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How to Create a Free Gantt Chart Template in 10 Minutes Without Using Excel

Project managers around the world will agree, the most time consuming aspect of being a project manager is creating timelines. Time is a constantly evolving variable, so it’s always a good idea to look for ways to manage it well. What if it were possible to create a Gantt chart template in 10 minutes? Even

Productivity

How to Stay Focused at Work and Avoid Interruptions

If you find it hard to stay focused at work and can’t concentrate, you’re not alone. Dr. Gloria Mark, who studies interruption science as an associate professor at the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California, found that the average office worker is interrupted every three minutes — that’s

Productivity

Need to Make a Tough Decision? A Decision Matrix Can Help

Wrestling with a tough choice? A decision matrix is an easy way to get a handle on how your choices stack up—using criteria that matters to you.

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How to Do Project Risk Management: A Manager’s Survival Guide

Project risk management is the process of identifying and planning for potential risks, which are factors with the potential to affect the schedule, budget, or performance of your project. It’s a concept that causes us to have (in addition to Plan A), a Plan B, C, and even D if a project is big or

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How to Create the Perfect Project Management Plan

A project management plan is the plan a team follows to complete a project. A useful project management plan includes the targets and goals of a project and provides a clear definition of roles to be played by everyone involved. It is the responsibility of a project manager to review these strategies and make revisions

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Skyrocket Your Team’s Productivity with a Workflow Management System

When a project manager tells you that they don’t know where they’d be without their workflow management system is, they’re not being truthful. They DO know. They’d be wasting valuable time by inputting the same data into multiple systems, flooding the inboxes of every team member with status requests, and mass-emailing excel documents every time

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5 Popular Project Management Methodologies and When To Use Them

With all the project management methodologies out there, how do you pick the right one? As a project manager, you know that selecting the correct methodology is an essential part of getting the project done correctly and on time. These processes provide you with guidance and a series of predefined steps that lead to task

Productivity

12 Productivity Tips to Help You Work Smarter Not Harder

Do you want to be more productive? Then you need to work smarter not harder.

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Project Management Basics: How to Plan and Execute Projects Like A Pro

If you’ve read any of our other blog posts, you know we often get deep into the details of project management. From knowing your project’s baseline and how to properly use Gantt charts to learning how to work with your steering committee, things can get a little complicated in this industry. But every now and

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How Do You Create a Strategic Plan? An Overview of the Strategic Planning Process

Ask any project manager if they have a strategic plan for their latest job and they’ll typically reply in the affirmative. Most of them are wrong. What they usually have are over-extended business plans that should have been retired once the project was up and running. Business planning and strategic planning are not the same

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The PMs Guide to Managing Multiple Projects With Ease

When you’re managing an unusually complex project, it can feel as if entire days are spent planning the implementation, predicting and managing risks, and communicating with team members. If multiple projects fall on your plate simultaneously, everything is amplified, and you’ll likely regret that the ability to clone yourself doesn’t yet exist. Take a deep

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How to Prioritize Projects So You Meet Every Deadline

You know you’re a project manager when… Everything is vitally important There’s never enough time in the day to finish everything that needs to be done As counterproductive as it sounds, too many companies select and initiate projects in a siloed manner. Everything is decided on a department by department basis with no idea of