Video: How to Create an Editorial Calendar using Google Docs

In the previous time management tutorial, we looked at how to use Google Calendar for schedule work (and family) tasks. We asked: What’s the one difference between having a to-do list and making a calendar entry? To-do lists are static. It states what needs to be done. Calendars are a commitment to making something happen. You’ve probably noticed that systems […]

How to Use Micro-Tasks in Large Software Development Projects

If you look at a large project as many small tasks chained together, it’s easier to start. Learn more about these excel Change Management templates here We often get stuck with large projects because we can’t find the right place to start. Micro-tasks fix this. They break large projects into bite-sized tasks. With so many […]

How can I improve my business writing skills?

Your ability to communicate effectively, persuade others, and motivate teams are influenced by your writing skills. While some people appear to be born great writers, others get there by practice. Let’s look at how you can improve your business writing skills. Set a writing goal Be specific. Decide to improve one area of your business […]

A resource allocation mistake from Louis Van Gaal?

Yesterday, before they were defeated by Leicester, the Man United manager said that he would get rid of players who stayed on the bench too long. What he meant was if they didn’t make it into the first team, he would get rid of them. At least, that was my interpretation. As a project manager, […]

How To Project Manage Your Husband

Should you project plan your family? What goes on the critical path? Here’s an idea. Bruce Feiler, the author of The Secrets of Happy Families suggests that to deal with the stress of modern family life, we should ‘go agile’.  Agile is an approach to developing software that based on iterative and incremental development. It promotes adaptive planning […]

How to use Google Calendar for Schedule Work (and Family) Tasks

What’s the one difference between having a to-do list and making a calendar entry? To-do lists are static. It states what needs to be done. Calendars are a commitment to making something happen. You’ve probably noticed that systems like GTD (Getting Things Done) work for a while but then become less effective as time goes on? Most people I know […]

Is Trying Too Hard Counterproductive?

I finally have my first running injury. I overdid it and now cannot run for a few weeks. And while this is a bummer, I also feel slightly proud that I’ve managed to acquire a running injury, which is surely a sign that I’m trying hard, right? Maybe. Well, not really. The injury occurred because […]

What Breaking Bad Taught Me about Availability Planning

Two of the dilemmas for Walt in Breaking Bad are scale and availability planning. Walt knows that with Jesse, his partner, they cannot reach their financial targets by selling locally (scale). Getting specific ingredients on a regular basis is also difficult, as they cannot deliver their product on schedule. Download Now for $9.99 – Buy Here! […]

The (real) purpose of meetings is

To remove obstacles. It’s not: to get status updates (that’s what status update reports are for), brainstorm ideas (that should be in workshops) or wait for others. The last one is important because it happens so often, we tend to get used to it. My approach to meetings changed after I stared working with a […]

How to answer: “How can I help you be more effective?”

Did your boss ever ask you this question? One of the dilemmas for managers is the tendency to delegate down and avoid asking others for feedback, especially on how they can perform their job better. The risk in doing this is that you stop others from sharing what you need to hear; as a result, […]

How to Write Your First Action Plan in 10 Steps

If you need a sample action plan to get your business in shape, then use the following example to design your MS Word template. An Action Plan is a series of steps that helps you achieve your goals in measurable ways.

7 Ways to Refine Your Business Proposal

Ever notice that the most successful Business Proposals use the same writing formula? In general, this comes down to two things: experience of proposal writing technical and deep knowledge of the subject matter.

The 4-Part Business Proposal Framework

Why do you write business proposals? Same reason we do! We write proposals to win more business, pay our bills and send the kids to college. Same as you, I guess! Right? This is one of the most popular templates, especially for business consultancy proposals [ Learn more about these Proposal Templates ] I’ve been in the […]

How to Programme Your Projects

Every Project Director demands a crystal-clear plan for their project. How should you develop this programme? Should it be made in the same way each time? At what phase will dependencies, baselines and actuals be recorded? To show the answers to these usually asked questions, read on…