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10 project management questions from popular user site searches on the Project Smart website and feature highly in Google searches.
Pitching your project to potential customers inevitably comes with mixed feelings. Here are 5 tips for nailing pitches to international companies.
Do you want to know more about how your business can manage finances amid hard times? Then read this article to figure out many possible solutions.
The important trends shaping the project management profession today that will continue shaping it well into the future.
Five of the best tech solution for managing projects effectively. Achieving productive cooperation amongst team members has never been easier.
Here we look at common mistakes in internally developed RFPs and how companies can better manage these issues by improving their RFP processes.
Outsourcing is the process of contracting a third party to do work on behalf of a client that has neither the skills nor resources to perform in-house.
What do you do if you're going through the rough waters of a crisis and want to be a great leader? Implement these seven top tips from Eileen Burton.
How do you keep people alert and contributing to your meetings? Try these five lesser-known hacks for making your next meeting more productive.
It can be difficult to start something new, especially if it's a new project. So, when you do start something new, the right mindset is crucial.
Three techniques to liven projects up and help ensure that activities on your less exciting projects don't fall through the cracks.
To be among those who evolve and create a successful career in Human Resources is simple—assuming you do the right things, of course. Here's how.
Three key suggestions to make yourself and your project and personal information safer when working from public WiFi hotspots.
How to move from project to programme when projects grow, and you need to combine several projects into an effective programme.
Soft power is the ability to get people to work with you by attracting them to be part of what you stand for; rather than to coerce, force or pay them.
Life on projects sometimes feels like winter. The never-ending meetings. The schedule overruns. The unexpected problems. But, spring is just around the corner.
You know those times when a project customer wants something on a project that no one on your team has ever heard of? What do you do?
Business partnering is not about jumping when the business shouts but working collaboratively to achieve the best possible results.
Three war room strategies to try when you need to bring life back to a dead project, or save an engagement that is on the brink of disaster.
Are business processes holding your business back, delaying projects and preventing you from reaching your goals? Take these steps to improve your processes.
Following the annual Black Hat USA Conference in Las Vegas, Brad Egeland looks at the issue of data security and why we aren't paying enough attention to it.
If you are not currently a project manager, but you think project management might be for you, here's six questions to help you make up your mind.
Do you consider yourself to be a good reader of character? Are you good at reading situations and anticipating a likely outcome?
If you could turn back time and do something different on one of your projects or handled a situation differently with a customer, what would it be?
Does your organisation know what it knows? When engaging consultants, don't neglect your experts' wealth of knowledge and ideas.
You can't guarantee people will look forward to your meetings, so how can you ensure meetings are productive and keep everyone's interest and participation.
Seven of the most important areas to consider when auditing your construction site to ensure the health and safety of your workers and the public.
Managers are constantly searching for the secret to hiring the right employees. This article attempt to demystify the hiring process and provide tips on making a successful hire.
To succeed in business and project management, you need to manage your boss. Here are five highly useful tips for managing up.
Ten questions to ask to help you evaluate your project management organisation's alignment with social media tools.
A key factor for beating the recession is the intelligent execution of projects. Take the initiative and you may find yourself at the head of the pack.
The wise project manager is one who implants seeds of an idea in subordinates and instils within them confidence and freedom to develop that idea.
Each of us has a default lens through which we see the world. We call it reality. We have the power to view the world through other lenses. Here is how.
Work on growing your Network Quotient as avidly as you would work on expanding your investment portfolio, it is that important!
SWOT Analysis is one of a number of different techniques used by professional project managers to help with decision-making.
Even on simple, straightforward projects there are many areas that can cause failure. Here are 15 of the most common causes of project failure.
Time Boxing is setting aside a fixed time period to work on a particular task or group of tasks. Basically, instead of working on a task until it's done, you commit to work on it for a specific amount of time.
By quietly listening for the opportunities in your life, and learning to recognise them in all their forms, you can find plenty of avenues for self-improvement.
Much stress in life comes from not feeling in control and maintaining a state of reactivity to deal with problems. The good news is that there's another way.
What happens when team members speak different languages? We have instant communication, but this doesn't necessarily translate into instant comprehension.
Whether it's with a client or prospect, the pressure of delivering information in the right tone and style requires careful planning.
Running a project remotely is about more than just a laptop and a decent Internet connection. Jamie Stewart, UK managing director of Exact, takes a look.
With the rise of social media in projects and organisations, there is a need for some kind of guidance. Here are 10 simple rules to guide the discussion.
Multicultural meetings are becoming more common. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when leading a session with a multicultural audience.
Often we're thrust into situations where we're expected to lead a meeting, and we may lack confidence. Don't fret; here are a few simple tips.
If we want to solve a problem or influence outcomes, we need to understand why the system is behaving as it is. This article looks at the basic behaviours of systems.
What's needed for complex problem-solving is a technique that looks holistically at the whole and this is what systems thinking can help us do.
The systems theory viewpoint. How system theory can help project managers be more effective in their job.
The Root Cause Analysis method, when used properly, gives the project manager the ability to diagnose a problem that negatively impacted the project and remove it when it is first noticed.
The latest Standish Group report shows more projects failing and fewer successful projects. So what is going wrong out there?
Ever since the CHAOS report of 1994, we have been hearing increasingly more alarming stories of failed projects and their costs to the world economy.
Everyone talks about the economic crisis as though it will pass if we take the proper financial medicine. But that is a naive assumption.
With the economy in crisis, businesses are scrambling to stay afloat. Many are abandoning their strategic, long term objectives for quick fixes and short-sighted survival tactics.
Studies have shown that many IT projects are considered failures. A recent study by KPMG found about half of the respondents reported at least one failed project in the past year.
With a myriad of options to choose from, it's no wonder choosing a project management tool has become a daunting task. Learn how to find the right solution for your business here.
RACI is a useful analytical tool that can be used to examine many problems in an organisation around clarifying who is doing what.
How do you sustain the interest of your new outsource team? Here are ways to keep the team passionate about providing you with top-quality service.
Project management is project management. Does it matter what approach you take to complete your projects, as long as you complete your projects.
Across the UK there are hundreds of programmes being run, but how well are they being run and how does the sponsor know that his/her programme is in a healthy shape?
The practice of programme management worldwide has consistently resulted in highly successful programmes and results. Unfortunately, we are also aware of many failed programmes.
What's the best way to allocate resources across projects? How can you ensure you stay on budget and meet established deadlines? Read up on the latest tools designed to make your job easier!
Stephen Covey's seven habits of highly effective people have become classic pieces of leadership and management wisdom. The habits are applicable to having successful conflict conversations.
A world-class innovation process requires disciplined management by using the stage-gate process. Development projects are managed through a series of stages.
A new generation of Web-based tools is unleashing the power of collective intelligence and changing the pattern of project management. It allows associates to collaborate on project plans.
No two projects need the same amount of planning or detailing of steps to get them under control. It ranges from three bullet points on the back of an envelope to days of intensive planning.
Are project management practices generic? A recent paper entitled Project Management Practice, Generic or Contextual: A Reality Check, addresses this question.
In an effort to be less than constructive as a manager, here are ten sure fire ways to alienate and demotivate your team on your change journey.
Have you ever wondered why some projects go smoothly and others seem plagued with problems? Here are five reasons why projects fail.
Is there a secret to making stellar decisions? This article explains three ways to get superior results from your decision-making processes.
When asked if the people, practices and techniques required to lead science research projects are different from those in the general population, the answer is not just yes, but a resounding duh!
Everyone talks about project management but what is it? Isn't it really just a series of events to create some thing, by some point, way off in some hazy future?
How can your company benefit from investing in construction project management software? We review the three main benefits.
Quality problems are typically not simple to solve. A cause-and-effect diagram will help you define and display the major causes, sub-causes and root causes.
A discussion of the three main types of projects, their inherent difficulties and the best approach for tackling each type.
Top 10 signs you're a project manager; top 10 things a project manager should never say to a customer and top 10 things you'll never hear from a project manager.
There are many ways to reduce stress and a few minutes of meditation seems to be the most effective if practiced along with other stress management techniques.
What is the maximum number of projects a project manager can run concurrently before they are overloaded?
The most successful innovators understand the importance of managing the process. These companies understand that the metrics must address the process.
This article considers where project management is going in the 21st century and what the role of the new project manager will be.
Success in project management is built on flexibility and pragmatism. Plans are invariably wrong, but proceeding with a less-optimal plan is a better approach than an exhaustive search for the right answer.
If you think project management is only for the big guys, think again. Project management is a powerful business tool for businesses of any size.
Many people are frustrated by the mismatch between project management theory and its application on real life projects. A stretch project is a project that causes traditional project management challenges.
Project management system evaluation checklist for evaluating a project management package it its pristine form.
It is a central tenet of the Benefits Realisation Approach that benefits come only with change and, equally, change must be sustained by benefits.
There are many reasons why projects both simple and complex fail. This article highlights some of the most common reasons for failure.
There are common threads that run through failing projects, so how do you avoid taking on projects that are doomed to fail?
Project management is first and foremost a philosophy of management, not an elaborate set of tools and techniques.
Project management as a management discipline underpins much economic activity. In industries as diverse as pharmaceuticals, software and aerospace, projects drive business.
The biggest problems that projects face are inadequate definition, scope and planning. How many projects have you been involved in that ran perfectly?
Looking for a new way to get really famous, or infamous, at the office? Try these seven money-back guaranteed ways to really mess up your next project.
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By Duncan Haughey
The key to good project management is leadership and communication. Applying these eight simple techniques will help you avoid common problems that trip project managers up.
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By Jerry Madden & Rod Stewart
Lessons learned compiled by Jerry Madden, Associate Director of the Flight Projects Directorate at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Jerry collected these gems of wisdom over a number of years from various sources.
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By Duncan Haughey
It is useful when selecting a supplier to have a checklist to evaluate the supplier's suitability. How much of the checklist you use and how thoroughly you use it will depend on your own needs.