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Why Project Management Is Crucial to Disaster Recovery
No company is completely immune from facing a disaster. Whether it’s a wildfire, flood, or pandemic, as we’re currently experiencing, disasters negatively impact companies and how they operate. Various local and global threats exist that we can’t always anticipate. Still, when these disasters occur, it shows how critical it is to plan and expect the ... Why Project Management Is Crucial to Disaster Recovery
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A Beginner’s Guide to Agile Construction
Take a look at your current operating procedures.  How long does it take your company to restructure and switch between design styles or projects? The construction industry as a whole isn’t generally the most agile, often remaining quite hidebound and set in their ways, content to let the rest of the world move on without ... Why Project Management Is Crucial to Disaster Recovery
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Essentials of a Construction Training Program
Construction is an industry that’s usually associated with on-the-job training. But a more comprehensive training program is quickly becoming essential throughout the sector. What are some of the essentials of this sort of training program? 1. Apprenticeships High school students who look beyond the “college is the only choice” axion are often on the lookout ... Why Project Management Is Crucial to Disaster Recovery
The Top Uses of Digital Technology in the Construction Industry
Construction isn’t a particularly high-tech industry, or at least it hasn’t been until recently. Historically, the sector has been slow to adopt new technologies, either from a lack of demand or prohibitive upfront costs. As digital tech like project management has skyrocketed in the past few years, that’s starting to change. Digital tools like project ... Why Project Management Is Crucial to Disaster Recovery
3 Reasons Why Construction Businesses Should Switch to Remote Work
The COVID-19 situation has forced many businesses to make some changes to the way they operate. Because of strict stay-at-home orders by governments to slow down the spread of the coronavirus, some companies have opted for flexible work-at-home arrangements instead of stopping operations altogether. Using collaboration tools and remote management practices, these businesses will be ... Why Project Management Is Crucial to Disaster Recovery
5 Key Challenges Construction Project Managers Face
Effective project management is vital to the timely delivery of a construction project. In an industry where each project has several stakeholders, budget constraints, and scheduling issues, a construction project manager needs to be prepared to face challenges and ensure the completion of a project. The issues construction project managers are tasked to handle may ... Why Project Management Is Crucial to Disaster Recovery
The Role Of Emerging Technology In Project Management
For decades, task managers and their subordinates have been using project management processes to plan and implement large-scale projects. Though legacy approaches have changed over time, the emergence of cutting-edge physical technology and cloud-based software solutions are quickly changing the game. This post takes a look at the past, present, and future of project management ... Why Project Management Is Crucial to Disaster Recovery
Why Facebook Groups are great for Project Managers - guest post by Elise Stevens
  I am very passionate about nurturing the sense of community in the project management industry. I believe that every single person has their perfect tribe out there, their ideal network of individuals who come together to support each other and to share their knowledge in a relevant, useful way for other project managers. For ... Why Project Management Is Crucial to Disaster Recovery
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Kiwicon: a real security eye-opener for developers
I’ve always thought I was pretty security conscious with my own laptop, data and information – and that I could keep my own systems safe. But it only took a few hours at Kiwicon X to realise how wrong I was!!! As a Linux fan and Mac user, I am always teasing my Windows friends ... Why Project Management Is Crucial to Disaster Recovery
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The reality and challenges of working with offshore teams
By Marina van Wyk Having recently gone through a round of interviews in search for my next contract, I noticed how often I was asked about my ability to work with offshore teams and stakeholders. Distributed project teams are becoming more common, as organisations look at cutting the cost of running their business. These days ... Why Project Management Is Crucial to Disaster Recovery
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Should you hire contractors on your project?
In a casual conversation in the office recently, someone asked: “Why are we hiring contractors? They come, learn all our systems and leave with our IP.” I couldn’t help agreeing – it does seem counterproductive. Organisations invest in the professional experience and knowledge of these “outsiders”, but when they need to expand on the systems ... Why Project Management Is Crucial to Disaster Recovery
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Don’t forget the end users
Let’s admit it, when working on a project, the word ‘stakeholder’ may mean different things to different people, depending on their role. As a project manager, you will talk about the project sponsor and the business owner as your key stakeholders. In all fairness, they are key to the project, as they are the ones ... Why Project Management Is Crucial to Disaster Recovery
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Self-organising teams – an idea worth spreading?
Guest blog by Marina van Wyk Heading to a recent Agile Auckland network event, I was quite sceptical about the subject, but curious enough to drag myself along on a rainy winter night after work. The self-organising organisation? Yeah, right, I thought. Even when the presenters ran a small survey around the packed room at ... Why Project Management Is Crucial to Disaster Recovery
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How to build an open and collaborative project team culture - a BA’s view
Guest blog by Marina van Wyk One of the unique challenges of being a project manager is bringing a group of people together, get them to work towards a common goal and make them feel part of a team. But too often, especially on IT projects, that feeling of belonging to a team is missing. ... Why Project Management Is Crucial to Disaster Recovery
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No small task is trivial - by Marina van Wyk
Recently, while working on home renovations, I couldn’t help but draw parallels between our relatively small DIY painting job and IT projects in general. Little things like buying painter’s tape, choosing the colour, sanding down little imperfections in the walls, removing old paint on the trimmings and smoothing out the corners – they all take ... Why Project Management Is Crucial to Disaster Recovery
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28 Skills to working smarter: a list of soft skills you need
After much of my career spent researching and writing about soft skills, I was able to whittle down the expansive list of soft skills into 28 individual soft skills – 10 self-management skills and 18 people skills – that I believe are the most important to your career success. No matter what work you do, ... Why Project Management Is Crucial to Disaster Recovery
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How a Psoda internship fuelled my passion for artificial intelligence
Taking up my internship at Psoda, as part of the Summer of Tech programme, felt both awesome and daunting at first… I knew working at a small company it would be easier to get to know people, but I also knew that if I broke something, everyone would know it was my fault! And even ... Why Project Management Is Crucial to Disaster Recovery