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By Chris Croft | Sunday, July 26, 2015

The Top 10 Project Management Mistakes

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Project management is like most things: The top 10 mistakes probably account for 90% of failures.

Here’s what to avoid, and how to avoid it.

By Chris Croft | Tuesday, May 26, 2015

5 Ways to Know If You'd Make a Great Project Manager

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Project management is a transferrable skill. If you can manage one project, you can manage any project, because they all have the same underlying structure:

  • Make sure everyone agrees on what the project is
  • Estimate times and costs for the tasks are involved
  • Create your Gantt chart
  • Assess risks
  • Monitor progress and costs
  • Have a review at the end

It’s often well paid, always in demand, and never dull. And you get closure when projects end. What’s not to like?

Well … there’s stress. Often you’re not the line manager of the people on your project; you’re just borrowing them for the duration of the project. Then there are usually suppliers and subcontractors involved, and frequently there’s a customer who wants an impossible combination of great quality, short delivery time, and low price.

If you deliver everything, people will think it was easy. And if you don’t, then it will be considered your fault!

So what type of person makes a good project manager—and are you that type?

Project managers need to have the following five qualities. If you have them all, you should certainly consider a career in this area:

By Garrick Chow | Sunday, April 26, 2015

From Paper to Prezi, Tackle Your Project with Mind Mapping

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Whenever you start a new project or pursuit—whether it’s writing a paper, preparing a speech, or making a decision—one of the toughest hurdles is just getting your thoughts organized.

You often have many of the key pieces of information in your head, but you haven’t yet structured them into coherent thoughts. Or you might not yet have identified which pieces are missing.

An increasingly popular technique for organizing and planning a project, and one I’ve been using more and more frequently, is the practice of mind mapping.

I’m going to show you how to organize your ideas with mind mapping — using pen and paper, or software like Prezi.

By Bob McGannon | Monday, January 19, 2015

4 Tips for Managing Team Debates

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When you work on a team, it’s inevitable that debates will surface.

Here are a few tips for managing these “passionate” discussions—to ensure they remain positive:

By Bonnie Biafore | Monday, December 15, 2014

Project Management: Develop a Project Communication Plan

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Good communication plays a big part in successfully achieving your project goals and keeping things running smoothly from project start to finish.

Don’t let poor communication derail your project. Develop a project communication plan so you can get the right information to the right people at the right time.

A communication plan helps your project succeed by:

  • Ensuring that everyone affected by your project realizes the project exists, and understands its purpose and impact
  • Facilitating effective communication with everyone who needs to know something about the project
  • Delivering information in a timely manner to the people who need to know about project status, ongoing efforts, and issues
  • Maintaining enthusiasm and support for the project

Here’s the makeup of a communication plan:

By Bob McGannon | Monday, December 01, 2014

10 Things to Do When Your Project Budget Is Cut

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It happens too often: A project budget get slashed. In our current economic climate, even short-term costs are scrutinized and sometimes cut by management.

To help you cope, here are 10 tips to help project managers handle cuts to your project budget.

By Bob McGannon | Monday, November 10, 2014

Surprise! You're a Project Manager ... Now What?

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Project management is often called the “accidental profession.” It goes like this: You’ve demonstrated good organizational and communication skills, and management has recognized this. So they suddenly bestow a new title upon you: Project Manager!

Don’t panic. Here are seven tips to help you through your surprise assignment as a project manager.

By Jolie Miller | Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Earn Project Management PDUs — Now on lynda.com!

Earn project management PDUs while watching courses on lynda.com

Calling all project managers! Now you can earn PMI® professional development units while you learn on lynda.com.

We’re now a Registered Education Provider of the Project Management Institute, the world’s largest not-for-profit membership association for the project management profession.

That means that as a Project Management Professional (PMP)® or Program Management Professional (PgMP)® credential holder, you can earn over 90 professional development units (PDUs) from our 50+ qualified courses.

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