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Do Small Projects Need Project Managers? project integration management Oct 04, 2020

Organizations face the temptation to call everything a project. Then, they apply a project manager and a lot of overhead to manage them. So while the formal definition of a project includes "temporary" and "produces a unique result," smart managers apply some additional rules.  These may...

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The Time Frame for Total Project Completion schedule management Sep 27, 2020

I was recently asked, "What is the time frame for total project completion?" The time frame for total project completion is the time when all project work is done, and all project resources, including the project manager, can be released.  Total project completion should include the...

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5 Tips for Effective Conflict Resolution resource management Sep 20, 2020

Conflict resolution is a skill that transcends roles. So regardless of the type of team I am managing, my response would be the same.

Tip #1: Set the rules and boundaries.  As a leader, you define the standards for conduct and enforce them. Part of your resource plan should also include time...

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Communicate, Communicate, Communicate communications management Sep 13, 2020

A question I sometimes need to field is “what are the top 5 critical communication skills a Project Manager must possess to be successful?”.  There are more than 5 skills that revolve around communications, so the choice is a difficult one.

Then the proverbial light bulb went...

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You Know You are a "Knighted" Project Manager When ... project integration management Sep 06, 2020

With the widespread recognition of project management as a valuable organizational core competency, the current economic climate, and the continued challenges of doing more with less, I continue to observe more and more project managers that have been bestowed the title (either by themselves, by...

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7 Tips for Better Meeting Minutes project integration management Aug 30, 2020

The most productive meetings result in decisions and actions.  Recording the decisions and actions in meeting minutes creates a useful accountability tool.  Minutes can also keep those unable to attend informed of results.  Good minutes are both easy to develop and ensure an...

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6 Tips for Improved Virtual (Video) Meetings project integration management Aug 23, 2020

Video conferencing, especially from home, has become a new norm.  Here are six tips to improve your virtual meetings.

  1. Start on time. Unlike an office setting, people aren't walking to the meeting and collecting attendees on the way. Especially if you are the host, be sure to be on time. I...
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8 Time Management Tips for Project Managers project integration management schedule management Aug 16, 2020

Project management can be a demanding role.  Use these time management tips to manage time more effectively, from day-to-day and month-to-month.

  1. Know When You are Most Productive. The first step in effectively managing time is to know when you are the most productive.  This time is...
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8 Best Practices for Managing Smaller Projects project integration management Aug 09, 2020

I often get asked whether project management best practices used for large projects are applicable to smaller projects. This fundamental question is one that all project managers must face when managing small projects. Utilizing the best practices on a small project can be done without creating...

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5 Tips to Improve Executive Presentations communications management Aug 02, 2020

Before the era of PowerPoint, presentations were given with flip charts. A vice president of a prominent fortune 100 company was providing a quarterly sales update presentation to the CEO, the senior executives, and the Board.  Unfortunately, this VP was simply reading the flip charts. ...

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5 Tips to Avoid Common Scheduling Issues schedule management Jul 26, 2020

One of the most challenging tasks for project managers is creating a schedule. Any number of dependencies need consideration – logical progressions of work, resource availability, client or sponsor delivery demands, team preferences, and more.  Here are five tips for getting the best...

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7 Stress Management Techniques for Project Managers resource management Jul 19, 2020

Stress, burnout, and physical exhaustion impact project managers at one time or another. You need to believe that you can get a handle on what stresses you, and diffuse this stress in ways that maintain your physical and emotional health.  Pressure may be a part of life, but it is essential...

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