5 Ways to Define Project Objectives

Elizabeth Harrin posted on 24 March 2017

Does your project have clear objectives? I hope so: these should be written into the business case and Project Charter. Having objectives is crucial to knowing what it is you are trying to achieve and whether you are on track to get there or not.

You don’t have to have the job title of ‘Project Manager’ to find yourself working on a project these days. Lots of people have responsibility for initiatives, big and small, that are essentially projects. You have to clarify your objectives for...

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3 Gantt Chart Alternatives

Elizabeth Harrin posted on 13 February 2017

Ask a project manager what’s going on with their project and they will probably pull up a Gantt chart to show you.

A Gantt chart (named after Henry Gantt who introduced the idea) is made up of horizontal bars visually representing task durations. The longer the task, the longer the bar. The dates are at the top so you can quickly see when work is due to happen.

There is nothing inherently wrong with Gantt charts. They are well-used and loved by many, they show the big picture for a project and they are visual so they work well for people at all levels.

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The visual revolution is over

Hans Buskes posted on 17 January 2017

I read somewhere that by 2020 video will account for a staggering 75 % of mobile data traffic. Four times as many consumers would prefer to watch a video about a product than to read about it. When you open a newspaper, chances are you come across an infographic. Websites of newspapers use more and more interactive...

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5 Task List Fails to Avoid

Elizabeth Harrin posted on 28 December 2016

Whether you’re managing a multi-million dollar project or planning out what needs to be done for a visit during the holidays, the chances are you work with task lists. Whether you call them To Do lists, activity lists or something else, you’re probably familiar with using them at work and in your personal life.

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5 tips for keeping your virtual team on track

Elizabeth Harrin posted on 25 November 2016

Flexible working, off-shore resources and virtual teams mean that today’s managers spend more time not sitting with their team members than with them.

There’s a degree of trust involved when you can’t see what your virtual colleagues are doing. Are they prioritizing the right tasks? Are they going to get the work completed on time?

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What companies can learn from Movember

Hans Buskes posted on 4 November 2016

What Movember shows - and actually what companies can learn form it -is that having a great story, working for a good cause, building a strong brand (not just a fundraiser, but a foundation for men’s health), designing a creative campaign, inspiring a social movement will lead to great success. Movember is number 55 on the top 100 NGO’s in the world. 

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7 Steps to Fantastic Strategic Alignment

Elizabeth Harrin posted on 21 October 2016

I’m sure you’re aware of ‘strategic alignment’ as one of the top management topics at the moment. We are hearing about it everywhere. All it means is making sure you are doing the right work – business as usual and projects – to help you deliver your strategy. In other words, focus your efforts on the right activities.

It’s not very complicated on paper, but in practice it’s a lot harder to get right. In this article I’ll give you a 7-step approach, inspired by the work of Steve Butler, to help you and your team go from a strategy on paper to a work environment that actually delivers what you want.

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5 Ways to Unleash Creativity in Your Employees

Veronica Hunt posted on 14 October 2016

Do we actually need creativity at our workplace? It’s the most controversial topic I’ve ever faced in my blogging career. And when I asked my colleagues whether they knew any unusual ways to unleash creativity, most of them surprised me with these generalized phrases: ‘Creativity? It’s just a job. You come and do what you’re said to and that’s all.’ or ‘Creativity is for you, writers and designers, sales managers shouldn’t unleash anything’.

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6 problems Project Managers usually deal with and how to avoid them

Alma Causey posted on 7 October 2016

Managing a project is a very serious job and when we think of the term Project Management, it always sounds very technical (and challenging!). To run or manage a project, you are required to plan, initiate, implement and monitor the progress of a team to achieve goals.

Every job comes with its own set of challenges and difficulties. But what are the biggest problems we face as project managers? Here are 6 of the most common problems that project managers face and how can they be avoided or resolved.

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A prompt list for understanding the context of strategy

Elizabeth Harrin posted on 29 September 2016

A prompt list is a shortcut to remembering certain items and today I’ve got a prompt list for you to help you understand the external context of your business strategy.

Whether your business is big or small, knowing where you are going is key to success, and your strategy is a big part of that.

This prompt list is helpful for mindmapping the factors that might influence the success or failure of your strategic initiatives. 

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10 Problems All Startups Face

Mary Walton posted on 23 September 2016

Being a start-up comes with all kinds of opportunities that other, more established companies may not have access to. However, it also comes with its own challenges and obstacles to success. Here's ten of the biggest problems your start up may face, and how to avoid them.

 

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How to tempt back customers without looking desperate

Mark Ellis posted on 16 September 2016

No one likes long goodbyes, but quick goodbyes are often even harder to come to terms with - particularly when the person scarpering out of the door is a customer.

Customers come and go - that’s a fact of business - and it should never be assumed that the most loyal will hang around forever. That mindset only leads to complacency and, before you know it, long-standing clients will leave without so much as a parting wave or regretful glance over the shoulder.

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Social Media Startup Guide: 5 Basic Strategies to Grow

Joan Selby posted on 25 August 2016

With over 2.307 Billion global social media users, it will be foolhardy for any business not to leverage this platform for maximum promotion.

Finally, there is a distribution channel that will allow you to reach a targeted global audience while interacting and engaging with them as well. At the same time, you get to glean insights about the demographics and buying patterns of your customer.

Social media is such a powerful tool right at your fingertips, and with the right social media marketing strategy in place, can go a long way in building your business.

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5 Steps In Planning A Negotiation

Elizabeth Harrin posted on 19 August 2016

Are you about to go into a negotiation? Whether it’s discussing an employment package with a new employer or closing a deal with an existing supplier you’ll want to read these 5 steps to planning the best negotiation for you.

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The novice guide to taking meeting notes with mind maps

Mark Ellis posted on 11 August 2016

For a long time, just like everyone else, I would take meeting notes with a piece of paper and a pen. As the meeting progressed, I’d note down quotes from others, promises on my behalf and anything that struck me as being important.

This presented two problems each and every time I did it...

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