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7 Essential Skills for Project Teams

There’s a big focus on the skills that apply to individual project managers and contributors. But what about your project team as a whole? Your team needs to possess some essential skills in order to ensure their productivity, sanity, and the successful delivery of projects. Project teams are generally comprised of a variety of specialists...

Hot list: Does Coffee Really Improve Productivity?

We love our coffee, as the multi-billion dollar industry proves. It’s a ritual, an addiction, an energizer and a bonding activity. We also tell ourselves, our co-workers, anyone who will listen that we are better after that first cup of caffeine (or tea or Diet Coke) and after the second one, well—watch out world! But...

How to Spend the First Hour of Your Workday

Some years ago, after I ran an abysmal half marathon, I learned an important lesson. While it’s important to pace yourself, if you go out too slowly (or in my case sluggishly), that’s the tone you set for the rest of your race. Work days are very much the same: The note on which you...

4 Ways to Be a More Responsive and Less Reactive Project Manager

One of the best things about my job is that I travel around the world working with project managers. This has taught me something: Managing projects is not the easiest way to make a living. Project managers easily get caught up in the demands of the team, senior managers, stakeholders, the customer—and then find it...

The 4 Worst Project Management Mistakes–and How to Avoid Them

The facts and figures don’t lie: Managing complex projects is a daunting task. Which is why there’s so much at stake in the field of project management. Despite our best efforts, the majority of large scale projects finish over budget, out of scope, and past deadlines—if they’re completed at all. If your company is suffering...

Benjamin Franklin’s Schedule

Benjamin Franklin was not just one of America’s Founding Fathers, he was also a writer, scientist, inventor, printer, politician, postmaster, statesman and civic activist. He invented electricity, the lightning rod, bifocals and the Franklin stove. Phew, right? He was also a nine-to-five man who took long lunches, had evening diversions and got seven hours of...

How to Stay Engaged at Work When Your Manager Isn’t

We recently received a question on a LiquidPlanner blog about how project managers can get their team members more engaged. This inquiry is from the team member’s point of view. “My project manager seems disengaged lately. How can I become more engaged to compensate for this change? I value my job and want to succeed—but...

5 Reasons Clients Need Project Managers

Have you ever had to justify adding a project manager to the project? Adding a project management professional to a team to “just manage” the project is still a relatively new concept, if you consider that project management as a profession is still a young one. The Project Management Institute (PMI) was only founded in...

Should Your Team Use An Agile Process to Manage Projects?

More and more project teams in a variety of industries are embracing an Agile process as a better way to manage workflow and respond to a fast-changing market. Agile project management is a set of fast and flexible processes that accounts for change, helps teams adapt to marketplace opportunities, and improve business performance. Agile was...

5 Unusual Ways to Prioritize Your Work

Have you ever woken up completely certain that you would spend the day firing on all cylinders, knocking down your to-do list, only to find that by the end of the day you’d been spinning your wheels while the critical work remains undone? Thomas Edison once said, “Being busy does not always mean real work....

Hotlist: 5 Common Career Myths

Is there really a way to do things when it comes to our careers, and being generally excellent and effective at work? You’d think so by all the best-business-practice wisdom that permeates our work culture. But what if some of these well-oiled tips don’t work for you? It can be frustrating and isolating—unless you’re able...

3 Reasons Why Your Timesheet Can Get You a Promotion

Most project managers are obsessed with data. They need to be, in order to drive their projects successfully and make accurate schedules and delivery dates. Data can be collected in different ways, but project managers often rely on their project contributors to submit their timesheets, which provide the data they hold so dear. The problem...

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