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10 Most Shared CIO.com Articles for Project Managers

10-Most-Shared-CIO.com-Articles-for-Project-Managers-blog-image.pngYour day is spent managing budgets, people, and time. That can make staying up to date on the latest and greatest project management articles a challenge. Where do you fit reading time into your day?

In case you missed them, these were the past year’s most shared articles from CIO.com.  And in case you don’t have time to read all of them in depth, we included the core takeaways from the most shared articles.

1. 5 ways to be a better project manager

Brad Egeland, Independent Consultant, @begeland

Project managers can be found at nearly any company, even if they don’t have that title. As you manage your people and projects to hit deadlines, consider how you can make yourself stand apart from the rests.

  • Consume online content (like this!)
  • Network with your colleagues
  • Go to clients sooner rather than later
  • Send a daily newsletter to your team
  • Stop multitasking

 

2. 6 ways to be a better project manager

Sharon Florentine, Senior Writer, CIO.com, @MyShar0na

Becoming a better project manager is a hot enough topic that CIO.com covered it twice. In the follow up to the first five tips for becoming a better PM, CIO.com lists out six more granular ways you can improve your skills. Here they are:

  • Communicate
  • Manage your time
  • Build your community
  • Keep a clear workflow/schedule
  • Lead and collaborate
  • Fall back on management tools

 

3. Make yourself a better project manager

David Cotgreave, Professional Services Director, Stoneseed, @david_cotgreave

Successful projects stem from great leaders driving a team of skilled resources in the right direction. Make sure you’re sending the right message to your time by looking at how you can become a better leader. The best tip in this article from David Cotgreave? When your projects have issues to be resolved, start first by looking at yourself. What can you do to improve the situation, and what have you done that could have been done better? Be transparent about these facts to help work your team forward toward progress.

 

4. 4 ways to maintain control of the project work

Brad Egeland, Independent Consultant, @begeland

Gaining control over your projects comes down to how well you communicate. In this article, you’ll learn why communicating often and transparently is the core to control over your projects. The four ways Egeland references?

  • Basic communication as needed
  • Daily digests
  • Team/customer meetings
  • Communication necessitated by change management

 

5. 10 tips to meet your project planning goals

Moira Alexander, Co-founder and Director, Conture Business Advisors (https://www.linkedin.com/in/conturedadvisors )

The overarching theme of all ten tips in this article, about hitting your goals, is clear: Involve the right people. This means getting management involved at the right times, breaking big teams into smaller, representative focus groups, and address conflict directly.

 

6. How to pick a project management methodology

Moira Alexander, Co-founder and Director, Conture Business Advisors (https://www.linkedin.com/in/conturedadvisors )

Agile, waterfall, or critical path method? Whether you’ve been trained on the job or formally, chances are you’ve encountered these terms. Use this article for a breakdown of the most common PM methods, how they differ, and what unique benefits they offer.

 

7. Tight project budget: Do you hire a project manager or business analyst?

Brad Egeland, Independent Consultant, @begeland

In a perfect world, you’d have the budget for both, or you would have the luxury of time to wait for the perfect candidate who has both skills. If that isn’t the case, this article will help you understand which role will add more value to your team. What it breaks down to is the bigger need your projects have. Get a PM if you need

You’ll be better off considering a business analyst if you have more technical needs:

  • Work with technical staff to translate requirements into tasks
  • Assist the customer with test cases/scenarios

 

8. How to hire a rock star project manager

Moira Alexander, Co-founder and Director, Conture Business Advisors (https://www.linkedin.com/in/conturedadvisors )

Hiring a project manager isn’t much different from hiring a rockstar, it turns out. This article makes the case for why hiring someone with

  • Passion
  • Spirit
  • Leadership
  • Conflict resolution

… Could just be your best recipe for success. Learn more in the full article.

 

9. How PMOs can balance time, cost and quality

Moira Alexander, Co-founder and Director, Conture Business Advisors (https://www.linkedin.com/in/conturedadvisors )

Managing time, cost, and quality is hard enough for anyone. But when it’s your full-time job, it’s helpful to use strategic and time-tested tips. In this article, Moira Alexander points out the value of testing your project against three core questions:

  • Is your project aligned with clear organizational goals?
  • Is your project realistically scoped?
  • Have you involved the right stakeholders?

Following these tips, and a few others in the article, can set your pace for the right balance of how you spend your time and budget for maximized quality.

 

10. 7 tips to transform difficult stakeholders into project partners

Moira Alexander, Co-founder and Director, Conture Business Advisors (https://www.linkedin.com/in/conturedadvisors )

Most of us have had the pleasure of working with a variety of people. Some make projects easy, and others make you sweat a little harder to meet objectives. In this article, Moira Alexander identifies the four types of difficult stakeholders you might work with, like passive aggressive stakeholders. Let Alexander walk you through seven strategies that can help you diffuse escaladed situations and make working with all types of people much easier. Our favorite tips?

  • Build trust
  • Time your communication just right
  • Be direct

The key takeaways

What makes a project manager special isn’t how you were trained or what brands you’ve worked on. It is how you interact with people, drive results, and keep everyone happy in the meantime. As you read and share these articles, remember the six core tips most of these have in common:

  • Communication is key
  • Fall back on project, time, and resource management tools
  • Be prepared to work with all kinds of people
  • Look at what you can do, and change, to make projects run more smoothly
  • Communicate both proactively and, when needed, reactively
  • Exude passion and transparency with your teams and stakeholders

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