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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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From Predictive to Agile: How to Choose the Right Project Management Methodology

Our profession is undergoing a transformation, moving away from rigid, one-size-fits-all methodologies. Instead, project managers are embracing dynamic and adaptable frameworks that carefully consider project and product variables to determine the most suitable development approaches and project life cycles.

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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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ERM Program Fundamentals for Success in the Banking Industry

Speaker: William Hord, Senior VP of Risk & Professional Services

Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) is critical for industry growth in today’s fast-paced and ever-changing risk landscape. When building your ERM program foundation, you need to answer questions like: Do we have robust board and management support? Do we understand and articulate our bank’s risk appetite and how that impacts our business units? How are we measuring and rating our risk impact, likelihood, and controls to mitigate our risk?

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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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The Definitive Guide to Dashboard Design

Dashboard design can mean the difference between users excitedly embracing your product or ignoring it altogether. Great dashboards lead to richer user experiences and significant return on investment (ROI), while poorly designed dashboards distract users, suppress adoption, and can even tarnish your project or brand. That’s one of the many reasons we wrote The Definitive Guide to Dashboard Design—to help you avoid common pitfalls, including… Cramming too much onto one screen and expecting the u

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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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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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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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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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How to Battle Layoffs: The Career Star Accelerator Bootcamp

Facing layoffs in your organization? Support your team members' career transition with Career Star Accelerator Bootcamp: Custom Resume & LinkedIn Revamp + 6 Weeks of Career Coaching. Our certified resume writers will create job search-winning resumes and LinkedIn profiles while they work with a career coach to learn unique strategies to stand out, attract the right employers, automate their job search, and land their dream job.

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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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Unlocking Business Agility: Leveraging the Power of Strategy Execution

True business agility is impossible if execution is disconnected from strategic planning. Download this eBook to learn about the 12 key imperatives every organization must address, and discover how they impact the capabilities you’ll need to effectively deliver execution across all investments.

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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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The Power of Storytelling in Risk Management

Speaker: Dr. Karen Hardy, CEO and Chief Risk Officer of Strategic Leadership Advisors LLC

Communication is a core component of a resilient organization's risk management framework. However, risk communication involves more than just reporting information and populating dashboards, and we may be limiting our skillset. Storytelling is the ability to express ideas and convey messages to others, including stakeholders. When done effectively, it can help interpret complex risk environments for leaders and inform their decision-making.

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Virtual Office is here to stay

Binfire

Today more and more companies are allowing their employees to work from home, either on full time or part time bases. The Virtual Office is now permanent fixture in American and European companies. With advances with internet and mobile communication, an employees have everything they need to work right at home. This article explains the benefits of the Virtual Office and why it is here to stay.

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The Two Key Ingredients You Need to Build a Focused and Productive Remote Team | TeamGantt Blog

TeamGantt

Businesses can benefit from remote team work if they maintain adaptability and flexibility. Here are four ways to ensure remote team flexibility.

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Take YOUR Team Through Loss

PMStudent

"It's not the winning that teaches you how to be resilient. It's the setback. It's the loss." Beth Brook Project managers, you do not just lead your teams through the successes. You lead them through the setback and disappointments and out and out losses. This is what makes you a stronger leader and it is what makes your team a stronger team. Treat each disappointment as an opportunity to build your collective strength and to become more resilient.

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