Every week we publish a new original article and video on the skills needed to lead a project to a successful completion. It’s our mission to give you the knowledge and the tools to advance in both your projects and your careers.
It’s been a busy year. We’ve been making improvements to our online project management software, including an entirely new interface for our users to update the software and add new features for team members.
As the year comes to a close we just wanted to say thanks for visiting the blog and sharing our posts. We’ve become the main hub for project professionals online, here and on LinkedIn group, and we want to give back.
That’s why our editorial team has looked over the year’s worth of project management content and culled the pieces that offer the most practical advice, helpful direction and interesting topics of the year. Let us know what you think and what you’d like to know going forward in the comments.
Top-10 Blog Posts
One thing that many of you responded to was our media roundups. Whether it was business books or project-focused blog sites and podcasts, you were eager to know who was disseminating the knowledge you need to stay up-to-date with managing projects.
Whether the media focused on to-do lists or task managers, project management software or project plans, the need to not become complacent in a highly competitive and changing field is crucial to one’s longevity and success.
The Best of the Best
1. Must Reads: “Top 16 Leadership and Management Books, 2016” by Peter Landau, Aug. 24, 2016
2. Must Posts: “Best Project Management and Leadership Blogs — 2016″ by Peter Landau, June 1, 2016
3. Must Listen: “Best Leadership & Management Podcasts – 2016” by Peter Landau, April 20, 2016
Leadership remains a topic of interest, and with good reason. It’s the glue that holds together a project. Without great leadership it doesn’t matter how pretty your Gantt charts look, your project is going to suffer.
What’s interesting is how the definition of leadership isn’t static. We all have a picture in our heads of competent leadership style is, but, as we wrote about earlier in the year, that image is more a fantasy than a reality.
4. Shy Wise: “Why Introverts Make Great Leaders” by Stephanie Ray, Oct. 5, 2016
No surprise many of the more useful articles on the blog had to do with the nuts and bolts of leading a project. Risk, change and performance were all big hitters when they came up to bat. But we didn’t limit ourselves to just those subjects.
On the blog we cover all aspects of the day-to-day process of project management. From workflow and time tracking software to different methodologies, such as Agile project management, we at the blog pride ourselves on giving you the tools needed to get your job done on time and under budget.
5. Know Your Risk: “8 New Ways to Identify Risks” by Mike Clayton, April 13, 2017
6. Control Change: “How to Lead Change on a Project” by Naomi Caietti, March 9, 2017
7. Better Teams: “The Secret to Improving Team Performance” by Art Petty, March 2, 2017
Sometimes we like to put on our precognition hats and look into what we think the future has in store for project leaders. We explore trends and speak with experts in the field to get their point of view of what may be around the corner.
8. What Does the Future Hold? “PMO Trends: What’s the Future Look Like?” by Mario Henrique Trentim, Feb. 24, 2106
Women Project Leaders
One of the most useful articles we published for one of the most underserved members of our community was a piece on women who lead projects. They’re out there, and they’re not going away.
It’s still a hard road for women in the industry, but one that is getting easier thanks to trailblazers who have come back from the field with the experience to provide necessary advice for those coming up in project management.
9. Ladies First: “Advice for Women in Project Management” by Naomi Caietti, Feb. 10, 2016
It’s useful to ask the tough questions, and we try to not take anything for granted, not even the permanence of our profession. Times are changing. Robots are taking over many people’s jobs. But so far, project leaders are safe.
10. Job Security: “Are Project Managers Really Needed? Here’s Your Answer…” by Kurt Schmidt, Feb. 3, 2017
Top-10 Training Videos
Success is useful, and we worked hard to created content that would help project leaders stay on top, whether that’s through understanding business intelligence or going beyond book smarts to how to respond to real events in the field.
11. Key Performance Indicators: “Top 3 KPIs for Project Managers” by Jennifer Bridges, May 9, 2016
12. The Basics: “Real World Project Management Fundamentals” by Jennifer Bridges, April 18, 2016
The processes of project management are evergreen for useful discussion, and we hit those marks repeatedly over the year. That’s why we were all over Gantt charts, from Gantt chart makers to Gantt chart examples and Gantt chart software.
We also saw that readers found our training videos on the project plans were very useful. It’s understandable. If you’ve not planned for your project, then you’re just flying by the seat of your pants. You’ve also found our videos on project reporting helpful.
13. Simpler Gantting: “Gantt Charts, Simplified” by Jennifer Bridges, March 14, 2016
14. Inside Skinny: “10 Secrets of the Pros for Better Project Plans” by Jennifer Bridges, Jan. 28, 2016
15. Next Level Reporting: “Advanced Project Reporting” by Jennifer Bridges, Jan. 4, 2016
It can be very useful to define terms against other terms, which is why readers gravitated towards a series of posts we published on the differences between similar sounding but very different job titles.
16. Know Your Title: “The Difference Between a Program Manager and a Project Manager” by Jennifer Bridges, March 7, 2016
17. Close But Not the Same: “The Difference Between a Project Planner vs a Project Manager” by Jennifer Bridges, Feb. 29, 2016
Leadership was useful for viewers of our videos as it was for readers on our blog. From what is productive feedback to the style of leadership you exhibit (spoiler alert: it tends to be a combination of a few) and why you want to think like a boss, our readers found staying on top of their game to be very useful.
18. Teach Your Team: “How to Give Feedback” by Susanne Madsen, Jan. 25, 2016
19. Be the Boss: “How to Think Like a CEO” by Jennifer Bridges, Jan. 18, 2016
20. Style Is Substance: “What Is Your Leadership Style” by Susanne Madsen, Jan. 11, 2016
Thanks for reading, and we look forward to offering you not only the best writing and videos on project management, but also our great online software. ProjectManager.com is a collaborative suite of tools that are crafted for the project leader and respond to each and every article and video we’ve ever published. Yes, it’s that good. See for yourself by taking this free 30-day trial.