Project Management 101: What is the Iron Triangle?

In project management, there’s a model called the project management triangle or iron triangle. To achieve quality with a project, project managers are constantly balancing scope, time and costs. These three constraints of a project make up the three corners, or sides of the triangle. Quality is at the center, and when one side is longer than the other, the symmetry of the triangle is disturbed, and thus quality is threatened. The three sides of…

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The Pomodoro Technique: How to Manage Your Work Time and Flow the Easy Way

How you spend your time determines the value that you place on it. We are all managers of time, and yet time often manages us. We want to do better, but coming up with a routine time management technique can be challenging. If you’re looking for a more efficient way to utilize your time during the workday, the simple Pomodoro Technique may become your new best friend. What is the Pomodoro Technique? The Pomodoro Technique…

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Infographic: Where Does Your Time go?

You wake up. Do stuff. You go to bed. You are the rock-star of your life! Before you know it, a decade has passed and you wonder “where did my time go?” Statistician Nathan Yau of flowingdata.com created a pretty impressive simulation of how time flies throughout our typical day. He compiled data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics of 1000 working adults and visually represented how they moved from activity to activity depending…

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7 Best Practices To Help Your Team Manage Its Time For Productivity

We always equate productivity with time. Time is money, right? But it is not so much the quantity of time that we are so concerned with even though we wish there were more hours in the day. We want more value or quality to the time we have spent. Ensuring that every member of a project team is working to their best potential and are working to their highest productivity is a combination of leadership,…

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5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Use Excel For Your Timesheets

A little story about Jessica Jessica works as an office administrator at a growing IT consulting firm. Like most office administrators, Jessica wears many hats. On top of taking care of the phone, she processes incoming payments, tidies the office, greets clients at the door and on top of it all; she manages the staff timesheet solution: a 15-year-old Excel spreadsheet. Excel has its strengths; collecting timesheets is not one of them. Every Monday morning,…

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Take the guesswork out of timesheet entry

A programmer’s secret to improving his productivity Working on multiple projects, multiple times per day was a daily occurrence for Trent. He is a software developer in a small consulting firm of about 30 people. Being an essential member of such a small team, Trent spends most of his time working on many billable projects at the same time. Accurately recording his time between so many different tasks became a problem. If he waited until the…

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Project Time Tracking: What to Look For

Make changes in how your company manages time and projects You’re looking to make changes in how your organization handles time and projects. But how will you manage to implement those changes? Making changes in your time management system can be a challenge and could include a multitude of questions. There are many considerations; after all, it isn’t just about you but equally about those that work with you. You probably have a system for bookkeeping…

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Quick time management tips for busy people

We’ve kept the list short since we know you are busy! What gets planned gets done: Use a timesheet tool to plan out your week, there’s more chance of getting those tasks done by staying focused Capture your thoughts: Do you have a place to capture all your ideas? Something like Google Docs is a great place for all your ideas in one place. Then you can focus on your work knowing you don’t have…

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7 Simple Ways To Ease Stress Now

Let’s get right down to it! Junk food = junk brain, add nutrient-rich foods to your meals There really are positives in every situation, you just need to look for it Get your body moving, your mental health will thank you Reading and writing stimulates your expressions and allows you a physical way to process your thoughts Give without expecting anything in return Your best friends and family always bring you back to center, spend time with…

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7 keys for optimum project and timesheet control

Keep your business profitable with these key takeaways Your company has deadlines to meet and the project at hand is not much different than the one before it, yet you are questioning why this project has so much time against it. You have the same amount of employees working on this project as the last one, but this project has consumed double the time. Why are you over the projected allotment of billable time and…

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