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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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Epic List of Project Manager Behavioral Interview Questions to Prove You’re the Ideal Candidate for the Job

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When you’re interviewing for that perfect project manager position, you need to be ready. You’re competing against multiple candidates, and you want to stand out as the best choice.

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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?

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Project Management Career Outlook – Growth Across Industries through 2027

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Have you ever considered a career in project management? If so, I’ve got great news. The project management career outlook continues to show growth and increased opportunity for the next ten years.

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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?

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.

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Great Gift Ideas for Co-Workers, Friends, Family, or Even Yourself

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During the holidays and throughout the year you’re often at a loss for gift ideas. For this reason, I’ve put together a list of items that help with staying healthy, productive, and can make life a bit easier.

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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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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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Managing The Project Budget - Developing Your Project Management Skills

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

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.

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Scrum Master Responsibilities: What Does a Scrum Master Do?

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Are you thinking of taking on a Scrum Master role? Do you know what the Scrum Master responsibilities are? To make sure you’re ready to carry out Scrum Master responsibilities, ensure that you have a good understanding of what’s involved.

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A PM’s Guide to Agile Software Development

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Everybody’s talking about agile software development these days: project managers, software developers, IT directors, small startups and big corporations. You know it’s a hot topic and if you haven’t started exploring it, you may be feeling left behind.

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How to Get Into Project Management – Right Where You Are Now

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On quite a few occasions I’ve encountered the question “How can I get into project management?”. People ask if they should start by pursuing certifications or going back to school.

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11 Tricks to Help You Work Faster

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Does work always take longer than you expect it will? You make a commitment or plan a task, and it always takes twice as long as you thought it would? I became more aware of this when I had a daughter. Just getting out the door in the morning suddenly took ten times longer than before.

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Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

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

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.

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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. .

Agile or Waterfall: How to Choose Which is Best for Your Project

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When you’re considering different methodologies for your project, you may be curious which is the best approach. Sometimes it’s hard to know whether choosing Agile or Waterfall is best for your team. You’ve no doubt been hearing quite a bit about Agile these days.

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.

Selling Data and Decisions to your Team

Speaker: Cait Porte, SVP Product and Customer Experience, Zmags

Gathering support for a product feature or enhancement is a critical skill for Product Managers. Talking to customers, working with key stakeholders in the business and convincing development that a feature is necessary can be a daunting task. Join Product Management expert Cait Porte as she covers how to sell your ideas internally by leveraging data to drive decision making.

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.

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.”

3 Unexpected Benefits of Attending Conferences

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You may think that the only benefits of attending conferences are to gain new knowledge on an area specific to your job title and earning professional certification credits. But there are other benefits of attending conferences that you may not have considered.

3 Critical Reasons to Run Effective Meetings – It’s More Important Than You Think

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Effective meetings don’t just happen. It takes effort. And for that reason, you might be tempted to skip the prep work needed for a great meeting. But don’t do it. It’s easy to simply send out invitations and walk into the conference room at meeting time.

Agile Metrics for Team and Product Progress

Speaker: Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant, Rothman Consulting Group

You’ve seen team metrics like velocity. Velocity is not an accurate measure of a team's progress towards "done." So what should you use instead? Join Johanna as she discusses the measures that are actually useful in understanding what your team does, where the work is, and how long the work really takes - and in addition, we’ll examine what it takes to explain the team’s progress to others in terms of the product backlog burnup chart, ways to talk about what’s done and not yet released, and how to show others working product.

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. .

7 Steps for Dealing with a Difficult Team Member

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You do everything right. You plan your project well and get stakeholder sign-off. You plan for risk. You follow your checklists and double check to be sure. But you’ve got a difficult team member who constantly causes trouble.

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion [Book Review]

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As project managers, we have to influence others – usually without formal authority. We lead project teams made up of people who likely report to a different functional manager.

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?

Connecting Analytics to Strategy - Keeping Your Corporate Objective In Sight

Speaker: Tom Evans, Senior Principal Consultant and Trainer, 280 Group

Data analytics has transformed the way many product managers approach product enhancements, creating strong demand for product managers with skills and expertise in defining and analyzing product metrics to make more valuable product decisions. But there is one essential element that is often left out of the conversation, and that is strategy. How does my product decisions support the overall strategy of the business, and am I tracking the right metrics based upon that strategy?

Use This Free Project Status Report Template for Fast and Easy Project Reporting

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Photo by Green Chameleon on Unsplash. The Project Status report is a great way to provide lots of information about your project performance in a concise format. It includes updates on project progress, health, issues, and items that need attention.

How to Create a Project Status Meeting Agenda [Free Template]

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If you’re leading projects, you’ll be expected to lead project status meetings. You want to run them effectively and use the time well. You also want to give the team confidence in your leadership abilities. Follow these guidelines for a productive meeting that helps propel your project forward.

How Gratitude Makes You Happy, Healthy, and Successful

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Photo by Giulia Bertelli on Unsplash. We all want to be happy. We pursue happiness daily. Many times it’s through shopping or eating or some other type of consumption. But did you know that there’s an easy and fast way to become happier that doesn’t involve spending money?

Agile at Scale – Outcome Driven (or Broken)

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Taking agile, a process otherwise optimized for small, cross-functional, collaborative teams and making it work at scale is fascinating. You have to change some elements, and retain others, as you redefine the context.

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Mixing Qualitative & Quantitative Data with Storyboarding

Speaker: Tristan Kromer, Lean Agile Coach, Kromatic

Qualitative vs. Quantitative is a silly argument. Qualitative data from UXers should not compete against the quantitative data product owners need for their business model. Both are necessary to have a complete understanding of where the desirability of the product meets the viability of the business.

Project Manager Salary Guide 2018

The Digital Project Manager

What’s a typical project manager salary and how much should digital project managers earn? And while we’re asking, what are average salaries for a senior. The post Project Manager Salary Guide 2018 appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Features General

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Why Our Project Management Tools Don’t Matter

The Digital Project Manager

As project managers, it’s easy to fall in love with one tool and let it define the way we manage projects. Perhaps in the rush. The post Why Our Project Management Tools Don’t Matter appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Features General

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10 Project Management Hacks To Boost Your Productivity

The Digital Project Manager

Did you know you’re wasting hours of time as a project manager? Not in the way you would expect—meetings, emails, and chats are all a. The post 10 Project Management Hacks To Boost Your Productivity appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Features General

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How To Successfully Start A New Project Management Job

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Starting a new project management gig is as exciting as it is nerve-wracking. You’ve found a project management job, nailed the interview, and done the. The post How To Successfully Start A New Project Management Job appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. General

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Creating the "Right" Product Roadmap With Data

Speaker: Sunil Parekh, Head of Product Management, SimplyInsured

Data can be qualitative or quantitative, and comes from multiple sources: customer interviews, product usage & funnel analytics, company financial performance, and internal stakeholders. How do you use that data to create a product roadmap that is aligned with your organization’s business needs?