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Giving Your Project Team The Right Resources cost management people resource management Aug 14, 2022

One of the most critical tasks in project management is getting the right resources for the right project at the right time. This requires careful planning and communication, especially when tight budgets or other limitations exist. Resource management is a critical element of project management....

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Identifying Strengths people resource management Aug 07, 2022

For several classes I've taken and organizations I've worked with, I had the opportunity to take the Strengths Deployment Inventory. This is a tool to help you understand your strengths and those of your peers. It's based on decades of research into what makes people successful at work. So let's...

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Strategic Analytics: Using Data Analysis to Empower Your Business business people project integration management Jul 31, 2022

In the year 2022, data sits at the heart of every successful business and many important projects. Learning how to analyze datasets can empower your business to improve marketing, streamline operations, mitigate risks and transform your business model. If you are a new project manager wondering...

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Can Broken Trust Be Repaired? people resource management Jul 24, 2022

We've all broken someone's trust at some point in our personal or professional lives. I was recently asked if broken trust can be repaired. The short answer is yes. However, it is going to take a lot of work.

Maybe you were in the wrong, and perhaps they were, but that doesn't change how damaging...

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What is the Best Way to Work with People to Accomplish a Goal? people resource management Jul 17, 2022

People are more likely to succeed when they come together to work on a common goal. Working with others allows you to use your skills and knowledge in ways that help you achieve the best results. Remember, you will want those around you to recognize what you want and help you reach it, so treat...

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How to Create a Motivating Work Environment people resource management Jul 10, 2022

If you're a project manager, creating a good work environment is key to inspiring your team to do their best work. But what exactly does "a good work environment" mean? Here are four things that make for a motivating workplace.

The most critical ingredient in creating a motivating work...

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7 Tips to Improve Your Leadership people resource management risk management Jul 03, 2022

With outstanding leadership comes great responsibility. For example, suppose you are a project leader, whether a project manager or team lead. It's up to you to communicate clearly with your team and manage their expectations. Luckily, there are some things that you can do as a leader to make...

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What to Do When Everything is Urgent schedule management technical Jun 26, 2022

There's nothing more daunting than a long list of urgent tasks.  When everything is urgent, it's hard to know where to start.  So here are four tips for taming your to-do list when everything is or at least seems to be urgent.

Eliminate or postpone those you can.  It's easy to feel...

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PERT and FPA Estimation - Not Just for Schedules or Software Development cost management schedule management technical Jun 19, 2022

Despite many internet articles to the contrary, PERT (Program Evaluation Review Technique) and FPA (Function Point Analysis) can be valuable for many projects outside of software-related industries and not just for scheduling.

PERT estimation was a part of a more extensive system and was designed...

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From Scratch: Starting a Business Without Capital business cost management Jun 12, 2022

[Project managers take note!  Starting a business from scratch and without capital is something you may do if you want to start a private practice.  Plus starting a project from scratch without capital is very similar.]

When you have little to no startup capital, founding a business can...

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Defining Leadership people Jun 05, 2022

This week, I was asked by someone to define leadership.  In addition, they asked if leadership was something that could be taught.  So let's look at each of these questions, one at a time.

There are three essential elements to leadership:

  1. A leader is someone who guides, influences, and...
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Project Cost Management Requires Flexibility cost management people May 29, 2022

[NOTE: Want to find out more about project cost management?  You're invited to the launch of PPC Group's new publication, Project Cost Management: Principles, Tools, Techniques, and Best Practices for Project Finance, by Ray Frohnhoefer and Inham Hassen, in June 2022. For more information...

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