What is deep work and how to become better at it?

Work productivity is very important. It is always a must for every employee to make each minute of paid time worthwhile. After all, each minute of every hour is being paid for, so employers naturally want to get their money’s worth. However, this has become more elusive these days because of so many distractions, even while people are in the office. It is ironic to know that this is happening even with the advancement of technology and the invention of tools to make work easier. Shallow work, or the distracted and on-and-off multitasking activities of workers, is what they call it. From the name itself, it results in a completed day of work with not much achievement. Sadly, it has become the norm for many workers.

Introducing deep work

Deep work was coined by Georgetown University associate professor of Computer Science and self-help author, Cal Newport. He refers to it as a person’s ability to work without distraction or interruption and being in a state of concentration. Doing […]

By |2019-10-29T10:57:56-04:00October 29th, 2019|

What is agile methodology in project management?

Project management is done through different methods and one of them is agile methodology. In this methodology, project management teams break up a project into stages called sprints and collaborate with their stakeholders. This is done to improve the outcome of the project and come up with the desired result. The agile methodology starts with the client explaining the end product they want and the problems that it will solve. Then, the team begins their work, following the process of planning, executing, and evaluating.

The agile methodology works under its four main values:

  • Choose interactions and individuals over tools and processes
  • Accept change more than sticking to a plan
  • Work together with customers more than discussing a contract
  • Use software more than documentation

This methodology is not only used in project management but also in marketing, education, software development, and construction.

What are the principles of agile methodology?

Every project is unique and calls for different approaches. This is why agile methodology provides users with its 12 guiding principles […]

By |2019-10-15T14:49:26-04:00October 15th, 2019|

Why is transparency important in project management?

Employees who are the backbone of every company need to feel fulfilled in their jobs and important to their teams. This is achieved through transparency. Unfortunately, studies reveal that transparency is not one of the thrusts of many companies and organizations. In fact, it has been found that only 42% of employees are actually aware of their company’s vision, mission, and goals. This could mean that many companies failed in making clear and setting straight what they are really about. Given this fact, how can employers expect their employees to be productive when they don’t even know what the targets are of the organization they currently work in?

Transparency is crucial because it just doesn’t make people feel better but it also makes people work better. It helps define roles and identify an organization’s values, structure, and objectives. In project management, transparency is about knowing the performance of a project or its processes. It further reveals the information used for making decisions, as well as the details of […]

By |2019-10-15T14:50:06-04:00October 10th, 2019|

Top 7 Best Task Management Software Tools of 2019

Project management software used to be so expensive and out of reach for many small and medium-sized enterprises. Companies used to spend millions on acquiring tools that help them better manage their projects and make sure they stayed within their budget. Well, gone are those days! As today, numerous software of this kind are already available and have been made affordable even for businesses that are managing just a few projects. Thanks to this cloud-based software, task management has become easier, more efficient, and less stressful.

The software industry brims with different kinds of software for project management, ranging from free versions with limited capabilities to pro versions that are acquired on monthly or yearly subscriptions. Each tool has its own features which dictate their price on the market. Free versions don’t have as many capabilities as the paid ones but most of them are enough for smaller businesses. The subscription versions are mostly used by larger companies that undertake more projects.

Before project managers decide on the software to use, here is a list of the […]

By |2019-10-15T14:52:30-04:00October 9th, 2019|

Future trends of project management

There is no doubt that project management throughout the years has been constantly evolving. This is so not only because of the tough competition among project management providers but also of the fact that more and more businesses are seeing the advantages of such industry. However, the question remains if project management will be able to cope with the constant changes and ever-changing demands of many businesses.

The answer to this is a resounding yes. Project management is one of the few fields that can be applied and incorporated into various industries. Therefore, it has kept itself growing in order to meet the demands of its clients. Furthermore, because of its rapidly increasing popularity, there has already been numerous project management software created to help increase the efficiency and productivity of project management teams. Aside from that, no single project management method is perfect for all projects which is exactly the reason why this field relentlessly searches for new solutions, tools, approaches, and methods.

Project management will only grow

Again, […]

By |2019-10-15T14:50:46-04:00October 4th, 2019|

How to Delegate Tasks Effectively?

A team is called a team because its output is not the work of only one person but of everyone in it. However, what sometimes happens is that the team leader or the one in the position of authority does many, if not all, of the tasks. In order to be productive, tasks should be delegated.

Delegating tasks entails communication, trust, and coordination and these make it a serious business. The risk that a task will not be completed on time or even started at all is high. And when certain aspects of the project fail, the team fails, and the blame is put on the leader. This is one of the reasons why sometimes leaders don’t like to delegate and just opt to take the entire burden on their shoulders. What are the other reasons why many people don’t like to delegate?

Reasons why leaders don’t like to delegate

When a task is not done, everybody points their finger at the manager who is the overseer of everything. As […]

By |2019-10-15T14:51:27-04:00October 3rd, 2019|

Can We Multitask Successfully?

Multitasking has become a household term these past few years as people have started believing that they can actually do various tasks at the same time. It has already become an essential tool for survival in today’s overloaded modern world. The thing is, it isn’t only done by professionals and working people as it is also happening among students, as well as to stay-at-home moms. However, even with so much commotion about it where people claim that they are really multitasking, the question remains if doing different things at the same time is actually effective.

What is multitasking?

When someone who is stirring the soup that’s boiling in a kettle on the stovetop is also slicing some vegetables, we say he is multitasking. When a vendor serves up food while mentally computing how much the total order costs, we say he is multitasking. When a mom listens to the radio drama while doing the laundry, we say she is multitasking. However, is it really true?

Multitasking can be described in […]

By |2019-10-15T14:51:55-04:00September 25th, 2019|

Is Remote Work Going to Replace The 9-to-5 Workday?

As early as 2015, some business experts have already made the prognosis: the 9-to-5 workday is already dying. The 8-hour workday, 5 days a week, or the 40-hour workweek, was born in the 1940s. So, it seems that the life of this 80-something year-old schedule is now at its end. Or is it?

Times are changing

The 40-hour workweek law was passed as a means to address extreme working hours demanded by employers to their employees. It worked for a time, especially in the manufacturing age, where people need to work together in shifts. However, between then and now, a lot has changed.

Work surveys have showed that today, there are more working mothers than in the previous decades. More than 60 percent of families today have both parents working, and many of them have young children. In fact, 70 percent of remote workers today are between the ages of 25 and 44.

Also, technology has advanced tremendously, such that it is now easier to do work outside the traditional office setting. […]

By |2019-09-16T10:35:40-04:00September 13th, 2019|

Best Guide to Choose a Project Management Software

Whatever your business does and whatever its size and scope, it likely faces the same conundrum as any other business. How does it make its operations more efficient to reduce waste and overhead costs without diminishing the quality that your consumer base expects? No matter how confident you are in your operational processes, there’s an excellent chance that you could make things more efficient. And Project Management Software can help to facilitate that efficiency. It is designed to make all the behind the scenes processes easier and more cohesive while allowing your team more time and effort to spend on the things that will wow your customers. 

You’ve invested heavily in the resources at your disposal, whether they be human or technological. Project Management Software is designed to help you to get the most out of the resources you have, tracking your projects and managing your resources in a way that is centralized. This makes for better organization, efficiency, accuracy, team cooperation and interdepartmental […]

By |2019-08-14T15:11:36-04:00August 14th, 2019|

The Importance of Reporting in Project Management

Reports are essential tools in business. They play a crucial role in the startup, ongoing, growth, expansion, and even survival stages of a company. Through business reports, companies are able to document their progress over time. Reports also help build an audit trail of the past. These documents can become necessary when going to financial institutions or when seeking investors. Corporations produce annual reports for their stakeholders and for government agencies to comply with legal obligations. Reports are also helpful in decision making, whether making a substantial purchase, planning for expansion, or deciding to sell the business.

Project Reporting

As businesses become more project-centric, the idea behind reporting is likewise followed and expected during project management. Project reporting is the act of producing formal and informal reports to communicate the status of the project. Reporting is usually done at regular intervals throughout the project. Stakeholders, sponsors and the project team agree on the frequency of the reporting. in general, project reporting helps manage the expectations of stakeholders. It also provide […]

By |2019-10-15T14:53:33-04:00July 31st, 2019|