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Work & Project Management

Successful Agency Project Management

Agency life can be as frenzied as your daily commute. For a project manager, it’s a crazy balancing act of creating work that makes clients happy, keeping projects profitable, and employee turnover rates low. But it doesn’t have to be that way. When handling clients and the tasks that drive your agency’s bottom line, successful project management plays a critical role. A centralized leader that manages priorities and oversees collaboration will provide much-needed order across the agency. These benefits lead to a happier team, increased efficiency and more revenue potential. Read on for four tips for successful project management that can keep... Read More

The Pros and Cons of Project Management Software vs. Task Management Software

What’s the best way to keep track of all of your tasks at work? If you answered, “A spreadsheet,” or “Good old-fashioned sticky notes,” you’re not alone. After all, what could be better than keeping a running checklist of your to-dos in Excel, Google Docs, or your trusty ol’ Post-It Notes pad, right? Wrong. You may be a die-hard believer in the Getting Things Done method, but the truth is, there are many tools designed to help you track tasks and projects more efficiently. A quick Google search for “project management software” tells you that the online productivity world is overflowing with... Read More

The ABCs of Software Project Management

Software project management emerged in the 1970s and 1980s during the computer industry boom that put a desktop PC on, well, every desktop. In order to manage the rapid development cycle required to develop new software amid the new ground being broken, companies attempted to apply manufacturing-style project management techniques, but found these fell short in filling the gaps between user specifications and the resulting software. As a result, this new sub-set of project management was born, predicated on what we now know as the waterfall method, with its own unique characteristics specific to software development. Fast forward 40-plus years and... Read More

How to Help Your Team Meet Project Deadlines

If you think about it, the term “deadline” is a pretty horrific word. Most etymologists agree that the term originated during the American Civil War, in the Andersonville, GA prison camp. Federal prisoners of war were confined within a stockade of roughly hewn pine logs measuring 540 by 260 yards, inside of which was a line prisoners were forbidden to cross. According to an 1864 inspection report from Confederate Captain Walter Bowie: On the inside of the stockade and twenty feet from it there is a dead-line established, over which no prisoner is allowed to go, day or night,... Read More

There’s More to Project Management than Process Alone

Nearly everyone who works in a professional setting is being called upon to understand and apply project management principles these days. This month, we’re reaching out to three project management professionals and asking them six universal questions, in hopes of uncovering the underlying principles of successful project management, no matter what specific process or methodology is used. This week, we welcome Naomi Caietti, CEO and managing editor of What are the universal steps that comprise an ideal project management process? An ideal project management process should first and foremost be all about transparency and leadership. Deliver value by managing stakeholder expectations and... Read More

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