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Risk management for agile projects

Kiron Bondale

What are the implications to project risk management when you choose to deliver a project using an agile approach? Here are a few similarities: Risk needs to be managed through the project’s lifetime, not just at the very beginning. Risk bias and appetite need to be assessed when managing risks. Multiple perspectives need to be considered when identifying risks.

Catch me at the Digital PM Summit

The Digital Project Manager

Posted in General. link]. From the start of his career – as an intern in a traditional advertising agency, to his role as VP Client Services – Ben looks back across 10 years as a digital project manager and shares a few things he wishes he’d been told when he started. Discover the naivety, blunders, and mistakes that led to painful lessons you can avoid. General

Managing a project with empathy

The Digital Project Manager

Posted in General. What does it mean to run a project with empathy? And how do you actually do it? Project empathy” is a bit hard to pin down, but overall, it is treating your project as if it has its own feelings and emotions that would have to be considered if it were a person.  I am sure this sounds a little…weird. But there is real merit in thinking of projects this way, and you’ll be a.

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Tips for Project Success in the Automotive Industry

The Lazy Project Manager

A guest post by my friends at Genius Project. Automotive projects present challenges to companies with regards to time management, capacity and budgets. Here are a few ways to help put the right tools in place. Automotive projects are often very complex. Project management software can help manage this complexity. 2014, GPM Deutsche Gesellschaft für Projektmanagement e.V.,

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See you at the Digital PM Summit

The Digital Project Manager

Posted in General. 3,828.7 km, that’s all that separates me from this year’s Digital PM summit. Now just over a month away, if I was going to cycle (my preferred method of transport) to San Antonio from Vancouver, I should probably start riding tomorrow. That said, I think I’ll settle for flying – after all, I want to be in tip-top learning shape and when I get there, not just a sweaty mess. I’m off to the Digital PM Summit. The post See you at the Digital PM Summit appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. General

Professional Practitioners and the Professionalisation of Project Management

Arras People

Arras People recently hosted a birds of a feather session for project practitioners, the aim of the discussion was to explore professionalism and its many aspects in terms of the field of PPM (Programme & Project Management) and with specific reference to professional bodies in project management and their push for professional recognition. Why Project Managers See Themselves as Professionals.

Project initiation is like back to school…

Kiron Bondale

Labor Day weekend marks the ceremonial if not precise end of summer. Starting tomorrow, kids across North America will resume school after a long break. This shift from the carefree days of summer to the hectic schedule of the school year can be jarring for students, teachers and parents. But what if school was year round with shorter class weeks? Benefits would extend to other stakeholders too.

A rookie mistake with sustainable procurement… Lessons Learned

Green Project Management

“I don’t want to wear something on my body that hurts the environment or the people in it. It’s hard to know what is good and what is bad on the high street and equally hard to find fashionable or youthful ethical clothing. It shocks me that even today only 1% of cotton produced in […]. The post A rookie mistake with sustainable procurement… Lessons Learned appeared first on Delivering a better world, one project at a time. Entries Risk Management SDGs GPM P5 Standard PRiSM Sustainable Procurement

How To Present To The C-Suite (And Everyone Else)

Girl's Guide to PM

Today, I’m handing the blog over to Leigh Espy. She might not have been blogging about project management for long, but she has made quite an impact with her personable and helpful articles. In this piece, Leigh talks about how to tailor your presentations for the top echelons of management and the rest of the world, and how to make an impact in both. However not all presentations are the same.

7 Responses to a project in crisis

The Digital Project Manager

Posted in General. Even when a project appears to be going well, there can be a roadblock hidden around the corner. It can take the form of a minor oversight, or other times become a serious budget implication, leaving the outcome and your client teetering on the edge. When a project hits a hurdle, it’s crucial that your entire team remains positive, cool-headed and logical. General

Empathy and Respect: What Makes Teams Great

Pawel Brodzinski

I’ve been known to bring up research on collective intelligence in many situations, e.g. here , here , or here. In my personal case, the research findings heavily influenced my perception of how to build teams and design organizations. The crucial lesson was that social perceptiveness and having everyone being heard in discussions were key to achieve high collective intelligence. Now, do they?

Construction PMO

Musings on Project Management

I don't write about construction projects all that often, but lately that's been my thing: construction. roofing, HVAC, electrical, even some plumbing and floors, etc The PMO construction extension to the PMBOK is pretty much a non-starter in my opinion. The place to start is the AIA -- -- the American Institute of Architects. And, it's not just for architects: general contractors, construction Project Management

Should I Choose PMI’s PMP?

Arras People

Last week I was interviewed by a writer from GetApp, which is owned by Gartner Research and is the largest independent SaaS marketplace. We were talking about PMI’s PMP certification – the article was recently published entitled Is PMP certification necessary for small businesses? Here I share some further insights that didn’t make the final article. Alongside other steps yes.

The Conscious Project Leader [Book Review]

Girl's Guide to PM

I have been a bit lax with project management reading recently but one book that I have made time for is The Conscious Project Leader: How to Create a Culture of Success for Your Projects, Your Team and Yourself. Colin Ellis. I was lucky enough to find Colin D Ellis through talking to Ellen Maynes. It didn’t take much browsing on his website to realise that it was going to be my kind of book.

Tool Review: Streamtime

The Digital Project Manager

Posted in Articles General Tools. Streamtime focuses on saving you time through automated Project Management Streamtime is a powerful tool that allows you to manage your projects with ease, from brief to delivery. Streamtime is already gaining momentum on Capterra and the awards circuit. With a recent gold at the. The post Tool Review: Streamtime appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.

Better Project Meetings in 3 Steps?

Brad Egeland

​ Meetings. Do you consider meetings fun? Do you look forward to your next meeting or do you sigh as you leave your office and head for the conference room? I’m guessing most of us fall into the latter category. think most people try to avoid meetings like the plague. The same holds true with meetings. Read the full article

Podcast Interview: How to Make Remote Work Productive

Project Management Hacks

Cornelius Fichtner and Bruce Harpham, PMI Congress 2015. Do you work with people in different locations? often work with people in different offices and countries. It’s an interesting experience to navigate. This week, I appeared on Cornelius Fichtner ‘s excellent podcast the Project Management Podcast where we discussed remote work. lead by example ). Use the tools we provide!”

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Book Review – Managing Project Uncertainty

Arras People

Few quotes from Managing Project Uncertainty resonate nearly as well with the modern project manager as Field Marshal Helmuth von Moltke’s ‘No plan survives contact with the enemy’ (pg. It compares favourably to the more recent advice of that great sage, Mike Tyson: “ Everyone has a plan ’til they get punched in the mouth. Economic? Environmental?)

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Meeting Management Techniques (PMP® Exam Tips)

Girl's Guide to PM

I’ve been booking meetings for the next couple of months because I know my team get very busy, and if we don’t schedule the time we won’t meet to talk about the big stuff. We meet weekly anyway, but for Phase 2 planning and other parts of our programme that have a longer-term goal, we need to lift up out of the weekly task list and get some space. If it’s not booked, it won’t happen. There.

How to Motivate Your Project Team

Project Risk Coach

Why is it important for you to motivate your project team? When we want to create and deliver products and services faster, we look at four areas — people, process, product, and technology. People has the greatest potential to shorten schedules across projects. Credit: Adobe Stock. Researchers have identified performance differences on the order of 10 to 1 or more. Be positive. Leadership

Still using spreadsheets?

The Digital Project Manager

Posted in General. link]. Are you still using Spreadsheets to Schedule your Team? Join the 1000’s of Project Managers who have moved on! The post Still using spreadsheets? appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. General

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Proof That Networking Really Works: 14 Examples

Project Management Hacks

Image Credit: Shutterstock. Do you have a “history” with networking? Maybe you’re like me. My idea of fun often involves reading a book, listening to an audio book during a run or discovering a new wine. Alone time matters! Yet, I know networking matters too – most of my key career opportunities have come through relationships. So how do you reconcile this tension?

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Newly Qualified PRINCE2 Practitioner Jobs

Arras People

You’ve just completed your PRINCE2 Practitioner and you’ve got the results, you’ve passed! If you’re already working in a project management position hopefully the training and reading you’ve been doing will be useful when you head back into work. Plus you get to add it to your CV, which is no bad thing. That would be silly. PRINCE2

New PM Articles for the Week of September 5 – 11

Practicing IT Project Manager

New project management articles published on the web during the week of September 5 – 11. And this week’s video: Alison Krauss and Union Station performing “Gravity” on Austin City Limits. I’m writing this in the kitchen of the house I left at 17, and this song just seemed to fit the mood. Must read! Michael Lopp provides a detailed tutorial on how to recruit the best people for your team. Enjoy!

How to Get Awesome Results Through Your Projects

Project Risk Coach

The Power of Results-Based Goals Project sponsors send a message to their project teams and other stakeholders through the goals contained in their project charters. The focus of the goals — either business results or project activities — will drive the project team. As Steven Covey said, “Begin with the end in mind.” ” Image courtesy of Adobe Stock. Patton.

How to Spend Your First 90 Days as a New Product Manager

The Clever PM

A lot of Product Managers wind up rolling into the position with little to no preparation, training, or even a real understanding of the role, and it’s common for early struggles to really hamper a newly-minted Product Manager’s success.  To avoid this, it’s important to approach your job and your career just like you would […]. Product Management Culture Good PM Influence Interactions Leadership Organization PM Roles

A guide to the best resource scheduling tools and resource management software

The Digital Project Manager

Posted in Articles Tools. Getting buy-in for agency resource scheduling tools or a resource management tool for your team or studio can be a hard sell. After all, do you really need it? Just do a quick google search for  ‘resource scheduling tool excel’ or ‘resource scheduling tools free’ and you’ll find a whole bunch of templates that do the job – well, kind of. So surely you don’t need a specialist resourcing scheduling tool, do you? Do you. The post A guide to the best resource scheduling tools and resource management software appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.

Free Professional Development in London in October

Arras People

It’s back in London next month – Project Challenge – the seminar and exhibition show at London’s Olympia. It’s a great show to get up to speed on what’s happening in the project management market as well as gaining some professional development time with the different seminar sessions that are on throughout the two days. Herbert A. Simon. Free registration.

500 years of German Beer Purity Law


This year Bavaria celebrates a law that is 500 years in existence and is the most popular law as it impacts the way beer brewing is conducted. The roots can be dated back as early as in the 15 th Century. However, 1516 a series of orders were published in Bavaria and later in whole Germany which are nowadays called “Reinheitsgebot”. What was the purpose of such a regulation?

Single Factor Analysis and Reduction Reasoning

Herding Cats

Much of the discussion around project management processes, especially around agile, and most especially around the misconceptions of Estimating as espoused by the #NoEstimates advocates, starts with the misuse of reductive reasons based on single factor analysis. Here's how it goes. The first assessment using SFA is  Estimates are the smell of dysfunction. So here's the problem and the solution.

Staying Calm

The Tao of Project Management

There can often be a lot of pressure in projects, simply by their very nature and also by task and deliverable inter-dependencies. If that wasn't bad enough, management always want it quicker if not also cheaper and better! Things are not helped if the project manager responds to management pressure by interfering with the team and creating a lot more pressure in the process. When that happens the team can become quite disoriented and begin to lose its way. The lesson we can learn from the Agile approach is that the project manager stands back and lets the team do it. Desires lead one astray.

We the jury, find the Project Sponsor guilty…………….

Ron Rosenhead

Thank you members of the jury for your time and consideration.  It only remains for me to pass sentence. You have been found guilty before your peers of serious crimes which include: Not ensuring there was a business case thereby tying up valuable resources on this project for some 9 months – but there was no formal authority for this to happen. You did not appoint a project manager. How …?

Project Management is Still an Exciting and Growing Field

Arras People

I was recently interviewed by Cornelius Fichtner from The Project Management Podcast about The Project Management Benchmark Report 2016. Lindsay says about the report, that even after all this time of doing the research and seeing the changes over the years, it is hard not to be drawn to the fact that project management is still an exciting and growing field. The interviews are free on [link].

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