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The More of Less in Projects

I’ve been enjoying the book The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own by Joshua Becker. Mr. Becker says that most of us own too much stuff. And we tire of cleaning and taking care of our possessions. The accumulation of stuff can rob us of life. The author has caused me to think about the clutter in my projects. Do I really need all the stuff? Are all the …

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3 Ways You Can Categorize Project Risks

So you’ve compiled a list of possible project risks. It’s long and thorough, but it’s a bit too long on its own. Categorizing these risks would be the best plan of attack to get them under control, but how would you go about categorizing them? Have no fear. In a post for Project Management Tips, Elizabeth Harrin has you covered with three different ways to manage your list: Categorize by nature Categorize by level Categorize …

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6 Traits to Identify When Hiring Your IT Project Managers

Project managers, as the name implies, are the managers of a project. But ultimately they’re much more than that. They’re leaders who push their projects forward and teams toward growth. In an article for TechRepublic, Moira Alexander covers the six essential traits of a good project manager: Fast learner Conflict resolution skills Exceptional communication Initiative Emotional intelligence Stress management Find the Great Traits A project manager needs to be as adaptable as possible to their …

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Losing Your Decision-Making Bias Is Harder Than You Thought

Bias underscores many of our actions and the actions of businesses in often imperceptible ways. Acknowledging that bias exists is important, but that in itself is not enough to actually reduce its presence. In an article for McKinsey, Tobias Baer, Sven Heiligtag, and Hamid Samandari describe specific processes by which you can “debias” various types of decisions in business. Blind Spots of the Brain The strategies commonly employed to reduce bias in decision-making right now …

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The (Double) Objective of Your Meeting

Today, I would like to talk about a basic topic: knowing the objective of a meeting. Meetings remain an essential part of projects. Whether they are traditional meetings, teleconferences, or virtual meetings, you will need to talk to various persons. Yet meetings can have a bad reputation. They can be viewed as a big waste of time. And indeed, some of them are. I am sure we all can share bad experiences of useless meetings. …

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What Do You Do When Your New Team Doesn’t Work Hard Enough?

Inheriting a new team is like getting a used car–sometimes they’re great, and sometimes there needs to be some work done. But what if a team has gotten so far off track that sweeping changes are needed to fix problems a previous manager avoided? These would be sweeping problems that were completed by multiple people throughout the team and not just the actions of a member or two. In an article for Harvard Business Review, …

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How to Power Up Your Project Presentations

The project presentation is your time to shine. It’s the time where you can convey your project to anyone who is interested, so making a good impression is key. In a post at the Project Risk Coach, Harry Hall explains how to easily improve a project presentation. Project Presentation Pro Tips Presenting a solid presentation can take a good deal of prior planning on the presentation itself. Structuring the presentation in a simple format (introduction, …

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5 Easy Steps to Maximize Project Management Failure

Doing well at project management is hard. There is just so much to do and to do it well takes time and effort. But being terrible at it can be so much easier to pull off. In an article from CIO Australia, Colin Ellis lays out the blueprint for failure in five easy steps: Set unrealistic targets. Ensure senior managers don’t have time for governance. Skip planning. Invest in processes but not leadership. Make everyone project …

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Four of the Biggest IT Project Stressors (and How to Relax)

Being project manager can be very stressful. The expectation to perform all the necessary tasks and keep the project on track fries enough nerves as it is, not to mention the additional stress that may be present. However, some of these stressors can be alleviated rather easily. In an article for TechRepublic, Moira Alexander describes four solvable IT stressors: A boss who can’t say no to new projects Insufficient resources to get the job done …

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Simplicity: What’s Left When You Ignore Everything Else

Have you ever stopped at the supermarket to reflect on the constantly improving state of the art in maximizing grain yield per acre? Of course not. You simply grab a loaf of bread, glance at the “Sell by” date, and put it in your cart. You don’t feel a sense of gratitude that you and your family probably won’t die of starvation, as was so common for earlier generations. You don’t feel a sense of …

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