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How to Plan Your Risk Management from End to End

Project risk management continues to hold the championship belt for the most important-yet-ignored aspect of project management. That is not a wrestling league you want to be a part of. So in a post at the Project Risk Coach, Harry Hall shares some quick advice for planning your risk management from start to finish on a project. Whatcha Gonna Do, Brother? Hall says that your risk management plan is not your risk register, but rather …

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4 Tips for Getting Your First Project Management Job

Thinking about becoming a project manager? Or do you have a kid who has project management in his or her blood? (You might want to see a doctor about that, but I digress.) Then consider this post from Helen Sabell for the IIL Blog. She has four basic tips for how to land your first project management job: Research what employers want. Review your experience and know your limitations. Get qualified. Prepare yourself to step …

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5 Ways to Use Visual Project Management

In school, people learned that there are different types of learners: audio learners, visual learners, etc. And the rise of YouTube and similar services has reawakened the visual learner in all of us. It might be useful to retool your project management style to accommodate for visual learning. In a post at A Girl’s Guide to Project Management, Elizabeth Harrin reviews five ways to make for “visual project management”: Visual planning tools Mind maps Dashboards …

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How to Stay Focused When Assigned to Multiple Projects at Once

In theory, if you involve a person with specialized expertise in multiple projects, that person can “share the love” and sprinkle some genius across all of them. And that is true, but a lot of risks and friction come with that task-switching. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Heidi K. Gardner and Mark Mortensen describe how you can more safely and effectively manage your time across projects. Focus in Chunks First, you should prioritize …

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5 IT Practices That Put Enterprises at Risk

Every year, millions of dollars are lost to cyber-related incidents. Cybersecurity has been put at the forefront of the conversation, and companies are trying to protect themselves the best they can. But there are some simple things that companies can do to protect themselves. In an article on Dark Reading, Darren McCue says which five IT practices are putting enterprises at risk: Using old printers Disregarding alerts Giving away admin rights Ignoring employee apps Being …

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How to Execute Projects That Support Business Strategy

Unlike with a box of chocolates, most people like to know what they’re going to get when a new project launches. Everyone wants to be on the same page, and one of the best ways to ensure that is to have repeatable, predictable processes in place at the project’s launch. In a post to Strategy Execution, Rebecca Leitch gives four steps to make the start of a project more predictable and repeatable: Ensure that there …

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Easy Ways to Reenergize Your Meetings

There are enough bad meetings in the universe that you would probably be hailed as a hero if you could be the one to run meetings that people actually like. Do you want to be that hero? In a post at the Project Risk Coach, Harry Hall discusses some low-maintenance ways to inject real energy into your meetings. Electric Results For semi-regular meetings, just changing the location or the time of day can be an …

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Four Key Digital Project Management Trends for 2018

Project management changes at an admittedly glacial pace. Best practices crop up, and they stay best until someone makes a really excellent case to do otherwise. But year to year, some trends in project management are worth tracking. In an article for insideBIGDATA, Digital Program Manager Nigel Kirkman predicts four trends we may see unfold across 2018: Emotional intelligence PM certifications losing value Blended methodology Accountability and social responsibility What’s Happening in 2018 Emotional intelligence …

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The Basics You Should Know about the PMI-RMP

Do credentials make the employee? Not necessarily, but they help. In a post at the Project Risk Coach, Harry Hall answers these five basic questions about getting certified as a Risk Management Professional: What is the PMI-RMP®? Why should someone consider becoming a PMI-RMP®? What is the PMI-RMP® exam like? How should I prepare to take the PMI-RMP® exam? What study materials do I need? Risk Management Certification Hall starts off by defining the PMI-RMP: …

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Foundational Issues to Revisit If You’re Struggling as a Manager

Not every manager has a rock-solid foundation to build their success upon. Sometimes, you’re just thrown into the position with little training and have to make the most of it. Anyone without the proper preparation is forced to fend for themselves and often find themselves struggling. In a post at his blog, Art Petty explains how you build or rebuild your foundations as a manager. Fixing the Foundation The first step to becoming a better …

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