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The Must-Read Reading List for Project Communication and Collaboration

Girl's Guide to PM

. Project teams communicate and collaborate by default, don’t they? Erm, no. That certainly hasn’t been the case for all the teams I have worked on. Don’t assume your project team will know how (or even want to) communicate well and collaborate with each other.

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How to Improve Your Project Communication

Project Risk Coach

In my project management workshops, I ask this question, "What are the top causes of project failure?" Nine times out of ten, I hear the answer—poor communication. Hence, let's look at how to improve your project communication.

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A Complete Guide To Requirements Gathering

The Digital Project Manager

Dealing with misaligned client expectations? Follow a thorough requirements gathering process—use this free requirements document template to make sure your deliverables are well-defined. The post A Complete Guide To Requirements Gathering appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. How-to Guides Scope Management

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Project Planning for Beginners

ProjectManager.com

Project planning is one of the foundational pillars that supports the practice of project management. Jennifer Bridges, PMP, walks through the basics to guide beginners and refresh the pros. Here’s a screenshot for your reference! In Review – Project Planning for Beginners.

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?

Humility is a prerequisite to agility

Kiron Bondale

The Scrum Guide identifies commitment, courage, focus, openness and respect as Scrum Values. Those values apply regardless of the delivery framework or method used and missing any one of those reduces the benefits of an agile journey.

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Alice, the Cat, and Agile

Musings on Project Management

I've heard it many times that this little ditty is the essence of why Agile is problematic with its dearth of plans, estimates, etc: "Would you tell me, please which way I ought to go from here? That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,' said the Cat. 'I I don't much care,' said Alice. Then it doesn't matter which way you go,' said the Cat. 'So So long as I get SOMEWHERE,' Alice. agile

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Is Poor Public Speaking Hurting Your Project Management Career?

Project Risk Coach

Great project managers are great communicators. And we are often required to inform, persuade, inspire, and lead others. Let's look at how public speaking may be hurting your career and twelve ways to become a better speaker. So, what is public speaking (also called oratory)?

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Mastering the Decision-Making Process: A Practical Guide

ProjectManager.com

Our mastery of the decision-making process plays a big part in the outcome of our lives, as life could be easily defined as a series of decisions. Each step on life’s journey is taken after considering where to put your foot.

How our Perception impacts our Understanding of Sustainability – Part 1

Green Project Management

Perception is reality. We have heard that many times. One definition of perception “is the organization, identification, and interpretation of sensory information in order to represent and understand the presented information, or the environment.”

The Agile Canon

Musings on Project Management

I thought this posting on the "Agile Canon" was worthy of passing along in its entirety. So, there's the link for a pretty good read on the most important elements of a canon that all should be interested in adopting: Measure Economic Progress: Outcomes, means to measure, means to forecast Proactively Experiment to Improve: Assess options, embrace diversity and variability, execute. agile

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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.

17 Gifts for Managers

Girl's Guide to PM

This year I have rounded up a selection of presents that would make suitable gifts for managers, colleagues and project teams. There are also a few extra-special (i.e. too expensive for a Secret Santa) presents that you could either club together to buy for a colleague.

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Project manager vs program manager. What’s the difference?

Backlog

Two similar-sounding job titles; two very different roles. And while there is some overlap between the two, they are fundamentally unique, each with their own set of challenges and goals. First, let’s begin by defining projects and programs. Simply put, a project is an enclosed task with a finite duration, and a program is a collection of projects that contribute to a long-term goal. Sounds simple, right? Sort of. But there’s actually a little more to these two than meets the eye.

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Everything You Need to Know About Six Sigma Certification

ProjectManager.com

What is Six Sigma? Why do you want to get certified in it? And are there different levels of Six Sigma certification? All these questions and more will be answered by Jennifer Bridges, PMP, in this short project management tutorial video: Here’s a screenshot of the whiteboard for your reference!

5 Whys Root Cause Analysis: a Problem-Solving Tool to Get to the Root of the Problem

Project Bliss

The 5 Whys root cause analysis tool helps you quickly get past surface assumptions. It helps you dig deeper so you can solve the root cause of the problem. . What is the 5 Whys Root Cause Tool? The 5 Whys is a simple tool used to help you understand what’s really causing a problem.

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Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

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

PPM Benefits for the Project Management Office

Arras People

Most organizations and technology leaders agree that even a modest investment in a project portfolio management solution can yield noticeable benefits – even significant returns in some cases of higher dollar applications across the enterprise.

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Become a Better Leader - 5 Proven Leadership Practices

Brad Egeland

Become a rocket ship of progress. Be the type of leader who brings out the best of everyone while making a much bigger difference in the world. This webinar and the Cheetah Leadership Program are developed by Michelle LaBrosse, a Registered Yoga Teacher, Aerospace Engineer, and Harvard Business School Graduate. Learn how to lead in a way that both stretches you and also helps you find a place of comfort and ease by better leveraging your innate talents.

CAPM certification guide: Certified Associate Project Manager exam explained

Moira Alexander

What is the CAPM certification? The Project Management Institute (PMI) offers several globally recognized certifications in project management and the Certified Associate Project Manager (CAPM) certification is a great way to jump-start a career in the field.

Business Forecasting: Why You Need It & How to Do It

ProjectManager.com

If only we were able to predict the future, we’d all be rich. Well, that fantasy is played out every day in boardrooms across the globe with the practice of business forecasting. Organizations don’t fly by the seat of their pants: they’re constantly working on forecasting the future.

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Living With Technical Debt: Balancing Quality and Perfection

Speaker: Cliff Gilley, The Clever PM

As a Product Manager, you probably have to deal with technical debt. Regularly. Whether you like it or not - because it can’t be avoided. Unexpected details pop up, as small as UX that needs clean-up, and as big as a previously unforeseen flaw in the infrastructure of a project. We have to accept that nobody gets away without some technical debt. And of course, the longer you take to deal with your technical debt, the more difficult it becomes to address fully. Feeling frustrated? Fortunately, we can take a step back, gain clarity, and see how the decisions we make impact our technical debt. Then, we can make decisions about how we want to balance technical debt with other priorities. Are we willing to live with some level of technical debt in order to ship product and meet deadlines? Can we mitigate technical debt to get to an MVP faster?

10 Of The Best Project Scheduling Software

The Digital Project Manager

Balance your workloads efficiently and keep your teams on track with project scheduling software—we evaluate the top tools on the market in this detailed software review. The post 10 Of The Best Project Scheduling Software appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Best Tools Tools Tools Planning

Artificial Intelligence and the Role of the Project Manager in 2030

Inloox

In the year 2030, projects will no longer be controlled by managers, but by software. Artificial intelligence will take over project management, based on the data sets of all projects planned and executed with this software. This is not a gloomy future scenario, but reality in many areas. You ask Google for the term "Jaguar" and based on your previous behavior and the behavior of other, similarly thinking Google users, it knows that you mean the car and not the animal or vice versa.

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Make it a Habit to Finish What You Start - and 5x Faster

Brad Egeland

When you practice finishing EVERYTHING you start, here is what happens: This will become your habit. You will be far less stressed as you won't have so many things you must do hanging over your head. You will get super efficient. You will pursue much better opportunities. You will become more confident in your ability to achieve your goals. You will get a reputation as the "get 'er done" Gal or Guy. You won't start as many things.

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ITIL for Project Managers – Should you?

Online PM Courses

The ITIL framework is the most widely-used framework of best practices for IT Service Management (ITSM). Many project managers deliver IT components to our projects. And the service régime that starts when we hand them over will often dictate the value of the products we’ve created.

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The Business Opportunity of Embedded Analytics: New Findings from 500+ Application Teams

Speaker: Josh Martin, Director of Product Marketing, Logi Analytics

Embedded analytics has evolved from an afterthought to a necessity. But most companies don’t realize that the features they embed and how they develop have a lasting impact on revenue, customer churn, and competitive differentiation. The state of embedded analytics in 2018 is in flux. Learn from the experiences of 500+ application teams embedding analytics—including which features actually move the needle, how analytics benefits their companies, and what development approach yields the best results.

An Introduction to Vendor Management

ProjectManager.com

Most projects dip into outside resources to achieve their objectives. It’s becoming increasingly rare for any one organization to have all the goods and services necessary to complete the work they’ve set out for themselves. That’s where vendor management comes in.

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10 Of The Best Basecamp Alternatives For Team Collaboration

The Digital Project Manager

Scoping out Basecamp alternatives to help your team stay on the same page? This review helps you compare the features and pricing of some the best tools for team collaboration on the market. The post 10 Of The Best Basecamp Alternatives For Team Collaboration appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Best Tools Tools

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The Ultimate Guide to Surviving the Cold and Maximizing Your Productivity

Inloox

Many people look forward to fall and winter with the colorful leaves and ski-season awaiting them. Others hate the idea of the weather getting colder and the days getting shorter.

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I Just Came from the Future:Effective Product Managers are Time Travelers

Leading Agile

If you’ve met a great product person you’ve met a time traveler. The great ones, in fact, find themselves moving through the dimensions of time in the same day—sometimes even before lunch.

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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.

What is a Functional Specification? | Video

Online PM Courses

On software and technical projects, there is a chain of project definition deliverables, and one of them is the Functional Specification. So, what is a Functional Specification? Dr Mike Clayton is founder of Online PM Courses.com. Here, he answers this question, in under 5 minutes.

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Performance Review Template: Ace Your Performance Review

Appfluence

Guest article, and Performance Review Template by Mike Sisco, President of the IT Manager Institute. Background: Why the Performance Review Template? I’ve managed IT organizations for more than 20 years so I have delivered hundreds of performance plans and reviews.

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DPM Podcast: Being A More Productive PM (With Laura Bosco)

The Digital Project Manager

My own experience of PM'ing is that it's a demanding role, we carry the responsibility of delivering a project to our best ability and we desperately want our projects to succeed. But is our busyness really helping deliver a better project? So what's the solution? All will be revealed in today's podcast as we talk about ways that we can be less busy, but more productive. The post DPM Podcast: Being A More Productive PM (With Laura Bosco) appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. DPM Podcas

2018 136

Risk Management Examples: 9 Behind the Scenes Stories

PM Basics

It is hard to imagine what you can do with a project risk. Avoid, mitigate, transfer and so on. But what does it mean? What specific actions can you take to avoid something? What can you, as a project manager, do to mitigate a risk?

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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.