No matter how good a project manager you are, these are essentials: things you should – no, ought to – no, must know and revise from time to time to ensure the success of your projects!
7 out of 10 Projects Fail – Why?
Not everything is rainbows and unicorns in the kingdom of project management. According to these rather sad stats, here’s what’s going on:
- 70% of all business projects fail;
- 17% of IT projects go so badly, they threaten the existence of the company;
- Only 42% of organizations report having high alignment of projects to organizational strategy.
How did we (or, rather, they) come to this? There can be multiple reasons but often it happens due to the fact that the project manager failed to take all the important elements of project management into consideration and was unable to deliver as a result.
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Most projects nowadays require specialists with a varied set of skills. Developers can sometimes act as project managers, graphic designers may also be capable of some front-end development, copywriters are often quite knowledgeable about SMM, and so on.
Acting in a different capacity other than your main profession has become a norm for most projects in the IT industry, especially when it comes to freelance work or projects whose members are spread across several cities or even countries.
However, when it comes to tracking the working hours and calculating the pay for these specialists with multiple roles in the project, most time-tracking tools fail to deliver the proper solution – unlike Screenshot Monitor.
Maximizing your business potential requires more than just management – you must be aware of different project management types and know, in which situations they should be used.
Every business executive’s goal is to achieve bigger and better results while spending less time, effort, and money. Unfortunately, there isn’t a universal recipe or go-to guide for that – an effective manager has to be knowledgeable about all the possible ways of achieving those results.
“A project without a critical path is like a ship without a rudder” – D. Meyer couldn’t have put it better when he was explaining the importance of project management for business. We are going to elaborate on that a bit.
According to an Economist Intelligence report, 80% of global executives believe that project management was the main reason why their companies had managed to reverse the negative trend helping them to remain competitive during and after the period of recession. Continue reading
If your job offered you an option of working from home or working in the office – would you take it? Would you be more productive working in sweatpants vs your usual business casual? Would you have more time for you family if you do not have to spend two hours commuting every day? Would you miss the corporate environment or would you enjoy solitude? Can video conferences, phone calls and remote access really make you feel like you are part of the office when you are not physically present? If you are confused about what option is right for you – here are a few things to think about.
Probably you already know, freelancing marketplace Upwork has announced a price hike effective from June 2016. It will drastically double the platform service fee for many freelancers and add a new fare on payments made by clients. This announcement had a remarkable impact on the Upwork community. Users are not happy with the decision and many of them are seeking for an alternative. Continue reading
Price, flexibility, availability – there are many reasons and many jobs where it is more productive to have your employees work remotely. Virtual teams offer greater flexibility than their local counterparts because your online projects can be managed from anywhere. But to make a remote team effective, you must manage it wisely. And the process begins with hiring the right people. Here are some tips on how to hire remote employees for your online work space.
Virtual work-spaces have replaced many traditional offices. In such a setup, co-workers contribute from different parts of the world over the internet. Most of the teammates may not ever meet each other in person during the whole project lifetime. Still in many areas such setup is the most efficient if a manager can lead the team properly. Here are some tips on how to make your remote team more productive.
Employee monitoring software has become commonplace. Many apps take monitor screenshots, capture keystrokes and mouse movements, monitor active applications and visited sites and, in extreme cases, can even take pictures using webcam (see How to detect Employee Monitoring). It seems to be fair to track what your employees do when they are being paid for their time. After all, if they exchange their time for money, it seems fair for the employer to know what they are paying for. So, why does it still feel morally inappropriate in some cases? The question is far from being just theoretical. If a wrong decision is made, a company may suffer from lawsuits, experience a backlash and overall productivity drop (opposite from what was intended) from their employees or suffer damage to the company’s image. Let’s review in more detail what employee monitoring practices can be considered valid and what should be avoided.
Let’s face it. Motivating your employees is not exactly a science. And if you have been using the same motivational techniques for ages – it does not need you are doing the most effective job. Sometimes you even achieve the opposite and de-motivate you employees. Let’s take a fresh look at what really works.