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Strategy Execution on #pmchat

Arras People

On Friday 14th October at 5pm UK time (12pm ET), I’ll be hosting #pmchat for an hour alongside Deanne Earle on Strategy Execution and Portfolio Management. Friday afternoons on Twitter is the place for project practitioners to kick back for an hour and have a chat with other practitioners around the world. A pretty vast topic which means the #pmchat will certainly be alight with discussion.

Strategies for Project Sponsorship


The book “Strategies for Project Sponsorship” addresses the challenges of sponsorship from all three vantage points – that of the project manager, the project sponsor and the organisation. The post Strategies for Project Sponsorship appeared first on IPMA Blog - Learn more about project management. In recent blogposts we already highlighted the importance of project sponsorship. In a nutshell, project sponsorship is an active senior management role, identifying the business needs, ensuring the project remains a viable proposition and supporting the project manager in all regards.

Remote project management strategies: How to keep the human touch

The Digital Project Manager

The post Remote project management strategies: How to keep the human touch appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Remote project management is growing in popularity but how can we make projects a success and empower our team to thrive when we’re not face. General How-to Guides

The Canvas Strategy

Zen Project Management

One piece of advice I appreciated is what he called the canvas strategy. This strategy will accomplish a number of things. I’m making my way through the Tim Ferris' book Tools of Titans. It’s well over 600 pages but it has a lot of useful, interesting advice, though I'll admit some of it is a bit out there. He breaks the book up into three areas; Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise. The book is really just a summary of podcasts done over the years with some other advice added in. The idea really came from Ryan Holiday. It will keep your ego from getting to big.

Change your Project Risk Management Strategy

PM by PM

What is your Project Risk Management Strategy? Is there any other Project Risk Management Strategy?” ” In my experience “deal with the problem when it comes” is the most frequently used Project Risk Management Strategy (also called Project Risk Response Strategy). The post Change your Project Risk Management Strategy appeared first on PM-by-PM.

Cut, Cut, Cut: Elimination Strategies To Boost Productivity

Project Management Hacks

Elimination is an underrated productivity strategy we all need to practice. If elimination is such a great strategy, why isn’t it more popular? It’s one of the best ways to eliminate that “crazy busy” feeling that make the week feel like a long slog. There’s a few reasons to consider. stresses adding activities as the path to success. Why those times?

6 proven project team communication strategies

Moira Alexander

Whatever media they use, project teams will increase their chances of achieving their goals if they develop successful strategies for keeping everyone informed about what’s going on. Hold regular strategy meetings for the entire team. Project teams are in a constant state of communication via email, videoconferences, telephone calls, texts, face-to-face discussions and even nonverbal interactions. Here are some tips for communicating effectively during the course of a project. Meet regularly. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

A Strategy for Engaging and Dealing With Difficult People

Girl's Guide to PM

In fact the best solution is to put a strategy in place before you are even faced with the problem, so that you will be better prepared and get a more successful outcome should you be faced with the dilemma. There is, unfortunately, no fail-safe strategy when dealing with difficult stakeholders. Planning an exit strategy is a smart move that helps you move roles.

The value of strategy

Musings on Project Management

"I will not take by sacrifice that which I can achieve by strategy" General Douglas MacArthur And, so what we have in that philosophy, when put in project context, is the oft-criticized 'brute force approach' vs a more subtle tactical alternative. We see it all Strategic Plan StrategyWhere this shows up more often than not is using the right tool for the right job, and preparing the context for using the tools.

Strategies for Project Sponsorship

Guerrilla Project Management

Vicki James, Peter Taylor, and Ron Rosenhead share their insights on the secrets to effective project sponsorship from their new book “Strategies for Project Sponsorship” Research into the causes of project failure clearly shows there is a real problem around the Project Sponsor role. The Project sponsor is critical to project success, yet it is. Leadership Podcasts

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6 proven strategies for evaluating and prioritizing IT projects

Moira Alexander

The good news is, there are some proven strategies for evaluating and prioritizing projects. Regardless of business size, industry or structure, many projects today are unfortunately still selected and initiated in a siloed department-by-department manner, without considering the overall strategic impact. What are the risks of initiating projects in this manner? Businesses run the risk of more than one area competing for the same project resources, including people and technologies, and also conflicting deadlines and goals.

2015 29

Content Marketing as a part of Inbound Strategy


This is a continuation of our previous article – Introduction to Content Marketing. Today, we will explain the differences between outbound and inbound marketing, and explain the main assumptions of the latter. Inbound marketing is a vital part of Internet Marketing – it is being used by marketers all around the globe, as the methods […]. Real Cases

Why your business strategies must constantly change

Moira Alexander

It’s virtually impossible for organizations to make sound strategic decisions and completely accomplish objectives when deprived of strong change management strategies. “If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” -Lao Lao Tzu In the business world, change is all around us, almost every minute of the day. It can come in the form of: Stakeholder expectations. Human resources. The environment (Internal or external). Management. Organizational structure. Policies and processes. Regulatory/legislated changes. Cash flow. Competition. Products or services.

2015 16

Six Essential Requirements of an Influencing Strategy

Project Risk Coach

After a simple analysis exercise (considering relationship and agreement) it then comes down to developing an influencing strategy. If people are against you, make sure you’ve got something in your strategy to at least remove the risk they pose to your influencing goal. While complex strategies may be fun, simple wins the day in my book. Maybe stating the obvious.

6 Ways Project Management Can Be A Winning Strategy for Entrepreneurs

PM for the Masses

The post 6 Ways Project Management Can Be A Winning Strategy for Entrepreneurs appeared first on Project Management for the Masses. This is a guest post by Sabita Saleem (bio below post). More and more people are transitioning from their day jobs to realizing their dreams of starting a business. A smart and brave move indeed! Blog Guest Posts

2015 28

Business Dysfunction, Malfunction and Strategy

Herding Cats

The root cause of this dysfunction is the lack of line of sight traceability for Why the firm is in business to how the firm fulfills the strategy needed to deliver on that WHY. Here's one way that has been shown over the years to connect the dots between Why and How and critically importantly, how the projectize the work efforts needed to implement the strategy. Balanced Scorecard StrategyMike Cottmeyer posted. This is an interesting article that misses the point of what's going on. When you don't have sufficient encapsulation, you end up with too much orchestration.

Stages of Building the Content Marketing Strategy


Content marketing is based on clarifying the exact target group to which the message is directed – we call such group persona. If we do not specify the addressed, the messages won’t actually be directed to anyone. While “designing” the persona we should take into account the views and opinions of all the people in […]. Real Cases

The 5 Reasons You Need Planning a Strategy

Planning a strategy is time-consuming; apart from exerting so much time and effort in it, you need to gather experienced people for the job. And the people should be devoted and not chicken out once the strategy plan is implemented. Another factor to take note is when planning a strategy; you cannot go wrong with specific and clear details. But the burning question is: why do organizations feel the need to plan a strategy ? What will happen to their products and services once they start planning a strategy? Planning a Strategy #2: To Get Everyone Together.

Are we going to do things better in 2017?


Re-inventing the wheel is for many organizations and projects still a idely used strategy. Featured Know how Opinions Project management Strategy“Well Mr. Buijnsters. Again full of good intentions for the new year?” This way the dental assistant welcomes me to the bi-annual dental check. And of course we all start the New Year with good intentions and promises.

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Leadership’s Project Management Challenges

Gina Abudi PM

Project Management project management benefits project management strategy project strategy strategic project management value of project managementLeadership in many organizations – even today – are challenged with project management and where it fits in. Understanding the value of project management to the organization is a significant challenge for leaders. Too often it is considered as tactical – with no real thought or understanding of the strategic value of it. Shortchanging the [.].

You Won’t Believe What These Five Lenses Can Show You About Your Product

Tyner Blain

The Product Strategy Grid. Steven Haines wrote The Product Manager’s Desk Reference , and from ( the first edition of ) his book I learned about the product strategy grid. As a product manager, we build roadmaps to help communicate to the team building the product, a set of instructions / goals / themes designed to manifest the product strategy. Really works.

2015 29

A Simple Approach to Your Content Marketing Strategy


Content marketing is a strategy that helps reach potential customers with an offer, using a variety of tools with comparable effectiveness. Even the best content, if not properly promoted, will remain anonymous –on the Internet one will find many articles on the same topic, which are being promoted more effectively. Therefore, we must carefully select […]. Real Cases

Governance models for Non for Profit Organisation: From theory to Practice


IPMA is in the process of implementing its 2020 strategy. Corporate strategy as a central function of the executive board. According to the new corporate governance model, corporate strategy is a central function of the supervisory board (see previous table). Non-profit boards are often involved in strategy making and policy clarification. Dimension. Theoretical Basis.

Virtual Project Management Offices – a real option for large organisations


Prerequisites for establishing a virtual PMO are a clear vision, mission and strategy for the management of projects, programmes and portfolios, a project-friendly culture, a clear leadership and team-setting with roles and responsibilities as well as availability of electronic tools fostering the collaboration. Featured Know how PMO Projects Strategy

Good Enough

Tyner Blain

What good enough means, precisely, for your customer, for a particular capability of a particular product, given your product strategy is unique. Agile Kano Analysis Prioritization Product Management Product Strategy Requirements Requirements Models Software development Kano analysis lean startup mvp product strategyNo one really tells us. Otherwise this is all academic.

2014 40

Product Owner Manager – Alone Together

Tyner Blain

Together, the product people need to take an organization’s strategy, figure out the appropriate product strategy, and convert that into actionable work for the delivery teams to create the right product. The product manager is responsible for prioritizing the user goals in the context of all of the other goals that manifest as product strategy. larger version ]. [Ed:

Measure What Matters

The Clever PM

Product Management Definitions Do's Don't Good PM Leadership Metrics Planning StrategyMany people are aware of the famous quote from Peter Drucker, “What gets measured, gets managed.” ” But what people don’t often consider is that what’s being measured and managed might actually not matter at all at the end of the day. When we measure things that don’t actually drive us to improve, we’re just acting like a […].

2017 13

Features do not a Product Roadmap Make

Tyner Blain

Other themes could be “improve our positioning relative to competitor X” or “fill in a missing component in our portfolio strategy.” A “release backlog” or “product backlog” is defined within the context of strategy – which is manifested in the roadmap. Why and What and When. ” #prodmgmt. Which What? Context in Agile.

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Definition of Done

Herding Cats

Agile Business Capabilities Decision Making Estimating Management Performance-Based Project Management® Principles Project Management Requirements Risk Strategy Technical Performance Measuresthat add verifiable and demonstrable value to the product. Very simple definition of done can be encapsulated as follows: Code Complete, Test Complete, Approved by Product Owner. And many more.


Classifying Market Problems

Tyner Blain

Think “ blue ocean strategy ” here. When you’re reviewing a roadmap in light of a strategy, there are several different ways you need to look at your plan. Product Management Product Strategy Requirements Requirements Models market problems product strategyWe wrote about the whole product game based on Mr. Levitt’s work. Whole Product Model.

2014 30

What Can a PM Learn From Gaming?

The Clever PM

Product Management Culture Games Good PM Interactions Leadership PM Problem Solving Psychology Strategy UncertaintyWhile Product Management might be my career of choice, my primary hobby of choice has to be gaming. I’ve been playing games in one form or another for as long as I can remember — tabletop games, video games, role-playing games…you name it, I’ve played some permutation of it in my life. As I’ve grown […].

2016 21

What Does an Agile Culture Look Like?

The Clever PM

Product Management Agile Culture Influence Lean Organization PM Roles Scrum Strategy UncertaintyA common question posed to Product Managers in organizations interested in or transitioning into Agile is, “How do we know that we’re Agile?” ” Because agility is a cultural value, there’s no pre-determined checklist of things that one can step through and certify your company as 100% Organic Agile. There are, however, indicators that we look at to […].

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Playing Whack-A-Mole With Risk

Tyner Blain

When it comes to developing a product strategy – or even making decisions about how best to create a product, one of these assumptions is likely to be what causes us to fail. Every strategy, every product idea, every design approach, and every planned implementation is built upon a pile of assumptions. Essentially, product strategy and product ideation. Being Wrong.

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Opposite Views of a Product Roadmap

Tyner Blain

Executives (should) want to talk about intent and strategy for investment in the product. But try and shift the conversation back to corporate goals, strategy, and the role your product is intended to fill. Communication Kano Analysis Prioritization Product Management Requirements Requirements Models Software development roadmap strategyEveryone has a default. Intentionality.

2014 42

How to Get Fired at the C-Level

The Lazy Project Manager

But perhaps not getting fired is your preferred outcome and, if that is the case, then you might have a challenge or two in the arena of strategy execution since the number one reason CEOs get fired is mismanaging change! speaker PMI pmp project project manager project speaker – free podcasts also in iTunes.

When “Bias Toward Action” Goes Wrong

The Clever PM

Product Management Culture Definitions Leadership PM Strategy UncertaintyIf you’ve been on the job market in the past several years, you’ve undoubtedly come across the phrase “bias toward action” in one or more job descriptions or company overviews, or even during a call with a recruiter. It’s become something of a buzzword, and in the way that many buzzwords do, has a meaninglessness […].

2016 17

Podcast 75 – 3 things a CIO wants from their Project Managers

Fix my Project Chaos

Let’s talk about: 3 things your CIO wants In this Podcast, CIO and CTO Strategy Advisor Michael Young discusses the top things your CIO wants from their project managers and tips for getting the most out of PM roles. Podcasts CIO CTO Strategy AdvisorWith deep experience in technology and customer service Michael brings to companies both an understandable technical […]. The post Podcast 75 – 3 things a CIO wants from their Project Managers appeared first on Fix My Project Chaos.

2016 22

More about game theory -- and the PMO

Musings on Project Management

their consequence The challenging game situation for the PMO is when your game opposite can't or won't collaborate with you, making the consequences for both potentially less optimum than if game theory StrategyProbably the greatest benefit of working with game theory arises from evaluating the consequences of each game step. You do this. your consequence Your competitor or opposite number does something.

2016 13

Leading Through Influence: Limiting Choices

The Clever PM

Product Management Authority Backlog Cat Herding Culture Direction Distractions Facilitation Good PM Influence Leadership Organization Priorities Psychology StrategyI was working with a future mentee last week and we noticed a recurring theme to some of our discussions — that a large part of good Product Management results from limiting the number of choices that our teams and our executives have to choose from, so that they make decisions that reflect the actual […].

Strategic weakness

Musings on Project Management

And when your strategy depends on someone else doing something that's pretty weak strategy Jeff Roe. Risk Management StrategyPolitcal strategist Well, yes, but no. Certainly, self-sufficiency is the better game plan, but who gets to play in that green field? Certainly not PMs which are at the behest of sponsors, customers, and other business interests. If they don't behave and get on the same page with the.