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Lesson Learned: Understanding Project Requirements

You’d be surprised by the amounts of projects that fail from the simple miscommunication of not being able to clearly understand the requirements set by stakeholders. No matter what size of project, without being able to fully understand the purpose, goals, and needs of a project, the project manager is not able to make the decisions necessary to keep the project on track and successful. Stakeholders can often be vague about requirements or sometimes are not fully clear on the true purpose and requirements for the project themselves, but it is your role as a project manager to ask the

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5 Tips for Leading Impactful Meetings

     We’ve all felt the frustration of attending a meeting that could have easily been an email, was not necessary for us to attend, or was a waste of time as there was no clear purpose or agenda so nothing got accomplished. With virtual meetings being more common if meetings aren’t planned and run efficiently team members often multi-task or zone out. Remain respectful of your team members time and run efficient, impactful meetings by following these simple tips: Establish a Clear Purpose & a Pre-Communicated Agenda Before you even schedule a meeting, you should establish what the purpose of the

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5 Tips for Successful Implementation of a Project Management System

Adopting a project management system can be a big win for your team especially if it is implemented successfully. A project management system not only tracks incoming and ongoing projects but can improve visibility, resource management, productivity as well as clarify accountability. At Echo, we know choosing a project management tool isn’t the end – the tool must be properly implemented, and the process must be fully adopted to be effective and bring true change to the organization. Below we’ll share 5 of our top tips for a successful implementation of a project management system.   Define Business Requirements for Vendor Selection Defining

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Two Years as a Small Business Owner - Assumptions Wrong, Decision Right

Two years ago, when I made the leap to start “working for myself” I made a LOT of assumptions. Two years in, I can confidently say every single assumption I made was wrong – and yet my decision to start Echo Consulting was right. Assumption # 1: I thought I was going to “work for myself” Reality #1: As a small business owner I work for my clients and community much more intimately than I ever did as an employee. I am more connected, empathetic, and aware of the amazing ecosystem that supports me, and my need to give back and empower others

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