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Ask a PM: How to Get a Stakeholder to Take Action on a Problem

Dear Elizabeth: My project has problems. On the team, we all know and can see them, but the project stakeholders don’t understand the issues. Even if I can explain the problems, they fail to take any concrete action to resolve them. How can I get them to see what we can see and do something...

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Ask a PM: How Do I Cancel a Struggling Project?

Dear Elizabeth: My project is struggling, but no one except me can see it. I don’t have the authority to cancel the project, but I don’t think it’s worth my team working on it. On top of that, my project sponsor has unrealistic expectations, and those demands keep changing. We can’t keep up with new...

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What Project Managers Need to Know about GDPR (Even If You Don’t Work in Europe)—Part Two

In the first part of this series on the General Data Protection Regulation, I discussed how GDPR provides for one set of data protection rules for companies operating within the European Union so people have more control over their personal data and what happens to it. I also discussed how GDPR affects businesses outside the...

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What Project Managers Need to Know about GDPR (Even If You Don’t Work in Europe)

It seems like every week a company is in the news for misusing data. Whether it’s concern with how our data is being used by marketing firms or about companies “losing” thousands of credit card records to a hacker, data is regularly making the news—and not in a good way. Amongst all the database dramas...

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Ask a PM: How to Get Proper Estimates

Dear Elizabeth: I work in a technical team as a project manager. We do a lot of projects that are innovative (for us), and my development colleagues always seem reluctant when it comes to project planning. They won’t give me timescales that will help me plan. How do you deal with a team that refuses...

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Ask a PM: How to Manage Dependencies and Assess Risks

Dear Elizabeth: The project I am working on is quite complex. Our work overlaps with that of other teams, plus there are a few things in the business that might have an impact on what we are doing. Some of these dependencies might have significant impacts on the project. How do you recommend managing dependencies...

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The PM Skills You Can Forget About (And the Ones You Really Need to Know)

PM expert Elizabeth Harrin breaks down the processes and techniques will catapult your career and the ones you can, well, overlook....

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Will a Project Management Certification Help Your Career?

Weigh the options of getting a project management certification and whether it will benefit you in your career....

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Ask a PM: How to Prioritize When You Wear Multiple Hats

You're the project manager for a tech startup. You're also the Operations Director, Customer Services Manager…you get the point. How do you focus your attention with so much going on? PM expert Elizabeth Harrin tackles this tough topic....

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Ask a PM: I’m Bored! How Do I Convince My Boss I Can Handle More?

You know you can handle more at work, but your manager isn't listening. Here's how to prove your value and grow your responsibilities in the office....

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10 Strategies to Manage Multiple Projects at Once

Managing multiple projects at one time has become a norm for many of us. Elizabeth Harrin shares 10 strategies for staying sane meeting multiple deadlines....

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Project Management Tools: Work Plans, Action Logs, or Both?

Many project managers struggle with knowing what the “right” tools are for the job, especially when they’ve had very little training or support from their organization. It’s very common for there to be multiple ways of recording actions and project tasks within a business. Here's how to use the right tool for the job....

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