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Increase Your Schedule Understanding with Smart Project Indicators

When using Microsoft Project to track their projects, project managers want the ability to identify any issues that may harm their schedules. One of the best ways to achieve this is through the use of graphical indicators. By default Microsoft Project offers an out-of-the-box graphical indicator called “Status Indicator,” which presents the current status of…

Project Managers Invited to Help Transform Education

The Project Management Institute Educational Foundation, the non-profit arm of the global membership organization for project managers, is inviting PMs to participate in a sizable initiative: transforming education to help schools implement project-based learning. The foundation recently gave a grant to an education non-profit, Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21), which develops resources to guide…

3 Tips for Successful Project Managers

1. Planning and Reporting Go Together Project planning is often perceived as painful and time consuming. How often have you heard, “What’s the point in developing a plan when I’ve got in all in my head?” or “What’s the value of planning if I can’t draw out any conclusions from looking at it?” Planning is…

The PMO as the Project Sponsor

Is it possible that in an organization with weak or limited project sponsor capability, the project management office (PMO) could act as a sponsor for smaller projects? It is surely better to do this rather than not use sponsors at all. If a particular project is in direct support of the organization’s project practices (e.g.,…

How To Come Up with Accurate Task Durations

The following in an excerpt from chapter 4 of Microsoft Project 2013 Step by Step by Carl Chatfield, PMP and Timothy Johnson, MCTS. Download full versions of chapter 4 and 9.   You should consider two general rules when estimating task durations: Overall project duration often correlates to task duration; long projects tend to have…

Cancelling a Project (Without Cancelling Your Career)

As project managers, we’re hard-wired not to quit. People who quit something easily don’t find the role of project manager to be at all attractive. Project managers are, by nature, optimistic. We are the results-oriented, challenge-motivated, never-say-die, make-it-happen, see-the-glass-half-full sort of people. After all, when the project is in its infancy, where there is nothing…

Behind Enemy Lines: Project Management Secrets Revealed

Expertise-specific tasks usually get left up to the person bearing the title, right? Writers write, salespeople sell, marketers market. But as corporate hierarchies flatten out into a pancake of shared initiatives and collaboration, there’s at least one role that’s sneaking its way into everyone’s responsibilities: project management. So, what do you do if you haven’t…

Killing False Confidence

You leave for your flight well ahead of schedule. Traffic is light and you arrive, unhurried, at the airport. Strolling up to the counter you secretly laugh at the frantic people running toward the crowded ticket line or scanning the flickering departure screens in panic. Being the saint that you are, you even let a…

One Size Does Not Fit All

If Projects Are Unique, Shouldn’t How We Manage Them Also Be Unique? BACKGROUND The question I posed in the title appeared on my radar screen over 30 years ago. I began investigating it and have subsequently written and spoken about it at every opportunity. Even given what we know today it is not uncommon practice…

SharkPro Founder Excited About New Apps

SharkPro Software founder and Chief Executive Greg Bailey says the key trend in project management is technology moving to the cloud, enabling  project managers to be freed from endless e-mail chains and helping them develop more effective, collaborative and social workflows. People want to go to the cloud. People are trying to develop more collaborative-based…

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