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Project Time Management

Managing a project involves dividing it into tasks that can be accomplished in a matter of hours, days, weeks or even months. For larger projects, there are short-term, medium-term and long-term goals. These are created based on the time needed for a task or project to be completed. Project time management would definitely help a business or a company to have more realistic time frames. This involves preparing a schedule that is as efficient as it is effective. A project manager should be able to plot in a timeline the tasks that need to be completed, how long they would take to be finished, the resources that they need to be able to achieve the needed results, and the order that they need to follow.

Project Management Steps to Take For Success

Effective project management is important to the success of any project, regardless of the size and scope. Good communication, planning, organization, teamwork and support are important in order to keep a project on track. A thorough understanding the project is the first step in project management. Without a clear understanding of the goals and objectives, any project can be difficult to manage and complete successfully Identify Stakeholders and Sponsors Identify the project's stakeholders and sponsors, as well as a project champion in top management. Because most projects require time resources and cooperation from people in many different areas of a business, having a champion in top management will insure that the project will be taken seriously, and will be a priority for those working on it.

The Tomorrow Trap

Determined to climb corporate ladders, save for retirement and to avoid being dumped in another downturn many are heading headlong into a let's call it-"tomorrow trap". People rush past everything building their careers and other personal pursuits. But taking refuge in visions of a wonderful life just ahead somewhere down the road income earners are forgetting to tend to their personal and family lives. Living in the future can be emotionally seductive. People gain some kind of emotional satisfaction from constructing fantasies of a future life tomorrow even though they are not living it today. This trap, the 'tomorrow' trap that the sun's gonna shine on you is so alluring it's captives see their actions as noble.

5 Essential Secrets to a Successful ERP Software Implementation

Undergoing an enterprise resource planning (ERP) implementation deployment can be full of highs and lows as your company anticipates the changes that will occur in your existing workflow. The key to handling your staffs' expectations is effective planning, precise job related training, timely mock live experience, anticipation management and scheduled follow-ups. Effective ERP Implementation Planning Your upcoming implementation should include customized ERP templates catered to your industry and staff skill level. Utilize these templates to understand how your workflow will be impacted and how to be proactive with the impending changes. Work on customized feasible solutions instead of dwelling on what is changing.

Women on Top

I have become fascinated as to why there are so few women in top decision making roles in all sectors - I have come to several of my own conclusions and would welcome comments. Having worked mainly with men for the last 30 years I am comfortable in a male dominated working environments. I believe I understand it and can adapt easily to work with it. My 7 Golden Rules all relate to succeeding in such an environment as a female. But my research has lead me to believe that men and women are motivated generally by different things in the workplace. In my experience men are much more tuned into salary and rewards and seem more inclined to suffer a role or working environment in which they are unhappy.

Leading From the Front - Where a Business Leader Should Be in Tough Times

The business environment post-financial crisis is a war and business managers who adopt the approach of the ancient warrior leaders will be the most likely to prevail. It's a real battle for survival out there. They don't actually kill anyone anymore, but apart from that, everything else is the same. Centuries ago, a leader's place was up-front - leading the way into battle astride their horse or in the front chariot. We can all imagine Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan or William Wallace inspiring their warriors to victory against all odds. Then, leadership changed and the Generals started commanding from the back where they could be better analysts and strategists (and they were, of course, less likely to be killed!

Top 10 Diagnostic Questions and Top 3 ROI Factors For Change Management

How do you know if your project can benefit from people change management (PCM)? How do you know if your organization is ready to leverage these best practices successfully? When we discuss a project with a prospective client we are interested in a few preliminary key issues. They are directional and are intended to undercover expectations and readiness. They shape the unique solution proposal. 1. What prompted you to consider leveraging PCM? What is your / your organization's experience with PCM? (None, Failed, Front-end only, Follow thru?) What would you like to be different? Have you considered doing nothing? Doing this internally? 2. Tell me about this initiative: a.

Top 3 Types of ERP Deployment Implementation Training

Your enterprise resource planning (ERP) implementation training should be all-inclusive. This is the one of the most crucial elements of your deployment and it should not be skimmed over. Your staff will be learning how to run your business on a new platform and this will greatly affect your success after your implementation is done. Train the trainer (TTT) Train the trainer involves training the super-users at your locations. These super-users then go to your various locations to train your staff. This is great if your super-users are good at training and conveying concepts to learners. If not, leave this type of training to the experts suggested by your implementation software vendor.

Lean and Six Sigma Coexistence

Lean Six Sigma has grown out of the realization that the two systems, Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma, can not only co-exist, but actually complement each other. There are many ways of approaching this "merger". If the problem is complex and requires careful definition and analysis, the DMAIC approach and the Six Sigma statistical tools should be used. Depending on the problem, and the process, a VSM (a Lean tool) along with SIPOC and VOC (6 Sigma tools) can be used during the Define phase to fully understand the problem. As waste is identified, the type and complexity of the problem will dictate whether to continue to follow a DMAIC approach for a specific problem or whether a Lean Tool is more appropriate such as a Kaizen Event, 5S implementation, production cell, etc.

Motivation in the Workplace - People Are Motivated When They Are Inspired

To understand motivation in the workplace from a change management perspective, we need to be aware of the context in which this takes place. In the current economic climate, the key drivers for change in corporate life are all to do with increased efficiency, cost reduction and corporate restructuring. Balancing organisational and individual interests There is a potential fundamental problem here in that these drivers as expressed by directors in terms of organisational performance are not necessarily aligned to the personal needs and drivers of the workforce. So we can see from the outset that successful change management is the result of a balancing of enterprise performance requirements with individual fulfillment needs.

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