6 Steps to Establish a No-Meeting Day in Your Company: Meeting-Free Day`s Pros and Cons

Today`s workplaces are overwhelmed by meetings. This is especially true for the software development industry, and switching to remote work has made this issue even more severe: the number of meetings has increased and their quality has worsened. This redundancy of meetings leads to the situation when workers simply don’t have enough time to do their actual job. They`re jumping from one meeting to another the whole day, switching contexts and wasting their precious time, and at the end of the day it turns out that even half of the planned work wasn’t complete due to these distractions. … [ Read the rest...]

How to Push Back on Unrealistic Requests

Quite often project managers have to deal with difficult situations on their projects. A good example of such a tough situation is when the client comes up with an unrealistic request. In this situation, the project manager faces a dilemma: on the one hand, he doesn’t want to upset the client, but on the other hand, he understands that it is impossible to achieve what the client requests.… [ Read the rest...]

The Art of Juggling or How to Manage Multiple Projects at a Time

If one asks me about an ideal project, I will probably imagine a single team of 10-20 people. Unfortunately, this rarely happens. It is more common when a project manager is forced to lead a few smaller projects within his organization. Such a situation adds more complexity to the manager’s work because he has to balance his time and efforts between several projects and make sure that all of them are on track.… [ Read the rest...]

7 Email Management Tips That Will Make Your Life Easier

If you ask me where modern management begins, I would respond that it starts with your email box management. Indeed, email has become one of the main communication channels over the last twenty years, and most managers spend a great deal of time processing emails and responding to them.  Recently, I have realized that, despite my vast experience with email technology, I never thought if I’ve been using it effectively.… [ Read the rest...]

Task Prioritization Techniques: Get Trough Your Workday Like a Boss

When you work as a project manager, you’re often so overwhelmed by different tasks that you don’t know where to start. Moreover, usually, your to-do-list is much longer than a regular working day can accommodate. Unfortunately, you can’t extend a day length for a few more hours, but what you can do in this case is prioritizing your tasks and moving some of them to another day.  … [ Read the rest...]

Story Points vs. Man-Hours For Project Estimation

When a new project is about to start, the project sponsors definitely want to know how much time it will take to complete it. If, on the contrary, you’re already involved in an ongoing project, project stakeholders probably are eager to know what amount of work you as a team will be able to complete during each subsequent iteration. We usually use different estimation techniques to provide the mentioned information to the project sponsor or stakeholders in both cases.… [ Read the rest...]

How To Encourage People To Work Overtime

I believe that every project manager, sooner or later, faces the need to request project team members work overtime. This part of my job really embarrasses me. I hate to be trapped in such a situation when I have to take people’s personal time, the precious moments of their lives which they could otherwise spend with their families or friends, or just for themselves.… [ Read the rest...]

How to Overcome Procrastination at Work and in Everyday Life

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you were supposed to accomplish a task but couldn’t start doing it and eventually put it off till the deadline comes? I bet you have. Time to time, all of us fall prey to a behavior called procrastination. So what is procrastination? According to Wikipedia’s definition, procrastination is the avoidance of doing a task that needs to be accomplished by a certain deadline.… [ Read the rest...]

How to Work From Home and Stay Productive During Coronavirus COVID-19 Outbreak

Novel coronavirus outbreak and subsequent quarantine measures taken by many countries forced companies and organizations to turn their people to work from their homes. And if for those companies (and people) who have an experience of remote work this doesn’t become an issue, for those who never supported work from home this sudden transition may be painful and problematic.  In general, remote work has been showing constant growth over the last years supported by active popularization in media.… [ Read the rest...]