Top 10 Project Management Predictions for 2019

1 February 2019
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top ten project management predictions for 2019

As we wrap up yet another busy year, all eyes inevitably turn towards the coming one. And in anticipating new expectations and objectives; we also wonder what new challenges lie in store for us. The world and markets are constantly changing but the start of a new year gives us the opportunity to reflect back on everything and look forward to what can be improved. That being said, and to help you prepare; here are 10 predictions we see shaping the Project Management world in 2019. Working remotely with consultants on project basis Already having made its entrance in the […]

Ten Traits Successful Project Managers Have

15 January 2019
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I try to avoid listicles, but these characteristics really stood out to me as I was reading Grant Cardone’s ‘The 10x Rule.’ His focus is sales, but the traits apply to project managers. No story or lead in to set this one up. Here are the ten traits of successful project managers: Believe that ‘I will figure it out’ – an individual looking to be responsible and solve a problem One characteristic I always admired about an old boss was no matter what the problem was, no matter time of day it was, and no matter who was asking, his […]

The Working Circle

13 August 2018
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This internal searching affects those around you. If you are inspired, it becomes easy to wake up early and lead your team. Problems do not seem life ending because solutions get you closer to the ultimate goal. The WHAT and HOW are easily identified. The WHY turns your manipulation into inspiration.

Why Do Only 56% of IT Projects Meet Their Deadline?

26 February 2018
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Every year the Project Management Institute releases an annual study which highlights the flaws of companies across a variety of industries with regards to how they perform with their project management. This year, they focused their study on the performance of IT companies. What they found is a serious statistic that might make us rethink how we start and finish projects. In October 2017, this global association of project, program and portfolio management professionals interviewed 4455 project management professionals, 800 project management office directors and 447 company executives from different sectors, including IT. The study they created shows that, on average, only […]

Too Much of a Good Thing: Avoiding Unnecessary Over-Collaboration

21 November 2017
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Just because you’re able to collaborate with roles across your organization doesn’t mean that everyone’s word should carry the same gravity. Understanding the weight and point of view of each of your collaborators before you share your project is vital to your end goal’s success.

The Three Gorges Dam: Expert Opinions Matter

15 November 2016
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#(1)CHINA-YICHANG-THREE GORGES DAM-FLOOD PEAK (CN)

The Three Gorges Dam is considered by some to be a wonder of the world. While that’s up for much debate, what it is for sure, is the largest hydroelectric dam of the world. It spans the third longest river, the Yangtze River, in the Hubei province of China. Known as China’s most ambitious project since the Great Wall, the TGD has had its fair share of financial, environmental and human-rights issues. The lesson in this story is clear: expert opinions matter. And with projects that are this substantial in nature, the input of subject matter experts need to be […]

Why Project Managers Need To Be Creative – Guest blog by Elizabeth Harrin

23 June 2016
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Creativity

Creativity. We don’t need much of that over here in the world of project management, do we? Unless you are a digital PM or working in a creative industry. For the vast majority of project managers, we have the processes, tools, techniques and software available to do the job without having to spend too much time on “creative thinking”. Actually, I don’t believe that. I might have, 10 years ago, but even then I have always been a creative type. I’m the project manager who made her own tri-fold project information leaflets to try to explain business benefits to stakeholders, […]

5 Resources for Free Project Management Templates

13 June 2016
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Project management templates

Why reinvent the wheel if it already exists and works perfectly well? That’s our take on project management templates. They provide a kick off point and an excellent framework, that you can use time and time again for reports; which can be tweaked according to project needs and business requirements. With Genius Project, users are equipped with industry templates which support PMI, Prince 2 and Phase Review methodologies, among others. There’s also the option to design your own templates. Project templates include but are not limited to: Project Charter Project Proposal Project Management Plan Risk Tracking Timesheet Gantt Charts Timeline […]

Mindful Project Management

24 May 2016
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Mindfulness

What is mindfulness? Well, one thing we know for sure is that it’s a pretty hot topic these days. A simple definition of mindfulness is being present and aware of what’s happening internally and externally in our surrounding environments, right now, in this very moment. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it as “the practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis.” So the question begs, how can mindfulness relate to – and better yet improve – project management? Here are a few side effects of mindfulness and ways […]

6 Ways to Make Meetings Effective

6 May 2016
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Make Meetings Effective

Love them or hate them, meetings are an important part of collaboration and delivering projects to completion. They’re essential for bringing people up to speed, solving problems and assembling teams around a project’s purpose. The catch is, they’re usually drawn out way too long, with little direction and too many people in attendance – and ultimately result in a lot of wasted time and no clearer of a direction. But the good news is, there are some clear steps to be taken to run effective and efficient meetings that teams will not only enjoy – but actually benefit from. Here […]