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PMO Conference 2018: Video Diary

Girl's Guide to PM

On 13 June 2018 I went to the PMO Conference in London. It’s one of the few conferences that is specifically focused on PMO practices, process, tools and people. I don’t think of myself as really a PMO person so I wasn’t sure what I would get out of it.


How To Start Your Projects Right. A Complete Guide To Project Initiation

The Digital Project Manager

The beginning of a project: the calm before the storm or a manic rush to get things sorted ready for the core work to start? Whichever way it happens, the start of a project is critical to its future success.


6 SEO Tools Social Media Marketers Must Try

Brad Egeland

In the digital era we are in today, competition is the fuel that drives most businesses and individuals to give their best, with the knowledge that people are presented with different options to choose from.


Knowing Your Effort Budget

The Clever PM

It’s amazing to me how often I talk with someone about a project they’re working on, and when asked “what’s your budget on this” they just look at me with a blank look. Let’s be real for a minute — everything we do in product design, development, and management has limits. We have limited resources. […]. Product Management Backlog Definitions Do's Good PM Leadership Planning


Task Management For Project Managers

How can project planning that stretches over months or years remain relevant and account for new ad-hoc activities that arrive every day?

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Impacts of traditional project funding models on agile delivery

Kiron Bondale

In one of my previous articles I’d written about the need for change across multiple areas of an organization when undertaking an agile transformation.


Does Big Business Care about Sustainability?

Green Project Management

Does big business care about sustainability and social responsibility? I often ask attendees to my courses and presentations this question. In general, the response is a strong negative: “NO big business couldn’t care less about sustainability or social responsibility!”


Of myth and mystique

Musings on Project Management

I've always held that the key to power and influence is to have and maintain a certain mystique that provides some remoteness ( think: access control ), unpredictability, and mystery about the leader. Too much familiarity reveals too many weaknesses, etc) Now comes myth, to add to the mystique: "In theory, if some holy book [perhaps the body-of-knowledge of the PMO] misrepresented reality, leadership Project Management


Do This Each Day to Keep Your Projects Moving Forward

Project Bliss

If you’re managing multiple projects at once, it can be easy to give all your attention to the most difficult projects. It’s easy to stay focused on the riskiest, or the one with the loudest customer, or the most complex.


Managing The Project Budget - Developing Your Project Management Skills

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

Looking to Improve Project Performance - Check Out these PM Tools and Services for Better Results

Brad Egeland

In this latest installment in what is becoming a potentially monthly offering, I'm presenting five more project management related tools and services that PM professionals should be checking out.


How to Run a Really Great Project Meeting

Online PM Courses

Does it sometimes seem that your life is a constant trudge from one project meeting to the next. It’s as if there’s little time to do anything before the next one. And, if that’s not bad enough, how many of your project meetings are truly worthwhile?


Burnout Syndrome: Working Too Much Evidentially Makes You Sick!


If employees suffer from burnout syndrome, they are not to be blamed for it. In most cases, too much stress is the reason - often resulting from a weak corporate culture. Employees are under too much pressure from their bosses and are given too many tasks to fulfill on a single day. Sometimes they will become too ambitious because they feel like they are competing with their colleagues and want to be better than everyone else at all times.


A Real-World Success Story: Hallmark Cards Saves 1,000 Man Hours a Year by Streamlining PMO Projects and Agile Execution


Known throughout the world for its greeting cards, retail stores, gifts, and television series, Hallmark Cards believes that when you care enough, you can change the world.


Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

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

Can One Be Too Respectful?

Pawel Brodzinski

Some time ago, during our weekly Lean Coffee at Lunar Logic , which is the only all hands meeting at the company, I made a disrespectful comment. It was a topic which I have a strong opinion about.


Top Considerations When Choosing Team Members for Tough Projects

Brad Egeland

Most projects are complex in some way – especially high tech projects. Not all project managers get to choose their projects or even get to personally choose their team members once they land as leadership on a project. I know I usually don’t. I get to request a warm body with a skill set, but rarely have I been given the luxury of choosing actual names.


What is Release Management? | Video

Online PM Courses

Projects – especially IT projects – need to release new software into a live environment. So, what is Release Management? Dr Mike Clayton is founder of Online PM Here, he answers this question, in under 5 minutes. Project Management in Under 5. What is Release Management?


Should Priority Matrix Email Integration Matter to You?


Is the Email Integration Important? You are setting up your Priority Matrix. You might notice that Priority Matrix has an email integration and wonder whether this should matter to you. This Depends on You. If so, great question!


A Guide to Designing Delightful Dashboards

Speaker: Daniel O'Sullivan, Product Designer, nCino and Jeff Hudock, Senior Product Manager, nCino

We’ve all seen the increasing industry trend of artificial intelligence and big data analytics. In a world of information overload, it's more important than ever to have a dashboard that provides data that's not only interesting but actually relevant and timely. Dashboards assist decision makers facilitate new ideas and business opportunities, increase customer approval rates, and analyze current business process. All of these activities play a vital role in providing the superior experience your customers demand.

5 Steps to Achieving Better Results through Productivity Management

Employee productivity management requires a series of individual steps. One must measure the required tasks, collect performance data, maintain two-way communications, analyze results and create a basis for decision making.


How to recruit an outstanding project manager (Part I)

Susanne Madsen

Although it isn’t possible to provide one single definition of what a good project manager looks like, certain traits, skills and attributes seem to be advantageous for a person who is to lead a project.


What's More Painful - a Root Canal or Project Management Certification?

Brad Egeland

​Just reading this subject line - "What are Your Project Management Training Options" almost makes me feel like I'm asking you "when do you want to have that root canal?" But this is precisely the problem with improving projects - it doesn't have to be as bad as a painful dental procedure to learn more effective ways of doing your projects.


Project Manager Responsibilities: The Definitive Guide (+Roles)

PM Basics

Project Manager responsibilities are numerous. Project Management Institute encompasses a considerable list of roles and responsibilities. Nevertheless, you might not encounter them all in your company. So, what should be the baseline for you in your current organization and on your given project?


Turning Metrics into Dollars: How to Turn Your Analytics Data into a Real Financial Model for your Startup

Speaker: Tristan Kromer, Lean Agile Coach, Kromatic

Some teams struggle to constantly optimize conversion rates without understanding the financial impact of those conversion rates. Sometimes that 0.1% increase isn't worth the engineering time we're spending! Early stage startups in particular may not need a four year business plan, but they need to start building out a model which will show how they can someday be profitable. At the very least, they need to be able to see the impact of a change in retention rates to their user growth.

Post-Industrial Project Management

Leading Answers

Introduction. We know old concepts that govern agriculture do not apply to industry. Engineers do not consult the weather or growing seasons before designing machinery.


Five Tips for Working Smarter, Not Harder


Working smarter (not harder) could mean the difference between a so-so project and a successful one–this article will explore five tips for working smarter, not necessarily harder. The phrase, “work smarter, not harder” seems like an obvious piece of work advice.


Full Time Scrum Master experiment part 2 – Learning

Growing Agile

The first thing I had to do to prepare for this full time scrum master role was learn the crap out of it. Let’s be clear on something: I love to learn. I studied English literature, psychology and women’s studies in university. I love to learn about the way humans think, what motivates us, and if I learn something about myself along the way, that’s even better. This part of the process was a joy to me, which is great because when something’s a joy you work harder and get more out of it.


Making a Difference as a Project Manager

Brad Egeland

​By Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP®, PMI-ACP, RYT, Chief Cheetah and Founder of Cheetah Learning Project Managers – and all professionals, really – pursue credentials in their field for a variety of reasons: to advance their knowledge and skills, to build their reputation, to earn a promotion, to get a pay raise… All of these are perfectly valid reasons for seeking a credential.


How Agile Approaches Change Project, Program, and Product Measures

Speaker: Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant, Rothman Consulting Group

Before agile approaches took the world by storm, we used Gantt charts and defects to measure project and program progress. We had trouble measuring product progress until just before release—often too late to change anything. Join Johanna as she discusses how agile approaches change what we measure, and possible measures you might use in projects, programs, and to assess the product as the team(s) build it.

The Scrum Values (International Versions, June 2018)

Gunther Verheyen

In May 2013 I described how there is value in the Scrum Values. I included that text in my book “ Scrum – A Pocket Guide ” that was published in November 2013. Early in 2018 I updated my description slightly to be included in a revision of my book that I anticipate.


Limits of a Self-Organizing Team

Leading Agile

The idea of a self-organizing team has been promoted strongly since the Agile movement started to gain popularity following the publication of the Agile Manifesto in 2001.


The Truth About Transformations

Leading Answers

Transformations are flavor of the month. It is no longer enough to launch “initiatives,” “programs” or “projects” to undertake work. Instead, we launch agile transformations, digital transformations and productization transformations. They sound more revolutionary, more dramatic and further reaching.


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Selling Data and Decisions to your Team

Speaker: Cait Porte, SVP Product and Customer Experience, Zmags

Gathering support for a product feature or enhancement is a critical skill for Product Managers. Talking to customers, working with key stakeholders in the business and convincing development that a feature is necessary can be a daunting task. Join Product Management expert Cait Porte as she covers how to sell your ideas internally by leveraging data to drive decision making.