Project Management: 5 lessons learnt the hard way


Digital project management is complex. With a potentially global marketplace and workforce, it can take awhile to get all your ducks (or pixels) in a row.

The Best Free Project Management Resources


The numbers don’t lie: Managing complicated projects is a tough task. According to a study by led by McKinsey & Company in conjunction with the University of Oxford, a total of 45% of projects run over budget, 7% run late, and a whopping 56% of projects fail to meet initial expectations.

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Top 13 Project Management Methodologies and Styles


Getting your team organized around a project is often easier said than done. Fortunately, following a project management methodology can help you organize your project into a structured, streamlined process. It makes team collaboration more efficient and projects become better organized.

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Agile Project Management Methodology Explained


T he ultimate purpose of agile project management is to quickly respond to customer needs and market changes. The emphasis is placed on speedy iteration of releases to assess the response of customers and other external environmental factors.

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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?

How Olivehorse uses Azendoo for Project Management


This is an interview with Fred Akuffo, Co-founder of Olivehorse , and long time Azendoo user. He shares his how he and his team use Azendoo to manage their projects and clients with increased visibility, and cut email internal email usage. Could you tell us about you and you company?

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These 3 Toxic Personalities Make Project Managers Crazy


Are You One of Them? If you've ever led a project, you know that it takes more than high quality project management software to get things done. Here are a few toxic personalities to watch for, and weed out before they sabotage your project: Yappers. These types never learned to listen.

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5 Tips for Project Management


Your new project is in its starting blocks, waiting on your desk or still something you have in mind? Here are a few tips that can help you turn your project into a successful accomplishment. Define the project. The first step will be to define your project.

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Your Projects Will Likely Fail Because of This One Thing.


Bad communication. Chances are, it's you. When your project goes bad, we all need to look in the mirror and take a deep breath of the reality that most people are poor communicators. Communication is the one thing we all take for granted in a project management scenario.

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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.

Agile at Scale – Outcome Driven (or Broken)

Tyner Blain

Taking agile, a process otherwise optimized for small, cross-functional, collaborative teams and making it work at scale is fascinating. You have to change some elements, and retain others, as you redefine the context.

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How To Run A Sprint Retrospective That Actually Leads To Change

The Digital Project Manager

Whether you’re new to the software development game or been a player for years, chances. The post How To Run A Sprint Retrospective That Actually Leads To Change appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.

2018 151

Why Our Project Management Tools Don’t Matter

The Digital Project Manager

As project managers, it’s easy to fall in love with one tool and let it define the way we manage projects. Perhaps in the rush. The post Why Our Project Management Tools Don’t Matter appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Features General

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New to Project Management – No Experience!

Arras People

I need a little advice; I changed my career path and decided on project management, I earned the CAPM because I don’t have formal experience – any suggestions on how to use transferable skills to my advantage? There are two main avenues to explore.

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Is Your Project Management CV as Unique as You?

Arras People

Data from this years Arras People Project Management Benchmark Report suggested that one of the key challenges for Project Management practitioners in 2018 will be “ differentiating themselves in a crowded market ”.

2018 167

Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

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

20 Easy-to-Use Assertive Communication Skills for Confidence and Respect

Project Bliss

Photo credit @hengfilms. In your workplace, you communicate regularly with many people: stakeholders, customers, and other team members. You’ll encounter demands and excuses and deadlines. Schedules can be demanding, and workloads can be stressful.

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Why setup virtual PMOs and when should PM templates be standardized?

Kiron Bondale

Dear reader, don’t be alarmed – this IS your regularly scheduled article! I’d like to thank Sante Vergini for providing the inspiration for the first topic and the second one had been a splinter in my mind so I couldn’t wait till next week to write about it. Why oh why would someone set up a virtual PMO? In one of my past articles , I had written about the challenges of establishing and running virtual PMOs.

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Project Manager Salary Guide 2018

The Digital Project Manager

What’s a typical project manager salary and how much should digital project managers earn? And while we’re asking, what are average salaries for a senior. The post Project Manager Salary Guide 2018 appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Features General

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Shouldn’t we ALL be agile project managers?

Kiron Bondale

I always get a kick out of online discussions referencing agile project managers as if those are some special subset of the project management population!

2018 149

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.

What do you ask when interviewing project managers?

Kiron Bondale

I’ve written previously about what I look for when reviewing project manager resumes as well as what I look for when hiring for these positions. Testing a candidate’s knowledge of hard or soft skills provides limited benefit to the hiring process.

2018 157

3 Ways to Manage Work to Stay Productive

Project Bliss

This week I’m on vacation with my family and featuring a post by Ari Farrow of Cerri. . Regardless of what you’ve put on this year’s bucket list, managing your time in order to get stuff done is going to be the top concern for anyone hoping to achieve their goals.

2018 130

How to Create a Project Assumptions List: Examples and Template Included

Project Bliss

. When my daughter was very little she came home from school one day and told me the saying about assumptions: When you assume, you make an ass out of you and me. “Where did you hear that, honey?” ” “At school, Mommy. Our teacher told us.”

2018 156

Are your agile transformation blockers like agents in The Matrix?

Kiron Bondale

Agile transformations are susceptible to a variety of impediments but sometimes these hurdles are not as high as we believe them to be. In almost any company other than a startup, some or all of the following tangible blockers will not only be present at the beginning of the journey, they may continue to stymie teams years into their transformation. The inability to dedicate primary roles (e.g. Product Owners, Agile Leads) to a single value stream.

2018 131

Agile Metrics for Team and Product Progress

Speaker: Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant, Rothman Consulting Group

You’ve seen team metrics like velocity. Velocity is not an accurate measure of a team's progress towards "done." So what should you use instead? Join Johanna as she discusses the measures that are actually useful in understanding what your team does, where the work is, and how long the work really takes - and in addition, we’ll examine what it takes to explain the team’s progress to others in terms of the product backlog burnup chart, ways to talk about what’s done and not yet released, and how to show others working product.

How To Estimate Projects: The Complete Guide To Project Budget & Cost Estimation

The Digital Project Manager

Estimating successfully is all about getting the right amount of funding to enable you to successfully deliver a project. But creating a project budget that works – delivering worthwhile value for a client at a cost that’s still going to make a respectable profit for the agency is a tricky balance, so how do you do it right? The post How To Estimate Projects: The Complete Guide To Project Budget & Cost Estimation appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. General How-to Guides

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8 Free and Low Cost PM Resources

Girl's Guide to PM

Someone got in touch recently and asked for a copy of one of my premium templates for free. I said no politely (even though inside I was composing an email along the lines of ‘I bet no one asks you to work for free and doesn’t even say please!’ which of course I didn’t say).

2018 181

Linkedin and Project Manager Titles

Arras People

What’s the best way to write a title on Linkedin? The place for your name and headline is the most important area on a Linkedin profile, it’s what people see first in searches, in group comments and if you’re using your profile to apply for a new job.

2018 124

Understanding Your Value in the Project Management Market

Arras People

It’s Project Challenge time again in London this Spring – the date for your diary is the 6th and 7th March and it’s being held at Olympia again. You can pre-register for the event on the Project Challenge website right now.

2018 176

Connecting Analytics to Strategy - Keeping Your Corporate Objective In Sight

Speaker: Tom Evans, Senior Principal Consultant and Trainer, 280 Group

Data analytics has transformed the way many product managers approach product enhancements, creating strong demand for product managers with skills and expertise in defining and analyzing product metrics to make more valuable product decisions. But there is one essential element that is often left out of the conversation, and that is strategy. How does my product decisions support the overall strategy of the business, and am I tracking the right metrics based upon that strategy?

The PMO Conference 2018

Arras People

The PMO Conference is back in June this year, now in its fourth year, it’s THE conference for people who work, manage and lead PMO functions. The conference takes place on the 13th June in London and the full programme plus a new set of PMO Classes make up a three-day PMO fest.

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Have we learned anything?

Kiron Bondale

In a recent role, I had the opportunity to review the lessons submitted by teams running large, complex projects and programs and found that over 90% of what was being captured and shared was of low or no value.

2018 157

How to Keep Your Projects On-Time and On-Budget

Arras People

Deltek is the latest member of the Arras People Software Directory , in this article they give a brief overview of how projects can be controlled and how software can help with this.

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Progressively Elaborated Users

Tyner Blain

Understanding your users is critical to developing good products. A “complete” understanding is sometimes required, and always comes at a cost. A contextualized understanding is valuable but less so, and costly but less so.

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Mixing Qualitative & Quantitative Data with Storyboarding

Speaker: Tristan Kromer, Lean Agile Coach, Kromatic

Qualitative vs. Quantitative is a silly argument. Qualitative data from UXers should not compete against the quantitative data product owners need for their business model. Both are necessary to have a complete understanding of where the desirability of the product meets the viability of the business.

2018 Project Management Benchmark Report

Arras People

We would like to put on record our thanks to all those practitioners and people aligned to the project management domain who took the time to participate in the 2017 PM Census, sharing their experiences of 2017 and what they are anticipating will happen in 2018.

2018 155

The Potential of Agile

Tyner Blain

The pop-culture concept of a silver bullet – a simple solution to a hard problem – is a dangerous idea. It can be used to over-promise, and doom a team to under-delivery.

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DPM Podcast: How To Get Your Bearings On A New Project (with Joanna Leigh Simon)

The Digital Project Manager

Ben Aston talks to Joanna Leigh Simon to discuss the questions to ask about the project plan, team, client and work to get your bearings and get a project in order. Listen up to learn how you can make your own project onboarding experience a whole lot less stressful. ?

2018 163

A Quick Guide To Project Portfolio Management (PPM)

The Digital Project Manager

Project Portfolio Management (PPM) is a fancy term to describe how we manage the often-confusing mix of interrelated, dependent, and connected projects. PPM considers the. The post A Quick Guide To Project Portfolio Management (PPM) appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Features General

2018 158

Creating the "Right" Product Roadmap With Data

Speaker: Sunil Parekh, Head of Product Management, SimplyInsured

Data can be qualitative or quantitative, and comes from multiple sources: customer interviews, product usage & funnel analytics, company financial performance, and internal stakeholders. How do you use that data to create a product roadmap that is aligned with your organization’s business needs?