Category Posts: Project Management

Project Management & Time Tracking, A Perfect Marriage?

“A man who dares to waste one hour of life has not discovered the value of life” (Charles Darwin)

Today we want to bring out a discussion about a valuable resource than, more often than not, we want to multiply or stop: time.

The evolution of technology has brought us new ways to find out how we’re distributing time, especially at the workplace, and project management is a particular case where this effect is noticeable. When we are immersed in the execution of a project it is very important to know how much time we are spending on it. But, why? We want to show you 4 benefits that arise from the use of time-tracking tools in your project management for both those of you who occupy the position of project manager and the rest of members of the project:

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The Project Manager: The Ship’s Captain

Managing a project is like trying to lead a ship to port. It takes a captain capable of weathering storms, keeping the morale of the crew up, being clear about the destination and route to follow and mastering the art of navigation. In short, in a project there must be a true leader and, therefore, leadership is one of the essential capabilities that must be present in a project manager, as indicated in our last post.

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New Year’s Resolutions to Improve the Management of your Projects

Hello!

2016 is here! Now it is the moment to think about how the last year was and to gather all the resolutions for a new period full of new projects.

We want to take this opportunity to share with you our new year’s resolution list to improve how projects are managed in 2016:

  1. Take a look back and assess the good and the bad from 2015.
  2. Actually “manage” all projects – they don’t get managed by themselves :) Read more »

Want To Be The Best Project Manager


Project Manager Skills

This post will deal with the key capabilities that allow you to achieve the success and recognition you are seeking at your job.

All necessary skills to achieve it, both technical and interpersonal, may be grouped into 4 major pillars, management, leadership, communication and organization:

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Happy Project Manager Day!

Today, Thursday November 4th, we celebrate the 12th edition of the “International Project Management Day”. This day was established in 2004 by Frank P. Saladis and since then it has been held the first Thursday of November each year, with the aim of giving greater visibility to the value contributed by the project management and highlighting the work of project managers around the world. Therefore, it is considered further the “Project Manager Day”.

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Avoid Your Projects Getting Sick. Monitor!

We will look below at the importance of project monitoring during implementation. With this one, we close the series of articles on the 6 key factors of project failure about the most common mistakes in project management and how to avoid them.

Just as we go to the doctor regularly to monitor our health and make sure there is no problem, our projects require a continuous and comprehensive “check” to detect possible “diseases” during execution. Without constant monitoring of the project progress, it is impossible to identify errors in planning or deviations in implementation or redirect the project towards meeting the objectives.

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Dynamic Project Management in Response to Changes

In a rapidly changing environment like this, where the level of uncertainty in organizations is high, it is essential to carry out an appropriate management of internal and external changes that may happen in a project to ensure its success.

Therefore, we know that the project is a dynamic, affected by a big amount of factors, some of them unpredictable. Only then, we will be able to respond to them quickly and avoid deviations that prevent us from meeting the expectations of stakeholders.

The keys to successfully carry out a “dynamic management” of the project are:

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The Importance of Good Project Planning

Let’s continue with the series of posts on the keys of failure in project management. Of those 6 key factors that we identified, we have had already the opportunity to talk about the importance of teamwork, the definition of the project objectives and the use of appropriate methodology. On this occasion, we will analyze the risk of planning the project in the wrong way and its impact on their subsequent implementation and monitoring.

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One of the most common mistakes in this area is given by the mismatch between project objectives and the resources and time to reach them. Sometimes, ignorance or lack of experience in the execution of a particular type of project may lead to underestimating the time and resources needed for its realization. To avoid this it is necessary to identify the tasks to be carried out and anticipate any possible deviations that may occur within the natural discourse of the project.

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Project Management Methodologies. Which One Should I Use? (Part II)

Hello everybody!

We bring back the subject that we started last week and we continue talking about the project management methodologies. If a few days ago, we wrote about their origin and characteristics of predictive methodologies, now it is the turn of the agile methodologies that were born to address weaknesses identified in the predictive techniques.

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Project Management Methodologies. Which One Should I Use? (Part I)

Hello everybody!

For this last post in September, we want to pick up the thread of posts about the 6 key reasons for the failure in project management. In the next two posts, we are going to take a look to project management methodologies and try to answer the questions that someone may encounter when dealing with this subject.

What methProject Management Methodologiesodologies are there? What are the differences among them? Which one is the most suitable for me?

Rationale behind the project management methodologies

Let’s define a project as the set of linked activities that have a common goal which has to be achieved in a predefined time span and with a particular set of resources. There are 3 key elements in the development of these activities: people, processes and tools/technologies. And therefore, the first step to take is to organize them so that they are completely coordinated.

Project management methodologies started to be defined in a formal way by the US army during the 50s. The goal was to reduce the number of projects that became out of hand and to solve some common problems that appear in most projects:

  • The load of work that is planned is too low or too high.
  • Costs surpass the project budget.
  • The final result doesn’t have the expected quality or value.

In general, project management can be predictive or agile, and as in any other subject, there are supporters of one and the other.

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