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Project Management Lessons I Learned at a Bad Fast Food Chain

Posted by on 11:08 am in Project Management

Project Management Lessons I Learned at a Bad Fast Food Chain

I stopped by a fast food restaurant a couple of days ago to get my morning coffee and sandwich. It was my first time at that particular branch, but my brief experience was enough to make me swear never to go back. The service was slow, the food was bad (even for fast food) and the staff were at each other’s throats. On my way back to the office, I reflected about how much team relations and cohesion affects everything else, from the customer to the product itself—even in a project management environment. People handle stress different ways....

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The Road(map) Less Traveled

Posted by on 5:02 pm in Business, Easy Projects

The Road(map) Less Traveled

“How do you guys decide what goes into your product roadmap?” – we get this question at least once a week, so I decided to shed some light on this process. There are three main sources of ideas that feed our roadmap: Direct feedback from our clients; Comments and suggestions from prospects; Internal team brainstorming. Let’s talk about all of these channels. Direct feedback from our clients This is the biggest source of new features and enhancements. On average, our customers send us 3-5 new ideas each week. These requests range from small...

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4 Hard Lessons I Learned as a New Project Manager

Posted by on 4:48 pm in Project Management

4 Hard Lessons I Learned as a New Project Manager

I became a project manager at a digital marketing agency fairly early on in my career, but I didn’t go through any preparatory courses or anything like that. It was just my second job out of school. I didn’t know much about the business world yet, and even less about project management. My boss saw potential in me, and trusted me to quickly grasp the real-life lessons that’d get thrown my way. And hard lessons they were. Lessons like: Rank doesn’t automatically mean respect I kinda new this from an employee perspective, but it wasn’t until I...

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5 Books that will make you a better manager

Posted by on 3:02 pm in Business

5 Books that will make you a better manager

Last week we talked about the importance of “sharpening your axe”. I consider reading to be one of the best means of self-development and improvement. Although I do not always get to complete my annual goal of 20 non-fiction books, I try. So over the years my physical and virtual bookshelves got rather heavy. Today I want to share with you my Top Five books that made me a better manager (or at least that’s what I like to tell myself). I strongly believe that project management is not about processes, fancy PM practices or methodologies. It is...

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Easy Projects Version 10

Posted by on 11:03 am in Easy Projects, New Releases

Easy Projects Version 10

We are happy to announce the immediate availability of Easy Projects version 10 for all hosted and in-house clients. Here are some of the key new features and enhancements: New Activity Assignment Control, allowing you to specify exactly how many hours each assignee should work on a task Report Generator: portfolio field added to the activity datasource Built-in interactive tutorials available for all users (hosted version only) Changed text field length limit from 255 to 4000 characters Removed restriction for unique project names. Major...

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The unbearable lightness of training

Posted by on 3:55 pm in Business

The unbearable lightness of training

When we first introduced SalesForce in our company many years ago, we failed miserably. Within a month, everyone was back to using ACT! When I spoke to the team members, I was given various reasons: “it’s too complicated”, “web is slower than desktop”, “I can’t waste my time looking for the reports”, etc. It became clear that something was wrong with our process. Something was missing. We called a team meeting and after few hours of debates we ended up with a consensus. We need product training. Kind of a no-brainer now, but hindsight is...

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4 Sure-Fire Ways You Can Destroy Team Morale

Posted by on 4:02 pm in Project Management

4 Sure-Fire Ways You Can Destroy Team Morale

Office morale is and always has been a fragile thing. You can start a project with a strong, united team, only to have a collection of backbiting malcontents by the end—if you handle the situation the wrong way. Unfortunately, it’s really easy to do that. Especially if you use one of the guaranteed bad ideas below: You prioritize yourself Leaders are supposed to put their team members first. In a military organization, they’re the ones who eat last, sleep least, and work the most. They put the welfare of their team first. But if you place too...

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Focus Where You Are Free

Posted by on 12:06 pm in Business

Focus Where You Are Free

Last week I was very fortunate to attend the Mary Heiny Sensei Aikido seminar. Heiny Sensei is an amazing teacher who has been practicing Aikido for over forty-five years, more can be found about her amazing journey here. By the end of the day I had left with lots of great insights into technical and philosophical aspects of Aikido, however there was one idea that really struck close to home. During the practice, Heiny Sensei shared a tip from one of her own teachers: “When someone grabs you, don’t focus where you’ve been grabbed. Focus on...

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4 Mistakes Freshly-Promoted Managers Always Make

Posted by on 11:50 am in Project Management

4 Mistakes Freshly-Promoted Managers Always Make

Your company has recognized your stellar performance and promoted you to a manager role. Congratulations! This is a great accomplishment, no question. But it’s also going to be a very humbling experience as you stumble through your first few months. Chances are, you have no prior experience managing a team. Now, your organization might provide you with manager training (and if they don’t, ask), but it still takes time to adjust into the new role. And during that time, you’re probably going to make one of these four very common mistakes. Doing...

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How to Give Bad News to Your Project Sponsor

Posted by on 12:08 pm in Project Management

How to Give Bad News to Your Project Sponsor

What happened the last time your project was hit by major problem? Did you have to update your project sponsor? Were you apprehensive about it? Nobody likes reporting bad news, especially when your sponsor is part of upper management. Part of this is the reaction that you get. A bad delivery could damage your reputation, affect your team’s standing, and possibly change the level of support your project sponsor’s willing to give. If the situation is really bad, it could even affect your job security. But there is a way to give bad news that...

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