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I love modern project management application.  they are far better than the 90s way that was just focused on managing the project.  Now, they integrate project management with Team Collaboration.  Team Collaboration is so powerful for efficiency gain, higher quality...

Delegate!

Yes, this is a common mistake.  As a person gets promotion and more responsibilities, the same person forget to learn to delegate.   Delegate, delegate, delegate.  It is fundamental, and non-debatable.   You must delegate.   So here's some management tips on...

Time management

Time is one of the essential component of project management.  For a project manager, it is important to consider your time as precious, and manage it accordingly.  You will not optimize your time management, until you start to consider your time as very precious....

PM PrepCast

PMP Certification To obtain a certification, it is very important to be disciplined and have the proper tool. Here is an excellent resource for those learning project management and trying to obtain their PMP certification.   The PM PrepCast is a Project...

10 critical IT trends

Cloud computer, fast innovation, and a landscape always changing are not going to disappear.  If one thing, this is going to accelerate, and IT and Senior Management must face this reality or face harsh consequences. Once understood, IT innovation is a huge source of...

Changes

Changes... It seems to attract a lot of writing. Change Management is a popular topic today.  But how can one resist changes when we live in a world of fast innovation (and ever faster), and constant changes in the environment? Is the whole discussion on changes based...

CrocoDoc

CrocoDoc is a web application that let the user view & comment on any document.  You can review a Word document, fill out a PDF form, mark up an image and more. View PDFs, Office Docs, & Images Documents display beautifully in your browser. No Flash or plugins...

WebNotes

How to organize efficiently research with modern tools?  This is a good question, so I am researching option.  I think knowledge management is important, and using IT tools is essential. When everything was done in paper, you had to decide on the ONE dimension that is...

How not to be too smart

A leader is often the one that has ambition, knowledge, expertise, etc.   People look at him to lead the team in the right direction.   But can the strength be also the cause of some weaknesses?  Yes.  As this article says, You Can’t Be Effective When You’re Too Smart...

Task Names

It is important to name a task in a way that makes it clear what should be achieve. Yes, you will see a productivity boost when everyone in a team understands what we need to do and why.

Podio

Podio is an interesting Project Management and Team Collaboration web app.  The following article is an interesting review of Podio on businessinsider.com  Podio: A Collaboration Application That “Does It All” It should be noted that Podio was not developed by Citrix,...

LinkedIn habits to quit

LinkedIn is a platform used by many professional and persons managing projects. Here is an interesting article on how to best use the platform. LinkedIn habits to quit By Daniel Newman | Posted: September 25, 2012 Here is a excerpt of the article More than anything,...

Time is not results

I love this article.  In the knowledge work of many jobs today, time management is important, yet managing time can be misleading.  What you need to manage is productivity and efficiency.  And unfortunately too many times senior management thinks that working more...

A.nnotate

I like to have a paperless workflow.  While it is true that the paperless dream has often failed and is the cause of many jokes, I do believe that we now have the technology to make it happen.  It is just a many of building the right habit. As an example, I like to...

Are you sure doing a PowerPoint Presentation is a good idea?

On the subject of presentation, PowerPoint presentation is definitely not a novelty anymore!  I would even say that most do them like robots, thinking it is simply "the professional thing" to do.   But is it?  Is it really what your audience is looking for?  Is it...

Create a Presentation Your Audience Will Care About

Presentations... just like meetings... These are probably two things that often go bad, or very bad, in the workplace.  Too many people use Powerpoint in a robotic mode, fill it with content, and everybody in the audience is bored to death. And then, there's those...

What is Project Portfolio Management?

I think project portfolio management is fundamental for many organizations, and too many organizations manages project as distinct totally separate universe.  I even think that mastering Project Portfolio Management is more important than standardizing all project...

Leadership and Trust

This is an interesting article on Leadership and Trust.  Trust is hard to build and easy to lose.  You don't gain trust with a promotion, or a MBA degree.  You cannot order trust. The Eight Pillars of Trust Source: https://www.leadershipnow.comFrom the article, I note...

Inbox Management

Efficiency is something that I love.  While I always try to reach the highest quality possible, if not go beyond...  It is even more pleasant to be able to get there efficiently.  Any techniques, knowledge, skills that save me time is precious for me. On that note, it...

8 Things Remarkably Successful People Do

I love the last one: 8. They are never too proud. To admit they made a mistake. To say they are sorry. To have big dreams. To admit they owe their success to others. To poke fun at themselves. To ask for help. To fail. And to try again. [button...

Book: Leading Apple With Steve Jobs

Apple is now such a great icon of creativity, productivity and profitability.  And all of that based on innovation, not useless banking tricks such as financial engineering.  Steve Jobs had a different vision and style.  However the company was so big that he could...

Overcoming Fear

To follow-up on yesterday' post on fear and the destructive energy of imaginary fear, here's an interesting article to positively solve this issue.  It is important to overcome fear and negative imagination if someone wants to reach excellence , and learn to enjoy the...

Focus

Steve Jobs: "People think focus means saying 'yes' to the thing you've got to focus on. But that's not what it means at all. It means saying 'no' to the hundred other good ideas that there are."

Fear and Imaginary drama

Yes, fear of failure is a powerful destructive force.  Fear.  Imagination.  Imaginary fear.  Paralyzed by the unknown.  I have seen too many people living 50 of the last 1 drama in their living.  But in their mind, everything is true and driven by fear and...

Using MindMapping tools for taking notes

Interesting article on using MindMeister, a mindmapping web application to take notes.   Mind Mapping: Taking Notes August 24, 2012 Do you find it hard to study large topics? You’re not alone, studies have shown that students can learn a lot faster and have a better...

Directly Responsible Individual and the Power of Cloud Apps

I am a true believer in the efficiency of project management and team collaboration web apps.  I often say that the efficient gain is not incremental but transformational. Clarizen is one of those.  Some key elements of the article below:     In the business world, it...

Success of optimistic team

    I fully agree.  An optimistic team is better, and even more important an optimistic leader is to achieve excellence!       The Optimistic Team for Project Management Success By Jorge Valdés Garciatorres, PMP on March 12, 2012 11:34 AM "A...

10 Things Winners Do Differently

I think "high performance" requires the same mindset, in sports, music, or project management. So this is one article that is useful for leadership   10 Things Winners Do...

The importance of implementation.

Indeed, strategies are unless without an excellent implementation plan.  Why do strategies if we are not going to successfully implement?  Often we put way too much important in strategy that we forget that mastering implementation is just as important.  I guess it is...

Nice video on Workfront

For efficiency, I think it is always important to use the best tools possible to manage a project. In my mind, using a project management web app is a must.  The benefits are so great that the improvements are not arithmetic, not geometric, but transformational....

VersionOne – Agile Made Easier

Many of the project management application are based on either a waterfall approach to planning or on an extended form of To DO list. Here is an interesting web application that I will try: VersionOne.  Here is a product overview from their website. Product Overview...

Leadership and Humility

Here is an interesting article called Six Ways to Be the Project Leader that Doesn’t Suck. I do believe the team is important and sometimes we exaggerate the importance of the leader.  It is the collective skills of the team that makes it happen.  And it is important...

Dashboard

Dashboard is a popular topic, a popular quest.  It is a concept everybody is trying to realize, yet it seems difficult to achieve. What should be on a dashboard?  Should it be status updates?  Should it be the strategic view? I am one that think web project management...

Presentation

The goal of a presentation to a meeting, a group, executives, board, etc. is to communication key information in order to move the activities to the next steps. But too often, presentation are prepared differently.  It's as if the goal was to create a Keynote...

Project management and strategic plan

I often find that we talk too much about strategy.  Yes you read that correctly.  It probably sounds surprising.  Why do I say that? Yes, it is important to have a strategy.  I am a chess player and in chess you must have a strategy to play a good game. ...

Critical Success Factors Scrum and Lean Management

MindMeister is an interesting and powerful web app for Mind Mapping. Here is a public Mind Map titled: Critical Success Factors Scrum and Lean Management Take a look             Related Site: MindMeister Previous post on MindMeister Podcast 378: Mind Meister with...

GroupMap

  For those interested in brainstorming, I discovered this new web app that is still in beta.  It is called GroupMap. Their website describes the app like this: Real time, collaborative brainstorming with a twist. GroupMap shows you what the group is...

Cost of IT Tools

We all know that there are many new tools available to help us achieve our objectives.  They are meant to make our work more efficient, more production, enhance collaboration, better planning and reporting, etc.  It seems there's a never ending stream of new cloud...

6 Most Overrated Management Concepts

I love this article.  It lists these 6 concepts as highly overrated management concepts Consensus Customer Focus Brainstorming Rightsizing Human Resources Leadership And I would agree with its contents.  Often we forget that success requires the will to act and work...

TeamworkPM

Of all the web application out there to manage projects, this is one of the best I have seen.  I have been using it for a few years, and not just testing it. Here are a few things that I like: - Very nice interface - good iPhone and Android app - constant and regular...

Skitch

Here is an interesting application that I am going to try.   It is free and works with Evernote.   It is designed to let you annotate, edit and share your screenshots and images… fast.   I will give it a try.     First impression of Skitch: it is...

Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac

I love my Mac for its productivity. But if you are like me and like to play with various system, what do you do?  Having multiple computers at home is not that much fun.  So I like flexibility... I have tried different options.  For me, Parallels Desktop 7 is...

Email: Make it structured, social and actionable in Podio

This is a nice idea.  I have a Podio account and am curious to try this new feature.  I definitely have move out of managing stuff by email in the last years of my life.  I much prefer online project management and team collaboration apps.  It provide a much better...

An Example of Project Management Gone Bad

I think it is very important to have social discussion with your team, and be connected.  This is the same thing that I commented in the article on managing by walking around. Unfortunately, too many times, we describe successful project management as processes,...

8 Top Tips to Consider When Managing Risks in Your Projects

Interesting article on Risk Management that was published PMHut.com. Note that article has been removed from PMHut since the publication of this article. You can read more from Cora Systems on their blog. What is the key tip that I like the most? Monitor risk as its...

Mindomo – Mind Mapping

Hello,   I have done a few Mind Mapping and found it useful.  I still have a lot to learn on how to do it efficiently.   I have found this web application: Mindomo.  It seems interesting.   From their website: Why Mindomo and Mind Mapping? Do your daily tasks involve...

Effective Risk Management That Isn’t Boring

I love this one.  I never understood why management tools have to be boring.  They must be effective, and without a good communication tool, it is often just a good intellectual exercise. I have often enhance business results by changing the way it is communicated. I...

Obsession with SmartPhones

I love my modern productivity tool.  I sometimes say that my iPhone is like an implant! But! While I agree that we should not develop an obsession for IT tool and social media, sometimes people many the wrong analysis. The phone is not the problem.  If somebody has...

Managing by walking around

It seems this old concept is not dead... And of course it is not dead.  Management and leadership is not just a strategic job done in a bubble.  It is a social activity.  You have to be visible to your team.  A leader needs to see and sense the reality out there, not...

Every Leader Is an Artist

Too often, leadership is describe in a very boring and disconnected way in business and leadership books.  It is described as if it is a logical process, like a software.  Leadership would not exist without human being. I also think that the business world in MBA-type...

The Bell Rock Lighthouse

Looking at the past, we can often find project that are very impressive, and I am not even sure anyone would try to accomplish some of these projects. Here's one. The Bell Rock Lighthouse, built in 1807 by Robert Stevenson. Bell Rock was the scene of many shipwrecks...

The Role of Executives in a Lessons Learned Session

I absolutely agree.  Lessons learned and any review of processes for improvement is far too often oriented towards the working level.  It is as if the executives have no impact at all on the result.  If it would be the case, why do we have them? The best way for an...

AtTask YouTube Page

I didn't know Attask has a YouTube Channel.  I just subscribed to it. http://www.youtube.com/user/attask/featured AtTask is an excellent online project management software....

Podcast 378: Mind Meister with Michael Hollauf

L. Greg Voisen has on his website, Inside Personal Growth, a podcast on MindMeister.  Please take a look (or listen!) I do like MindMeister and have an account. Michel Source: Inside Personal Growth Podcast 378: Mind Meister with Michael Hollauf I have recently been...

Mind Mapping / Brainstorming tool – Spiderscribe.net

Hello, I am currently exploring this tool: Spiderscribe.net.  It seems nice.  I will post a review in a few days.  Anyone has used it?  Please feel free to comment. Website: http://www.spiderscribe.net/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SpiderScribe?sk=wall Twitter:...

Deloitte Ponders Future Talent in the Human Cloud

I do agree that technology is changing the workplace a lot, and social network communication and cloud computing are here to stay.  Moreover, they are not just minor changes, but transformational.  For anyone not using these technologies, there is a huge risk of being...

To Be Number One, Get the Right Number Two

I always believe that success means that I can leave without having everything falling apart. Too often the success is too much dependent on one person. That is bad, because the organization should be larger than one person. It should survived the departure of a key...

scumology.com

Hello to all, Here is an interesting website on Agile methodoly. Why Scrumology will help you do better Agile Development If you want to learn about Agile software development and Scrum, you’re in the right place. If Agile software development is not working for you...

RMC Project Management

Here is an interesting training source on project management.  I will need to explore it a bit more, but I am passing the information. RMC Project Management Founded in 1991 by Rita Mulcahy, RMC Project Management is the innovator in project management training and...

Program Management

I think it is always very important to be able to understand subjects from various levels and different dimensions. The macro and the micro. the long-term and the short-term, ouput and outcome, etc.     In my experience, very few can be effective program manager. And...

Cloud Storage options

I am a big fan of online services. I have tried so many of them and just keep trying more. It is almost an obsession... 😉 Cloud storage is a very nice service. No longer can you say that you are stuck because the file is at home or at the office. From my iPhone, I...

Cloud application – Mindmeister

Using online technology can be very efficient.  I love cloud technology and am a big fan of them.  I say that they are not different, but transformational.  They will open doors to things that were not possible before, and that we could not even dream before.  To...

Waterfall Model Advantages and Disadvantages

Anyone working in the field of software development, will of course, know of the famous waterfall model. It is nothing but the life cycle through which a project goes. Scroll below to learn the advantages and disadvantages of this software design model. The original...

Introduction to Agile

Agile is a different methodology that everyone should learn, because of its flexibility.  We live today in a complex ever changing environment.  Standard waterfall project management technique may not work well when things change weekly.

7 Signs of a Bad Leader

And what questions to ask if you are interviewing. Published on May 20, 2012 by Bernardo Tirado, PMP in Digital Leaders   Many of us remember our worst leaders and for some of us we still are working with them. Below are 7 signs to find out if you are reporting into a...

How Extremely Successful People Sell Their Ideas Internally

Unless you are CEO, or a member of the C-Suite at the very least, you generally can’t convince your organization to create a new structure, but you can persuade it to perhaps attack a given problem from an unusual angle. (“Hey, boss, can we think about this...

A Quick Look at Cloud Computing

The impact of cloud adoption across the enterprise Cloud adoption is rising at an astounding rate and presents a significant shift in the way businesses operate.  For many organizations, transitioning to cloud services can be a gradual evolution made over several...

4 Reasons why your Project Board isn’t working

Who on your project will have the authority to make decisions at the most senior level? Who will get you access to the resources you require?  Who will unblock problems and sign off the extra money the project needs? These are all functions of a Project Board (or...

Experience Productivity from Anywhere with Box OneCloud

Box OneCloud brings together all your mobile content into the secure Box cloud. Experience productivity from anywhere and accelerate your business with a collection of mobile apps that integrate with Box to simplify and extend your workflow, while keeping content...