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How to manage multigenerational teams

Team cohesiveness is essential to successful projects. Having a team that functions, communicates and works as one, with shared goals and visions, is a priceless asset in project management. However, achieving team unity can be a tricky task for project managers (P.M.s). Besides having to manage disparate personalities and even direct reports who work remotely, [...]

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How to learn from failure

For every successful project, there are many more that never make it. Project managers (P.M.s) spend a lot of their time failing. Yet there’s no reason to discount the time, effort and energy spent on a project when failure can actually be a learning experience. As the quote attributed to Thomas Edison, noted inventor, says, [...]

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How nonprofit project management differs from the corporate environment

Nonprofit project management can offer PMs personal fulfillment, but it may also be different and more challenging than they expected. Read on to learn more about the nuances of nonprofit project management.

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How project managers can tackle sustainability and CSR

Growing concerns related to the climate and social and economic well-being have become influential for modern consumers. Now, people are more likely than ever to base decisions on their personal values. They want to buy from brands and work with professional partners that align with their own core beliefs, whether that relates to the environment, [...]

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Project manager job outlook

The project management profession is gaining ground as business processes become more complex. Companies are seeking the best talent to guide their initiatives.

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Seven qualities of leadership in project management

Project managers aren’t just looked to for their management skills, but also their leadership skills. Here are some of the most important qualities for good leaders.

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How to manage remote reports and virtual teams

Working remotely and video conferencing are fast becoming the norm in modern professional life, and project managers need to know how to best address these distant and digital reports.

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Top 5 myths of project management

Be aware of the myths of project management. Failure to heed them may end up costing you and the project.

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Lean, agile, waterfall: Exploring the methodologies of project management

Each unique project will call for project managers to apply a different methodology to get results. Read on to learn more about what those methodologies are.

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Industries where project management excels

Some of the most important sectors to the economy depend on skilled project managers. Read on to learn more about what those industries are and what PMs do in them.

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Tips for managing nondirect reports

Nondirect reports can pose a challenge to PMs. However, there are ways to impart authority and inspire these employees to achieve.

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Tips for Building Strong Teams in the Workplace

Team building is a complex, fragile and necessary process. A successful, strong team must have mutual understanding, respect and confidence; members must know their roles and the larger goals of the team; and an effective, confident and assertive leader must take charge. Here are some tips for building the strongest teams.   Assign the role [...]

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Tips for Stakeholder Management

A project stakeholder is defined as any person, group or organization that is involved with, has an active interest in, or has influence over a project and its outcome. Depending on the project, stakeholders could occupy different roles, be in different time zones and have different expectations. This is why stakeholder management is such a [...]

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Nonverbal Communication Cues for Professionals

Effective communication is vital for any professional. Business relies on networks of mutual trust, understanding, respect and confidence. When you make deals or meet colleagues, what you say is important, but nonverbal cues are just as important, as they can positively or negatively impact or complicate what is being said.   Body posture There’s a [...]

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Fundamental Elements of a Contract

Every legally enforceable contract contains a few fundamental elements: an offer, acceptance, consideration, competency, mutuality of obligation, legal capacity, and terms and conditions. Contracts can be verbal or in writing. Any ambiguity surrounding these elements can lead to the voidance of the contract. Therefore, it is necessary to understand them precisely. Here’s a rundown of [...]

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11 Strategies in Culturally Responsive Negotiations

Any negotiation requires understanding of the cultural context of all of the participants. This is especially true for cross-cultural negotiations, in which participants come from varying backgrounds with different traditions, etiquettes and communication styles. Here are 11 strategies to use when negotiating with people of diverse cultural backgrounds.   Knowing the players It is vital [...]

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Communication and analytics: The two sides of project management

Project management can sometimes be narrowly thought of as just dictating and delegating, ensuring that work is done in a timely and effective fashion, and little else. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth. There are a number of roles and responsibilities wrapped up in the project manager title, and each may require a [...]

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Why project management? Career outcomes for professionals

Earning a master’s in project management may prove to be a good bet for those interested in the field or looking to set themselves apart from the competition. One key draw to project management is its applicability across a number of industries. Businesses of all types and sizes launch new projects routinely, and they need [...]

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Five Stages of Workplace Conflict Resolution

Workplace conflict can reduce morale and cost organizations millions of dollars in productivity losses. To manage this issue, managers should mentally prepare and remember to lead by example while remaining calm and logical. Although disputes vary, several strategies form a helpful framework for conflict resolution. It is important to listen before offering suggestions and guide [...]

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Virtual Team Management Best Practices

Over half of all firms employing virtual workers achieve significant productivity increases [3]. It takes the right people to build an effective off-site team. Though this work is more flexible, it is still important to schedule employees to work together, conduct regular meetings and assign finite deadlines. Virtual managers must also establish how team members [...]

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How Big Data and Analytics are Transforming Business

Analysts predict that by the year 2020 organizations will house 4.4 zettabytes – or 44 trillion megabytes – of information. As businesses embrace big data, they are gaining more perspective into their markets and discovering previously unrecognized ways to improve operational efficiencies. Mobile device proliferation only enhances these capabilities, and as the technology continues to [...]

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5 Key Principles of Agile Project Management

Agile project management is an innovative approach to new product development. Compared to traditional, product- or outcome-based project governance, agile project management provides an entirely different operation environment. Though there are dozens of different agile methods, with one of the more commonly practiced agile methodology called Scrum, the project team divides goals into segments (also [...]

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The Opportunities Provided by Virtual Team

In an increasingly globalized economy, businesses are looking for innovative ways to drive down costs while maintaining an organic and authentic presence in markets worldwide. Particularly in areas where linguistic or cultural norms are unfamiliar, having local team members can help to streamline and accelerate the process of sustainable organizational development. Even enterprises contained in one [...]

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Reduce Issues with an Issue Log

A dedicated project manager working on a particular undertaking has already formulated a project plan. He or she begins to put together the needed items to carry out the project, and along the way, schedules tasks, makes changes, encounters questions and performs other functions. In addition to the project schedule and budget, he or she will want [...]

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Conflict Management: A 7-Step Response Process

Conflict management is a remarkably important part of leadership. Even when assets like time and money are in good supply, conflicts can arise almost spontaneously when any stakeholder perceives a threat to his or her status. The basis of an individual conflict might range anywhere from a small misunderstanding to a complete clash of worldviews, and [...]

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4 Traits for Successful Organizational Leaders

Leaders hold an outsized influence on any organization’s future. Their immense impact on the success or failure of organizational strategy means they must be aware of their own habits, assumptions, perceptions and shortcomings. As a leader takes on greater influence, especially at the executive level, it’s essential that he or she continues to evolve, not [...]

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Common Challenges in the Project Life Cycle

The fun in Project Management lies in the challenges it presents. Project management is a juggling act they call “multitasking.” Any project has a beginning and an end and several phases in between. And, each stage of the project life cycle presents challenges for the career Project Manager.   Keep it simple! Projects vary from [...]

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Industry Update: Project Management Practices

Project Management is on a global growing spurt and will continue through 2020. According to the Project Management Institute (PMI) 2013 Talent Gap Report, as the profession grows by over $6.6 trillion, the global economy is seeing 15.7 million new project management roles created in seven project-intensive industries.[i] Also included in the 2013 Talent Gap Report, 10 [...]

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Tips for Managing Contracted Government Projects

When a company wins a government project, it is expected to perform as per the set milestones and timelines. This is sometimes a challenge for several firms. There are several internal and external factors that cause the project to derail. However, if the company takes the necessary precautions and drafts a clear plan, the project can run all the way smoothly. Here are a few tricks for managing contracted government projects.

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Karl Kroening – Student Spotlight

1. What is your background (current position, industry, years of experience, etc.)? I am presently a Project Engineer, in a test equipment department, for a major aerospace company. I have been with my current employer, and in the aerospace industry, for the past ten years. Prior to this I held multiple positions, over a twenty-eight [...]

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The Basics of Project Management

The need to remain relevant within the market place is a major driving factor for change in businesses. This need for change means each business will undertake numerous projects of varying sizes and lengths over its lifetime, even if it does not classify them as “projects”. Therefore, the project management skill set is vital and [...]

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An Introduction To Professional Communication

Communication skills in the business world can make or break someone’s career. Many companies, colleges, and websites for jobseekers offer some training and articles on soft skills, especially communication. We all communicate every day, all the time, whether we realize it or not. Effective communication includes not only the spoken world but also nonverbal communication, [...]

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Breaking Down Risk Management

According to Maria Lazarte of ISO.Org, “risk is the effect of uncertainty on an organization’s objectives.” In other words, risk is any factor that may expose a business to some form of danger. However, it must be noted that risks can also create opportunities if proper risk management procedures are in place. What is Risk [...]

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A Look at Project Organization And Scheduling

Any well-run business must constantly look for ways to improve efficiency, and strive to make new projects more streamlined. In fact, for most organizations, the major cause of lost revenue and reduced competitive edge is poor project management, through which billions of dollars are lost every year. It is essential for an organization to work [...]

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Leadership And Decision Making

It is inevitable that leaders, no matter what type, will be faced with  many different decisions.  Some decisions will be minor and may not affect anyone but themselves.  Other decisions can be quite large and have the capacity to affect everyone and anyone under their leadership.  Decision making is part of a leader’s daily expectations.  [...]

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