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10 Simple Ways to Ease Stress at Work and Love Your Job Again

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Photo by Studio Republic on Unsplash. Stress at work is unavoidable. Use these ten tactics to ease the stress and love your work again! The following article is a guest post by Raymond Chiu. Raymond is the Director of Operations for Maid Sailors Commercial Cleaning Service New York.

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5 Agile Metrics to Improve Performance and Quality

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This is a guest article from Gilad David Maayan. Agile has been a buzzword for many organizations in the last few years. And while many organizations are “adopting” an agile methodology, many are not fully embracing it. Effective implementation of agile requires a cultural shift.

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Design Thinking: Human Centered Design for Innovative Problem-Solving

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What Is Design Thinking? Design Thinking is a human centered approach to innovative problem-solving. Design Thinking seems to be a hot buzzword these days. You’ve likely heard it mentioned in meetings or hallway talk around the office.

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5 Things In The Office Blocking Your Productivity

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This is a guest article written by Ashley Wilson. Productivity is a big issue. When a workplace is inefficient, it leads to missed deadlines, eats time, and affects employee morale. In extreme cases, it can even make your company a less safe place to work.

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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?

15 Virtual Team Building Activities for Passionate and Loyal Teams

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These virtual team building activities can help your team build stronger bonds and work better together. Even if they’re not in the same room or even the same city. Team building exercises are an intentional way of strengthening bonds across the team.

2020 156

7 Reasons Why Networking is Critical for Your Career

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Networking is one of the most important things you can do for your career. Here’s why you need to prioritize it even when you’re not looking for a job. Many people don’t start to think about networking until they’re looking for a job.

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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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7 Simple Ways to Improve Your Active Listening Skills for Better Communication

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Communication skills are critical for your career. And great active listening skills can serve you in valuable ways you may not have considered. It seems everyone spends a good chunk of their day with their eyes glued to a cell phone.

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How to Develop Empathy for Better Work Results

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If you’ve wondered how to develop empathy, it is possible. It may be challenging at times, especially when dealing with difficult personalities or in a charged emotional state. But practicing empathy has a place even at work, and it’s possible to tap into it in appropriate situations.

2020 156

Managing The Project Budget - Developing Your Project Management Skills

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

10 Essential Project Management Skills for Success…and Your Resume

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When considering a project management career, there are some basic project management skills you need to know about. If you think a project management career is right for you, you possibly already have some great skills you need for the role.

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Effective Collaboration for Outstanding Virtual Teamwork

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Virtual teams need to put forth extra effort for effective collaboration. This list helps you cover all your bases. When you’re working with teammates on a project, you’ve likely got common understanding about how you’ll work together.

2020 170

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.

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How to Meet a Tight Deadline Without Sacrificing Quality

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When your project has a tight deadline, follow these steps to deliver in a short time without sacrificing project quality or team sanity. photo source: Pexels. The following is a guest post by Heather Redding. Project deadlines are valuable to teams in multiple ways.

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Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

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

The Importance of Creativity in Business and Work

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There are multiple reasons to consider the importance of creativity in business and your work. And I’m not just talking about your company’s creative department, or that PowerPoint you need to make for your boss.

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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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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?

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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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Business Agile: A Roadmap for Transforming Your Management & Adapting to the VUCA Environment

Speaker: Peter Taylor, Speaker/Author, The Lazy Project Manager

Businesses everywhere are trying to “get business agile”—but it’s not easy to adapt to becoming this adaptive. How can conventional organizations succeed in this transformation? In this webinar, Peter Taylor will walk through the change process step by step, and look at a tried and tested transformation roadmap: benefits are outlined, solutions to common challenges offered, and tried and tested methods and tools provided. It will be a guide towards a decentralized and management style that offers more successful decision making through collaboration.

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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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

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 208

15 Ways to Make Empathy Your Secret Superpower at Work

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You may be surprised at all the ways empathy can be your secret superpower in the workplace. I’ve worked with many project managers and leaders throughout my career. They’ve had different personalities and different leadership traits. I’ve work with those who were admired and loved.

2020 156

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 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 208

The Osborn Parnes Creative Problem-Solving Process

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The Osborn Parnes creative problem-solving process is a structured way to generate creative and innovative ways to address problems. If you want to grow in your career, you need to show you can provide value. This is true no matter where you sit in an organization.

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.”

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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.

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Driving Discovery and Experimentation in your Organization

Speaker: Teresa Torres, Product Discovery Coach, Product Talk, David Bland, Founder and CEO, Precoil, and Hope Gurion, Product Coach and Advisor, Fearless Product LLC

If you want to build what matters, you can't move forward blindly. But to make progress, you can't let things slow to a crawl while you focus resources on gathering data. This is where continuous discovery and experimentation come in. Join Teresa Torres (Product Discovery Coach, Product Talk), David Bland (Founder, Precoil), and Hope Gurion (Product Coach and Advisor, Fearless Product) in a panel discussion as they cover how - and why - to build a culture of discovery and experimentation in your organization.

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 239

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.

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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.

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.

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Encouraging Innovation in an Established Product Culture

Speaker: Richard Cardran, Chief Creative Officer and VP Strategy, HIA Technologies

Innovation is both a process and an outcome. The best way to begin innovating your products is by innovating your internal process. We'll explore the challenges, solutions, and hands-on techniques for becoming a successful "agent of change" within a well-established product culture. We'll examine the importance of UX and user-centric feature analysis, the adaptation of Agile Methodologies to the creative process, as well as a way to drive successful culture change for setting expectations and winning approvals with cross-functional stakeholders. Innovation and Leadership go hand in hand. Join Richard Cardran, Chief Creative Officer and VP Strategy, HIA Technologies, as we assess some case studies to see how to lead with a clear strategy well-defined tactics, and an unbiased understanding of the fundamental question: "why are you innovating?"

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 223

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.

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35 Conversation-Starter Questions for Social and Networking Events

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Meeting people and socializing during the holidays at work parties and social events can be stressful. These great conversation-starter questions can make meeting new people much easier. When you’re meeting someone new, it can be hard to think of what to say.

2019 170

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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Embedding Operational Reports: Everything Product Managers Should Know

Speaker: Dean Yao, Sr. Director of Product Marketing, Logi Analytics

Businesses are run with analytics - but companies continue to struggle with interpreting, analyzing, and distributing data. Operational reports help get information to the people who need it most, in formats they understand, and in a timeframe that matters. Join the webinar to learn how embedding operational reports can give your users a precisely formatted, ready-to-analyze view of their operational activities. World-class software teams are embedding operational reports to empower end users with interactive data visualizations, detailed information, and highly precise formats that can be shared via email, PDF, print, or online.