2014

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The Economics of Compassion in the New Economy

LeadingAnswers

This article is less about agile techniques and more about the people related challenges of today’s agile projects. As work switches from industrial work to knowledge work, companies face a perfect storm of employee engagement and retention issues. On the other hand the average time spent in a job is decreasing. Frequent job changes are now the norm and long term workers are a rarity.

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Tom Peters and Soft Skills

Zen Project Management

I recently had the opportunity to hear Tom Peters speak and I have to say that even at the age of 71, he still has a lot of energy and passion. He began the talk with his experience coming out of college with an engineering degree. He found the math and science classes did little to prepare him for the real world, the people part of the equation, or the “all important last 99%” of being successful. It’s the soft skills that are hard, the people and relationship skills but that’s not what is the focus of education. From here, he shared some other pieces of wisdom Politics is life, relish it.

2014 63

Epic Project Management: The Panama Canal

PM for the Masses

On today's episode of the Project Management for the Masses Podcast we talk about the history and current expansion project of the Panama Canal. The post Epic Project Management: The Panama Canal appeared first on Project Management for the Masses. On today's episode of the Project Management for the Masses Podcast we talk about the history and current expansion project of the Panama Canal.

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2014 57

Opposite Views of a Product Roadmap

Tyner Blain

Your product roadmap is a view of what you are building right now, in the near future, and in the more distant future. Or is your roadmap a view of why you are building whatever you’re building right now, in the near future, and in the more distant future? When you view the spinning cat animation (1) above, you will either see it as rotating clockwise or counter-clockwise. Intentionality.

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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.

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Work Performance Data, Work Performance Information, and Work Performance Reports

Deep Fried Brain

In 2009, I did a series of posts on Work Performance Information, Work Performance Measurements and Performance Reports, highlighting how the PMBOK® Guide, Fourth Edition was utterly confusing. Commonly Confused Concepts Executing Monitoring and Controlling PMBOK Process Groups Study Notes

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The 6 Ps of Public Sector Project Failure: Profit, Periodicity, Politics, Passion, Press, and Pay

Troubled and Failing Project

"The government is incapable of running projects. Simply put, their miserably high failure rate proves that government should be out of the project management business." There are plenty of examples of this. We have heard this line, or ones similar to it, time and again and rarely hear how the projects failure reasons support the hypothesis. The reason? The prognosticators purporting this are part of the problem. Coming to that conclusion does not take any superior intellect—just listen to the nightly news. Following is a summary of those conversations. Project Rescue

Building Project Management Capability & Maturity

Jez Lister

Building Project Management Capability and Maturity must be a priority for any organisation involved in delivering multiple projects and programmes. Having mature project management will have a direct impact on an organisations capability to consistently delivery successful projects and programmes. The alternative leads to projects going over budget and failing to deliver on promises made. For some organisations, these project failures can have a devastating impact on the success of the entire business. This takes a great deal of planning and time. In many ways this is the easy bit.

Are Virtual Teams the Next Revolution of Work?

LeadingAnswers

Virtual teams may well be the next step-change in the evolution of work. So it is interesting to ask if today’s management principles and processes are optimized to support them? To help answer this question let’s take an illustrated tour of work through the ages and also review how management has progressed along the way. Work patterns have evolved through revolutionary and evolutionary waves.

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Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

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

Agility as an Enabler for Local Intelligence

LeadingAnswers

Much has been written about agile processes, how they can better respond to changing requirements and be used to tune approaches over time through retrospectives and adaptation. While this is true, it masks the importance of human involvement. It is people that respond to change and teams who update and tune their processes. If you look at the processes both teams are following they look the same.

2014 89

It is not the Process, Stupid

LeadingAnswers

Even though Mickey Mouse is the symbol of Disney theme parks he is not really what these locations are about. Agile methods are similarly known by their novel processes and team ceremonies but these are largely irrelevant distractions from the true focus. Just as Disney is all about manufacturing a positive visitor experience through detailed buildings, social engineering and extensive staff “character” training; agile methods are really about creating a social framework where effective work can be accomplished. To me agile is about process as much as Disney theme parks are about Mickey Mouse.

2014 86

Thinking Tools for Scaling Frameworks

LeadingAnswers

Scaling agile is a hot topic these days. Frameworks like LESS (LargE Scale Scrum), SAFe (Scaled Agile Framework) and DAD (Disciplined Agile Delivery) are in the limelight as too are companies training up ‘’Agile Transformation Consultants’’ to transition entire organizations to agile. Solving the simple question of “ How do we reliably duplicate exemplary performance? ” is anything but simple. 

2014 78

Helping Your PMO Help You

LeadingAnswers

Do any of these traditional PMO scenarios match your agile team experiences? Your traditional PMO is so laughably outdated that most agile projects ignoring them; other projects produce token deliverables to appease them, but these bear little resemblance to anything actually happening on the agile projects. If you answered yes to this too, you are not alone. So how do we do that?

2014 72

7 project management tips

How to manage projects within a fragmented workforce

The Dangers of Visual Project Management

LeadingAnswers

(Or how a picture can divert 1,000 eyes). This post was first written for ProjectManagement.com who were doing a series on Visual Project Management at the time. I was excited when I heard about the theme since I am a big fan of adding meaning through visual tools to all kinds of project elements, whether it is methodology scope , project progress , or risk lists.  As working days.

2014 60

Reinvent Yourself as a Professional with Dorie Clark (@dorieclark): Episode 41

PM for the Masses

On today’s episode of the PM for the Masses Podcast I bring you the dynamic Dorie Clark to talk about reinventing ourselves. Whether you are changing industries, or trying to find a new job, or trying to stay relevant in the marketplace, Dorie will share with us why and how to constantly reinvent yourself as […].

2014 54
2014 54

Overcoming Self Doubt with Jared Easley: Episode 25

PM for the Masses

Hello everyone and welcome to another episode of the PM for the Masses Podcast. Today I bring you my good friend Jared Easley to talk about a topic we all have to deal with, project manager or not: overcoming self doubt. Jared is the host of the popular “Starve the Doubts” podcast where he interviews […].

2014 51
2014 51

What The Heck Is Agile? An Introduction to Agile Project Management: Episode 40

PM for the Masses

Hello all and welcome to episode 40 of the Project Management for the Masses Podcast! What The Heck Is Agile? Today I bring you a great introduction to Agile and Scrum. I pretended to forget the little I know about it and ask Cornelius Fichtner to give us an introduction to Agile project management. Cornelius […]. The post What The Heck Is Agile? What The Heck Is Agile?

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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.

Soft Skills and Getting People to Work Together: Episode 38 with Geoff Crane

PM for the Masses

Sometimes all you need is to get people to work together. My guest today will share with us how that ability can truly turn you into a fantastic project manager. He will also share with us: Techniques that he has used to get teams to work together The first thing a new project manager can do to […]. Sometimes all you need is to get people to work together.

2014 49
2014 49

Project Managers: Start Writing! Episode 36 with Jeff Goins

PM for the Masses

Hello all and welcome to this exciting episode of the Project Management for the Masses Podcast! This is a new chapter on my journey into becoming a writer. As some of you may know, I have been toying around with the idea of writing a book for a while now. As it turns out, I […]. The post Project Managers: Start Writing! This is a new chapter on my journey into becoming a writer.

2014 49
2014 49

Epic Project Management: Managing the World Cup and The Olympics: Episode 45

PM for the Masses

It’s July of 2014 and we just watched the largest party on Earth take place in my birth country of Brazil. As a Brazilian I had mixed feelings about this World Cup because there was a lot of controversy as Brazil prepared for the event, and it seemed like the problems were a combination of […].

2014 48
2014 48

Project Managers: Up Your Impact with Chuck Frey: Episode 27

PM for the Masses

On the PM for the Masses Podcast I often talk about the benefits of having a mentor or coach. While it is a wonderful thing, sometimes it is hard to find one. What I have learned is that the next best thing is to read books. On this episode of the PM for the Masses […]. The post Project Managers: Up Your Impact with Chuck Frey: Episode 27 appeared first on Project Management for the Masses.

2014 48
2014 48

Project Manager's Guide to Getting Things Done

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

Trying New Things

Zen Project Management

Over the past weekend I went ice climbing with my son. He is a pretty serious climber and I've picked it up because of him, but neither of us have ever ice climbed before. We went to a place near Cedar Falls Iowa that ices down a grain silo. It's really different from the sport climbing we've done, but it was fun and by the end of the climbing day, I was able to make it to the top of the silo.

2014 48

Epic Project Management: The Øresund Bridge: Episode 26

PM for the Masses

Hello everyone and welcome to episode 26 of the PM for the Masses Podcast! Today we talk about the absolutely stunning Øresund Bridge, which connects Sweden and Denmark. This project is specially unique because it involves a bridge, an island, and a tunnel. For this episode of the PM for the Masses podcast, I speak […].

2014 48
2014 48

Project Management and the Movies: Episode 49

PM for the Masses

Today we look at how a movie project is managed. You will be surprised at how much it is similar to a more traditional project. Check it out! The post Project Management and the Movies: Episode 49 appeared first on Project Management for the Masses. Today we look at how a movie project is managed. You will be surprised at how much it is similar to a more traditional project. Check it out!

2014 47
2014 47

What Are Employers Looking For In A Project Manager? Episode 39

PM for the Masses

Today I bring you two conversations I had recently about the job market and the job seeker. First, I will share with you my conversation with Dr. Noel Radley, a project management researcher with Software Advice. They analyzed 300 project management job listings and came up with some very interesting results. To listen to today’s episode, […].

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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 email with David Sparks

PM for the Masses

Imagine all the things us project managers could do with the time we spend in our email inboxes every day. Why so much email? Why do we spend so much time dealing with email? My guest this week, David Sparks, literally wrote the book on email. We will talk about his book, try to figure […]. The post Managing email with David Sparks appeared first on Project Management for the Masses.

2014 44
2014 44

A Blueprint for Publishing Your Own Book: Episode 37

PM for the Masses

Last week we talked about writing. It was a great chat with Mr. Jeff Goins and we talked about the human touch, the philosophy of writing, creating the habit of writing, and how writing is still powerful in this age of new media. Today we talk business. My guests and I always talk about […]. Last week we talked about writing. Today we talk business.

2014 41
2014 41

Good Enough

Tyner Blain

We hear a lot about building products which are “good enough” or “just barely good enough.” ” How do we know what “good enough” means for our customers? No one really tells us. Different Perspectives of Good Enough. ” Determining good enough informs the decision to ship or not. Otherwise this is all academic. “How much can we have right now?”

2014 40

Using The Web To Build Your Reputation: Episode 35

PM for the Masses

Hello everyone and welcome to episode 35 of the PM for the Masses Podcast! Today I bring you some of the message I shared last Friday at the PMI Southwestern Ontario Chapter symposium, on using the internet to help build your image, reputation, and career. I also bring you some of my thoughts after this […]. Hello everyone and welcome to episode 35 of the PM for the Masses Podcast!

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2014 PMI 40

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.