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MindGenius Online: Quick Start Guide

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MindGenius Online: Quick Start Guide. MindGenius Online has thousands of possible uses within an organization to help individuals and teams to plan more thoroughly, stay on track and get the right things done on time. Here’s a quick start guide for the key features.

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A Guide to Saving Time in Marketing Planning

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A Guide to Saving Time in Marketing Planning. In marketing, it’s often said that no two days are ever the same, there is a variety to the role which means there is always something new to be working on. However, having said that, there is some repetition in the way we do things.

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10 Common Project Management Pitfalls

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10 Common Project Management Pitfalls. There is always a sense of optimism at the start of a project that surely everything will go smoothly this time. Of course, even the most novice project manager is less than surprised when things don’t always go quite according to plan.

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Assign Yourself Tasks

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Assign Yourself Tasks. I’m the only person involved in this project, why do I need to assign myself a task? MindGenius Online is used for managing and collaborating on group projects with your team members but also for individual projects.

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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.

Simplify Your Onboarding Process with MindGenius Online

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Simplify Your Onboarding Process with MindGenius Online. Every phase of the onboarding process with a new employee is important, from before they begin their job, through their first month, to the successful completion of their first year.

Built for Collaboration

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Built for Collaboration. MindGenius Online is the application of the future. We’re built for teams. We’re available on all devices, and we’re accessible anywhere there’s internet. In today’s world it is increasingly common for members of the same team to work in different locations around the world and many people now work from home or remotely.

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What is Strategy?

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What is Strategy? Ashley Marron – 1st February 2019. Most CEOs are aware of the importance of formulating a strategic plan within their business. But what exactly is strategy? Wikipedia defines strategy as a high level plan to achieve one or more goals under conditions of uncertainty.

Project Management That’s as Easy as 1,2,3 – Plan Schedule, Deliver

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Project Management That's as Easy as 1,2,3 - Plan, Schedule, Deliver. In my blog Plan For Success , I talked about the importance of planning for successful projects and how chaos can quickly ensue if plans aren’t in place up front. There is one major benefit to this approach which we will explore further in this blog with a typical example. Planning ensures projects can be started quickly but also efficiently by following the right solution not the perception of what should be done.

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Do Start-Ups Need Project Management?

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Do Start-Ups Need Project Management? Ashley Marron – 10 May 2019. Start-ups are definitely an exciting somewhat trailblazing type of organisation to be involved in or with. But they are definitely not for everyone and not those with a nervous disposition. It may just be me, but I like working with and running start-ups and get particularly invigorated being involved in the first steps of a product launch or a new business venture.

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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.

Conducting an Efficient Management Review for ISO 27001 and ISO 22301

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Conducting an Efficient Management Review for ISO 27001 and ISO 22301. For anyone who has ever managed to try and gather an overloaded management team or Board of Directors together to facilitate a management review meeting for any regulatory compliance standard realises what a nightmare challenge this is to co-ordinate.

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Event Planning – Don’t Leave Anything To Chance

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Event Planning - Don't Leave Anything To Chance. A successful event which runs smoothly relies on a great deal of organisation. Anyone who has ever planned any kind of event will tell you it can be a highly stressful task, there are a million things to consider, contingency plans for things outwith your control such as the great British weather going against you are a must and that it is never too early to start planning and organising.

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Make University Life Easier

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Make University Life Easier. University isn’t all about night outs, joining clubs and societies and meeting new people. Sadly at one point some work needs to get done, you are there after all to get a degree! Although there are a lot of good aspects to university, when it comes to coursework and exams it can be really challenging. You’ll no doubt have thought; how do I even start this essay? What is the point in group work apart from me ending up doing the work of 4 people?

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Sales Strategy – Now That’s A Novelty

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Sales Strategy - Now That's A Novelty. Hiring great Sales Staff is notoriously difficult and I for one have made a few bad hires over the years. It is so easy to get sucked in, as the personalities in front of you have a natural ability to talk such a good game. A new approach was needed. I changed my tact when interviewing for sales positions and discovered that within 15 minutes you could determine if someone was worth further consideration. That alone was a bonus.

Innovation: Five Signs You Might Be Faking It

Every company wants to be a leader in innovation, but how can you tell if your company is really innovating or just going through the motions? See the 5 signs you might be faking innovation and what to do if you are.

Using Technology to Streamline Project Initiation Instruction

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Using Technology to Streamline Project Initiation Instruction. The Project Initiation Instruction (PII) – or the Definition Document – is one of the most important artifacts in project management because it provides a foundation for the project. It specifies why the project is important, what will be delivered, when it will be delivered and how. It’s the contract between the project management team and the steering committee – or sponsor/stakeholders – if you like.

Marketing – It’s Really Just Great Storytelling

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Marketing - It's Really Just Great Storytelling. When deciding on a career in marketing, what did you envision? Mad Men style advertising agencies and big creative campaigns perhaps? Is that the reality or are you like the many marketers just trying to find creative ways to tell your amazing product story and be heard above the noise? Content marketing plays a huge role in any marketer’s life and everyone will approach it differently, here is an outline of how I approach this area of marketing.

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SWOT – It’s All About The Follow Through

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SWOT - It's All About The Follow Through. I have been involved in many SWOT sessions over the years, often as a participant and many other times facilitating the group. What I can say without any shadow of doubt is that the real work kicks-in once the initial session is done, but sadly we often don’t get round to that, as we continue to get caught up in the many other challenges that we face daily. Probably the challenges that caused us to call a SWOT session in the first place!

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Empower Your Human Resources Processes

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A Guide to Saving Time in Marketing Planning. A founder can’t grow a winning enterprise single handedly. Some may try, but it is nearly impossible to do so. Every famous entrepreneur that has succeeded in building a flourishing company has done so with great employees by his or her side. That’s why hiring and retaining the best employees is more important than ever. An entrepreneur can invent and even commercialise an idea as an enterprise of one.

Ask the "Right" Questions: Your Analytics-Guided Product Strategy

Speaker: Yoav Yechiam, Founder and Head Instructor, productMBA

Analytics are highly important for product managers - and yet, analytic implementations often fail to actually help us. It's not the technology, and it's not the tactics. In most cases, it's our approach that's misguiding us! Analytics are there to answer important product questions, not just to collect data. How can we be mindful of our analytics so they enable us, rather than confine us? Join Yoav Yechiam, Founder and head instructor at productMBA, as he explains best practices for a data-guided strategy that helps product managers get to the "why" of their biggest product goals.

Why Do I Need A Social Media Strategy?

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Why Do I Need A Social Media Strategy? When you mention social media, everyone automatically thinks of celebrities with millions of followers and endless tweets about their perfect lives. There are a number of reasons why a business should be active on social media but if the answer to why is “because everyone does it” then it’s time to have a rethink and address some questions such as: Why you are doing it? Who do I want to target? What channels do I want to use? What content will I need?

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Web Design Projects Aren’t Just about Design

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Web Design Projects Aren't Just About Design. If as a marketer, you are tasked with delivering and launching a new website, you might think that the starting points is to find a great designer, outline a quick brief and let them go about setting it up. However, in reality there is so much more to it, with a number of factors which need to be taken into consideration.

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Recruiting – most of you won’t like this

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Recruitment - most of you won't like this. This is written from an employer’s perspective which will win me few friends, but we have a voice and it needs to be heard. Forget anything else; recruitment continues to be the biggest risk to any growing organisation. Of all that could go bad, how can that be? The fact that an organisation is growing suggests they have already got good people on board, do many things right and that in turn infers that many obvious risks are in check.

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Strategy – A Complicated Way to Describe Something Simple?

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Strategy - A Complicated Way to Describe Something Simple? Only 3 things are needed to have a strategy. Knowledge of where you are, understanding where you want to get to and devising a plan to make it happen. If only it were that simple. The problem is that not all strategic objectives are the same in terms of scale and complexity and arguably strategy is not just restricted to corporate objectives.

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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.

PESTLE Analysis – Not Got Time For That!

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PESTLE Analysis - Not Got Time For That! Give me a break, with everything that needs done around here, why should I spend time doing a PESTLE Analysis? The truth is maybe you shouldn’t, but somebody ought to. In my younger years I use to think a quick SWOT session could do the trick and provide us with focus on what needs done, but I can’t help but feel we missed a few tricks along the line with that kind of thinking.

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6 Key Tips to help you have Effective Employee Performance Reviews

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6 Key Tips to Help You Have Effective Employee Performance Reviews. These Tips Will Result in Employees Who Are Motivated to Contribute and Grow Over the course of my career, I’ve hired hundreds of people. Some were exceptional employees who were major contributors to our success. Others didn’t work out, but what I have learnt from all hires is that consistent review and updating of the recruitment and onboarding processes is key to getting it more right than wrong.

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No More Missed Deadlines

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No More Missed Deadlines. Many managers today find themselves in a situation where not only are they expected to be experts in their chosen field but are also required to be proficient in project management. That can be a daunting prospect when you don’t consider yourself to be a project manager. Being a manager doesn’t guarantee a person will possess the necessary organisation skills required to keep on top of multiple projects, tasks and team members.

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iMindMap Alternative

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iMindMap Alternative. Make the move to MindGenius with our Special Discounted Offer. This week saw the demise of iMindMap as we know it with the launch of Ayoa and the news that a desktop version will no longer be supported. From comments on social media and online forums it is clear that this is not a popular move among many of the iMindMap customer base, especially among those who have recently invested in a product that will no longer be supported and is not compatible with the new offering.

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Plan for Product Launch Success with Data and Analytics

Speaker: Piyanka Jain, President and CEO, Aryng

When you launch new feature (or an entirely new product), there are many questions that you'll need to answer. Is the feature being adopted? Do your customers like it, or does it need to be improved? Was the launch successful? Well, that all depends on how you define success. Join Piyanka Jain, President and CEO of Aryng, as she explains why - and how - you should use data and analytics to define and track a successful launch.

Stay Organised and Be Better Prepared

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Stay Organised and Be Better Prepared. There are some things you might think are pre-requisites for working in marketing- creativity, able to work in teams, even a bit wacky at times. One trait in particular is that a person needs to be highly organised. Is being organised something that comes naturally or is it a skill that can be learned?

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Launch your Next Campaign or Project with MindGenius Online

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Launch our Next Campaign or Project with MindGenius Online. If you have a major campaign or project on the horizon then you will have a million and one things to do. This is not only the case for the manager but also for team members as well. Here at MindGenius Online we are launching a major campaign in two weeks, created with the aim of increasing brand awareness and we are using MindGenius Online to manage all aspects of this project.

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Get Things Done

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Get Things Done. Fiona Macintyre 18th January 2019. Let’s face it – we’ve probably all at one point or another moaned about not having enough hours in the day or week. We can’t increase the hours available but we can be more effective with the hours we have and stop wasting time on pointless activities that don’t achieve anything. How many times have you got to the end of the week and thought – I’ve been really busy but what have I actually achieved?

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Avoid Confrontation

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Avoid Confrontation. A project close out meeting should in theory be a relaxed meeting. That is if the project has been delivered on time, on budget and meets the desired outcomes. However, if a project takes twice the time, costs twice the budget and you get only half of what you expect then the project close out meeting will likely be a feisty and confrontational encounter. So, what is key to preventing the unwelcome project outcome and that awkward final meeting?

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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.

Say Farewell to Tasks Falling Through the Cracks

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Say Farewell to Tasks Falling Through The Cracks. How many times have you sat back with a sense of satisfaction as you get to the end of a mountain of work, only to be asked the status of the one task that wasn’t done? You’re gripped by a sense of sudden fear or panic as you realise it was completely forgotten. The sense of satisfaction you felt when you thought everything was complete disappears quickly as you realise something was missed. Sound familiar?

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How To Track Teams Tasks With MindGenius Online

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How To Track Teams Tasks With MindGenius Online. MindGenius Online has thousands of possible uses within an organization to help individuals and teams to plan more thoroughly, stay on track and get the right things done on time.

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How To Plan Your Social Media Strategy With MindGenius Online

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How To Plan Your Social Media Strategy. With MindGenius Online. MindGenius Online has thousands of possible uses within an organization to help individuals and teams to plan more thoroughly, stay on track and get the right things done on time.

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How To Prepare Your Marketing Content Plan With MindGenius Online

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How To Prepare Your Marketing Content Plan With MindGenius Online. MindGenius Online has thousands of possible uses within an organization to help individuals and teams to plan more thoroughly, stay on track and get the right things done on time.

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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?