How do you build a successful project team? Tips from Microsoft

September 1, 2014

Leadership, teaming, technology adoption and measuring effectiveness are the four things that Mike Hughes, Office Business Group Lead for Microsoft Ireland believes are essential for building a successful project team. He spoke at an Ireland Chapter of PMI event recently about collaboration best practice and how to create effective project teams in the current business […]

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Predictions for online project management software

September 2, 2013

In the first article in this year’s Software September feature, Jason Westland, CEO of, shares his predictions for the future of online project management software. We’re in interesting times, as the saying goes. Online project management software has evolved almost beyond recognition in the last 10 years and it is still evolving. These are […]

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Gamification in project management

October 24, 2012

Last year, it was all about social media. This year’s hot new trend is gamification. What’s that, I hear you ask? It’s such a new word that my spellchecker flags it up as an error. Gamification has been around for a while. It’s the art of making work seem less like, well, work. It’s about […]

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The future of project management software: the Microsoft view

April 16, 2012

In this video, Richard Gordon from Microsoft discusses the role of SharePoint, bemoans the fact companies don’t upgrade to the latest versions or use the full functionality and muses on the future of project management software. This video was filmed at the Project Management in the Collaborative Age round table discussion hosted by Microsoft and […]

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Can you really work on an iPad?

September 19, 2011

Software September continues with a look at iPad applications for business. Last year, I got an iPad. I didn’t choose to buy one: it was the Computer Weekly IT Blog Awards prize. I wasn’t expecting to win it, and I’d only ever seen one before. The people with me that evening were ecstatic at the […]

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COO of Webplanner at 23: An interview with Jovia Nierenberg

June 13, 2011

Jovia Nierenberg is Chief Operating Officer at Experience in Software. That’s the company behind the new project management tool Webplanner. She’s only 23. I asked her about her life as a COO, what’s next for Webplanner and her advice for young women wanting to work in project management. Jovia, how did you end up being […]

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Let’s play make-believe: addressing project management software adoption with user personas

September 22, 2010
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“The role of director of user experience is pretty new,” says Steve Ballard, who has taken on this position at project management software company @task. “In consumer software it’s not so new. The product has to sell itself so the focus is on products that are useful.” The difference with software you use at work […]

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Book Review: The e-Policy Handbook (2nd Ed.)

August 13, 2010
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Does your company have a set of policies for working online?  For all that I advocate using social media tools at work to improve productivity, you have to do it in a controlled and secure way.  The e-Policy Handbook: Rules and Best Practices to Safely Manage Your Company’s E-Mail, Blogs, Social Networking, and Other Internet […]

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Book review: All Your Money Won’t Another Minute Buy

May 17, 2010

Curt Finch, CEO of Journyx, Inc., has put all his wisdom about time tracking into a book called All Your Money Won’t Another Minute Buy: Valuing Time as a Business Resource.  It’s not that long and it’s quick to read and while I wouldn’t rate it as one of the top business books I have […]

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The business value of social media

March 22, 2010

Earlier in the month I attended a womenintechnology event about the business value of social media – something I’m particularly interested in, given the topic of my forthcoming book. The evening was held at the Intellect offices on Russell Square, and the room was packed.  It was a pretty small room, in comparison to some […]

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