Project Management Tips: Team

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As a nonprofit professional, you wear many hats, often including being a project manager for your organization’s technology projects. In this series we’ll review best practices for project management, specifically examining the three T’s: team, timeline and talking. Developed from real life projects, they will arm you to make your next tech project a hands-down success. Vendor Partners: Think of the vendor as your partner on the project.

Our EveryAction Hero: Reproductive Health Access Project

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Reproductive Health Access Project works at the crossroads of the medical community and the reproductive rights space to mobilize and train clinicians to ensure access to abortion, contraception, and miscarriage care. How did the Reproductive Health Access Project start? Reproductive Health Access Project occupies a unique space, right in the middle of reproductive rights and primary health care.

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Three Most Common Traps In Project Management

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In Susanne Madsen’s book, The Power Of Project Leadership , she recommends that you do not fall prey to these three most common traps in project management: Managing tasks, events and processes at the expense of leading people.

Project Management Tips: Timeline

Connection Cafe

In our first post on project management, we identified seven characteristics of a winning project team. In any project, the timeline is both your best friend and biggest enemy as everyone tries to execute against deadlines that always come more quickly than one would like. Initial Review: Carefully review the project schedule when it is first presented to you. Be realistic about how much time you can devote to the project and how much you are being expected to commit.

Smartsheet: Frustrated with online project management no longer

Judi Sohn

Over 3 years ago, I wrote a blog post about my quest to find decent project management software for Fight Colorectal Cancer. Right around the time I started at KELL Partners last year, I helped our team implement Smartsheet as our main tool for keeping track of timelines, requirements and deliverables with clients and internal projects. In addition to spreadsheets, there’s quite a bit of Microsoft Project thrown in (it can even import Project files).

WeAreMedia Project

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology WeAreMedia Project August 13, 2008 Yet another great NTEN project is happening, spearheaded by Beth Kanter, to develop a Social Media toolkit for Nonprofits. The project took a short break to catch its collective breath, and Beth has some thoughts and ideas that came out of that conference call.

What Makes an IT Project Successful? Nonprofit Edition

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What makes an IT project successful? But as many of us have found out the hard way, on-time and on-budget projects do not necessarily mean a new system will realize proposed goals and yield expected value…or that users will even adopt the system as desired. Executive involvement is a primary variable in predicting the success of an IT project. Or, projects halt altogether when parties disagree and there is no way to make a definitive decision on a key issue.

10 Ways To Project A Professional Image

Eric Jacobsen Blog

From Jay Miletsky 's book, 101 Ways to Successfully Market Yourself , here 10 tips for projecting an effective professional image : Discipline yourself to be positive and enthusiastic.

EveryAction Acquires DonorTrends

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Their clients especially like their predictive tools that allows fundraisers to better project who is likely to become a sustaining donor, a midlevel donor or reactivated donors. Predictive Analytics Fundraising Product Fuels EveryAction’s Rise in Nonprofit Market. Washington, D.C., June 6, 2019 – EveryAction, a leading software provider for nonprofit fundraisers, announced today that it has acquired DonorTrends.

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Project Success Survey

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The goal of the survey is to better understand the relationship between software selection and project outcomes, a topic of interest to myself and many readers here. The Choose Your Own Adventure Survey: Software Project Success or Failure ”. In response to my previous post a colleague passed along a link to a survey on a similar topic.

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What Makes an IT Project Successful? Nonprofit Edition, Part Two

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What makes an IT project successful? My last post covered a few common denominators I see in successful IT projects at nonprofit organizations: executive vision and involvement, defining requirements, and proactive risk identification and management, all of which provide a solid foundation for executing a project. Project Manager : The project manager carries out the day-to-day management of the project and acts as a single point of contact for all project issues.

4 Creative Summertime Fundraising Projects

John Haydon

4 Creative Summertime Fundraising Projects How can you make the most of summertime mode? Here are a few creative summertime fundraising projects Taylor […]. The post 4 Creative Summertime Fundraising Projects appeared first on John Haydon. In June, everyone shifts into summertime mode. The kids are done with school. Summer camps and vacations are anticipated. And for many nonprofit marketers, work slows down or takes on a different pace.

The 2019 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar

EveryAction

Xperience Design Project. Xperience Design Project. The Xperience Design Project (XDP) is a two-day, business-focused experience for association professionals and partners. It's finally here! If you loved our 2018 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar get ready for our new, improved, and updated 2019 calendar! We've searched far and wide for the best and brightest nonprofit conferences from all around the country! These conferences range in size, location, and topic.

3 Tips For Making Your Next IT Project Successful

TechImpact

Deciding to undertake a technology innovation or update project is a big task for nonprofits, but are attainable according to an article on npEngage , with these simple tips: Executive vision and involvement. Let’s face it, if the staff at a nonprofit do not have support and guidance from their executive leaders, the project will lack decisive direction and adoption. Of course, with any project comes some risk–the ‘what ifs.’

An update on my quest for project management bliss

Judi Sohn

Over a year ago, I wrote a post expressing my frustration in evaluating project management apps for my organization. Project templates. The ability share project views with non-users. We shared project timelines with our creative consultants who struggled with the finicky plug-in even more than staff did. I can’t stand the fact that I can’t make a template from a completed project. Tagged: Basecamp , DreamTeam , Project Management , Salesforce.

GUIDE: Growing and Sustaining your Volunteer Program

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By working your network and projecting your values, you can get people excited about your campaign and grow the volunteer base that you need. If you work at a nonprofit, you know what it feels like to have too much on your plate. You are eager to be as effective as possible, but you can’t do it all by yourself. A thriving volunteer program can help maximize your organization’s impact.

Workplace Genome Project: Q1 Update

SocialFish

We launched our Workplace Genome Mapping project in early 2016 as a means for helping organizations begin their own transformation from the (oft overlooked) stating-point of deeply understanding who they really are, how they really work, and how their employees really experience it all. active member projects. is using their Workplace Genome as the launch-pad for a long-term cultural transformation project. Every quarter, I’ll post what we’re up to over at WorkXO.

What To Ask At The End Of Every Project

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Those authors, Ken Blanchard and Garry Ridge , recommend you ask the following six essential questions whenever you do a project review : What did we set out to do? And, these questions are important to ask even if there was no mistakes made during the project. Eric Jacobson on Leadership and Management Garry Ridge Ken Blanchard Leadership Project Leadership Project ManagementJust a little more advice from the authors of, Helping People Win At Work.

11 Hispanic and Latino Organizations Everyone Should Know

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Read our full profile of the Latino Victory Project and how they use technology to run winning campaigns here. The Hispanic Institute manages several ongoing projects, including the study of Hispanic economic contributions, media monitoring, consumer fraud protection, citizenship education, and technology and telecommunication research.

8 Frequently Forgotten Costs of IT Projects and How to Plan for Them

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A successful IT project has a comprehensive plan with a budget that matches. Procurement Budgeting Costs PMP Project Management Risk Risk MitigationRemember these keys to success for your next implementation.

Can You Build Capacity by Taking on Another Project?

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For organizations with limited resources, project-based learning is a smart investment that can build your organization’s capacity while moving you towards your goals. The post Can You Build Capacity by Taking on Another Project? strategy darim online jewish day school professional development project-based learning social media

Interning in Guatemala on the Archive Project

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I had to bid hasta luego to the HRDAG team and Benetech family in December but am grateful for six months of seriously hands-on work on such a unique project. A guest Beneblog by Max Schneider People don’t typically associate boisterous merengue music with high-tech statistical analysis. Then again, I shouldn’t have been surprised when I heard the playful notes of a street band wafting through the window while in Guatemala with Benetech's Rights Data Analysis Group (HRDAG).

Cell Internet Access | Pew Internet & American Life Project

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Cell Internet Access | Pew Internet & American Life Project : Nearly two-thirds (63%) of cell phone owners now use their phone to go online, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. We call them “cell internet users” and define them as anyone who uses their cell phone to access the internet or use email. Because 91% of all Americans now own a cell phone, this means that 57% of all American adults are cell internet users.

Six Questions To Ask After You Finish A Project

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Those authors, Ken Blanchard and Garry Ridge, recommend you ask the following six essential questions whenever you do a project review : What did we set out to do? And, these questions are important to ask even if there was no mistakes made during the project. Eric Jacobson on Leadership and Management Leadership Problem Solving Project ReviewsHere is some great advice from the authors of, Helping People Win At Work.

Frustrated with online project management tools

Judi Sohn

Each of us works on different projects for different programs. We are an efficient bunch, but what we lack is centralized project and task coordination. We need to be able to see how our projects are progressing over time. What the next year will look like for projects we know we're going to take on but haven't started yet. . I have spent the last week or two trying more of these online project management tools than I can count. Zoho Projects. .

Exciting open access project in Vancouver!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I just spent a couple of days in Vancouver with the team at the Public Knowledge Project , a terrific example of an open source social enterprise. Their largest project is Open Journal Systems, software for running a scholarly journal. It takes an editor through the entire process of operating and publishing a journal, with a heavy emphasis on open access journals (where the articles are freely available to everybody from the moment they are published).

Tech2Empower: The Llama Pack Project

Beth Kanter

This team I worked with helped social entrepreneur Alejandra Arias Stella , the co-founder of the Llama Pack Project to build a reservation system for the Llama treks. The next day, the whole group had an opportunity experience The Llama Pack Project first hand, by going on a half-day trek in the Sacred Valley. The Llama Pack Project has literally transformed their lives because they able to earn a decent annual wage with their llamas.

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5 Steps to Nonprofit Project Management [FREE TEMPLATE]

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From conception to implementation, nonprofit organizations can benefit from project management – especially when the agile environment means staffers have to wear multiple hats. The post 5 Steps to Nonprofit Project Management [FREE TEMPLATE] appeared first on The See3 Blog. project management nonprofit communications nonprofit marketing Nonprofits Template

Professional Options for the Right Project Management

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

And on the other hand, only by analyzing and documenting the overall design of the project can a discussion with management that has a probability of success be established. How do you respond during the work to a request to bring the end of a project forward by two months if you have not previously made a plan that allows you to analyze the impacts of this request? This will be the starting point for all subsequent negotiations with the project stakeholders and the key to success.

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Frustrated with online project management tools

Judi Sohn

Each of us works on different projects for different programs. We are an efficient bunch, but what we lack is centralized project and task coordination. We need to be able to see how our projects are progressing over time. What the next year will look like for projects we know we're going to take on but haven't started yet. . I have spent the last week or two trying more of these online project management tools than I can count. Zoho Projects. .

Newly discovered project management tool: Redmine

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Any consulting shop that does significant amounts of implementation and development (as we do) needs a project management and ticketing tool. We also have been using Google spreadsheets for some elements of project management. And, in addition, the best tool does nothing without good human project management skills using it. We found, and have chosen to use Redmine for our project management/ticketing system.

Newly discovered project management tool: Redmine

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Any consulting shop that does significant amounts of implementation and development (as we do) needs a project management and ticketing tool. We also have been using Google spreadsheets for some elements of project management. And, in addition, the best tool does nothing without good human project management skills using it. We found, and have chosen to use Redmine for our project management/ticketing system.

5 Reasons Nonprofits Need to Invest in Annual Fundraising Campaigns

EveryAction

Budget effectively The consistency of annual campaigns will help your nonprofit more accurately project the income that you can expect to generate of the course of the year and when you’ll raise it, allowing for more effective planning and budgeting.

My Colorado Project empowers local change: Interview with Jason Manke

Amy Sample Ward

I recently came across the My Colorado Project when Jason Manke connected with me, asking for feedback and ideas about community building and online community engagement tools. I’m really interested in the work Community Shares is doing and the direction they are headed with this project as it seems very aligned with many of my own feelings: technology should be used to help, facilitate, and empower the change communities already want to be making.

Social Networks Grade Google Project - Search Engine Watch (#SEW)

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Big Donors Want Self-Sustaining Projects - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times

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Big Donors Want Self-Sustaining Projects - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times : "ig Donors Want Self-Sustaining Projects By Zach Halper - October 7, 2014 Charitable giving by the wealthiest individuals in the world has increased to levels not seen since before the Great Recession, according financial research firms Wealth-X and Arton Capital.

Building a Business Case for IT Projects: Nonprofit Edition

Connection Cafe

Whether budgeting for an IT project, proposing organizational change, or starting a new program, building a business case is key to getting buy-in, funding, and approval for your initiative, as well as providing a baseline for measuring the investment’s success over time. Return on Investment (ROI) remains a standard measure of IT projects: How will your project impact revenue over time, and how much will it cost?

Accelerating Project Results by Accelerating Project Cycle Times

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Project cycle time can be a critical success factor for Lean Six Sigma and Operational Excellence initiatives. However, in many cases, project cycle time is poorly measured and managed. And as a result, projects tend to expand and lengthen to fill any available time to complete them. Although not a universal rule, Project Managers/Black Belts/Green Belts tend to value anonymity. As it turned out, project managers were stuck searching for the right projects to work.

Digital differences | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

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Digital differences | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project : oday, differences in internet access still exist among different demographic groups, especially when it comes to access to high-speed broadband at home. The ways in which people connect to the internet are also much more varied today than they were in 2000. As a result, internet access is no longer synonymous with going online with a desktop computer. Read more

Crowdfunding Tools to Fundraise the Project of Your Dreams

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While Kickstarter is a great tool, it’s not the best for all projects. Kickstarter needs to approve your project before it goes online, and will usually only sign off on those with creative initiatives. This site allows you to raise funds for all types of projects, whether you’re an individual trying to raise funds for college or a start-up trying to get off the ground.

Six Questions To Ask During A Project Review

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Those authors, Ken Blanchard and Garry Ridge, recommend you ask the following six essential questions whenever you do a project review : What did we set out to do? And, these questions are important to ask even if there was no mistakes made during the project. Eric Jacobson Eric Jacobson on Leadership and Management Helping People Win At Work Leadership Project ReviewsHere is some great advice from the authors of, Helping People Win At Work.

Has Pepsi's Refresh Project Been Compromised By Cheaters? | Fast Company

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Has Pepsi's Refresh Project Been Compromised By Cheaters? Fast Company: "All is not well with the Pepsi Refresh Project, an online cause marketing campaign that allows participants to vote on where the company donates its cash. Nonprofit groups vying for funding from the campaign are now claiming that manipulated results have propelled recent winners to the top.The Refresh Project has been a

Key aspects of writing a kickass 'Grant Proposal' for your project

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Grant proposals play a key role in the process of fundraising. The corporate or organization you are sending it to pay keen attention to every detail and scrutinize it thoroughly before they agree to offer you the grant. What should the grant proposal contain? How should one make it easily understandable at the same time develop an emotional connection with the person reading it? We’ve come up with the following key facets addressing these important questions