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How to Choose the Right Project Management Tools project integration management technical Aug 08, 2021

Last week, we looked at the importance of having project management tools.  To close that part of the discussion off, hive.com states that 77% of high performing projects use some form of project management software. 

This week, let's consider how to make sure you are getting the right tools. Here are 6 important points to consider in your search for the best project management tools....

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Why are Project Management Tools Important? project integration management technical Aug 01, 2021

As the size of projects grow, the project manager must scale efforts to meet the growing needs.  Project management becomes a full time job.  Some larger projects even have project management teams and project control specialists to help. But having the right tools can help anyone work more efficiently and effectively. 

Let's just take a look at one example - scheduling. ...

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Know Your Team people resource management Jul 25, 2021

As a project manager, you need to manage your team by influence and motivate them to complete the project.  How can you do this?  First and foremost, get to know your team very well. Find out more about their interests and aspirations and use this information to make better assignments and seek rewards or promotional opportunities for those that exceed performance expectations.

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What are the 5 Project Management Processes? project integration management technical Jul 18, 2021

What are the 5 project management processes?  Regardless of the project life cycle or methodology you use, all projects go through 5 overarching processes, more correctly referred to as "process groups."  Some large projects may be divided into project phases and each phase should also go through the 5 processes.  Following these process groups and the processes they contain...

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Why is Project Management Important? business project integration management Jul 11, 2021

Why is project management important?  It is important because businesses run on projects.  Projects are needed to execute strategy.  Some organizations may not refer to them as projects, but whatever they are called, they usually meet the definition of projects.

Project management can be expensive.  I often advise that it should be around 10-20% of the overall project...

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6 Tips to Make the Unpredicatable Predictable people project integration management resource management scope management technical Jul 04, 2021

Predictability helps organizations more effectively and efficiently manage people, cash, and other resources.  And predictable projects usually finish sooner than others as well.

I often hear talk about how unpredictable projects are because <insert any excuse here>. By following some good and best practices and continuously improving, you will find that over time, your projects...

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Entrepreneurship Tips for Project Managers and Small Business Owners business project integration management Jun 27, 2021

The path to entrepreneurship can be tough. According to Failory, nine out of ten startups fail. If you're thinking of starting a company focused on project management or other business fields, those stats can be pretty scary. Don't stress. With careful planning and strategizing, project managers and small business owners can build thriving companies.

Read on for top entrepreneurship tips for...

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GRADuate to Highly Creative Teams people resource management Jun 20, 2021

A natural outcome of project management is increased team creativity and innovation. But some projects will need more than others.  For example, if you are a creative marketing team or have complex problems to solve as part of the project. 

Want your project teams to be more creative and innovative? You can take the next step by GRADually changing your organization's culture to enable...

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5 Essential Communications Practices for Project Managers business communications management people technical Jun 13, 2021

Studies have shown that roughly 56% of projects failing projects have poor communications as a factor. Whether you are presenting or just having a meeting, having strong communication skills is critical for project managers. Here are 5 essential practices to work on:

  1. Develop and rehearse an elevator pitch. Be able to provide a quick 30-second message about the primary goals and benefits of...
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How Can I Become a Project Manager in 2021? people project integration management Jun 06, 2021

"How can I become a project manager in 2021?" is a question I frequently hear.  Being a project manager is still (and will always be) a rewarding career opportunity, even in post-pandemic life.  And while the events of the last two years may have shifted some of the demand, project managers and project management skills are still in high demand. 

The Project Management Institute...

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