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Managing Technology-Based Projects: Tools, Techniques, People and Business Processes is a guide to effective project management in technology-based firms. Project management is now being used by almost all enterprises to advance their business and gain advantages over their competition. This book focuses on business environments that are technology-intensive. However, since technology is found in almost all organizations, it is safe to say that all businesses are affected by technology, some more than others. Many technology-based projects require specific solutions, collaboration and expectations that should align with the business objectives of the enterprise, and this book aims to provide useful understanding that will help managers and technology-oriented professionals.
This first hardcover edition was published in March 2014 by Wiley Publishing. It has 528 pages and is about 1.2 inches thick. Read the Complete Article
Most project managers are very skilled in planning, tracking, risk management, quality assurance and other hard skills. Not many, however, are as confident in their communication skills, negotiating, listening, leadership or motivational skills. Not until recently, our society has valued hard skills over soft skills, and for project professionals, this can mean not leveraging the human resources of a project, which in turn can lead to conflict, discouragement, poor deliverables and unhappy customers. The Power of Project Leadership: 7 Keys to Help You Transform from Project Manager to Project Leader aims to develop people into proactive, accountable project leaders.
This first paperback edition was published in January 2015 by Kogan Page Publishers. It has 286 pages and is about 0.6 inch thick. The front cover displays the title and sub title in white fonts over black background at the middle area. Read the Complete Article
Project Ethics: Advances in Project Management is a book that investigates critical success factors in project management. The PMI, and other PM associations, has a code of ethics and professional conduct. Ethics matters because managing projects involves making decisions. Project managers usually know what to do to achieve their goals. However, knowing how to do it can be puzzling, sometimes conflicting, when situations arise where values compete involving people, resources and the environment. Ethics is said to be the discipline that describes how to do things best, and this book practically explains the field of ethics for project managers, and presents a new method of evaluation.
This first paperback edition was published in 2013 by Gower Publishing. It has 142 pages and is about 0.5 inch thick. The front cover displays the title at the upper center part in large fonts, with the authors’ names below it. Read the Complete Article
Project size can be defined by the amount of time, effort, discipline and resources involved. Managing larger projects also differs from managing smaller projects by the kind of unique challenges encountered as well as processes and tools used. The first edition of Project Management for Small Projects introduced PM processes, tools, and techniques that can be used immediately for managing small projects. The latest edition has been updated to reflect the PMBOK Guide, Fifth Edition. Traditional practices used for larger projects have been tailored in this book for small projects, but still remaining true to the PMI’s standards, with a new chapter on program management.
This second paperback edition was published in April 2015, updating the first edition published in November 2006. It was published by Management Concepts Press that offers publications on project management, public administration, leadership and others. Read the Complete Article
Taskblitz is an online project management and business control software for freelancers and small teams. It is a feature-rich solution, more than just a simple to-do list application, but with a beautifully clean and simple interface. Forms-based software and spreadsheets are no longer compatible with today’s modern work. Ticking tasks or moving cards is also not enough to manage projects and deliver them successfully. Today, project teams and companies need a complete solution that factors in collaboration, communication and documentation.
Features, Benefits, Product Strengths
- Task and Project Management – Taskblitz project management software provides modern task management either in classic list view or calendar view. The task list allows users to get an overview of the daily agenda while the calendar view shows tasks, milestones and appointments from another time perspective.
From initiation to closure, all responsibilities of a project are on project manager’s shoulders. It is his responsibility to initiate, plan, design, execute, monitor, control and close a project successfully within budget and schedule. Success or failure of a project depends on the way it is managed. Therefore, if you want to be a successful project manager then you must be capable enough to handle all these responsibilities in the best possible way. For this, you need to have project management skills!
No matter what type of project you are going to handle, these skills are required in all industries. Here are the skills you must have:
- Leadership skills
- Communication skills
- Administrative skills
- Time management skills
- Budget management skills
- Team management skills
- Problem solving skills
To get this high paying job you need to prove your project management skills. Read the Complete Article
Teamwork Projects, the online project management application of Teamwork.com, recently introduced a new powerful feature for setting task dependencies. True to the company’s commitment to equip their customers with an effective and simple business management software, they now have enabled their users the ability to have more flexibility and control in managing multiple inter-related projects. Plans and schedules now reflect a more accurate picture of what, when and how tasks are getting done. Also, several other improvements are available to users in managing their files and in using their mobile app.
Set Cross-Project Dependencies
Veteran and experienced project managers, at one time or another, have come across projects where some tasks can only be started when a certain task from another totally different project has been completed. This is especially true for many smaller companies where common resources are shared, distributed and working concurrently on several projects. Read the Complete Article
Project Planning and scheduling are integral to the success of a project. Even if Gantt charts or Critical Path method is used, these mistakes will kill your project. So it is better to avoid them at every cost.
Mistake 1 : Not defining the purpose of the project
It has been noticed that mostly one of the reasons for a project failure is ineffective communication. Prior to developing a schedule, it is crucial that members should have entrenched the business purpose of the project.It is extremely important to communicate to the team why the project is important and how it will help the company
Mistake 2 : Abstain from initiating
It is crucial to conclude specifications for the planning process. Project managers need a written statement of requisites from the customers.This document is a reference to the requisites of the project. Read the Complete Article
As more businesses are being conducted outside the office or on the go, mobile apps usage can be best described as on the rampage. 2015 mobile apps statistics and trends are reaching unbelievably high numbers. For example, as of July 2015, Android users are able to choose between 1.6 million apps in Google Play Store, higher than the 1.5 million apps available to iOS users in the Apple App Store. Also, more than half (52 percent) of all time spent on digital media now is spent on mobile apps. And compared to last year, the average time people are spending on their mobile apps increased by 21 percent this year.
The Best PM and Planning Apps for Android
As the number of smartphone users has surpassed desktop users sometime last year, project management platforms have developed, integrated and are offering mobile versions of their software. Read the Complete Article
Cloud-based project management applications address important accessibility issues and requirements, especially in implementing systems that involve globally distributed, remote teams. Taking accessibility one step further, many of these SaaS applications offer a mobile version, either cross-platform web apps or native applications. Improved team communication is the greatest benefit of using mobile PM apps. HTML5-based web apps are becoming more common, but native applications still offer the best user experience and performance.
The Best PM and Planning Apps for iPhone and iPad
GetApp, a business software review and applications directory site, published a list of the best native iOS apps for project management and planning. These apps enable users to access, collaborate, organize and update projects with the same or near-equivalent user experience of their desktop counterparts. Thus, project managers and team members are able to work seamlessly regardless of the computer or device they are using. Read the Complete Article