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5 Ways to Smarten Up Your Task List

5 Ways to Smarten Up Your Task List

A good task list is at the heart of staying organized on your project. Whether it’s a list of To Do actions for you personally at work, or a project task list, here are 5 ways to smarten up how you make and manage your list.

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3 Benefits of Using Project Management Methodologies

3 Benefits of Using Project Management Methodologies

In many ways, your methodology becomes mandated by the Project Management Office (PMO), or is just the way you do things. You follow the processes prescribed because you know they work and they represent good practice. You might do things that way because that’s the way you’ve always done them.

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What Can Project Managers Learn From Content Managers

What Can Project Managers Learn From Content Managers

Because, let’s face it: managing projects is all about managing people, and managing content is about managing people with insane amounts of talent, that often comes with a fair share of insecurity and easily bruised egos. Here are the five things I feel you as a project manager can learn from us content managers.

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Software Reviews

Wrike Review

Wrike Review

Wrike is an online project management software that allows you to customize the way your team handles tasks. This software allows you to not only have complete control over what needs to be done, it is the easiest way to work with team members that are not able to physically be with you – thus working remotely.

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Interviews

Rescue and Recovery of Projects – Part 2

Rescue and Recovery of Projects – Part 2

In this part of the interview we ask expert Antony della Porta how to best apply critical systems thinking (CST) in the recovery of projects, and if focusing on sustainability can help troubled projects. We also focus on what the impacts of delaying the declaration of project trouble are, whether that increases the risk of the project being canceled, if there is a way to determine that the project is not worth saving, and when is it time to gracefully execute the termination process. In the end we ask for his advice to project managers that face troubled projects.

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Rescue and Recovery of Projects – Part 1

Rescue and Recovery of Projects – Part 1

PMTips: Antony, thank you for accepting to do a second interview with PMTips. Last time we talked about Sustainability in Project Management and this time we will focus our talk on the rescue and recovery of projects.

Antony della Porta: Well, I really appreciate the invite actually, Ana, and thanks ever so much for taking interest in my passion, as it were, in change initiative delivery, certainly around sustainability issue, an area which is quite a very keen area for me in particular, and has taken a bit of an ebb and flow, but certainly also for this particular part of the interview regarding recovery, which is really my background, so I'm looking forward to putting some meat behind your questions and therefore grazing some of these points for those out there who want to know or have some idea about how they might go about recovering and areas around project issues etc., so that's really good.

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The Responsibilities, Challenges and Experiences of a Project Controls Manager

The Responsibilities, Challenges and Experiences of a Project Controls Manager

Ali Shahsavari began his career as a Scheduling and Controls Manager in 2005 at MAPNA Group. In 2013, he became a Project Controls Manager at Kiewit – one of the largest construction and engineering organizations in North America. He is a certified PMP® (Project Management Professional) and a PSP (Planner Scheduler Professional). During his career, Ali had the chance to work on a number of large projects in the oil and gas industry.

In this interview, he speaks about his experience as a Scheduling Manager and as a Project Controls Manager, his role in the project controls team, the challenges that he has encountered and dealt with while working on projects and what drives him to be his best self in his day-to-day career.

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