Project and Product Management: not the same thing

Is it a project or a product manager that you need? This is not a question asked by the entrepreneurs because these terms are frequently mixed up and used for the same profiles. However, for those who are very well aware of product management, the difference is big. So, in this post, we’ll explain the following: Project and Product Management: not the same thing!

Project vs Product Management

Project can be anything to deliver a result, a product or service.

  • Project management is a set of tasks to ensure sure that the sought result is achieved with time and budget constraints in mind.
  • It is about managing resources and adjusting planning to deliver the project on time and on budget. Risk management is at the heart of project management.
  • Risks related to delays in delivery, excess in budget, team management, task assignment, etc should be always in a project manager’s agenda.

Those Good Doctors

We strongly support the role of able, licensed physicians. Unfortunately, many of them are not well informed nutritionally and do not know how to prescribe the makings of a sound lifestyle.  On the other hand, many worthy doctors are informed and vow that 90 percent of our ailments would go away if we simply did what we know we should do.

Yet somehow we do not do what we know we should do.  We pass off this advice, preferring immediate solutions over those which require a lifestyle change.  We hope that “a good night’s rest” helped along by a sleeping pill and a couple of aspirin will take care of the situation–now!

Many otherwise honest doctors are certain that in order for their practices to survive they must give most people a “quick fix.”  They know that we don’t want to face the consequences of our actions.  We will do it for our cars and our pets, but not for our bodies.

Social Media and Getting a Life!

Should I unplug now or later?

Social media has permeated every facet of my life. I stay connected with friends that I haven’t seen since high school or early college days (Facebook). I keep my writing skills sharp with this blog. I throw out fun witticisms to my friends while watching ballgames (Twitter) and network to find my next full-time employment (this blog and LinkedIn). So let’s see how to combine Social Media and Getting a Life!

In my current capacity as a social media intern, I even use a little bit of all that to perform my job. Yep, there isn’t one facet of my life that social media doesn’t have a place.

Except the bathroom.

You read that right. The bathroom. I don’t take my laptop into the stall. I don’t carry my cell phone (in fact, I don’t have internet on my cell phone at all) to the shower. And I certainly don’t have a PC hooked-up next to the toilet.

Creativity Explored – Where does it come from?

This is probably the most frequent question that writers, innovators, and creative people get asked.  One of the most popular answers is ‘From Life’.  Some other answers are: dreams, television, conversations, walks, daydreaming, music, reading, and a whole lot more. So this page addresses Creativity Explored – Where does it come from? The answer varies from writer to writer and basically comes down to: From Life.

Mine come in dreams some of the time.  These ones are always interesting because I’ll find myself having a marathon of dreams for anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.  Serial dreams, where the dream I had last night will pick up tonight as soon as I hit the dream realm.  One dream after another until the entire story-movie has been played out and I’ve jotted it down in my journal.

I don’t always recognize a dream as a story idea right away.  Sometimes it takes a couple of nights and a little pondering over my dream journal to figure it out.  Once it hits me, though, I’m off on a marathon and the clarity of the dream becomes technicolor with surround sound.  Pretty awesome.

How To Launch An Ed-Tech Campaign

Brand Awareness campaigns help to get your brand and its products into the mind of potential consumers. In this post, I will explain how we help our client MyCareerTools.com, the educational portal, build strong relationships with people in order to create a great brand image that is synonymous with the morals and attributes that the company regards as important.

Creating a great brand awareness campaign is imperative especially in the technology and education (so-called Ed-tech) where things are constantly changing and if the mark isn’t quite hit then a product launch could fall flat. Here are four steps to take when creating a tech, edu, or Ed-tech brand awareness campaign.

Make It Foolproof 

You need to make your products appeal to the people out there that may not instantly understand your solution. By catering to technology fans with the use of industry-specific language but also including everyone else with a more simplistic explanation you can widen your receptive audience.

Online product presentation matters

Call it another instance where e-businesses suddenly realize something long known to traditional merchandisers. In this case, it’s that presentation matters. Although e-tailers can’t match the pick-it-up-and-hold-it-in-your-hand appeal of brick-and-mortar stores, savvy Web retailers are finding that the online world offers plenty of opportunities to improve product presentation and to ease customer frustration with sites that are difficult to navigate.

Indeed, some surveys show that as many as three-quarters of all Internet shoppers abandon their shopping “trip” long before purchasing anything, leaving half-full cyber shopping carts strewn about the virtual aisles of Internet stores and flummoxing e-tailers.

For help, online retailers could look to their offline counterparts for the best ways to guide customers through the shopping experience. At any good brick-and-mortar store, for example, product departments are clearly marked; shoppers know where to find checkout stands; and when questions arise, there’s usually someone at hand ready to offer assistance.

Portrait Innovation Changes as Industries Mature

So it’s an equal playing field after all. Companies in mature industries can be just as creative as startups, according to a new study conducted by professors from Boston University and Harvard Business School. So let’s take a look in what way Portrait Innovation changes as industries mature.

In “How Does Innovative Activity Change as Industries Mature,” Boston’s Anita M. McGahan and Harvard’s Brian Silverman analyzed the patent applications of publicly traded U.S. companies from the early 1980s to the mid-1990s.

They found innovation doesn’t decline with age. Using algorithms, the study identified an average of 75,000 to 100,000 patents per year per industry, which includes manufacturing, agriculture, portrait making, transportation, retail, financial services, entertainment, and business services. This doesn’t change when you throw in “emerging industries.”

“The results surprised us a great deal at first because conventional wisdom has us believing that new companies are more creative while older companies don’t have the incentive to be as innovative,” McGahan says. The study also found that industry leaders can be “displaced” no matter how many patents they hold.

The two professors reason that while young companies often rely on a great new product automatically attracting market attention, they don’t understand how tough it is to attract customers to that product, no matter how great. But established firms are often much better at marketing. “And they have the advantage of established brand names, distribution channels, and marketing programs,” says McGahan. Startups may only be left with the patent.

How to hire a good assistant. Not only education matters

So, I’m so busy at work that we decided to hire a new assistant, but the whole process made me think about the whole hiring/education/exams things. While recruiting an employee most of the companies only seek educational information. But it is important to know about many other things about a person to avoid any future problem. So, it is essential to carry out pre-employment screening before appointing an employee.

Employment screening will help you to verify

  • Educational record. For example, many people think that reporting getting a GED in NYC while applying for a job in San Diego will allow them to get a job without checking credentials but it’s not the case. Potential Employers can check this stuff pretty easy. Getting in touch with online classes providers is easy too.
  • Criminal history
  • Past records
  • Social security number
  • Residential address

Employee to Entrepreneur – the New Career Way

Working for yourself, from employee to entrepreneur is the end goal of a new career. But the transition from employee to entrepreneur is like climbing over a wall.

Got the Guts To Be an Entrepreneur?

Remember the Berlin Wall? During the Cold War when East and West were separated by that infamous wall, many freedom-seekers risked being shot by border guards while attempting to climb over that wall.

If you choose the parallel career way to be an entrepreneur, you are as brave as those freedom-seekers. You are willing to take risks (calculated ones though), make changes and set goals for your future.

Create Your First Info Product Before The Hangover Even Wears Off

63592750462675948133989820_careersIf you want to make real money online, spread your brand and build trust with your audience, you need a product.

No matter how small your operation might be, creating your own product is the best way to gain clients and customers, spread your message and, let’s face it – make money!

My friend is now taking GMAT classes and applying to an MBA program and all she talks is how every small business is missing the boat because they are afraid to create their own product. I understand this fear. For us, entrepreneurs,  product creation can be intimidating the first time, which is why she and I got your back with a free MBA inspired report.

When you download your copy of this free report (see bottom), I’ll show you how to simplify the process of product creation and roll out your first money maker in one weekend.

That’s right, starting Friday night, you can be selling by Monday morning, with plenty of time to play in between. And if you think yourself about getting an MBA degree check this website for MBA courses that don’t require the GMAT.

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