buy-in: Acknowledge concerns and establish a change management team to communicate benefits transparently. Identify Processes and Tools: Form a digital transformation office to establish metrics, workstream lifecycles, data capture, and tool selection.

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Using SharePoint for Project Management – An Overview

Brightwork

Microsoft SharePoint is an amazing collaborative platform that can be easily configured to provide a more coordinated environment to track and manage a project with your team. One of the biggest benefits of using SharePoint for project management is that each project site can be set up to match and expose your project management processes. We’ll see what this looks like and how you might get started in this blog.

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SwiftKanban Feature Update – Jan 2017

Digite

Usually, the New Year comes with lots of new wishes and resolutions! The January edition of SwiftKanban brings joy and happiness by fulfilling some of your long pending wishes. Read on! To-Do Board. When you work on a bigger task, you can break it down by using child cards or to-do items (tasks within a card) in SwiftKanban. These help to break large work-items into smaller, manageable chunks of work, and then prioritize and deliver them on a regular basis.

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How To Make First Steps Towards Remote Work?

TimeCamp

The world is constantly changing. We used to wake up in the morning and after a quick breakfast with coffee get into the car or catch a bus and go to work. Of course, we could also take a walk there or ride a bike, which we really recommend – green Earth is better Earth […].

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Use Your Real Time Business Chat Program to Buckle Down AND Crack Up

Redbooth

A Comprehensive Chat Program Should Let You Be You. Luckily, real time chat programs are now part of our daily work lives. With chat, if something urgent comes up we can grab someone’s attention without disrupting a meeting. Business chat programs give remote teams the ability to huddle and make a game plan with real-time conversations. But teams are made up of people and people are not “all work, all the time” Sharing a laugh, giving praise, and hanging out in the break room m

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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.