How to Write a Problem Statement

How to Write a Problem Statement

Project management is all about solving problems and delivering results. When your manager comes to you with a project proposal, it’s because there’s a business issue that needs resolution. Part of the job of project manager is to define that problem so that it is solvable, then develop the plan, the schedules, and handle the deliverables. It all starts with the problem statement. As important […]

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How to Find Awesome Project Management Training

How to Find Awesome Project Management Training

“Help! I’ve just been assigned a project and don’t know where to start! Is there some training I can take that’s affordable?” Was this you at some point in your project management career? I think we’ve all been there at one time or another. Is there project management training out there that is affordable? Yes. Here are resources available for project managers to learn more […]

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Can a Strong Freelance Writer be a Great Project Manager?

Can a Strong Freelance Writer be a Great Project Manager?

I spent years as a corporate project manager, managing all types of projects from software documentation and training development to data warehouse infrastructure construction and server tech refresh. Lately, as a freelance writer, I find that the principles of project management are still relevant. All writing projects require some degree of task management. Let’s talk about the most popular content development projects: whitepapers, case studies, […]

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Is your team lead a successful bully?

Is your team lead a successful bully?

“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.”  ~Peter Druker As a member of a project team, what is the leadership style of your team leader? Over the years, I’ve seen many different styles of team leadership. Sometimes it was fascinating watching leaders attempt to get the project complete – often with little success. In other cases, it was seeing pure poetry […]

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What’s in Your Plan? The Contents of a Project Plan

What’s in Your Plan? The Contents of a Project Plan

Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work. ~ Peter Drucker The contents of a project plan document is not a mystery to a project manager. In the past, I’ve focused on the problem statement, scope statement, and deliverables related to projects. You can find that article here. Here, I’m going to answer the question – what else do I put […]

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How Did I Get Here: A Career Profile of Michael Bovilsky, PMP

How Did I Get Here: A Career Profile of Michael Bovilsky, PMP

Here’s the latest in my series How Did I Get Here. These are interviews of current project management professionals intended to help folks see how others made project management a career. Welcome, Michael Bovilsky! When did you first decide to become a project manager? Michael decided to switch to Project Management in 2001 after 6 years in IT Consulting for State and Local governments.  He […]

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Be Organized: A Place for Everything, and Everything in its Place

Be Organized: A Place for Everything, and Everything in its Place

Today we have a guest post from a friend of mine. Gianna Lucarelli is in 8th grade at Sierra Middle School in Parker, Colorado. She’s getting organized – the first step in Project Management. Here are her views on time management and getting organized. Some people have trouble staying neat and organized. Making goals and plans, organizing possessions, school life, and personal factors are all […]

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Practical advice on your content strategy

Practical advice on your content strategy

So, you’ve got content and you’ve got vision – but you’re not seeing results. What to do? Over the past year, I’ve been helping a few small businesses with their content needs as a content project manager. My background is project management, training, technical writing and communication for much larger companies. Even though these companies are small, they have some of the same problems I’ve […]

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Why I love Project Management.

Why I love Project Management.

In the day to day of life and work, we often don’t put much thought into what we’re doing and why we’re doing it. I want to pause for a moment to review why, exactly, I love project management. Projects end “Some things are better done than described.” ~ Hunt and Thomas For me, Operations tasks are a never-ending bore. Once I’ve mastered something, continuing […]

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How to get the best from your contract project manager.

How to get the best from your contract project manager.

You need to get a project done – should you hire a contract project manager? Project management lends itself well to contracts. A project eventually ends, and many small companies don’t have the resources to hire full-time project management staff. A contract project manager may cost more than by the hour, but you’re only paying for the time the PM spends on your project. The business […]

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