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What is the Difference Between a Project Manager and Product Manager? people project integration management Dec 05, 2021

What is the difference between a project manager and a product manager? As far as jobs go, in some small organizations they may be fulfilled by one person.  In reality, however, they are two distinct roles.

A product manager is responsible for a product life cycle.  The product life...

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5 Tips for Working with Remote Teams people resource management Nov 28, 2021

While the global pandemic meant many started working remotely as early as 2019, the idea of remote teams is not new.  In fact, I've been working with remote teams since the 1970s and found these next 5 tips to be helpful:

Respect differences. The diversity of teams becomes more apparent in...

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6 Influential Women in Project Management people project integration management Nov 07, 2021

I noticed that my most recent project management classes have had an unexpected number of women.  In fact, one class is 2/3 women and 1/3 men, which is exactly the opposite of what recent surveys have shown exists in most workplaces. It is good to see this diversity gap may be closing.

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5 Tips New Project Managers Need to Succeed people project integration management Oct 24, 2021

Are you an aspiring, new, or accidental project manager?  The tips in this blog are generally focused on you, however some are more important than others for those just starting out. These 5 tips are things that I learned early as a new project manager and hope they will benefit your careers...

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3 Major Skills Every Project Manager Needs to Succeed communications management people project integration management resource management Oct 03, 2021

To be successful, project managers need many different and diverse skills, ranging from expertise in their industry to business, and of course, project management technical skills.  Someone recently asked my what major skills project managers need.

To respond to this question, I grouped the...

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Is Project Management a Good Career? people project integration management Sep 19, 2021

Short answer?  Absolutely! Being a professional project manager can provide a great deal of job satisfaction, great compensation, and be a stepping stone to something more.  Take it from someone who has been managing a variety of projects in a variety of roles for over 30 years.

Here...

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Project Management and Ethics people project integration management Aug 29, 2021

Ethics is about doing the right things. When you have integrity, you will continue to do them, even when no one is watching.

What if your manager is forcing you to do something unethical?  The best advice is to stand your ground and find a new job (or manager) if necessary.

Projects can be...

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Alternatives to "No" people resource management Aug 22, 2021

The best project managers learn to say “no” without actually using the word “no.”  “No” has an air of finality and dis-empowers the team.  It is also a good idea to avoid phrases like “Yes, but …”  There are some better ways to...

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Know Your Team people resource management Jul 25, 2021

As a project manager, you need to manage your team by influence and motivate them to complete the project.  How can you do this?  First and foremost, get to know your team very well. Find out more about their interests and aspirations and use this information to make better assignments...

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6 Tips to Make the Unpredicatable Predictable people project integration management resource management scope management technical Jul 04, 2021

Predictability helps organizations more effectively and efficiently manage people, cash, and other resources.  And predictable projects usually finish sooner than others as well.

I often hear talk about how unpredictable projects are because <insert any excuse here>. By following some...

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GRADuate to Highly Creative Teams people resource management Jun 20, 2021

A natural outcome of project management is increased team creativity and innovation. But some projects will need more than others.  For example, if you are a creative marketing team or have complex problems to solve as part of the project. 

Want your project teams to be more creative...

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5 Essential Communications Practices for Project Managers business communications management people technical Jun 13, 2021

Studies have shown that roughly 56% of projects failing projects have poor communications as a factor. Whether you are presenting or just having a meeting, having strong communication skills is critical for project managers. Here are 5 essential practices to work on:

  1. Develop and rehearse an...
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