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Agile Maturity & Change Management: 3 Steps for Achieving Executive Buy-In

Lindsey Marymont

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Instilling Organizational Agility for a New Normal

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Organizational Agility is defined as an ability for an organization to renew itself, adapt, change quickly, and succeed in a rapidly changing, ambiguous, turbulent environment [i].

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4 Ways PPM Tools Can Take an ESO to the Next Level

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Embedded Services Organizations (ESOs) have become an important partner to large technology companies seeking to ensure fluid product implementation that maximizes customer success.

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Agile Portfolio Management in an Adaptive World – Q&A with the Experts

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Agile Portfolio Management is a hot topic for many PMO leaders today trying to forge forward in a world where things are requiring a high degree of adaptability.

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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?

Decoding Project Management Tools: How to Choose the Right PM, PPM or Collaboration Solution for Your Business

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When it comes to project management, there are a lot of solutions available in the marketplace. The challenge is not finding a product, it’s finding the right product to meet the exact needs of your organization.

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PMXPO – The Virtual Event Before Virtual Events Were Cool

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PMXPO , the largest virtual event for project managers hosted by PMI (the Project Management Institute) had its 13 th edition of its relished event this past month.

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Realizing The Vision of Agile Portfolio Management

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KeyedIn launches v7.0 of its award-winning PPM solution. We are excited to formally announce the latest updates to our industry-leading Project Portfolio Management solution that is a major step forward in the advancement of our Agile Portfolio Management vision.

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Customer Q&A - Office Depot

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In a recent virtual event, Ruth Bedingfield, PMO Manager at Office Depot was asked questions from attendees about her experience using KeyedIn and specifically in their ability to apply agile principles at the portfolio level. Check out her responses below! Can you provide some guidance on how to adapt to dual-modal delivery success model by incorporating Agile into a traditional waterfall world? You cannot always be one or the other!

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Agile Portfolio Management Q & A

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In our recent webinar, Agile Portfolio Management in Action , we talked about Agile Portfolio Management and presented to a number of project managers that were interested in this concept but wanted to know exactly how to incorporate Agile into their PMO and where to get started.

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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.

KeyedUp 2020: Unlock the Power of Your Portfolio

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The excitement is growing because we are only six weeks away from our KeyedUp Conference where we take a deep dive into KeyedIn solutions, plus the latest trends in PPM, PMO methodology and transformative digital tools. You are probably not surprised to learn that we are doing this as a virtual conference, with the expectation of a live event going forward. Virtually or in-person, we intend to deliver an annual program that is powerful, highly informative, and a great investment of your time.

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Show Your Resources Some Love! Project Managers & Resource Managers – Come together, right now.

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During these crazy times, we wanted to take a minute to appreciate resources that help drive projects and move projects forward and even more so resource managers that make it all happen. Afterall, what would projects be without those that complete the projects? Many project managers struggle to get the right resources, with the right skill, assigned to projects.

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3 Things Your PMO Is Doing Wrong — and How to Fix Them

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An effective project management office (PMO) can be a powerful partner in driving positive business outcomes. When all the pieces come together, the benefits of a solid PMO are numerous: improved decision-making, reduced exposure to risk, better resource allocation and utilization, and repeatable wins. When the pieces do not fall into place, however, a PMO can become a liability. The potential for failure is why so many companies struggle with the idea of utilizing a PMO in the first place.

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The ROI of PMO

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Understanding the essential value of investing in your PMO. Today’s PMO is a chaos wrangler, a master of governance, a resource manager and the linchpin of operational excellence. With all this in mind, is your PMO getting the recognition it deserves as a valuable partner in your organization? The answer to that depends on your perspective, and even more importantly, the perspective of your organization’s executive management team.

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Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

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

Foundational Elements for Agile PPM: A Phased Approach – Part 1

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One of the common concerns about implementing Agile in project and portfolio management (PPM) is the impression that it requires broad, sweeping and instantaneous change in order to be successful. We’re here to tell you that isn’t the case and even more so, not recommended. There are multiple ways that your organization can apply aspects of an Agile methodology without simply leaping into the deep end of the Agile pool.

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Connecting Talent and Technology in Today’s Economic Climate

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The global impact of COVID-19 and the resulting economic uncertainty are having a profound effect on many industries. The world in which we operate has drastically changed, and at the recent Talent & Technology Symposium virtual event hosted by PMI, they featured a stellar lineup to take a look at how we, as organizations, can adapt and effectively respond to a global pandemic with our ways of working.

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Business as UNusual: How PMOs Can Thrive When Everything Seems Out of Control

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The recent pandemic and the resulting economic slowdown are affecting just about every business to some degree. People in tech or financial services are working from home, those in manufacturing and retail are operating at maximum capacity to keep up with surging demand as the public stocks up on essentials, and restaurant and tourism is all but shutdown as they shift to takeout only or no-contact delivery.

5 Simple Ways to Improve Employee Utilization and Productivity

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Learn how to analyze team productivity to improve your organizations effectiveness and efficiency in 5 simple steps. So your busy, business is booming, but yet you still think you can get more out of your team. All too often companies strive to improve productivity and utilization without truly understanding the current state of play. In this article we discuss some simple ways in which you can analyze the performance of your team to help drive productivity.

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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.

5 Simple Ways to Improve Employee Utilization and Productivity

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Learn how to analyze team productivity to improve your organizations effectiveness and efficiency in 5 simple steps. So your busy, business is booming, but yet you still think you can get more out of your team. All too often companies strive to improve productivity and utilization without truly understanding the current state of play. In this article we discuss some simple ways in which you can analyze the performance of your team to help drive productivity.

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Five Ways Resource Management Brings Business Value

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The discipline of resource management (RM) for IT services is still in its nascent stages when compared to project management which has been a formalized discipline for decades. The good news is the RM discipline is now well established and gaining traction quickly as companies realize the many benefits of good RM. On the surface, getting better utilization of human capital for our services work would seem the main benefit and a common driver for formation of the RM discipline.

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15 Great Ways Project Management Can Help Your Growing Business

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Learn how improved visibility and control over your projects and resources can help improve business efficiency and effectiveness. If your business delivers products or services, as your business grows your will certainly need some way of managing projects. Many SME’s are simply scared of the term “Project Management” or end up implementing a host of non-connected, counter-productive tools.

A Project Manager’s Takeaways from the State of Resource Management 2020

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The Resource Management Institute (RMI) just released its 6 th Annual State of Resource Management Report for 2020 and the new insights it provides will prove extremely valuable to project managers (PMs) who want to achieve improvements in their organizations. Read on to get a project manager’s perspective on some of the key takeaways from the new report. Why Project Managers Care About Resource Management.

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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.

How PMOs Can Drive Needed Change During Tough Times

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You Can Emerge Stronger than Ever. There’s no escaping the topic of COVID-19 and its impact on businesses, as well as other types of organizations, worldwide. Many of us are rightfully concerned about the challenges ahead and are seeking direction on how to proceed amidst all of the chaos. One ally that already exists in most organizations is the project management office (PMO). Who better to help keep the wheels turning smoothly than the people who already do it when times are calm?

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Q&A Responses to Driving Organizational Agility

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In a recent webinar with PMO Strategies Founder, Laura Barnard, the audience had some great questions about organizational agility and how that relates to the PMO. Here are her answers to the Q&A portion of the webinar on Driving Organizational Agility. If you missed the webinar and you'd like to watch it on demand - click here. How can Product Managers and the PMO work together/complement each other, and how can we communicate that to the organization and business leaders?

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Leveraging Agile Principles for Portfolio Management – Guiding Principle #3

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In my last article, I talked about agile work methodologies and how they help organizations improve overall performance and deliver greater value both internally and externally. In order to implement agile methodologies effectively, I presented the first strategy — deliver products, not projects – as the first in a 3-part series to incorporate agile principles to portfolio management.

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Leveraging Agile Principles for Portfolio Management – Guiding Principle #2

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In my last article, I talked about agile work methodologies and how they help organizations improve overall performance and deliver greater value both internally and externally. In order to implement agile methodologies effectively, I presented the first strategy — deliver products, not projects – as the first in a 3-part series to incorporate agile principles to portfolio management.

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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?

4 Key Indicators your PMO Maturity is Lagging

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PMO maturity has become a prominent focus for organizations that want to transform the way they approach project management (PM), manage operational processes and enhance overall business growth and development. The key question: Is your project management office (PMO) mature enough to keep pace with the needs of your organization and the demands of your customers? Here are four key indicators that your PMO maturity might be lagging behind as well as suggestions for getting back on track.

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10 Typical Project Management Challenges Faced By Businesses

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One of the most common issues facing companies today is that they concentrate their management efforts on executing individual projects, but fail to understand the impact of these on the wider business. The result is a sub-optimal performance and lower returns for the business as a whole. The typical challenges facing business today when managing projects include: Misalignment between projects and their business objectives : The purpose of a project is to advance one or more business objectives.

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5 Major Benefits of Adopting an Effective Project Portfolio Management and PMO Initiative

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In this post we explore the five major types of benefits to be gained by adopting an effective Project Portfolio Management/PMO strategy. These include: Fostering an environment where collaborative decision making is easier and more fruitful. Minimizing the risks to individual projects in terms of business impact. Making sure that your human resources are maximized for control and efficiency. Proving the value of the PMO to important stakeholders – in terms that are important to them.

The 5 Most Important Business Benefits of a Successful PMO

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Enterprises struggle with uncovering how to best use project portfolio management (PPM) tools to accelerate their business benefits and fulfil business strategies. The program management office (PMO) can demystify project management processes and ensure both a strategic and tactical approach that is holistic and gets the most value from your projects. Here are five business benefits your PMO can quickly attain when effectively aligning PPM and PM initiatives with corporate strategy.

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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.

Getting Started with Agile Portfolio Management

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Tom Raper, our excellent Director of Product Solutions, had the opportunity to present a session at the PMO Symposium earlier this month. Following is a summary of Tom’s presentation. You can also read more about our key PMO Symposium takeaways. If you are still debating implementing Agile portfolio management, you’re in good company. Plenty of organizations are still on the fence about embracing Agile methodologies.

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5 Ways to Get Project Forecasting Right

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Predict and mitigate project risk to delight PSO customers and stakeholders. Projects are a complicated process with many moving pieces and factors to consider. Each stage of the project lifecycle brings upon its own set of challenges, but in my experience, the better you can forecast your project, the higher likelihood of success you will see. As important as forecasting is, it is often undervalued or overlooked altogether, with higher emphasis on the execution phase.

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5 Takeaways: Strategic PPM Management for Products, not Projects

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The Gartner PPM Summit is the annual event that brings together top project and portfolio management leaders from all over the world. Last week we were fortunate enough to partake in the activities and leaving the event left us with a lot to think about and digest. If you have not attended this event, suffice it to say the content is motivating and enlightening.

3 Best Project Management Practices to Enhance Business Value

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Good project management (PM)—and a good project manager—can take an organization to new heights, delivering real business value through strategic planning, enhanced customer service, faster delivery and greater productivity. Getting to the point where your PM drives these successful outcomes is not always easy. Whether you are a SMB, SME or a large enterprise, project management is a challenge!

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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.