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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.

10 tips for project success: stay positive

The Digital Project Manager

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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Agile Risk Management


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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True agility requires ruthless prioritization

Kiron Bondale

Primary roles on agile delivery teams are expected to be fully dedicated to the one project or product that they are supporting. Easier said than done. Project portfolio management excellence is realized not just by prioritizing funding to just those projects which we can afford within a given time period but by ensuring that the concurrent number of projects matches available resource capacity.

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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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8 Things All Bad Project Managers Have in Common

Project Risk Coach

Bad project managers create project cultures filled with stress, confusion, and little progress. Unfortunately, many of these individuals are not aware of their behaviors. Photo courtesy of Adobe Stock. Let’s run through a list of eight things that all bad project managers have in common. And let’s talk about things to do to remedy these behaviors. Too many meetings. An email.

Without a Root Cause Analysis, No Suggested Fix Can Be Effective

Herding Cats

In a recent Blog post titled Precision it is suggested Precision (or the implication thereof) is perhaps the root problem of most, if not all dysfunction related to estimation. . Yes, projects have uncertainty. Everything has uncertainty. Projects are no exception. Estimates have precision and accuracy, but the reason for these unfavorable outcomes is not stated in the post. has no answer.

How to Handle a Project Management Crisis


Every project manager faces at least one crisis in his or her career. Follow these tips and come out ahead. Becoming a PM Best Practices Communication crisis project management crisis project roadblocks

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5 Reasons Why Managers Need To Learn Project Management Basics


. Unless you’re a certified Project Manager, you’re probably wondering why all managers need to learn the basics of project management. Chances are, even though you may not be a Project Manager, you are probably already managing a project. We’re not saying go and become a certified Project Manager right now. Improves your ability to manage projects. Gives you a competitive edge.

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Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

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

The Project Management Benchmark Report 2016

Arras People

We launch the latest annual report on the UK and Global Programme and Project Management domain today. The report polled over 2,100 permanent and contract Programme and Project Management professionals during December 2015 and January 2016. You probably saw a lot of that? Well here’s the result of all that effort. >>Download your copy here.

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Digital project management: what is it?

The Digital Project Manager

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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In Two Minds About Bimodal IT


Gartner’s Bimodal IT approach has been gaining momentum for the last 18 months. It promotes the adoption of a twin track approach to methodology selection. In Gartner’s words “Bimodal IT is the practice of managing two separate, coherent modes of IT delivery, one focused on stability and the other on agility. Mode 1 is traditional and sequential, emphasizing safety and accuracy. Simplicity Sells.

What they weren’t telling you when you took over that project…

Kiron Bondale

Lemon. When house hunting, savvy shoppers quickly learn the meaning of some seemingly innocent phrases found in listing descriptions. For example, lots of potential means that you will have to spend a lot of money to make the house livable. Quaint implies that no upgrades have been made since the house was originally built. Caveat emptor.

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How to manage projects within a fragmented workforce

The Evolution of the Project Management Profession

Green Project Management

“Even the dogs may eat of the crumbs that fall from the rich man’s table; and in these days, when the rich in knowledge eat such specialized food at such separate tables, only the dogs have the chance of a balanced diet.” Sir Geoffrey Vickers, 1965 Transitioning to the New Reality for Project Managers In […]. Entries P5 Sustainable Development Goals Sustainable Project Management GPM Global

Resilience – a new perspective for individuals, projects and organisations


A word gains increasingly attention in social sciences: resilience. The Oxford English Dictionary defines it as : “The capacity to recover quickly from difficulties ”. It was first used in the material sciences, where resilience is defined as ability of a material to absorb energy when it is deformed elastically, and release that energy upon unloading. Preoccupation with failure; 2.

Divergence and Convergence

Zen Project Management

There's another idea from Tim Brown's Change by Design I thought was worth writing about. It's the idea of divergence and convergence. Early in a design project (or any project), we want to collect lots of ideas. This is divergence.creating lots of possible choices. Linus Pauling , winner of 2 Nobel prizes, stated "To have a good ide, you must first have lots of ideas." If you're writing user stories, don't try to limit story creation. Just because a story is written doesn't mean it will be delivered but if it's never written it definitely won't be delivered. This sounds like a spike to me.

10 Powerful Questions in a Checklist to Save Your Projects

Project Risk Coach

The CHAOS Reports have been published every year since 1994 and are a snapshot of the state of the software development industry. The Standish Group 2015 Chaos Report studied 50,000 projects around the world, ranging from small enhancements to massive systems implementations. It revealed that 29% of the projects were successful, 52% were challenged, and 19% failed. Who are your stakeholders?

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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 Naive Notion that Agile Mitigates Risk

Herding Cats

The post Top 5 Ways Agile Mitigates Risk is one of those posts that's not wrong in what it says at the detail level - more or less, but is not right in principle. Agile Mitigates Risk - is not correct. Agile provides rapid identification of risk. That's all. First let's start with risk, risk management, and risk management frameworks. What is risk management? These are probability based.

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Minimum Valuable Problem

Tyner Blain

Defining and building a good minimum viable product is much harder than it sounds. Finding that “one thing” you can do, which people want, is really about a lot more than picking one thing. It is a combination of solving the minimum valuable problem and all of the other things that go with it. Solving for both the outside-in needs and the inside-out goals is critical. larger ].

Project Management Global Trends in 2016


2016 is the year project management will finally get the “digital” prefix we’ve been eager to add for a few years now. Serious technological advancements, covering not only project and portfolio management software solutions, but also cloud storage devices, integrative cross-platform services, and the “bring your own device” to work trend are definitely reassuring that […].

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Project Management Consultant or Freelance/Contract Project Manager?

Arras People

What is the different between a project management consultant and a freelance/contract project manager? Typically, a consultant, in any business field, has been traditionally focused on advising organizations what to do in certain business areas that need initiating, changing or developing. other words, the organization knows what they want doing and just hire the freelancer to deliver it.

Project Manager's Guide to Getting Things Done

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

Digital project manager interview questions and answers: The ultimate guide

The Digital Project Manager

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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When Outsourcing Makes Sense


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

Does your organization truly support project management?

Kiron Bondale

The April 2016 issue of PM Network provided updated project management capability findings from PMI’s 2016 Pulse of the Profession ® report. An unfortunate statistic is that only 38% of organizations are placing a high priority on creating a culture which recognizes the importance of project management. In addition to effective sponsorship, some of the following conditions should be met.

7 ways for projects managers to make your projects sustainable

Green Project Management

Last week I was asked to deliver a keynote presentation on sustainable project management to an audience of project managers in Australia at an Australian Institute of Project Management event. I started the presentation with a discussion about the future: our individual future, the future of our children, as well as the future of the project […].

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 and working in Project Society


Many surveys proof the fact, that we experience an increasing number and importance of projects in our society. Research about project activities in Germany show that in 2013 already more than one third of the GDP resulted from project activities, the trends point towards 50% in 2020. Are we on our way into “Project Society”? The book offers a typology of three project archetypes.

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Design the Poster

Zen Project Management

Anyone that's been around Agile for a while has probably heard of the Design the Box exercise. The idea is to help the team define and understand the product vision. I'm getting near the end of a project. We've had some challenges in terms of making the right decisions on scope. This has manifested itself in completing user stories only to have the business team say "I know that's what I asked for, but I don't think it's right." We didn't do a Design the Box at the start of the project. These posters are 2x3 feet, have a logo and the tool name on the top, and more information below.

How to Share Your Project in 60 Seconds

Project Risk Coach

You get on the elevator with someone who asks you about your upcoming project. Can you clearly describe your project in 60 seconds? Photo courtesy of AdobeStock (edited in Canva). Perhaps you are on the way out of a meeting with senior leaders when a Vice President asks you about your project. She says, “I only have a minute, but could you give me a brief summary of the project?”

Project Management, Performance Measures, and Statistical Decision Making

Herding Cats

There is a current rash of suggestions on how to improve the performance of software projects. Each of these, while well meaning, are missing the means to confirm their credibility. In this domain, we are guided by credible results using principles, processes, and procedures to increase the probability of program success. References below. . And there are many other examples (see references).

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.