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(Note: This is the second article in a two-part series.)

On more than one occasion, you’ve probably found yourself moaning —

“I HATE project management software! It’s so annoying.”

And you’ve wondered why it isn’t easy for someone like you, a member of the Almost a Project Manager, but Not Quite a Project Manager Club, to use.

What you need is a simple way to get up and running while avoiding getting bogged down in the details. It would also be great if this solution is flexible and enables you to look at the total scope of your work.

But…


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(Note: This is the first article in a two-part series.)

Everyone isn’t a project manager, but everybody manages projects.

And even if the work you do isn’t technically a project, I’m willing to bet it’s still tied to a larger project, program, or portfolio. So, it doesn’t matter whether you’re a full-time project manager or not. You still support projects.

For example, you may be a non-project manager in one of the following fields…

  • IT
  • Sales
  • Marketing
  • Engineering
  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Finance
  • HR

Or maybe you are a full-time project manager, but you’re looking for a simpler way to manage projects.


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Picture this…

Always on, sophisticated AI bots working in the background processing data and delivering curated insights to you when AND how you want them. Think Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, but for project management.

This will better enable you to spot trends and make informed decisions. Your AI bot can then check relevant stakeholders’ availability for a meeting and reserve a time that works best for everyone. As you refine the system over time, so you can get even better results.

Sound bold, audacious, or maybe even a bit farfetched?

Well, trust me, it isn’t.

PwC says 85% of…


Let’s face it. We live in a customer-driven world.

Business success is predicated on your ability to rapidly meet (and exceed) your customer’s wants, needs, and expectations. In other words…

Your entire company must be built for speed.

This is just as true for Fortune 100 corporations as it is for small to medium sized businesses. Take for example the telecommunications giant, AT&T. Several years ago, to remain competitive, they decided to retrain 280,000 of their employees.

A New York Times article stated –

“AT&T’s competitors are not just Verizon and Sprint, but also tech giants like Amazon and Google…


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Project management, as we know it, is dying. Yes, dying with a capital D.

Blasphemy you say! Well, before you burn your toast…

Hear Me Out.

Some say project management isn’t dying. It’s simply evolving or adapting to a new age.

I beg to differ.

Project management is suffering at the expense of competing approaches to delivering project results. Work that has traditionally been done by project managers is being watered down and distributed amongst other professions (and technology).

It’s called death by a thousand cuts.

Don’t get me wrong; project management won’t go poof and disappear. To the contrary…


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Do you have the skills and certifications employers are looking for?

According to PMI, by 2027, companies around the world will need nearly 88 million professionals working in project management-related roles. Sounds great, right?

Well, not so fast.

Unfortunately, many project managers won’t make the cut. Before you start popping champagne bottles and dancing in the street, make sure you’re properly positioned to take advantage of these opportunities.

This Fast Company article states -

“[The common] advice [to develop technical skills] still reflects a “ladder-climbing” mind-set in a world that’s looking a lot more like a lattice.

That isn’t exactly…


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Are you unemployed (or think you might become unemployed)? On the other hand, are you self-employed?

As I stated in my last article, “The Uberization of Project Managers: A Survival Guide for Corporate Refugees” -

“At least 40% of the U.S. workforce will be moonlighting for more than one company at any given time.”

It won’t be long before freelancers make up the majority of the U.S. workforce.

So, whether you are involuntarily unemployed or choose to be self-employed, it’s time to graduate your thinking. You have to transition to an entrepreneurial, ownership mindset.

Start seeing yourself as more of…


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Ah, isn’t life great?

Maybe I should pinch myself to make sure I’m not dreaming.

That’s what you tell yourself as you’re toasting to the good life with your friends on the patio of the luxurious St. Regis hotel. You even order a round of drinks for everyone.


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When I was growing up, the old folks used to say there are only two things in life that are guaranteed: death and taxes.

But wait. There’s a third.

C-H-A-N-G-E.

It’s the bane of entrenched incumbents and the savior of emerging competitors. Make no mistake about it, change is going to happen…whether you like it or not.

If it’s going to happen anyway, why not run to embrace it like you’ve been expecting it all along? Better yet, why not make the change in trends your friend?

Figure out where change is going. If you’re agile enough, offer a vehicle…


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There’s a beast lurking on the outskirts of your career.

It salivates over good managers and devours mediocre ones. And, this beast is ready to pounce — when you least expect it.

One day you’re happily progressing in your career. And the next day, your boss and HR manager are sitting across the conference table welcoming you into the unemployed (or underemployed) class.

You’ve become the latest victim of the beast.

Would you like to know what it is?

Behold, the beast of COMMODITIZATION.

BusinessDictionary.com defines commoditization as -

“Almost total lack of meaningful differentiation in the manufactured goods. Commoditized…

Oliver Yarbrough

LinkedIn® Learning Author — www.linkedin.com/in/oliveryarbrough #Futurist #AI #ProjectManagement #Growth strategies that maximize value. OliverYarbrough.com

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