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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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5 Benefits of Assigning Tasks on Your Schedule

5 Benefits of Assigning Tasks on Your Schedule

Often, project managers don’t add resources to their project schedules. If you don’t do a lot of resource reporting from your scheduling tool, it can seem like overkill to add people’s names to the tasks. It’s another step to do and you’re already busy enough.

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4 Ways to Utilize Your 'Free' Time Well

4 Ways to Utilize Your 'Free' Time Well

When you’re independently consulting as a project manager or other type of project team resource, one of the most frightening terms is ‘downtime’.  Or, equally bad…’non-billable hours’. In this economy, both of those terms can strike fear even into the most confident consultant.

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7 Points Concerning Project Deadlines

7 Points Concerning Project Deadlines

Deadlines are part of every project.  There will be easy deadlines, difficult deadlines, and probably even some ‘never-going-to-make-it’ deadlines on your projects imposed either by you, your customer, executive management, or just circumstances way outside of your control.  The key is to not let deadlines eat you and your team alive and keep them in perspective.

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Top 9 Essential Tools for Project Managers

Top 9 Essential Tools for Project Managers

You can get everything from apps dedicated to task lists to collaboration tools, to tools that calculate project risk and model outcomes for you. Here is my list of top 9 essential tools for project managers, the things that I believe you can't do without.

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The Top 4 Items That Should Be on Your Project Close Out Checklist

The Top 4 Items That Should Be on Your Project Close Out Checklist

Phew! The project you just finished is over and now you can breathe a sigh of relief, and you. While most project managers are usually eager to begin the next project, there are still some outstanding steps to take on closing out your previous project before beginning the next one. Properly closing out all projects after completion is ensuring correct project management.

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10 Characteristics of Successful Project Teams

10 Characteristics of Successful Project Teams

Have you ever been a member of a high-performing, smoothly running team? If you have been, it’s an experience that you are not likely to forget. On this type of team there is usually a strong trust bond, people work cooperatively together to reach the common project goals, and often the project is even more successful than the project manager and customer could have imagined. These...

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Twelve Characteristics of Ineffective Teams

Twelve Characteristics of Ineffective Teams

Teams featuring these twelve characteristics often have little hope of success, especially if the conditions persist for any length of time. The proactive project manager must recognize these conditions and take corrective action as quickly as possible.

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