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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.

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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 209

25 Amazing Quotes to Inspire You During Tough Times

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I’ve been writing a lot lately about problem-solving skills. These are great ways to grow your skill set, and a perfect skill to make you more valuable in the workplace. Problems are going to arise no matter where you are in your career.

2019 233

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 221

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.

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 189

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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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 198

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 194

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

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.

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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7 Great Ways to Measure Career Success – or Signal it’s Time to Make a Change

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I was talking with my niece one day and commented on all the buzz about Millennials in the workplace. I mentioned that many websites were playing up that Millennials want jobs that are meaningful. Her immediate response to me was, “Doesn’t everyone want that?”

2019 162

Use an Affinity Diagram to Easily Organize Ideas and Information

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An Affinity Diagram is a tool that helps you group or organize large amounts of information based on theme or relationship. Imagine you’ve just led a fantastic brainstorming session with your team. You’ve had great participation from all attendees.

2019 184

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 189

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.

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 162

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 174

How to Use the Ishikawa Fishbone Diagram as an Awesome Problem-Solving Tool

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An easy explanation of how to use this powerful problem-solving tool with a simple fishbone diagram example. Have you ever been faced with a problem you didn’t know how to address? It seemed that there were many contributing factors and you didn’t know where to start?

2018 184

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.

2017 249

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.

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 205

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 256

9 Great Reasons to Choose a Project Management Career

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You may be wondering if a project management career is a right choice for you. You’ve likely heard a good bit about it – it’s getting more attention in recent years. But maybe you’re not quite sure if it would be a good fit.

2018 203

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.

2017 233

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.

5 Styles of Effective Listening That Will Make You Smarter

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Photo by Ben White on Unsplash. You may think knowing styles of effective listening won’t mean much or matter to you. But think about this… When someone is talking to you, do you find yourself thinking of what you’re going to say next rather than really listening?

2017 228

When and How to Say No to a Project

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You may feel like you don’t have the right to say “no” when your boss asks you to do something. But sometimes it can feel overwhelming or stressful, depending on the request. You want to be seen as a team player. You want to be a reliable employee and admired by both your boss and your peers.

2018 179

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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10 Essential Qualities of Great Project Managers

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Project managers work in a dynamic role. It can change from day-to-day. For this reason, the qualities of project managers who excel are diverse. Because project managers are responsible for doing so many different things, their job descriptions aren’t simple.

2017 249

Meet Your Goals with a Practical Product Strategy

Speaker: Nils Davis, Principal, NPD Associates

Whether you manage a feature, a product, or a whole suite of products, you likely have some goals that you're trying to meet. But do you have a strategy? Strategy and goals are different. It's your strategy that allows you to make decisions that help you meet your goals in the first place. For example, if you want grow your revenue, your strategy may be to enter a new market - and you may decide to make your product stand out in that market by adding analytics. If you want to have an articulated strategy that you can use to make decisions, stay on-track, and meet your product goals, this is the webinar for you! Join Nils Davis, author of The Secret Product Manager Handbook, as he explains how you can get your team aligned to a practical product strategy.

Project Managers Change the World

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It’s not only visionaries and dreamers who change the world. It takes more than just an idea to make a change. The idea must be put into motion – it must be executed. And that’s what Project Managers do. Ideas Without Action Have No Impact. People come up with ideas every day.

2017 210

How to Create a SIPOC Model for Process Creation or Improvement [SIPOC Template Download]

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If you have a project that involves any type of process improvement, a SIPOC Model is a great tool to get your team started. And you don’t need to have six sigma training to use this simple tool.

How to Build Rapport with Remote Team Members

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Building trust with your team is critical. And taking time to build rapport with remote team members is just as important as building strong relationships with those in the office.

2018 179

The Project Sponsor Role: How a Great Project Sponsor Helps you Succeed

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Having a great project sponsor can contribute to the success of your project. But what should you expect from the person serving in the project sponsor role? What can he do for you and your project? And how can the person in the project sponsor role help support your project’s success?

2017 224

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.

Spark by John Ratey [Book Review] and How Exercise Makes You Smarter

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?. Book Review for Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain. Spark by John Ratey will motivate you to get moving. Ratey goes in-depth with research and the science behind how exercise makes you smarter. .

2018 202

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.

2018 181

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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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 162

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?