By Garrick Chow | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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
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
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:
Here’s the makeup of a communication plan:
By Bob McGannon | Monday, December 01, 2014
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
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
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By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, May 07, 2014
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
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.
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