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In this post, we share five practical systems to help increase your productivity (and reduce stress) as a busy project manager. Get started:
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Productive PM: 5 Practical Systems to Get More Done

Practical systems have made me a more productive Project Manager. I used to worry about tools that helped with my workload, ironically. Did they diminish my role? Should I be thinking more on my feet? I’ve come to understand that systems are the foundation of successful individuals. They squeeze more tasks into each day. Systems

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5 Project Management Skills all Leaders Should Master to Ensure Project Success

The art and science of project management are constantly changing and evolving with new industry trends. Even though many of the tried and tested methods and practices will prevail in 2020 and the years to come, you as a project management expert need to stay on top of the latest trends in your field and...

5 Ways to Improve Your Start-up’s Project Management

The concept of start-ups is a rage, as witnessed in the last few years. People are becoming more risk-friendly and bearing the flags of an entrepreneur. However, even with a group of innovative designers, engineers, marketers, and salespeople, 90 percent of start-ups fail miserably and end up shutting down their enterprises, as per reports by Forbes....

How to Translate Leadership Stress into Performance Improvement

A client checking in with me for a coaching call described his morning’s activities as follows: “I started my day by firing a long-standing employee for an ethical violation. Then I made a final decision on a strategic hire for our sales team. After extending the offer, I met with the senior management group and convinced...

How OKRs Can Help Project Teams Get Up to Speed After Lockdown

The COVID-19 pandemic forced organizations to transform their operations during the first six months of 2020, with lockdowns and social distancing rules driving a massive shift from centralized office working to remote working, affecting teams across all departments and putting many projects on hold. Moving into the second half of the year, the pressure is...

The 6 Key Elements of Effective Business Projects

In the early stages of a project, there is often a certain task, assignment, or end goal the company, team, or business is looking to achieve. Whether it’s to increase the sales of a certain product or service, enhance the efficiency within the company’s operations, or analyze a company’s corporate finances, there are lots of...

How Did Project Management Skills Prepare Us for the New Normal?

“Reopening schools” has been the buzz phrase in the news recently and much of the rhetoric has revolved around economic impact, the safety of students, and the potential for increased Coronavirus outbreaks.  But what’s really behind something that seems to be such a simple project — reopening classroom doors? Let’s take, for example, a contained...

Adept Leadership: How Continuous Growth and Development Cultivates Productivity

Change is an inescapable reality. Perhaps there’s no other entity that can genuinely attest to this than a business. Sometimes, change comes from within, in one’s attempt to improve. At other times, it’s external, in the form of new market preferences, competitor landscape, or government regulations.  Today, the change is wrapped in a crisis. The...

Ask a PM: A Guide to Action Log Tasks and Activities

“Dear Elizabeth: What would constitute an action for the log versus a task in the project plan schedule? I don’t know where to put my tasks, and it’s confusing to have them in two places.” This is actually a pretty common question; I’d say it comes up at least once a month! So, first: know...

The Importance of ICT for Project Management

Information and communications technology (ICT) plays a profound role in any business growth. It improves employee communication, automates many business operations, and enhances the transparency of your projects. That will enhance client and employee satisfaction, increase profits, and give you a chance to grow. Here is how ICT can boost your project management. 1. Better...

How to Focus to Achieve Your 2020 Resolutions

In today’s overflow of media and the latest information, it can be easy to get distracted and even overwhelmed on a daily basis. Productivity is key to achieving the resolutions you set (what feels like oh, so long ago,) but how can you maintain the focus and energy needed every day to achieve them? It...

How to Write a Letter of Recommendation that Works

There may come a time when you are asked to provide a letter of recommendation for a friend, co-worker, student, or other individuals. And with the mass layoffs and furloughs caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, that time could very well be right now — especially given that approximately 50 million Americans have filed for unemployment....

PM in Practice: Improving the Project Management Plan

Do you use a project management plan? The project management plan documents all the project management processes used to manage the project. Remember, the project management plan is not the project schedule. New project managers often confuse the project management plan with the project schedule. The project schedule is the list of tasks needed to...

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