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Running Great Virtual Meetings: All You Need to Know

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Running a perfect meeting takes a lot of work. Running virtual meetings can be even harder due to added challenges. But it’s a skill that’s critical to master. Benefits of Running Virtual Meetings. What are the benefits of virtual meetings vs face to face?

2021 156

How To Become A Project Manager: The Ultimate Guide

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Have you wondered if project management was a good career path for you, and if so, just how to become a project manager ? Do you find yourself naturally organizing, planning, and keeping track of plans of goals?

2020 156
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Alternative Project Management Job Titles

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Photo by Nick Morrison on Unsplash. This list of project management job titles can help if you need to find other names for the role. When you’re thinking about moving into a project management career, you’re likely looking for jobs with the title “project manager.”

2020 156

How to Run a Meeting That Gets Amazing Results

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You may think you know how to run a meeting. But it takes more planning and effort than you may be doing now. This checklist of activities to do before, during, and after your meeting tell you exactly how to run an effective meeting that participants will actually enjoy.

2021 156

What is Contextual Analytics? The Next Evolution of Embedded Analytics

Download this white paper to learn what contextual analytics is, how BI platforms like Yellowfin revolutionize the way users discover insights from their data with native contextual analytics, and how it adds value to your software solution by elevating the user experience.

3 Easy Ways to Keep Your Virtual Team on Track When Working Remotely

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This is a guest post by Adrian Johansen. In a matter of months, COVID-19 has impacted pretty much every aspect of our normal daily lives. It’s changed the way we educate our children to the way we socialize and how we get our entertainment. Even more, it’s changed the way we work.

2020 190

Scrum Master Servant Leader: 12 Ways To Move Your Team to Greatness

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A scrum master servant leader can lead his team to greatness with this advice from Geoff Watts’s wonderful book Scrum Mastery. The following is a guest post by Charlie Davidson. Please see the Editor’s note below regarding the variation in spelling of the term Scrum Master.

2020 156

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. You need to actively work towards continuous improvement. To achieve this level of collaboration you need to be able to measure it. Read on to learn how to use agile metrics to improve your work processes. What Is Agile?

2020 172

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. And you may be thinking that it’s something best left to engineers or the R&D team. But Design Thinking is a valuable problem-solving and design approach that can be used by many different teams.

6 Steps To Increase Productivity with Team Goals

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A focussed team is a productive team. And, a productive team is the one that gets things done. Working toward common team goals can help. The following is a guest post from Vartika Kashyap. Have you ever come across an instance where your focus seemed to be shifting from the goal itself?

2020 156

How to Measure DevSecOps Progress and Ensure Success

Speaker: Shannon Lietz, Director of DevSecOps Team, Intuit

The new DevSecOps team is up and running, and you feel ready to take on rising security threats while delivering quality software updates. But that leaves just one question: how do you monitor your new program as effectively and efficiently as possible? Join Shannon Lietz, Director of DevsecOps at Intuit, and award-winning innovator, to learn the answers to these questions so you can lead your DevSecOps team to the top!

How to Network: Building Business Relationships That Feel Authentic

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Knowing how to network doesn’t come naturally for most pople. But networking – and building business relationships – is one of the most valuable things you can do for your career. After all, your network can help you grow in your career.

2020 156

How to Find the Perfect Company Culture Match for Your Job Search

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Do you consider company culture during your job search? A positive company culture can make a huge difference in how much you love your work. It can mean the difference between dreading going to work each day, or absolutely loving your job. But it doesn’t just happen by chance.

2020 156

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. Using some smart approaches can save you time and money if you can work more efficiently. It can actually help you get more done more easily. And that translates to more free time and more money.

2018 196

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. But productivity isn’t a standalone issue. It has various causes, including noise and lack of organization. But it also has a range of possible solutions. .

2020 172

Are Your Embedded Analytics DevOps-Friendly?

Does your analytics solution work with your current tech stack and DevOps practices? If not, any update to the analytics could increase deployment complexity and become difficult to maintain. Learn the 5 elements of a DevOps-friendly embedded analytics solution.

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. When I took my first job as a project manager, my mother asked what I do. My sisters have careers she’s a bit more familiar with: chemical engineer, civil engineer, real estate development.

2017 196

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? But then isn’t that what OFTEN happens in meetings with no structure? People just sit around and talk…and there’s often no value. How is a Lean Coffee better than that?

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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. There may be skills you already have that can be perfect for helping you move into project management. After all, it is the perfect career.

2019 160

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. And a project manager role can be fulfilling and interesting. Projects stay interesting with new challenges, opportunities to collaborate with teams, and the satisfaction of delivering value and solutions.

2017 198

Business Monitoring Systems: Using ML to Analyze Metrics

This whitepaper discusses how automated business monitoring solutions like Yellowfin Signals revolutionize the way users discover critical and relevant insights from their data.

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. Networking can be incredibly valuable for helping you land that next position. As a matter of fact, most jobs are secured through networking. A 2016 LinkedIn Survey found that a staggering 85% of all jobs are filled through networking.

2020 172

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. Even when co-workers, spouses, or – saddest of all – kids are speaking, we’re not really engaged.

2020 176

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. Or maybe you’re already a Project Manager, and you’re wondering if a Scrum Master job might be a good move. If you think they’re similar, think again. Here I’ll explain the difference between a Project Manager and a Scrum Master.

2017 183

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? Does it seem like they have some special natural ability you wish you had? Maybe the idea of taking on a big problem intimidates you? After all, problem-solving in the workplace can seem scary.

2019 176

4 Approaches to Data Analytics for Your Application

Selecting the right solution for your embedded analytics is crucial to the success of your application. But with so many solutions and vendors, how do you make this critical selection? Learn about the different approaches to analytics and the pros and cons for each.

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? It seemed that everyone had an opinion and needed to have a say. And for this reason the discussion continued far past the time it should have taken. What is Bikeshedding? The term bikeshedding is also known as Parkinson’s Law of Triviality.

2019 166

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. Creativity provides business value in important ways you may not have considered. You may be surprised. But once I explain, I think you’ll agree. Creativity Isn’t Just for Artists. Earlier this fall I traveled to Vermont to visit my aunt and uncle.

2019 173

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? Do your brainstorming sessions run dry quickly? Or do you wish you had a more structured approach to lead the team to create more ideas? Starbursting brainstorming is just the technique you need.

2019 160

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.” ” Yes, you’ve heard that one. I just didn’t expect my little one to learn that saying so early in her life. Though it’s often true, that saying doesn’t apply to your project.

2018 178

How to Select an Embedded Analytics Product: 12 Criteria to Consider

This report is designed to help readers select an embedded analytics product. It provides 12 criteria to consider when evaluating embedded capabilities. It also comes with a companion spreadsheet that enables users to score and compare products along these 12 dimensions and others they may add.

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. I sat next to Olu and promised that I wouldn’t talk during the flight. He laughed and said he didn’t mind conversation. So, I asked what work he does in Memphis and he shared that he’s a Director of Quality at Thyssenkrupp.

2019 120

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. Stress at work is often unavoidable. But despite it being a challenge, it’s part of life that makes us stronger and helps improve our character. Nonetheless, we don’t want to overexpose ourselves to stress.

2020 120

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. You’ve got enough to worry about without this added to the mix. You need to know how to handle this and stay focused on your project, rather than worrying about these more challenging behavior problems.

2018 191

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? If you’ve made something but it’s sitting on the shelf not being used, the intended value is never realized.

2019 160

5 Signs It's Time to Replace Your Homegrown Analytics

If you built your analytics in house, chances are your basic features are no longer enough for your end users. Is it time to move on to a more robust analytics solution with more advanced capabilities? Follow this free guide for tips on making the build to buy transition.

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. Group collaboration can produce wonderful solutions to challenges and problem. But for the most effective collaboration, your team needs to follow certain behaviors and guidelines. But what if your team is remote?

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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. You likely do this in your day-to-day activities. But if you want to stand out, or do better than the minimum required for your job, you need to find ways to be more valuable to your company.

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. And this is even more important for you as a leader if your team members aren’t all in the same place and can’t work face to face. But by using online team games and activities, you can nurture bonding and understanding between team members.

2020 120

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. While it feels very relaxed and informal, there’s a structure you can apply to increase the productivity of your brainstorming session. Read on to learn how to have the most successful brainstorming sessions possible. Benefits of Brainstorming.

2018 146

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?