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Project Management

Increasing Web Site Holiday Sales with Kanban

By John Reeve, 17 December 2014

How one online bakery grew their revenue after using Kanban to add a new feature to their web site. The holiday tradition of sending out client gifts makes the season one of the most profitable for online businesses fulfilling the orders. This holiday tale is about one such business, a bakery, that wanted to increase corporate web sales by offering a more personalized experience, and how they used the Intervals Kanban board to make it happen. (more…)

Quick – get me a project manager! There are more and more projects to be managed. They can be anything from product launches to winning sales bids, and from installing new IT systems to moving offices. Project management, whether we recognize it or not, is a thread running through almost all of our activities. But if you don’t already have a capable project manager to hand, then you or someone in your team might have to become one. The good news is that there is a range of project management software to help. In that case, how fast can you expect to acquire PM skills? (more…)

All You Really Need to Know about Project Deadlines

By Hadley Jones, 13 November 2014

Ask 3 different people and you could get 3 different definitions of a project deadline. Is it something that must be respected? Should be respected? Or rather an option to be exercised if you feel like it? To make deadlines work properly for you in project management, it’s important to have a clear notion of what they are and how to handle them. Project management apps can then help you set, track, manage and update them. (more…)

Project management might have started years ago with large construction companies and big IT developments. Now however, it’s available to any enterprise, whatever its size. Project management software lets SMBs in on the act too. The difference is in the approach. Large corporations can afford dedicated project and program managers, and a team for running their dedicated project management offices. SMBs on the other hand may well find it difficult to allocate even one person fulltime to project management activities. Compared to the project management armies of the Fortune 500 companies, SMBs may do better with some good guerilla tactics. (more…)

Ever wondered about the real secret behind vampire longevity? Or successful zombie attacks or even bank heists for that matter? Here’s a scoop – there are some key project management techniques being applied. And as monsters and master criminals apparently have a propensity for moving with the times, it seems like a fair bet that they’ve also discovered the advantages of good project management software to boost efficiency, resolve issues and hit targets with increasing ease. Find out below so that you too can sign up (but not in blood) for great project management too. (more…)

Some project management failures have been so epic that you’d think they were the product of some Hollywood script writer’s overheated imagination. One case led to billion dollar bankruptcy. Another resulted in already large project costs exploding by a factor of over 300 (or by over 20,000% if you prefer). By way of comparison, annual inflation rates at the time never rose above 2.8%. With the benefit of hindsight however, each PM fail can be a learning opportunity. It offers constructive lessons about what to avoid or how to improve. Better still; some project management apps contain tools to help you to steer clear of such pitfalls. (more…)

It’s weird. Project management is currently one of the most in-demand skills in business today. It’s likely to continue that way too. And yet, capable project managers can’t be found for either love or money. That’s the experience of many organizations that end up abandoning projects that demand too much in terms of project management capability, are not even half-finished by their deadline, generate ugly budget bloat (think factors of five, ten or more compared to original cost estimates), or all of the above. It’s a business nightmare. (more…)

Xero is gaining popularity in the cloud-based small business accounting software space, as you may have heard by now. The app is in use at more than 334,000 businesses at present.  If you're one of its many fans, you may have heard about the new Xero Add-On Marketplace. Recently launched, the Xero Add-On Marketplace brings you more than 350 small business integrations that help you customize your accounting system, all within Xero's interface. (more…)

Are you ready for this? There’s good news and bad news. First, the bad news – project management is rapidly taking on a new, additional dimension. This will mean extra work, smarter people, better tools or some combination of the aforegoing. Now the good news – if you can integrate this new dimension into your enterprise or organizational projects, your business stands to go further, be more profitable, satisfy more customers and motivate more employees. This extra dimension is project leadership. Not just project management. And before you dismiss this as another whimsical idea from the HR department, there’s something you should know. (more…)

Six Powerful Products from Salesforce

By Luke Moreland, 8 October 2014

Salesforce gives your business an array of opportunities for maximizing your team's efficiency to empower your customers. It is the force you need at a time when customers are hyper vigilant for the next thing, constantly on the go, and loud when and where they want to be. (more…)