Using outdated tech to run your projects?

Remember when Excel spreadsheets were like, all the rage? When crafting flawless pivot tables was considered an art form? Neither do we. The fact is if you’re using spreadsheets, you’re using a technology older than the Motorola Brick. Deployment project managers are currently living in excel hell, and it’s not getting any better. Densification and the rise of small cells compounds the pain. The volume of projects is going through the roof and increased competition has tightened margins. Add in the fact that PM’s often don’t have the luxury of a project plan …

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Everybody’s talking about small cells

Global mobile data usage is exploding, surprise surprise. By 2020, an estimated 5.5 billion people will have mobile phones. What that means is carriers need a way to provide coverage and capacity. Buying spectrum is one way, but that is an expensive, finite resource. The alternative? It’s the hottest topic in telco right now (if anything can be described that way): small cell deployments. Sprint just announced their intention to add small cells to their network, something Verizon has already done on a much larger scale. However, because small cells have narrow ranges and must be …

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Collaboration and accountability: can you say that and mean it?

Collaboration and accountability may seem like overused buzzwords, but they actually mean a lot for project managers. We rap about what the terms mean, why PM’s aren’t getting them, and how to fix that. Away we go!  Let’s about the business of collaboration. It’s everyone’s favorite buzzword and ranks right up there with synergies, businessy businessmen, and influencer. Collaboration is defined as “the action of working with someone to produce or create something.” But we know that it’s just as likely to be working with something rather than someone.  So while it’s that you …

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What’s up, doc? How to finally get your documents in order

Let me ask you a simple question: Do you have document controls in place? Don’t worry – not many people do. In fact, some of the world’s best project managers don’t have a handle on where their documents are. And it’s a problem! As projects grow in volume and complexity, documents start to multiply FAST. And if you’re spending time looking for docs because they’re not logically sorted, well, you’re going to have yet another reason why projects aren’t getting done on time. We often hear “Well we call our …

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5 Reasons why project management tools can’t handle small cells

Small cell builds have established themselves as an incredibly popular piece of telecoms project development. But with that comes a much larger project load for PM’s – which means the tools need to match the landscape.      Small cells are at the epicenter of the telco water cooler talk right now. Crown Castle’s recent $7 billion (with a b) fiber purchase demonstrates just how hot the small cell market is. A recent, widely-shared article highlighted small cell projects as a primary driver for 5G development. Small cells are helping connect remote parts of Northern Canada and …

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Permission to launch: why project management tools need a unique permissions structure

Spreadsheets force project managers to work in the dark, with no ability to control who has access to proprietary information. Here’s why that doesn’t make sense.   There’s a reason that pharmaceutical companies make child proof bottles. A kid doesn’t know how much medicine to take. Instead, it falls to a parent or guardian to authorize. The same logic applies to kids using computers in schools or at home – parents or administrators are just not going to give them free reign over what they can see. That, in the …

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