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There is no doubt that communication is essential for any successful project. Communication is one of the most important, if not the single most important, skills in the arsenal of a project manager.
The lack of efficient communication will quickly hinder a project, and for this reason, a project manager’s priority is to ensure trustworthy communication within the team, and between him and the team.
We will discuss how to achieve better communications for your project, and establish a highly positive working environment for your team.
1. Use Apps to Communicate
There are hundreds of project management software available on the Internet: to organize, track time, set tasks, priorities etc. If you’r interested in PM software, we recommend you check our Top 15 PM Web Applications. Using these software is definitively a good addition to your project communication. Read the Complete Article
Smartsheet is an online project management and collaboration software for businesses of all sizes. It has an intuitive spreadsheet-like interface that helps increase team productivity of not only project management teams but also that of sales, marketing, IT and others. It has powerful features for managing and tracking projects, tasks, customer information, sales pipeline, marketing campaigns, event schedules, product development, human resources and many other business processes, all with a simple and familiar spreadsheet.
Features, Benefits, Product Strengths
- Collaborative Project Management – Smartsheet online project management software provides users a flexible solution that offers visibility across people, projects, and deliverables. It is the central location where project managers can view their team’s availability, check and plan for deliverable timelines and upload and share related documents. Users can easily see who is busy and who is not to help them make decisions.
Managing creatives in the digital industry can be tough. Being managed as a creative can be even tougher. Creatives are sometimes labelled as difficult and charged with holding up projects with continuous editing and tweaking. Even just a subtle shift in management and communication style can improve flow and get creative projects off the ground faster. Here’s how to enable creatives to do what they do best (be creative) during high-powered and results-driven projects.
1. Explain Deadlines in Detail & Define Project Outcomes
Deadlines can be destructive if they aren’t clearly outlined.
Not explaining a deadline properly is a recipe for disaster- it leads to over-delivery and duplication of work. A short turnaround time can make people feel stressed and personally targeted. Here are some good deadline practices:
- Don’t just give people a date- give them a goal.
Goodwerp Studio Manager is a versatile web-based solution that helps companies big and small reach their goals and stay on top of their business. It features project-management, invoicing, collaboration, team-management, and reporting as major features. It also includes time-tracking, budgeting, commenting, scheduling, notes (and more) as auxiliary tools intended to streamline collaboration between teams.
It is offered as an online software for professional service firms to take advantage of a single platform to handle most, if not all, of their business requirements. The market may seem crowded with task management tools, financial software, and collaboration programs, but very few can work seamlessly with others, and working with multiple platforms can be complicated, confusing and downright costly. Here is a unified, centrally-located, highly accessible solution that can simplify work and let people focus on their business. Read the Complete Article
Ready to start preparing for your PMP exam? If so, The McGraw-Hill Education: Project Management Professional Exam, 1st edition, is a study aide to help you prepare. Take the opportunity to obtain a deeper understanding of how PMP theory applies to the real world. Written from a well educated and diverse professional perspective: it gives you the opportunity to acquire the needed knowledge about the project management process as it relates to the business world. In turn, setting you up to successfully complete your PMP exam.
This book is 8.5 x 0.8 x 10.9 inches, 368 pages, 14 chapters and is only available in paperback version. This book was published in August of 2014 by McGraw Hill Education and is available in English. ISBN-10: 007183480; ISBN-13 number: 978-0071834803
In some situations, a PMP certification is necessary, if not mandatory. Read the Complete Article
People like to focus on the good things that project managers do, and there are plenty. Today, we’re going to focus on some of the less desirable things that some (not you, we’re sure) project managers do. Enjoy.
We’re all familiar with best practices. It’s a phrase used frequently in business to categorically lump together bench-marking and implementation techniques that work well for other companies or industries to bring them into your organization. I’m not sure who judges a practice to be the best, but there sure are a lot of them out there.
We’re going to ski down a different slope and look at the Top 10 WORST Practices that a project manager can do or get involved in. Again, I am unaware of who deems these to be the worst but I’m sure you’ll be able to relate as you read down the list. Read the Complete Article
OpenProject is an open source project management tool aiming to support users throughout the entire project life cycle. To accomplish this, OpenProject integrates a large number of features, such as Gantt charts, issue tracking, agile support and time / cost tracking. The project management tool has all the necessary features to: organize your work, plan your projects, support your scrum teams and document your valuable information. Even better, it delivers precise time tracking, and cost estimation. OpenProject supports you every step of the way.
Features, Benefits, Product Strengths
- Work Packages – this nifty feature gives you the power to track anything within your project. In turn, facilitating an adept understanding of the project’s status. Here is how you can use this feature. First use, create and manage work packages: project tasks can be clearly defined, prioritized and efficiently tracked so that you can keep up to date on progress.
Wrike, an online web app for project management and work collaboration, has recently added 3 software features. Which are, in the iOS app, access to Dashboards and a Starred Folder. Additionally, in the desktop app, the capability to attach files to request forms. Dashboards, Starred Folders and joining files to request forms provide an additional advantage to manage your time.
1. Access Dashboards in iOS app
Have the desired dashboard on the iOS app as you do on the desktop. The iOS and desktop view is now the same. See them anywhere at anytime.
2. Starred Folder in iOS app: Pick & Click Favorite Files & Projects
To have quick access to your favorite files and projects simply click the star on the right side of the folder for your file or project to appear in the “Starred” section of the folder tree. Read the Complete Article
Today, cloud hosted solutions are quite feasible as there have been tremendous improvements in bandwidth and quality of network connectivity. Feasible not only for software (SAAS) and platforms (PAAS), but also for storage solutions under the umbrella of infrastructure as a service(IAAS). Furthermore, if data is stored in multiple cloud drives, there are management platforms available to keep track of where your valuable information is. We reviewed MultCloud which provides this function.
Historically, while tape backups started off being the leading method for backup, there are now a number of options today for storage and backup. This includes DVD’s, USB connected devices and tape, with cloud hosted backup being a competitive option.
The Nuts and Bolts of Cloud Based Backup
All operated by a vendor, the backup is maintained with a remote cloud site. Read the Complete Article
More and more project managers are getting involved in selecting project management software tools. Which makes sense – after all, project managers are the people who will use the product on a day-to-day basis. They will also have strong views about what the software should do and how it can help them manage their projects.
If you are asked to get involved in choosing new software for the team, what should you be looking for? Below I share my top 10 considerations for project management tools. They aren’t in order of importance, as what’s most important for one project may vary to the next. You may even think some of them aren’t important at all! Use this list as a starting point when assessing the software on the market that you would like to add to your shortlist. Read the Complete Article