Project Health Check

Project Status Reporting – 6 Key Considerations

Project Health Check

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, Project Managers (PMs) live and die by the Plan.

2017 243

Cancelling Projects: The Project Isn't Being Done Right

Project Health Check

In part 1 of this article series, we accepted that Projects sometimes need to be cancelled. In part 2, we look at how sometimes the Project being worked on is no longer the right Project. In this part 3, we will look at the other cause of cancelling: the Project isn't being done right.

2017 230

Cancelling Projects - It's Not the Right Project

Project Health Check

In part 1 of this article series, we accepted that Projects sometimes need to be cancelled. In this part 2, we look at one of the two reasons we identified: it's no longer the right Project.

2017 218

Cancelling Projects - Should We?

Project Health Check

Work in Project Management long enough, and eventually you will come across everything - this will include having a Project you were working on cancelled.

2017 218

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?

Improving your Project Documentation

Project Health Check

Documentation will always be part of life for Project Managers, sometimes more than you’d like. But how can you make sure it is useful and ultimately delivering value for your project? There are a few basics which, if you get right, will help guide you on the way to project success.

2018 167

Project Team: Role & Skill Assessment

Project Health Check

Delivering projects is a tricky business, achieved by skilled practitioners in their field – be it software development, events management, construction, oil & gas etc.

2018 186

Cancelling Projects: How?

Project Health Check

In part 1 of this article series, we accepted that Projects sometimes need to be cancelled. In part 2, we look at how sometimes the Project being worked on is no longer the right Project, and in part 3, we looked at the other cause of cancelling: the Project isn't being done right.

2017 193

The Tyranny of the Urgent - and how to manage it

Project Health Check

Urgent requests: it seems like most requests we get are. I took over a role recently, and rather than a detailed Knowledge Transfer plan covering many topics over a number of weeks, it basically took half an hour. Most of what I do is respond to urgent requests".

2017 197

Introducing the PRINCE2 Principles

Project Health Check

PRINCE2 is a popular UK Project Management methodology, that continues to gain traction in other locations around the world. Now managed by Axelos, it is part of a comprehensive and integrated best practice suite along side other methodologies such as Management of Risk (M_o_R) and Managing Successful Programmes (MSP).

Managing The Project Budget - Developing Your Project Management Skills

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

What is Lean Six Sigma?

Project Health Check

Lean Six Sigma, a management buzzword that seems to persist and many don't understand. But what is it and how is it related to Project Management? Lean Six Sigma is an approach for Process Improvement Projects, combining many different conceptual tools depending on the situation.

Lean 177

Introduction to Kanban

Project Health Check

Ka nban is something that features in both Lean Six Sigma and Agile software development. It descended from the Lean improvements of the Toyota Production System, and is a proven approach to optimise effectiveness of a production line system.

2018 156

PRINCE2 Principles: Manage by exception

Project Health Check

We’ve all been there, a manager taking far too much interest in our every action at work, micro managing our day to day lives. We may have even fallen accidentally into this trap ourselves, spending far too much time in the detail.

6 things PRINCE2 Project Managers should do every day

Project Health Check

Projects are often very complex endeavours, but PRINCE2 is a project management method proven to deliver them successfully. Projects can vary greatly in their nature. The activities carried out by the project manager at any one time can be quite diverse. They depend on the exact nature of the project and where it is in its lifecycle. However, there are certain common activities that a PRINCE2 Certified Project Manager will carry out almost every day.

Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

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

Project Assumption Management

Project Health Check

We all make Assumptions every day, mostly without thinking about it. The reason we don't think about it is because we are so confident they are true; be it how something will turn out, what someone will do or what something is like.

2017 170

Scrum Experiences & Suggestions

Project Health Check

Agile is an approach which is extremely prevent in the IT industry, to the point where unfortunately the word “agile” tends to be thrown around everywhere, often out of context.

SCRUM 156

Scrum Meetings: 7 Steps To Get Them Right

Project Health Check

Agile is a methodology which is getting more and more traction in the IT industry, to the point where the word is agile is thrown around out of context and with incorrect capitalisation. There are many variants, but a feature now common to many is the idea of a daily Scrum meeting to manage the work. In our experience, how this meeting is planned and executed will set the tone for the entire project, and how effectively they embrace the true Agile approach.

SCRUM 157

Dependency Management

Project Health Check

Let's talk Dependencies. A Dependency is a relationship between two activities, and is most often encountered in the Project Schedule. In this case they are used to structure the order of tasks, to help you plan the Project.

2017 156

Measure the Immeasurable: Beyond Vanity Metrics

Speaker: Sari Harrison, Product Management Instructor, Product School

As a product manager, it's your job to realize your product’s vision by executing your chosen strategy. It’s also your job to deliver value to the business. Ultimately, these two outcomes are aligned so the temptation is to focus primarily on business metrics. Doing this can cause you to lose focus on the real value you are trying to achieve, in favor of moving the vanity metrics such as launches and time spent. Join Sari Harrison, Product Management Instructor at Product School, as she explains how to use immeasurable success criteria along with your more standard KPIs to deliver products that don't just get used a lot, but deliver real value.

Book Review: Project Management Pocketbook

Project Health Check

This is a new one for us - Book Reviews! Continued learning and development is important not just for Project Managers, but for practitioners in any field; this development needs to be a combination of new in-the-field experiences, and the theoretical grounding it is based upon.

2017 156

Knowledge Transfer

Project Health Check

When you're starting a new project, you of course identify staffing requirements as part of your estimating. You start to "put bums on seats" as you ramp up the project towards the Execution phase and on-board your project team.

2017 156

What's your Data Point?

Project Health Check

There's lots of talking on Projects; too much really. And so little of value said. People lurch from meeting to meeting, telecon to telecon, wear out the carpet on their mobile phones. People proffer opinions, half baked viewpoints, analysis and hot air.

2017 156

Lessons Learned - A suggested Process

Project Health Check

In our Precious Blog entry we reflected generally on Project Lessons Learned. Now let us spell out a structured Process that we suggest: Plan Lessons Capture - Lessons Learned (L.L.) need to be pro-actively orchestrated by the Project Manager, they won't just happen by accident.

Build Delightful Products with Customer Validation

Speaker: John Little, Head of Product Marketing, Centercode

When it comes to delivering a solid product/market fit, customer validation is key. After all, you want to provide customers with a product that not only fills the need, but is delightful -- right? To get there, you need to commit to a vital blend of market research, strategy, and user testing. Join John Little, Head of Product Marketing at Centercode, as he explains a two-part approach to customer validation. First, how do you strategically identify your top product areas that need attention prior to release. And second, how do you turn user data into strategic priorities that help the right teams make the right decisions.

Project Lessons Learned - A Reflection

Project Health Check

Here's the thing about Lessons Learned: you're not learning them. In our experience, most organisations at best identify them - but is anything actually learned? Is changed behaviour ingrained into the lifeblood of the organisation? We have our doubts.

2017 156

Issue Logs

Project Health Check

Project Risk Logs are pretty well institutionalised, and we mentioned them in our last blog post. But what about Issue Logs? We've heard Issues defined as an impacted risk, an unknown question that needs answering, or just a general spanner in the works that will cause you to go off-plan.

2017 156

Processes and Project Management

Project Health Check

We regard Processes as the bedrock for successful Project Management. I think W.

Risk Management: Known / Unknown Unknowns

Project Health Check

On February 12 2002, US Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld made a now famous remark that has since went on to be commented on widely by critics and thinkers.

Risk 156

Get Growth With Partner Integrations

Speaker: Mandy Howard, Product Manager, ServiceTitan

Once your SaaS product hits a certain level of revenue, you'll need to change things up to move past the plateau. One of the ways to do this is to move past your core product and introduce new business streams. If you're strategic about your integrations, you can strengthen your ties to your target market. Join Mandy Howard, Product Manager at ServiceTitan, as she takes you through the three key questions that you need to answer to grow your product with the right partner integrations. Whether you're a start-up, or working on a new product in an enterprise environment, you'll learn how to push through to a new level of growth.

Risk Identification Workshops: An Overview

Project Health Check

Risk Management is one of the well established fundamentals of Project Management. Whatever system or tool you use, the basics of rating risks with some degree of severity and impact is well understood, and then doing something to stop it (because they usually are threats). But I have a challenge for you: look back over your last Project and consider - how many of the issues that occurred along the way were from impacted Risks that were identified on your Risk Log? I predict very few of them.

Risk 120

Getting the most from Lessons Learned

Project Health Check

Here's the thing about lessons learned in your projects: You're probably not actually learning them. Personal experiences suggest that most organizations, at best, are identifying them—but is anything actually learned? Is behavior changed, and is that change ingrained into the project environment? Or are the mistakes of the past being repeated time and time again? My experience has identified five key factors for lessons learned to work. Read the full article on projectmanagement.com here

2018 68

How to Prioritize Work When Everything Is #1

LiquidPlanner

All projects—especially large, complex projects—need clear priorities. Easier said than done. You can count on technical projects, no matter how well-planned, to involve change orders, re-prioritization and the regular appearance of surprises. It’s just the natural order of things. But still.

2018 846

Will a Project Management Certification Help Your Career?

LiquidPlanner

Let’s say you’re well-qualified in your technical skills—be it Java, programming languages, infrastructure, networks or system administration.

Leverage Your Organization for Best Product Decisions

Speaker: Rene Kolga, Senior Director of Product and Marketing, Nyotron

You can learn a lot by studying your product data, but the real magic happens when product managers blend different types of data from different sources. If you want to blend data and intuition to make bold decisions that move your product forward, you'll need to open yourself up to new data sources - but where do you get this new information? Rene Kolga, Senior Director of Product and Marketing at Nyotron, knows the answer: from other teams in your organization! Join us as Rene goes through the different teams you'll find in a B2B organization, how to build a strong relationship with those teams, and what kinds of insights you can get that will benefit your product.

How to Manage a Construction Project

Girl's Guide to PM

Construction project management has similarities to managing projects in other industries: ultimately, you’re aiming to get something delivered on time, on budget and to the required scope with an acceptable degree of quality. The role of a construction project manager is to make that happen.

Seven Project Management Lessons for Entrepreneurs

ProjectManager.com

Entrepreneurs are committed, energetic, can-do people. That description can also fit your typical project manager, which makes sense because launching a business is a project. I’ve done it a few times, so I know.

2019 349

Ask a PM: How to Get Proper Estimates

LiquidPlanner

Dear Elizabeth: I work in a technical team as a project manager. We do a lot of projects that are innovative (for us), and my development colleagues always seem reluctant when it comes to project planning. They won’t give me timescales that will help me plan.

The PM Skills You Can Forget About (And the Ones You Really Need to Know)

LiquidPlanner

What are the project management skills that you really need to focus on today? I hear from project managers every week who aren’t sure what skills they should be building on.

2018 634

How To Launch A Feature To Maximize Growth

Speaker: Brian Balfour, CEO, Reforge

Have you ever been part of a launch that, despite everyone's hard work, was more like a balloon deflating than a rocket taking off? It turns out that some of the most popular product and feature launch tactics can be counterproductive to achieving sustainable growth. Brian Balfour, Founder and CEO of Reforge, has taken a close look at these practices to figure out just why they can slow - or even hurt - growth. Now, he has a repeatable model for you to use in your next launches to get the growth you're looking for.