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Are You Thinking Critically?

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by Jeff Collins

Critical thinking will allow you to be a more rational and disciplined thinker. It can reduce your prejudice and bias which will provide you a better understanding of your environment. This perspective can provide you the skills to evaluate, identify, and distinguish between relevant and irrelevant information. It will lead you to be more productive in…

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7 Steps to Creating a Project Budget

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by Joe Somerville

Creating an accurate project budget is the most important aspect of placing a bid for a project or finalizing the planning of a project. However, many project budgets fall short of expectations due to a failure to identify all the potential costs within a project budget. On the surface, the budgets seems like it only…

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6 Ingredients for Project Management Success

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by Jeff Collins

There is strong anecdotal evidence that failure and success in PPM can affect both the company’s share price and the career outcomes of its leading executives. This makes project management success very important.  Reducing or eliminating failures and nurturing successful project management capabilities should therefore be at the top of a company’s strategic objectives – if they are…

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6 Principles of Strategic Enterprise Project Portfolio Management

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by Innovative Management Solutions

The world’s top oil and gas companies understand that strategic portfolio management is the next step in the maturity of enterprise project portfolio management. There is a substantive difference between strategic enterprise project portfolio management and conventional enterprise project portfolio management. Let’s take a closer look at the distinguishing factors. Principles of Strategic Enterprise Project…

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7 Steps to Help You Calculate Your Estimated Project Duration

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by Jeff Collins

When you build a schedule you need to understand how to estimate duration. If everyone worked eight hours per day, and was 100% productive for all eight hours, you could easily calculate your estimated project duration by taking the number of effort hours, divided by the number of resources. For instance, if an activity was estimated at 80…

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7 Ways to Accelerate Your Project Planning

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by Jeff Collins

The project planning phase represents one of the most critical times in project management. Additionally, the project planning phase can easily last longer than the actual work on the project. However, you can accelerate your project planning by following these seven steps. 1.  Be a Diplomat Regardless of expectations, you cannot hope to please all parties’…

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9 Tips to Running A Productive Project Management Meeting

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by Jeff Collins

Project management meetings can be boring, and you’ve probably seen one or two of your participants start to doze off. As the project manager, you understand how planning leads to action, and you can plan to use nine tips to run a productive project management meeting. 1. Don’t Wing It! Project managers who attempt to…

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Leveraging the Power of Visibility in Project Management

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by Innovative Management Solutions

What is Project Management Visibility? A shared misconception of project visibility centers on a fear that sharing information across an organization will increase the potential for information overload. Additionally, it is a collective belief that these streams of consistent communication can create more work and confusion and less productivity. Although misguided, these fears run rampant through the…

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How To Track Project Performance The Right Way

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by Jeff Collins

Most managers try to keep tabs on their team’s progress throughout the duration of projects. Since it is not always possible to pinpoint exactly how an initiative is developing, project managers often resort to relying on their gut feelings. Experienced managers find that this often turns out to be an accurate assessment of the project’s…

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How To Prioritize Your Multiple Projects

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by Jeff Collins

Sometimes, there just doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day to finish all of your tasks. As a project manager, everything is vitally important, and you have to determine how to prioritize your projects to be of the most benefit. Depending on the size of your projects, your tasks and projects  may span…

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How to Advance Your Career In Project Management

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by Jeff Collins

How many projects have you been a part of? If your existing project management experience is lacking, you may have difficulty advancing your career. When searching for a new project, you may find many employers are looking for experience and dedication to project management. However, it can feel difficult, at best, to advance your project…

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How S-Curves Can Help Track Project Performance

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by Joe Somerville

Completing a project successfully for any type of organization has always hinged on the ability to track project performance along various milestones.  Putting goals in place at the beginning of a project is one thing — without the proper amount of oversight and performance tracking along the way, certain small issues can quickly turn into big delays…

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