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Project Management

5 Tips for sizing your project

This is it!!! You just had a flash of creativity and the project you have been dreaming of developing just materialised in your mind… Great!!! Now what??

Some will just lock themselves in their office, workshop or lab and start hacking it down, assembling, soldering, coding… it has to be done today!!

Others will take a piece of paper and start drawing, making a shopping list and evaluating how it can be done.

At the end, all of the above is okay as long as you include project sizing as part of your thought process.
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Mind mapping: organize your ideas

Creative minds have a behavior on their own: they rarely stop, they jump from one thing to another and, they have their own way to produce snippets of ideas. To help take advantage of this valuable output, you need to get organized with a tool to capture the ideas and structure them as they come.
Mind mapping goes back a long time but it is really Tony Buzan,a British psychologist, in the 1960s that put it literally on the map by creating rules about how to mind map. Today, mind mapping is used in schools and offices, yet, it is my experience that it hasn’t entered the mainstream business activities. When I do a mind map with my clients, many are just surprised about how efficient it can be.

There are several ways to do mind mapping, here are a few of them and some considerations you might want to evaluate when mind mapping.
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5 project management behaviours for success

Many associate project management with scheduling and task management. As much as much of this is relevant, a large part about project management is about organising ideas and know how to communicate.
As a long time project manager myself, I thought it might be interesting to provide you with some insight about the behaviours I have found most useful to proceed with efficient project management.
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When Project Management meets Communication

The art project management is many times not seen as one of communication. Yet, try to figure out project management without meeting minutes, follow up discussions, task assignments and (too many) emails. How does communication impact your project and its management? Read on… Read More…

Project Management in 5 easy steps

In my many years in the industry, I have learned that, unless you set deliverables and deadlines, there are very few chances that the project you are planning will have any timely and accurate outcome. This very basic rule of engagement and commitment to get things going is the one that will make the difference between a test idea and a possible production item. Here are 5 easy steps that must be taken to ensure that your project will come to fruition, regardless of its size. Read More…

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