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11 Program management skills employers expect in 2024

Rebel’s Guide to PM

Want to make it as a program manager ? There are loads of skills you need to succeed. Let’s face it – there are loads of skills you need in every job, so let’s not overwhelm ourselves. In this article, I’ll share the skills that have been the most useful for me in the role. I’ve worked as a program manager for a few years now so I can tell you the top program management skills that I use each day.

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Production Tracking: Monitoring the Success of Your Manufacturing Process

ProjectManager.com

Manufacturers are always looking to optimize their operations, reduce costs and improve product quality. They make a schedule, but internal and external factors impact production. To meet deadlines and remove bottlenecks, they use production tracking. Projection tracking is more than meeting the demands of a production schedule. We’ll explain that and what are the key areas that production tracking is concerned with.

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20 Practical tips to get (and stay) organized at work

Rebel’s Guide to PM

What is the best way to get organized at work? Well, the answer, as with so many personal productivity things, is that it depends. However, given that a study by Alteryx and IDC shows that being digitally disorganized can cost you up to 14 hours per week ! You'll see a very fast return once you start trying to be more organized in your job. While there isn't a once-size-fits-all approach, there are some good practices and tried-and-tested methods that you can have a go at.

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How to Make a Control Plan in Manufacturing

ProjectManager.com

As with any project, manufacturers are working with the triple constraint of time, cost and scope. One constraint that’s often overlooked is quality. Products have to be safe and meet customer requirements, including quality. Having a control plan helps production achieve these goals. To do this, manufacturers must understand what a control plan is, the different types of control plans and the steps to make a control plan for manufacturing.

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Your Guide To Transitioning Into Product Management: Essentials For New PMs

Speaker: Leslie Grandy, Product Executive & Drew Weaver, Senior Program Manager

Are you considering a shift to product management or just starting your journey as a Product Manager? Join Leslie Grandy and Drew Weaver for an insightful webinar designed to help you seamlessly transition into this dynamic role. Whether you're looking to pivot your career or enhance your existing skills, this session will equip you with the knowledge and tools to succeed!

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10 signs that your company is Agile in name only

Scrum.org

Agile frameworks hold such promise. From focusing on value delivery to empowered teams, it's an exciting time to be part of product development. But there are a lot of myths out there about what Agile teams should be like. Some believe that there is no such thing as a manager in Scrum or that teams should be able to forecast all scope and delivery dates upfront.

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Agile "DONE" defined

Musings on Project Management

Now we're getting somewhere! No less an Agile/Scrum eminence than Mike Cohn -- author of some really good books and articles -- has come out with a newsletter on -- are you ready for this? -- what's the meaning of DONE in Agile. His acronym, a bit a poor choice to my mind, is "DoD". Definition of Done. But, there you have it.

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5 Facilitation Techniques for Project Managers and How to Use Them

Rebel’s Guide to PM

Facilitation is one of the things I enjoy most about my work. It’s a fun way of engaging with a group and helping them achieve something that they wouldn’t be able to do as individuals. You can draw out the experience and expertise in the room and create a sense of ‘team’ as well. Facilitation is also a key skill for project managers, especially when you are working with your project team and stakeholders from various locations.

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Assembly Line Balancing in Manufacturing Operations Management

ProjectManager.com

An ongoing goal in business is consistency in terms of labor assignments. The ability to spread the workload even across labor leads to greater productivity but also boosts morale, which in turn increases productivity. In manufacturing operations management, this is done through assembly line balancing. To employ a line balancing process in a factory, manufacturers first must understand what assembly line balancing is.

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Agile in Name Only

Scrum.org

From boardrooms to water coolers, organizations across industries proudly tout their commitment to Agile principles and frameworks. However, for many companies, being "Agile" often masks a deeper reality: a lack of true Agile mindset and practices. This paradox can lead to a host of difficulties and challenges, ultimately undermining the organization's ability to realize the full potential of Agile.

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Don’t Get Left Behind: Leveraging Modern Product Management Across the Organization

Speaker: Kat Conner

The challenge of delivering the right product at the right time while aligning with strategic objectives is more pressing than ever. Product management is evolving and gaining greater recognition as the means to creating this connection. Join our upcoming webinar and learn how to streamline your product development processes, infuse product thinking across the organization, and bridge the gap between vision and delivery.

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Why Does Software Get More Complex Over Time?

Leading Agile

Understanding why software grows complex is crucial for addressing it. Let’s discuss some common causes. Fear of Change: Avoiding changes leads to duplicated and complex code. Dependencies: More dependencies make the code harder to manage. Unplanned Technical Debt: Shortcuts taken during development add unforeseen debt. Schedule Pressures: Continuous feature addition without removing obsolete ones.

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NSA on deep fake detection of video conferencing

Musings on Project Management

As I previously posted, there is a growing threat that the person to whom you are video conferencing is really a deep fake. For projects, this threat arises in recruiting strangers remotely by video call, but also in other situations when the 'familiar face' is really fake. (But I know that person! How could the image I'm seeing be fake?

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How to Make a Gantt Chart in Google Docs (Template Included)

ProjectManager.com

There are many free and paid software that can make a Gantt chart. They range from basic data visualization tools to specialized Gantt chart software with advanced project planning, scheduling and tracking features. In this blog, we’ll review the main pros and cons of making a Gantt chart in Google Docs. We’ve also reviewed some of the best Gantt chart software alternatives and highlighted their key features, pricing and other important details to know before choosing a Gantt chart tool for a pr

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Das vielseitigste Werkzeug jedes Scrum Masters: So erhältst du tiefere Einsichten, festigst Erkenntnisse und triffst bessere Entscheidungen

Scrum.org

Ist „Übung macht den Meister“ ein Mythos? Stell dir vor, du bekommst ein einfaches Sudoku zum Lösen. Du löst es. Bevor du ein weiteres Puzzle lösen darfst, hast du die Wahl: Entweder du bekommst drei Minuten, um weitere Rätsel zu üben, oder du bekommst drei Minuten, um zu reflektieren, was du gerade getan hast und wie du dich verbessern kannst. Wenn du wie die meisten Menschen bist, wählst du wahrscheinlich die erste Option.

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The Project Clinic: Assessing Project Health, Planning, and Execution

Speaker: Ketan Jahagirdar

Picture your projects as patients, each with its own unique rhythm and pulse, thriving under your care 🥼 🩺 Step into the role of an innovative project doctor in our upcoming webinar! This session is your guide to evaluating the health of your projects through Waterfall and Agile practices like Scrum and Kanban. We’ll explore the vital signs of project success through the lens of the “iron triangle” metrics, using deliverables as tracers.

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Uniting Safety Culture and Social Awareness in the Workplace

The IIL Blog

By Alicia Morgan Across all industries, a commitment to workplace safety and social awareness is essential. This dual focus creates a blueprint for overall well-being at work, transcending sector boundaries. Therefore, integrating safety culture and social awareness is more crucial than ever. Defining the Difference: Safety Culture vs. Social Awareness Safety culture encompasses the shared beliefs, practices, and attitudes within a workplace aiming to ensure employee physical safety.

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U.S. Gov Cloud Security. An architecture

Musings on Project Management

Have you got a project providing software services to the civil agencies of the U.S. Government? If so, you should be aware of the 'technical reference architecture' authored jointly by CISA, USDS, and the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program.(*) Some of its provisions are likely going to find their way into RFPs and RFIs from the civil agencies.

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How has project management changed?

Rebel’s Guide to PM

We aren't managing projects now in the same way that people managed projects years ago. The approaches taken by many companies and professional bodies to managing projects are different now to when I first started out in the field in 2000ish. So why has that happened and what have been the biggest shifts in how project management has evolved? There are a number of things that to focus on, even just comparing my own experiences from when I started managing projects over 10 years ago to the workpl

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Facilitating Diversity and Inclusion in Scrum Teams

Scrum.org

As a Scrum Master, I’ve witnessed firsthand the transformative power of diversity and inclusion within Scrum Teams. Scrum is inherently collaborative and adaptive, making it the perfect environment for fostering diverse perspectives and inclusive practices. But how do we, as Scrum Masters, ensure that our facilitation actively promotes these values?

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Leading the Development of Profitable and Sustainable Products

Speaker: Jason Tanner

While growth of software-enabled solutions generates momentum, growth alone is not enough to ensure sustainability. The probability of success dramatically improves with early planning for profitability. A sustainable business model contains a system of interrelated choices made not once but over time. Join this webinar for an iterative approach to ensuring solution, economic and relationship sustainability.

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5 Steps to Optimizing Cloud Value

Leading Agile

In our ongoing series of articles about cloud financial optimization we have discussed the common experiences of customers as they migrate to the cloud, including challenges with the raw infrastructure, legacy application constraints, and inefficient engineering practices. We asserted that organizations need to stop treating infrastructure as a commodity and manage it as a key enabler of the organization’s business capabilities.

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Project Toys

Musings on Project Management

I generally do not endorse products on this blog, and this posting is not an endorsement per se, but more of a "heads up" because in the PMO there are always a lot of documents and things to write, many to a multi-lingual project team. Here is a tool that might be of use.

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A Real Project Manager’s Guide to RAID

Rebel’s Guide to PM

Ever wondered what RAID is all about in project management? You'll hear project managers talking about their RAID logs as part of how to manage a project , or updating the RAID, but what does it all mean? I've been working with RAID logs for over 20 years, so I have plenty of practical tips to share! My RAID log is THE most useful tool I use to keep my projects on track, and it will do the same for you.

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What Is Microsoft Lists? Uses, Features and Pricing

ProjectManager.com

The popularity of applications to help teams organize their tasks, resources and more has reached a point where every major software company has a list-making product. So it’s no surprise that there’s a Microsoft Lists, but is MS Lists the best list-making app on the market? To find out, let’s define what Microsoft Lists is, look at its features and explore how to use MS Lists.

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Toward a Unified Project Management Understanding

The objective of this research is to dispel misunderstandings about crucial project management terms and their definitions. It aims to accurately place these terms and facilitate a comprehensive global understanding of their meanings.

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Complexity & Management Style

Scrum.org

Predictive management and empirical management offer distinct approaches to handling complex work. Predictive management operates on the premise that the future course of work can be anticipated at the outset. This approach assumes that with enough planning and analysis, one can lay out a detailed roadmap for the work and follow it rigorously. The focus here is on careful upfront planning, with an expectation that the work will unfold as anticipated once these plans are set.

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1 Navigating Burnout in Neurodiverse Teams, Parts 5-7

The IIL Blog

By Carole Jean Whittington Read Part 1-2 Read Part 3-4 Part 5 Most of us have felt embarrassment and feeling uncomfortable are emotions most of us have experienced, however, when some people receive praise, recognition or acknowledgment can activate their inner protector, that says “you are not worthy of this.” Principle 5: Truthful Acknowledgment Creates Profound Impact!

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Mastering Scope Management: Validation and Control Strategies

MPUG

Introduction Scope or requirements creep is the uncontrolled and often unmanageable growth of a project’s original requirements. According to a study done by the Project Management Institute , about 50% of projects experience scope creep, and only about 60% finish within budget while about 50% are finished on-schedule. In addition, scope creep is notorious for stressing out team members and taking time away from the original deliverables.

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6 Must-know tips for presenting to senior executives

Rebel’s Guide to PM

As you grow in your project management career, you’ll be called upon to make various presentations. However not all presentations are the same. Presentations to senior executives can be very different than presenting project information to peers. I've presented in front of many senior leaders, and it's always a little daunting. After all, they aren't my peers.

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How To Manage Multiple Product Teams For Successful Development & Delivery

Speaker: Leslie Grandy, Product Executive & Drew Weaver, Senior Program Manager

Effective management of multiple product teams necessitates a skillful coordination and guidance with the objective of aligning efforts towards shared goals. This entails constant communication, efficient task management, and ensuring that each team aligns with the broader organizational objectives. We can think about this like conducting an orchestra, where diverse efforts are harmonized toward a unified outcome. 🎯 Proficiency in these skills empowers product managers to navigate comple