Project Management Essentials

Going Agile

Project Management Essentials

Many organizations try to catapult into agility. Striving to instantaneously transform their traditional practices and culture. Unfortunately, this strategy is usually painful and often fails. The Scrum Guide states, “Scrum is easy to understand, but difficult to master.”

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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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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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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.

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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?

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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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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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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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.

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.

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.

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Lean Essentials at the University of Maryland, Project Management Symposium

Project Management Essentials

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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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.

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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Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

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

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.

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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The Best Risk Management Tools & Techniques for PM Pros

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“Nothing ventured, nothing gained,” goes the old saying. Project managers know this better than anyone, for what is a project if not a venture? Risk is inherent in project management and so is the need to control it.

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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.

Walk a Mile in Your Customer's Shoes

Speaker: Steven Haines, Founder and CEO, Sequent Learning Networks

Product professionals use phrases like "voice of the customer," and "user experience" so often that it can be easy to lose sight of their actual meanings. How can we, as product professionals, learn to keep customers and users at the heart of our work? Join Steven Haines, globally recognized thought leader and author, as he guides us through a memorable journey demonstrating how you can walk a mile in their customer's shoes. He'll explore how, by developing true empathy for your users, you can ensure you're creating the features and products they actually want.

7 Proven Planning Techniques for Better Projects

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A project without a plan is like a car without a driver. The project plan is the guide that gets a project manager from concept through execution, and a finished product at its destination. There’s an argument that a project plan supersedes everything else in a project.

10 Easy Ways to Get PDUs & Stay PMI Certified

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A project manager is a professional. And, like any professional, if you take your profession, your career and yourself seriously, you’ll undertake Continuing Professional Development (CPD). What is a PDU?

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Time Estimation for Project Managers: Tips & Techniques

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“If only there was more time,” goes the lament. Project managers sing this sad song, but don’t expect the chorus to join in. Keeping to the project’s schedule is one of the three prongs of the triple constraint. Time rules all projects.

Cost Estimation for Projects: How to Estimate Accurately

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Good cost estimation is essential for keeping a project under budget. Many costs can appear over the life cycle of a project, and an accurate estimation method can be the difference between a successful plan and a failed one. Estimation, however, is easier said than done.

How To Take Action on Customer Discovery

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

We all want to build successful products - and that means satisfied customers. Before anything else, you must understand what problems you can solve. The best way to do that is to get out of the building and start asking questions. But how can you make the most of those conversations, and ensure that you walk away with productive insights? Join Nick Noreña, educator, entrepreneur, and currently Innovation Coach and Advisor at Kromatic, as he covers how we can effectively action our findings from customer discovery conversations.

How To Help Your Team Manage Project Risk

Girl's Guide to PM

A project manager’s job isn’t just about managing the work. You are also responsible for your team, and making sure they have the skills required to do their jobs. Part of a resource management plan is to build the skills of your team.

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3 Best Project Management Charts for Project Planning

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Communication is fundamental for most everything we do, and that goes doubly so for projects. Without a clear way to disseminate information and have it understood, missteps follow.

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5 Project Management Techniques Every PM Should Know

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The world of project management is vast. It covers many industries and requires a range of skills. But the common thread tying this diverse discipline together are the techniques that project managers use to get the job done.

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The 4 Essential Agile Tools for Agile Teams

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Agile is a way of working that comes from software development. It’s iterative and incremental in its approach, working in short “sprints,” and building on a foundation of trust, flexibility, empowerment and collaboration.

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Make an Impact with Analytics and Journey Maps

Speaker: Kirui K. K., Co-founder and CEO of Tanasuk Africa

If you want to offer a better user experience, it can be tempting to track each and every data point in your product. However, this can quickly get complicated and overwhelming as you collect more and more data. How do you know which metrics will help you improve? Kirui K. K., Co-founder & CEO Tanasuk Africa, wants you to know that analytics don't have to be complicated to make an impact - no matter the size of your company. Join him as he explains how to create a customer journey map, then use that map to figure out the metrics you need to know - and how to use them.

Project Organization 101: How to Structure Your Project

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The day to get organized is now, not later. Without having some organization for your project, you run the risk of sending an extensive and time-consuming project spiraling into abject failure.

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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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5 Reasons Why Using Spreadsheets is a Horrible Way to Manage Projects

LiquidPlanner

Once in my career, I was lucky enough to work with a true Excel spreadsheet master. Chris could make Excel do anything, except he never used spreadsheets to manage a project. He was a wise man.

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A Complete Guide to PMIS

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An abundance of information is created, transferred and stored over the life cycle of a project. It seems people are always communicating and making constant updates. It’s easy for something to get lost in the mix. But what if that lost snippet is an essential direction or change?

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Your Post-Launch Toolkit for Understanding Your Users

Speaker: Brittney Gwynn, former Director of Product, Simple Health

If you've ever launched an MVP, you know that the journey has only just begun. How do you figure out what to do next? You know that you need to look at how different user segments react, but how do you quickly distinguish signal from noise so you can iterate and improve? Join Brittney Gwynn, former Director of Product at Simple Health, as she explains how you can use early customer feedback, usage data, and continuous experimentation to optimize your journey to product-market fit. Whether you're at a brand-new company, or looking to innovate within a more mature organization, or anywhere in between, you'll come away with a new skill set, ready to make the most of your launches.

Requirements Analysis & Ensuring Stakeholder Satisfaction

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A project isn’t a success when it finishes on time and budget: the real test of its success or failure is stakeholder satisfaction. If the quality is not up to their standards, then no matter how efficiently the project was managed, it failed.

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7 Tips for Preventing Cost Overrun on Projects

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When managing a project there is always the triple constraint hanging over the project manager’s head like the Sword of Damocles. There’s more than just scope, schedule and cost that can go afoul in a project, but if they do, it’s a major concern.

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What Is a Kanban Board? Definition & Examples

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A kanban board is a visual workflow tool, where kanban cards represent tasks in a project or production cycle. Columns on the kanban board represent where that task is in the process.

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The Relationship Between Project Risk Management and Project Management

Project Risk Coach

Project management is "the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to project activities to meet the project objectives" (PMBOK—6th Edition). So, how does project risk management fit into the world of project management?

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A Simple Framework for Complex User Goals

Speaker: Hannah Stegen, Customer Service Manager, Crescendo

How can you measure and affect your users' behavior if they're not doing something that's easily measurable? You can monitor usage, activation, retention, and more, but those metrics don't always align with every one of your goals for your users. Hope is not lost, however: with the right framework, you can still make sure your users are on track. Join Hannah Stegen (she/her), Customer Success Manager at Crescendo as she explains how you can monitor even the most complex user journeys by breaking them up into Attitude, Intention, and Behavior.