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Why Projects Fail: Poor Communication

By Travis H |   Feb 4, 2016 11:45:55 PM

This is part of an ongoing series about overcoming common reasons behind project failure.

You're probably already aware of the fact that poor communication is a notorious project killer and you are probably not surprised that a Project Management Institute report labeled poor communication as one of the primary factors in project failure.

“Ineffective communications is the primary contributor to project failure one third of the time, and had a negative impact on project success more than half the time.” - PMI

The question remains, though: With this level of awareness, why does it continue to ruin projects day after day?

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Why Projects Fail: Poor Progress Tracking And Management

By Nicole Jones |   Jan 20, 2016 3:07:54 PM

This is part of an ongoing series about overcoming common reasons behind project failure.

Just like anything with a lot of moving pieces, success or failure often depends on the changes that happen along the way. Projects are no exception.

Successful project management should efficiently track changes to keep everyone on your team accountable as well as keep an audit trail for stakeholders.

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3 Ways To Simplify Your Project Management Efforts In 2016

By Nicole Jones |   Jan 5, 2016 1:32:40 PM

As you settle back into the work flow after the holidays, now's the perfect time to reexamine some old habits weighing you and your team down. Practiced with regularity, these three easy tips will help you create clarity, save time and increase efficiency.

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Google Exec Shares 4 Brilliant Tips For Organizing Your Work Week

By Nicole Jones |   Dec 28, 2015 9:04:56 AM

Think there are never enough hours in the work day to get everything done? Then it's time to start examining the way you manage, well, time.

In an internal email turned viral post, head of product marketing at Google Apps for Work Jeremiah Dillon, sent his team several tips for making the most of a work day. Here are the four takeaways you can start using right away:

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Signs It's Time To Reevaluate Your Product Management Workflow

By Nicole Jones |   Dec 18, 2015 9:40:11 AM

Guest post by Steve Johnson, Under10 Consulting

The road to hell is paved with good intentions. —Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, French abbot of the reforming Cistercian order

People who design product processes have the best of intentions. They want to ensure all the stakeholders are heard and that the results are in line with the company’s goals. But often those best intentions result in overbearing processes that require company-wide participation and assume perfect information.

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Essential Factors To Consider When Choosing Your Workflow Automation

By Nicole Jones |   Dec 11, 2015 3:49:05 PM

As a business leader, how many times do you find yourself wondering:

"If we could get smaller tasks done, we could focus on bigger issues," or "If only my team could find the info they need instantly and on their own to complete tasks."

Your team is only as efficient as its workflow. That's why you're always evaluating new ways to stay competitive, reduce errors, increase speed and cutback costs. Teamwork is big on your list and you know what your company is capable of achieving. But after a performing a gap analysis, you can spot where those efforts fall flat. Almost always, the problem lies in automation, or lack there of.

More and more businesses are automating their workflow for all kinds processes, ranging from construction to retail. A survey by Gartner Executive Programs of over a 1,000 COO’s found that among their top business priority was business process improvement with business process automation listed as a key objective.

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Why It's Time To Ditch Excel Spreadsheets For Business Apps

By Nicole Jones |   Dec 9, 2015 4:33:23 PM

Cloud-based apps are transforming business as traditional tools like Excel spreadsheets go the way of the dial-up modem.

And for good reason. Sharing desktop spreadsheets back and forth over email is not only inefficient, but it prevents you from seeing the bigger picture and could lead to serious errors.

That's why more and more organizations are replacing cumbersome spreadsheets with software-as-a-service (SaaS) providers to empower inventory, accounting, human resources and project management teams to do their best work with powerful collaborative and mobile tools at their fingertips.

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8 Ways kintone Helps You Be The Best Project Manager For Any Job

By Nicole Jones |   Dec 4, 2015 5:34:28 PM

 
Projects at your company are becoming more complex with countless tasks and moving parts -- and it's hurting everyone's productivity.

A study by PricewaterhouseCoopers found that only 2.5 percent of 200 surveyed companies successfully completed all of their projects.

kintone is changing that with a collaborative solution to make project management more productive, proactive, and profitable. Share project documents, communicate better, and optimize the productivity of all your team members no matter their time zone. Using one platform to track the status of projects with real-time updates and analytics, discover a newfound efficiency to focus on the big picture.

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