Everyone in a team has their own roles and responsibilities, their own duties to carry out, their own specialties. The manager of a team manages all those people and what they’re doing. To the uninitiated, this management role might seem expendable. If the members of the team know what they’re doing, couldn’t they do it without the backing of a manager? (more…)
There are lots of different ways to tackle project management, so it can be difficult to know the best way to go about it. Accordingly, lots of project management experts have come up with methodologies for other project managers to follow. This can be helpful, but all the options are still confusing to navigate, especially considering all the buzzwords and jargon mixed in with them. (more…)
How do you decide which projects you take on and which ones you don’t? If you’re just starting out as a project manager or project management organization, then you might be taking on whatever work you can as you try to secure your first few clients. But as you grow your business, you may have to be choosier about which projects you accept in order to manage your workload. This is where project portfolio management comes in. (more…)
Do you need a way to organize your thoughts and ideas? There are lots of tools out there to help, but one technique that’s easy and possibly even fun to do is mind mapping.
What attributes do you think someone needs to be a good project manager? Whether you’re wondering whether you could cut it as a project manager or you’re a current PM looking for ways to develop your skills and improve in your role, we thought we’d run through some of the key skills project managers should possess. (more…)
Planning is a hugely important part of project management. Without a comprehensive plan, you are much more likely to lose track of tasks and milestones throughout your project, which could result in missing the deadline for completing the project. (more…)
As a project manager, you should expect things to go wrong. This doesn’t necessarily reflect the skills and experience of you and your team. Even if you’re incredible at your job and have an amazing team assigned to the project, things can still go wrong. While you can hope that they won’t, you should also assume that they will. (more…)
Are you considering a career as a project manager, but aren’t sure you can handle the high levels of stress it apparently comes with? Or maybe you’re a project manager dealing with a lot of stress, looking for ways to manage it better. (more…)
They say that no man is an island, and this is valuable advice in the world of business. Any leader or manager trying to do everything themselves is likely to crash and burn at some point. When you’re at the head of a team of employees, there’s no need to take all the burden on yourself. You can delegate to your employees or team members. (more…)
Having a good project manager at the helm is vital to the success of any project. If you’re new to a project management role or are just looking for ways to keep improving, then this article will give you all the tips and tricks you need to take your team and your project to the next level. (more…)
As a business that’s trying to turn a profit and satisfy as many customers as possible, you want to make sure that you’re working as efficiently as possible. It can be difficult to manage the resources, people, and time you have at your disposal. If you don’t do this effectively, then it can lead to a lot of waste.
But that’s where strategic capacity planning comes in… (more…)
There are lots of tools out there that can help you work better as a business, a team, or even by yourself. Project management tools, time management tools, productivity apps, and lots more applications have a great deal of potential for your team. (more…)
If you’re in a management role, then you’ve likely got a lot of things on your plate. You have to juggle clients, your team members, projects, tasks, and various other responsibilities. You can’t always do everything yourself, no matter how hard you try. This is where delegation comes in. (more…)
Tony Robbins has helped millions of people reach their full potential and lead more fulfilling lives over the last few decades. This month, LogicalPlan’s investor and mentor, Roman Kratochvil had the opportunity to experience this for himself. He attended Date With Destiny, an annual event organized by the Robbins Research International. (more…)
Like us, you probably have various projects and tasks to manage on a daily basis. When you’re juggling so many things at once, it can be easy to let things slip through the cracks. A small detail is forgotten or missed, and it can amount to big consequences further down the line.
Proper planning with the right tools is essential to staying on top of everything when organizing an event. Relying on your memory rather than a systemized list or plan of the entire event is sure to result in missed details. And when even the smallest detail matters, you can’t afford to miss anything. (more…)
As a manager, it is important to understand not only the strengths of your team, but also your team’s weaknesses.
Often you find yourself wondering during team meetings what is going wrong. Why is your team not reaching the potential you know to be possible?
Deadlines are a necessary part of every team, after all, it is hard to run a race when you don’t know where to find the finish line.
Despite their necessity, deadlines add stress to every team. As you rush to catch deadlines, your team may find itself working against the clock, which can lead to frustrations in the best of teams.
Prevent yourself from forgetting important information by keeping everything together in one place. Trust us, even the little things, like forgetting to buy a new coffeemaker, can have a significant impact.
Your company, like a living organism, requires a lot of small things to work together if it is to run smoothly. (more…)
You’ve just hired a new team member, and you’re very excited about all the value this person will create for your organization.
The sooner you have your new team member creating value for your organization, the better, but there are plenty of things you’ll have to show them during the onboarding process first. (more…)
All marketing agencies know how hard it can be to keep all of your customers’ requests in order, that’s why we created a client collaboration template to help you prioritize tasks so you and your team can hit your most critical deadlines.
Just like every other template we create in Logicalplan, you’re able to customize this according to you and your organization’s needs. (more…)
The nature of work is changing. Now more than ever, teams are moving towards the remote work culture.
This new culture opens new doors, bringing together talent from around the world for a common purpose – to create value. (more…)
You have a fantastic product that could change the world.
You have an amazing team behind you.
But there’s one huge problem: you’re starting to feel incredibly overwhelmed.
You have so much on your plate that you feel paralyzed and unable to figure out what you should do next.
Convincing your team to start using a new tool is challenging, especially if you’ve already tried in the past.
People are creatures of habit, and anything that can be seen as something that can disrupt that routine can often be greeted unenthusiastically, and sometimes even outright hostility.
But even if their team is receptive to the new tool, getting people to change their habits is typically the most significant challenge that team leaders face when migrating to a new system.
In the previous part of this guide (which you can read here,) we went over how it pays to take your time in the beginning and make sure that you’re addressing the client’s true needs by asking the “5 Whys.”
In this part, we’ll address some other important parts of project management, starting with your team.
When building your team for a project, make sure everyone knows the scope of their responsibilities and exactly what is expected of them. This applies not only to your in-house team but also to any contractors or anyone that the client instructs you to work with.
To experience success in an ever-changing business environment, it is becoming increasingly important for organizations to focus on project management and work planning.
To be a truly great project manager, you usually have to spend a significant amount of time learning the craft, not to mention trying and failing quite a few times so that you learn how to plan out a project properly.
But we had an idea: instead of costing your organization time and money through you learning from your own mistakes, why not learn best practices from the trail and error that others have already experienced?
When planning a meeting, every team leader is faced with the same questions – when should we meet, who needs to be there, and what exactly are we going to talk about?
After you plan a meeting, it’s super important to prepare for it. If a team leader shows up with just a basic idea of what they will need to talk about with their team, the team leader often ends up looking unprepared or even nervous. (more…)
Mr. Dunka from Merchandising for You is one of our longterm clients, and he recently gave us a set of tips and tricks that he thinks would help our users. Check it out!
Merchandising for You is a young merchandising company that offers complex services to our customers. Our business has two components: First, we design, produce and deliver new products directly to our customers. Second, we create custom designed online stores for clients.
In both ways, we create new designs and products. We love challenges, so we’re not afraid of looking for new ways to satisfy the unique needs of our customers. (more…)
In your time as a manager, did you ever feel like your job title role would be better described by the word “firefighter?”
Unless you’re an actual firefighter, I’m guessing you’d probably say “no,” but let me paint a picture for you before I ask that question again:
Let’s say you have a client who is tasked with you and your team with a project. You sit at the beginning and do your best to plan the project. You try to think of all the tasks that the project consists of, try to figure out which tasks are dependent on each other, who in your group can do each task, and in the end, after a lot of hard work, you have a deadline date that you will do your best to reach. (more…)