Marcus Varner
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Marcus Varner

Over the last nine years, Marcus Varner has worked in every type of content—from writing to video production to design. His focus is always on breaking through the clutter while engaging audiences with brands' most foundational messaging. He currently oversees all corporate- and awareness-level level content at Workfront.
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Project Management Methodologies: A Beginner's Guide

Chances are, you've heard about project management and project management methodologies (PMM), but your knowledge on the topic might end there. What are the different methodologies and how do they help teams work better? What are project management methodologies? With its roots in engineering, construction and military defense projects, project management activities have taken place on an ad-hoc or informal basis for thousands of years. However, it wasn't until the 1950's that formal, disciplined methodologies began to be defined and used in a widespread fashion among organizations. These approaches to managing work are all about specifying the best way to... Read More


Project Management Tips from Santa Claus: Making a List and Checking it Twice

Marcus Varner
Marcus Varner

It's the holiday season and you know what that means... Santa Claus is coming to town! Okay, but seriously, whether or not you personally celebrate Christmas or believe in Santa Claus, you've got to admit—the concept of Santa Claus is pretty spectacular. I mean, talk about being the ultimate project manager! From managing teams of elves, to managing the Naughty and Nice Lists, to making reindeer fly, to the production and delivery of millions of toys for the children of the world in one night, St. Nick is one epic specimen of project management (speaking of which, check out the ebook "3 Reasons Project... Read More


Best Practices for Scope Management

Marcus Varner
Marcus Varner

The knowledge area of Scope Management is all about making sure that the project includes only the work required to complete the project successfully.  To be effective at scope management, you must learn to control what is and what is not in the scope of the project.  Below are some of the best practices for successful scope management. 1.    Collect Project Requirements 2.    Define the Scope 3.    Create a Work Breakdown Structure 4.    Verify the Scope and Get Feedback 5.    Monitor and Control the Scope Collect Project Requirements The ability to define and then effectively control the scope of a project depends a lot on the goals... Read More


Project Failure: 10 Famous Failures and 5 Ways to Spot Them Before They Happen

Project failure is no stranger to most teams, but there are ways to spot it before it makes headlines. Here are 10 of the most infamous failures ever and how you can spot such failures before they happen… 10. Sony Betamax It was higher quality, but the lower price of VHS-C camcorders and the 40+ companies that decided to run with VHS was just too much. 9. New Coke If it ain't broke, don't fix it. There was nothing wrong with old Coke. 8. Polaroid Instant Home Movies A reputation for standing around shaking a photo that may or may not have come... Read More


Project Management Knowledge Areas

Marcus Varner
Marcus Varner

The lifecycle of work includes every type of work—daily lights on work, ad hoc requests, special executive tasks, projects, and fire drills—and the identifying and prioritizing what to work on first, planning and coordinating that work, and seeing it through execution to delivery to measurement. As a project manager, your specific field of expertise requires you yo know the inner workings of the *project * type of work in finite detail. The project manager's bible, i.e., the PMBOK, describes nine knowledge areas or categories of the project management discipline. Gaining expertise in any one of these knowledge areas can help you become a rock... Read More


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