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Essential Metrics of Project Performance
August 18, 2016

Essential Metrics of Project Performance

How do you know if your project is succeeding or failing? To those outside the world of project management, this might seem like an unnecessary question, but project managers understand that the line between success and failure is not always easy to see. The larger the project, the more difficult it becomes to get a clear view of task progress, emerging risks and budgetary performance.

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How to Motivate Your Team to Use Enterprise Project Management Software
August 17, 2016

How to Motivate Your Team to Use Enterprise Project Management Software

Enterprise project management software is one of the most important investments for any organization. Because it has such a significant effect on long-term organizational success, PM software is often the subject of intense focus, even if the amount of money involved is small compared to a company’s overall budget.

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Top Personality Traits of Highly Effective Project Managers
August 16, 2016

Top Personality Traits of Highly Effective Project Managers

Every project team takes on at least a little bit of its project manager’s personality. If the PM is disorganized and careless, the team will almost certainly miss deadlines and produce substandard deliverables, even if the same team members have performed well on other projects.

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The Inherent Value of Enterprise Project Management
August 15, 2016

The Inherent Value of Enterprise Project Management

Change, even the good kind of change, can be scary for a large organization. Any time a large-scale initiative alters the way people do their jobs, the anxiety is often apparent from the executive suite down to the newest college intern. Perceived difficulties in change management, and a lack of clarity about expected benefits, can often keep companies from moving forward with beneficial changes.

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Project Management Initiation Phase: Best Practices
August 12, 2016

Project Management Initiation Phase: Best Practices

While every phase of a project is important, the first phase of the project management life cycle is generally considered to be the most critical – if something goes wrong early on, the rest of the project will be affected. In fact, many project failures can be traced back to mistakes or omissions that took place during the initiation phase.

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Task Delegation: A Crucial Element of Project Management
August 11, 2016

Task Delegation: A Crucial Element of Project Management

Many project managers have trouble delegating responsibilities, and it's easy to understand why. In many cases, the PM is the most experienced member of the team, having established himself or herself as a subject matter expert before taking on the project manager's role. When projects present significant challenges, or when a project is at risk, it can be very tempting for a PM to try to do everything alone.

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How to Create the Perfect Project Status Report
August 10, 2016

How to Create the Perfect Project Status Report

Project status reports are a constant fact of life for any project manager. Most PMs find themselves creating at least one project status report per project, per week, but that number can multiply quickly if a manager needs to report more frequently, or report separately to different groups of stakeholders.

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How to Improve Work Relationships with Project Management Tools
August 9, 2016

How to Improve Work Relationships with Project Management Tools

Now more than ever, organizational success depends on the performance of high-functioning teams, rather than the performance of individual employees or even senior leaders. Companies that focus on creating well-organized teams have a tremendous competitive advantage in today’s business environment.

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Top Surprises That’ll Blow Your Budget
August 8, 2016

Top Surprises That’ll Blow Your Budget

If anything draws more negative attention to a project than a missed deadline, it’s a missed budget. As common as they are in today’s business environment (a recent PMI study reported that companies waste more than 120 million dollars for every billon in project spending), blown budgets are viewed just as harshly as ever.

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