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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, leadership, and technical. We will update past articles over time. This will align content with the new PMP® exam content areas,...

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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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5 Common Barriers to Successful Delegation resource management stakeholder management Mar 14, 2021

Last week we looked at 4 Steps to Diligently Delegate.  There are five very common barriers to enacting a successful delegation. Good project managers understand what these are and avoid the pitfalls.

1.  The project manager may have a personal interest in the task. While you may have a...

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4 Steps to Diligent Delegation resource management Mar 07, 2021

In addition to good planning up front, execution of any project can be effortless if you develop the critical soft skills needed to succeed.  Let's consider delegation.  Unfortunately, new project managers often lack confidence or fear loss of control, leading to lower levels of...

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5 Tips to Create Your Project Management Future project integration management resource management Feb 28, 2021

The best way to predict the future is to create it.

- Peter Drucker

Rather than wait for your project management future, if you are planning to pursue a career, get started now and create it.  Here are five tips you can use to predict the high quality of that future:

  1. Have a clear vision for...
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5 Tips to Reduce Project Risk risk management Feb 21, 2021

No matter what project management methods or project life cycles you are using, risk management is an important component.  While there may be some nuances for different circumstances, some elements are universal.

It's important to note that risk is unavoidable - no environment is completely...

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7 Tips for Agile Project Managers project integration management resource management scope management Feb 14, 2021

Whether you are a project manager or a scrum master, if you are leading an agile project, there are some critical things to keep in mind.  Some of these we have covered in past articles and some of them are new. Here are seven tips for agile project managers.  Repetition helps to build...

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8 Steps to Acquiring Project Management Skills in 2021 project integration management Feb 07, 2021

The first month of a new year has already past - time flies by!  Perhaps as part of your New Year's resolutions you have decided to acquire new skills or take your career in a different direction.  Now is a great time to get started with project management.

Just a few years ago, Project...

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There's Never Been a More Exciting Time in Project Management project integration management resource management Jan 31, 2021

COVID-19 has brought about a lot of change; however, some things remain constant.  In a more competitive environment, with constant change and fewer available resources, the skill of project management is now as important as ever. Projects must be more successful and deliver on their...

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