Event coordination can be a monster to take on. Whether it's a trade show, conference, corporate event planning, sales kickoff, or even just a team outing, managing an event is a different from managing a project. Every event requires meticulous planning and collaboration, not to mention exceptional budgeting, resource allocation, and time management. Keeping track of every deliverable, vendor, deadline, and swag idea is overwhelming, and nearly impossible to do without an event pl...
Stop me if you’ve heard this before: a frustrated developer is fed up with their manager making bad decisions and focusing on the wrong things. They constantly hover, asking questions like, “What’s the time estimate for this?” They simply don’t understand the development process and just end up getting in the way.
If you’re a project manager assigned to lead a development team and you don’t have much technical experience yourself, you might be wondering how to avoid becoming that nightma...
In any industry, understanding the accepted best practices is key to remaining successful and keeping up with the competition. Teams looking to master PMBOK, or the Project Management Body of Knowledge, and all of its terminologies and methodologies need to pick up the The Standard for Program Management.
Summary and Book Review of The Standard for Program Management
Developed by the Project Management Institute, the third edition of this book is a must-read for any program manager...
Ever left an important project meeting with a notepad or Wrike task full of notes, but no idea what the actions items are... or even where to begin? You're not alone. Here's a hint: your first step should be to create a project work plan.
But what is a project work plan, you ask? A project work plan allows you to outline the requirements of a project, project planning steps, goals, and team members involved in the project. This provides visibility to everyone involved, kee...
It's not often that the fastest way is also the best way, but thanks to Eric Verzuh, project managers can have the best of both worlds. Bestseller The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management pulls ideas from one of the masters in project management to deliver a comprehensive guide to succeeding in the industry — at top speed.
Summary and Book Review of The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management
Effective project management is essential in today's competitive business world. Taking p...
Planning and overseeing a project so that it’s completed on time, within budget, and meets expectations is not an easy feat. The best project managers know how to balance stakeholder communications with preventing scope creep, watch out for risk, and clarify roles, responsibilities, and priorities within their team. Steal some of the secrets to their success by using these 10 best practices in project management.
1. Communicate with stakeholders early and often
This includes everyone...
If you think overseeing creative projects and supervising creative teams is the same as managing a project with software developers or a manufacturing crew, you may want to think again. Every group has its own quirks and unique concerns that must be taken into consideration if you're going to be an effective leader. Below are the three crucial keys to successfully managing a project with creatives:
Creative project management requires empathy
It needs outstanding communication sk...
In a perfect world, creatives would spend 100% of their time doing what they love: write, design, film, build, and create! However, this isn't the reality for most creatives. There are client requests, feedback, edits, and meetings on top of meetings. Some creatives don't even have enough time left to actually be creative. What's the solution to this?
To be honest, there must be a change in perspective before there is a change in action. If creatives and clients continue to look at a job...