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Dr. Harold Kerzner’s Project Management Predictions for 2020

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By Harold Kerzner, Ph.D. Senior Executive Director, International Institute for Learning (IIL). The landscape for project management changes almost every year. Some changes are relatively small or incremental, whereas other changes can be significant.

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Artificial Intelligence in Project Management

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By Marcus Glowasz – Project & Product Lead, Fortean | Program Manager, UBS. It is the end of project management as we know it.

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How to boost your career with simple time allocation tricks

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By Karim Radwan, Founder of Impactus Consulting | IIL Consultant and Trainer. If you often feel overwhelmed by the continuous flow of new tasks coming your way, pressured by time, or that your employer does not fully exploit your skills, be assured that you are not alone in this case.

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The Disciplined Agile Mindset

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By Scott Ambler | Vice President, Chief Scientist of Disciplined Agile at Project Management Institute. This post is a supplement to Scott’s upcoming keynote at IIL’s Agile & Scrum 2020 Online Conference ].

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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?

Innovation Project Management

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By Harold Kerzner, Ph.D. Senior Executive Director, International Institute for Learning (IIL). We are excited to bring you this blog post on Innovation Project Management, which is adapted from Dr. Harold Kerzner’s new book of the same title.

Project Management for Parents

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By Hilary Kinney, PMP – Strategic Communications and Project Management Consultant, Vision Realized. Are you working at home during quarantine and parenting/home-schooling at the same time? Considering how to handle things this summer? Here are a few project management principles that can help.

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Practical and Tactical Techniques for Managing Remote Teams

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By Frank P. Saladis, PMP, LIMCA, MCPM, PMI Fellow Managing a remote team is new territory for many businesses. In order to help manage effective and productive virtual teams, implement these useful tips and suggestions: Keep in mind that when one person is remote, everyone is remote to that person. Practice a virtual version of the “Stand-up Meeting” and get the business done quickly by keeping meetings as short in duration as possible.

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Spotlight on Virtual Teams – What makes them work?

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By Susan Parente, PMP, PMI-RMP, PMI-ACP, PSM I, CSM, CSPO, CISSP, CRISC, RESILIA, ITIL, GCLP, MSEM. In MBA programs, we often learn methods and techniques for efficient and effective project management. But how do we use these methods when our team is not co-located?

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“Discounting” theory as a framework for assessing remote work proficiency levels

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Working virtually with team members dispersed nationally or across the globe is nothing new and our use of this way-of-working has been steadily increasing over the last few decades.

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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.

Lifting the Language Barrier

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“If you differ from me, my brother, far from harming me, you enrich me.” ” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, aviation pioneer, writer and poet, 1900 – 1944.

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The Grateful Agile Leader

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By Susan Parente, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSM, CSPO, PSM I, CISSP, CRISC, PMI-RMP, RESILIA, ITIL, GL®CP, MS Eng. Risk Management Guru – Agile Specialist – IIL Senior Instructor. We know that servant leadership is an excellent match for Agile methods. For example, in Scrum, the Scrum Master is a servant leader of the Scrum Team. What other leadership styles have a home in the Agile approach? Grateful Leadership is a style of leadership that is somewhat newer than other styles of leadership.

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The Effective and Innovative Virtual Team Leader

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By Frank P. Saladis, PMP, LIMC MCCP, PMI Fellow. Virtual teams have been a part of the business, public, and not for profit environments for many years. In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s the internet began to significantly influence how information and meetings were managed. The economic situation in 1986 also had a major impact on business travel and companies sought new ways to conduct meetings more economically and to minimize travel.

The 5 “Don’ts” of Project Management

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By Liam Dillon, PMP, PMI-ACP, PgMP, PfMP. Senior Consultant, IIL | Managing Director/President, Turlon & Associates. Reading various blogs, articles and papers on how to be successful as a project manager got me thinking about what NOT to do as a PM. I have seen some major “do nots” throughout a 27-year career in project management and it is only in hindsight that these became my lessons for the future.

Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

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

Are You There? Hello…?

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By Keith Wilson, MBA, B.Comm., PMP, MCP, MCT, CSM, CSPO, KMP, CDA. Virtual meetings/teams can be new territory for many of us. It can be especially difficult to be sure all attendees are getting the most out of the meeting. Sometimes, you can be left questioning if you have their full attention or if things are getting lost in translation. Are you new to virtual teamwork? In this blog, I will share engagement techniques that I have used for years when training or consulting with teams virtually.

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Tips for Working from Home During the Covid-19 Crisis

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As we face the current societal and organizational struggles of a worldwide health crisis, many employees and teams are finding themselves working from home for the first time, or for the first time on a daily basis. Managing a virtual team isn’t easy, and it’s easy to become disconnected from your team members if you are used to working in an office environment. The key to organizational success in a work from home setting is communication. Keep in touch.

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Transforming to an Agile Enterprise

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By Sandeep Shouche Most executives will hear the Agile buzzword and ask their teams to “do this agile thing.”. For many executives, Agile only means: Do it even faster than before. Deliver whenever I want it. Don’t question when I want to change it. True “Agility” is a much deeper change and most enterprises will underestimate the amount of change they will experience when they adopt Agile. There are several deep-rooted habits that have to be kicked and some new ones have to be embraced.

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The PMP® Exam is Changing: Here’s What You Need to Know

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LeRoy Ward | Executive Vice President of Enterprise Solutions, IIL . In June 2019, the Project Management Institute (PMI) ® announced that significant changes are coming to the Project Management Professional (PMP) ® Exam. In this post, I will provide important information about the new PMP ® Exam and answer the following questions: When is the PMP Exam changing? Why is the PMP Exam changing? What is changing in the new PMP Exam? How do I prepare for the new PMP Exam?

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Using Continuous Customer Testing for Pandemic-Proof Product Success

Speaker: Luke Freiler, CEO and co-founder of Centercode

After weathering recessions with a wide range of iconic customers, CEO and Product Manager Luke Freiler has seen first hand the impact the Voice of the Customer has had in making or breaking tech companies during hard times. He's going to walk you through an agile process for continuous customer testing that saves you time and gives you full confidence in your products — no matter how many you're sending out the door this year.

People Innovation: A New Vision to Innovate

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By Luigi Morsa, Ph.D. . Nowadays, companies are very conscious that if they want to be competitive, they have to innovate. The conquered market shares can rapidly disappear or drastically be reduced. The only way is to keep pace, to be reactive and introduce new solutions, ideally before their competitors. It is worth quoting a sentence of the father of the Open Innovation concept, Henry Chesbrough: “Most innovation fails. And companies that don’t innovate die” [1].

Capture More Agility by Tailoring Practices

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[This post is a sneak preview of Jesse Fewell’s talk at IIL’s Agile & Scrum 2020 Online Conference , and is based on his upcoming book Untapped Agility ]. We’ve been told that to achieve more innovation, more collaboration, or more agility, we need to adopt modern practices. Unfortunately, many of those practices seem fundamentally incompatible a team’s reality on the ground.

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Key Themes at IIL’s 2020 Agile & Scrum Online Conference

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By Sander Boeije. June 4 th , 2020 will mark the opening day of IIL’s 5 th annual Agile & Scrum Online Conference. In the past years, this conference has grown into a community of agile enthusiasts, with participants coming from all over the world and all kinds of industries. This year is no different, as #AgileCon2020 promises to be an outstanding learning experience once again.

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Sorting (and beyond!)

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By Bob Umlas, Excel MVP. In this blog, I’ll discuss sorting, likely beyond features you knew were available! We’ll start with this screenshot of a file: It needs sorting. There are many ways to sort data.

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Social Collaborative Management: Harnessing the Power of the Many

Speaker: Peter Taylor, Speaker & Author of The Lazy Project Manager

Social Collaborative Management aims at delivering, at the enterprise level, a common goal for the business while harnessing the performance advantages of a collaborative community. This is a vital paradigm shift that many organisations are trying to understand right now - balancing traditional work and centralised leadership against the value of decentralised teams and trust. But the principles of harnessing collective power, collaboration, and community build an underlying ‘constant change’ capability that is critical in today’s new work environment.

Advanced Filtering in Excel

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By Bob Umlas, Excel MVP. In this blog I’ll continue the discussion from my last blog on basic filtering. This one is on advanced filtering. Let’s continue with the same worksheet used from the last blog: You can use advanced filtering for any of the features you use basic filtering. The advanced feature enables you to do things that can’t be done with basic filtering. For example, how would you filter this data for items in which the Sales times the Units is over 30,000,000?

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How to Hide and Show Rows and Columns in Excel

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By Bob Umlas, Excel MVP. In this blog we’ll explore the various ways to hide and show rows and columns. The bulk of the discussion will address columns, but it applies to rows as well (unless otherwise noted).

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Key Takeaways from ‘The Phoenix Project’ DevOps Simulation

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By Paul Wilkinson | Owner/Director, GamingWorks. Parts Unlimited Shares Take Another Tumble ‘Once again, the CEO of Parts Unlimited is embarrassed by a tumbling share price as the unions threaten walk-out because of payroll issues caused by failures in the IT systems, and at the same time a credit card leak weakens investor confidence. The issues are put down to human error and IT skills shortages.

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Developing Your Benefits Realization Plan

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LeRoy Ward | Executive Vice President of Enterprise Solutions, IIL . Is it possible to deliver a project on time, on budget, and to scope and still have an unsuccessful project? Now more than ever, the answer is yes – because today’s projects are all about benefits and value. A benefit is an outcome or a result from actions, behaviors, products or services that are important or advantageous to specific individuals or groups, such as stakeholders.

Collaborate Better with Your Customer-Facing Teams

Speaker: Hope Gurion, Product Leader Coach, Fearless Product LLC

Customer discovery is the lifeblood of product teams to identify the most important customer needs to solve next. Often it's the Product and UX members of the trio who take lead on facilitating this discovery. But what about other customer-facing teams in an organization? How do product teams best partner with these teams to understand customers’ unmet needs and decide which needs to address next?

Lisa Bodell on Simplification and Innovation

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Lisa Bodell is the CEO of futurethink and the bestselling author of Why Simple Wins. As closing keynote speaker at IIL’s Leadership & Innovation 2019 Online Conference , she delivered a powerful message on how complexity is holding most of us back, and what we can do to get back to the work that really matters. We received so many great questions during the 15-minute Q&A that we didn’t have time to get to them all. Thank you to Lisa for taking the time to answer each and every question.

Rich Sheridan on Leading with Joy

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Rich Sheridan is the CEO of Menlo Innovations and the author of Joy, Inc. and Chief Joy Officer. As opening keynote speaker at IIL’s Leadership & Innovation 2019 Online Conference , he inspired us all with his uncommon approach to leadership and productivity in the modern workplace. We received so many great questions during the 15-minute Q&A that we didn’t have time to get to them all. Thank you to Rich for taking the time to answer each and every question.

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Overcoming Distance and Cultural Barriers to Virtual Teamwork

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“Out of sight, out of mind.” ” This expression exists in many cultures. In some cases, the distance makes us far from the mind. In others, it is from the heart that we are far. This thinking versus feeling cultural aspect is interesting in itself… But in all cases, we agree that when one is far, one is easier to forget!

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Basic Filtering in Excel

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By Bob Umlas, Excel MVP . In this blog I’ll discuss filtering. In another continued blog, I’ll talk about advanced filtering. First, what is filtering? We’ll define it by looking at a very simple illustration. Suppose this is your worksheet: If you were only interested in the West region, you can show just the West items by filtering.

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Leading Under Uncertainty

Speaker: Greg Coticchia, CEO & Founder of ENTRA

Organizations of all types and sizes are facing common challenges of how to deal with the uncertainty in our current professional and personal lives. How can you plan when you are uncertain of what's next? On a product level, how can you be sure of delivering the ‘right’ messaging, products, solutions, and services to customers? How do you survive to fight the fight another day? In this session, we will discuss important tips for you as a Product Manager dealing with uncertainty. At the same time, we will discuss another important aspect of dealing with uncertainty, and that is building trust, especially while many of us are working remotely or in new or different settings.

Using Page Layout Features with Efficiency

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By Bob Umlas, Excel MVP. Page Layout. This is a long article, because there’s so much to it. It seems not much has been written about this tab. In this blog, I’ll cover the items shown here (which do not include all the commands in the Page Layout tab).

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Key Themes at IPM Day 2019

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LeRoy Ward, IIL Executive VP of Enterprise Solutions and Sander Boeije, Program Manager – IIL Online Conferences . On November 7, 2019, IIL will celebrate the 16 th anniversary of International Project Management Day, also known as IPM Day. Initially conceived by Frank P. Saladis, and made possible by IIL, this important day recognizes the incredible and valuable work that project managers do every day.

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Pseudo Agile, Hyper Agile – Isn’t Plain Agile Enough?

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Joanna Durand on Why Passionate Leadership Matters

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Joanna Durand is Global Head of the Enterprise Project Delivery Excellence Office at TD Bank. As a keynote speaker at IIL’s Leadership & Innovation 2019 Online Conference , she gave us an understanding of what passionate leadership looks like in practice and shared indispensable tips on how we can become passionate leaders ourselves. We received so many great questions during the 15-minute Q&A that we didn’t have time to get to them all.

Use Discovery and Delivery to Experiment Our Way to a New Normal

Speaker: Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant, Rothman Consulting Group

Many of us are accustomed to planning for either discovery or delivery. We know how to plan for where we want to be for a product (delivery). And, we know how to plan to discover a market (discovery). Right now in 2020, those plans might not be worth anything. The world is still in upheaval—and no one has a crystal ball to know when we should plan more in-depth. Instead of planning for either discovery or delivery, we can use experiments—for all our work. When we focus on experimentation, small bets, and short feedback loops, we can create the kinds of products our customers will love.