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Starting the Project With Both Feet on the Ground

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When the call to start a new project comes, we're often excited, nervous, skeptical, and ambitious all at the same time. Excited to show what I can do with a new project from beginning to end. Why? Many times we get charged with taking over someone else's mess. Or restarting an old project that had paused for a few months. So we have a new project. Now what do we do with it to ensure that we start with both feet on the ground?

Looking for Blue Skies

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Plenty of people in this world are more than happy to tell you about all the things that are going wrong or that will go wrong. Project management is no exception. For every project that is executed, there will be a host of people involved who will spend all their time talking about why it will not be successful. How everything will go wrong before the project is over. A project manager should not fall into this pessimistic attitude, though.

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Introduction to Project Management
This introduction to project management is a good starting point for anyone new to project management or considering a career as a project manager.

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The key to a successful project is in the planning. Creating a project plan is the first thing you should do when undertaking any kind of project.

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