Project Management Essentials

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Hybrid Project Management: Part 1, What is Hybrid?

Project Management Essentials

Hybrid project management just had its breakout moment! The Project Management Institute’s Pulse of the Profession® 2024 reported that hybrid (32%) is now the second most commonly used approach. Predictive (44%) still holds a commanding lead. And, agile (26%) use fell by 2 percentage points. Before we get too excited, the State of Agile Report shows different trends.

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Agile Essentials

Project Management Essentials

Thank you Mr. Zucker the great class, I truly have a better understanding of Agile and the approaches used. I appreciate your enthusiasm and extensive knowledge on the subject – awesome job teaching us and encouraging participation. Look forward to seeing you in another class.

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Project Data Visualization

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A picture is worth a thousand words. Projects can generate a lot of data. Large, mature organizations generally have the tools to capture, store, and analyze this information effectively. However, small and less mature organizations and those leading non-traditional efforts often lack the tools, practices, and experience.

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Project Decision-Making

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Making good decisions is a critical project management skill. The challenge is to create a fair, efficient, effective, and transparent process for our teams and stakeholders. In a McKinsey survey, only 20% of respondents stated their companies excelled in decision-making. The path to the answer is often as important as the solution.

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Shift-Left, Shift-Right, Keep Middle

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Shift-left is an Agile/DevOps call to action. It signaled the need to address quality sooner. As we adapt to the current dynamics, we should challenge standard paradigms and reevaluate when to execute project processes. Timing is crucial for successful project outcomes.

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Effective Time Management for Project Teams

Project Management Essentials

Time is our only finite resource. We cannot buy it or create it. Therefore, we must spend it wisely. Effective time management is a critical project management competency. Regrettably, many teams lack these skills or discipline and consequently fritter away their time. There is not a silver bullet to managing time more effectively.

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Project Management…Words Matter

Project Management Essentials

Words matter. Even in project management. Words can carry meaning far beyond their formal definitions. Connotation and perception can have unintended consequences. Even basic project management terms can create misunderstandings that can disrupt or derail a project. In this article, I expose some linguistic pitfalls impacting the profession.

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