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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.

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Managing Wayward Projects

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Many management roles revolve around projects—a work structure that can be easy to understand but difficult to master. The first tip this week addresses a crucial aspect of project management: what to do when you lose momentum.

Projects occasionally falter or reach a standstill. They might even be formally paused by management so a team can focus on higher–priority initiatives. Whatever the reason, if you’re running the show when your project stops making progress, it might be time to restart the project.

By Kristin Ellison | Monday, March 31, 2014

3 Ways to Get Your Novel Ideas Approved (AUDIO)

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What do we do when we present a great novel idea to our higher–ups and they don’t approve it? We often start generating less novel ideas—and that benefits no one. Listen to creativity expert Stefan Mumaw as he explains how to sell your novel ideas to stakeholders so they see their value, and put them into action.

Know what’s important to your audience and then sell it through that lens.

By Jolie Miller | Monday, August 05, 2013

Optimizing small projects

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How do you manage small business projects while staying on top of deliverables and deadlines? It’s easy to assume that small projects don’t require the degree of project management that larger projects do—that they’re simple enough to keep all the details in your head. But this is a dangerous assumption.

While it’s true that small projects shouldn’t require as much planning, management, or follow-through as larger, distributed projects, you’ll get much more out of your small projects with some careful forethought. Here are four tips to help keep your small projects on track:

By Bonnie Biafore | Friday, May 03, 2013

5 project management tips

Projects have a lot of moving parts—objectives to achieve, tasks to complete, people to manage, and more. When those parts interact as smoothly as a Swiss watch, everyone involved with the project is happier: the customer, stakeholders, team members who do the work, and project manager. Here are five tips to help any project run more smoothly.

1. Start by identifying what the project is really about.

Like starting your day with a nutritious breakfast, figuring out the point of the project makes everything that follows work better. Focusing on the right goal from the beginning of the project makes it a lot easier to deliver what the customer wants at the project’s end. I can’t say it any better than Yogi Berra did: “You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going because you might not get there.”

Some project goals are obvious—for example, getting a raccoon out of your pantry. But for most projects, you need to chip away to uncover the goal and the other elements that define the project.

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