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How-to run a more effective daily stand-up or scrum

The Digital Project Manager

Posted in Features General How-to Guides. Run well, a daily stand-up or scrum is a great pulse check, team builder and motivator for a project; run badly, it’s an expensive waste of everyone’s time. An effective daily stand-up is a chance to review progress, get feedback, measure productivity and adapt together as a team, to keep a project. The post How-to run a more effective daily stand-up or scrum appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Features General How-to Guides

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Recruiting Project Managers Continuously

Arras People

Any organisation which is interested in talent management must always be on the lookout for new talent – not just when the business thinks its needs someone. It’s certainly a tough call and as we continue our series on talent management we’ll look specifically at what this means for the project management profession. Thinking Differently for Project Management. Job advertisements. Feedback. Offers.


Why Clear Communication is Vital to Successful Project Management

Girl's Guide to PM

Today I’m sharing an infographic from Brandeis University. For any type of project to be successful, good communication skills are vital for both managers and team members. Up to 56% of all projects fail due to poor communication, regardless of the niche industry, according to their figures. Businesses with highly effective levels of communication spend up to 13% less on each project.

Do product managers need to be technical?

Under10 Playbook

I’ve been hearing about job postings for product managers that require computer science degrees. Is that really necessary? What I’ve learned is many product managers don’t have adequate technical background to understand the questions or to give practical answers. One product manager demanded a specific capability. Does that require a computer science degree?

7 project management tips

How to manage projects within a fragmented workforce

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How To Pick Up A Project From Someone Else

Girl's Guide to PM

In the last couple of weeks I’ve turned into a woman who runs down Regent Street in ridiculous heels to get to her next meeting on time. Who has said, “Sorry, I’ve got a mouthful of lunch, hang on,” too many times on the phone because there isn’t enough time in the day not to work through lunch. In other words, life has just been really busy. It’s interesting. Get a handover. Ask about the team.

Steve on Ready Product Radio

Under10 Playbook

Allan Neil hosts Ready Product Radio , a weekly product management podcast. In this session, Allan offers a recording of Steve Johnson from the April 2016 Product Camp in Boston. The topic: When the product is YOU! Under10 Playbook is a proud sponsor of Ready Product Radio. Get the full podcast series from wherever you get podcasts

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New PM Articles for the Week of October 17 – 23

Practicing IT Project Manager

New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 17 – 23. And this week’s video: Adam Grant’s TED Talk on the surprising habits of original thinkers and how to recognize them. Just 15 minutes, safe for work. Must read! Kailash Awati case studies two examples of sensemaking using data science from two hackathons. But insights show how we can reverse the trend. Enjoy!

How to start projects better with your clients

The Digital Project Manager

Posted in General How-to Guides. We all want great project kickoff meetings but are we doing the right groundwork with our clients so we have a better client kickoff meeting? Projects sometimes start off a bit wonky because we dive straight into the project without getting to know the client and truly understanding some of. The post How to start projects better with your clients appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. General How-to Guides

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Project Management Processes - Developing Your Project Management Skills

This free eBook will help you to identify the appropriate project management process to apply at any point in your own project.

New Social Project World

Arras People

Here’s an interesting event with a question that really can’t be answered with a yes! We are kicking and screaming towards Social Project Management, can you afford to be left behind? There’s some familiar faces leading the session – Elizabeth Harrin and Peter Taylor. Learn practical steps to benefit from the social project management world.

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Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success (REVIEW)

Project Management Hacks

Ever since I read “Outliers: The Story of Success” by Malcom Gladwell , I have been fascinated with productivity and success. recently read Shane Snow ‘s book, “Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success.” ” In sum, it is a good book that puts forward compelling principles and provides fascinating stories to support them. How does that work?

Why a Release Isn’t a Launch

Under10 Playbook

Companies that target their products at the circumstances in which customers find themselves, rather than at the customers themselves, are those that can launch predictably successful products.—Clayton —Clayton Christensen, author, The Innovator's Solution. The code is finished and packaged and tested. It’s ready to launch, right? The product may be ready but is the market ready?

What I’m Reading [October 2016]

Girl's Guide to PM

I haven’t done one of these posts for a while, and there has actually been a shift in my reading habits, which is a good thing! I’m reading more on the train commuting and doing less busywork like Facebook, other social media and emails. And I’m feeling better for it. Disclaimer by Renée Knight was haunting and didn’t pan out the way I was expecting. But I. This is what I.

Project Manager's Guide to Getting Things Done

9 tips on how to manage your team’s workload.

How to choose the right project management tools

Moira Alexander

The right tool for the right job goes the old adage, but knowing exactly what criteria you should consider and how to go about evaluating each of the project management (PM) tools at your disposal can be time-consuming and even frustrating. So we've taken some of the legwork out of it by offering some key considerations, broken down into three primary categories that should be included in your evaluation. We'll start with the business model, strategy and needs. Category 1: The business. The opposite may be true as well. This also goes back to the first point mentioned. Category 2: The project.

Management tool -- lowest of the low tech

Musings on Project Management

Can anyone image doing serious risk management without a checklist? The answer, of course, is No) Actually, any procedural management can benefit from a checklist. There's been whole books written about checklists. In fact, one of the more prominent books -- "The Checklist Manefesto" by Dr. A. Gawande -- entitles Chapter 1: "The Problem of Extreme Complexity", recognizing the. Project Management schedule


The Tao of Project Management

Lao Tzu tells us that there are four types of leaders and this seems to apply quite well to project managers, see how many of the four you have come into contact with: Weak Project Managers Ineffectual project managers that have been promoted to their level of incompetence. They struggle to get anything done and are generally seen as losers. Consequently n o one wants to be in their team and we can all agree they are poor project managers. Feared Project Managers These guys get their way by threatening and browbeating their team. Charismatic Project Managers These are the interesting ones.

Creating ideal customer profiles

Under10 Playbook

Analyzing past results to drive future successes may be the most important goal for today’s product leaders. You know the worst thing that can happen with a new product? You get some customers. Not none. Not a lot. Just a few. And now you have a bad idea that must be supported and maintained and explained. Once I was hired to lead a new product initiative. discussed the numbers with finance.

Secrets of an Elite Project Manager

Fast track your way to the top by learning the secrets of the trade from three top project management experts.

That Starbucks Moment

The Lazy Project Manager

In life it is important to celebrate everything that should be celebrated and enjoy those special moments as well. So what is the ‘Starbucks Moment’? And the details of my own ‘Moment’ aren’t really important either but personally it was a moment of clarity and huge emotion and it was, without doubt, one of life’s special moments for me. project management alligator peter taylor swamp

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I get the business rationale for agile, but what’s in it for ME?

Kiron Bondale

When we read about the rationale for an agile approach to project delivery, the focus is often on the benefits realized by the company or by their customers. While we can’t marginalize the benefits of early and frequent realization of business value there is a compelling case to be made about higher levels of job satisfaction and engagement for the team members working on successful agile projects when compared with their counterparts on equally successful traditional projects. But no one says that these practices must remain limited to agile projects.

How to Close a Surprise TKO Project

Project Risk Coach

Have you ever experienced surprise TKO (Technical Knockout) project? You never saw it coming. There was no countdown. Your project was over. Photo courtesy of Adobe Stock (edited in Canva). Imagine a marketing project. You and the team had been charged with implementing a fresh marketing program for a long-time product. Furthermore, you’ve been asked to deliver the program in record time.

The Three Things Every Project Manager Must Know about Project Governance

Ron Rosenhead

This Blog is brought to you courtesy of Dr Mike Clayton. It covers the very important topic of project governance. Projects are all about getting stuff done, I was once told. And this wonderfully simple view is very appealing, isn’t it? So the last thing we need, is someone getting in the way. Project Governance is often seen as getting in the Way. Good Governance Adds Value. Dr Mike Clayton.

Agile Adoption: Decreasing Time to Market

This Refcard is focused on helping you evaluate and choose the practices for your team or organization when getting to market faster is of prime importance.

Perfecting the Stealth Launch

Under10 Playbook

Congratulations. You’ve perfected the stealth launch! Your product is in the market but no one knows it. Or perhaps you’ve done the “product roll-out”—you’ve rolled the product out the door and then slammed the door shut. Some companies prefer the “development launch”—when the code compiles with no errors, it’s released to clients. Launch complete. The goal of a product launch is to create sales velocity. To generate awareness and leads to begin the conversation. Yes, I want a Stealth Launch! NO. 1. Hint: a company contest helps). 4.

7 Factors to Include in Your Project Health Check

Brad Egeland

Project teams deal with the possibility of failure every day. There are numerous reasons why projects fail , many of which can be avoided with a project health check. project health check enables the team to take a step back from daily execution of tasks to evaluate the actual status of the project in an objective way. Read the full article


Quote of the Day

Herding Cats

"I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it." - Pablo Picasso. When I'm asked to help a client with something new, it's usually close to the domain I'm currently working in. But sometimes it's outside my core experiences. When this happens it's an opportunity to expand my core competencies. Program Planning and Controls applied in new domains is one example. .


Developing a Project Plan [Video]

Project Risk Coach

If you can’t see this video in your RSS reader or email, then click here. Although this video focuses on community projects, the questions presented in the video apply to for any type project. recommend that you develop a project charter prior to developing your project plan. Here’s a checklist to help you with your project plan. Planning

The Third Wave of Agile

The third wave of Agile is here!

Podcast 102 – Three steps to improve the productivity of your project team

Fix my Project Chaos

Three steps to improve the productivity of your project team In this podcast, Elise Stevens speaks to a regular guest of Fix My Project Chaos, Nicole Nader, about how to improve the productivity of your project team. Nicole became a national director of the Australian Institute of Project Management in October 2015. She is currently a project […]. The post Podcast 102 – Three steps to improve the productivity of your project team appeared first on Fix My Project Chaos. Podcasts

From Development to Product Management

Under10 Playbook

A reader asks: What should I know about moving from a developer role to product management? First, congratulations! You’re about to see the world in a whole new way. The great thing about product management is you work across all parts of the organization—development, marketing, sales, services, support, finance, and the executive team. The who and the what.

We start with the customer and we work backward.

Under10 Playbook

We start with the customer and we work backward. We learn whatever skills we need to service the customer. We build whatever technology we need to service the customer.—Jeff —Jeff Bezos, founder, Jeffrey Preston "Jeff" Bezos is an American entrepreneur who played a key role in the growth of e-commerce as the founder and CEO of, Inc. Learn more. Do it now.

You've got to start with the customer experience.

Under10 Playbook

You've got to start with the customer experience and work back toward the technology—not the other way around.—Steve —Steve Jobs. Have you ever helped your parents with their computers? It becomes shockingly obvious that there are too many options and too many ways to do too many things. often find myself shaking my head, wondering, “How did you even find this?”

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Find the Best 2016 Project Management Software

Simplify your project management software evaluation process in one easy step!