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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...

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10 Tips to Fine Tune Your MS Project Schedules schedule management technical May 30, 2021

Most project scheduling tools, such as MS Project, Primavera, and Project Libre, do not encourage essential project management best practices. Their outputs are also tricky to print and read, even with a large format printer, unless care is taken in formatting. As a result, you may find you have...

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4 Ways to Get Your Business Out of Debt business cost management May 23, 2021

If you have started a business recently, operated one for some time, or run into some unexpected issues, you may be in debt. This is a somewhat normal part of having a business — there are good times, but you also have a fair share of difficulties. However, if your debt is starting to get...

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How are Projects Funded? business cost management May 16, 2021

How are projects paid for? Generally by financing the project.  The funds that pay for the project may come from operations (for example, from revenues) or from capital expenditure.  Capital expenditures are typically made from the company treasury or reserves.  As a third method,...

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What is Project Risk Management? risk management technical May 09, 2021

Risk management is the art and science we use to assess and respond to the risks which exist throughout the life of our projects.  In fact, risk exists in virtually any initiative - programs, portfolios, business, operations, manufacturing, and more.  We perform risk management so our...

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5 Leadership Skills Needed for Risk and Crisis Management people risk management May 02, 2021

Good leadership does not come from a single skill, but rather a collection of skills such as team building, influence, patience,  empathy, and creativity. This article examines 5 leadership skills essential for risk and crisis management. 

Risk management and crisis management are...

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An Introduction to Project Cash Flow business cost management Apr 25, 2021

Many introductory courses that include information about budgeting for project managers discuss the idea that a project budget may have to be time based.  That is, the expenditures are divided over weeks, months, or quarters to show how spending will occur over the course of the...

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An Introduction to Project Payments business cost management Apr 18, 2021

[Note: Beginning with last week's article and continuing forward, in addition to tagging articles with knowledge areas, we will be adding new tags for business, people, and technical (including process). We will update past articles over time. This will align content with the new PMP® exam...

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Skills All Project Managers Need in Life and Business business people project integration management Apr 11, 2021

Management skills are usually grouped into several categories, including interpersonal, technical, and conceptual. But time management skills go beyond attributes that simply make you an effective leader. Knowing how to manage your minutes is crucial to the success of your business and your...

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The Two Best Tools for Gaining Team and Client Buy-In stakeholder management Apr 04, 2021

Whether you have a predictive or agile project, you will always need to have the team on the same page and satisfy the client.  Today, we're going to look at the two best ways to get team and client buy in.  Involvement and clarity are two of the best ways to obtain buy-in.

Involvement:...

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4 Critical Tools to Improve Project Communications communications management Mar 28, 2021

There are four important tools a project manager can use to improve communications. These four critical tools are the elevator pitch, status report, project deck, and communication plan.  Let's take a detailed look at each of these one at a time.

Elevator Pitch: Your elevator pitch is a...

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Get Your Listening Skills in GEAR! communications management Mar 21, 2021

It's been said that project managers spend 90% of their time communicating.  This isn't just talking.  It's about communicating in many different forms, such as reports, presentations, meetings with groups and individuals, emails, social media posts, and more.

So to start, let's look at...

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