Azendoo

SCRUM Project Management Methodology Explained

Azendoo

Projects succeed or fail by the way they are managed and lead. Success requires more than good leadership. They need to manage their team to maximize efficiency. It requires a leadership that has the right tools to get the most out of their people.

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Things nobody tells you about owning an Online Business

Azendoo

So you’ve been entertaining the idea of starting your own online business for quite a while now? At this point, the scope of your operation and future actions may seem easy to handle. That’s probably because you’ve done your research and developed a business plan.

2018 156

Top 13 Project Management Methodologies and Styles

Azendoo

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.

2016 204

The Best Free Project Management Resources

Azendoo

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.

2016 193

Organizing for Customer Centricity

Speaker: Tatyana Mamut

Most companies today say they are “customer centric.” Yet many still make decisions primarily based on competitor threats, technical architecture, or executive opinions. So what sets apart those that talk the talk, and those that walk the walk? Join Nextdoor's Head of Product Tatyana Mamut, PhD as she outlines the 7 habits of truly customer-centric companies.

Project Management: 5 lessons learnt the hard way

Azendoo

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.

2017 156

Agile Project Management Methodology Explained

Azendoo

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.

2016 156

How to Lead Your Team to a Successful Project

Azendoo

Launching a new project can be both exciting and challenging, while invoking a whisper of dread. There are so many ways a project could go wrong, and issues are guaranteed to arise at one point or another.

2016 177

8 ways to train your staff to digital efficiency

Azendoo

Established companies have but one goal: resilience. During most of the 20th Century, it was enough to ensure not only their survival, but their dominance. With the 21th Century, new challenges arose.

2015 177

How Olivehorse uses Azendoo for Project Management

Azendoo

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?

2016 156

Build Product Progress with a Strong Data Culture

Speaker: Nima Gardideh, CTO, Pearmill

Have you ever thought your product's progress was headed in one direction, and been shocked to see a different story reflected in big picture KPIs like revenue? It can be confusing when customer feedback or metrics like registration or retention are painting a different picture. No matter how sophisticated your analytics are, if you're asking the wrong questions - or looking at the wrong metrics - you're going to have trouble getting answers that can help you. Join Nima Gardideh, CTO of Pearmill, as he demonstrates how to build a strong data culture within your team, so everyone understands which metrics they should actually focus on - and why. Then, he'll explain how you can use your analytics to regularly review progress and successes. Finally, he'll discuss what you should keep in mind when instrumenting your analytics.

These 3 Toxic Personalities Make Project Managers Crazy

Azendoo

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.

2015 186

5 Tips for Project Management

Azendoo

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.

2015 177

Your Projects Will Likely Fail Because of This One Thing.

Azendoo

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.

2015 167

Cost Estimation for Projects: How to Estimate Accurately

ProjectManager.com

Good cost estimation is essential for keeping a project under budget. Many costs can appear over the life cycle of a project, and an accurate estimation method can be the difference between a successful plan and a failed one. Estimation, however, is easier said than done.

What Is (and Isn’t) Product Management?

Speaker: Steve Johnson, VP of Products, Pragmatic Institute

Product Management is one of the most exciting - and most misunderstood - functions in technical organizations. Is it strategic or tactical? Is it a planning role or a support role? Many product professionals are unclear about what is (and isn't) product management. After all, product management spans many activities from business planning to market readiness. In this session, we’ll examine many product activities and artifacts for product strategy, planning, and growth, and introduce a simple tool that you can use in your organization to clarify the roles of product management and others. Steve Johnson explores the many roles of Product Management in this fun talk focused on why product managers should obsess on problems instead of solutions.

How to Prioritize Work When Everything Is #1

LiquidPlanner

All projects—especially large, complex projects—need clear priorities. Easier said than done. You can count on technical projects, no matter how well-planned, to involve change orders, re-prioritization and the regular appearance of surprises. It’s just the natural order of things. But still.

2018 851

Will a Project Management Certification Help Your Career?

LiquidPlanner

Let’s say you’re well-qualified in your technical skills—be it Java, programming languages, infrastructure, networks or system administration.

How to Make Your Project Management Meetings Zing

ProjectManager.com

If you’re like every other project manager I have met, there’s a good chance you spend a lot of your time in meetings. And I shan’t rehearse all the arguments about why that time is valuable and how poor meeting practices can erode that value and turn a meeting into a liability.

2019 344

Writing a Great PMO CV

Arras People

We started off down a path to finding a great PMO role, so far we’ve looked at what it is you’re actually selling in the employment market and then we’ve started with the background prep we need to do before starting to write a CV.

2019 289

Walk a Mile in Your Customer's Shoes

Speaker: Steven Haines

Product professionals use phrases like "voice of the customer," and "user experience" so often that it can be easy to lose sight of their actual meanings. This phrase blur is dangerous, as it can pull our attention from what should be our real focus: our our customers' and users' needs. How can we, as product professionals, learn to keep customers and users at the heart of our work? Join Steven Haines, globally recognized thought leader and author, as he guides us through a memorable journey demonstrating how you can walk a mile in their customer's shoes. He'll explore how, by developing true empathy for your users, you can ensure you're creating the features and products they actually want. You'll come away understanding: How being customer focused gives you a competitive advantage. Tactics for developing empathy for your users. How to encourage innovation through better customer understanding. September 11th, 2019 11:00AM PDT, 2:00PM EDT, 7:00PM BST

The PM Skills You Can Forget About (And the Ones You Really Need to Know)

LiquidPlanner

What are the project management skills that you really need to focus on today? I hear from project managers every week who aren’t sure what skills they should be building on.

2018 657

10 Places to Get Free Project Management Templates

Girl's Guide to PM

You’ve got responsibility for a project. And yet… somehow the organisation doesn’t have the documentation you need to get it started, keep it on track and close it down successfully. So you turn to the internet to find the paperwork you need. Let me make it easier for you.

2019 386

Team Collaboration Software: 3 Must-Have Features for Productivity

ProjectManager.com

The promise of technology doesn’t always coincide with reality, but this is not the case with team collaboration software. Social media might be working out the kinks, but in business, team collaboration software has brought people together.

2019 265

Risk Management: When All Hell Breaks Loose

Project Risk Coach

What would you do if all hell breaks loose in a critical company project that you are managing? You lose two of your best team members. Your budget is shot. A key stakeholder is breathing down your neck. Behind schedule by four weeks. You haven't slept well in two weeks.

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The Magic of Intent: Start Knowing The Goals of Your Users

Speaker: Terhi Hanninen, Senior Product Manager, Zalando, and Dr. Franziska Roth, Senior User Researcher, Zalando

It's important to know your users - what are their preferences, pain points, ultimate goals? With user research and usage data, you can get a great idea of how your users act. The tricky part is, very few users reliably act the same way every time they use your product. Join Terhi Hanninen, Senior Product Manager, and Dr. Franziska Roth, Senior User Researcher at Zalando, as they explain how they were able to reach a new level of user understanding - by taking their user research and segmenting their users by point-in-time intent. You'll leave with a strategy to change how your product team, and organization at large, understands your users.

How to Perform a SWOT Analysis

Project Risk Coach

If you are looking for a great way to engage your key stakeholders and identify project risks, perform a SWOT Analysis. Project managers or other facilitators can use this powerful tool to identify strengths and weaknesses.

2019 401

Ask a PM: How to Get Proper Estimates

LiquidPlanner

Dear Elizabeth: I work in a technical team as a project manager. We do a lot of projects that are innovative (for us), and my development colleagues always seem reluctant when it comes to project planning. They won’t give me timescales that will help me plan.

The Agile Manifesto, Explained

ProjectManager.com

Any good movement has a manifesto, which is a public declaration of policy and intention. There have been manifestos for art movements, political movements and just about anything you can think of. More along the lines of project management, though, is the Agile Manifesto.

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Is Project Management Really an Ageing Profession?

Arras People

Over recent years Project Management has gained a reputation for having an ageing population. This was one of the statistics that caught my eye recently when I was looking over the 2019 PMBR. As you can see by the figure below the percentage of 50 to 59 is 36%.

2019 251

How To Take Action on Customer Discovery

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

We all want to build successful products - and that means satisfied customers. Before anything else, you must understand what problems you can solve. The best way to do that is to get out of the building and start asking questions. But how can you make the most of those conversations, and ensure that you walk away with productive insights? Join Nick Noreña, educator, entrepreneur, and currently Innovation Coach and Advisor at Kromatic, as he covers how we can effectively action our findings from customer discovery conversations.

Kanban Inventory Management: How to Run a Kanban System

ProjectManager.com

Kanban is a visual tool that is ideal for managing inventory flow. It was developed about three-quarters of a century ago by Taiichi Ohno, an industrial engineer at Toyota.

2019 291

5 Reasons Why Using Spreadsheets is a Horrible Way to Manage Projects

LiquidPlanner

Once in my career, I was lucky enough to work with a true Excel spreadsheet master. Chris could make Excel do anything, except he never used spreadsheets to manage a project. He was a wise man.

2018 628

Backlog Review (Nulab – 2019)

Girl's Guide to PM

Backlog (from Nulab) is a project management tool for prioritising and tracking work. This is a review of the product using my laptop and Chrome browser, and my iPad with Safari, in June 2019. General Information. Name: Backlog. Vendor: Nulab.

2019 377

What You Need for a Great Project Charter

Project Risk Coach

In this article, let's explore what you need for a great project charter. John Maxwell says, “All great leaders possess two things: They know here they are going, and they are able to persuade others to follow.”

2019 313

Your 2-Part Metrics Audit for High-Value Products

Speaker: Sam McAfee, Product Development Consultant, Startup Patterns

You know what they say: what's measured improves. As product managers we're in a golden age of being able to get all sorts of metrics and run all sorts of experiments. But what are your measurements and analytics focused on? Are they really truly objective? Do they contribute to the ultimate vision of your product? And is everybody clear on that vision? Join Sam McAfee, Product Development Consultant, as he takes you through a two-part measurement audit. First, you'll learn how to make sure your measurements actually align with your product strategy. And second, you'll learn how to evaluate your culture of using measurements, so future experiments will more consistently provide high-value results.

7 Ways to Sell Agile to Project Stakeholders

LiquidPlanner

Whether you’re making the move to Agile project management in your development group or creating an Agile process for your in-house project management methodology, chances are you’re going to have to sell this change to executives in your organization. And, they’re going to be business people too.

2018 591

7 Problem-Solving Skills You Need to Improve to Get More Done

ProjectManager.com

When confronted with a problem, many of us like to procrastinate or avoid the problem altogether. Avoiding problems is a short-term solution. Problem solving keeps you moving forward. It’s essential for getting work done.

2019 333

How to Track Percent Complete

Girl's Guide to PM

When you are trying to calculate percentage complete in a Gantt chart, you need to take into account various different figures, and get lots of information from other people. Or do you? There are simple ways to track percent complete on your project, so you know what to input into your software.

2019 305

30 Best Business Quotes to Inspire Entrepreneurs & Go-Getters

ProjectManager.com

Daily affirmations have long been used to boost self-esteem. They compel people to start their days on the right foot. But while letting a smile be your umbrella might fortify your positive attitude, it’s not going to inspire your business ventures.

2019 327

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?