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3 Reasons Project Managers Don’t Take Vacations

Much has been written about the virtues of vacations. We all know they give us an opportunity to disconnect from the day-to-day hectic routines of our lives and recharge, re-energize, relax, and renew. The only problem is that nobody ever tells project managers HOW to disconnect. A vacation sounds great in theory, but when you attached to your portfolio dashboard and don't feel like you can leave multiple projects the reality is a very different thing. A typical project manager wraps things up at work and hits the road with the best of intentions, not planning to get pulled back into work d...

5 Ways to Avoid Distractions

Going down a rabbit hole and chasing a rabbit are expressions that capture the experience of starting in one place and winding up in an entirely different one…without even knowing how you got there! You begin by following a slightly different path than the one you are on. In short order, this path deviates slightly and takes you down an entirely new path. Add an additional twist or turn and you end up even farther off course. The next thing you know you are miles away from where you started and have no idea how to get back! That's a major distraction! Your day may go a little differently ...

Boost Your PM Career

Watch and learn from our project management expert five tips to help boost your career as a project manager. ...

The Pros and Cons of Remote Project Management

You’ve got to love technology. It wasn’t too terribly long ago that everyone thought faxing was amazing. The image came across on the other side on a long, scrolling piece of thermal paper that looked similar to a big roll of toilet paper. Plus, you needed to read the fax pretty quickly because the image seemed to fade and disappear in just a matter of weeks. Regardless of minor inconveniences, it was remarkable that documents and images could be transmitted from one side of the world to the next within seconds. Now, faxing is so 1990. Think about what we have now: webinars, video confe...

Why Working Together Is Best

The Blame Game sounds like fun, doesn’t it? The words even rhyme. We’ve all played it before and some of us are much better at it than others. There are really not that many rules to The Blame Game other than to make sure that, when something goes wrong, attention is diverted away from your desk, department, or company as quickly as possible. The more reasons you can come up for why it’s somebody else’s fault, the more points you get. This can be done in oh so many creative ways. It could be somebody else’s fault for not following up on the data in the project report you gave them...

6 Reasons Why Your Project Is Failing

Is your project going OK? Are you sure? Often project managers think their project is progressing to plan and by the time they realize that something is wrong it is too late to implement corrective actions and get the project back on track. Here’s a quick health check that you can carry out on your project. Run through these 6 points and see if your project is at risk from failing. 1. You Don’t Have A Project Plan You do have a detailed project task list, don’t you? A task list forms the foundation of your project schedule, and this is critical so that everyone knows what they need ...

Why You Need Online Project Management Software

Some people can be hesitant about switching to online project management software, and yet for other companies, like ours, we made the switch instantly. It’s so much better and easier than the way of working before. But if you are looking for concrete reasons why you should make the move to an online project management tool, here are nine and a half reasons to switch. 1. Get Your Files From Anywhere Web applications are great because you can access your project files from anywhere with internet access. Whether you need to review your project plan on the train, update your risk log in the a...

5 Reasons to Keep Learning

Here's five reasons to keep learning and enhance your PM career, increase demand for your expertise and increase your opportunities through continued learning. ...

What Sort Of Team Do You Have?

It’s really important on a project to have a great team. After all, you don’t do all the work yourself: you need some colleagues and team members to help you deliver the project. But what sort of team do you have? There are lots of different ways that teams can be organized. You can manage projects with all of them, although some structures make it easier than others! Here are 5 ways that your company could be organized. Which approach is the one used where you work? 1. Functional In a functional organization, each team member has a clear line manager in the hierarchy. This could make...

Top 10 Team Building Ideas

One of the roles of a project manager is to build the team. That’s easier said than done! If you don’t have much leadership experience, how are you supposed to get a group of people who have nothing in common except your project to come together as a dedicated, supportive team? Team building activities are one of the core ways to build trust and understanding in a team. A team building activity is something above and beyond working on the project together. It’s an activity that can be done in working time or out of hours and is generally fun! The idea is to create a shared experience ...
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