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  • There are all kinds of things we could change in our software development organizations, but what changes will actually help our companies succeed? How do we actually move the needle forward?

    How to Improve Software Organizations

    How to Improve Software Organizations

    by Mike Shoemake0

  • A great project manager puts in the legwork early to give the project the greatest chance to succeed, and serves as a leader when problems come up to drive the project through completion.

    How to Be a Great Project Manager

    How to Be a Great Project Manager

    by Max Dalton0

  • Delegation plays an important role in the performance of duties in the workplace. Wise managers recognize the value with entrusting subordinates with delegated responsibilities.

    How to Delegate Tasks to Subordinates

    How to Delegate Tasks to Subordinates

    by Christine McDade0

  • When I first started my own business, I made several mistakes due to overlooking the consequences. Each one was a costly lesson. I'll review what they are, so that you can recognize similar pitfalls ahead of time and avoid failure.

    How to Avoid Pitfalls of Entrepreneurship in a Small Business

    How to Avoid Pitfalls of Entrepreneurship in a Small Business

    by Glenn Stok24

  • Successful meetings start with careful planning. Here are some tips and suggestions to help you lead effective and enjoyable meetings in the workplace.

    How to Hold Effective Meetings at Work

    How to Hold Effective Meetings at Work

    by Sally Hayes0

  • A project without a plan is like a vacation without an itinerary. You'll get lost, miss your flight, and have a miserable time. And you'll probably get fired, too! Make a clear project plan, and deliver great results on time and under budget - every time! Here's how!

    How to Layout a Project Management Plan

    How to Layout a Project Management Plan

    by Sid Kemp9

  • Are you standing in your own way at work? Here are five signs that you could be doing things that hold you back from being promoted and taking on important leadership roles.

    Five Signs You're Sabotaging Yourself at Work

    Five Signs You're Sabotaging Yourself at Work

    by Sally Hayes0

  • How do we create cohesive teams that get great work done? How do we manage different levels of skill? How do we increase motivation in our team members? And how do we do all of this while being fair, which is essential to employee retention? The answer is in flexible, emotionally intelligent leadership, combining situational and prescriptive methods and adapting them to the situation and the team.

    Different Types of Leadership: Prescriptive & Situational

    Different Types of Leadership: Prescriptive & Situational

    by Sid Kemp7

  • PERT, the Project Evaluation and Review Technique, is a way of knowing if your project is on time and on budget. If it is running behind or over budget, you'll know how much extra time or money it will take to deliver. Here's how to do it!

    How to Use the PERT Chart for Project Management

    How to Use the PERT Chart for Project Management

    by Sid Kemp8

  • The project management life cycle includes five high-level phases that account for all aspects of managing a project from beginning to end. This article takes a deep dive into each of those phases.

    What Is the Project Management Life Cycle?

    What Is the Project Management Life Cycle?

    by Max Dalton0

  • Gathering requirements from project stakeholders often feels like pulling teeth. This article walks you through methods for capturing all of the requirements so you can start your project right.

    How to Get Project Requirements From Stakeholders

    How to Get Project Requirements From Stakeholders

    by Max Dalton0

  • Scope creep can destroy a project, and the responsibility rests on the shoulders of the project manager to keep it in check. This article looks at five ways project managers can combat scope creep.

    5 Ways to Combat Scope Creep

    5 Ways to Combat Scope Creep

    by Max Dalton0

  • Is your boss an evil, abusive jerk? How to identify a Bad Boss. Professional advice on what do to about toxic managers, and how to keep from going crazy.

    The Worst Boss Ever - The Boss From Hell

    The Worst Boss Ever - The Boss From Hell

    by Marcy Goodfleisch63

  • Want your meetings to be more productive and more efficient? Incorporate these five essential elements of an agenda. They will create a road map to success while increasing participant engagement.

    Five Elements of an Effective Agenda

    Five Elements of an Effective Agenda

    by Kathy Stutzman2

  • A thought leader is someone who influences a community, network, industry, or the public because of his or her expertise, knowledge, and experience in a particular field. But what does that mean?

    What Is Thought Leadership?

    What Is Thought Leadership?

    by Heidi Thorne14

  • You need to be equipped with a very broad set of skills in order to be a successful project manager. This article walks through that skill set if you're considering a career in project management.

    What Are the Required Skills for a Project Manager?

    What Are the Required Skills for a Project Manager?

    by Max Dalton0

  • This article shows you how to compute process capability using Minitab 18. You can read along or follow tasks with a provided Minitab file data. A short analysis of the data is conducted.

    How to Calculate Process Capability in Minitab 18

    How to Calculate Process Capability in Minitab 18

    by Joshua Crowder0

  • If you're in a leadership position at work, you must learn how to delegate tasks to staff in a fair and effective manner otherwise you will be the one who gets overwhelmed and starts to underperform.

    How to Delegate Effectively at Work

    How to Delegate Effectively at Work

    by Sally Hayes0

  • I have managed projects for over 25 years and there are a few golden rules I have learned from these projects that are standard on any type of project. I share them here.

    10 Golden Rules of Project Management

    10 Golden Rules of Project Management

    by Kerdon10

  • Most projects fail, and the most common reason is that the goal is not clearly defined. When the goal, or scope of the project, is clearly defined, success becomes possible. Learn how to define project scope and goals clearly, and communicate it to the project team and the customers, so you can get it done right!

    Project Scope Management: What Are We Making?

    Project Scope Management: What Are We Making?

    by Sid Kemp3

  • If you've recently taken a new position as a supervisor or manager with hiring responsibilities, you need to know what to ask and what not to ask during the selection process. Here are the basics.

    Interviewing Do's and Don'ts for New Managers

    Interviewing Do's and Don'ts for New Managers

    by Christine Mulberry0

  • Strong workplace leaders have mastered the art of giving meaningful feedback to their staff. Here are some tips on how to help you communicate effectively with an employee during a performance review.

    How to Give Feedback to Your Staff

    How to Give Feedback to Your Staff

    by Sally Hayes0

  • Turning problems into opportunities is an over-worn business tip. This is all the more testing when confronted by clients who seem to string you along. What to do? Here are some fresh strategies.

    How Do You Really Deal With a Difficult Client?

    How Do You Really Deal With a Difficult Client?

    by Jonny Wills0

  • Any new manager or leader needs to learn how to delegate work if they hope to accomplish anything or motivate workers. Doing it right is critical. Here is what they need to know.

    How to Delegate

    How to Delegate

    by Christine Mulberry15

  • Which are the best leaders - formal leaders or informal leaders? What's the difference between formal vs informal leaders? This guide helps you understand leadership types.

    Best Leadership: Formal vs. Informal Leaders

    Best Leadership: Formal vs. Informal Leaders

    by Kathryn Vercillo7

  • The Leadership Compass is based on the Native American Medicine Wheel, or Four-Fold Way, in which each direction has a main "human resource" from which to draw for support and strength. The point of the Leadership Compass is to identify the different types of leading one may follow. The Compass can help people work with other leaders by identifying their strengths and weaknesses so you can assess how to complement their characteristics and improve their own leadership skills.

    Leadership Compass: What Kind of Leader Are You?

    Leadership Compass: What Kind of Leader Are You?

    by glassvisage16

  • The situational leadership theory stresses that different situations demand different kinds of leadership. How does the situational leadership theory work? How does a leader adapt to situations?

    What Is the Situational Leadership Theory?

    What Is the Situational Leadership Theory?

    by Melinda Longoria, MSM3

  • Six Sigma is, for most, a buzzword. What is it really? And can it help improve 0perations management at your company? Can 6 Sigma improve quality and cut costs?

    What is Six Sigma in Operations Management?

    What is Six Sigma in Operations Management?

    by Sid Kemp7

  • Many teachers just want to teach so they are unprepared when they are promoted to positions of responsibility, such as becoming subject heads or heads of year. Suddenly you have to people manage.

    Advice for Teachers New to People Management

    Advice for Teachers New to People Management

    by Murray Lindsay0

  • Continental Airlines was an airline that was about to fly into oblivion. The company was broke and its people demoralized. Learn how excellent leadership changed the fortunes of this airline.

    Continental Airlines: Business Turnaround Legend

    Continental Airlines: Business Turnaround Legend

    by John M2

  • Understanding the History of Lean Manufacturing, how and why it developed, will help you in implementing lean effectively to improve your organization.

    History of Lean Manufacturing

    History of Lean Manufacturing

    by Tony9

  • Women fulfill many leadership roles. Just like men, women can be visionary, be peacemakers, be steady guides through difficult times, or be problem-solvers.

    The Four Types of Women in Leadership

    The Four Types of Women in Leadership

    by Sid Kemp45

  • The Iron Triangle is the 3 components of management- scope, schedule, and budget. Managers must use these 3 aspects to reach the ultimate goal of quality.

    The Iron Triangle Of Management

    The Iron Triangle Of Management

    by Yaseen Essack0

  • Sick of meetings that seem to go nowhere, take too long, and end with more questions than answers? Learn how to hold successful meetings with colleagues to grow your productivity and potential.

    How to Make Meetings More Productive in Less Time

    How to Make Meetings More Productive in Less Time

    by Kierstin Gunsberg1

  • The Toyota Production System (TPS) usse Muda, Mura and Muri to signify waste within their system. What are the the Seven Muda or seven wastes and how do we eliminate them from our processes?

    7 Wastes: The Seven Muda

    7 Wastes: The Seven Muda

    by Tony0

  • Leadership does not necessarily come naturally, but through thoughtful determination one can successfully attain a strong leadership role. A good leader can be formed where a willingness exists.

    The Lost Art of Leadership, or Was It Ever Found?

    The Lost Art of Leadership, or Was It Ever Found?

    by Dan Demland0

  • Leader vs Manager starts with a simple self-assessment that helps you determine whether you are predominantly a leader or a manager. Further, it defines leadership versus management and compares and contrasts traits, characteristics and qualities of leaders and managers. It also provides resources and perspectives on leadership and management.

    Leader vs Manager: Traits, Qualities and Characteristics

    Leader vs Manager: Traits, Qualities and Characteristics

    by Bhavesh Naik17

  • Weekly project status reports play a critical role in keeping projects on track. This article walks through key elements of a weekly status report, such as stoplight and status updates.

    What to Include in a Weekly Project Status Report

    What to Include in a Weekly Project Status Report

    by Max Dalton2

  • The current state of the economy has increased the number of people out of work and looking for work a hundredfold. Human resource professionals have a much more diverse group to select from.

    Human Resources Management Selection Tools

    Human Resources Management Selection Tools

    by Cameron Corniuk3

  • Here are eight entrepreneurial lessons I learned from one of Papua New Guinea's most successful businessmen, the founding father of the Lae Biscuit Group of companies.

    Tea Boy to Tycoon: Sir Henry Francis Chow

    Tea Boy to Tycoon: Sir Henry Francis Chow

    by Romney Charles Tabara0

  • Recently, the behaviors of follower-subordinates began to be recognized as important to organizations as leaders and managers. This hub presents three models of effective followership.

    3 Top Models of Courageous Followership

    3 Top Models of Courageous Followership

    by ecoggins2

  • The project charter is the driving part of every project. This article outlines the key elements that should be included in every project charter.

    What to Include in a Project Charter

    What to Include in a Project Charter

    by Max Dalton0

  • Besides the basics of salary, vacation time, and other issues, there are hidden things that your boss doesn't want you to know about. Find out their secrets in this article.

    10 Things Your Boss Doesn't Want You to Know

    10 Things Your Boss Doesn't Want You to Know

    by David Livermore2

  • This article walks through these basics, exploring everything from defining activities, estimating activity durations, sequencing activities, and finally, building a simple network diagram.

    How to Create a Schedule Network Diagram

    How to Create a Schedule Network Diagram

    by Max Dalton0

  • This article covers what it takes to not only be a supervisor, but to be a leader. The author's own experiences are provided to give real world experience in being a good supervisor in the workplace.

    20 Tips on Being a Great Boss

    20 Tips on Being a Great Boss

    by David Livermore39

  • TIMWOOD is a mnemonic to remember the seven wastes in lean manufacturing: transport, inventory, motion, waiting, overproduction, over-processing, and defects. Learn more about each component below!

    TIMWOOD: The 7 Seven Wastes of Lean Manufacturing

    TIMWOOD: The 7 Seven Wastes of Lean Manufacturing

    by Tony26

  • Six Sigma Quality Management is often touted as a solution for operations management and cost problems. But, if your company is not ready, Six Sigma can make things worse. Learn why, and how to determine whether your company is ready for Six Sigma.

    Will Six Sigma Help Operations Management in Your Company?

    Will Six Sigma Help Operations Management in Your Company?

    by Sid Kemp15

  • Successful completion of a project requires managing much more than scope, time, and money. We must also address quality, risk, communications, and other factors. This article focuses on practical success and introduces the nine areas of project management as defined by the Project Management Institute.

    The Nine Areas of Project Management, and Why They Matter

    The Nine Areas of Project Management, and Why They Matter

    by Sid Kemp9

  • Are you dealing with difficult personalities at work? Learn more about how to resolve conflict in the workplace using a collaborative framework.

    How to Resolve Conflict at Work

    How to Resolve Conflict at Work

    by Sally Hayes0

  • Running our own business is hard. We have to lead and manage a team of one. Most employees don't like their bosses. How can we be our own boss and actually like ourselves, get great work done, and succeed?

    Self-Leadership and Self-Management

    Self-Leadership and Self-Management

    by Sid Kemp4

  • This article is about counter-productive behavior, including how to recognize it and deal with it for the benefit of both the employee and employer.

    The Right Kind of Employee Discipline

    The Right Kind of Employee Discipline

    by George Mikituk0

  • Resource planning can be painful. This article identifies all of the information you'll need to gather before starting, and then walks you through using that to build out a resource allocation file.

    How to Do Resource Allocation in Excel

    How to Do Resource Allocation in Excel

    by Max Dalton0

  • In the competitive environment of project management, here are some tips for standing out from other candidates in an interview. Here are the 8 most common questions you are likely to get asked.

    Project Management Interview Questions

    Project Management Interview Questions

    by Lauren5

  • Different situations call for different types of leadership. Does your company need a visionary, a peacemaker, a motivator, or an architect? Probably all four. Can you be all types of leader, and know which type to be when? Or can you build a leadership team with all these qualities?

    The Four Types of Leaders

    The Four Types of Leaders

    by Sid Kemp32

  • “I’m a professional.” Again, when one has to explain that they are, they probably are not. You don’t see a doctor and the first words thing they do is convince you they’re a “professional”, right?

    Identifying the Charlatan

    Identifying the Charlatan

    by Leigh Barrett1

  • Supervising a supervisor can be even more difficult than supervising a line staff employee. This article covers all you need to know to effectively manage supervisors and managers.

    15 Tips on How to Supervise Supervisors

    15 Tips on How to Supervise Supervisors

    by David Livermore7

  • Ethics in small business operations are an important component of continued growth and success. If you are thinking of starting an entrepreneurial adventure, this article is for you.

    Ethics for Small and Micro Business

    Ethics for Small and Micro Business

    by Nancy Owens0

  • Millionaires will tell you to work harder on yourself than you do on your job. How does that pay off? Try these proven ways to increase your salary at work. They worked for me.

    Improving Your Earning Power - What Works

    Improving Your Earning Power - What Works

    by Peg Cole34

  • Many project managers don't know the difference between a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) and an Activity List. On small projects, it doesn't matter much. But on larger ones, it's crucial to understand the difference, and to do a good job on each one.

    Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) & Activity List to Project Success

    Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) & Activity List to Project Success

    by Sid Kemp14

  • Daily Scrum meetings are one of the best features of the Agile Scrum method of web development but at only 15 minutes a day how can you be certain you are using the time effectively?

    5 Ways to Improve Daily Scrum Meetings

    5 Ways to Improve Daily Scrum Meetings

    by Lauren8

  • Their are primarily two types of ways to motivate and manage employees. This article analyses the differences between and task and personnel management

    Task vs. Personnel Management

    Task vs. Personnel Management

    by Yaseen Essack0

  • The aim of this report was to explore what systems engineering is and how it is beneficial to the Aerospace industry.

    Systems Engineering in Aerospace

    Systems Engineering in Aerospace

    by Claire Miller1

  • Business strategies for improving net income and bottom-line financial results. Options include contingency planning and negotiating.

    How to Improve the Bottom Line

    How to Improve the Bottom Line

    by Stephen Bush0

  • Is a manager a leader? This question might come to mind when one asks oneself, "What qualities make a good manager? What does it take?" The answers can be interesting and somewhat unexpected.

    The Difference Between a Leader and a Manager

    The Difference Between a Leader and a Manager

    by Patty Inglish70

  • Have you ever been on a software project that went over budget? For a lot of us, it was a recent event. Clearly we're not alone. Why is estimation such a struggle, and what can we do about it?

    Making Accurate Software Project Estimates

    Making Accurate Software Project Estimates

    by Mike Shoemake2

  • Have you got good written communication skills and great attention to detail? A career as a Bid Manager may be the ideal role for you!

    How to Become a Bid Manager

    How to Become a Bid Manager

    by Stephanie Elford0

  • Does your organization seem to take much longer than it should to get things done? You balloon up your organization and it doesn't seem to get any better. What's the problem, and how do we solve it?

    The Magic of Agile Swarming

    The Magic of Agile Swarming

    by Mike Shoemake0

  • It can be hard to get promoted and end up supervising your former co-workers, or even worse, friends. Learn how to help both you and them during your transition from co-worker to supervisor.

    10 Tips on How to Supervise Friends and Co-Workers

    10 Tips on How to Supervise Friends and Co-Workers

    by David Livermore0

  • There is no worse feeling as a project manager than the moment you realize your project is failing. This article walks you through the steps to regain control and get your project back on track.

    What to Do When Your Project Gets Ugly

    What to Do When Your Project Gets Ugly

    by Max Dalton0

  • I had no idea what I was walking into when I first became a supervisor. This article contains a list of 10 things that all new supervisors need to know.

    10 Things I Wish I Had Known as a New Boss

    10 Things I Wish I Had Known as a New Boss

    by David Livermore0

  • Becoming a manager can be easy; becoming a leader is more complicated. Let's look at some common leadership anti-patterns (examples of what not to do) in an effort to avoid the common pitfalls.

    Common Leadership Anti-Patterns

    Common Leadership Anti-Patterns

    by Mike Shoemake0

  • Brainstorming is unique to human beings. It’s one way we unleash our creativity. Here are some tips to get the most out of your brainstorming session.

    How to Brainstorm

    How to Brainstorm

    by Carolyn Fields4

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