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Communication Breakdown
Yesterday afternoon, I was speaking to one of our project managers as he tried fruitlessly to sort through his email messages from the day and week.  He growled at the number of messages to be responded to and conceded that he spends a tremendous amount of personal time trying to stay afloat.  Our project managers travel extensively by car and while even armed with smart phones, tablets and...
How to Manage Your Boss: “Managing up” for a More Effective Team
In order to be a successful project manager, there are times where you must learn to manage your boss. This is often referred to as “managing up”, and it simply means forging a working relationship where you understand and consider your boss’s perspective; doing so will benefit both of you. Without this perspective it’s likely your project will have wasted time, frustration, and...
Is PMI Certification All It’s Cracked Up to Be?
When you talk about certification in the project management world, the discussion generally leads back to one central authority and voice – PMI (Project Management Institute). Once, certification through PMI was the most important thing for those seeking to establish themselves as skilled experts. However, does that certification still carry the same weight now that the certification has been...
A Little Now or a Lot Later
Have you ever found yourself in a seemingly no-win situation on a project where you have no room left in budget but you really should spend a little more to finish the project properly and deliver as promised?  Surely not!  With all the efficient planning and staying on top of your project you will never have to worry about going over budget, right? We have a young project manager,...
Tips and Tricks for More Effective Project Planning
Successfully guiding a project to a positive conclusion requires considerable skill. However, it also requires the right planning. In fact, the initial planning stage is perhaps the most important consideration of all. If you want to see your project succeed rather than fall flat on its face, it’s imperative that you plan early and effectively. Devising Your Plan One of the first tenets...