Category Posts: Project Management

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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Set Your Projects Goals

We continue the series of posts about the 6 key factors for the failure of your projects. Last post we talked about football and the importance of team work in a project’s success. Now we go for the first item of the list: setting the goals as the first step to make a project successful.

Why are goals important?

There are five main reasons:

  1. They are the foundation to make decisions in later stages of the project, at the same time that they allow to define what the boundaries of the project are.
  2. If they are agreed upon with the customer, then you have taken a step forward for having the customer’s expectations fulfilled.
  3. They provide to all members of the team with a clear and well defined target. That’s why it is very important to communicate the project goals to everyone in the team.
  4. They constitute the foundation for the subsequent project planning. They help to divide the work into tasks, estimate their duration and assign the tasks to team members. In addition, once the goals are ranked by priority, it is possible to decide what amount of work and effort you want to invest in each one.
  5. Having no goals means that it is impossible to monitor the development of a project or even to determine if it is successful after its completion.

How can you set good goals?

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Football: Example of The Importance Of Teamwork In The Success Of A Project

Our last post (6 Key Factors of Failure Projects) initiated a series of articles on the most common key factors for failure in project management and how to avoid them to be successful. Let’s start with the last of those mistakes listed (6. Giving the team a minor role in the project management) talking about football.

Spain national Football Team

Well, what has a football team to do with project management? A lot, you’ll see. A football team is not very different from any other group of people working together to achieve a common goal. Read more »

6 Key Factors of Failure Projects


Let’s talk about the essential factors that  should guide us to success in project management. But, this time, we want to vary slightly the approach and analyze the most common mistakes that prevent projects succeed and not conform to expectations in terms of results, term or profitability.

What are the most common errors you should avoid if you want to achieve the expected results in your projects?

Project Management Success1. No defining clearly the project objectives

One of the main causes of project failure is the lack of clear, measurable and attainable objectives. You need to know what you want to achieve to conveniently manage the efforts of all parties involved. It is also essential in this process the customer expectations management, whether internal or external, to ensure that the goals are aligned with what is really expected and ensure their satisfaction with the outcome of the project.

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Benefits of the SaaS Project Management Software

So far, we have written about our new application and about the model in which it is based. Why is it important for a company to have a tool to manage its projects? Given the current situation of all companies, we all find the necessity of working harder, faster and in several projects at the same time, optimizing expenses in order to obtain the best profitability possible. To achieve this goal the best movement is to learn how to organize our resources and employee time to maximize the functionality of our company. This is not easy though. When a company deals with several projects at the same time, and is possibly composed by a multidisciplinary or geographically distributed team, communication issues may arise. E-mail, telephone, meetings can be used to improve the situation but they aren’t necessarily the best possible way.

This issue is addressed by a number of software solutions such as video conferences, instant messaging, synchronization tools, social networks, etc. However today we want to comment on a tool that is gaining a lot of traction lately: the project management software on demand.

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How to Adapt to a New Manager

Work teams change as new employees are added and others move to new positions or companies. If you chose to start a small business and are growing, you’re probably looking to bring in new hires. However, finding people who are the right fit with your company and culture can prove a challenge. Adapting to a new team takes time. What about when a new manager is brought in? While he/she is part of your immediate workforce, the lines are drawn a bit differently.


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Perfect Project Management (Part IV) = GNOs + Doolphy


With this post we complete the series about how different kinds of organizations make the best use of Doolphy to manage their projects. Today, we want to talk about NGOs, any kind of nonprofit organizations, charity institutions and socially aware foundations.

A “social project” has many common elements with projects that are developed in different environments, such as the business world. The good use of the resources that are available is the key to achieve the planned goals. To do so it is necessary to have a plan, a non-interrupted internal communication and keep track of the project development.

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How to Motivate Your Boss?

Motivate your boss

We all know that team motivation is very important, but what about bosses?

From time to time we may feel tempted to think that a boss cannot be demotivated or should be prepared for any situation. However, we should keep in mind that they are humans and have to suffer a lot of tensions and pressures daily.

They may need encouragement to keep going in spite of troubles.

It can be difficult to find the middle ground between motivating your boss and  sucking up to her or him. I think that you should behave naturally. Thanks to a simple smile you can transmit that everything is ok and they are part of the team despite of the bad times. In short, you should share with them happiness and celebrations and, of course, they also have to be told when there is something wrong or they aren’t meeting our expectations. If people is honest about the existing problems, they can find better solutions, which directly affects their motivation.


As you can see, we are talking about basic and easy actions that help another team member and I’m sure that they affect in a positive way your team, if you apply them correctly, in the long term.


Do you think that is a good thing to have a motivated boss? Do you think that there are other actions to motivate them? We look forward to hearing from you!


How to Adapt to Your New Team


From time to time we have to change our work team and that’s always something that brings some advantages and disadvantages at the same time.

From my point of view, one of the greater benefits is that it enables you to learn from your new workmates in a daily basis. And that is important because in many cases you may share more time with them than with your family or friends. On the other hand, one of the main problems is that you have to adapt to them to achieve good harmony.

And now, we’ll talk about 5 important points that will help you to deal with this situation in the most favorable way:

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