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Help! I am stuck in the toaster of life!

July 18, 2019

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Over my daily cup of coffee, a fine cortado from Costa today, I read my horoscope in the copy of the Daily Express available in the coffee shop

Now I am not exactly sure why I do this as I absolutely don’t believe in it, but perhaps it is because the words each day range from the mildly entertaining to the bizarre with the occasional dollop of ‘well that fits’ – I’m sure I am not alone in this, be honest

Today was one of the ‘bizarre’ ones but it has led me to consider what was written and the result is this blog piece

Because today, my Virgo sign declared ‘Your slice of bread is stuck in the toaster of life. You can’t get it out. Even if you enlist the help of people around you, they can try as hard as they like, but they’re not going to have any more success than you. Legend tells of a heroic figure who will, one day, have the power to remove it; at which point, marmalade will once again be in abundance. You’re on a test that has echoes of an old myth about it. You’re going to need courage, but, most importantly, you need to keep your sense of humour!’

Credit: Oscar Cainer https://www.dailymail.co.uk/coffeebreak/horoscopes/index.html

And you know what, I am absolutely stuck in the toaster of life, wondering what to do next – whether to carry on doing what I have done for many years (PMO leadership at a global level), focus on my private world of project management leadership, speaking, writing, training, coaching etc, or head off to find something brand new

So, dear followers and those interested in such matters, what is your advice, what opportunities do you know about, what should I, the Lazy Project Manager, do next?

I may just need some heroic intervention because I do crave the taste of marmalade once again (preferably the lime with no bits in it version from Rose’s – but I’m open to experimentation)

As to keeping my sense of humour well that seems to be intact I think

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The Lazy Project Manager – Conference and Corporate Speaker

January 4, 2019

As we all start the journey that is 2019, a few questions:

  • Are you investing in your project management community?
  • Does your team need better presentation skills?
  • Do your sponsors and executives need better understanding of business change impact?
  • Do you have plans for a business event in the coming months?
  • Do you need help in any, or all, of the above?

If so then I, and my team, would love to speak to you about how I might be able to help you

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I am the author of the number 1 bestselling project management book The Lazy Project Manager’along with many other books on project leadership, PMO development, project marketing, project challenges, presentation skills and executive sponsorship as well business transformation

In the last 5 years, I have delivered over 300 lectures around the world in over 25 countries and has been described as ‘perhaps the most entertaining and inspiring speaker in the project management world today’

I specialise in all things relating to project management and project leadership as well as presentation skills training, and executive coaching

My mission is to teach as many people as possible that it is achievable to ‘work smarter and not harder’ and to still gain success in the battle of the work/life balance, as well delivering presentations, keynotes and lectures that are both fun and informative

More information can be found at www.thelazyprojectmanager.com as well all of my contact details, or message me through LinkedIn

Contact me today to discuss how we can work together in 2019

 

Check me out today at www.thelazyprojectmanager.com

The Presentation on Presentations

December 14, 2018

A new book for you and your team: How to become a more confident public speaker the ‘Lazy’ way – Available now on Amazon

Am I a public speaking expert?

An interesting thought and hardly one that I could answer myself.

I could say, with complete accuracy, that I have (at the time of writing this book) delivered 337 presentations of varying formats to a public audience of varying human formats, interests, locations and languages (to over 60,000 people in actual fact). I could also say that I continue to get interest and bookings for future events.

I could say that I really enjoy the buzz of being on stage and the feeling of a job well done and presentation well delivered, whilst also trying to get better each time.

I could add, with some humility, that there are many kind words from people around the world who have enjoyed my presentations and aren’t afraid to admit it in public (check out my LinkedIn profile).

But I can’t say I am an expert.

I am continually amazed when I see other people present, the good ones that is, the skill and gift that they have in this form of communication, and I always try and learn from them and these experiences.

But I was increasingly asked by people about public speaking. How did I start out? How do I manage to stand up on stage? What tips and techniques I can offer? That sort of thing.

And so I challenged myself to put together a presentation on, well on presentations.

The ‘Presentation on Presentations’ is my second most popular topic (after ‘The Lazy Project Manager’) and the abstract goes like this:

We aren’t born to be professional level presenters but through this entertaining presentation the ‘rights’ and ‘wrongs’ of good presentations are explored along with a ‘how to prepare’ for that all important event. With a few simple lessons taught through the very medium of ‘presentation’ the audience will take away some great ideas for improving their own technique and ‘death by PowerPoint’ is definitely not the outcome.

After a few deliveries of this I started making some notes to share with my audiences and this evolved in to a rough simple guide. It also evolved in to a one day ‘Presentation Skills’ workshop – see the end of this book.

And now, I have decided to take that simple guide and add some more words and experience notes and make it in to a book.

A short book you will note, after all, the essence of all my work is that ‘less is more’ and really you don’t need to read an 80,000 word epic tome when all you are actually doing is trying to present a message, of some form, in an effective, simple and efficient way.

Therefore this is a more a reference guide with ‘simple to adopt tips and techniques’ on the main points of good presentation.

Peter Taylor:

Peter Taylor is a PMO expert who has built and led five global PMOs across several industries, and has advised many other organisations in PMO and PM strategy.

He is also the author of the number 1 bestselling project management book ‘The Lazy Project Manager’, along with many other books on project leadership, PMO development, project marketing, project challenges and executive sponsorship.

In the last 5 years, he has delivered over 350 lectures around the world in over 25 countries and has been described as ‘perhaps the most entertaining and inspiring speaker in the project management world today’.

His mission is to teach as many people as possible that it is achievable to ‘work smarter and not harder’ and to still gain success in the battle of the work/life balance.

More information can be found at www.thelazyprojectmanager.com

The Meaningless Blog

December 4, 2018

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Can I borrow you for a sec because I’m stacked? It will be a win-win situation. I have been blue sky thinking and want to keep you in the loop on my thinking outside of the box, as well as picking your brains, I’m just playing devils’ advocate on this teamwork/dreamwork idea. Will it work? Well how long is a piece of string?

Have I lost you? I suspect I have as the above paragraph includes all ten of the most annoying things people say in the office according to a survey of 2,000 people by recruitment website reed.co.uk

Rubbish aren’t they – time for a paradigm shift, we can’t boil the ocean with limited bandwidth but there is low hanging fruit out there so let’s tee it up, circle back, take it offline and do more with less. We need to break the silos to move the needle because it is what it is. What we must do at the end of the day is run it up the flagpole, bite the bullet, peel back the layers of the onion and take it, if push comes to shove, to the bleeding edge. Making sure we are not out of pocket, which is par for the course, let’s get one throat to choke whilst opening the kimono, and synergise as we all drink the Kool Aid. Awesome!

Clearer? I think not, you have no idea what I am on about do you and no surprise. That paragraph included twenty five of the most overused phrases from Business Insider UK. The thing is that they were all once a neat and creative way of expressing a thought or an idea but overuse has made them into at first clichés and then just bloody annoying things that some of our work colleagues roll out regularly on calls and at meetings, presumably because they can’t think of anything intelligent to say instead. Clichés appear to make you connected to what is going on without actually having to have any real understanding or anything of value to contribute. It is like a code that just gets you out of a tricky moment.

Question: ‘What do think of this new approach?’

Answer: ‘You have my buy-in on this particular swim lane, I like the core competency and feel empowered as a result’

Yes, I am back at it again, this time looking at the Forbes most annoying business jargon list.

There are lots of moving parts when you put your best practice ducks in a row and leverage the scalable solution from the burning platform. It is imperative that we drill down and smell the coffee in this one-stop shop because today is the day, all 24/7 of it, and tomorrow, like our children, is our future.

Oh my, it is addictive isn’t it?

So please, be a rock star … and stop!

Top 5 Project Management Certifications To Become A Great Project Manager!

September 10, 2018

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Are you working as a project manager? You may want to improve your prospect. There are many certification courses for project manager you should do. We here bring the great options in project management certification. Here you can know the various options available in certification and how to continue in your post.

You as a project manager can increase your skill and prospects of job sharp with certifications. A project manager who combines certification with their degree get opportunities. In the past few years, the PM jobs have got increased to 425%.

Behind all IT projects success, you can find a highly talented and capable project manager. From software to hardware upgrades to security patches, application development and software itself, a project manager has to keep their teams on task and production.

Almost all IT professional can benefit from adding a certification to their IT credentials. It shows how you plan, schedule the budget, execute it, deliver and report them on IT initiatives. If you want a hike in your salary, a certification can give you this.

If you are looking to gain all the above-mentioned points, you can analyze and choose the best project manager certification for your requirements.

First of all, you should know which the best certification is. The top 5 certifications for project manager available are:

  1. PMP
  2. PRINCE2
  3. CAPM
  4. CSM
  5. PMI-ACP

Let us see, what all these courses have to offer you in details:

Project Management Professional (PMP)

One of the top credentials is the PMP certification (Project Management Professional) for project managers. This is the most widely accepted and popular certification you can find anywhere. The Project Management Institute is the accreditation body for the PMP certification.

About the PMP certification exam structure

The PMP training certification examination can be passed only if you are perfect with all the techniques needed to plan and monitor a project from its start to finish. According to the 8th edition salary survey of Project management, a project manager who has PMP certification should get 17% more monetary benefit than others.

The PMP exam isn’t easy to clear. To be successful, you need to spend about +35 hours to prepare for the exam.

The exam has about 200 MCQs and runs for 4 hours. No extra time is given to you for the exam unless specified otherwise.

No negative marking is awarded, so it’s best you answer everything; even if you aren’t sure of the correct answer.

PMP certification prerequisites

To be able to do the PMP certification, you need to have:

  • A 4-year degree
  • 4500 hours or 3 years experience in guiding and managing projects
  • 35+ hours of PM education

Or

  • A secondary degree
  • 7500 hours or 5 years experience in guiding or managing projects
  • +35 hours of PM education

You can pick a PMP training either from a university or from an online training provider. In fact, in many cases, PMP is integrated into certain master’s degree programs.

This project management certification ensures you possess certain skill and qualification that is necessary for successfully managing all phases of the project. This includes planning, initiating, controlling, monitoring and closing the project.

A manager certified in PMP will be highly equipped in managing every aspect of the constraints of cost, time and scope. The employers will depend on the project manager to manage the budget, track costs and expenditure, ensure there is no scope creep and to identify potential risk factors that could impact the project and minimize such risk to protect the investment of a project.

 

  1. PRINCE2

The PRINCE2 certification course is another important project management credential project managers can take.  was first introduced for the government offices of UK. After the huge success, it came into the corporate world. Now it has become an important certification program in much organization all over the world.

PRINCE2 is accredited by AXELOS and focuses on managing, directing and delivering projects throughout all phases from pre-project to initiation, delivery, and the final delivery.

About the PRINCE2 Certification exam structure

PRINCE2 is divided into two: foundation and practitioner. The entry-level credential is Foundation that tests your basic methodology and terminology of project management while in Practitioner tests the advanced project manager who has passed PRINCE2 Foundation. The key features of this exam are:

  • Focuses on business justification
  • Product-based planning and approach
  • Defined organization structure
  • Emphasis is given on projects division into controllable and manageable stages

The Prince2 exam consists of 50 objective-type questions, each of which weighs about 1 mark. The duration of this exam is two and a half hours, with no extra time given for breaks. 30 marks or 60% is required to clear the exam and get certified.

PRINCE2 certification prerequisites

The Prince2 foundation exam has no prerequisites. The Prince2 practitioner exam, however,  needs proof that you have cleared at least one of the following exams.

  • PRINCE2 Foundation
  • Project Management Professional (PMP)®
  • Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®
  • IPMA Level A (Certified Projects Director)
  • IPMA Level B® (Certified Senior Project Manager)
  • IPMA Level C® (Certified Project Manager)
  • IPMA Level D® (Certified Project Management Associate)

  1. CAPM

The CAPM certification or Certified Associate in Project Management is the precursor of the PMP certification and is also accredited by the PMI. If you are a professional without graduation or project management experience or you want to pursue PMP certification next all together, then CAPM is the first step toward this.

About the CAPM certification exam structure

The CAPM certification in project management is a renowned program for the IT professionals who want their career to grow as project manager. The CAPM certification exam has 150 MCQs that needs to be completed in 3 hours. A candidate needs to retake the exam every 5 years to maintain his or her CAPM credentials.

CAPM certification prerequisites

The eligibility for this certification is:

  • Secondary Degree or High School Diploma or an associate degree or any equivalent degree accepted globally
  • And you must have a 1500 hours project experience

or

  • Secondary Degree or High School Diploma or an associate degree or any equivalent degree accepted globally
  • 23 hours of project management education

If you are interested in shifting your career to the project management, get this certification done. When you get CAPM certification, it shows the commitment of yours learning new skills. This also shows you understand the processes and terminology used in this project management.

  1. CSM

We cannot mention project management without bringing up the CSM Certification. The Agile methodology has become the standard of all IT organizations. Therefore it is not at all surprising that IT professionals must be qualified uniquely to manage any projects. A CSM certification offers a big jump to project managers starting out as Scrum professionals.

Scrum Alliance is the parent organization that accredits the CSM certification. The Scrum Alliance helps organizations follow Scrum and Agile practices, promote user group and also provide resources for development professionally. CSM certified project managers can facilitate teams in using scrum effectively for successful project organization.

About the CSM certification exam structure

The CSM exam consists of 35 MCQs, out of which you need 24 or more correct answers to clear the exam. Candidates are given an hour to complete their tests, with extra time given for breaks. You can pause and take breaks as and when required.

CSM certification prerequisites

This is a great certification for anyone who is a beginner in the field of project management. There is no set prerequisite for candidates to take this course. While a working knowledge of how scrums work would be beneficial, this isn’t mandatory. Having said that, there are prerequisites that need to be fulfilled for you to take the exam.

These are:

  • Attend training sessions conducted by a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST)
  • Register and attend the exam within 90 days of completing the course
  • Clear the CSM exam

  1. PMI ACP

ACP stands for Agile Certified Practitioner. The PMI-ACP certification carries a high level of integrity professionally because it includes agile training by examining the tools and fundamentals of agile projects.

About the PMI-ACP certification exam structure

PMI-ACP helps people address the need of their organizations. It helps professionals apply their skill on different projects in a proper manner.

To get certified, you need to take the ACP test, which consists of 120 MCQs. To successfully clear the paper, you need to answer about 100 of these questions in 3 hours.

PMI-ACP certification prerequisites

If you are a project manager who works in rapidly changing environments, or if you have to deliver products in a short developmental cycle, then you should explore this certification. Its requirements are:

  • A secondary Degree
  • 2000 hours general experience in project management
  • 1500 hours experience in agile projects
  • 21 hours training on the agile practice

The PMI-ACP certification helps you discover techniques for managing the project scope actively and learn the principles of Agile to improve the performance of the team and collaborate that to ensure better delivery.

Regardless of choosing which certification is better for you, ensure they are well-versed in all concepts of the project methodology, and you are capable of handling all the aspects of all projects successfully. Now that you understood the basic principles of these top 5 certifications; it is going to be easier for you to choose anyone. You should prepare properly for appearing the certification examination.

It’s all in the Presentation

August 15, 2018

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I was once in a restaurant.

The location was good, the décor and ambience very acceptable, the company most enjoyable, and the snow fell softly outside providing a winter wonderland visual delight through the large windows.

But sadly all of that positive build-up for a great evening’s dining was almost outweighed by the food and service.

After an initial ordering experience the diners elected to eat the same main course but each agreed that the chef’s vegetable of choice for the evening was not to their personal liking. It was the humble Brussels sprout, a member of the brassica family that enjoys a somewhat tarnished image which, considering its status as a nutritional powerhouse, is perhaps a little unfair.

Anyway the request was made to replace said evil vegetable with an alternative, and asparagus tips were requested. And so the meal continued through a mediocre appetizer and on until the main course finally arrived … without Brussels sprouts (the good news) but also without anything in their place as requested (the bad news).

The waiter was recalled and cajoled and encouraged to resolve this rapidly, at which the staff applied all of their skills and training, by ignoring us and disappearing. Eventually after a long period, during which most of the meal was consumed, the waiter did reappear and proceeded to almost, but not quite, save the entire situation.

With a silver platter and a silver fork of delicate proportions the waiter proceeded to ceremoniously, and with great flourish, place two small asparagus tips across the centre of each diner’s remaining half-eaten meal.

It was theatrical and exaggerated and, had it not been for the sheer humour of the whole thing, he may just have got away with it. Presentation can win the day.

My friends from Office Timeline have some useful thoughts along these lines, well less about dining and waiters but more about impressive presentations to your clients and your executives:

Project Software for Presentations That Stand Out in Meetings

Even when relying on dense, data-rich content, business presentations can still be interesting for the audience if they come in the right package. The key to it lies in simplicity and relevance, along with the suitability of the media chosen to address the given audience. In other words, extracting what matters the most and presenting it in a proper format ensures the success of a presentation, no matter its nature.

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Simple Yet Stylish Project Visuals to Impress Your Audience

A good presentation grabs the audience’s attention, sends a clear message, and maintains the participants’ interest alive throughout its entire duration. This may seem intimidating and unrealistic for project planners who need to showcase content that is a bit more technical, especially if it’s a report or overview of a complex project. But it shouldn’t be so. Just because the presentation relies on dense material, it doesn’t have to end up with a bored audience or an output too complicated to understand on the spot.

Another factor that can make things even harder is the need to prepare joint presentations for the regular executive or client meetings. For instance, let’s say you and the project managers from other divisions are preparing the executive status reports for each of your projects. Your counterparts have finished presenting their well-documented reports, which were apparently produced using Microsoft Project or Excel and pasted into a PowerPoint slide. Now it’s your turn and you want to keep the same presentation format, but have a feeling that the audience is not going to appreciate any more charts and numbers.

Your team and colleagues all use MS Project and Excel, if not some other specialized project management programs such as Wrike or Smartsheet as well. Although you work with such software regularly, you wouldn’t use it for the due summary level presentation just because a previous presenter has done it. In such cases, a simple, familiar visual slide that shows only key data will help you get your message across and stand out.

Aiming to help business professionals who need to present their projects in a comprehensible way, Bellevue-based software developer Office Timeline offers a lightweight Gantt chart and timeline maker add-in for Microsoft PowerPoint that helps turn complex information into neat PowerPoint slides that show the big picture. The plug-in allows project planners to import data from any of the tools mentioned above and will update the results based on new input with a mouse click.

Powerful Data Processing for a Presentation-Ready Output

The key benefits of the Office Timeline software are not restricted solely to its broad data integration capabilities. While flexible and easy data-gathering is invaluable, the real advantage is in how that input can be presented so that it is visualized by the audience in the most impactful format possible.

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With a variety of built-in and downloadable templates to choose from, Office Timeline allows project managers to easily preview the impact of each timeline or Gantt chart style and then quickly tailor the visual to match their audience. Forget about the standard, inflexible timelines. The PowerPoint add-in helps users to make the data speak for itself with just minimal input. Countless adjustments can be made to the timeline, one object at a time or all at once.

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With simple to use controls, integration with popular PM tools, and numerous customization options, Office Timeline enables users to quickly turn complex data into easy-to-grasp visuals that stand out in meetings.

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Impress Clients and Executives

August 10, 2018

And the clock is ticking …

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Too late, you have missed the moment since your clients and executive’s attention span is reducing rapidly!

A Canadian survey of media consumption, commissioned by Microsoft, noted that the average attention span had fallen yet again, it was now just eight seconds. In 2000 it was recorded as twelve seconds but is seems we may now have an even shorter attention span than a goldfish (or is that memory? I forget).

Attention span can be defined as ‘the amount of concentrated time on a task without becoming distracted’.

A quote from Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft, is also worth noting I think, ‘The true scarce commodity … of the future … will be human attention’.

Have I lost you already?

My friends from Office Timeline have some useful thoughts about impressive, impactful and fast presentations to your clients and your executives:

Online Gantt Chart and Timeline Maker for Impressive Presentations

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Overcome the limitations that arise from using different desktop operating systems and create outstanding visual graphics online by harnessing the flexibility of cloud technology. Enjoy the interactivity of cloud-based data visualization tools like Pincello and build, update and share project visuals directly from your browser to impress clients and executives.

Web-Based Project Management Tool for Unified Communication

You are the project coordinator overseeing seven other managers on civil engineering projects in several cities. Four of them have Windows laptops and the other three have Apple notebooks for their work while travelling, although they use Windows desktop computers at their home office. You, the project managers, and clients meet regularly in remote locations to communicate the details, changes, or special situations of each project’s status. When preparing plans or status reviews, you all need to be in sync as to what’s being reported, who is included, and how it’s being communicated to them. The problem is that none of the managers is using the same techniques to keep their teams and interested parties in the loop about the progress of each construction schedule.

When changes surface in the project life cycle stages, this information needs to be distributed among clients, employers, labor organizations, and your own company. For the projects to run smoothly, each member of the management team needs to move in sync to maintain the tempo. That means that ready access to your reporting tools is vital for the dissemination of that piece of information.

Experts agree that cloud technology has allowed distributed organizations such as yours to thrive despite the distances between the involved parties and the disparity in platforms used.

To solve this challenge, Bellevue-based software company Office Timeline has developed Pincello – a simple and accessible browser-based project management tool that anyone can use to build professional-looking visuals that make a data statement and also an impact on colleagues, clients and executives.

Impressive Gantt Charts and Timelines Right from Your Browser

Allowing you to generate summary views of Gantt charts and timelines right in your browser and export them as PowerPoint slides or .png images, Pincello combines web flexibility with the familiarity of the world’s most popular presentation software. With its intuitive drag-and-drop interface, the cloud-based timeline maker enables the creation of unique visuals that are simple for clients and execs to understand and hard for them to forget.

As the only web-based timeline maker that creates native PowerPoint slides, Pincello helps users to build high-level views of their project straight away, as well as to easily share and present them in a way that is familiar to their audience.

The web-based graphical app comes in two versions – a free and a Plus one.

Using the free online timeline generator, you can start building graphics with no need to install complex software or create an account. Data can be added manually or imported from Excel straight in the browser and, after a few styling choices, your graphic will be ready in a matter of minutes.

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The Pincello Plus edition offers access to extra features such as the ability to import up to 150 Excel records to save input time, and to export and store an unlimited number of timelines that you can access wherever you are.

Seeing that the online timelines created with Pincello are compatible with the Office Timeline add-in for PowerPoint, this means that you can further edit them even when you don’t have access to the web.

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Avoid Communication Breakdown

July 31, 2018

Data Visualization Software for Effective Project Plan Communication

I was taught a truth in my early project management days – reporting is not communicating! The fact that the critical facts and important truths are buried somewhere in a report that the right people may be in possession of does not, in any way, mean that they have received the message.

I have also learnt that to waste time and effort in ‘defensive’ and ‘offensive’ communication, typically email these days, is truly pointless and will distract the project manager from the real issues. I know building an email trail that, to put it bluntly, ‘covers your ass’ is easy to do but far better results can come from directing those same efforts in really effective communication.

Effective communication is about isolating the critical information, identifying the person (or people) that you need to communicate with, and delivering that same information at the appropriate time.

All this plus delivering the information in the most effective way!

My friends from Office Timeline have some useful thoughts along these lines:

When it comes to communicating project plans effectively, the saying “an image is worth a thousand words” proves to be more valid than ever. Making presentations highly visual for client and executive meetings helps project managers get to the bottom line.

With Office Timeline, professionals can easily convert complex project data into straightforward, clear graphics that are easy to understand and follow by teams, stakeholders and customers.

Data-Rich Project Plans Turned into Simple, To-the-Point Visuals

Managers who lead multi-year projects and need to prepare joint plan reviews for customers, partners, stakeholders and their company executives know the huge role effective communication plays in demonstrating the progress of their work. To receive the complete buy-in or endorsement of each of these parties, project planners have to share their data in a direct and relevant way so that the essential information sticks with the audience. However, synthesizing the gist of a project for a presentation can be a real challenge when dealing with manifold processes and details at once.

Designed around the need for clarity and precision in getting the message across, Office Timeline comes as an ideal solution for project management professionals who seek to effectively format material and emphasize data-driven information.

An easy-to-use project visualization software that integrates with familiar business presentation tools like PowerPoint, Office Timeline produces summary views of project plans and schedules, simplifying the tedious underlying tasks of creating reports, product roadmaps and other similar reviews.

Using an intuitive interface and offering a variety of pre-formatted templates, the PowerPoint add-in automatically processes the input and instantly turns it into crisp, clear graphics that can be easily customized, updated and shared. The diverse range of design options lets users eliminate clutter by keeping only the most important milestones and tasks, or add emphasis to certain items by changing colors, using special shapes or extra-large icons.

Discover Templates You can Use for Your Project Plans

Building and Editing Neat Project Plans Fast

Designed to help professionals manage and present their projects in an easier and more impressive way, the PowerPoint timeline maker is available in two versions, a free and a Plus one.

The free edition is great for building simple visuals fast, requiring only a quick download to allow users to start making timelines.

See How to Use the Free Edition

With the Plus edition, users gain access to extra features such as detailed customization of their graphics, data import from programs such as Excel, MS Project, Smartsheet and Wrike, and advanced layout options for organizing tasks into categories or subdividing events into phases.

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Executives don’t want your project reports

July 20, 2018

Right Information, Right Time, Right Person and in the Right Way

You have a project, you need Executive support for that project and the Executives want to know what is happening to the investment in change that they have approved through that project, but they are busy. You are busy as well, of course, but they are really busy. The challenge is to communicate the right way but so many project managers communicate the wrong way, or try to and spectacularly fail in their efforts.

A well-known project management law, Cohn’s law, sums this up so well. ‘The more time you spend in reporting on what you are doing, the less time you have to do anything. Stability is achieved when you spend all your time doing nothing but reporting on the nothing you are doing’.

Putting together fantastically accurate and detailed reports and sending them to anyone and everyone, is most definitely not communicating, especially if the ‘Right Person’ happens to be an Executive. They won’t be read, no one has the time or interest to do this, and they won’t be valued and worse, when they do contain project critical information, they will be ignored. You are wasting your time, you aren’t wasting anyone else’s time because they won’t be read, but you are definitely wasting your time. Reporting is not communicating.

So what is the answer?

Keep it simple! Keep is short! Keep it relevant! And keep it visual!

My friends from Timeline have some useful thoughts along these lines:

Gantt Chart and Timeline Maker for Business Presentations

Creating unique, impressive business presentations shouldn’t take forever. With Office Timeline, project visuals are generated, customized and updated with only a few clicks.

Professional-Looking Project Visuals Made Effortlessly

No matter the line of work in which a project manager operates, the successful planning and execution of a project is definitely a demanding endeavor. With all the regular reports, product roadmaps and high-level presentations required of project planners, even the most experienced ones find effectively communicating project plans to be time-consuming and daunting without the proper means.

To meet the need for a simple yet efficient project management visualization tool, Bellevue-based software company Office Timeline has developed a desktop add-in that anyone can use to generate summary views of Gantt charts and timelines right inside PowerPoint. Launched in 2012, the Office Timeline add-in already reached 1 million downloads by 2015 and it is currently used by over 50% of the Fortune 500 companies.

User-Friendly Interface, Impactful Results

Unlike other similar project software that often proves burdensome to use or produces an output too complicated to be showcased to prospects and managers, the app is developed as an extension for PowerPoint, one of the most popular presentation programs used for business presentations. Apart from the seamless integration with PowerPoint, Office Timeline also comes with a gallery of pre-formatted templates and styles, which enables the fast creation of familiar project visuals as native PowerPoint slides that customers, teams and stakeholders can easily follow and understand.

Explore Timelines You Can Create with the Add-In

With an intuitive interface and smart layout engine that optimizes space and automates processes, the PowerPoint timeline maker allows users to instantly build professional-looking graphics that are easy to share and update on the fly, saving time and effort.

Providing a clean, simple way to present project plans and schedules, Office Timeline comes as a freemium product with a perpetually free version and a Plus one.

The free edition is fully functional and fit for creating and editing simple visuals fast. Users simply need to download the add-in to instantly start building their first graphic.

See How Easy Is to Get Started

The Plus edition gives users access to powerful features, such as the ability to customize graphics to the smallest details and update them instantly, and to import data from Project management programs like Excel, Microsoft Project, Wrike and Smartsheet. This means more time saved in building distinctive project visuals that will impress the audience.

Get Free Trial of Office Timeline Plus

3 Books for £10 from The Lazy Project Manager

June 25, 2018

Book Sale

3 books from The Lazy Project Manager for only £10 (eBooks only – pdf format)

Just select your 3 choices from the below list and then email me at peter.b.taylor@btinternet.com  (or message me) and I will send out the simple PayPal payment options and then email your 3 books – easy!

Get Fit with the Lazy Project Manager

How to make sure your project is as healthy as possible and does not become the ‘ex-project’ of tomorrow

How to get Fired at the C-Level

Why mismanaging change is the biggest risk of all

The Project Manager who Smiled

The value of fun in project management

The Lazy Winner

How to do more with less effort and succeed in their working and personal lives without rushing around like headless chickens or putting in 100 hour weeks

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