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People, Projects, and Organizations

23 Oct 2014 Posted by Ben Snyder CEO

6 Tips for New Project Managers

For new project managers, managing your first project can be a daunting task. You have to develop a realistic strategy, oversee your team members, solve tactical problems, and make sure your project doesn’t veer off track. Project management professionals have to be prepared to deal with last-minute requests or changes, while sticking to the deadline. […]

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09 Oct 2014 Posted by Ben Snyder CEO

Creating a Project Schedule That Has Hope

Wouldn’t it be nice if you were able to consistently create a project schedule that is a realistic timeline for completing a project successfully? Wouldn’t it also be great if you were able to predict the completion of the project as work is finished and before the unforeseen arises? You can! But, this kind of […]

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07 Oct 2014 Posted by Ben Snyder CEO

Does Project Scope Have To Change Over Time?

Project management professionals love the idea that they should be able to define project scope up front – at the beginning of the project and then never change it again during the project’s life. This strategy certainly makes the project manager’s job easier but is it a realistic expectation? Is it in the company’s best […]

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25 Sep 2014 Posted by Ben Snyder CEO

ADDIE: Leveraging Its Strength in a Different Way

ADDIE – Analyze, Design, Develop, Implement, Evaluate – is the most popular instructional design model by far. ADDIE became popular because it provided people with a structured approach to developing quality training. In essence, it is a road map with all the details defined to insure training developers get the right things done in the […]

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24 Sep 2014 Posted by Ben Snyder CEO

Why You Should Get Your Project Management Certification

Most people hit a point in their career when they want to take it to the next level. For project managers the next step is to earn their project management certification. Certification programs are available for project managers of all education and skill levels. According to the Project Management Institute (PMI), one-fifth of the world’s […]

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23 Sep 2014 Posted by Ben Snyder CEO

How to Keep Your Project Schedule Up-to-Date

We’ve all been there. We get assigned a project and spent days or weeks planning for it and creating an initial project schedule. Then we kick it off. Work starts progressing but so do a number of issues. We review our schedule and mark off what has been completed. But, after some time we find […]

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19 Sep 2014 Posted by Ben Snyder CEO

7 Steps to Help You Achieve Your Organizational Goals

How do you achieve your organizational goals? Lots of leaders get stuck here. They communicate their goals to their organization at a meeting and think everyone will grab hold of the goals and take it from there. But, this rarely happens. It’s not that the goals are unreasonable or that there aren’t qualified people in […]

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07 Feb 2013 Posted by Ben Snyder CEO

Failed Projects: Does Management Really Care?

When projects fail in your organization what happens? Is there a lot of drama and shaming of those involved? Does the project manager’s reputation suffer? Most likely the answers are yes with varying degrees of intensity. But what else happens?  . . . Nothing?  If negative attention towards those involved in a failed project is […]

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31 Jan 2013 Posted by Ben Snyder CEO

Managing Expectations

It goes without saying that projects involve lots of expectations. Project manager and team members feel the heat from project stakeholders when it comes to task completions, deliverables, adherences to processes, and use of resources, just to name a few. Although it is an essential part of a project manager’s job, knowing how to manage […]

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04 Jan 2013 Posted by Ben Snyder CEO

Respect The Project’s Natural Life-Cycle

There is a project joke that has been around for years… There are six stages of a project: 1.  Enthusiasm2.  Disillusionment3.  Panic4.  Search for the guilty5.  Punishment of the innocent6.  Praise and honor for the non-participants  While this is satirically funny it is not a project life-cycle anyone wants to experience. A key factor that separates project […]

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