10 Reasons You Need an Operational System of Record
Managing work and the processes that make it happen can be a challenge for any size organization. With a variety of systems in place—from purchasing to project management to proofing to accounting, not to mention home-grown processes for every procedure—the hodgepodge of platforms can be
How to Become a Project Manager: Two Paths
If becoming a project manager interests you, this is your post. First, know that project management requires a unique combination of skills.
Project managers need to manage deadlines and ensure your team sticks to its scope of work, while having the people skills to motivate and encourage your team
Reimagining "Office Space": What if Initech Had Work Management Software?
Office Space, that cult-classic comedy that shined a spotlight on cubicle-farm drudgery, turns 19 this year. Whether or not the film stands the test of time could depend on how old you were at the time of the film’s release, but for me and many of my fellow Gen Xers, it rings painfully true. Or at
10 Project Management Knowledge Areas: What You Need to Know
Project management isn’t just about assigning and following up on tasks. But, do you know all the Project Management Knowledge Areas and how they work together?
Whether you’re studying for your Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam, freshening up your knowledge, or just looking to streamline
Simplify to Succeed: 6 Quick Workflow Tips
How many big businesses succeed? It depends on how you define success. And how you define a big business.
According to a Bain & Company survey, only 11% of public companies with more than $500 million in sales become “sustained value creators.” Two-thirds of the companies in this group stagnate,
How to Plan a Project
A project plan, also called a project management plan, defines the scope and objective of a project. Developing a project plan is one of the most important steps in ensuring a project is delivered on-time and on-budget.
It doesn’t matter if the project is a new website or a new building—a project
3 Keys to Surviving in the Age of Digital Transformation
When your product becomes a verb, you know you’ve reached critical mass—with name recognition, at least. It may even mean you’ve achieved market domination. We’ve all watched it happen with Google, Photoshop, Skype, FaceTime, and other brands.
TiVo, it seems, had reached this vaunted status, only
How to Create a Work Breakdown Structure
Between proposals, scope statements, and project plans, you might feel like you don’t need another document to create before you kick off a project.
But the more clarity you can provide up front, the more likely it is that your project will be on time and within budget—and avoid being among the 25%
How to Create a Workflow
We all have informal processes for the things we do every day, from getting ready to go to work to deciding which emails to respond to first thing in the morning. Processes help us make sense of the complex things we do, and getting them down on paper helps cement them in our minds and gives us a
Embrace the Suck: How to Make Mundane Tasks More Meaningful
Imagine ranking every task of your working week on a scale from “I do this to pay the bills” to “I do this to make a difference.”
Each end of the scale represents how motivated you feel: from trudging through tedious-but-necessary tasks to challenging work that pushes you to perform at your peak.