Project Management Best Practices

  • How to Write Status Reports that are Worth Reading

    How to Write Status Reports that are Worth Reading

    Status reports are a critical part of project management. We all write them, but hardly anyone reads them. Here's how to change that. The post How to Write Status Reports that are Worth Reading...

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  • How to Manage Chaos: Advice on Project Management and Workplace Conundrums

    How to Manage Chaos: Advice on Project Management and Workplace Conundrums

    Project management expert Elizabeth Harrin answers readers’ questions the challenges, risks, and rewards of project work.

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  • Embracing Uncertainty in Software Projects

    Embracing Uncertainty in Software Projects

    Software projects are full of uncertainty. Good project managers will put risk management, change control and communication plans in place to manage scope and balance uncertainty. Learn how in...

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  • 4 Common IT Project Management Challenges and 4 Solutions

    4 Common IT Project Management Challenges and 4 Solutions

    IT projects are notoriously difficult to manage, and failure is an all-too-common outcome. The right IT project management software can help manage the risk, but the odds of failure remain...

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  • How to Manage Scope Creep—and Even Prevent It From Happening

    How to Manage Scope Creep—and Even Prevent It From Happening

    Scope creep—the insidious tendency for software projects to grow beyond their original bounds—looms on every software development project. If you’re a project management professional, avoiding...

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  • How to Solve the Top 9 Project Management Challenges

    How to Solve the Top 9 Project Management Challenges

    Learn about the top nine project management challenges facing businesses today and how to solve them.

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  • 10 Ways Project Management Software Can Improve Your Career

    10 Ways Project Management Software Can Improve Your Career

    If you use project management software and think of it as just that tool you use to do your planning, then you’re really missing out. Because this everyday tool can enhance your career in a number...

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  • How to Motivate Your Team to Track Time

    How to Motivate Your Team to Track Time

    Does your team groan when you they hear the words “track time”? Is it an activity that everyone on your team tends to duck and dodge and you’re on a repeat loop every week reminding people do fill...

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  • Dear Elizabeth: Managing Client Feedback and Making Deadlines

    Dear Elizabeth: Managing Client Feedback and Making Deadlines

    Dear Elizabeth: I’m project managing 100 projects (seriously), and struggling. The main thing is deadlines – we have a fixed project deadline, but it’s largely in the control of our customers as...

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  • The Project Manager’s Guide to Managing Job Stress

    The Project Manager’s Guide to Managing Job Stress

    You probably know about some of the negative impacts of stress—on your health, on your relationships, on your career. But here’s an angle that few of us speaks about in the world of project...

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  • The Day I Gave Up Updating the Project Schedule: A Story

    The Day I Gave Up Updating the Project Schedule: A Story

    I remember the day I gave up maintaining the project schedule. It all took place a few years ago at a little Thai food restaurant in Dearborn, Michigan. The best Thai food place in Metro Detroit...

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  • 3 Ways to Improve Work Relationships Using Project Management Tools

    3 Ways to Improve Work Relationships Using Project Management Tools

    It’s easy to think of project management software as the tool you use to take care of business. It’s what you use for logging, tracking and monitoring. You use it for scheduling, budgeting and...

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  • Your Project Budget Just Got Slashed, Now What? How to Do More With Less

    Your Project Budget Just Got Slashed, Now What? How to Do More With Less

    In the mid-90s, I managed a project for a utility company that included a team of 20+ people. I have always liked to start my workday early, and one particular Friday, I was already hard at work...

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  • Why You Should Use Predictive Scheduling for Your Projects

    Why You Should Use Predictive Scheduling for Your Projects

    I had a hallway conversation with my colleague about the best way to manage a project schedule. My colleague admitted to developing a pretty Gantt chart at the beginning of the project because...

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  • Dear Elizabeth: Advice Column for Project Managers

    Dear Elizabeth: Advice Column for Project Managers

    In case you missed it last month, we started a monthly advice column that addresses the hard and tricky business of managing projects. Our advice-giver is one of the best PM coaches and...

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  • 6 Tips to Manage a Demanding Workload

    6 Tips to Manage a Demanding Workload

    Here’s a common pain point that I see in my project management coaching practice: project managers with an overwhelming workload who are unsure how to turn the situation around. The overload...

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  • 3 Best Practices for Managing Ad Hoc Projects

    3 Best Practices for Managing Ad Hoc Projects

    In mainstream project management, you typically strive for a recurring set of tools and workflows: the scope statement, the work-breakdown-structure, the financial analysis, time and cost...

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  • 5 Reasons Why Using Spreadsheets is a Horrible Way to Manage Projects

    5 Reasons Why Using Spreadsheets is a Horrible Way to Manage Projects

    Learn why using spreadsheets to manage your projects could be affecting the overall outcome of your work. The post 5 Reasons Why Using Spreadsheets is a Horrible Way to Manage Projects appeared...

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  • Will a Project Management Certification Help Your Career?

    Will a Project Management Certification Help Your Career?

    Weigh the options of getting a project management certification and whether it will benefit you in your career. The post Will a Project Management Certification Help Your Career? appeared first on...

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  • What Do You Do When Your Project Stalls?

    What Do You Do When Your Project Stalls?

    I remember when our technology and consulting company started a project to develop a system for automating a key process for one of our biggest clients. This system was going to save our client a...

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