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The Quality Project Manager: an Interview with Olu Jinadu

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Quality project managers work with teams to ensure the success of quality improvement projects. I had the pleasure of meeting Olu Jinadu on a flight from Memphis to Detroit. I was traveling to see my aunt in the beautiful countryside of rural Vermont.

2019 156

How to handle Bikeshedding: Parkinson’s Law of Triviality

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Even if you don’t yet know the term bikeshedding, you’ve likely experienced it. Have you ever found yourself in a meeting discussing something relatively unimportant, yet the time and energy everyone poured into the topic seemed to go on and on?

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Productive Conflict at Work: Simple Guidelines to Keep it Positive

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Photo by Justin Porter on Unsplash. Follow these guidelines for productive conflict at work to get the benefit without the battle. You know conflict at work can be productive for many reasons.

2019 156

7 Problem-Solving Steps to Conquer Even the Toughest Problems

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These 7 awesome problem-solving steps can help you solve difficult problems, identify opportunities, grow your leadership skills, and take your career up several notches. When you see peers in your organization handling big problems, are you ever amazed at how they do it?

2019 223

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?

10 Surprising Ways Conflict Is Good for Your Team

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Conflict is usually considered a bad thing, and many people work to avoid it. But productive conflict can be a valuable tool for teams to embrace to make them better. Productive Conflict isn’t Hostile or Negative.

2019 163

Why You Need a Project Steering Committee – And How to Create One

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A project steering committee can provide the extra support, guidance, and leverage to give your project an increased chance of success. Your project has a good chance of failing. With a large project, there are many moving pieces, unexpected risks, and change is often difficult for customers.

2019 203

Agile Practices: How to Run a Lean Coffee

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The term Lean Coffee doesn’t sound like a productive meeting session. But that’s EXACTLY what it’s intended to be. It’s structured in a way that allows participants to quickly talk through various topics they choose in a short amount of time. Sounds promising, you say?

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Supercharge Idea Output With Starbursting Brainstorming

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Starbursting brainstorming is a structured technique to help your team come up with lots of ideas in many different focus areas. Use this approach to easily guide your team to generate tons of ideas for your product or service. Does the idea of brainstorming make you anxious?

2019 193

5 Reasons the Best Project Managers are in Sales & Marketing, Too

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You may not realize it but as a project manager, you are also in sales and marketing. Sure, your primary job may be to plan and execute projects that are delivered on time, and within budget and scope. But if you’ve created a great product and nobody uses it, have you really delivered to value?

2019 183

Managing The Project Budget - Developing Your Project Management Skills

This eBook describes the process of managing the project budget and its associated costs.

What Can a Project Manager Do Next? The Project Manager Career Ladder

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Have you ever wondered what career path could be next on the project manager career ladder? There are many possible options where you can apply the valuable skills you’ve honed as a project manager. I previously wrote about the different career paths that can lead to project management.

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Project Manager Roles and Responsibilities: What does a PM Really Do?

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The job title of “project manager” is pretty common these days. But project manager roles and responsibilities can be pretty vague if you’re not already familiar with them. I know this firsthand, just by watching reactions when I tell someone I’m a project manager.

2017 241

How to Write a Clear Opportunity Statement for Better Problem-Solving

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When you set out on a problem-solving effort, it’s important to be clear about the problem you’re going to solve.

2019 163

Scrum Master vs Project Manager: What’s the Difference?

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Are you considering a career move? . Perhaps you’re considering Project Management because it uses many skills you already have. But wait. You’ve also heard that teams are going Agile and that Scrum Master might be a good option.

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Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

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

How to Improve Problem Solving with Lessons Learned

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This is a guest article by Elizabeth Harrin from GirlsGuideToPM.com. So you’ve got a problem. It’s on the issue log. You’ve pulled together the key subject matter experts who can help get the project over this hurdle. But how do you come up with the answer?

2019 225

Deming’s 14 Points – It’s All About Quality

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Even if you’ve never heard the name Edwards Deming, you’ve been exposed to Deming’s 14 points for quality improvement. They’re used in TQM (total quality management) and other quality-improvement methods commonly used today.

2019 156

5 Simple Ways to Make Your Project Team Love You

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Whether you’re new to your team or you’ve been leading them for months or years, it’s never too early or late to endear yourself. And finding ways to make your team love you is good not only for you.

2019 214

How to Create an Easy Pareto Chart to Highlight Your Biggest Opportunities

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A Pareto chart is a bar especially designed to show information in descending order. Read on to learn when to use it and how to easily create one. . If you’re not analytically inclined, don’t let the idea of creating a Pareto Chart put you off.

2019 163

Walk a Mile in Your Customer's Shoes

Speaker: Steven Haines, Founder and CEO, Sequent Learning Networks

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. 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.

Project Management for Entrepreneurs: Basic Tools for Successful Projects

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If you’re an entrepreneur or consultant who feels overwhelmed and wants to have more control over your work, project management can be a big help to your startup or consulting work. “But isn’t that just more work to do?” ” you ask. Not necessarily.

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How to Run a Successful Brainstorming Session for Productive Problem-Solving

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Brainstorming is an approach that teams can use to generate many ideas quickly. The goal is to inspire more creative thoughts to generate many ideas quickly and often build from there.

2018 177

Simple Guide to Business Process Mapping – a Valuable Skill All Project Managers Need

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If you’ve been asked to complete a business process map it may feel overwhelming. You may have an idea of what that is, but you want to be sure you do it right. It’s not intuitive at first, but once you learn how, it’s much easier than you think.

2019 203

9 Reasons Why Problem Solving Skills are Critical for Your Career

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When considering your career, you’re likely looking for a way to set yourself apart from everyone else at work. You may be looking for ways to grow in your career. And you’re possibly wondering what skills will be most beneficial.

2019 198

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.

Plan Do Check Act – PDCA Cycle for Continuous Improvement

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The PDCA Cycle is an easy-to-understand, repeatable approach for working toward continuous improvement. Teams and organizations are constantly striving to find better ways of working. Many organizations have to do more with less – whether it be fewer people or less money.

2019 156

5 Whys Root Cause Analysis: a Problem-Solving Tool to Get to the Root of the Problem

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The 5 Whys root cause analysis tool helps you quickly get past surface assumptions. It helps you dig deeper so you can solve the root cause of the problem. . What is the 5 Whys Root Cause Tool? The 5 Whys is a simple tool used to help you understand what’s really causing a problem.

2018 193

3 Simple Charts and Graphs You Should Be Using to Make Your Next Project Presentation More Powerful

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Charts and graphs are a great way to share important information about your project. These three simple charts and graphs will help you communicate project information in a way your audience can take in quickly.

2019 163

20 Easy-to-Use Assertive Communication Skills for Confidence and Respect

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Photo credit @hengfilms. In your workplace, you communicate regularly with many people: stakeholders, customers, and other team members. You’ll encounter demands and excuses and deadlines. Schedules can be demanding, and workloads can be stressful.

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Make an Impact with Analytics and Journey Maps

Speaker: Kirui K. K., Co-founder and CEO of Tanasuk Africa

If you want to offer a better user experience, it can be tempting to track each and every data point in your product. However, this can quickly get complicated and overwhelming as you collect more and more data. How do you know which metrics will help you improve? Kirui K. K., Co-founder & CEO Tanasuk Africa, wants you to know that analytics don't have to be complicated to make an impact - no matter the size of your company. Join him as he explains how to create a customer journey map, then use that map to figure out the metrics you need to know - and how to use them.

How to Create a Project Assumptions List: Examples and Template Included

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. When my daughter was very little she came home from school one day and told me the saying about assumptions: When you assume, you make an ass out of you and me. “Where did you hear that, honey?” ” “At school, Mommy. Our teacher told us.”

2018 193

3 Easy Agile Practices Your Team Can Start Today

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Photo credit rawpixel.com. You’ve heard your friends sing the praises of Agile. Your project manager buddies are becoming scrum masters. You hear how great it is. All the cool kids are doing it and you’re a bit jealous. You’re feeling left out. You want to see what all the fuss is about.

2017 259

A Project Team’s Guide to Data Conversion: Book Review & Interview with Dave Gordon

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For full disclosure, this article contains affiliate links. For more information, see my disclosure page. However, I have purchased this book myself and can honestly highly recommend it. .

2017 220

Voice of the Customer (VOC): a Powerful Tool for Valuable Customer Insight

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Getting the Voice of the Customer (VOC) tells you if you’re on the right track in your product or process improvement project. If you want to know that you’re on the right track when you’re leading a process or product improvement project, how can you be sure you’re addressing the right concerns?

2018 163

Your Post-Launch Toolkit for Understanding Your Users

Speaker: Brittney Gwynn, former Director of Product, Simple Health

If you've ever launched an MVP, you know that the journey has only just begun. How do you figure out what to do next? You know that you need to look at how different user segments react, but how do you quickly distinguish signal from noise so you can iterate and improve? Join Brittney Gwynn, former Director of Product at Simple Health, as she explains how you can use early customer feedback, usage data, and continuous experimentation to optimize your journey to product-market fit. Whether you're at a brand-new company, or looking to innovate within a more mature organization, or anywhere in between, you'll come away with a new skill set, ready to make the most of your launches.

Agile vs Waterfall Methodology: What’s the Difference?

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Agile is a popular term these days, and you likely hear it a lot. But what is it and what’s the difference between agile vs waterfall methodology? If you feel left behind and want to catch up fast, this post is for you.

2017 198

The Value of Project Management in the Ministry: How Pastor Terrell Monger Uses Project Management in his Church

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When you think of using project management skills, there are some industries that come to mind first. Technology, construction, healthcare, financial services, and law are some of the top industries hiring project managers right now, according to this article.

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5 Ways to Instantly Build Rapport for Increased Trust and Improved Relationships

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The ability to build rapport with others is often seen as a mysterious skill to those who don’t have it. Many people have a hard time connecting with and building relationships easily with others. They’re often frustrated that communication isn’t as easy as they’d like it to be.

2018 208

9 Best Practices for Your Daily Scrum Meeting

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When my team first started holding a daily scrum meeting, it honestly felt awkward. I was accustomed to meetings with in-depth communication. So at first, the act of the team standing around giving brief answers felt stilted and strange to us – or maybe it was just me.

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A Simple Framework for Complex User Goals

Speaker: Hannah Stegen, Customer Service Manager, Crescendo

How can you measure and affect your users' behavior if they're not doing something that's easily measurable? You can monitor usage, activation, retention, and more, but those metrics don't always align with every one of your goals for your users. Hope is not lost, however: with the right framework, you can still make sure your users are on track. Join Hannah Stegen (she/her), Customer Success Manager at Crescendo as she explains how you can monitor even the most complex user journeys by breaking them up into Attitude, Intention, and Behavior.