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Sir Richard Branson is one of the many businesspeople who believes that one day ‘offices’ as we know it will be a “thing of the past”. For many reasons, remote teams are becoming a more common thing with each passing year. Remote workers tend to log more hours each day and are more likely to be more engaged in the work they are doing. Remote teams also allow businesses to employ the world’s specialists, not dependent on where they live. Benefits for these employees include a much healthier work-life balance which will lead to increased mental health and efficiency in the long-run.
For businesses, a remote workforce makes a lot of sense for quality of work and productivity. However, at present managers are having some teething problems with effectively managing teams which are not in the same room all day. Read the Complete Article
Kudzu is a freak of nature. This vine, weed, or whatever you would call it can grow up to 12 inches every day!
Prevalent in the southern parts of the United States this twisting, turning, and choking vine can quickly overtake healthy plants that dare stand in its way. There have been many different methods tried to try to control this rampant vine…some more effective than others. Regardless, this ground cover is here to stay and something that people need to consider when it comes to landscaping challenges.
Scope creep on projects can be compared to Kudzu. Scope creep is the gradual expansion of project work that was not contemplated in the original project plan. It starts out with a “wouldn’t it be nice to…” and moves on to “we really should have…” and then finishes with “it’s not that big of a deal to add just this one more item to the project.” In no time at all, you will look at your project and find that it has been choked to death by the phenomenon of scope creep. Read the Complete Article
Every one of us need to improve our productivity in order to produce more results. Productivity is a relative concept…It all comes from your subconscious mind. To be more specific, the term “productivity” has a different meaning for each and every one of us.
For example, for me, being productive means producing the results I’m expecting and for which I’ve planned and worked hard for. For someone else, it could mean taking care of the house, cleaning dishes, making food, generating income for the family, and so on.
Now, for us project managers and online entrepreneurs, productivity is often influenced by how well we manage our time, how smart we approach our tasks, and more than often, what tools we take advantage of. In today’s article, we’ll talk about 10 cool tools that will help you improve your overall productivity:
Trello (Desktop, Android, iOS)
Planview, a software development company – specializing in project management software, understands what it takes to be a successful organization. You need clear communication and a culture of accountability. Without proper forecasting, these are impossible goals. Innotas’, newley acquired by Planview, trademarked predictive portfolio analysis – needed for better planning. With its tools for IT and PM, this is the platform to strategically manage resources and collaborate between teams. For 5 years, they’ve won Gartner’s Magic Circle Award. With changes to the Workbench and a new Impact Analysis tool, the software development team at Innotas continues to improve this software.
1. Resource Workbench Update
The first thing you’ll notice are the changes to the look. Innotas improved the presentation of the Timesheet approval and Self-service administration. They also remodeled the system for permissions. Read the Complete Article
The latest edition of the PM Body of Knowledge Guide was published in 2013, adding 33% more knowledge. Since the last edition, important changes to the PMBOK are a new knowledge area – 13. Project Stakeholder Management, and an increase in processes, from 42 to 47 – in knowledge area: Scope, Time, Cost and Stakeholder. Of note, as there’re major changes to the PMBOK, those studying for their Project Management Professional (PMP) certification should ensure they review the new content – doing so is imperative to successfully passing the PMP exam.
What is the PMP Exam?
The PMP exam is a part of the accreditation to become a Project Management Professional. For project managers, the PMP certification is considered important, and is widely recognized. Eligibility to take the exam depends on strict requirements. Read the Complete Article
“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” ~ John Rohn. You and your team have worked hard. You have kept your project on track, and finally, you reach phase #5, closure.
We’ve been exploring the project management phases as introduced by Roli Pathak in her article, Top 5 Project Management Phases. She said the closure phase, “includes a series of important tasks such as delivering the product, relieving resources, reward and recognition to the team members and formal termination of contractors in case they were employed on the project.” You’re almost there, but let’s take a look at what’s remaining before your project is complete.
Exploring Phase #5 – Closure
You have some routine administrative tasks to finish so that you may close your project successfully. The project size will dictate the extent of documentation and resource reporting you must do, but each project will have some of these items on a closing checklist. Read the Complete Article
Founded in 2012, Master of Project Academy provides online certification training. Covering topics in both IT and business management, this has been the choice of more than 500,000 people. Their courses cover certification in PMP, Agile, Scrum and more. The tuition earns you lifetime access and comes with a money back guarantee.
Description of the Videos
The Master of Project Academy Youtube Channel uses instructors with field experience. Students receive instruction that is both theoretical and practical. There are 52 videos on the channel, ranging from 41 seconds to 11 minutes. The videos focus on ITIL, Agile/Scrum, CAPM, and PMP. There is a multi-video overview of each course – 7 on Agile/Scrum, 10 on CAPM, 11 on PMP, and 20 on ITIL. This approach makes it easy to take the course at your pace. Read the Complete Article
ProjectLibre is considered one of the best open source project management tools. It was created by the founders of OpenProj and continually gains popularity. In the following article, we will show you how to create your first project in ProjectLibre. This tutorial will give you a sense of ProjectLibre’s basic functions. Our objective is to explain how you can use this program with ease; it is not an explanation of project management methodology for projects.
All ProjectLibre Tutorials:
- ProjectLibre Tutorial Part 1: Creating your first project
- Part 2: Task Breakdown, Resources
- Part 3: Assigning Resources, Calculating Costs
- Part 4: Project Baseline, Calendar
- Part 5: Reports
ProjectLibre could be the first project management tool that you use, and therefore, it’s worth mentioning that nearly all data is entered in tables as rows, like Excel. Read the Complete Article
Congratulations! All that hard work and you’ve finally proven your value. Now you’re ready to move from associate to manager. Take a deep breath and get ready for the hurricane. There are many books, seminars and mentors available to guide your journey. Popular project management software provider Mavenlink’s recent blog turned best practices into a checklist. What a great place to start!
Hurricane You Say?
Successful management is a habit. The first days at the helm are going to be chaotic. You’ll forget to eat, you’ll forget to sit down. Mavenlink’s advice is spot on. Build yourself a checklist and put it on your desk. Follow it religiously. Start your career right and never look back. Here is my experience with this checklist.
1. Start Each Morning Out With A Simple “Good Morning”
Mavenlink points out the power of this simple beginning to the day. Read the Complete Article
If you are a project manager, you might be wondering if you need to purchase insurance. Project managers need to purchase insurance. At the very least, all project managers should have liability insurance. If you do not have liability insurance, a lawsuit could take a large portion of your income. Several insurance agencies have policies that are suitable for project managers. Before you contact an insurance company, you should be knowledgeable of your coverage options.
1. Project Management Protective Liability Insurance
Project management protective liability insurance is an optional coverage option. The liability insurance does not have a standard form, and the project management protective liability limit applies separately to each project. The policy offers the insured liability protection for any incidents that are caused by the contractor’s work. Read the Complete Article