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Ask a PM: How to Juggle Everything without Overloading Your Brain

Dear Elizabeth: I manage multiple projects, and the team juggles a lot. I’m worried about keeping so many pieces in my mind at once so that nothing slips through. I’ve tried various methods of tracking everything, and while some have worked for a while, most ceased to be effective at some point or became more...

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How to Fix a Troubled Project by Falling Back on the Fundamentals

According to the Standish Group’s 2015 Chaos Report, I have a 64-percent chance of guessing you’ve been on a challenged or failed software project. According to the Chaos Report, only 36 percent of all projects have been successful while others were challenged or failed to meet the business objectives. I’ve seen a lot of projects...

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Five Steps to Getting a Project Done

You’re eager to start a new project and jump right in without trying to make order out of and find meaning in everything that needs to get done. How much time do you spend scratching your head, wondering what to do next or even how or where to start? Having a good plan is the most...

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Resist Business B.S.—How Can We Rebel (and Get Credit for Being Brilliant)?

In my previous article, we discussed how strategic intent answers Why?, how strategic objectives answer What?, and how tactics answer How?. The trouble comes when strategic objectives and executional tactics are developed without answering the Why question first. This is a classic mistake, but one that can be avoided. How to Answer Why? Create a...

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Resist Business B.S.—Why Wouldn’t We Rebel When Strategies Fail?

According to executives, nearly half of all strategic initiatives fail. Various studies conducted since 1995 consistently show executives will admit their strategic objectives have failed on some level almost half the time. I am not surprised by the failure rate, but I am thrilled by the honesty. When we can admit a problem, we can...

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How to Step Up When the Project Manager Is Away

One piece of valuable advice I was given early in my career was to always work to make my boss’s boss look good. Another was to always work as if I were the one responsible for the outcome. These two lessons had a profound effect on my career trajectory, helping me progress through ever-increasing levels...

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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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Working for the Weekend: Increasing Productivity, Efficiency, and Profitability with a Four-Day Workweek

The dream of an extra day off each week is more plausible than you think. More companies are investigating the idea of a four-day workweek after a New Zealand trusts firm found its employees were happier, more efficient, and more productive after its two-month trial of a 20-percent shorter week. Andrew Barnes, CEO of Perpetual...

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The Key to Successful Projects: Resource Leveling in LiquidPlanner

It easy for managers to overbook their teams. A LiquidPlanner schedule is always resource-leveled based on each person’s availability and task assignments....

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A Project Manager is a Superhero (or, their Mild-Mannered Alter Ego)

There are many ways to be a project manager, and none of them are "super". The experienced project manager needs to have a variety of tools to manage a variety of situations....

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Seven Ways to Sell Agile to Project Stakeholders

Find out how to sell agile project management to your stakeholders and your organization....

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Project Management Challenge: Teams Are Using Different Methodologies

Using a gantt chart and burndown chart? Working between waterfall and agile? See how deciding one methodology can help your organization....

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