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Project Management Leadership Secret: Nurture Effective Communication

We recently reached out to 40 top Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) professionals and asked them to respond to the following prompt: “Please share a remarkable leadership secret that had a major impact on an enterprise project you have managed. Please tell the story and the results that you achieved.” Today we highlight the response of Michael Kaplan, founder and CEO of SoftPM. When it comes to organizational project management, communications is a critical component that, when executed properly, links all project stakeholders to a common set of goals and actions. If project managers (PM’s) do not effectively share these basic... Read More


5 Reasons Your Project Management Process Isn’t Working: Part 2

Welcome to our wrap up of the 5 Reasons Your Project Management Process Isn’t Working. If you haven't already, check out our first post on this subject to discover reasons 1 and 2 that your project management process is broken. Feeling the pain of ad hoc requests and low visibility into what you’re team is working on today, tomorrow, and next month? Let’s explore the next three problems with project management today: 3. YOU HAVE TOO MANY DISCONNECTED TOOLS As we mentioned in part 1 of this series, the average person uses 13 different tools and applications to manage their time and their... Read More


5 Superheroes Who Would Make Great Project Managers

Superheroes obviously excel at stopping bad guys and planet-killing meteors—such is their calling, as the comic books and movies remind us. But any career choice can be unmade. What if a caped do-gooder just decided it was time to try something else, like being a schoolteacher, an accountant, or—wait for it—a project manager? Yes, some superheroes would make just plain awful project managers. Honestly, you don’t want Wolverine anywhere near your Gantt charts. Thor isn’t known for his balanced, long-term approach to work. And Iron Man “doesn’t play well with others.” Cut out those lone-wolf types, however, and you have quite... Read More


The Visibility Challenge in IT Project Management: Part 1

Kari Woolf
Kari Woolf
Tags: IT | reporting | visibility

Before you became immersed in the world of IT project management, you were likely familiar with the popular children’s game Marco Polo. Typically played in a swimming pool, the player selected as “It” tries to tag other players in the pool while keeping eyes closed. But have you ever wondered what’s behind this game of sightless water tag? While it obviously relates to the famous Venetian explorer Marco Polo, it turns out that the details are difficult to verify. Some believe that a young Marco became separated from his caravan during a trip to China and, in a hallucinatory stupor, imagined... Read More


How Creative Project Management Can Help Clients Stick to Strategy

Keeping clients strategically focused is a frequent pain point for marketing and creative agency professionals. After all, you want to work with engaged and excited stakeholders—but how do you keep them from running with scissors in their enthusiasm? “Too often we get caught up in the next big thing and do it just because everyone else is doing it,” said Leigh Gibson, account director at Intrepid, a Salt Lake City-based hybrid communications agency. “It takes discipline to follow your strategic plan.” So, in your creative project management endeavors, how do you get your stakeholders—including creative team and client alike—to stick to the... Read More


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