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Ask a Project Manager: How Can I Be More Productive?

PM expert Elizabeth Harrin answers the question: "How can I be more productive when working on a project or task? It feels like I’m spending so much time just staying on top of things.”...

8 Best Practices for Prioritizing Project Work for Your Team

Prioritizing project work is a challenge for project teams across many industries. While shifting priorities are a natural part of working life, when you don’t prioritize work you can lay havoc to all your team’s projects and initiatives, and even drain team morale. Effective prioritization is as much an art as a science. Here are...

6 Things You Can Do to Keep Challenging Personalities in Check

Challenging projects require design and engineering subject matter experts who themselves can be challenging. Effective project managers expect that some people will bring challenging personalities into the project team and visualize how they will handle these situations....

How Manufacturers Can Gain Competitive Advantage Through Servitization

In a fiercely competitive global market, manufacturers' product margins face increasing pressure, forcing them to look for ways to differentiate their businesses. Many are going down the servitization route, a digital transformation that enables them to provide services and solutions that supplement their traditional product offerings....

Boost Your Productivity with Kanban Boards

Don’t let exhaustive project charts turn your stand-ups into sit-downs. With Kanban boards, your team can visually (and quickly) chart project progress and accountability....

Time Tracking Woes? Blame Your Tool, Not Your Team

If you’ve sang the praises of time tracking but your team isn’t listening, it may be time to dig deeper to get to the bottom of the issue. Read on to understand how your tools and processes could be holding your team back and what you can do to fix the problem....

7 Steps to Build a Continuous Improvement Culture

Kaizen is not flashy, nor instant. But implementing a culture of continuous improvement can have a profound impact on your business. Andy Crowe offers seven steps to get you there....

What Does a Project Management Tool of the Future Look Like?

We’ve been reading and writing about the Fourth Industrial Revolution—or Industry 4.0. Radical technological advancements combined with manufacturing are taking us into an exciting future: robotics, automation, 3-D printers. As a result, productivity is predicted to be on an upswing, even though manual resources aren’t keeping up. This translates, for some teams, into doing more...

How to Succeed in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Many organizations and their teams aren’t prepared for the future. We’re talking about a future that’s being heralded as the Fourth Industrial Revolution: an exciting time where technology-meets-manufacturing to change the way we work and live. Every industrial revolution throws the incumbent modes of productivity into turmoil. Take the First Industrial Revolution for example. The...

4 Ways Project Management and Lean Manufacturing Speed Up Processes

Lean manufacturing has become a popular way to eliminate waste, reduce costs and improve efficiencies. This philosophy originated, largely, at Toyota and is used to better align customer needs with manufacturing operations. The challenge with lean is that, despite its attraction to many executives who want to cut costs and increase productivity, a lean process...

What We’re Reading: Christoph Waltz and the State of American Productivity

Americans. Like it or not, we’re obsessed with productivity. So much so that Samsung, the South Korea-based electronics giant recently launched an amazingly funny, even if slightly backhanded video about the subject to promote their newest mobile device. The ad, which ran liberally during the Rio Olympic Games, is both funny and accurate—which is likely...

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