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Risk Management 101

Risk management is an important part of managing successful projects. But for many of you managing projects—whether you’re a project management professional or an accidental project manager, you might not have any formal training in risk management. Or, it could be time to refresh your knowledge about the fundamentals. Wherever you fall on the scale...

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10 Tips for Making Better Project Decisions

Every project is made up of decisions and tasks. And every project management professional has to make decisions on how to choose among a variety of options to move a project forward. How often do you think about—and work on—your decision-making skills, as you focus on juggling your project schedule, manage resources and other job...

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Grab the Reins! 7 Things You Can Do Right Now to Create More Opportunity at Work

Webster’s dictionary defines opportunity as “a favorable juncture of circumstances and a good chance for advancement or progress.” There are steps you can take to maximize your abilities, taking your value to the project team—and career—to the next level. Best-selling author Shakti Gawain advises, “Create opportunities by asking for them.” The following seven tips will...

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How 3 Customers Increased Productivity Using LiquidPlanner

How does using LiquidPlanner help increase our customers’ level of productivity? Well, we’re going to let them tell you in their own words! Here, three LP customers—Knowmad, Complete Spectrum and Beneport—share detailed highlights about how using our online project management software has improved the way they plan projects, manage resources, and increased their team’s productivity....

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3 Project Management Myths

Managing projects isn’t easy, regardless of the industry you’re in. Effective project managers need a combination of analytical thinking, emotional intelligence, and technical ability. And even when someone has a project management professional certification, it doesn’t guarantee they’ll succeed. More often it’s the individual’s ability to grow and learn at speed that signifies their ability...

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What Books Have Influenced Your Career? A Labor Day Literary Special

In the spirit of Labor Day, we’re taking a bow to all of our careers and the good, hard work we do to make a difference. None of us got here alone; there were mentors, teachers, parents, friends, bosses, colleagues—and a few key reads. Here’s a list of 21 books that made an impact on...

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4 Common IT Project Management Challenges and 4 Solutions

IT projects are notoriously difficult to manage, and failure is an all-too-common outcome. The right IT project management software can help manage the risk, but the odds of failure remain daunting. A 2012 study by McKinsey & Co. and the University of Oxford tells a cautionary tale of large IT projects that are severely troubled:...

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9 Project Management Tips to Make Order out of Chaos

Do you ever feel like you hold your project schedule hostage because you just can’t get your arms around your workload? It happens.  Even when we have our well-ordered processes, we sometimes fall off the organizational wagon. Instead of letting the tsunami of project planning take you down, practice these simple  project management tips to...

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How to Make and Keep Priorities

Priorities: We love them, we hate them; we need them and we struggle to achieve them. Being able to identify and execute on work that most matters to your business is crucial for success. If you’re a leader, how you prioritize goals affects your employee’s productivity. If you’re a project manager, you have to know...

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6 Tips for the Accidental Project Manager

Like many others, you probably didn’t plan to get into project management, but fell into it, so to speak. You weren’t originally employed to do (or manage) project work, but with time you were asked to look after a couple of projects in addition to your regular responsibilities. You haven’t received much training—if any—and your...

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10 Tips for Getting Your Project Back on Track

As we all know, few (if any) IT projects happen without running into issues. This is true for all kinds of projects. The larger and more complex the project plan, the more likely you are to hit a point where your project schedule falls short of delivering what it originally planned to. The reasons for...

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How to be a Better Team Collaborator When You’re a Lone Wolf at Heart

In the movie The Incredibles, the protagonist, Mr. Incredible, regularly declares “I prefer to work alone.” As expected, this ultimately comes back to bite him. The moral of the story: Sometimes even talented people who prefer to work alone can only succeed through cooperation and collaboration. That said, I have a confession to make: I...

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