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The Best Free Project Management Resources

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The numbers don’t lie: Managing complicated projects is a tough task. According to a study by led by McKinsey & Company in conjunction with the University of Oxford, a total of 45% of projects run over budget, 7% run late, and a whopping 56% of projects fail to meet initial expectations. It’s clear there are a right way and a wrong way to do things. But let’s take a step back for a moment.

These 3 Toxic Personalities Make Project Managers Crazy

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Are You One of Them? If you've ever led a project, you know that it takes more than high quality project management software to get things done. Here are a few toxic personalities to watch for, and weed out before they sabotage your project: Yappers. These types never learned to listen. They think they know it all. Blamers. Seethers. Last words. feature Project management

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Top 13 Project Management Methodologies and Styles

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Getting your team organized around a project is often easier said than done. Fortunately, following a project management methodology can help you organize your project into a structured, streamlined process. It makes team collaboration more efficient and projects become better organized. Project management experts agree that most projects benefit when a recognized methodology is followed. 6 – PERT.

5 Tips for Project Management

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Your new project is in its starting blocks, waiting on your desk or still something you have in mind? Here are a few tips that can help you turn your project into a successful accomplishment. Define the project. The first step will be to define your project. To do this you should answer the following questions: why is this project being done? What is the end goal of this project? Define milestones.

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Managing The Project Budget - Developing Your Project Management Skills

This eBook describes the process of managing the project budget and its associated costs.

The 11 Best Project Management Online Courses

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Best Project Management Online Training Resources. Project management is a complex subject. It has been the focus of countless studies and books; it covers many different areas of expertise and reaches across all industries. Project management certifications are delivered by the Project Management Institute , and include certifications for various different areas of expertise.

How to Lead Your Team to a Successful Project

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Launching a new project can be both exciting and challenging, while invoking a whisper of dread. There are so many ways a project could go wrong, and issues are guaranteed to arise at one point or another. Whether they are related to planning or the team, or due to poor decision making, you and your team should be as prepared as possible to ensure the success of your project. 2 - Allow risk-taking.

How Olivehorse uses Azendoo for Project Management

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This is an interview with Fred Akuffo, Co-founder of Olivehorse , and long time Azendoo user. He shares his how he and his team use Azendoo to manage their projects and clients with increased visibility, and cut email internal email usage. Could you tell us about you and you company? Olivehorse is a supply chain planning consultancy. We are also an SAP partner. How did you first hear about Azendoo?

Boosting PMO's with Lean Thinking

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Lean Thinking, described and popularized in the book “Lean Thinking” by James Womack and Daniel Jones, is summarized as: “focusing on delivering the most value from a customer perspective, while reducing waste and fully utilizing the skills and knowledge of those doing the work”.   Lean Thinking embodies a wide range of principles and techniques. It’s about people first. O verproduction.

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Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

These FREE most popular templates will help you perform your role more efficiently.

The Business Analyst and the Product Owner

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In my last article we talked about the role of the BA on agile projects , reviewing what stays the same and what changes from traditional approaches. In this article, we will review the contentious topic of how the role of the BA varies and overlaps with the Product Owner (PO).   The Product Owner (PO). First, let’s make sure we understand the role of the Product Owner (PO).

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7 Essential Project Management Skills for 2017

The Digital Project Manager

If you’ve started the year and committed to upping your project management skills to be a better project manager, what project management skills are the. The post 7 Essential Project Management Skills for 2017 appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Features General

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BA's on Agile Projects?

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The role of the business Analyst (BA) in agile projects in some ways parallels the role of the project manager (PM). In that, some people believe these roles are not needed at all! The Scrum Guide, for instance, that outlines the Scrum methodology describes only three roles: Scrum Master, Product Owner, and Development Team. Let’s start with What business analysts are supposed to do. (I

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Can Project Management Transform Our World?

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In September 2015, countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years. Each target has a set of indicators to follow up on achievement. The UN Sustainable Development Goals’ (SDGs) number one ambition is to end poverty.

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It´s all about the impact of a project, not the deliverables!

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In trainings project managers are often told that the main focus of a project is to deliver in time and in budget. In fact, that´s only partly right, as we should measure success of a project rather based on the long-term impact than its deliverables. What is the impact and how does it relate to input, activities, outputs and outcomes of a project? The payment was progress-based.

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7 project management tips

How to manage projects within a fragmented workforce

The Program Canvas – A useful tool for designing programs

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During the 2014 IPMA World Congress in Rotterdam, Theo van der Tak, Björn Prevaas and Hans Cremer introduced a new concept for designing a program by using a “Program Canvas”. During a workshop with about 50 experts the canvas was further improved and in 2016 a book as well as a toolset with poster, templates and website were published. This enhances the commitment of the key players.

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How to: Be a more consistent project manager

The Digital Project Manager

I’ve talked a lot about the importance of being flexible, but that doesn’t mean we can overlook the importance of being consistent as well. The post How to: Be a more consistent project manager appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. General How-to Guides

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12 Project Management & Resource Scheduling Tools

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You’re probably asking – do we really need project management tools or resourcing and scheduling tools? The answer is probably no, and yes. No, you. The post 12 Project Management & Resource Scheduling Tools appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Features General Tools resourcing scheduling software

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Digital project management: what is it?

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Digital project management is a term that’s increasingly thrown around but what is it exactly? Is digital project management simply a project managment specialism? The post Digital project management: what is it? appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Features General

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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.

The World in 2050 – and some implications for project management

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New results of a PwC repor t sets out the latest long-term global growth projections to 2050 for 32 of the largest economies in the world. The research was started in 2008 and updated every second year from 2011 onwards. The full report reveals fascinating insights regarding the dynamics of economic growth and change. A comparison of these two groups of countries is stunning.

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Digital project manager interview questions and answers: The ultimate guide

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Thanks for checking out our project manager interview questions and answers ultimate guide. Over the past 7 years I’ve hired more than 70 digital project managers and interviewed hundreds of project. The post Digital project manager interview questions and answers: The ultimate guide appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Features General

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Scenario analysis and wild cards – dealing with ambiguity in projects

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Planning and performing projects means always dealing with ambiguity. We need to look forward and predict the future developments, which is quite a difficult tasks as we often do not have a clue about what is coming. Thus, competence in foresight and tools such as scenario techniques and wild cards are supporting us in our tasks. The question is, could have this situation been avoided? What if?

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Agile Risk Management

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This article aims to dispel the myth that agile projects somehow magical manage risks for us, and outlines a couple of practical tools that can be used to start improving risk management approaches.   Agile is Not a Risk Management Approach. Some people believe agile approaches with their short cycles and regular feedback have a risk management approach naturally built into the process.

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Project Manager's Guide to Getting Things Done

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

Professional Practitioners and the Professionalisation of Project Management

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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.

How to: Use team building to deliver project results and develop a positive team culture

The Digital Project Manager

Managing teams as a project manager can be tough. Check out our 5 simple team building tips, to show your team some love & develop a positive team culture. The post How to: Use team building to deliver project results and develop a positive team culture appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. How-to Guides

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Kickoff meeting: The complete guide to starting projects right

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A kickoff meeting post might not seem like the most likely candidate for winning a popularity contest on The Digital Project Manager, but it consistently. The post Kickoff meeting: The complete guide to starting projects right appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Features General

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Competition first, collaboration second?

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Competition first, collaboration second? During his Inauguration Speech Donald Trump he made the following statement: “ From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first, America first. Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families. Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength.”

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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.

Managing a project with empathy

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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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10 tips for project success: stay positive

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Posted in General Ten Tops Tips. No matter how well you do the right things at the right time, the truth is, a project tragedy is always just around the corner. At some point your project is likely to hit an iceberg – something which started out as seemingly innocuous will threaten to sink the entire project. But how you deal. General Ten Tops Tips

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“When will this Software Project Ever Be Done?”

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Does this question sound familiar? If you get asked it regularly then you may be part of the mainstream transformation from software projects to products. It’s coming and it's going to turn many roles, certifications and in some cases entire companies on their heads. The “When will you be done?” issue. The success and reliance on the new system bred further investment. was the common question.

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Increasing the Probability of Project Success

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Increasing the Probability of Project Success Simple in Theory, Complex in Practice. When we hear any suggestion about improving the probability of success of a project, there are some simple tests to confirm there actually is such a thing. This means having a set of Principles, Process, and Practices to test the suggestion against. Let's start with the Principles. Let's start with the Principles.

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.

The War for Project Management Talent?

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“Talent Management” as a HRM led initiative was born out of a 1998 McKinsey publication, ‘The War for Talent’ which first highlighted that organisations would be battling it out to employ talented senior executives in the years to come due to an increasing ‘competitive knowledge based world’ and the subsequent impacts on both recruitment and retention. So what is Talent Management?

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How-to: Stay sane as a remote project manager

The Digital Project Manager

If you work as a remote project manager, this one’s for you! Earlier this year, Galen Low wrote a brilliant article on how to manage. The post How-to: Stay sane as a remote project manager appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. General How-to Guides

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When Outsourcing Makes Sense

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Disclaimer : This article is based on my personal experience of software project development work over a 25 year period running a mixture of local projects, outsourced projects and hybrid models. The data is my own and subjective, but supported by 1,000’s of industry peers I question while delivering training courses for the PMI. To the uninitiated, outsourcing seems like a great idea. x 60% = 1.5

Why COACHING for Development

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The 2011 McKinsey-Devex survey of 1210 people in NGO and development agencies showed that only 36% of aid projects achieved their intended impact. The main sources of difficulties in the projects arise from planning, stakeholder management, managing change, procurement practices, monitoring and evaluation. Things that many of us are grateful to take for granted. Told & shown.

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The Third Wave of Agile

The third wave of Agile is here!