Keeping Tabs at a Glance

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The first cars had the very basic materials required to propel their delighted owners around at what much have felt like the breakneck speed of 20mph. Of course, today we get annoyed when we must slow down that much, whether for a school zone or in a parking lot. That’s not the only difference through […]

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Working Hard for the Best Results

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Making a big change is all about the initial decision – if you’re not clear with what you want, you either figure it out, or you find someone who can help you. We like to think that we fit into the latter category, with a team of Project Information Managers who work as a sort […]

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Universal Clarity and Deadlines

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Submittals are a vital part of any project, and so many of them are on file that it can be a little overwhelming to keep up with them. “Can you change the submittal date for me? Will this keep me from being late?” is a question that has been posited to MySmartPlans on several occasions […]

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Meet MySmartPlans

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I recently offered to allow employees to express their feelings about MySmartPlans anonymously, in case they were shy about having their name posted publicly. Will Steffen immediately said he was fine with it – he’s the son of Shelley Armato, the President/CEO and founder. Thus, he has a personal stake in the company, but it’s […]

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Raising Your Project IQ

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In past years, IQ has been used as a measure of a person’s intelligence with regard to their education and general problem-solving skills. Groups like MENSA require a minimum IQ for entry, making it like a gated community. While it seems that those with a high IQ are truly gifted, if they don’t apply it […]

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Driving Your Project Efficiently

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I recently took a road trip, using a major highway to reach a destination that was about 5 hours away. My car has an automatic transmission, and happens to come with cruise control. For long trips, cruise control is amazing. It can help relieve the fatigue that comes from having to constantly adjust your foot […]

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Fresh Starts with Project Management Assistance

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The New Year is on its way. Many people are preparing their list of life changes: weight loss, exercise, the ridding of bad habits. It’s a convenient and opportune time to make a change, because of the symbolism that writing a new number for the year represents. In 2016, thousands of people will stop smoking, […]

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Project Certainty and Satisfaction

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“Certainty” is a word that describes a specific type of relationship between entities. It denotes a relationship that is safe and steadfast, where both parties are trusted not only with sensitive information, but with the ability to use that information in an effective and appropriate manner. It’s more than just a word; it’s a key […]

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Coordinating the Perfect Balance

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Athletes train for years to get into, and then reach, a peak physical condition for whatever they’ve decided to undertake. Football players, depending on their position, do weight training, flexibility exercises, and endurance trials. Ballerinas practice for twelve hours a day to maintain perfect poise and position, while accomplishing gravity-defying choreography. Name an athletic activity, […]

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The Joy of Organized Transparency

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Christmas tunes often tell you exactly what the writer means to say – someone wants a hippopotamus for Christmas, someone else wants their two front teeth. Bells attached to a one-horse sleigh will jingle in a jolly way as a journey is made through the snow. One song, however, tells the story of a child […]

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