Business leaders need more than month-end reports showing history. They need to know what to do during the month to influence the future outcomes, i.e. what IS the dial that needs to move (what to measure), and what to DO to move the dial. These are called leading indicators. Watch this short video to learn more.
#bestpractical Setting Targets: Take Aim at your Overdraft
Poor cashflow is the biggest business killer. Cashflow is the oxygen of the business – without it you can’t breathe. Having said this, getting rid of your bank overdraft is possible if you set it as a target, as we’ll see in Kevin and Lucy’s story.
3 #bestpractical Tips for Prioritisation
Business leaders often feel challenged about the best practical way to prioritise projects and tasks. Read on for 3 #bestpractical tips for prioritisation.
Create better management reports – the #bestpractical way
Management reports are crucial inputs in support of a meeting, in order to achieve a productive outcome. There are many ways to improve your reporting. Here are 3 tips to get you going.
Improve the quality of meetings – the #bestpractical way
As the speed of change increases, the quality of complex decisions become compromised due to dysfunctional meetings. Read on for quick tips for more productive meetings, which will improve the quality of meetings and decisions.
Innovation and Transformation – Fix the pothole forever #bestpractical
The reality is that businesses are under pressure to change. We will have to get much better at managing our innovation and transformation journeys.
Leaders are responsible for the core values of the organization
How can you as a business leader ensure that each employee is able to articulate the core values of the organisation in a conversation? Learn 10 practical ways to reinforce the core values of your business.
Increase Business Profits
Every business can improve its profits. Sometimes, changing only one thing in an organisation can significantly increase profits.
Get Traction in Profit Performance
Business leaders focus on growing profit performance. Yet they are constantly challenged with various moving parts in their business and teams. A common experience is “we are spinning our wheels”. The COVID pandemic adds an additional layer of complexity that will take some time for all to settle into the new normal. It has taken its’ toll on profit performance of many companies.
Leadership Lessons – Five Ways to Build a Box
Leadership is an important quality in a good project manager – it is the driving force behind a successful team. This article from projecttimes.com, written by Peter de Jager, looks at what it means to “think outside the box” and how many of our “boxes” are actually self-imposed limitations.
Free Project Management E-books
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Project Management South Africa (PMSA) shared the good news in their newsletter (Issue 11: Friday 9th September) that as of 6 September 2016, the Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) has lent its support to education by making business and textbook e-books available to Gautrain passengers.
Five Time Management Tips for Project Managers
Successful project management hinges on good time management. Effective project managers avoid time-wasting exercises at all times and ensure that both their own time and the time of their resources is used productively.
Here are five useful tips to help you best utilise your time.
5 Project Management Lessons from Great Business Leaders
The technology industry is particularly fast-paced and constantly evolving, and project managers can learn many valuable lessons from the successes and mistakes that have been made by the leaders in the field.
Smallbiztrends.com looks at some of the giants in the technology business and the insights they provide into what it takes to thrive as a project manager.
SED Project Accountability: How to integrate accountability and transparency into the SED project cycle
In developing countries like South Africa, socioeconomic development projects have the potential to significantly improve the quality of people’s lives. In practice, however, the impact is often limited due to inefficiency, inequity, and insufficient accountability. Barend Cronjé, CEO of CoLAB, a leading project implementation consultancy, looks at improving the outcomes through integrating accountability into SED projects.
Whitepaper: Using the PMBOK® Guide to build a practical project management process
Utilising a stable project management standard such as the PMBOK® Guide can simplify the task of defining a practical and effective project management process. However, many new project managers find the application of these principals in the real world difficult.
The Difference Between a Risk and an Issue
Risks and Issues in project management are often confused and the two terms are frequently used interchangeably. However, risks and issues are not the same thing and should be clearly identified and differentiated so they can be addressed correctly when they arise.
Getting the Most Out of Your Project Resources
A fundamental part of a project is the efficient and effective management of resources. Often managers see adding more resources as a quick solution to an issue, but managing existing resources more efficiently frequently yields a better outcome.
5 Tips and Tricks for New Project Managers
Getting into the project management field can be both exciting and daunting for a new project manager. There is a lot to take in and a lot to learn and all of your technical and people skills will be put to the test.
To help you get started on your journey towards being top of your field, we have put together a list of handy tips and tricks that will set you apart from your peers.
When to exit a project
By Chanel van der Westhuizen
All projects reach a stage where the Project Manager will be required to exit the project. A project can exit during Closure Stage, when the Project Manager can ensure that the project has achieved its planned deliverables and objectives & ownership has been handed over to the business.
10 Must-Have Skills for Project Managers
Maybe you are a new project manager just starting out in the field, or a seasoned professional with many years’ experience under your belt. No matter where you are in the project management field, there are a number of must-have skills that every project manager needs.
Helen Sabell from Projecttimes.com looks at the top 10 and why these skills are essential for your project management career.