Part 2: PM Software is from Mars…or is it Venus? What is Project Collaboration

18 May 2015
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Circling back to our last article about navigating the PPM & PM landscape, we arrive to the first point of attack: Project Collaboration. Project Collaboration tools are an undeniably better way to manage team communications versus email – which are often inundated with notifications from social media, personal emails and all other types of communications that flood inboxes and cause unnecessary distractions. This video of Slack founder, Stewart Butterfield, describes why using a social collaboration platform instead of work emails will make workers more productive: Slash Many companies are choosing to work with Project Collaboration platforms for this very reason, […]

PM Software is from Mars…or is it Venus?

10 May 2015
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red mars planet

The mission of establishing permanent human residence on Mars, and the set departure date for the first crew in 2026, has spawned a series of questions about the possibility of vacationing to this “Red Planet”. While some have high hopes as to the possibility of taking weekend jaunts to Mars, the reality is that when or if commercial space travel does happen, it won’t only be costly, but lengthy too – with the expected length of visit being up to four months at a time. The same can be said about the expectations vs reality when it comes to purchasing a PM […]

Project Managers Beware! It can take less than a minute to kill your entire project

6 April 2015
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In a world where overnight fame or infamy can happen to anyone with a webcam and internet connection, more than ever project managers need to carefully design a communication and collaboration strategy that will positively impact their projects while preventing the damaging effects of a potential negative broadcasting of information that can instantly shut them down at a moments notice.  Social media can  be used as a powerful tool to help drive a project quickly to success. Leveraging Twitter-like functionality and social collaboration can help quickly move your project by instantly shoring up the necessary support from your stakeholders to […]

The International Space Station Project: Where no project manager has gone before

25 April 2014
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Any one of the seven wonders of the world can claim the title of most famous project on our planet, however probably the most famous project out of this world would be the International Space Station (ISS).  Although to be honest with you, there is not much competition beside the many orbiting satellites and their space junk friends which can qualify as potential candidates.  The ISS completion is a true example of an international project in which the vision, execution and outcome has evolved as the needs and wants of the many stakeholders involved has changed over time. The IIS […]

Top 10 Project Management Predictions for 2014

23 December 2013
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With the closing of 2013, we have noticed the increase in project-centric organizations focus in their efforts to improve their leadership, teams, processes and technology to improve their project management practices. In light of this reality, please find below our top 10 predictions that will surely shakeup the project management world in 2014: 1. Increased focus on collaboration – As the access of information anywhere becomes the standard, organizations in 2014 will seek better collaboration tools to deliver competitive results their markets and  customers demand.

A $20 cardboard bike? What “Crowdfunding” can teach project managers

5 July 2013
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With both Indiegogo and Kickstarter websites attracting start-up projects around the world, the ability to leverage the ‘micro-investments’ of thousands around the world has not only empowered many business ventures regardless of location or connections, but has also delivered valuable consumer insight and market research that has been typically too expensive and difficult to achieve with the limited funds most start-ups have.  The concept of crowdfunding has leveled the playing field allowing the value of projects speak for themselves and efficiently engage markets to be true accelerators for growth.  Beyond the obvious financial benefits to crowdfunding, the idea of attracting […]

Effective project collaboration means taking all measures to protect the information shared

18 April 2013
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As we increasingly become more dependent on the internet to access information and conduct our daily activities, security needs to become an central element to our collaboration strategy.  Recently, cyber attacks have become more far reaching especially with recent  DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks that flood sites with insane levels of traffic grinding their service to a halt.  With this new level of attack, I’ve recently read an article that discusses the potential of these cyber attacks to actually cripple the internet as a whole.  The conclusion was that it would be practically impossible due to the security measures […]

Letterman Top 10 Signs your are not ready to be a Project Manager

18 December 2012
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To continue on the  tradition of last year’s top ten list focused on projects, I came up with a topic more focused on you – the project manager.  So the category is the top ten signs you are not ready to be a project manager.  Here we go…

Online shoppers can teach a thing or two to project managers

12 December 2012
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As we continue full force into the shopping holiday season, online shopping has become a dominant force to be reckoned with.  Recently, I read an article that offered 7 tips to safe online shopping.  The bottom line – online shopping has moved beyond the PC and now is being conducted over multiple mobile devices.  Consequently, these different platforms raise multiple safety concerns around eCommerce and the sharing of sensitive information.  With that being said, these new methods of shopping provide the benefit of convenience and increase of revenue for retailers, at the same time raising the possible danger of opening […]

As the world moves to the Cloud, Lotus Notes differentiates itself with project collaboration capabilities with more options

31 August 2012
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Many people do not realize that the purely cloud-based social media tools that have become part of today’s social fabric can trace its origins 20 years back when the first commercial Groupware applications entered the market introducing a new way for remote users to communicate and create their own collaboration networks.  In fact, it is no secret that one of the major pioneers of this first wave of tools was Lotus Notes that was developed as a leading-edge collaboration platform that encouraged the exchange of business information among a network of stakeholders.  Obviously, in those early years the connectivity to […]