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How to Encourage Seamless Communication within Your Remote Team

01/09/2018 23:00:00 PM

Can you build trust with a team that is scattered across the continent? Once you clear all the communication roadblocks, mutual trust will develop naturally. Working in a team of super-talented, open and friendly people has helped me realize ...

How to Work with a Global Distributed Team

01/07/2018 23:00:00 PM

Guest post by Lindsey Vontz from 99designs. Lindsey works on Organic Marketing and PR at 99designs. Before joining 99designs, Lindsey spent 10 years managing brands big and small, and helped launch an outdoor apparel brand with her husband ...

Tackling Time Management Issues - Say Goodbye to Time-Wasting at Work

01/02/2018 23:00:00 PM

Bad time management can break your business in a matter of seconds. By getting your team to see the huge benefit of time tracking, you’ll be able to see the real status of your project development. You don’t need to read extensive studies ...

Managing a Marketing Agency with ActiveCollab

01/02/2018 23:00:00 PM

Here at Spiralytics, we operate like a small business to encourage flexibility and creative freedom. So, it’s vital to us that we use a task management system that helps us standardize, organize, track, and measure, without putting restrictions ...

How to Manage Project Stakeholders

12/26/2017 23:00:00 PM

Once you start working on a project, you soon fall into trap of getting pulled in multiple directions. Building the basis of effective stakeholder communication is the first step you need to take to help everyone collaborate with ease. Before ...

ActiveCollab 5.14

12/21/2017 23:00:00 PM

On Saturday, December 23rd we’ll start a rollout of our new major update to ActiveCollab. The process will last for the entire weekend because of a batched upgrade, and search data rebuild. During that time all release updates will be available, ...

Stop Using Too Many PM Apps

12/19/2017 23:00:00 PM

Jumping from one tool to another can be a huge energy drainer. Stop wasting your energy trying to be productive. Instead, choose one centralised hub that will help you master the art of project management. As a fully-fledged project manager, ...

How to Train a High Performing Team Using Scrum

12/12/2017 23:00:00 PM

The fact of SCRUM: It’s lightweight, easy to learn, but tough to master. Also, it’s application can vary from business to business, from company to company. To increase the efficiency of the process, and get the most out of the team, every ...

Break Your Team's "But We Talked about It" Habit

12/03/2017 23:00:00 PM

No matter how efficient your team communication is, it won’t bring much value to the business unless there’s a written record of it. Help your team build a habit of using one centralised place to document what is said and done on regular ...

How to Break Up Office Cliques

11/28/2017 23:00:00 PM

While being a part of an office clique may sound appealing to some people, it actually does more harm than good. Turn your office clique members into a proactive and well-organised team where success doesn’t depend on who fits in a popular ...

Project Management Tool Is Not an Employee Monitoring Software

11/26/2017 23:00:00 PM

Change can be hard to swallow, especially if your team isn’t familiar with the benefits it brings. Be proactive and help your team realize that a new project management tool is not a means of control but a perfect way to move the business ...

4 Reasons Why You Need a Project Management Tool

11/23/2017 23:00:00 PM

Do you feel like you’re wasting time, money and energy on repetitive tasks and manual data collection. Start saving right away by using a software solution that can help you centralize your collaboration, project and workload management, and ...

How to Stop Your Team Multitasking (and Get Real Work Done)

11/19/2017 23:00:00 PM

Multitasking usually means handling chaos: some can manage it; others - not so much… Streamlining the chaos is a nearly impossible task, but once you get a hold of it, it will start paying off from the go! Whether we like it or not, multitasking ...

How to Fix Broken Communication in Your Team

11/14/2017 23:00:00 PM

Lack of communication will get you nowhere. It disrupts the flow of ideas, derails project development and causes frustration within a team. To be able to view all your team’s discussions and stay updated about who does what on the project, ...

How to Deliver a Quality Product on a Tight Schedule and Budget

11/08/2017 23:00:00 PM

Even if you managed to create a balanced team culture where everyone is working towards the same goal, the quality of your product may still suffer. What can go wrong? What can you do to ensure that everything runs smoothly so that you can maintain ...

How to Make Sure Your Team Is Actually Doing the Work

11/05/2017 23:00:00 PM

It’s very difficult to keep track of the performance of every single employee at all times. And ultimately, are you even supposed to? Building a culture where your team members are constantly under the watchful eye of senior staff can only ...

Building Company Website with ActiveCollab

11/01/2017 23:00:00 PM

As a web and mobile design agency that also provides copywriting, marketing, photography, here at LineWeight, we needed a project management system that could not only handle the diversity of our project types but also seamlessly allow them ...

How to Influence Personal Productivity of Your Team Members

10/31/2017 23:00:00 PM

Managing collective workload as well as your own can be a real challenge. How do you help people stay on the track and contribute towards the end goal without taking on too much? You are in the middle of your project development, but the work ...

Digital Agency Pain Points - Client Edition

10/30/2017 23:00:00 PM

The largest percentage of ActiveCollab users are digital agencies. Therefore, we took upon ourselves to understand and try to resolve their pain points. So, we asked around a bit and figured out the following: most common digital agency pain ...

How to Persuade Your Team to Start Using Project Management Software?

10/29/2017 23:00:00 PM

Explaining the value of project management software can sometimes be a problem. Using a PM software in your office is a great way to keep everyone in the loop, keep up with your workload and move projects forward. Your team will start seeing ...

5 Quick Tips for Staying on the Budget

10/24/2017 23:00:00 PM

Bad budget management can severely damage the quality and easily break the project. And, truth to be told, it’s the most common cause of a project failure. Will I be able to oversee all the risks and manage the expenses on projects? What ...

How to Stop Missing Deadlines With Better Workload Management

10/18/2017 23:00:00 PM

Bad workload management might be the cause behind your team missing deadlines and not finishing their work. It can affect one person, or even a whole team - in both cases, it’s a big problem. Despite your efforts to distribute the workload ...

How to Get Better Client Feedback

10/12/2017 23:00:00 PM

Your creative process is halted because you’re not getting good feedback from clients. Likes and dislikes aren’t getting you closer to finishing project. Worse still, you’re wasting too much time waiting for an email that tells you very ...

Why We’re Not Afraid to Write Generic SEO Articles

10/11/2017 23:00:00 PM

Here at ActiveCollab, our marketing team is well aware of the long-term value of investing in proper SEO. By “proper”, we mean as organic as possible. And by “as organic as possible”, we mean guest posting all the time. Since there’s ...

How to Earn Trust of Your New Clients

10/02/2017 23:00:00 PM

New project, new client, same target - transparency, accountability and trust. A client - let’s call him John - asked me to create a valuable piece of content that will engage the niche audience he was targeting. Since my team and I had spent ...

How to Earn Trust of Your New Clients

10/02/2017 23:00:00 PM

New project, new client, same target - transparency, accountability and trust. A client - let’s call him John - asked me to create a valuable piece of content that will engage the niche audience he was targeting. Since my team and I had spent ...

How to Balance Your Team’s Workload

10/02/2017 23:00:00 PM

If a team member is complaining about working too much, there might be an issue with workload allocation. As a manager, your goal is to get to the root of the problem, understand your team members and work together on increasing productivity. Meet ...

How to keep track of all your customers’ requirements

09/26/2017 23:00:00 PM

You are working with a handful of customers and your projects keep piling up. You know that keeping control of all your customers’ feedback and requirements is imperative if you want to build their trust. You have a great sense of achievement ...

How to keep track of all your customers’ project requirements

09/26/2017 23:00:00 PM

We want to help you organize your project documentation and customer requirements so you never mix anything up. If you’re already on top of the game, check out blog section for other useful posts. You are working with a handful of customers ...

How to keep track of all your customers’ project requirements

09/26/2017 23:00:00 PM

We want to help you organize your project documentation and customer requirements so you never mix anything up. If you’re already on top of the game, check out blog section for other useful posts. You are working with a handful of customers ...

Is Your Candidate a Good Cultural Fit for Your Organization

09/13/2017 23:00:00 PM

The secret to low employee turnover is the same as the secret to the long-lasting relationship and can be summed up in one word: compatibility. It isn’t enough for an employee to be satisfied with their job - the company has to be happy with ...

How Active Collab Simplified Our Content Marketing Process

09/13/2017 23:00:00 PM

Read how Izaak, a digital marketing executive from AppInstitute, uses Active Collab to keep content marketing processes running smooth. I’m Izaak, I work as a Digital Marketing Executive in the Marketing Department at AppInstitute, one ...

Is Your Candidate a Good Cultural Fit for Your Organization

09/13/2017 23:00:00 PM

The secret to low employee turnover is the same as the secret to the long-lasting relationship and can be summed up in one word: compatibility. It isn’t enough for an employee to be satisfied with their job - the company has to be happy with ...

Is Your Candidate a Good Cultural Fit for Your Organization

09/13/2017 23:00:00 PM

The secret to low employee turnover is the same as the secret to the long-lasting relationship and can be summed up in one word: compatibility. It isn’t enough for an employee to be satisfied with their job - the company has to be happy with ...

How Active Collab Simplified Our Content Marketing Process

09/13/2017 23:00:00 PM

Read how Izaak, a digital marketing executive from AppInstitute, uses Active Collab to keep content marketing processes running smooth. I’m Izaak, I work as a Digital Marketing Executive in the Marketing Department at AppInstitute, one ...

Organizational Culture and it’s Impact on Team Performance

09/11/2017 23:00:00 PM

What do you get when a rigidly structured enterprise hires a team of former digital nomads? In rare cases, the company would get a beacon of creative light and an inspirational idea how to secure its place on the market. More often, however, ...

How to Create Organizational Culture

09/11/2017 23:00:00 PM

Your company has an excellent organizational culture? That means you have access to a fancy break room where you can play some foosball… Right? No… Not by a long shot. Even though it is all around us, and it determines how employees experience ...

How to Create Organizational Culture

09/11/2017 23:00:00 PM

Your company has an excellent organizational culture? That means you have access to a fancy break room where you can play some foosball… Right? No… Not by a long shot. Even though it is all around us, and it determines how employees experience ...

Organizational Culture and Its Impact on Team Performance

09/11/2017 23:00:00 PM

What do you get when a rigidly structured enterprise hires a team of former digital nomads? In rare cases, the company would get a beacon of creative light and an inspirational idea how to secure its place on the market. More often, however, ...

Joint Application Development (JAD)

09/08/2017 23:00:00 PM

Joint Development Application (JAD) is a very common technique in business analysis world. It brings system developers and users together in a productive and creative environment through a structured approach that involves discussion groups ...

Extreme Programming (XP)

09/05/2017 23:00:00 PM

What is Extreme Programming (XP)? Coming soon.

Extreme Programming (XP)

09/05/2017 23:00:00 PM

Extreme Programming (XP) is an agile project management framework used in software development. It prescribes everything, from how to organize projects and develop software, to how to increase developers’ productivity and what’s the best ...

How to Deal With Difficult Employees and Turn Them Into Team Players

09/04/2017 23:00:00 PM

If you came here looking for our advice on creating team players, you are most likely in the midst of one of two given scenarios: either newly added member of your team displays a certain behavior and has trouble fitting in, or you have taken ...

How to Deal With Difficult Employees and Turn Them Into Team Players

09/04/2017 23:00:00 PM

If you came here looking for our advice on creating team players, you are most likely in the midst of one of two given scenarios: either newly added member of your team displays a certain behavior and has trouble fitting in, or you have taken ...

Feature Driven Development

09/04/2017 23:00:00 PM

Feature driven development is a process that provides businesses with feature-rich systems that should help them control their ever-evolving nature. As the name suggests, features are an important aspect of the entire Feature Driven Development ...

Conflicts Within the Team and How to Handle Them

08/28/2017 23:00:00 PM

When we say “a conflict within the team”, we do not mean a superficial quarrel about what should be ordered for lunch. Oh no. By team conflicts we mean those rooted misunderstandings that are on the way to become “apple of discord” ...

Crystal Methods

08/08/2017 23:00:00 PM

What are Crystal Methods? Coming soon.

Joint Application Development

08/08/2017 23:00:00 PM

What is Joint Application Development? Coming soon.

Feature Driven Development

08/08/2017 23:00:00 PM

What is Feature Driven Development? Coming soon.

Rational Unified Process (RUP)

08/08/2017 23:00:00 PM

What is Rational Unified Process (RUP)? Coming next week.

Agile Project Management in Enterprises

08/08/2017 23:00:00 PM

Big companies generally have a problem of being too slow, with too much WIP, and too many features in the backlog. Traditionally, big companies would need 6 months for gathering requirements, another 6 for development and testing, plus worry ...

Kanban Project Management

08/03/2017 23:00:00 PM

Kanban, which stands for Japanese term (????) that translates roughly as “ billboard”, is a method that helps organizations visualize, plan and organize their work by controlling various logistic elements and prioritizing tasks on board ...

KPI’s of Effective Team Management

08/03/2017 23:00:00 PM

To determine the KPI’s of effective team management, you would have to find a way to measure people’s performance. But how do you achieve that? Sure, there are some straightforward ways, like: Counting how many tasks a certain team member ...

The Difference Between Leadership and Management

08/01/2017 23:00:00 PM

If you cannot tell the difference between “Someone is leading me” and “Someone is managing me”, you are gonna have a bad time. Even though leadership and management (as well as leaders and managers) are often used as interchangeable ...

How to Set Effective Goals

08/01/2017 23:00:00 PM

How to set effective goals and encourage your team to be more productive? Coming soon.

Teamwork and Communication in Software Development

08/01/2017 23:00:00 PM

What is the best way to set up teamwork and communication in software development? Coming soon.

How to Manage and Lead Creative Teams

08/01/2017 23:00:00 PM

How to manage and lead creative teams so they are more productive and motivated? Coming soon.

Theory of Constraints

07/25/2017 23:00:00 PM

The Theory of Constraints is a methodology which helps you identify the crucial limiting factor (usually referred to as a constraint or a bottleneck), that stands in the way of achieving a goal. The main goal of theory of constraints is to improve ...

How To Become a Good Team Leader

07/25/2017 23:00:00 PM

To become a good team leader all you have to do is constantly communicate with your team, set clear tasks, give proper feedback and delegate. Also, you should listen to their needs and provide coach-like guidance when required. Simple, right? ...

Team Management Skills, Challenges, and Mindset

07/24/2017 23:00:00 PM

What skills, challenges, and mindset you need to have to succesfully manage teams? Coming soon.

PRINCE2 Project Management

07/24/2017 23:00:00 PM

What is PRINCE2 project management and how does it work? Coming soon.

Six Sigma Methodology

07/18/2017 23:00:00 PM

Six Sigma is a problem-solving methodology aimed at improving business and organizational performance by using a number of methods and tools. It primarily identifies and corrects errors and defect in manufacturing and business processes. History ...

Daily Habits of Successful Leaders: Examples and Lessons

07/18/2017 23:00:00 PM

The most successful people in the business have 5 things in common: They have laser focus; They are excellent short and long term organizers; They learn from their mistakes; They adapt easily; They take calculated risks. Also, they ...

All Leadership Theories in Under 15 Minutes

07/06/2017 23:00:00 PM

You have 15 minutes at your disposal and want to know the basics of all leadership theories? This is THE post for you! It will provide you with essential information about all theories, the main idea behind each one, and a bunch of excellent ...

Extreme Project Management XPM

07/06/2017 23:00:00 PM

“Extreme project management is the art and science of facilitating and managing the flow of thoughts, emotions, and interactions in a way that produces valued outcomes under turbulent and complex conditions: those that feature high speed, ...

Increase Productivity With These 11 Tested Hacks

07/04/2017 23:00:00 PM

Increasing productivity seems straightforward: encourage communication, define team roles, determine adequate processes, delegate tasks accordingly, and motivate your employees through financial incentives and training. Easy, right? Except, ...

Adaptive Project Management

07/04/2017 23:00:00 PM

What is Adaptive project management? Adaptive project management is a structured and systematic process that allows you to gradually improve your decisions and practices, by learning from outcomes of the decisions that you took at previous ...

Critical Chain Project Management

06/27/2017 23:00:00 PM

Critical Chain Project Management is a schedule network analysis technique that takes into account task dependencies, limited resources availability (people, equipment, physical space), and buffers necessary to successfully complete the project. ...

Belbin Team Roles: Theory and Practice

06/27/2017 23:00:00 PM

Why is your team successful? Why is your team failing? Dr. Belbin has an answer. Dr. Raymond Meredith Belbin is the leading authority on team roles. His research, that spanned more than 40 years, showed that it is more important how members ...

How ActiveCollab Helped Us Increase Sales

06/25/2017 23:00:00 PM

Hi all! My name is Alejandro Esbozos, I’m Spanish, run Blocdeesbozos, a marketing consultancy company, and I’m a proud customer of Active Collab. I use Active Collab for task management, and it has improved communication and collaboration ...

Advantages and Disadvantages of Agile Project Management

06/20/2017 23:00:00 PM

Today, agile is such a buzzword that teams outside software development try to incorporate it into their workflow. But agile is not for everyone. For example, a marketing agency can never implement agile because clients don’t want to pay ...

Scrum Project Management

06/20/2017 23:00:00 PM

Scrum is a project management framework that helps small, close-knit teams develop complex products incrementally. Scrum focuses on how people work instead of what they do. Scrum relies on agile principles and is the most popular agile methodology ...

High Performing Teams: What Are They and How Do I Build One?

06/20/2017 23:00:00 PM

Every Rolls Royce is a car, but not every car is Rolls Royce. Similarly, not every team is a high-performing team. To know what are high-performing teams, all we have to do is upgrade our team definition: Creating a high-performing team Now ...

Advantages and Disadvantages of Agile Project Management

06/20/2017 23:00:00 PM

Today, agile is such a buzzword that teams outside software development try to incorporate it into their workflow. But agile is not for everyone. For example, a marketing agency can never implement agile because clients don’t want to pay ...

Scrum Project Management

06/20/2017 23:00:00 PM

Scrum is a project management framework that helps small, close-knit teams develop complex products incrementally. Scrum focuses on how people work instead of what they do. Scrum relies on agile principles and is the most popular agile methodology ...

High Performing Teams: What Are They and How Do I Build One?

06/20/2017 23:00:00 PM

Every Rolls Royce is a car, but not every car is Rolls Royce. Similarly, not every team is a high-performing team. To know what are high-performing teams, all we have to do is upgrade our team definition: Creating a high-performing team Now ...

PERT Network Chart Method

06/13/2017 23:00:00 PM

The Program Evaluation Review Technique, commonly known as PERT, is a visual tool in project planning that helps organizations analyze and represent the activity, and evaluate and estimate the time required to complete the project within deadlines. ...

Group vs Team: Are Groups Really that Bad?

06/13/2017 23:00:00 PM

What’s the difference between a group and a team? When people share an elevator ride, they are a group; when the elevator gets stuck, they become a team. Individuals that get on the same elevator most likely share some things, like: they ...

PERT Network Chart Method

06/13/2017 23:00:00 PM

The Program Evaluation Review Technique, commonly known as PERT, is a visual tool in project planning that helps organizations analyze and represent the activity, and evaluate and estimate the time required to complete the project within deadlines. ...

Group vs Team: Are Groups Really that Bad?

06/13/2017 23:00:00 PM

What’s the difference between a group and a team? When people share an elevator ride, they are a group; when the elevator gets stuck, they become a team. Individuals that get on the same elevator most likely share some things, like: they ...

Types of Teams

06/06/2017 23:00:00 PM

Teams can be divided in four main groups: project teams, self-managed teams, virtual teams, and operational teams. What type of team you have depends its purpose, location, and organizational structure. Each type of team comes with its unique ...

Critical Path Method (CPM)

06/06/2017 23:00:00 PM

CPM (Critical Path Method) is a mathematical algorithm that helps you analyze, plan, and schedule complex projects. Each project consists of a number of tasks and activities that are interconnected and essential for project’s success. The ...

Critical Path Method (CPM)

06/06/2017 23:00:00 PM

CPM (Critical Path Method) is a mathematical algorithm that helps you analyze, plan, and schedule complex projects. Each project consists of a number of tasks and activities that are interconnected and essential for project’s success. The ...

Types of Teams

06/06/2017 23:00:00 PM

Teams can be divided in four main groups: project teams, self-managed teams, virtual teams, and operational teams. What type of team you have depends its purpose, location, and organizational structure. Each type of team comes with its unique ...

How Teams Form

05/30/2017 23:00:00 PM

Just like with the question “How are babies made?”, the answer to the “How teams form?” is the same: it’s a process, my dear… To give you a better insight into how real teams form, we will use a case study. A team has been assembled ...

Agile Project Management

05/30/2017 23:00:00 PM

Agile is an approach to project management that favors responding to change over careful planning. Agile is not a methodology but a set of principles (as defined in Agile Manifesto in 2001) that suggests how we should approach project manag ...

Agile Project Management

05/30/2017 23:00:00 PM

Agile is an approach to project management that favors responding to change over careful planning. Agile is not a methodology but a set of principles (as defined in Agile Manifesto in 2001) that suggests how we should approach project manag ...

5 Stages of Team Development

05/30/2017 23:00:00 PM

Just like with the question “How are babies made?”, the answer to the “How teams form?” is the same: it’s a process, my dear… To give you a better insight into how real teams form, we will use a case study. A team has been assembled ...

Waterfall Project Management Methodology

05/23/2017 23:00:00 PM

When you take traditional project management and apply it to software development, you get Waterfall. As such, no one invented waterfall - instead, we gave it name once we realised that there are others ways to manage projects. In waterfall, ...

Real World Examples Of Successful Teamwork

05/23/2017 23:00:00 PM

Instead of retelling the same old stories about best teamwork practices from companies such as Google, Chevron or Southwest airlines (which don’t really help when you have a small-to-medium team), we decided to find real world examples of ...

Waterfall Project Management Methodology

05/23/2017 23:00:00 PM

Waterfall is a project management approach where a project is completed in distinct stages and moved step by step toward ultimate release to consumers. You make a big plan upfront and then execute in a linear fashion, hoping there won’t be ...

Traditional Project Management

05/16/2017 23:00:00 PM

Traditional project management is a universal practice which includes a set of developed techniques used for planning, estimating, and controlling activities. The aim of those techniques is to reach a desired result on time, within budget, and ...

Characteristics of a Productive Team

05/16/2017 23:00:00 PM

Did you know that a perfect, productive team has exactly 4.6 members, eats two pizzas for lunch, and consists of people that call themselves “the raiders” or “the oogie boogies”? How team size impacts team productivity The larger the ...

What Is Teamwork Actually

05/09/2017 23:00:00 PM

Search for “teamwork definition” and you’ll quickly realize that there isn’t a commonly agreed definition of what is teamwork actually. While many authors emphasize the importance of teamwork, they don’t provide a clear and strai ...

Project Manager vs. Product Manager (and Other Jobs)

05/02/2017 23:00:00 PM

Many titles include project management in their job description. Does this mean that, for example, a product manager does the same job as a project manager? Well, yes and no: product managers do work with the same material as project managers ...

Top 12 Most Relevant Project Management Books You Need to Read

04/25/2017 23:00:00 PM

Project management is a big topic, (there are 13,000 book on project management alone on Amazon). With so many books, it’s difficult to decide what to read. We made a list of 12 most relevant project management books every project manager ...

Do You Actually Need a Project Management Certification?

04/18/2017 23:00:00 PM

You’ve probably heard about all sorts of project management certifications and wonder whether it’s worth having one. It depends: If you want to advance your career, you should get certified. If some organization uses some project management ...

Project Management Life Cycle

04/11/2017 23:00:00 PM

No matter what methodology you use, it should include all the stages of an average project life cycle. The project life cycle defines the beginning and the end of a project, including all the work in the middle. While many project life cycles ...

Project Manager Roles and Responsibilities

04/04/2017 23:00:00 PM

The strategic role of a project manager involves planning and organizing the resources and time necessary for successful completion of projects. “A project manager is like a doctor who leads the trauma team and decides the course of action ...