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Homeworking & Homeschooling in COVID-19 by Brad Egeland

It appears that COVID-19 isn’t going away anytime soon. Most of us have reached that point where we at least know someone who has contracted it or has even become severely affected or died from it. I’ve even read predictions from experts that before we conquer it – if we ever

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10 Ingredients for Successful Projects by Brad Egeland

While no one can guarantee success on any given project, following tried and true steps plus solid project experience can help you get as close to possible for guaranteed success. There are just too many risks, too many variables to guarantee success…differences from project to project and organization to organization.  But

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Agile Intro for Waterfall Teams by Brad Egeland

Are you a longtime Waterfall business analyst or project team member an environment moving to an Agile methodology for managing projects and performing software development activities on those projects?  Then this article may be a decent intro for you.  Think of it as sort of a Waterfall ==> Agile 101 involving

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Five Fixes for a Struggling PMO by Brad Egeland

A few years back I conducted a survey of my readers – mainly project managers and PMO directors and CIOs, etc….and I asked them some questions about their organization’s project management infrastructure. One question – and the troubling responses to it – focused on whether or not the respondents felt that

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How To Set Productive Goals using Mind Maps? by Simki Dutta

Whether it’s getting fit, learning a new skill, setting KPIs or developing a business strategy — goal-setting is an integral part of our personal and professional lives.  But how many times have you set goals and failed to achieve them? It’s certainly not enough to jot down your goals on a

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What Does a Successful PMO Look Like? By Brad Egeland

I’ve been a part of many PMO’s – I’ve even helped with or led the building process for a couple of them. I’m opinionated, in general, so after seeing several PMOs fail badly and a couple actually thrive, I have my own ideas about what I consider to be the key

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Get it Right the First Time by Brad Egeland.

Nobody is perfect. We like to think we are sometimes delivering perfection on our projects or products we deliver… we are so proud of them. However, we really know that… no matter how hard we try perfection is basically unattainable.  Do your best – that’s all you really can do.  But

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Rewarding Exceptional Project Team Efforts by Brad Egeland

I recently read about one software vendors opinion that you should reward exceptional project team and team member efforts – around Valentine’s Day, for example – with Valentine’s cards. What? You’ve got to be kidding. This is not the 2nd grade where we all make our Valentine’s Day mailboxes for our

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Symptoms of an Ineffective PMO by Brad Egeland.

Is your PM infrastructure doing all it needs to do to promote maximum project success in the organization and for your project customers? Are your project managers growing, expanding their careers, gaining needed training and certifications and mentoring colleagues the way a successful project management office (PMO) should be operating? The

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Let’s Walk Through the Fire Together by Brad Egeland.

Taking a line from one of my favorite songs by one of my favorite groups… BUSH… I’m thinking about how this line relates to many of our project management experiences. Often, as project managers, the projects we run can seem like we are walking through a series of fires with our

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MindGenius’ Guide to Happy Homeworking

Another week of homeworking? We know the effects that homeworking can have both physically and mentally on you. This blog is designed to help alleviate some of the stress caused by the current circumstances and help those at home to be at ease in a new working environment. Homeworking problems As

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Dyslexia and Mind-mapping: Organization like never before.

In light of the Dyslexia Show being held in Birmingham’s NEC on the 20th March, this week’s blog shall be dedicated to those suffering from dyslexia, and showing how the use of mind maps can simplify and improve your organizational skills, whether you are dyslexic or not. As many of you

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The World of Telecommuting: A Guide to Handy Homeworking.

Have you been working at home recently? This blog is being directed at those around the world who have been trying to adjust to working from home. Having had personal experience at working from home in the past, hopefully these tips will provide you with the advice and guidance you need

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Social Media Success: A guide to Social Media Marketing.

In today’s world, Social Media is the most crucial, and cost-effective, marketing tool there is. Regardless of whether you’re a multinational organization or a local café, you should be using social media to advertise, communicate and interact with both existing and potential customers. This blog will provide hints and tips to

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Preventing Procrastination: Ways to Improve your Productivity

There are many benefits to being productive, both in work and in your personal life. From a business point of view, your productivity can be the deciding factor in whether your business or project is a success or failure. Personally, being productive provides you with motivation and happiness that affects all

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5 Easy Steps to the Perfect Lessons Learned Session

5 Easy Steps to the Perfect Lessons Learned Session Brad Egeland Creator and Author of Top Project Management Blog: Bradegeland.com Lessons learned on any project is a great way to learn what all key stakeholders think went right and wrong on the engagement. The key is to really make it about

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Our CEO on Managing Conflict as a Project Manager

Conflict is Coming.   Having had experience at managing projects in the past, let me tell you that no matter how hard you try to avoid it, conflict within most project management teams is inevitable. Effectively managing conflict is arguably one of the hardest things a project manager has to do.

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Maintain your Motivation and Achieve your Goals.

  Banishing the Blues As February gets underway, many of us have already given up on our previously well-thought out, “achievable” goals for this year. In fact, research would suggest that 80% of us give up on our New Year’s resolutions by February. However, it’s not too late to get back

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Mindmapping: Productive Practice for Project Managers

Mindmapping: Productive Practice for Project Managers   Have you ever attempted mapping out your mind?  And no, we’re not talking about MRIs or brain scans, solving the mysteries of our mind’s vast, vast capabilities or exploring how far our neurological functions can stretch out and go—or maybe just a little. BYOG

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Mindmapping: Get Your Dissertation off to the Right Start

  Describe your fourth year at University? Late night’s in the library, gathering seemingly endless amounts of data, and then making sure all 15,000 words or so are perfectly put together. All this, while trying to figure out your life after University. Just me? Didn’t think so. Having only graduated in

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Recruiting – most of you won’t like this

Recruitment – most of you won’t like this. This is written from an employer’s perspective which will win me few friends, but we have a voice and it needs to be heard. Forget anything else; recruitment continues to be the biggest risk to any growing organisation. Of all that could go

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Project Management Terms For Team Leaders

Project Management Terms for Team Leaders Confused by Project Management terms? You’re not alone! PRINCE2, NVP, Analogous Estimating etc. It’s all so baffling. So we have made it easy for all you Team Leaders and Managers out there who are running projects and brought you a list of what we think are

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Sales Strategy – Now That’s A Novelty

Sales Strategy – Now That’s A Novelty Hiring great Sales Staff is notoriously difficult and I for one have made a few bad hires over the years. It is so easy to get sucked in, as the personalities in front of you have a natural ability to talk such a good

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Conducting an Efficient Management Review for ISO 27001 and ISO 22301

Conducting an Efficient Management Review for ISO 27001 and ISO 22301 For anyone who has ever managed to try and gather an overloaded management team or Board of Directors together to facilitate a management review meeting for any regulatory compliance standard realises what a nightmare challenge this is to co-ordinate. Typically

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Project Success Hinges on Strong Relationships with Project Sponsors

Project Success Hinges on Strong Relationship with Project Sponsors Engaging the right people in the right way in a project can make a massive difference between success and failure.  Other factors do play a role, such as aligning project deliverables and objective, holding productive meetings and delegating workload. The management of

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Event Planning – Don’t Leave Anything To Chance

Event Planning – Don’t Leave Anything To Chance A successful event which runs smoothly relies on a great deal of organisation. Anyone who has ever planned any kind of event will tell you it can be a highly stressful task, there are a million things to consider, contingency plans for things

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5 Uses of Mind Mapping in Project Planning

5 Uses of Mind Mapping in Project Planning Wouldn’t it be great if all projects achieved everything that you set out to do? In reality, getting to this endpoint requires organisation, planning and communication among other things. This article will give you the 5 benefits of mind mapping when planning and

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How To Track Teams Tasks With MindGenius Online

How To Track Your Teams Tasks With MindGenius Online MindGenius Online has thousands of possible uses within an organization to help individuals and teams to plan more thoroughly, stay on track and get the right things done on time. MindGenius Online does this in 3 simple but highly productive and engaging

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Stay Organised and Be Better Prepared

Stay Organised and Be Better Prepared There are some things you might think are pre-requisites for working in marketing- creativity, able to work in teams, even a bit wacky at times. One trait in particular is that a person needs to be highly organised. Is being organised something that comes naturally

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Make University Life Easier

Make University Life Easier University isn’t all about night outs, joining clubs and societies and meeting new people. Sadly at one point some work needs to get done, you are there after all to get a degree! Although there are a lot of good aspects to university, when it comes to

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Marketing – It’s Really Just Great Storytelling

Marketing – It’s Really Just Great Storytelling When deciding on a career in marketing, what did you envision? Mad Men style advertising agencies and big creative campaigns perhaps? Is that the reality or are you like the many marketers just trying to find creative ways to tell your amazing product story

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How To Create A Project Scope Statement With MindGenius Online

How To Create A Project Scope Statement With MindGenius Online MindGenius Online has thousands of possible uses within an organization to help individuals and teams to plan more thoroughly, stay on track and get the right things done on time. MindGenius Online does this in 3 simple but highly productive and

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How To Start A Project

How To Start A Project Are you struggling with not knowing where to start when it comes to a new project? You might think it is a good idea to just start and deal with everything as and when you need to. Getting a project started can be very difficult, pleasing

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Assign Yourself Tasks

Assign Yourself Tasks I’m the only person involved in this project, why do I need to assign myself a task? MindGenius Online is used for managing and collaborating on group projects with your team members but also for individual projects. Although it is easy to see the logic in assigning yourself

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SWOT – It’s All About The Follow Through

SWOT – It’s All About The Follow Through I have been involved in many SWOT sessions over the years, often as a participant and many other times facilitating the group. What I can say without any shadow of doubt is that the real work kicks-in once the initial session is done,

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Empower Your Human Resources Processes

Empower Your Human Resource Processes A founder can’t grow a winning enterprise single handedly. Some may try, but it is nearly impossible to do so. Every famous entrepreneur that has succeeded in building a flourishing company has done so with great employees by his or her side. That’s why hiring and

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How To Agree Your Sales Strategy With MindGenius Online

How To Agree Your Sales Strategy With MindGenius Online MindGenius Online has thousands of possible uses within an organization to help individuals and teams to plan more thoroughly, stay on track and get the right things done on time. MindGenius Online does this in 3 simple but highly productive and engaging

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How To Manage The Product Roadmap With MindGenius Online

How To Manage The Product Roadmap With MindGenius Online MindGenius Online has thousands of possible uses within an organization to help individuals and teams to plan more thoroughly, stay on track and get the right things done on time. MindGenius Online does this in 3 simple but highly productive and engaging

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10 Common Project Management Pitfalls

10 Common Project Management Pitfalls There is always a sense of optimism at the start of a project that surely everything will go smoothly this time. Of course, even the most novice project manager is less than surprised when things don’t always go quite according to plan. So what project pitfalls

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How To Plan Your Social Media Strategy With MindGenius Online

How To Plan Your Social Media Strategy With MindGenius Online MindGenius Online has thousands of possible uses within an organization to help individuals and teams to plan more thoroughly, stay on track and get the right things done on time. MindGenius Online does this in 3 simple but highly productive and

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The 10 Project Management Terms You Should Know

The 10 Project Management Terms You Should Know To achieve success within the field of project management, communication is essential, but this means ensuring everybody involved in the project is singing from the same hymn sheet. As with most other disciplines, project management has its own jargon, and this is often

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Why Do I Need A Social Media Strategy?

Why Do I Need A Social Media Strategy? When you mention social media, everyone automatically thinks of celebrities with millions of followers and endless tweets about their perfect lives. There are a number of reasons why a business should be active on social media but if the answer to why is

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Built for Collaboration

Built for Collaboration MindGenius Online is the application of the future. We’re built for teams. We’re available on all devices, and we’re accessible anywhere there’s internet.  In today’s world it is increasingly common for members of the same team to work in different locations around the world and many people now

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How To Organise a Company SWOT Analysis with MindGenius Online

How To Organise A Company SWOT Analysis With MindGenius Online MindGenius Online has thousands of possible uses within an organization to help individuals and teams to plan more thoroughly, stay on track and get the right things done on time. MindGenius Online does this in 3 simple but highly productive and

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Say Farewell to Tasks Falling Through the Cracks

Say Farewell to Tasks Falling Through The Cracks How many times have you sat back with a sense of satisfaction as you get to the end of a mountain of work, only to be asked the status of the one task that wasn’t done? You’re gripped by a sense of sudden

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No More Missed Deadlines

No More Missed Deadlines Many managers today find themselves in a situation where not only are they expected to be experts in their chosen field but are also required to be proficient in project management.  That can be a daunting prospect when you don’t consider yourself to be a project manager.

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Plan For Success

Plan For Success We don’t generally get in our cars and just drive without being clear on where our destination is and a rough idea on how we will get there. If it’s somewhere we haven’t been before, we might consult a map beforehand or we plug the post code into

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Avoid Confrontation

Avoid Confrontation A project close out meeting should in theory be a relaxed meeting. That is if the project has been delivered on time, on budget and meets the desired outcomes. However, if a project takes twice the time, costs twice the budget and you get only half of what you

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Don’t Leave Project Success to Chance

Don’t Leave Project Success to Chance A project kick-off meeting should be given the same focus as the project as a whole. Think of it as setting the scene for the tone of the whole project. Anything less than full focus for this meeting will put the project at risk from

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Do Start-Ups Need Project Management?

Do Start-Ups Need Project Management? Ashley Marron – 10 May 2019 Start-ups are definitely an exciting somewhat trailblazing type of organisation to be involved in or with. But they are definitely not for everyone and not those with a nervous disposition. It may just be me, but I like working with

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What is Strategy?

What is Strategy? Ashley Marron – 1st February 2019 Most CEOs are aware of the importance of formulating a strategic plan within their business. But what exactly is strategy? Wikipedia defines strategy as a high level plan to achieve one or more goals under conditions of uncertainty. Yet strategy is different

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No Blue Monday Here

No Blue Monday Here Fiona Macintyre – 21st January 2019 Mid Jan – the point where Christmas becomes a distant memory and summer seems a long way away – it’s no wonder today is referred to as Blue Monday. How are those NY resolutions coming along? Managing to stick to them

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Get Things Done

Get Things Done Fiona Macintyre 18th January 2019 Let’s face it – we’ve probably all at one point or another moaned about not having enough hours in the day or week. We can’t increase the hours available but we can be more effective with the hours we have and stop wasting

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Project Planning to Eliminate Waste

Project Planning to Eliminate Waste Fiona Macintyre 13th November 2018 How many times have you kicked off a project or got half way into it to discover that you need to change plans and start again?  The result – wasted time, effort and money. None of which any business has the

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Is Mind Mapping the Essential Project Management Tool?

Is Mind Mapping the Essential Project Management Tool? Fiona Macintyre 1/11/18 Mention a project management tool and people automatically think of something like Microsoft Project. What Microsoft Project lacks though is the ability to plan thoroughly at the beginning of the project.  You might think planning out tasks and a schedule is

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When Projects Collide

When Projects Collide Creator and Author of Top Project Management Blog: Bradegeland.com Ever had a plate full of maybe six or seven projects and they are all in different stages with no more than one or two taking up lots of your time at that moment? Life seems tranquil – or

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Engage Your Students to Maximise Attainment

Engage Your Students to Maximise Attainment Fiona Macintyre What is the ultimate success of a teacher or lecturer? Is merely to tick boxes that a certain number of students passed the exam at the end of the year? Or is it to create an engaging learning environment which keeps students involved

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Proven for Projects

Proven for Projects Laura Cunningham October 2018 On October 9th and 10th, the MindGenius team ventured to London to attend the Project Challenge Expo at the Olympia in Kensington.  The expo gave us the opportunity to discuss the features with the target market in detail. This gave us an invaluable insight

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Plan To Win, Win To Plan

Plan To Win, Win To Plan Rachel Maguire In marketing there is so much variety to what we do.  The role involves social media management, email marketing, planning content, website design or more traditional elements such as planning an event, TV or print advertising.   No matter what type of marketing

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MindGenius 2018 Here’s What’s New

MindGenius 2018 Here’s What’s New Laura Cunningham MindGenius is delighted to announce the launch of MindGenius 2018 with a host of exciting new features all designed to help you achieve your best. Sleek New User Interface The updated User Interface is sleeker with a new look and feel, making navigation through

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Mind Mapping: Run a Meeting Like a Pro

Mind Mapping: Run a Meeting Like a Pro Rachel Maguire 13/07/18 So many meetings can occur with no clear direction, aim or plan meaning that productive outcomes aren’t produced and meeting attendees leave feeling frustrated, as the meeting has been a waste of time. Effective meetings have a clear aim of

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Project Management From Start To Finish

Project Management From Start To Finish Rachel Maguire 11/07/18 Previously in the Plan Your Project From The Ground Up blog  we showed you how to prepare your project by mind mapping with MindGenius. Now that you have laid the foundations for your project you can move on to the building and

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Project Management for Test Driven Development

Project Management for Test Driven Development Laura Cunningham 10/07/18 With global software demands increasing daily, being a web developer has never been more lucrative. However, something many people don’t understand is that website design and web development takes time and patience to implement effectively. The design and development of a full

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Mind Mapping Software For Research

Mind Mapping Software For Research Laura Cunningham 03/07/18 Mind maps and mind mapping software can increase productivity dramatically for all users, but does so particularly well for researchers. Mind mapping allows you to outline basic topic headlines and drill down to the finer details whilst staying in one program. MindGenius functionality

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Mind Map Your Way To Effective Meetings

Mind Map Your Way To Effective Meetings Rachel Maguire 04/07/18 It would be fair to say that meetings are not something that everyone looks forward to as all too often they are time consuming and not productive, as usually an effective outcome or way forward isn’t reached. In meetings there is

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