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5 Critical Elements for More Effective Project Management communications management project integration management resource management scope management Jul 12, 2020

Julia couldn't be more frustrated! There were less than three months to finish the project, and yet everything was going wrong. And to top it all, the budget to complete the work was nearly exhausted.

Julia's problem boils down to ineffective project management. She may have failed to complete...

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5 Attributes Needed by Successful Project Managers project integration management Jul 04, 2020

Project management, like most professional careers, requires practitioners to have some personal attributes to improve their success rates. These attributes far outweigh any single tool or management fad with a catchy name. Here are five qualities needed for focusing your project management...

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6 Expectations of New Project Managers project integration management Jun 28, 2020

Embarking on a new career can have its challenges.  When starting a new position, it's always good to know what is expected of you.  Knowing what is expected, avoids common mistakes and helps to advance careers.  Here are six expectations managers generally have for new project...

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5 Tips for Using the Right PM Tools project integration management Jun 21, 2020

Picking the right toolset, and then using these tools correctly for your work as a project manager is very important.  The tools you select and how you use them will either make your practices be more productive or bog you down.

Before there were many online software tools, I used a book...

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7 Reasons to Become CAPM® Certified Now ethics project integration management Jun 14, 2020

If you are an aspiring, new, or accidental project manager, a small investment in your career and certification can have a significant impact going forward.  While the PMP® certification can take a minimum of three years to earn, all you need to be eligible to take the CAPM exam is a...

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3 Tips to Move an Organization to Change project integration management Jun 07, 2020

Organizational change can be a difficult topic.  It is also an important topic, as many times, project managers work on projects that organizations are not prepared to receive.  Project managers may need to create organizational change, but the organization believes "if it ain't...

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5 Tips to Master Expectancy Theory to Improve Leadership resource management May 31, 2020

Expectancy theory tells us that people are motivated to choose their actions by examining the result and expected outcomes of each behavior. In other words, people will gravitate toward the results they perceive as most desirable and use rational thinking in decision-making.  Use these tips...

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4 Critical Terms for Determining a Risk Profile risk management May 24, 2020

There are four key terms to consider to develop an organizational risk profile before writing your risk management plan.  Only three are in the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition, and you need to read the entire Risk Management chapter to find them. The fourth (do you know which one...

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4 Ways to Respect Your Client and Their Deliverables quality management risk management stakeholder management time management May 17, 2020

Always foster good relationships with the client and the team, and remember that the client has the final acceptance of deliverables. If you are practicing Agile, the client will also be a part of the team. Here are four ways you can use to demonstrate respect for your client.

  1. Respect the...
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5 Essential Items to Complete for Project Closeout project integration management May 10, 2020

Project closing is a critical time for the project manager. For most projects, how the project manager is remembered is shaped by what happens at this point. Wise project managers know that a successful project closure creates opportunities for new and more challenging projects. Here are five...

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5 Steps to Improve Project Management Maturity project integration management May 03, 2020

Not all organizations can afford a full or certified project maturity assessment, such as PMMM or OPM3.  But using elementary quality tools that are easy to learn and may already be in use, any organization can improve its project management maturity.  Here's a 5-step example:

  1. Collect...
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6 Tips to Improve Project Decision Making project integration management risk management Apr 26, 2020

Decision making is a skill we need to apply to weigh the pros and cons of alternatives and choose the best path forward.  Bad decisions contribute to project risks and can put a team into firefighting mode, correcting wrong decisions after bad choices.  Here are six tips to improve your...

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