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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5 Ways to Empower Team Members to Perform at their Best

Marcus Varner
Marcus Varner

5 Keys to Empowering Employees, I had to click on the link. Kindred spirits, both Grant and I believe that today's workforce wants to contribute to something bigger than themselves and longs to be managed by dynamic leaders who can share the passion and vision for what they're doing. When this happens within an organization, your have companies like Apple, Nike and Electronic Arts creating products that define markets and energize their customers. I think the same thing can happen within any project teams. Here are Derner's 5 Keys: Challenge and Inspire: "Today's modern generation of talent is... Read More


The Search for Project Management Systems That Actually Cover the Work Lifecycle

Project management systems, in theory, should organize the management of projects from beginning to end. Unfortunately, the focus of most work management tools has been restricted to one-off apps that focus on only small sections of the entire lifecycle of work, which in turn leads to confusion, late deliverables, and frustration. What's gone wrong and how can we fix it? Project management systems facilitate the management and execution of all the various activities and processes involved with ensuring a project’s success. Regardless of whether a project resides within software engineering, IT operations, marketing, civil engineering, product development, or some... Read More


Four Steps to Project Time Management

The knowledge area of time management typically refers to "the skills, tools, and techniques used to manage time when accomplishing specific tasks, projects, and goals." To become an effective time manager, you should be able to clearly understand the activities of the project and have the necessary skill set to plan, schedule, and control a project timeline. Along with these skills, you must also be able to utilize time management tools to help you analyze, measure, and assess your time management techniques. Keeping all of this in mind, may I suggest four steps to help with project time management? Define the... Read More


Four Keys to Managing Stakeholder Expectations and Delivering Value

Marcus Varner
Marcus Varner

Managing stakeholder expectations is an important part of managing project-based work. If you're lucky, project stakeholders have clearly defined the value of what the successful outcome of their project might look like. I say lucky because unfortunately, clearly defining the potential value of an initiative before the project has begun seems to be the exception rather than the rule in most organizations. However, if success is not clearly defined, it's up to the project manager to initiate a dialog to determine the value and desired outcome. Otherwise it's difficult to successfully complete any project. And what's more, it's never a... Read More


Risky Business: Five Steps to Project Risk Management

Marcus Varner
Marcus Varner

"Risk comes from not knowing what you're doing." —Warren Buffet Risk is to projects what gravity is to the world around us.  Risk is inherent in the process of project management, whether we choose to recognize it or not.  And like gravity, risk can be both beneficial and detrimental to our projects.  A skier uses gravity to propel himself down the slope, while understanding that the same force necessary for this propulsion can also cause great harm to the body and weaken confidence when a sudden and unexpected fall occurs.  Like the skier, those of us involved in work management, must... Read More


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