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7 Habits of Highly Successful Project Managers

Posted by on 11:52 am in Project Management, Sliders

7 Habits of Highly Successful Project Managers

      There are a lot of project managers in the world. There are also a lot of accidental project managers out there. The truth of the matter is that most projects fail. According to the Gallup business review, The United States alone loses up to 150 billion dollars a year in failed IT projects. So what differentiates the winners from the losers? We decided to take a deeper psychological look into the minds of those who can be categorized as successful project managers to find out what they do differently from others and if...

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Project Management 101: Superheroes and Key Project Resources

Posted by on 12:01 pm in PM 101, Sliders

Project Management 101: Superheroes and Key Project Resources

    Tackling a big project is just like fighting a super-villain. You need to assemble the right sort of team to deal get the job done. And it can’t be just anyone, either. Key project resources are people you absolutely need in order to ensure the success of your project. If these key resources were superheroes, they’d be represented by:   Batman: The Planner     Batman is preparedness personified. He makes so many plans and backup plans that any Gantt chart he makes would look like a spiderweb. And he makes those...

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Project Management 101: What is a PMO?

Posted by on 10:48 am in PM 101, Sliders

Project Management 101: What is a PMO?

    If you’re just getting into project management, you’ve probably come across the acronym, PMO a few times already and have no idea what it is. In your mind, it’s like the Illuminati of project management…Which is sort of true.   There is this project management joke: “Any task, no matter how complex, can be estimated accurately, once it’s completed.” In order to avoid this scenario, a company introduces a PMO.   According to Oracle, up to 19% of the projects fail and up to 46% of them run...

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3 Easy Ways to Show Love for Your Project Team

Posted by on 3:48 pm in Project Management, Sliders

3 Easy Ways to Show Love for Your Project Team

  Valentine’s Day is approaching quickly and as we were sitting around trying to figure out what to write for you guys, we started thinking about relationships. Relationships in life are the most complicated damn things ever. Every human being in your life is someone that you have a relationship with, whether you like it or not.   Some of the most important relationships you’ll have in your life will be with your colleagues, bosses and subordinates. According to Jake Heppner at Distractify, we spend 10.3 years of our entire lives...

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4 things that MS Project has wrong about Project Management

Posted by on 10:15 am in Project Management, Sliders

4 things that MS Project has wrong about Project Management

Microsoft Project is a software product that needs no introduction. It’s been around for three decades and it’s the most renowned piece of project management software. From our experience in speaking with many of our clients who have previously used MS Project, it’s a very complex tool with vast functionality. It works quite effectively for large-scale businesses and long-term projects, but can be quite a bad fit for a smaller businesses – depending on your workflow of course! Don’t get us wrong, we love MS Project,...

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3 Ways to Use the Easy Projects Calendar for Better Project Management

Posted by on 2:38 pm in Easy Projects, Sliders

3 Ways to Use the Easy Projects Calendar for Better Project Management

I often marvel at how some people can keep track of every variable in their work and life in their heads. For those of us who don’t have the luxury having that high of an IQ, we need visuals of whatever is going on in our lives (Okay, not visuals of everything, but you catch my drift) We all have our favorite way of organizing our activities – be it apps, or paper planners, or just writing everything down on a whiteboard – but what all these ways have in common is that they rely on calendars to keep the structure clear. The...

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The 5 Biggest Marketing Trends for 2015

Posted by on 11:50 am in Business

The 5 Biggest Marketing Trends for 2015

The marketing train is an exciting one. There are so many areas to focus on and it can get pretty crazy sometimes. We’re just going to give you a quick run down on what you need to be paying attention to when it comes to marketing your brand in 2015. This list is based on what Ebiquity has quoted for the year to come. 1. Authenticity The marketplace is crowded and there are so many conflicting messages being thrown at consumers. People are concerned about the world, and they are becoming increasingly skeptical of corporations....

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Project Management 101: Scope Creep & How to Avoid It

Posted by on 3:57 pm in PM 101, Project Management

Project Management 101: Scope Creep & How to Avoid It

  So, you’re one of those people who’s not exactly a PMP and we get that. But the great thing about project management is that you don’t need your PMP to be a stellar project manager. Everyone is a project manager pretty much all the time. We’re here to tell you that it can be totally awesome when you get a project done, successfully, on-time and on-budget. Too bad for you, but this rarely ever happens. But, it’s OK, it’s not always your fault. One of the biggest mistakes new project managers, and even...

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The Zen of Project Management for Beginners

Posted by on 2:17 pm in Project Management

The Zen of Project Management for Beginners

Nothing gets done till nothing gets done. —Woehlke’s Law   Say you’re working in higher-ed and facing a project that is about to bring you to tears before it’s even started. Say you’re not even a project manager but, you know, the projects won’t manage themselves. Sounds familiar? We would like to save you from the misery by giving some basic (and universally applicable) wisdom tips on how to become a project superhero.   More haste, less speed. This one’s easy. Project management always means structure. The more chaos you are...

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12 Project Management Hacks

Posted by on 11:08 am in Project Management

12 Project Management Hacks

Project Management can be pretty challenging and we all know it. As I was reading through tons of  how-to articles, life-hacks and interviews with innocent accidental project managers (who woke up one day to find a giant project on their desk) , I realized it’s really the same advice all around the block. To come up with some original stuff, I spoke to my colleagues and applied my own experience to compile a list of basic project management hacks. “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail” – this is a great quote I came...

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