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Problem Solving: Tips on Solving the ACTUAL Problem

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“Doc, my right knee’s been hurting for a while. When I run I have to slow down after about 15 minutes. Do you know what the problem is with my knee?” ” My chiropractor is really good. A former Ironman, he understands the human body and the stresses it can be put under.

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New Year’s Resolutions: Three Words You Need to Know

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Tis the season to make New Year’s Resolutions! This time-honored tradition happens when a person resolves to change undesirable habits, or, more commonly, accomplish a personal goal. Yes, we hear them every year, and probably make a couple ourselves.

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Project Management Trends for 2021 and Beyond

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The dumpster fire of 2020 is slowly being extinguished. Project management, like many professions, has undergone a transformation in the past 12 months. Project managers (PM’s) have experienced disruption and needed to adapt. The way they, and their teams, have worked shifted.

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2020: A Retrospective

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At the end of 2019, I had a completely different view of what was to come in 2020. The new year started with a trip out of the cold and snowy conditions of North Dakota, to the sunny and warm golf courses of Phoenix, Arizona.

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Are Your Embedded Analytics DevOps-Friendly?

Does your analytics solution work with your current tech stack and DevOps practices? If not, any update to the analytics could increase deployment complexity and become difficult to maintain. Learn the 5 elements of a DevOps-friendly embedded analytics solution.

Dealing With the Project Saboteur

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There is a presentation I have given where I talk about a “Supportive” stakeholder. These stakeholders understand WHY a project is important and will assist in its execution and completion.

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Beware of Saying “YES”

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“Jason, we’d love it if you could join our committee. With all the changes in the community and our work to get ready, you’d be a great addition!” ” Though I appreciated being asked, I was hesitant.

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What “Invisible Hand” Impacts Your Team?

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I’m a bicyclist. I’ve been cycling consistently for almost 15 years and participated in a number of rides and races. It’s relaxing and depending on where you go, can see some unique sites.

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What Type Of Motivation Moves Your Team?

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If you’re a runner and had a race calendar planned out for 2020, it probably fell apart sometime mid March to early April. Races postponed, postponed again, or outright cancelled. It’s sad, but a reality we all face.

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Ramblings of a Volunteer Project & Program Manager

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“Holy s**t, what have I gotten myself into?!?!” ” I had literally joined my local Project Management Institute (PMI) chapter 72 hours ago and already I was on my second conference call talking about a registration system for PMI events. The person at the volunteer desk at the event I attended told me there wouldn’t be a huge time commitment. So, I signed up for the team I felt best suited for, expecting a meeting here and there.

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How Embedding AI-Powered Analytics Can Give You a Competitive Advantage

Embedding dashboards and reports aren’t enough. Futureproof your application by offering instant, actionable insights that will give you and your customers a competitive advantage.

Selecting a Project Management Tool IS a Project

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Recently, I have seen a more online posts asking questions about what project management tool(s) a company should buy: What tool does everyone recommend? My company would like a project management tool? What should we get? I’d like your opinion on a project management tool that is cloud-based and easy to use. PM tool recommendations please! Within 24 hours, there are a number of responses. They range from asking for more information, to recommendations, to sales pitches.

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Be Strategic About Your Career

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I’ve always believed your career is in your hands. Your boss wants you to do a good job and deliver value in your day-to-day role. Exceptional bosses take an interest in your career. But, they’re also busy and don’t have time to shephard you through the process of figuring out your long-term goals. People who are successful have a goal in mind. Once they have a goal, they develop a strategy, or an action plan, that is wholistic, specific and distinctive.

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Let Your Team Know It’s OK Not to be OK

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Open up your go-to news site and you’ll see it. An outbreak that shows no signs of slowing down. Death tolls on the rise. Elected officials debating. Alcohol use up. Domestic violence increases. Children hungry because they’re not at school. Parents stressed because they’re trying to help teach their kids. Elderly dealing with loneliness in isolation. Worried about friends and family. Mounting job losses and the fear of losing the one you have.

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The Grind of Project Success

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In my last post, I talked about “ Project Get Fit ” that may or may not be on your 2020 resolution list. You set goals, you make a plan, and you execute. Sounds simple, right? But once you start, you quickly realize you’re going to have to grind, work and deal with discomfort to be successful. I’m normally a 5-6 day a week gym attendee. However, now that I’m training for a triathlon, I’m at the gym 7-9 times a week (before and after work a couple of days)!

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6 Steps to Improving Your Application’s Analytics Experience

No one designs bad dashboards and reports on purpose. So why do so many applications have terrible analytics experiences? Download this ebook for secrets to creating dashboards and reports your users will love.

Is "Project: Getting Fit" On Your 2020 Resolution List?

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“I want to get in shape, so I got a gym membership. What should I do?” ” I thought about what she was asking for a second. Many questions started popping into my head. Though I’m not a fitness instructor, I’ve helped a handful of friends run their first races and get in better shape. Being someone who works out 5-6 days a week, I’ve gotten some great tips from trainers that I work with regularly. “Well, what is your goal?

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Daily 2-Minute Drill

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If you watch American football, you understand the concept of the “2-minute drill” It’s essentially a hurry-up offense in the last two minutes of a half. When I played high school football, we practiced the two minute drill every day. We knew the plays to run so we could do a “no huddle” and keep the defense on their heels. It required a lot of physical ability and more importantly, focus. I still do 2-minute drills today.

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Misery Training

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I’m running in a 50+ mile race in September. It will be the hardest thing, both physically and mentally, I have ever done. Race start is at 5:15AM and on average takes over 12 hours to complete. There is 25,000 feet of elevation change and a number of rivers to cross and mud to trudge through. When I tell friends I’m doing this, they say it sounds miserable. When I research posts about the race, I hear past participants talk about the misery they were in.

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Project Management Lessons from Santa Claus

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I have one kiddo that still believes in the magic of Santa Claus. His little friends and our neighbors are also young enough to believe jolly ol’ St. Nick will be dashing through the snow and the skies on his annual trip around the globe next week. Their eyes light up with excitement and anticipation for what’s to come. There are also lessons us older folks can take from Santa, too. Did you know Santa is probably one of the best PM’s out there?

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How to Choose the Best Embedded Analytics Solution to Modernize Your Application

If you are looking to modernize your application to improve competitiveness, then one of the quickest wins you can have is to embed sophisticated analytics that will wow your existing and prospective customers.

Project Management and Story Telling

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I friend of mine, who is also a project manager, has a knack for taking the most boring topic and turning it into an interesting story. Want to be riveted by the importance of Python programming in the mid-90’s? Get ready for a 20 minute history lesson plus some predictions for the future. Want to know more about scrum? You’ll be glued to every word as he tells stories of its early beginnings and how its processes have saved many a project.

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What To Do Before Assigning Team Members

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“We need Todd on this project. He’s critical!” ” “What’s Todd’s role? What other roles do we need? Does Todd have the tools he needs?” ” “I don’t know, but Todd needs to be on this. He’s on all projects.” ” There was a couple problems with this conversation. First, Todd (who was a senior developer) was assigned to all projects. Second, not his role, or any others, were clearly defined.

What is Your Project’s Competition?

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Competition is all around. Your business is competing for clients and market share. We compete against co-workers to be on a new team or get a promotion. Pro sports teams compete to be the best in their divisions. We may even encourage our kids to compete hard and win. Everything seems to be a competition. Even in the most collaborative of environments, some competition is prevalent. But what about your project? Sure, you negotiated with all types of managers to get the right people.

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Issue-Free Projects Are the Exception, NOT the Norm

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I enjoy being part of project management panel discussions. Just when you think you’ve heard it all, someone asks a question or talks about a situation that blows your mind! In a recent panel discussion, one such comment came up. This person asked us how many of our projects have had issues because according to her PMO manager, NO project should EVER have issues if you’ve planned sufficiently. The answer from us panelists was unanimous; every project we could remember had an issue!

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4 Approaches to Data Analytics for Your Application

Selecting the right solution for your embedded analytics is crucial to the success of your application. But with so many solutions and vendors, how do you make this critical selection? Learn about the different approaches to analytics and the pros and cons for each.

Hitting the "Wall"

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It was somewhere between mile 21 and 22. I’d felt it coming and was trying to prepare myself. My legs went from feeling OK to jelly. My body started to hurt in ways I’d never experienced. This marathon had to end. I wanted to be done. I hit the “Wall” If you’re a runner, you probably know what I’m referring to. You get to a point where you feel physically, and usually emotionally, spent and don’t want to move forward any more.

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Commit to Commit

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“Do you commit to commit? Do you commit to getting it done?” ” I didn’t understand the COO’s question. I just told him I would get his request completed. Sure, I had a lot going on, but could try to squeeze this in. Seeing a perplexed look on my face, the COO made it clear. “Jason, when you say you commit to doing something, you commit to getting it done. You commit to commit. You’re now accountable for its completion.

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A Retrospective After Writing 100 Blog Posts

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This is blog post #101. I didn’t have much of a goal when I started blogging. The idea of sharing ideas, frustrations, losses and wins seemed like a good idea. In many ways, it’s been therapeutic! I started because someone asked how if PM’s are so damn good, how come projects keep failing? Good question! They do keep failing. PMI stats prove it. I’ve had failures. My peers have had failures. What could a person do to reduce the failure rate?

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What Boeing Reminded Us About Email

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Now, I’m not ripping on everyone at Boeing. I’ve met and worked with folks from Boeing in my career and they are good people. Some employees, though, made some poor communication decisions regarding the 737 Max that have now gone public. Some lines pulled from Boeing employee communications: “Would you put your family on a MAX simulated trained aircraft?

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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?

Turn Your Retrospective Into a Celebration

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A peer of mine (who wishes to remain anonymous) has been a Scrum Master for a number of years and previously worked at a company that valued organizational agility and agile methods. Unfortunately, her role ended but was able to find another position with a company that has been wanting to be “agile” for some time. This company likes the thought of Scrum, but putting it into practice has been hindered by slow adapting managers, stakeholders and a few team members.

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One Skill That Cannot be Become a Commodity

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Technology will continue to evolve and take repetitive tasks away from humans. This was highlighted on a call with a sales person recently. They were demoing a finance software. Every question was met with: It does that automatically. You don’t have to do a thing. The system does it for you. No, trending analysis is done and delivered to you daily. Our embedded AI will tell you what’s needed. With a couple clicks of a button, the platform did everything we needed and then some.

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Warning: Dates On The Calendar Are Closer Than They Appear

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If you drive or ridden in the passenger seat of a vehicle and looked at the side mirror, you may have noticed the little sticker that says “OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR ARE CLOSER THAN THEY APPEAR.” ” When changing lanes, we check them (most of the time anyway). Sometimes, even though the car we see looks like it’s far enough back, we’re met with a honk and a one-finger-wave when we attempt to move over. Guess they were closer than they appeared!

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Being Thankful, Project Management Style!

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Tis the season for being thankful; the time of year when we take a step back and appreciate that which is around us. From family, to friends, to career, it’s time to take stock of what we’re thankful for. I’ve been in project management for over 20 years. In that time I can say I’ve seen and learned a lot, though I also know I have a long way to go! For that reason, I’m thankful for this career and wanted to share what I’m thankful for. For Governance.

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The Rise of Embedded Self-Service Analytics

Speaker: Chris Von Simson & Nat Venkataraman

Can your users get the data and analytics they need without leaving your application? Watch this webinar with Chris von Simson of Dresner Advisory Services as he shares why user enablement has emerged as the theme in today’s embedded analytics landscape.

What is Your Project Management “Bullpen”?

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“Every project manager in your PMO must become expert level in each process group and knowledge area to be successful.” ” That’s interesting, I thought. I replied back on the professional message board that though I agree every PM needs to understand and show competence in each process group, I don’t agree with the concept of being “expert level.”

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Why Would I Hire a Project Management Consultant?

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“Why would I want to hire a project management consultant? I’m trying to build a family within my company and to rattle everyone with bringing in someone from the outside, only for them to leave again, would be detrimental. I just don’t see the point.”

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Did You Prep Your Project Sponsor For Success So They Don’t Suck?

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We’ve all been there. You have a sponsor who wants all the glory for a successful, enterprise-changing project. However, when you ask them for a simple definition of what “done” looks like, they respond with a lot of ums and ahs.

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Building a 212 Degree Team

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Water. By itself, it’s inorganic, tasteless, odorless and colorless (most of the time anyway). It has no calories. There are no nutrients. However, all forms of life need it to survive. Water on its own is important. But, do you know what happens at 212 degrees Fahrenheit? It boils.

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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.