I'll be adding some project/programme management responsibilities to my role in the next month or so, and am looking for resources to help me prepare. [more inside]
I find myself being recruited for (and sometimes taking) healthcare IT project management jobs, and it turns out I hate them all. Specifically, I hate being held accountable for everything but having zero authority to actually do, fix, or decide anything. How do I break out of this project management career trap? [more inside]
How did people organize tasks, reference materials, records, and projects before the widespread advent of computers? And how did they learn these techniques? [more inside]
I very recently purchased some study materials for the PMP exam and now I see that the exam is changing. Should I try to return my study materials? [more inside]
I'm charged with coming up with a system to help developers track time spent on bugs. Everyone is in support of this, so now we're just looking for a super-lightweight system. (We're a library with just a few developers, not a big firm.) Our developers already use GitHub to track issues and close tickets, so do you have any favorite GitHub extensions that let developers enter time spent and generate reports from that data? I've seen a few out there, but would love to hear specific recommendations. Thanks!
I work for a (currently) very small research center, and we need to manage the rotating herd of undergrad and grad research assistants, which means we need project management software. We're looking for some snowflakes and unicorns... [more inside]
All I need is to make, then frequently modify, one long Gantt chart — on a Mac, with a local app rather than a web service. [more inside]
I need a reminder system for tasks and follow-ups with some sort of desktop pop-up reminder. [more inside]
Our organization uses Jira or managing agile development and we use a plug in called Tempo to do time-tracking and resource forecasting. It's not the greatest combination. Looking for recommendations on other software or plug ins that help Jira out in terms of enterprise portfolio management [more inside]
Oh, right -- they manage projects. So, um... how do they do that? [more inside]
I am working with a new, small remote team, and I'm trying to establish good norms for software tools to manage projects. I'm looking for advice on workflows and getting less tech-savy members up to speed. Specific questions, including Asana and Slack, below. [more inside]
How do you track the benefits of multiple projects delivering over time? [more inside]
I need a dead-simple task sharing / ticketing / to do list program for a small ad agency's creative team. About seven of us will be using it. When I say "simple" I mean "so simple that what I'm looking for might not even be marketed as a project management tool." [more inside]
I've been with this smallish company for about 8 months, and was approached today about a potential role change. I'm wondering how I should navigate things. [more inside]
Another PM looking for my snowflake scheduling tool. Challenge: hardware and software. [more inside]
My wife graduated from Northeastern University with an MS in Industrial Engineering earlier this year. She's had some difficulty finding employment relevant to her educational experience. How can I best help her in this? [more inside]
How on earth do adults organize huge projects? And allot time to them? And then actually get them done? [more inside]
I need a professional in the greater Boston area to help me set up a project management system for myself AND stick to it. I can't do this on my own. (Is this a life coach? A personal organizer? An executive coach? What job title I should be searching for? I already have a therapist. I want some kind of organization specialist.) [more inside]
I've been tasked with developing a set of standard IT Infrastructure Project Milestones and I'm kind of at a loss on coming up with a standard. Basically we have weekly status slides (PPTs) that we fill out for EVERY project that's in flight at our company. I'm the PM for Infrastructure. I was using something pretty generic like: 1. Project Kick-Off 2. Requirements Review/Sign Off 3. Design 4. Development or Set Up/Configuration 5. Test Unit & UAT (Regression & System If Applicable) 6. Deploy (Pilot * Deploy Where Applicable) 7. Warranty All you IT gurus out there (and PMs!) can you help me develop something better that can be used as a standard?
I'm an experienced product & "UX" designer who just started a new job (yay!) where the focus in the short term is managing design work done by external vendors & studios. I've done some of this before, but always small scale and usually in conjunction with a project manager who handled most of the time and team management stuff. I need your advice, tips, tools, and other lore on ways of managing design projects like these as I'm in a little over my head. [more inside]
I am part of a large collaborative lab-based project. We are currently disorganized and inefficient and are are looking for some project management systems or tools. [more inside]
I'm looking for a great project management & time tracking app that meets these criteria: 1. Not cloud-hosted (i.e., must be installed on our own servers) for legal reasons. 2. Great iOS apps. 3. Capacity to handle a team of multiple people, not just a single individual's projects 4. Painless time tracking (with reporting for the manager) 5. Ability to create tasks or projects (either, I'm flexible), estimate time in advance, track actual time spent, and report on difference between estimated time and actual time. [more inside]
I'm looking for a way to keep track of anywhere from 50 to 150 current projects for my manufacturing business. There seems to be a lot of project management suites out there in the cloud (Asana, Zoho, etc.) but they seem more involved than what I'm looking for. What I have envisioned in my head is more like an Access or Filemaker database -- a nice one-page synopsis of jobs with searchable fields like job name, job number, customer, current status (design, tooling, production, shipping, etc), salesperson, date of order, estimated delivery date, etc. Does this exist? Thanks!
In short: PMP? CISA? Dev? Or all of the above? I'm working at a small IT company (30 people). I have a CompSci degree. I went from programming to business analysis to project management with a side of information security thrown in as I'm responsible for ISO 27001 policy compliance. I'm not a "rockstar" or expert in any of those fields, but I can do them competently. (There certainly haven't been any complaints from the management.) Basically I'm a "jack of all trades, master of none". So where do I go from here? [more inside]
I will be graduating with my B.A. in December (at the age of 54) and looking for a job. All along my plan has been to work as a non-profit program manager or project manager. Now I'm not sure I'm qualified. If I'm not, what AM I qualified for, besides the soul-deadening bookkeeping that I've been doing? [more inside]
I have recently switched from an office job to working freelance. I belong to a coworking space but I don't have my own desk. Any advice for organizing paperwork without an everyday desk space? [more inside]
I work with an agency that has multiple clients, projects, and account managers, but only one, remote graphic designer. It has fallen on me to manage all graphic design needs for all accounts, and communicate these needs to the designer. Is there software, a template, or any other service that would helps manage this? (I know there are various project management apps/platforms, but is there one better suited to graphic design?) I'll need to track assorted, shifting deadlines for projects that each have their own styles and assets. All tips appreciated!
What software can I use for a high-level view of my team's available vs. allocated hours and budgeted time approved across our projects? [more inside]
I am leading a team of approximately 15 people who will be working together to create a database of academic policies (maybe 20-40), categorize these policies by department/area, assess their current status (some don't exist yet, we'll just identify the need), prioritize need for attention, work to create and/or revise policies, and then continue to update and maintain. Our group of 15 will likely divide into smaller subcommittees to do more focused work. Is there a piece of software (above and beyond google docs) that will help facilitate collaboration on this task? Is something like Evernote or Basecamp what I'm looking for? How to choose between platforms? I'm willing to pay for the right thing, but it's essential there is no major learning curve for users.
I get the feeling I'm underpaid in my current position and my primary skillset is definitely under-utilised, but without a degree or even the industry standard certificate for what I really like to do, I feel like I have to accept that. Am I wrong? It would change my life to be wrong. [more inside]
What would you recommend for project management and research-sharing among 15 people? We want to replace Redbooth fka Teambox with something that works and suits our needs better (specifics within). Thanks in advance. [more inside]
What does "Project Management Light" look like? Are there good resources out there team members can read/watch/etc? Background and requirements inside. [more inside]
I'm a Project Manager at a web company that makes websites, apps, etc. We are pretty small so any solution needs to be affordable and easy to use. There are so many project management tools out there and we have evaluated many. I have a short list of things I'm looking for which I'll outline inside but mainly there seems to be a lack of resource management at an hourly level. So, either that is too high level for the price/ease of the tools we are looking at, or people are managing that some other way. Data and management geeks, please help!! [more inside]
My professional responsibilities are expanding to include much more supervisory work, including overseeing projects executed by outside organizations. I need a way to keep track of these projects' status so I don't let anything slip through the cracks! Details inside. [more inside]
I am the new admin for a statewide non-profit startup. I need help figuring out the best tools to use for: project management, grant management, community engagement, and database management. The more integrated the systems, the better. Cloud-based is a must. And, of course, the cheaper the better. [more inside]
I am a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). I am always looking for good values in my ongoing education while also meeting PMI's PDU requirements. I also want to take those courses that others have found to be rewarding and useful for project managers' careers. Frankly, from what I've seen online and taken so far, it has been somewhat disappointing. I am looking for your recommendations. Are there any courses you can recommend? Thank you!
For those working in web dev with a dedicated QA/testing team: what percentage/ratio of the project schedule do you devote to testing, fixing, and regression testing, especially when compared to planning and the time actually allocated to dev? [more inside]
My kids' school has started a program to have parents come in and talk about careers after school - what jobs are available, what it means from overall responsibility and day-to-day activities. I am signed up to talk about IT Project Mgmt... [more inside]
I am looking for informed opinions and articles on why we are so bad at estimating our time on projects, specifically from an IT project management-perspective. [more inside]
Like most impossible things, it seems like it should be simple. Basically trying to figure out a way to do project management via email with Outlook which is syncing from Google apps via MAPI / Google Apps Sync. I get an email, I put it into a folder, which then gives my colleague access to read and respond to that email in the same folder, and vice versa. Can it be done? All the juicy details inside. [more inside]
First of all, if there are better places on the internet where I should ask these types of questions about project and company management, please let me know. You guys are awesome, but I have plenty of other types of questions I'd like to ask in here, and, plus, I need to find the best source for answers to specific questions like this and fast. I need the proper technological solution for managing the flow of tasks and information of an entire company. The company is about 20 people in the office (half of them engineers) and about the same in the fab shop, so it's small. I am not the owner, but the oft-ignored second-in-command. See my other questions (here and here) for more details about my specific working situation. Right now, the company can only be described as chaotic. We have taken probably on probably too much work, people (especially me) aren't aware of what others are doing, collaboration takes place in inefficient bursts in the conference room, and the massive amount of information we generate per job and in the rest of the business is never easily found when needed. The owner causes a lot of these problems with his capricious style of running the business and tends to only add to the entropy, but I think that centralization of information and communication may save it before it's too late. I need the proper tool or tools to do this. I'll discuss where I am thus far, and we can go from there. [more inside]
I have started a new position where I will be responsible for managing the projects (timelines, delegating work, etc) for a small group +/- 10 at the moment. This is basically the same question as this but two years later. This group has marginally used Asana, but nothing much has been done with it, and I am just checking to make sure there are no other, better options before I start really utilizing it. Thanks in advance!
Are there any websites or programs that can read and export MS Project .mpp files that are more affordable and just as capable as MS Project? Failing that, what's a good online website that can achieve the same effect of building the chart for the customer and maybe even allowing them to collaborate with us on it? We're a small company whose customers often like to see and modify MS Project files at the beginning of a project. Project is expensive and locked to one computer per license, and I don't feel like installing it on lots of computers here when most of the users will use it maybe 1% of the time. Plus, none of us know how to fully extract all the value from this expensive software to justify it. I'd like a solution more tailored to our small needs that still will satisfy our customers. I'm also open to other project management solutions as detailed below. [more inside]
I didn't do well/ the job didn't work out well for me during the trial period. How do I handle the impending layoff/ going forward? [more inside]
I need to find a project management platform (like Trello, or Basecamp, or Asana) that allows admins to see everything, but that only allows regular users to see the cards they are specifically assigned to. Help? [more inside]
I was going to write a long explanation of why I want to quit, but really, none of it matters. I'm a PM in Advertising - I have worked at small agencies and probably never want a long term, real FT gig at a big shop. I would be okay contracting at a place like that. If I decide to quit this job, I will likely do so in favor of a contract, and will likely avoid a real FT gig for some time due to agency burn out (unless I get an offer from a known quantity, which is a possibility but not a certainty). All in all, I'd much rather be without anything to do and the option to do what I'd like instead, rather than where I am now, which is nothing to do and ready to lose my mind. [more inside]
What kind of goals do you suggest setting for someone starting his or her work life? Both concrete goals for the job and general motivations for earning money [more inside]
I'm a newly hired, but experienced project manager who is taking over a project that is already underway. I've been out of work for a while so I'm super glad to finally have a job but I'm feeling overwhelmed and unsure of myself. I want to do an awesome job. [more inside]
Do you have advice on pursuing/ handling multiple jobs at once? Especially if both are jobs you plan on making into careers. [more inside]
I direct a research center at a policy institute and I'm also an analyst. I need a project management system and I want a physical system, not software or an application. Other than whiteboards, what are my options? Among whiteboards, which are really useful? Right now I have an electronic calendar and various notes/lists to remind me to do things and frankly, it's not working. In the past, I've tried various to-do list applications, as well as Basecamp, and they did not work for me either. [more inside]