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5 Of the Best Project Management Blogs

Got a spare few minutes on a Friday afternoon? Need to expand your horizons and find out what other people are writing about in the project management world?

As a project manager, it’s always valuable to get tips and tricks, information and general articles about project management from a range of different perspectives, and that’s why in today’s webby world project managers can thrive. There are lots of great project management blogs out there with tips, news, articles and more from successful project managers, and here is our list of the top 5 project management blogs (which by the way have lots and lots of followers and for good reason).

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How to Handle Underperforming Staff

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As a project manager, there may be times when you are required to deal with staff who just aren’t performing when compared with their peers. If a member of staff is not delivering, is not performing well or is lacking, then it’s time to step in and take action. But what is the best way to handle such a delicate situation? Here are some tips on how to handle underperformance at work.

What Does Underperformance Mean?

First of all, it is important to know what you are expecting from your staff and what you class as underperformance. It is important that all staff and team members are clear on what is expected of them, what they should be achieving, what their individual targets are and their targets as a team.

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8 Ways to Become the Worst Project Manager

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About twenty years ago I was working with a project team on some large IT implementations. There were five main project managers, each reporting to a lead manager who in turn reported to the customer.

The five main project managers were supposed to be fairly autonomous as they were split across the whole organisation working on distinctly different aspects of the implementation. Each had their own skill and this was reflected in the jobs they were given.

Each one also had at lease fifteen staff under them, but some had many more. I worked in one of the smaller teams and I have to say, our manager was fantastic, but she was new. As a new manager she was expected to work with one of the more experienced ones to learn the ropes. I got invited along to a session with the chosen manager as I was training, too. It was a terrifying experience.

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Communication, the key to a Better Project Experience

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Communication is easy these days. We can text, email, call, chat, message, poke, nudge and wink and all without getting up from our desks. So why is it that so many projects fail where people cite “communication” as the problem?

Text, email and phone calls are methods of communication but what we communicate is far more important than the delivery tool we choose. Even though we live in a switched-on world, there are still issues with talking to our colleagues in order to make a point or pass information, and this is where problems occur.

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Bookkeeping - An Essential Task you Shouldn't Ignore

Bookkeeping If you’re a small business or even a consultant using Project Bubble to handle your day-to-day project tasks, then there’s a very good chance you’ll be doing it to get paid. At some point, you’ll have to raise an invoice or you’ll have to pay a bill. Tight bookkeeping is essential from the minute you start trading.

This post isn’t anything to do with keeping your taxes up to date, and it’s nothing about regulation; I aim to offer no tips on those two subjects. It is, however, to do with making sure that if you’re in business today then you’ll be in business tomorrow and next year.

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