Project Management

How to run productive project meetings

Stan Portny, author of Project Management for Dummies, has been writing about improving the efficiency of company meetings for 20 years. Here's his advice on organizing and delegating tasks when you’re the project manager.

How to ensure your admin improvement projects stick

How many times are you asked to make improvements to administrative processes without any real guidance on what to do or where to start? The DMAIC process makes you work through specific activities in a defined structure so that any changes you make to a process will be successful.

SharePoint will infer your permission rules

Q. In SharePoint, if I control ac­cess differently at the folder level than the library, and if the document shows up in another view without the folder, will it have the same access restrictions?

Going from admin to app builder

In four years working as a virtual assistant from Sydney, Australia, Bronwen O’Brien grew frustrated with software that wasn’t meeting her busy business’s needs, so she went out and gathered information about developing something better. She eventually decided to partner with Blue Chili to create her app DigitialSorbet.

Two cures for procrastination

You don't want to do it, you don't know how to do it or you can't imagine when you'll find time to do it. Whatever your excuse for procrastinating, here are two ways to overcome it.

Even more uses for color coding

Look beyond your file folders to organize by color in your office. If you already place urgent papers in a red folder for the boss and all your forms for the accounting department in a green folder, add these steps.

Power through any task

When you’re feeling overwhelmed by the enormity of the project in front of you, remind yourself that you need only do one small part of it at a time. If you can finish one small part, you can move on to the next small part.

Are you someone who can't say no?

It doesn’t help anyone if you say “yes” to every project while knowing you can’t possibly complete all the work. How can you set boundaries more assertively with your boss, without coming across as incapable or rude, when you're asked to take on yet another assignment? 7 tips:

3 ways to save an unproductive day

It’s easy enough to reach the midpoint of a workday and realize that you haven’t accomplished what you’d hoped. But you can still salvage the day. Three strategies for making progress on a critical project:

Reduce the load one column at a time

Fifty percent of a company’s paperwork can usually be eliminated, without disrupting business. How can you help reduce the distraction of unnecessary paper piles?