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Gantt Chart Basics: Using Dependencies concepts Jun 28, 2024

If you’re totally new to using Gantt charts, check out my post about the critical path method, which explains what Gantt charts are and how to use them in a meaningful way when scheduling your projects.

But if you already have a basic grasp of Gantt charts and just want a little help...

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Plan a Successful Project Meeting (with Agenda Templates) concepts Jun 14, 2024

As a project manager, I’m in meetings ALL. THE. TIME. I probably have 15-20 meetings during an average work week.

For the most part, I enjoy meetings—not only because of the reminder that I’m not working alone, but also, I find them very effective in moving my projects forward.

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Meetings: The Best Project Communication Tool concepts Jun 07, 2024

I love meetings.

I am being hyperbolic to say they are the best project management communication tool, because the best tool varies by situation, and the fun of being a project manager is your opportunity to decide which tool is best in your situation right now.

But on average, I find meetings to...

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Template: Project Kickoff Meeting Invitation (with Agenda) concepts May 17, 2024

Have an upcoming kickoff meeting, and want to write a clear invitation and meeting agenda that send your project in the right direction?

You’ll find a template at the end of this blog for a kickoff meeting invitation with an agenda built-in. Feel free to copy and paste it into your...

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Grow as a Project Manager by Adding to Your Toolbox concepts philosophy May 03, 2024

The more I write about project management, the more I find myself talking about the “tools I have in my toolbox.” When I use this metaphor, I’m essentially talking about the possible responses I know about and feel prepared to use to various scenarios that arise in the course of...

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What is a Probability and Impact Matrix? concepts Mar 08, 2024

What does risk management look like on your projects?

Some companies have robust, established risk management procedures. Others almost entirely ignore the idea of risk and hope for the best.

Mostly ignoring risk is an understandable choice in some scenarios: if the project is a low priority, if...

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What are Organizational Process Assets and Enterprise Environmental Factors? concepts Feb 23, 2024

“Organizational process assets” and “enterprise environmental factors” are terms you might come across in project management circles or resources, or while studying for your PMP.

These are fancy terms for fairly straightforward concepts. Let’s break down what they...

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What is the Critical Path Method, and How Do I Use It on Real Projects? concepts Feb 09, 2024

The critical path method is a way of creating and interacting with your project’s schedule. It works on waterfall projects (projects where tasks and timelines are planned in detail at the beginning of the project), or waterfall portions of hybrid projects (projects that are a mix of...

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What is a RACI Chart, and How Do I Use It on Real Projects? concepts philosophy Jan 26, 2024

A RACI chart, or RACI matrix, is a tool used in project management to track the people involved or invested in your project (your "stakeholders"), and particularly what is expected of each person and when they need information. It’s a term you’ll likely come across while studying for...

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How to Lead Agile Projects with No Experience concepts pain points Jan 19, 2024

This blog was inspired by this post on Reddit, and is an expansion on the comment I wrote in response.

This month, my company—accustomed to projects with a waterfall or hybrid methodology—started running its first intentionally agile projects. I've been delighted to watch a project...

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