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Running a team or business means you’re always up against the clock. Time Limit helps you manage your time and resources better by giving you quick project management tips you can digest on the go

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Running a team or business means you’re always up against the clock. Time Limit helps you manage your time and resources better by giving you quick project management tips you can digest on the go

    043 - Improving Team Productivity with Nathan Gilmore

    043 - Improving Team Productivity with Nathan Gilmore

    “There’s a very big difference between being busy—getting little meaningless things done—versus making real progress toward your goals.”

    How do you motivate your team and increase productivity? 

    It starts with stepping back from the to-do list and looking at what you want to accomplish as an organization, as a team, and—yes—even as individuals with lives outside the office. 

    In this episode of Time Limit, Brett and TeamGantt cofounder Nathan Gilmore talk about how to take a big-picture approach to productivity so you and your team can thrive in every aspect of life. Listen to their conversation to learn:
    Simple strategies to increase productivity for yourself and you team
    Why having a plan is an easy way to improve team productivity
    The connection between goal-setting and team performance
    How moving to a 4-day workweek impacted productivity at TeamGantt
    How to recognize and handle productivity issues on your team
    One thing that may be getting in the way of your team’s productivity

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    • 43 min
    042 - Empathy in Communication with Sharon Steed

    042 - Empathy in Communication with Sharon Steed

    “Empathy as a verb is a choice—and how you choose to engage in empathy is going to change from person to person based on each individual’s desires and needs."

    Empathy isn’t just critical to good communication. It’s the heart of effective leadership. Yet empathy often gets pushed aside in the attempt to project a “perfect” professional image. 

    With many people working from home in a year that’s been anything but normal, it’s time to break down the walls. No matter where you work or what kind of projects you manage, being empathetic can help you build deeper trust and connection with customers and coworkers alike. 

    Thankfully, empathy is a skill anyone can develop and improve. In this episode of Time Limit, Brett talks to empathy consultant Sharon Steed—CEO and founder of Communilogue—about empathy and communication in project management. Listen to their conversation to learn:
    What empathy is and why it’s important in the workplace
    Why practicing empathy at work leads to a more inclusive culture
    How to develop empathy as an individual and organization
    One question that can help you become a more empathetic project leader
    How to inspire empathy in your team and beyond
    How to improve empathy in your communication

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    • 42 min
    041 - Bias in Estimation with Jacob Bodnar

    041 - Bias in Estimation with Jacob Bodnar

    “We tend to think we can do things a lot faster than we really can. We also tend to think that the risks won't really be as bad and that the benefits will be really good."

    Anyone who has ever estimated a project, or even a single task, knows that it’s tough work. Not only are you making guesses about time spent or pricing, you’re probably also making guesses about the scope of the project itself. One question uncovers another question, and a detail you needed to know. But are you on the right path to get what you need to create a truly realistic estimate? 

    You might think you are, but the answer is probably no! Check out this episode of Time Limit, where Brett talks to Jacob Bodnar—the VP of Operations at Maestro—about biases in estimating, as well as in project management itself. They also discuss:
    The science of bias
    Project management bias
    The planning fallacy
    Optimism bias
    How to use your team as a check and balance when it comes to bias
    How to get to a place of understanding and deal with issues head on
    how to define a project and what you do/don’t know
    Where to find “unknowns”
    How to rule out the optimism; framing
    The language you should use in estimation

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    • 33 min
    040 - Remote Project Management with Ben Aston

    040 - Remote Project Management with Ben Aston

    “In order to be a remote project manager, you really have to boost your project management skills.”

    Whether you’ve been managing projects remotely for a long time, or you were flung into it when Covid-19 forced you into it, you know that keeping details, tasks, people, and projects on track from afar can be a challenge. There are, of course, some tactics you can employ to make the job easier, but what it comes down to is that remote project management requires you to lean on your PM skills and intuition.

    In this episode of Time Limit, Brett welcomes Ben Aston from thedigitalprojectmanager.com to talk about remote project management. It’s a wide-ranging conversation that covers:
    The basic requirements of remote project management
    How to manage remote meetings
    How to run retrospectives or post mortem meetings remotely
    How to connect with your team remotely
    How to show your value as a PM from afar

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    • 39 min
    039 - Project Management Metrics with Anita Sagar

    039 - Project Management Metrics with Anita Sagar

    “An important PM skill is to be able to facilitate conversations around business value in order to strategize and look at outcomes.”

    Goals. We all have them. Or at least we should. In the world of project management, goals manifest in different ways. As project managers we are often mired in goals of all types: organizations, project, and even personal goals that help to guide us. 

    But how are we setting and managing goals to get the most out of every aspect of our work? 

    In this episode of Time Limit, Brett sits down with agile consultant Anita Sagar to discuss project goals and professional goals. The conversation focuses on the project management mindset around goals, and how to shift project metrics from outputs to outcomes, and how to tie those outcomes to your overall success and career trajectory. This information-filled conversation covers:
    How organizations set, document, and communicate project goals 
    The value of revisiting goals mid-project
    How to focus on goals vs. outputs
    Focusing on quality rather than quantity
    How to discuss outcomes and get more out of retrospectives
    How to quantify your skillset as a PM and advance your career
    The value of certifications

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    • 39 min
    038 - Strategic Decision Making with Yoon Chung

    038 - Strategic Decision Making with Yoon Chung

    “Project managers are probably one of the most key influencers for strategy. And they can either make or break any project”.

    Strategic decision making is a part of almost any job, but it’s all-encompassing when it comes to project management. PMs are not only faced with making strategic decisions to deliver a project successfully, they are also well-positioned to help stakeholders make decisions that will impact their projects.

    One set of decisions plays into the other, and PMs hope they all work together. It’s widely known and mostly accepted that there’s a general lack of control in the PM role, but an area that any project manager can control is in charting and managing a project strategy that will guide projects through change, issues, and even progress. And that’s where stress comes in!

    In this episode of Time Limit, Brett sits down with Yoon Chung from Veritas to discuss the project manager’s role in decision making, and doing so in stressful situations. The conversation covers:
    How project management is a strategic role
    Why asking questions is so important in project management
    How to create an atmosphere where the PM is more strategic
    The types of strategic decision project managers make and facilitate
    The challenges PMs face when it comes to decision making on projects
    Tactics to use when facilitating decisions on projects
    How to know if you are making the right decision
    How to handle stressful situations
    How to pick up on team stress

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    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

K_071815 ,

Insightful

This podcast does a great of job of getting different perspectives on topics in PM and leadership. The expert guests are great and I always walk away with applicable, real-world advice.

RenProjectManagement ,

HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

Practical and insightful! These podcasts are easy to listen to while giving pratical tips and advice on project management!

Nathan031 ,

Fantastic Podcast!

Brett is a fantastic host and he brings on great guests to discuss relevant topics related to business, project management, and leadership. I'm definitely learning a lot by listening to each new episode!

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