Project Management Essentials

Be Productive by Focusing on Value

Project Management Essentials

Productivity is defined as our ability to create value. Traditionally manufacturers and farmers became more productive by adding resources—people and machines—to the process. Knowledge workers can generate more value by working smarter, rather than harder.

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Is Your Agile Project Healthy?

Project Management Essentials

Experienced agile coaches and practitioners develop a sixth-sense. They can quickly assess the health of an agile project or team just as doctors do with their patients. In 2013, Mike Cohn coined the term scrum smells to describe the signs that a scrum team is in trouble.

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Failed Agile Sprints

Project Management Essentials

Agile teams using the Scrum framework commit to delivering value in each development sprint. Sprints are generally 2-weeks long, and the goal is to create working software that can be deployed into production.

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Agile Project Governance: It Should be Easy

Project Management Essentials

Many organizations struggle with project governance, oversight, and control. The truth is that most projects are not successful. Over the past 25-years, only 30% of all projects are delivered on-time, on-budget, and with the desired scope.

Building Healthy Innovation Ecosystems for Your Projects

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

In this webinar, Nick Noreña will walk through an Innovation Ecosystem Model that he and his team at Kromatic have developed to help investors, heads of product, teachers, and executives understand how they can best support innovation in their own ecosystem. He'll also go over metrics we can use to measure the health of our ecosystems as we build more resources for innovators.

Road Trippin’ Organization Change: The Journey

Project Management Essentials

Organizational change and transformation efforts are often challenging. Most fail to meet their planned objectives with 30% failing outright.

Road Trippin’ Organizational Change: The Beginning

Project Management Essentials

Most organizational change efforts do not succeed. They fail to achieve the desired results. They are disruptive and sometimes leave the company worse-off. An oft-cited statistic is that 70% of organizational change efforts fail.

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The Daily Stand-Up Meeting: Best Practice

Project Management Essentials

Lean and Agile organizations have harnessed the power of the stand-up meeting as a valuable process tool. The stand-up is an efficient and effective way to communicate. It promotes transparency into the progress of work and highlights issues.

PMI Goes Agile

Project Management Essentials

The Project Management Institute (PMI) is making a bold pivot toward agile. As a project manager and an agilist, I am excited by these moves. At the same time, it is hard to envision both this transition and the future state.

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Kanban 101: Improving How We Work

Project Management Essentials

Kanban is a versatile and powerful tool to help you manage your 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?

Knowledge Management: Share the Wisdom

Project Management Essentials

Knowledge Management (KM) is broadly defined as the process of creating and sharing information across the organization. Its goal is to enable learning. KM became a formal business disciple in the 1990s even though it dates back centuries.

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Going Agile

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Leadership in the Time of Coronavirus

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The coronavirus pandemic is the most frightening, disruptive, and widespread crisis of our lifetime. As managers and leaders, none of us have faced challenges of such a magnitude or scale. Over the next several weeks and probably months, our teams will look to us for guidance, support, and leadership. In this article, I draw from my experience managing teams through times of crisis. As leaders. Source. Leadership Change Management Management

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Create a Learning Environment:  Profit from Your Mistakes

Project Management Essentials

“All good lessons come at a cost. Try to learn them inexpensively.” Howard Zucker. When I made a mistake as a child, my father would remind me that all lessons come at a cost. The goal was to learn them cheaply. I did not always follow this maxim.

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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.

Forming a Team? Plan for Success

Project Management Essentials

Remember the last time you joined a new team or organization. What was it like? Was it awkward? Did you make decisions easily? Were expectations clear? Did the team gel immediately? You probably answered “No” to these questions. High-performing teams do not form quickly or naturally.

Know Your Stakeholders

Project Management Essentials

Stakeholder management is one of the most critical project management functions. Stakeholders are our customers, organizational leaders, members of our project teams, and people we may not even know.

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What Are They Saying About You?

Project Management Essentials

“You are not in the room for the conversations that impact your career.” Farley Price. I was having dinner with an old friend and colleague. We were talking about the arc of our careers and the events that brought us to this point.

Lean Essentials at the University of Maryland, Project Management Symposium

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I had the honor of presenting, “Lean Essentials: Improving How We Work” at the University of Maryland Project Management Symposium. In this short video, I share the secrets.

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Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

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

Engage Your Stakeholders

Project Management Essentials

Managers and project managers are often told that “engaging stakeholders” is critical to success. However, they rarely receive guidance on what it means or how to “engage stakeholders.” It is similar to when I started practicing yoga, the teacher told us to “release our sacrum.”

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Improving Communications with DISC

Project Management Essentials

“Improving Communications with DISC,” George Washington University’s Masters of Project Management Program Webinar, October 30, 2018. Communications theory tells us that communications are about the receiver.

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Six Fields of Study for MBA students

Project Management Essentials

According to The Enterprisers Project, aspiring IT leaders stand to gain many benefits from getting an MBA, starting with the network that comes along with it.

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.

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.

How to Prioritize Work When Everything Is #1

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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.

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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.

How to Make an Agile Workflow for Your Team

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Managing a team is a balancing act. They need direction, but if you’re too hands on then you can often stifle their process. What can a team leader do that doesn’t micromanage their team to death, but inspires them to greater heights of productivity? An agile workflow can help.

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What Is a Project Management Communication Plan?

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Communication is strange. It should be so easy. You say something, someone listens and understands. But it doesn’t always work out that way, does it? So, what do we do to make sure our words are heard and the message we’re trying to convey is comprehended and acted on correctly? That’s a tall order.

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.

The 10 Project Management Knowledge Areas (PMBOK)

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What do you need to know to succeed at project management? Everything! While there’s some truth to that joke, it’s not helpful to the student or the experienced professional who is looking for a way to understand the myriad responsibilities of being a project manager.

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Virtual Project Management: Benefits, Challenges & Tools

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Working remotely is more than common, it’s becoming a necessity for any number of reasons. There are advantages to securing the best talent wherever they might live. It helps an organization’s bottom line. Sometimes, an act of God will disrupt the normal flow of work.

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Managing Remote Teams: Challenges, Best Practices & Tools

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As technology advanced, so did the workforce and how teams work. No longer were organizations tied to dipping into the local talent pool. With broadband, mobile devices and software solutions, teams could be recruited anywhere and work remotely.

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How to Make a Process Improvement Plan

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Project management is made up of processes. Project managers and their teams depend on those processes to ensure that a project runs smoothly. But what about those processes? Are they chiseled in stone or can they be improved?

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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 Make a Cost Management Plan

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You know how it goes—you’re a few months out from a deadline, and your team isn’t anywhere close to finishing the project. You’re quickly running out of budget and time, and you’re starting to stress. Should you tell the stakeholders, or wait a little bit longer?

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7 Ways to Sell Agile to Project Stakeholders

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Whether you’re making the move to Agile project management in your development group or creating an Agile process for your in-house project management methodology, chances are you’re going to have to sell this change to executives in your organization. And, they’re going to be business people too.

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Task Management for Teams: 15 Tips for Staying on Track

Girl's Guide to PM

Projects are made up of tasks. Lots of them. Staying on top of your tasks as a team is so important if you want to hit your project deadlines. In this article we’ll cover everything you need to know about task management and how to keep your team on track managing their tasks.

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How to Write a Business Case

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A business case is the way you prove to your client, customer or stakeholder that the product you’re pitching is a sound investment. Below, we illustrate the steps to writing one that will sway them.

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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?"