Are you a professional project manager or working towards your project management certification? Do you dream in Gantt charts? Do you have that special combination of skills that brings projects in under budget and on time? Even if you’re just beginning to learn the fundamentals of project management, you’ll find the Bright Hub’s Project Management channel offers a wealth of information on methodologies, project planning tools, critical path, project life cycle and more.
Just five minutes of searching and you will know (for certain) that there are tons of online tools when it comes to project management. You’ll find the Bright Hub Project Management channel offers objective software reviews and round-ups of popular, and even lesser known, online tools, both open source and OEM, such as Comindwork, Basecamp, Microsoft Project and any others our writers can find.
Managing Editor, Michele McDonough, and her talented team of writers will guide you through all aspects of this field, from project management basics to complex issues, from managing risks to maximizing return on investment. You’ll find tips on maintaining quality product delivery in a timely manner while upholding performance in an ever changing environment that often spans multiple and geographically diverse locations. Further, the project management writing team is always looking for ways to improve upon existing methodologies and implementing proven project management techniques through how to articles by showing you how to do everything from creating your first milestones to setting up a Pareto Chart in Excel.
Experienced PMs will appreciate in-depth articles and forum discussions on strategic planning for project management. Those new to the field can find introductory topics such as best practices, concepts and objectives. Find out which project management software will be the best solution to keep you and your projects on track. Learn how to perform a feasibility study, write a project charter, develop a statement of work and put together a risk management plan.
Join the Bright Hub community and discover project management articles, methodologies, planning tools, software reviews and a wealth of how to articles. Ask questions in the blog or discussion forums and network online with other project managers and team members. We look forward to sharing this channel with you!
With constant changes in the project management marketplace and the basic nature of the work, it pays to find ways to generate an increasing amount of passive income. One straightforward way is with a “high yield account” which will earn returns much higher than checking or bank savings accounts.
While CDs are not going to make you rich, you’ll see that they are a step in the right direction to enable a project manager to keep more of your hard-earned money and set some aside for a rainy day.
Real estate crowdfunding is an effective way for you, as a project manager, to consider generating an increasing amount of passive income to smooth your personal cash flow. In does come with risks…but there are ways to manage those, just as you do on projects, and the returns are quite attractive.
Peer to peer lending allows you to earn significantly more interest than alternative fixed income investments. As a project manager trying to increase return while at the same time manage your personal financial risk, consider P2P AFTER you have an emergency fund in place.
While it is important to have values at the core of an organization’s culture, they must truly speak to who the organization is and wants to be – now and into the future. This article examines the potential shortcomings of focusing on only the most popular values in the present.
Many organizations build their cultures around the strength of certain functions within their organizations. These dominant drivers can often show up at the core of the organization’s culture. This article examines the influence of business function or organizational culture.
Values must be something that will enable the organization to be successful, to those they serve, to those that work there, to those that own it and to the communities where it exists. In other words, it needs to seek out enduring values that will stand the test of time.
Culture within an organization, like differences among people, is characterized in large part by personality. This article reviews several personality types, how they can characterize an organization’s culture and how personality fits among other factors influencing organization culture.
Today we are bombarded with more distractions than ever. We must reconcile with the fact that lots of folks are completing for our eyeballs, our time and our attention. And it’s not just others. A simple phrase such as “stuff not fluff” can help us to get back on track.
Adversity is a fact of life. We never quite know when it will come but we know that eventually it will. As project managers, we can monitor risks but there may also come a risk situation where we need to plough through with all the ingenuity, skills, and determination that we have.
In his book “The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference,” Malcolm Gladwell beautifully illustrates how success comes in spurts. Indeed, whether moving a large rock or popping popcorn or making money, consistent effort is critical – but we should not expect consistent results.
Minor changes in thinking can go a long way – and so it is with the idea of having a bias for action. The idea of this article is to keep moving, to always be acting. In the face of decisions and uncertainty, the victor is always the one who is moving in some way.
On an agile team, it’s important to know what to say, but even more important to know when to say nothing. This article looks at the power of silence in providing leadership to teams – facilitating but allowing the teams to figure it out.
This article examines the power of resourcefulness and how this quality can be enhanced and leveraged on teams. While these power techniques are explained in an agile context, they are equally applicable where the methods being use are not called agile!
Finding ways for teams to have fun starts with identifying impediments and ends with raising creativity by removing them. This article focuses on the power of enabling creativity by examining what blocks it and how to remove these blockers.
In agile there are a lot of meetings – but not in the traditional sense. This article dives into the topic of meetings and how to keep them fresh, relevant and fun.
Projects that align with the organization’s stated mission are more likely to succeed than those that do not – and this article explores how that might play out at IBM, which currently has a statement of values in lieu of a mission statement.
It is interesting to explore, based upon a clear purpose-based mission statement, how Facebook might select or reject projects and which projects are more likely to be sustainable and valuable. The trick with any company, but especially an internet company like Facebook, is to prioritize projects
Projects that align with an organization’s stated mission are more likely to succeed than those that do not. This article explores how that plays out at Google.The goal is to go through this process in a structured way and for insight on what projects are most likely to succeed or fail.
The purpose of this article is to go through this process in a structured way and to provide some insight for practitioners on what projects are most likely to succeed – or fail – from the outset because of lack of alignment with mission.