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Say What? Project Management Speak, Decoded

Communication is one of the key reasons projects succeed or fail. And when team members or customers use a lot of business jargon, misunderstandings can escalate (especially if someone doesn’t stop to ask, “What do you mean, exactly?”). Here are some of my favorite “PM speak” phrases, what they really mean, and how to take...

10 Tips for Getting Your Chaotic 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...

9 Ways to Get Your Week off to a Productive Start

The beginning of a new week can feel overwhelming. Even though you’re picking up your project schedule where you left off two days earlier, Monday can feel like starting from scratch again (or at least be a memory exercise). Here are nine tips to get you off to a productive start of the week. Happy...

8 Ways to Become a Big Data Project Manager (No Data Science Required)

If you’re a project management professional with aspirations to manage big data projects, you already have a good foundation. You can make an immediate impact without having to go back to school for a Ph.D. in Data Science or Statistics. Your current project management and soft skills are ideal for establishing the framework for a new...

9 Things to Do Right Now to Motivate Your Team

  Motivation undulates, just as the best project plans do. There are peaks and valleys and wonderful times when everything hums at a nice steady space. But as realists, we know the bump in the road always comes: Individuals get distracted, burnt out or morale dips. Here are some savvy yet simple tips and teamwork...

9 Reasons Collaboration Produces Better Project Outcomes

As a project management professional, you want both the skills and the street cred as someone who produces successful projects. You also want to be relied upon as a team member that the organization can rely on to deliver the complicated assignments successfully. To do this, you need to harness the power of collaboration to...

How to Maintain and Tune Up Your Project Management Workspace

I was recently on a call with a customer who said, “Since starting with LiquidPlanner, we’ve changed our workspace configuration three times. I guess I just didn’t do it right the first and second time.” This stuck with me, as many customers have made similar comments about feeling like they were a failure for not...

10 Killer Interview Questions for Hiring Project Managers

(Editor’s Note: We recently published an updated version of this article, where we asked recruiters for their favorite PM interview questions. Check it out.) Interviewing project management for open positions is something I have had to do but I don’t find it easy. How do you know what to ask? And how do you use what is...

Defense Against the Dark Art of Estimation Bargaining

We developers spend a lot of time learning about programming. Unless you work on project management software, you probably don’t spend a lot of time thinking what happens outside the realm of programming.  However, you need to take this seriously, as there are a lot of conversations going on all around us, and they   define what we...

9 Steps to Plan and Manage a Schedule With Confidence

Are you confident in your project plan?   Does your plan realistically forecast future dates or are you using “pick-a-date” task management? Is the plan up to date? Are you even following a plan? Project managers answer these questions with varying degrees of certainty. Some project schedules are built once and then left untouched on...

3 Reasons Why Ranged Estimates Are Good for Business

Project management shouldn’t be a guessing game. Unless your last name is Nostradamus, your ability to predict the future will be based on logic and educated best guesses (and sometimes, just guesses). When it comes to building accurate project plans, being able to make ranged estimates based on best/worst case scenarios is one of the...

How to Adapt to Change & Uncertainty in Your Project Plan

Uncertainty is an inherent part of all projects. And how you and your team manage change seriously impacts your business. Agile firms grow revenue 37% faster and generate 30% higher prfits than non-agile companies. That’s a pretty good reason to start flexing your muscles to become an adaptable project manager.   Why planning for change...

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