Basecamp shortcuts

Team collaboration with Basecamp Are you a Basecamp user?  If so, you may enjoy this post from Café Quill, a website to chat about work, life, and everything in between. I have used on a few projects Basecamp. Their service is well-designed to support team...

Udemy best of 2014

Discovering uDemy In 2014, I discovered uDemy.  I mean, I was aware of the platform, but never took a course on it before 2014.  As I started to write my book at the beginning of October 2014, a book on leadership in project management to be published in early 2015, I...

Project management books on Amazon

Learning with books It is important as a project manager to constantly improve and learn.  This is how we continue to add more value to our projects. The work environment is dynamic and very competitive.  It is up to us to be proactive and manage our career.  Of...

2014 UK Project Manager Salaries ebook

Career in project management A website on project management often focuses mostly on knowledge related to project management.  We do the same on Project-Aria, with the addition of leadership and productivity.  But the project manager is also a person, so I added two...

Basics of leadership – habits of happy people

Leadership in project management   Leadership in project management is essential.  As the profession becomes more and more important in organization, and not just used for minor activities here and there, it has to play a more strategic role.   Leadership in...

Career advice from women… for all

Women in the business world   Here is a good presentation on Slideshare.  It provides career advice from women.   I think it is great to have as much diversity as possible in the workplace.  We need multiple point of view.  If you want a weak organization,...

Leadership Lessons from the Conductor’s Podium

Leadership in music Life as choir director and conductor   This is not going to be the usual kind of post on project management or on leadership. I don’t run a company or manage projects worth many dollars. What I do lead and manage, though, I consider far more...

Interesting courses on uDemy

Courses to discover Here are some interesting courses on uDemy. For a very short period of time, until end of the day on October 31, 2014, uDemy offer them at a very special price of $10. I immediately took the opportunity to buy a few and am sharing with you. Use...

2014 Project Management Trends

Celoxis Project Management recently published a presentation on Slideshare called "Top 5 Project Management Trends in 2014".   I am always curious about innovation and new ideas, so of course this kind of reports attracts my attention.   [learn_more...

A study on the new role of digital project manager

Digital Project Manager Software Advice publishes periodically interesting study on project management and the job market for project manager.  I published a link to one of their reports in a recent post: Requirements for project manager.   Software advice...

Project reports

The choice of Tools to support a project   Project management is all about delivering results. The tools that we use as project manager should support us in achieving this objective. It should not be the other way around. A good project is well supported by the...

The art of doing presentation

As project manager, it is important to master the art of doing presentations.  Most projects will require at some point a presentation.  It may be at the beginning of the project, during the initiation phase.  Or it may be at the end of the planning phase to present...

Microsoft Excel Tips for Project Managers

There’s lots of great tools that Project Managers (PMs) use in their day-to-day work. ou may have heard that Microsoft Project is THE tool that PMs should use to manage projects. Or for the folks that like tools in the “cloud”, Basecamp is another option. But what if...

The 3 keys in project management

The question This is a question I hear often: You can find many different answers in various books, articles or forums.  Often, I find that the answers are mostly aligned with the specialization of...

Inspirations from leaders

A simple post today with some interesting thoughts from other leader. Enjoy! [slideshare id=38006129&doc=top-ceo-quotes-final-140814155856-phpapp01]

Changing the project manager during the project

The ideal scenario The project management theory is built on an ideal scenario.  A project is initiated, a sponsor assigns a project manager, a team is selected (hopefully by the project manager based on competencies required), and everything is done by that team...

Podcasting tips from a listener

My discovery of podcast A while ago, I decided to explore the world of podcasts.  I must admit that I did not join early this new form of media.  Usually, for technology, I am a very early adopter.  But somehow, podcasts did not interest me much for a long time.  They...

Time to update my annual life plan

The importance of a plan As project manager, we know the importance of the planning phase, and having a written plan for our projects.  I think we should also apply this concept to our personal life.  Things that are written and intentional tend to have better chance...

2 years – Top 10 posts on Project-Aria

2 years of Project-Aria I am about to go on my annual vacation.  I love to travel, so this is always a nice part of the year.  I usually travel in the summer, as it is easier to coordinate with the schedule of the kids.  Anyway, if I don't do that, it just means more...

Improving productivity beyond the system

Busyness   I discussed recently what to do in period of extreme busyness, in the following two posts: Back from extreme busyness 5 tips to manage your productivity in busy time   Theses posts discussed improving productivity.   I noted in some responses...

5 tips to manage your productivity in busy time

The ideal life Ideally, we are good at organizing in our calendar all the activities, projects and tasks that we have to do.  Ideally, we can enjoy productive days at a good pace.  We can achieve results and progress toward our goals and enjoy life at the same time. ...

Back from extreme busyness

Busy life   It has been a while since my last post.  I apologize for that.  Project-Aria is still definitely alive and well.  I have many ideas for the future, and am still very dedicated to Project-Aria. I got very busy.  Too busy.  And to make it worse, I did...

An introduction to project risk management – the processes

Part 1   This post is the second part of a 2-part part on project risk management.  Part 1 provided an introduction to project risk management and an overview of how it can help project managers better manage the uncertainties on their project.  Uncertainties can...

requirements for project manager position

Working as a project manager We like to read and learn on project management.  But what does it take to be hired as a project manager?  That is an interesting question.  You can find opinions from various authors.  However, there is another way to identify these...

Become the leader you are looking for

Life lesson Many years ago, before I met my wonderful wife, I was dumped by a great girl I thought for sure I'd marry one day. I had been dumped before, but this time had been different. I asked myself "why did this great girl leave me?" And after the frustration and...

7 tips on professional development

A year of intense professional development   I just completed a review of my activities completed in the past year.  I am happy and proud of the results.  I have done a lot in 12 months. I must say it has been a mix of being pushed and choosing on my own to excel...

Project Management Video – The Expert

This is an excellent project management video. The video is presenting an important problem that happens unfortunately too often. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKorP55Aqvg Key mistakes that can destroy a project Bad leadership from executive Leadership, if badly...

7 tips to prepare for an interview

The job search project Searching for a job is always an interesting journey.  It is rare that we are an expert in the job search process.  While it is true that we no longer stay in the same job or organization for our whole career, searching for a new job is still is...

winning support for your project

Beyond the project plan   Here's an interesting question.  After all, even if you are an expert on the subject of your project and have developed a very good and comprehensive plan, you may still hit bumps.  At some point, you will note that something is missing....

People in Project Management

Did you forget about people? Project management can easily only be defined as an activity performed to achieve an objective: a new product, a new service, a research, a study, etc.  A project is approved and launched to achieve an objective, and a project manager is...

Project Leadership Coach – Discover Susanne Madsen

Project Leadership Project Managers often come from a technical background.  And then project management methodologies make them focus on intellectual activities such as planning, tasks, milestones, events, etc. However, it is not sufficient to manage a project team....

Projects and operations in project-based organizations

Projects and operations   Project management is often viewed in opposition of operations.   It is also important to know and understand projects and operations in the context of project-based organizations.   But let's start with the classic view of...

Defining project success

Question of the day Here is a question on project management that I read today.  It immediately caught my attention. Do you understand what success looks like before starting, or do you get stuck in and work it out as you go? Project success is of course what all...

Project Information Management

Project documents   Today's topic is very administrative, yet it is also very important: project information management.  Managing project documents is essential in a project if you want to complete tasks and monitor and control the project  efficiently. It is...

PMP Study Plan – The final blitz and the exam

Study plan I have been studying intensively for the Project Management Professional (PMP) exam since mid-December.  I had this plan to obtain my PMP for about 2 years. I started in August to accelerate my PMP study plan.  The first step was to read completely PMBOK,...

Manage your career and resume actively

Your career is a key project Managing your career and your resume actively is an interesting exercise. It should be viewed as the most important project in your personal portfolio of projects.  Why?  Because the world of stable employment for decades in the same...

Project-Aria and Project Management on Twitter

Presence on Twitter This website is of course the main platform for Project-Aria.  However, I am also actively participating on Twitter. If you are on Twitter, and interested in Project Management on Twitter, take a look! You can find Project-Aria on twitter at the...

The PMP study plan – the exhaustion phase

The PMP Study Plan I am starting 2014 with an intense focus on this project: to obtain my PMP certification.  So intense that it is pushing many other project aside, including publishing many posts here on the website.  They just stay there, in draft.  Hopefully, I...

Study time for the PMP exam

Last blitz of study I am on my final study weeks to take the PMP certification exam. Many websites out there gives advice and tips on how to obtain the PMP certification. You can often read the following key steps to pass the exam: Read the PMBOK: Done! Find an online...

2014 – A new year for this project management website

A new year for our project management website   2014 is starting, and it is the beginning of a new year for all, including this website.  I am happy with the progress in developing this website on project management, leadership and productivity tools.  The very...