Project managers are expected to be good resource managers – it’s just part of the project management process. But some projects require straightforward project management (PM) skills for managing technical resources and following rigid PM policies and processes. And others require some degree of creative flexibility, like managing marketing-oriented projects where creative and out-of-the box thinking is important, as well as expected, by project clients. The rigid structure associated with by-the-book PM best practices do not always apply so well to such projects. Nor does it always apply well to those types of teams.
Do you want to rock your next presentation? How about impress clients? Or land new deals? It all starts with a beautiful visual.
Communicating with images can save time, increase productivity, and uncover valuable insight. With visuals, we instantly understand a complex idea in the time it would take our eyes to scan text for relevant words. And, it’s our preferred way for learning and transferring ideas. People process visuals 60,000 times faster than text and 83% of human learning occurs visually.
Last week, members of the product, design, and development teams at Smartsheet attended our User Experience (UX) Summit. Our goal was to find ways to improve the experience our customers have using Smartsheet to make it even easier, more intuitive and more delightful for people to use.
Visualizing data can seem as simple as creating a pie chart in Excel and customizing the colors and fonts to look pretty.
Unfortunately, this common method is one of the biggest visualization mistakes you can make. When done correctly, data visualization can help you better understand complex information and quickly uncover new business insights. When done wrong, infographics, charts, and dashboards are solely created to make a presentation look more attractive, without an accompanying story nor facilitating a new level of understanding.
The smartphone has erased all boundaries between our professional and personal lives. BYOD (bring your own device) began as a rare workplace perk, but it has evolved into a must-have way of working. Ninety-percent of workers in the United States use their personal smartphone for work purposes, according to a Cisco study. In a 2014 TripAdvisor study, 77% of U.S. respondents reported that they did work while on vacation.
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