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Project Management

Halfway Point: The Benefits of Multiple Milestones

Michael Dezube | Posted 08.10.2013 | Technology
Michael Dezube

How can one encourage a team to work on a project with a more even level of effort throughout, so that it is always completed by the deadline or sooner?

Why Other People Make It Hard to Get Things Done

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 04.22.2013 | Business
Lisa Earle McLeod

It starts with a great idea. It's exciting at the beginning. But then, as you try to implement it, your efforts aren't greeted with enthusiasm. Instead you encounter apathy, resistance, and derision. Thus begins the long slow slog of getting things done.

Four Patterns of Excuse-Making and How to Avoid Them

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 10.27.2012 | Business
Lisa Earle McLeod

Excuse-making can become habit if you let it. People will usually gracefully let you off the hook, but you're not really getting away with anything, because over time they begin to think of you as someone who can't be counted on.

Define What's Optional (and What's Not)

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 09.18.2012 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

Managers often have a parental dilemma: they need subordinates to achieve a certain result, but want them to have a choice about how to do it.

Help Your Team Overcome Procrastination and Finish Projects

Hillary Rettig | Posted 07.31.2012 | Business
Hillary Rettig

Procrastination isn't laziness, lack of discipline, lack of willpower, etc.: it's disempowerment. Disempowerment means you aren't missing anything, bu...

Why Procrastination Is Good for You: 5 Ways to Make it Work

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 05.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Lisa Earle McLeod

Some people are methodical by nature. It makes them physically ill to leave things until right before the deadline. But if you're the type of person who likes the focused energy of just-in-time delivery, here are five ways to make procrastination work for you.

Why You Don't Get Invited to Funerals

Brian Tolle | Posted 04.23.2012 | Business
Brian Tolle

If you want to be able to influence others to get things done, you need to be at the top of your game when it comes to credibility and trust. And if you're not aware of the impact your behavior has on others, you're probably shooting yourself in the foot.

Rethinking Project Management: Can High Quality Be Cheap?

Matt Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Matt Cohen

There's a saying in project management that says you can have anything you want and it can be fast, cheap, and good... but you have to pick just two o...

My Favorite Things, Oprah Style

Michael Tasner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Tasner

Here are seven things that you should be using regardless of your business size. (And these really are my favorite things; I was not paid to mention these products.)

Why do so many I.T projects fail?

Jonathan Ezer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jonathan Ezer

According to an often-quoted study from the Gartner Group, 75% of I.T. projects fail. The Standish Group conducts an annual survey of I.T. projects. T...

Success: Starting With What You Have

Chris Guillebeau | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Chris Guillebeau

When we stop waiting for someone else to come along and make something happen for us, everything moves a lot quicker.

Do You Have Too Much on Your Plate?

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Ron Ashkenas

Cross-posted from Harvard Business Online The most common complaint that I hear from managers these days is that they simply have too much to do -- a...

The Problem with Priorities

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

If you and your team want to do a better job with setting priorities here are four simple -- but not easy -- steps that you can take.

The Project Management Problem

David Allen | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Allen

A vast majority of professionals think they have a problem these days -- project management. Problem is, that's not the problem.