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Not Today (Book Review)

Not Today: The 9 Habits of Extreme Productivity tells the powerful story of what it’s like to have no time to get anything done and yet need to keep a business and a family afloat. At times, it made me tear up: parents Erica and Mike Schultz lay their experiences of their son’s illness bare. It’s a book about how to be extremely productive and make the most of your time drawn on their experiences of having to manage a business around the edges of dealing with their son’s illness and being there for their other children. It draws [...]

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The Stakeholder Salience Model and How to Use It

What is the stakeholder salience model? The stakeholder saliency model was proposed by Mitchell, Agle and Wood (1997). They define salience as: the degree to which managers give priority to competing stakeholder claims. Their model looks at how vocal, visible and important a stakeholder is, allowing you to create a typology of stakeholders to whom you should pay attention. Project stakeholder management and saliency Project management relies on people: you need the project team to get things done, and that team might include [...]

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How to use a bullet journal for project management

How do you manage your projects? Whatever it is you’re managing you’ll probably use, or need, a tool to help you do it. Maybe it’s a Trello board, a Kanban board, a system of sticky notes…Asana, Toggl… a wall calendar and planner, or a combination of them all! What remains the same is that there is a lot to manage. And a lot to remember. There’ll be different tasks, different meetings, and multiple deadlines to meet. Ideas, notes and dates for your diary. You might have multiple long-term projects on the go, as [...]

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Office Timeline Pro+ Review [2021]

Office Timeline is a powerful PowerPoint plugin for creating professional timelines and roadmaps. The Pro+ edition is aimed specifically at project managers needing to create timeline slides for executive briefings and project reviews. In this review of Office Timeline Pro+, I’ll share the pros and cons that I found from using this tool. Summary Product: Office Timeline Pricing: Basic: $59 per year Pro: $99 per year Pro+: $149 per year There is also a limited version that is available free. Hosting model: [...]

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Is Hybrid Really a Popular Project Approach?

What is hybrid project management? Hybrid project management is a trending topic at the moment. It refers to the tailoring of the project management approach in use to deliver work. Instead of rigidly adhering to a waterfall (predictive) or Agile (iterative) method, project teams pick and choose elements from the range of approaches to choose a way of working that suits them. For example, in my old company, we ran some projects within the framework of a predictive approach at program level, but within that, certain teams would deliver [...]

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Struggling to implement PM software? You’re not alone

GetApp’s survey of over 1,000 managers, decision-makers and SME owners has revealed that despite the proven benefits project management software brings to businesses, more than half of employees opposed their managers’ suggestion to implement PM software.  A whopping 55% of employees were against the implementation of project management software in their company. 25% of employees believed that PM software would give them too much work and would therefore not be worth it14% didn’t see the value of it11% didn’t want to have to [...]

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Project Decision-Making: A Process Guide For How To Do It Better

We were due to go live with our pilot software launch but things didn’t feel right. We had the go/no go meeting and as I sat in the office, it just felt like we weren’t ready. My project sponsor was on holiday in Canada. I emailed him, because I wanted to be told that we were making the right decision. I got a message back: his hotel had burned down. He and his wife escaped with his phone and her jewelry. He sent a photo. It was bad. So that meant the decision was on me. Delaying was the right thing to do, but not an easy choice. [...]

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7 Best PRINCE2 Books for 2021 (Including PRINCE2 Agile Books)

The PRINCE2® certification exam is tricky to pass because of the style of objective testing and the number of questions you have to answer. But PRINCE2 itself is not a difficult method to learn – and the official manual is actually pretty easy to follow and understand. When I did my Foundation and Practitioner exams, I only used the two official PRINCE2 handbooks: Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2 and the partner book: Directing Successful Projects with PRINCE2. To be honest, I didn’t think about buying any other [...]

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From To Do to Done: Book Review

Have you ever wondered if there is a better way to manage your actions and control your To Do list? If you have, this book from Maura Nevel Thomas will give you the tools to evaluate how you organize and track tasks efficiently. Like, super-efficiently. From To Do to Done: How to go from busy to productive by mastering your to-do list, is part of the Empowered Productivity series from Ignite Reads. It’s a short, colorful, nicely laid out and giftable book, designed to be impactful in just an hour. The book guides you through the [...]

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What can I do with a degree in project management?

Are you wondering whether it’s worth getting a degree in project management? Or what you can do for a job once you finish your bachelor’s or master’s studies? This article is for you! You’ll learn: What job titles to look for once you graduateWhat industries you can work inWhat you can expect to earnHow to transition from another industry via a degreeLots more!Ready? Let’s dive in! What can you do with a degree in project management? The simple answer is: you can get a job as a project manager. About 16% of project [...]

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