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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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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Project recovery: How to clean up the mess

  In a good mood, you arrive in the office with your coffee and a spring in your step. You acknowledge your coworkers as you make your way to your desk. In your email, there’s a message from your boss requesting a meeting. Your coworker’s Project X is not on track and the boss wants you to do project recovery. Your coworker has been reassigned to […]

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Project takeover – where do I start?

You’ve been in the organization for a year or two. Learning the business, trying to soak it all in, and noticing there is a definite lack of organization around projects and servicing your customers.  This is not a secret from management, but they are not sure what to do about it. Finally, they see you trying to wrangle the alligators, and they decide to assign […]

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Be the cheerleader! Market your project

You’ve been working this project for months. Your team is stellar – work is progressing and you’re on track to make your budget, your timeline, and your quality marks. So why isn’t anyone else excited about the project? No one knows to be excited because you haven’t told them to be excited. The art of project management People get into project management for many different reasons. Most […]

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Do your projects end? Remember project basics

  I think from time to time, we all need to be reminded what exactly a project is and why we’re doing them. Many times we get so “in the weeds” around all the tasks we’re trying to accomplish, we forget some of the basic principles of projects and project management. Projects end I know that it seems that the projects you’re on never end. […]

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Breaking out of the busy trap – steps on how to finish projects or achieve goals

Life gets in the way. We have goals that we want to accomplish, but never seem to get there. Even for those who are naturally task-oriented and project-minded, getting those wanna-do’s done is a challenge. Many of us are in the “busy trap,” and are cleaning house, cooking, shopping, surfing the web, watching TV, or working out for hours a day – staying busy but […]

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Not another meeting! An alternative to weekly meetings

For many project managers, the weekly status meeting is the most dreaded hour of the week. The team wants to keep working and not attend another meeting. The PM needs the schedule status for their reports to upper management and needs the help of the team to get it. Perhaps there’s a way for the PM to get the answers they need without rounding everyone […]

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Status meetings: a blueprint

Better status meetings Status meetings are like exercise – everyone should participate, but it’s tough to get motivated. In most companies, these meetings are dreaded events that most folks would do nearly anything to avoid. The Project Manager is not always a fan either. She’s constantly searching for any way to make these meetings better, faster, and more productive – including not having them at […]

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They ignore me! Four tips for project team communication

One of the most important functions a project manager performs is communication. PMs communicate with their managers, their teams, and their customers and stakeholders. PMI details a communication plan for every project as part of the process. Sometimes this is just the start. Here are 4 tips for getting the information you need from your teams, stakeholders, and managers. Meet with your manager It is critical […]

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