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10 top tips for project success: Understand your client

The Digital Project Manager

Posted in General Ten Tops Tips. In the previous post in this series on project success, we explored the importance of understanding success and how it relates to clients and our agency, particularly with regards to business objectives. An important aspect worth diving deeper into is how this relates to our clients as individuals. We can lead into success by knowing the people we’re delivering to.

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Resource and Time Management

Arras People

I’ve been having so many conversations with people about resource management lately. It appears to be one of those areas of PPM that we still struggle with and the conversations have all been about – do we do resource management from the bottom up or top down. If project management is a strategic issue for companies, delivery on time and costs remain a daily challenge.

Five PM Slack hacks to make your job easier

The Digital Project Manager

Posted in General Tools. Working as a Project Manager at a full-service digital agency can lead to some serious FOMO. Every team has new technologies and tools coming out that can dramatically change up their everyday workflow. The post Five PM Slack hacks to make your job easier appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. General Tools

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Sustainable Development Goal #6, Clean Water and Sanitation & Project Management

Green Project Management

This week’s post focuses on SDG #6 of 17, Clean Water and Sanitation.  It is amazing that 75% of our planet is covered in water yet there are entire countries that have limited access to drinkable clean water. There are several goals tied to this SDG but first, let me share some startling facts. 1 […]. The post Sustainable Development Goal #6, Clean Water and Sanitation & Project Management appeared first on Delivering a better world, one project at a time. Global Goals Project Management SDGs Sustainability Sustainable Development Goals GPM Joel Carboni Water and Sanitation

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The 2016 digital project manager salary survey results

The Digital Project Manager

Posted in General. How much do digital project managers really earn? And while we’re asking, what are the typical salaries for a senior project manager, project co-ordinator and project director too? It’s important because as organizations around the world further embrace the power. General

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SDG #5 Achieve Gender equality and empower all women and girls & project management.

Green Project Management

The latest in our series on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS) focuses on #5 (of 17), Gender Equality. The following are the specific targets under this SDG.  They are vital to to sustainable development. End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere 5.2 Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and […]. The post SDG #5 Achieve Gender equality and empower all women and girls & project management. appeared first on Delivering a better world, one project at a time.

Commanding More Respect as a Project Manager

Arras People

“ As a young Project Manager I get this feeling that my youth & inexperience is working against me. Do you have any tips on what it takes to command more respect as a younger PM?” ” The easier and straightforward answer is to make sure you deliver successfully; actions definitely speak louder than words. Look at your experience levels. Where else can you gain help?

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6 Ways to Manage Projects Like a Nordic

Girl's Guide to PM

This is a guest article from Kayleigh Töyrä, coming to us from Bristol but with her roots firmly in Finland. The Nordic countries are frequently featured in the news for their egalitarian lifestyles, high performing education systems and technological innovations. Taking a leaf out of the Nordics’ book can help you rethink how you manage your projects. Go Flat. Don’t just use management. Play Fair.

Run relevant retrospectives!

Kiron Bondale

I wrote a few weeks back that while retrospectives are commonly associated with agile projects they can also be equally useful on traditional ones. So what are some of the elements required to run a successful retrospective? Psychological safety. Imagine the impact of the team aggressively criticizing one of their own for something which might have been done better during the previous iteration.

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Bangers and Mash

The Lazy Project Manager

Now if you are from the UK you will 100% know what I am talking about, and if you are from Canada, Australia or New Zealand (I am reliably informed) you will also have a good chance of knowing what ‘bangers and mash’ are. But, if you are from elsewhere and haven’t had the personal pleasure of enjoying a mouthful of ‘bangers and mash’ (tasty) then you are probably completely confused. Got it?

The Problems with Schedules

Herding Cats

Here's an article, recently referenced by a #NoEstimates twitter post. The headline is deceiving, the article DOES NOT suggest we don't need deadline, but that deadlines without credible assessment of their credibility are the source of many problems on large program. The Core Problem with Project Success. There are many core Root Causes of program problems. Here's 4 from research at PARCA.

400 Seconds of Project Management

Arras People

Imagine having 400 seconds to get across your point in project management. If there’s something you’re particularly passionate about – or even an expert in, could you limit yourself to 400 seconds? How about 20 images popping up behind you every 20 seconds to make sure you stay on flow? Was Noah the First Ever Risk Manager? Liked the Noah thing though! Simple, but effective.

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The 5-Step Expert Guide To Choosing Collaboration Tools

Girl's Guide to PM

 . Since my book Collaboration Tools for Project Managers came out, one of the things I’m asked frequently is ‘how do I choose the right collaboration tool for my team?’. I’m delighted to be partnering with Genius Project today to bring you The 5 Step Expert Guide To Choosing Collaboration Tools. It’s everything you ever wanted to know about how to pick a product for your team! Industry expertise.

Match Game: Project Risk Management

Project Risk Coach

How’s your project risk management knowledge? Some of you are a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) or as a Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP) so this test may be a good review for you. If you are preparing for the PMP or PMI-RMP exam, this exercise will certainly be helpful. For others, give it your best shot; see what you know and don’t know. Exploit. 2. Opportunity. 3.

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Value and the Needed Units of Measure to Make Decisions

Herding Cats

For some reason the notion if  value is a big mystery in the agile community. Many blogs, tweets, books are spent of speaking about  Value as the priority in agile software development. We focus on Value over cost. We produce Value at the end of every Sprint Value is the most important aspect  of Scrum based development. MOE's are stated in units of measure meaningful to the buyer.

Agile: Should I Be Taking Training? – Project Management Advice

Arras People

“ I’m hearing a lot about Agile and project management. Should I be taking some training in this area?” ” Agile and more specifically Agile Project Management has certainly been in the spotlight over the last few years and this is a question I’ve been asked a lot. Project Managers, especially those working within I.T and business projects for a number of years, will often say that they know enough about Agile to manage the Agile element within a bigger project but not enough to fully manage an Agile team. My advice really is – it depends. Find out more. Got a question?

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The five failures of agile tools

Kiron Bondale

For organizations transforming their technology delivery from traditional to agile approaches, there’s a need to evolve team practices, tools, leadership behavior and stakeholder change appetites in parallel to avoid realizing the risks of being agile while standing in a waterfall. Owing But before you sign that vendor contract, consider the following five failures of agile tools.

9 things great project leaders do every day

Moira Alexander

Great project leaders make waves Image by Thinkstock Making waves shouldn't be confused with making trouble or making problems, as it is often seen. Great change can only come about when project leaders remain in a constant and conscious state of continuous improvement. They make waves by performing the following tasks and services. Consistently identifying and discussing process improvements.

Project Initiation Checklist [Free Download]

Girl's Guide to PM

This month’s free template is a project initiation checklist. This is the first page of the Project Initiation Checklist. It’s a quick way to speed up finding out what you need to know from your project sponsor when you meet for the first time. It’s a PDF document so you can print it out and take it along to the meeting, then tick off the boxes as you ask the questions. Enjoy!

Against all odds – learning from great projectors: Daedalus and Icarus

IPMA

With this article we continue a series of pioneers and projectors to learn from. You are all encouraged to write about great projectors out of your context so we may learn from them and improve our way of performing projects. Projector” is a term introduced by Daniel Defoe in “An Essay upon Projects” (1697). It refers to people that “project” into the future and thus make them real.

Presentation Counts

The Lazy Project Manager

I was recently in a restaurant in a foreign land (well foreign to me of course but less so to the locals). The location was good, the décor and ambience very acceptable, the company most enjoyable, and the snow fell softly outside providing a winter wonderland visual delight through the large windows. Presentation can win the day. The bad publicity continued and the situation looked desperate.

Manage Your Energy, Not Just Your Time

Project Risk Coach

For years, I’ve sought ways to get more done in my work day. You know the time management mantra: capture, prioritize, and schedule, right? What doesn’t get scheduled doesn’t get done. Photo courtesy of Adobe Stock (edited in Canva). even bought an Amazon Echo. Cool device. I can say, “Alexa, add 8 O’Clock coffee to my grocery list. The Secret to Getting More Done.

A Good Team

The Tao of Project Management

Yet more on the soft skills I have always been impressed by how well people will work in a project team if you respect them and let them get on with it. My last big project team were all very professional. Of course some of them were better at some things than others but they were all good and capable of working well and they knew their stuff. It was a real pleasure and a privilege to work with them. Unlike at the Olympics, in many ways a good project team is better than a spectacular team. poor project manager will try to micro-manage the team and want to be seen as a superstar.

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Connecting Project Benefits to Business Strategy for Success

Herding Cats

The current PMI Pulse titled  Delivering Value: Focus on Benefits during Project Execution  provides some guidance on how to manage the benefits side of an IT project. But the article misses the mark on an important concept. This is a chart in the paper, suggesting the metrics of the benefits. But where do these metrics come from? The answer is they come from the Strategy of the IT function.

Carers – Returning to Project Management

Arras People

I’ve taken a couple of years off to care for a relative. Now I’m finding it impossible to get back into a project management role. Any advice? Hopefully you are making it clear on your résumé what you have been doing for the last few years. Hirers don’t like to see unexplained gaps and would prefer to see something rather than nothing. Depending on the types of roles you have been applying for, there could be some problems with trying to gain the same level of role you held previously. Think about lowering your expectations a little. Also get out and about.

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New PM Articles for the Week of August 8 – 14

Practicing IT Project Manager

New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 8 – 14. And this week’s video: Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland discuss the Scrum Guide Refresh for 2016. Just 46 minutes, safe for work, and vital if you want to keep up with Agile! Must read! Carl Pritchard  uses the Rio Olympics as an example of a complex project and explains the use of a tiered risk system. So there!

Projects and project management in Indonesia

IPMA

The Republic of Indonesia is a country in South-East Asia, situated between the Indian and Pacific Ocean. It is the world´s largest island country, constituted of more than 13.000 island, bigger and smaller ones. With more than 250 Million inhabitants it is one of the most populous countries of the world, most of the people are living on the island of Java. Indonesia´s main religion is the Islam.

The risky side of project management

Moira Alexander

Risks are dependant on a multitude of things and serve as triggers. These dependencies help to identify and measure the impact of the risks; here are just a few of these dependencies. Product and service offerings. Client, vendor, sponsor and project team expectations. Location. Industry norms. Buy-in levels. Cultural differences. Scheduling issues. Agreement/contract disputes. Resourcing levels.

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Improve Your Delegation Skills for a Happy Team

Brad Egeland

 Delegation is an effective way to manage a project collaboratively. Delegating signals confidence in your team, which in turn, harnesses their skills and capabilities. good project manager leads and empowers the team by trusting them to get the work done. ​ Many managers under-delegate, simply refusing to share tasks. Other managers over-delegate. Read the full article

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Advice – Downturn in the Oil & Gas Industry

Arras People

“ I’ve been working in the Oil and Gas industry for a while as a cost engineer but I’m concerned about the downturn in the industry. Any advice on how to make a move away from this industry?” Your existing experience should suit these industries perfectly already so that should be the first area for you to research. Find out more. Got a question? Submit a question here.

New PM Articles for the Week of August 15 – 21

Practicing IT Project Manager

New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 15 – 21. And this week’s video: a tutorial on conducting a Monte Carlo analysis using Excel. Just 11 minutes, safe for work. Must read! Michael O’Brochta looks at the cultural, experiential, and situational drivers of how we perceive behavior as ethical, or not. Including our own. Established Methods. Agile Methods.

The SWOT-Analysis – panacea or hazard?

IPMA

Everyone knows it and uses it in projects, the SWOT-Analysis. The letters SWOT are an abbreviation for “Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats”. It is often used for analyzing the current situation and deriving actions being performed through a project or programme. SWOT-Analysis can be performed before starting into a project, during the project as well as at the end of it.

What It Means To Balance Work And Family

Girl's Guide to PM

Last week I shared some of my thoughts on what it means to balance work and a young family, and why that’s meant I’ve felt like I’ve lost my way as a project manager. I got a lot of emails in response to that. It seems like everyone is struggling in their own way, although the challenges are common. This ‘mom who has been there’ said: My heart goes out to you. Housework, laundry, grocery shopping.