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Asana Gantt Chart: A How-to Guide With Pros, Cons & Alternatives

ProjectManager.com

Asana is project management software that offers a variety of easy-to-use tools like timelines, task lists and kanban boards which are mainly used for managing simple projects, everyday tasks and team workflows. It’s a good alternative for small teams that need to manage their workload and collaborate online. In this blog, we’ll show you how to make a Gantt chart in Asana and we’ll do an in-depth analysis of its features, benefits and limitations.

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Scrum Anti-Patterns GPT — Spielzeug oder sinnvoller Helfer? ??

Scrum.org

In Kürze: Scrum Anti-Patterns GPT — Spielzeug oder sinnvoller Helfer? Kann ein benutzerdefinierter Scrum Anti-Patterns GPT Teams auf die Prinzipien von Scrum einstimmen? Erfahren Sie, wie der Einsatz von benutzerdefinierten GPTs einen neuartigen Weg zur Überwindung der üblichen Hürden von Scrum bieten kann — mit einem Schwerpunkt auf der Schaffung von echtem Kundennutzen angesichts der Herausforderungen auf Organisations- und Teamebene. ?

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Why Should We Care About Product Backlog Refinement?

Scrum.org

This article was first published in the AskScrum.com newsletter. Subscribe to AskScrum.com to be the first to receive articles like this. The Product Backlog refinement ensures that the team's efforts are coordinated and meaningful, leading them towards a valuable increment. The Product Backlog refinement is essential in understanding work. It's a continuous process ensuring that the Product Backlog items are broken down into smaller, more precise items.

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Risk Management and AI Algorithms: Be in Control of Your Projects

The IIL Blog

By Jorgelina Bross-Puglisi February 28, 2024 Project Managers Have One Key Goal: Project Success By integrating risk management into project management processes, project managers can anticipate and respond to potential challenges, increasing the likelihood of project success. However, project managers can encounter various pitfalls while managing project risk management.

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Acclaim Projects Helps Deliver Innovation Projects on Time and on Budget

This large intercity transportation company for people and freight employs 100+ IT employees and contractors across North America and Europe and spends $10MM annually for approximately 50 inflight projects. The company needed the right financial tools to budget for innovation initiatives and real-time information on spending and forecasting. This transportation company turned to Acclaim Projects by Sopheon to help deliver projects on time and within budget.

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Exploring the Benefits of an Agile Application Modernization Approach

Leading Agile

Suppose you are a leader at a company that developed an important application over an extended timeframe: 10, 20, or even 30+ years. Maybe this system is used internally as a critical part of operating your business. Perhaps it is sold to other companies. Unless you have been constantly refactoring and modernizing this asset over its history, problems begin to emerge: On-premises infrastructure costs are not competitive.

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12 Free Project Planning Templates for Excel and Word

ProjectManager.com

Without a plan, projects are in trouble. Project planning is one of the first and most important aspects of project management. Using project planning templates can help you schedule tasks, estimate budgets and allocate resources. Project management software does more than a static Excel or Word template, but using these free 12 project planning templates for Excel and Word is a decent substitute.

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Creating a Resource Management Plan

Ganttic

Project managers – this is for you! Here we’ll provide a few tips on creating a better resource management plan. Beyond having a clear roadmap, effective projects require careful resource allocation. In this article, we’ll break down the essentials of aligning your goals with the right resources. Join us as we explore the key elements, challenges, and strategies to help you craft a strong resource management plan.

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The Three Leadership Mindsets – The Moment, The Outcome, The People

The IIL Blog

By Christian “Boo” Boucousis February 28, 2024 If you spend too much time scrolling the news these days, you’d be forgiven for concluding that leadership at a geopolitical level is immersed in a quagmire of self-interest and partisan politics. There are no winners when leaders forget that great leaders serve, not just their fan–club but the entire team.

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Top 5 Best Slack Alternatives

Productivity Land

Working outside traditional office environments, companies actively seek effective digital communication tools. And despite all remote work challenges , software developers have much to offer. Slack is a powerful tool for organizing work life. This popular collaboration software offers multiple features and free and paid plans. Millions of people benefit from the app, but it has tailored its functionalities to fit enterprise users.

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Strategic Finance Essentials: A Project Manager’s Guide to Financial Impact

Speaker: Ketan Jahagirdar - Sopheon’s Director of Product Management

Empower yourself as a project manager with insights that directly influence the financial landscape and strategic direction of your organization! Join us for a deep dive into the world of financial strategy, as we dissect key metrics that drive CFOs and business leaders’ investment decisions.This session will equip you with the necessary tools to craft compelling business cases as well as a comprehensive understanding of the crucial distinction between capital expenditure and operational expendi

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Trello vs. Asana: Side-by-Side Comparison

ProjectManager.com

Trello vs. Asana is a likely matchup for anyone looking for the right project management software. They’re both well-known and popular project management tools. Trello is often thought of as the go-to for kanban boards, which visualize workflow. Asana, on the other hand, is a simple-to-use work management tool. The trouble is most people want more than kanban boards, which is Trello’s bread and butter, and they want Gantt charts , which Asana doesn’t have.

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Scrum Anti-Patterns GPT

Scrum.org

TL; DR: Scrum Anti-Patterns GPT Can a Custom Scrum Anti-Patterns GPT align teams with Scrum principles? Dive into how leveraging custom GPTs might offer a novel path through Scrum’s common hurdles, focusing on creating actual customer value in the face of organizational and team-level challenges. ? Your single best investment to improve your professional standing ; order the Scrum Anti-Patterns Guide book now!

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Avoid These Common Cloud Transformation Mistakes

Leading Agile

In this episode of SoundNotes, Dave sits down with Dennis Stevens to discuss cloud transformation and why you might want to step back, take a deep breath, and come up with a more strategic and planful approach to moving to the cloud. Over the course of the conversation, they dig into some of the anti-patterns Dennis sees in the market that cause cloud transformations to fail, and they explore the benefits of having a strong cloud readiness plan and how you can begin to ensure that your plan is i

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Trending Topics at This Year’s Leadership and Innovation Online Conference

The IIL Blog

By Lori Milhaven, Ashley Jorgensen, and Rena Akroush February 28, 2024 Brace yourself for an exhilarating experience packed with vibrant speakers and innovative ideas. This isn’t just another online conference; it’s an energizing expedition into the forefront of leadership and innovation across all levels. At this year’s Leadership and Innovation Online Conference , expert speakers will inspire you, empower your journey, and propel you forward, promising to revolutionize your thinki

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20 Common Mistakes Made by Inexperienced Project Managers

You’ve read the PMBOK® Guide several times, taken the certification exam for project managers, passed, and you are now a PMP®. So why do you keep making rookie mistakes? This whitepaper shows 20 of the most common mistakes that young or inexperienced project managers make, issues that can cost significant time and money. It's a good starting point for understanding how and why many PMs get themsleves into trouble, and provides guidance on the types of issues that PMs need to understand.

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The Origins of Scrum Might Not Be What You Think They Are (Wisdom from Rafael Sabbagh)

Gunther Verheyen

In the summer of 2019 I got in touch with O’Reilly Media about their ambition to add a book about Scrum to their “97 Things” series. Drained as I was after a mission as Scrum Enterprise Coach at a large organization it was a great way to re-energize and practice some writing again (as I had sacrificed that to fully focus on my customer).

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Free Strategic Planning Templates for Excel and Word

ProjectManager.com

When the leadership team defines an organization’s vision, they look toward the future and identify the goals and objectives they want to achieve. This is the start of strategic planning. The next step is establishing the sequence in which to realize those goals and objectives. Once the vision is defined, then the practical work begins, and strategic planning templates can facilitate that work.

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What Does It Mean That a Team Is Cross-Functional?

Scrum.org

This article was first published in the AskScrum.com newsletter. Subscribe to AskScrum.com to be the first to receive articles like this. A cross-functional team has a collective skill set that covers the entire spectrum of product-building abilities and knowledge needed to transform every product backlog item into a done increment. A cross-functional team is a microcosm of diverse skills and talents, collaborating and working outside silos towards a common goal.

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Working Hard, But Not Too Hard!

PM Times

Working hard is applying a high level of effort, being consistently focused, productive and effective, applying emotional, physical, and intellectual energy. Working hard is rewarding, it leads to personal and organizational success. Some people say, “Work smarter, not harder.” But working hard is not the opposite of working smart. The two go together.

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The Big Payoff of Application Analytics

Outdated or absent analytics won’t cut it in today’s data-driven applications – not for your end users, your development team, or your business. That’s what drove the five companies in this e-book to change their approach to analytics. Download this e-book to learn about the unique problems each company faced and how they achieved huge returns beyond expectation by embedding analytics into applications.

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How to Rein in Employee Expenses

Binfire

Depending on what kind of business you run, employee expenses may be unavoidable, but it is almost certainly the case that you can bring them down to a more reasonable level. Most employees are sensible and will not abuse their expenses, nor will they go out of their way to spend more than is necessary, but still, expense accounts tend to get inflated, and this can be a real problem for your bottom line.

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5 Whys to Explore Scrum with an independent Scrum Caretaker

Gunther Verheyen

I embarked on my Agile journey in 2003 when we wrapped eXtreme Programming in Scrum. Besides having engaged with many teams and organizations I have also created and facilitated many Scrum workshops and classes about various topics for various audiences since then. In 2011 I obtained my license as a Professional Scrum Trainer for Scrum.org from Ken Schwaber (co-creator of Scrum).

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Can CCTV in the Office Boost Employee Productivity?

Productivity Land

CCTV cameras are becoming more common in the workplace, with many businesses installing them for security reasons. However, some employers are starting to wonder if these cameras can do more than just deter theft and vandalism. Can CCTV in the office actually boost employee productivity? Proponents of workplace CCTV argue that it can help managers keep an eye on their employees and ensure that they are working efficiently.

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Eine Anleitung zum Product Backlog Refinement, die dir Antworten auf das Wer, Wann und Was liefert (damit Anforderungen verstanden werden und du weniger Zeit in endlosen Meetings verschwendest)

Scrum.org

Zu keinem anderen „Event“ werden mir mehr Fragen gestellt als zum Product Backlog Refinement. Die „Top 3“ der Fragen lauten: Wie häufig soll es stattfinden? Wie werden Einträge des Produkt Backlogs verfeinert? Wer soll dazu eingeladen werden? Werden diese Fragen nicht beantwortet, dann erlebe ich immer wieder dasselbe: Unzählige Meetings enden ohne klare Anforderungen.

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How to Stay Competitive in the Evolving State of Martech

Marketing technology is essential for B2B marketers to stay competitive in a rapidly changing digital landscape — and with 53% of marketers experiencing legacy technology issues and limitations, they’re researching innovations to expand and refine their technology stacks. To help practitioners keep up with the rapidly evolving martech landscape, this special report will discuss: How practitioners are integrating technologies and systems to encourage information-sharing between departments and pr

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Review How Big Things Get Done

Henny Portman

Bent Flyvbjerg and Dan Gardner show with the book How Big Things Get Done – The Surprising Factors Behind Every Successful Project, from Home Renovations to Space Exploration , what distinguishes the triumphs from the failures. Flyvbjer identifies the errors in judgement and decision-making that lead projects to fail, and the research-based principles that will make you succeed with your projects.

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6 Best Screen Recording Software for PC and Mac

Binfire

Nowadays, showing a process through a video is the most effective way to teach something to someone. Screen recording is the perfect tool for this task. Professionals use it for creating video tutorials, product demos and even for livestreaming, gamers use it for recording their gameplay, and tech enthusiasts use it to capture bugs or issues that they encounter.

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Excel Test for Interviewing Candidates: Questions & Skills Assessment

Teamweek

Give n the spreadsheet’s role in the world of work these days, it’s no surprise that employers are constantly on the lookout for employees with excellent Excel skills. However, there are many different levels of spreadsheet expertise. To one person (hello — it’s me), whipping up an attractive bar chart counts as advanced, while others are familiar with macros, pivot tables, and historical modeling.

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Cash Flow Optimization 101: 9 Tips And Advice For Small Businesses

Productivity Land

Effective cash flow management can help small businesses navigate through financial uncertainties, capitalize on new opportunities, and sustain growth over the long term. However, it’s one of the biggest challenges for many small businesses. With limited resources and capital, small business owners need to be creative about optimizing their cash flow to keep their operations running smoothly.

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3 ‘Must-Dos’ for Addressing Digital Transformation Challenges

Digital transformation projects are crucial, with global spending projected to hit $3.4 trillion by 2026. However, they often fail at a rate of about 70%. To enhance success: Employee Buy-in: Acknowledge concerns and establish a change management team to communicate benefits transparently. Identify Processes and Tools: Form a digital transformation office to establish metrics, workstream lifecycles, data capture, and tool selection.