Creative Energy

The Tao of Project Management

We had our AGM at the rugby club this week. Good turnout (probably because we opened the bar and had free food) and there was a good bit of lively discussion. Creativity in projects often comes from the interaction between opposites. If everyone on the project is in total harmony and agreement things will be very peaceful but there will be no spark.

Sustainable Development Goal #7 Renewable Energy and Project Management

Green Project Management

This week’s post focuses on SDG #7 of 17, Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. There are three key targets and two sub-targets with with this goal By 2030: Ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services to all people.

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Manage Your Energy, Not Just Your Time

Project Risk Coach

It does not matter how much time I have if my energy level is low. Let me put another way: If my energy level is high and my mind is clear, my productivity skyrockets. The authors provided powerful insights on the need to manage energy and how. 7 Ways to Boost Your Energy.

5 Emotional Factors Affecting Your Energy Levels?

Brad Egeland

First question: Are you happy with the career and work choices that you have made? Some people say to me, ‘Eamonn, work is not that important.’ ’ I am afraid that I cannot agree. ​ You work from pretty much nine am to five or six pm each day, and many of us probably longer.

10 tips for project success: start moving, keep moving, get momentum

The Digital Project Manager

Projects running successfully are like cycling downhill, they have momentum, an energy of their own which exaggerates your strengths and covers a multitude of mistakes. Posted in General Ten Tops Tips.

Tom Peters and Soft Skills

Zen Project Management

I recently had the opportunity to hear Tom Peters speak and I have to say that even at the age of 71, he still has a lot of energy and passion. He began the talk with his experience coming out of college with an engineering degree. He found the math and science classes did little to prepare him for the real world, the people part of the equation, or the “all important last 99%” of being successful.

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How To Read Like A Project Leader


Employees in high-trust organizations are more productive, have more energy at work, collaborate better with their colleagues, and stay with their employers longer than people working at low-trust companies.

Master Ego Depletion To Keep Out of Trouble At Work

Project Management Hacks

What about your own mental energy? Over the course of a day, there is a certain amount of mental energy available and various activities reduce it (e.g. Working with people, navigating complexity and developing creative solutions will tend to drain your energy. Know Thy Energy.

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The Potential of Agile

Tyner Blain

All of those investments are competing for limited resources – time, money, people’s energy. The pop-culture concept of a silver bullet – a simple solution to a hard problem – is a dangerous idea. It can be used to over-promise, and doom a team to under-delivery.

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5 Tips To Re-Energise Your Daily Standup Meetings

Girl's Guide to PM

Because after a few weeks I realised that the energy levels weren’t what they should be for such a creative, innovative agency. We needed to inject some energy. Regular readers will know that I’m not an expert in Agile, by any means.


15 Clever Ways to Save Time at Work

Girl's Guide to PM

Sometimes, just let it go and save your time and energy for a day when you have to step up. You’ll come back refreshed, with more energy and a clearer head to face the rest of the day.

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Project Managers: Get out of that funk! Episode 33

PM for the Masses

Have you ever felt like you Had no energy? Have you ever felt like you Had no energy? Hello everyone! On today’s episode I share with you my experience as I returned from a great vacation to find myself paralyzed by the amount of work waiting for me.

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How to Be a Productive Project Manager: 7 Tips

Project Risk Coach

Imagine yourself as a more productive project manager, one with greater capacity and energy to complete each day’s tasks. The problem: I don’t have much energy in the day, particularly in the afternoon and evenings. I find exercise and sleep save me time by giving me greater energy.

Managing Conflict as a Project Manager

Arras People

Don’t waste energy worrying about it just accept it comes with the territory. Conflict within most project teams is inevitable and effectively managing conflict is arguably the hardest thing a project manager has to do.

Cut, Cut, Cut: Elimination Strategies To Boost Productivity

Project Management Hacks

In project management, it’s easy to fall into the trap of allocating most or all of your energy in the “manager” mode. What will you do with the extra time and energy? Elimination is an underrated productivity strategy we all need to practice.

Inspiring Women in Project Management: Pam Shergill

Girl's Guide to PM

Pam has amazing energy and is the kind of person who grabs every opportunity. Invest time and energy with a coach or mentor to keep you on track.

Successful Stakeholder Management Needs Teams

Girl's Guide to PM

Not all stakeholders are equal and so you may choose to communicate with each of them differently in order to save time and energy. Winning stakeholder support when time and energy are limited This is a guest post by Jo Ann Sweeney. This is a guest article by Isidora Roskic.

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Is Agile Really Cheaper?

Tyner Blain

If you’re building the wrong product, investing in your ability to build more cost effectively is a waste of energy. There are several ways to answer the question “is agile cheaper than waterfall?” ” Here are two of my favorites: “It depends.

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A Project Manager Needs Time To Think

Arras People

So, understandably, PMs devote time and energy to making sure team members are working efficiently – but the project manager’s time is rarely factored into a project schedule.

10 Simple Ways to Revitalize Your Project Meetings

Project Risk Coach

schedules permitting, to leverage greater energy in the mornings. Monitor energy levels. Recognize that energy levels will likely diminish in the afternoon. What can you do to improve energy throughout the day?

Podcast 97 – How to hold a rock star project kick-off meeting

Fix my Project Chaos

Sara works alongside companies to bring energy and engagement into staff training. Let’s talk about how to hold a rock star project kick-off meeting Sara Sheedy specialises in bringing purpose, passion and creativity to learning. In this podcast, she speaks to Elise Stevens about how to hold a rock star project kick-off meeting. Her strategies […]. The post Podcast 97 – How to hold a rock star project kick-off meeting appeared first on Fix My Project Chaos. Podcasts

Are we losing it?


This mode consumes less energy and is restorative in nature. This mode consumes a lot of energy. Switching between tasks makes the prefrontal cortex and striatum to burn up a lot of energy. This very energy is vital to focus our attention on tasks at hand.

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3 Ways to Cope When Your Project Goes Off The Rails

Girl's Guide to PM

12 ways to create positive energy on projects This is a guest post by Anna Erdmanska, PMP. If I’m honest it has been a while since I’ve worked on a project that has gone totally off the rails. We’ve had little disasters here and there.

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The Basics for a Happy and Productive Day on Projects

Arras People

Having lunch with colleagues, taking time to eat and sharing in casual conversation revives employees’ energies and helps them to feel more inclusive.

2017 Project Management Trends To Watch

Girl's Guide to PM

If project success rates are going to go up – and they really should – then value and business benefit are where we should be putting our energy.

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Is Your Project Sustainable? Episode 47

PM for the Masses

Yet, I don’t think we think much about it when talking about projects – unless the project happens to be related to environmental, sustainability, green energy, or other related topic. Yet, I don’t think we think much about it when talking about projects – unless the project happens to be related to environmental, sustainability, green energy, or other related topic. Sustainability is such a buzzword today.

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What Should a New Project Manager Focus On?

Girl's Guide to PM

A new project manager, like any other, needs to focus their energies on these four things, in that order. This is a guest article by Dr Mike Clayton, who is the well-known author and trainer behind Online PM Courses.*. It was about 17 years ago. I sat opposite the new project manager.

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6 Ways to Manage Projects Like a Nordic

Girl's Guide to PM

12 ways to create positive energy on projects This is a guest post by Anna Erdmanska, PMP. This is a guest article from Kayleigh Töyrä, coming to us from Bristol but with her roots firmly in Finland.

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Take Your Questions From Good To Great: 15 Examples

Project Management Hacks

Even if you have a great mentor, they have limited time and energy to help you. 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?

9 Project Communications You Should Have Sent This Year

Girl's Guide to PM

If you only have a limited amount of effort and energy to spend on communicating about your project, what should you focus on? There’s a free comms template at the bottom of this post – scroll down!

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How To Help Teams Make Group Decisions

Girl's Guide to PM

In this article I will give you a few tools to help you facilitate the process and direct your team’s efforts and energy in the right direction. This is a guest article by author Edoardo Binda Zane. If you are a project manager, making tough calls and decisions is part of your everyday life.

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4 Real-Life Tips For Choosing Collaboration Tools

Girl's Guide to PM

It’s something that my book, Collaboration Tools for Project Managers , goes into in a lot of detail because if you get it wrong it’s a massive waste of expense and energy. Getting the right collaboration tool for your team is really important – as is knowing how to use it.

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How good is your ability to build trust?

Susanne Madsen

It does however require time, energy and conscious effort to do so. One of the most important prerequisites for building great professional relationships with team members and stakeholders is trust.

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Three Questions Recruiters Ask and What They Mean?

Arras People

Spend your energy understanding what it is you would ideally like in this job or the next one – and learn how to articulate that with passion and enthusiasm.

Five Immutable Principles of Project Success - A Compendium

Herding Cats

Rocky Flats was a Department of Energy nuclear weapons plant that was being decommissioned. There was a twitter thread today where I suggested for any project in any domain, using any product development method is subject to the Five Immutable Principles of Project Success.

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When is a Good Time to Look for a New Project Manager?

Arras People

A recent anecdote, recounted by a colleague, highlighted how little energy can be put into resource management in project organisations. In the worst extremes this results in reactive recruitment with little account taken of the timing of the activities.

Lessons from My Winding Path to Project Management


Finally I got a job running an energy efficiency project funded by the federal stimulus act. I was offered the job because of my volunteer experience founding the energy committee at the Sierra Club and my work as a project manager.

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Project Management, Performance Measures, and Statistical Decision Making

Herding Cats

Department of Energy. There is a current rash of suggestions on how to improve the performance of software projects. Each of these, while well meaning, are missing the means to confirm their credibility.

How To Take Over An Existing Project [Free Checklist]

Girl's Guide to PM

You can focus your energy on getting a decent plan, or setting up the governance structure, or dealing with the budget – whatever you think is the most important part to get right, right now. Consider this. You’ve recently taken over a project that has already started.

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