Project Management Tools

Tools Skillful and effective use of tools will help you manage work, communicate expectations and report outcome. Use tools to convey the right message to the target audience. The most important thing is the clarity of the content of the document, not necessarily how fanciful the document is. A project manager should be versatile in using […]
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Composure

Composure A project manager needs to maintain his/her composure, particularly in tough situations and times. Being composed is a sign of maturity. It does not mean lack of concern. Though you may be troubled inside, loosing your composure in the presence of the team/stakeholders may weaken their performance and resilience to face tough situations. As an […]
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Project Administration

Administration As a project manager, sometimes you may find yourself juggling different administrative tasks, particularly if you do not have a dedicated project support analyst on your project, depending on your organization setup and specific project need. Administrative tasks include gathering information, preparing for meetings and managing minutes, monitoring and recording action items, work schedule, status […]
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Project management ethics

Ethics Every profession has its own ethics or code of professional practice which guide the work behaviours. It cuts across organizational boundaries. Project Management Institute (PMI®) calls this Professional Responsibility.Key ethics, among others, include: §  Be honest: there is difference between diplomacy and misrepresentation.§  Do not take bribe: expression of gratitude is not illegal, but does not […]
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Key Success Skills – Financial

“Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing.”                             Albert Einstein No one wants to pay for things that do not provide a convincing and expected value. Every project must demonstrate its worth, else it could be considered of little or no value. A project manager needs a reasonable understanding of the […]
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Networking

NetworkingIt is very valuable to know who to call and seek help from when you are in challenging or tough situations. Establishing personal and professional links could serve you well. The goal here is to emphasize the value of networking.Your networks include the internal and external parties who could become great asset to you in […]
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Stress Management

Stress ManagementStress is a common thing in the workplace due to the nature of the workplace. Workplace stress contributors include high work demand, time and cost constraints, people and other issues. Reasonable stress level could be good to move you from the comfort zone to creativity zone. Excessive and constant stress is a problem. Understanding causes […]
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Decision Making

Decision Making“I never worry about action, but only inaction.”                                                   Winston Churchill You will always be making decisions about actions to be taken at every stage of the project. No matter the situation you encounter, you cannot afford to do nothing if you want the project to remain active and move forward. There is no room for […]
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Leadership

Leadership“Every man who takes office in Washington either grows or swells, and when I give a man office, I watch him carefully to see whether he is growing or swelling.”                                                            Woodrow Wilson There are leadership qualities you should be aware of and practice to be a successful project manager. Leadership is not only for those […]
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Political Acuity

Political Acuity”Equations are more important to me, because politics is for the present, but an equation is something for eternity.”                                                                                                                                 Albert Einstein  The most important thing here is the political awareness. You do not need to be a political figure or professional politician. However, you need to be aware of when, why and how politics […]
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