Trying New Things

Zen Project Management

In my work environment, we follow an agile process based on Scrum. Over the past weekend I went ice climbing with my son. He is a pretty serious climber and I've picked it up because of him, but neither of us have ever ice climbed before.

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Eliminate Death Marches

Zen Project Management

Agile processes harness change for the customer's competitive advantage. This is part 2 of a 12 part series on the Principles of Agile Welcome changing requirements, even late in development. Another challenge for people new to agile is this idea about welcoming change late in the project. It's not that they don't expect changes, it's the approach taken to deal with it. Usually there is a Byzantine approach that involves change review boards, change request forms and impact assessments.

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Agile2014 - Day 1

Zen Project Management

The team has to own the process and make it work for them. Yesterday was the first full day of Agile2014. In general it was a pretty good day. The original keynote speaker, Aneesh Chopra, apparently had to cancel. His replacement, Sam Guckenheimer, provided an overview of Microsoft's journey to agile. It was an ok case study with some interesting information, but it wasn't a motivational keynote to get us all charged up.

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Changing Technology, Process or organizations – Mistakes to Avoid in Change Management

Fear No Project PM

I recently had the pleasure of participating in an article on Process Change. Kathleen Irwin had been tasked with putting together the article to uncover tips on Costly mistakes that organizations should avoid when attempting to change technology, process(workflow) or team structure. You can read the entire article over at Software Advice’s site – Process […].

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Communication: The Essential Ingredient for Good Project Management

Fear No Project PM

Or as a certified PMP, you might have guessed that I would say that processes and procedures are the essentials for managing projects and people. You might expect that, as a Technology guy, I would say that tools are the essential ingredient (And I have certainly written plenty about tools!). And those of you that […]. Communication management Project Management communication project management

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Document management – enterprise work collaboration software

Clarizen

On the same token, however, documents need managing themselves or they overtake the process they’re supposed to facilitate. If resources are working on the same document but from two separate stages in the process, collaboration abilities will be obstructed. Keeping documents organized and up-to-date is a challenge when many individuals are participating in a project together and all touching the same documents.

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Agile as an Excuse for Diminishing Commitment

quantmleap

Agile processes harness change for the customer’s competitive advantage. T he Agile story, at some levels is a rosy one.

2014 56

How to Break into Project Management-Part 2

Guerrilla Project Management

In this second installment in this series on how to break into project management, Bruce Harpham, the author of Project Management Hacks, shows us how to tun a process into a project.

2014 53

COTS – Commercial off the Shelf Lifecycle Model

Jez Lister

I wanted to share my experience with others who are about to embark on the process of COTS identification, selection, procurement and implementation. There are many such commercial off the shelf packages to suite almost every business process or niche area.

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What is Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)

Jez Lister

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the process that results in a website appearing higher up the Search Engine Results Page (SERP) on sites such as Google, Yahoo etc. Tools exist to assist with this process. Once again, tools exist to assist with this process. Introduction.

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Achieve Creative Freedom With Project Management Software

Function Point

A project management system can help you break free from this perpetual trap by streamlining processes and centralizing information so you don’t waste time searching information you need or miss important data.

2014 52

Achieve Creative Freedom With Project Management Software

Function Point

A project management system can help you break free from this perpetual trap by streamlining processes and centralizing information so you don’t waste time searching information you need or miss important data.

2014 52

Project Management Retrospection

quantmleap

My project management knowledge and experience evolved through observation, on-the-job and formal training and, at some point in time, through the codification of that journey using the PMBOK / PMP accreditation process.

2014 52

Work Performance Data, Work Performance Information, and Work Performance Reports

Deep Fried Brain

Commonly Confused Concepts Executing Monitoring and Controlling PMBOK Process Groups Study NotesIn 2009, I did a series of posts on Work Performance Information, Work Performance Measurements and Performance Reports, highlighting how the PMBOK® Guide, Fourth Edition was utterly confusing.

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New Resources Pt 1- Interview with Jeff Furman

Stepping Into Project Management

My 2nd Edition just came out in November, 2014. My book also provides a great deal of help toward the certification process. This is a special short and crisp series of posts that promise to help you get prepped up for 2015.

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Building Project Management Capability & Maturity

Jez Lister

When the methodology has been embedded properly within the organisation, you would see the same repeatable processes and techniques used by all projects. When these processes are being continuously reviewed and improved this is called a mature process. It had no repeatable Prince2 systems and processes into which the project managers could engage.

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How to Fix Broken Workflows With Project Management Software

Function Point

Understand Your Process. Often, what emerges is a patchwork of ad-hoc processes with no defined standard. Once you’ve figured out what the current process looks like, dig deeper: What confuses people? Once you’ve nailed down your new process, make a specific person accountable for each step. Function Point offers a project management software that streamlines your workflow processes for optimal results.

2014 40

How to Fix Broken Workflows With Project Management Software

Function Point

Understand Your Process. Often, what emerges is a patchwork of ad-hoc processes with no defined standard. Once you’ve figured out what the current process looks like, dig deeper: What confuses people? Once you’ve nailed down your new process, make a specific person accountable for each step. Function Point offers a project management software that streamlines your workflow processes for optimal results.

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Project Management Software Provides Accurate Reporting

Function Point

Founded by Braden Douglas in 2007, Relevention’s team of savvy and creative marketing and design professionals leverages a proprietary 8-step marketing strategy process to provide innovative and results-driven marketing solutions. Case Study: Accurate Reporting = Better Project Management. COMPANY: Relevention Marketing Solutions INDUSTRY: Marketing Strategy & Creative SIZE: 26 Employees. Background On Relevention.

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Plan Your Agency’s Success With Project Management Software

Function Point

Transitioning your team to more efficient and profitable workflow processes is easier with an all-in-one project management software. A comment we hear often from agencies we work with is that their workflow processes are becoming too complicated, inconsistent, time-consuming, and there’s a lack of visibility on what is actually getting done and how well the company is doing.

2014 40

Plan Your Agency’s Success With Project Management Software

Function Point

Transitioning your team to more efficient and profitable workflow processes is easier with an all-in-one project management software. A comment we hear often from agencies we work with is that their workflow processes are becoming too complicated, inconsistent, time-consuming, and there’s a lack of visibility on what is actually getting done and how well the company is doing.

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Tips For Estimating the Return on Your Project Management Software

Function Point

Here are some tangible benefits that you might expect to see from using project management software in your creative agency: Increased productivity and profitability by streamlining processes. There are many aspects to consider when choosing a new project management software for your agency, design studio or internal marketing department. Some of the important factors to consider are: product features. support and training. ease of use. security and integration with other tools.

2014 40

Tips For Estimating the Return on Your Project Management Software

Function Point

Here are some tangible benefits that you might expect to see from using project management software in your creative agency: Increased productivity and profitability by streamlining processes. There are many aspects to consider when choosing a new project management software for your agency, design studio or internal marketing department. Some of the important factors to consider are: product features. support and training. ease of use. security and integration with other tools.

2014 40

Function Point Increases Productivity in Ad Agency Workplace

Function Point

Most companies today fail to tie strategic targets, and more important, accountability into the video production process,” he writes. That’s why a great agency communication process can separate you from the herd. If your ad agency produces video, you can probably already feel the bandwagon rattling as crowds pile onto it. Within the next 5 years, the pundits tell us, one-third of all online advertising spending will go towards online video production.

2014 40

Function Point Increases Productivity in Ad Agency Workplace

Function Point

Most companies today fail to tie strategic targets, and more important, accountability into the video production process,” he writes. That’s why a great agency communication process can separate you from the herd. If your ad agency produces video, you can probably already feel the bandwagon rattling as crowds pile onto it. Within the next 5 years, the pundits tell us, one-third of all online advertising spending will go towards online video production.

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Scrum Team has stabilized- what next?

Stepping Into Project Management

Most transformations start with the basic idea of either getting teams to start working in Agile or streamlining their existence process. At a certain point, teams stabilize, velocity improves, quality soars and things look up.

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Interview with Siddharta Govindaraj

Stepping Into Project Management

Today we interview Siddhartha Govindraj, who specializes in Lean/Agile processes for software development. This is easy to learn, and anyone can learn what a product backlog is and how a particular process works. He has also contributed in the book "Beyond Agile: Tales of Continuous Improvement" published by Modus Cooperandi Press, Feb 2013 and Published in the March 2011 issue of the Cutter IT Journal on "Use of Kanban in Distributed Offshore Environments".

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5 Project Management Warnings from The Shining

Wrike

And yet, during this entire process, he never once turns to his wife or child for help. With the arrival of another Halloween, I find it refreshing to re-watch one of the most revered classics in horror and suspense films, Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 movie, The Shining.

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Why You Should Use Neuroscience to Master Change Management

Wrike

In times of change, our brains need to know that an outcome (and the process for reaching that outcome) will be fair. How to boost: Focus on transparency with the process and the results. Managing a project for the first time can be overwhelming.

2014 43

Lessons Learned from Project Failure at Denver International Airport: Why Checking Bags is Still a Pain

Wrike

Once your MVP works well, repeat the process on a larger playing ground, slowly scaling efforts until you reach the end goal. We regularly review major projects to extract valuable lessons and pass on the knowledge so that everyone can benefit.

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Interview with Laura Dallas Burford

Stepping Into Project Management

I hope all of you are having an amazing year 2014, t oday we interview Laura Dallas Burford; who is a vision mover with domestic and international experience who focuses on partnering with management by aligning strategy and projects. As the book progressed through the production process, different people became involved and the understanding of expectations changed highlighting the importance of communicating. ?

2014 28

5 Lessons in Software Project Management from HBO’s Silicon Valley

Wrike

But instead of collapsing in defeat and raising the white flag, the Pied Piper team rises to the occasion and uses the ambitious deadline to buckle down, make their process as lean as possible, and collaborate efficiently. Are you a fan of Silicon Valley ?

2014 38

How Monash Motorsport Races to Victory Using Wrike

Wrike

This entails coordinating the process of designing, manufacturing, and assembling over 10,000 individual parts over a period of only nine months.

2014 36

Applicability of Agile/Lean/Kanban Methods for fixed scope/budget projects (with short duration)

Sudipta Lahiri

The Pune Chapter Meet of the Limited WIP Society was held on Mar 8, 2014. Resolution Approach: Environment/Infrastructure planning cannot be a batch mode process. Just like capacity planning, Env/Infrastructure needs to be continuous process.

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Automations to Increase Project Management Productivity

Wrike

You can even expand the process further by creating new tasks in your client’s Communication folder whenever your client sends a Twitter update. When it comes to project management, productivity tools can be a lifesaver for your sanity and your bottom line.

2014 37

10 (understated) Lessons from TPS!

Sudipta Lahiri

As we get better, we focus on existing wastes (the 3MUs) and supplement them with Visual Management methods to improve our process. Kaizen the process of fixing – how can this be improved itself? This 3 stage process can help teams go much beyond just the “fix”.

2014 26

The NextGen (Agile) “Tester”

Sudipta Lahiri

Newer approaches like keyword based test automation addressed this problem, but it still was an expensive process. It shifts focus to the developer sitting with the business or Product Owner and understanding the requirement, in a conversational process.

2014 26

PMP Certification? Use this List of Helpful PMBOK Guide Resources

Wrike

” The definition of what PMBOK means, directly from the 1st (1996) Edition of the PMBOK Guide , is as follows: “ all those topics, subject areas and intellectual process which are involved in the application of sound management principles to… projects.”

2014 36

Agile Certification Options for Software Developers

Wrike

The 3-day Professional Scrum Developer course sorts students into teams and takes them through the Scrum process, from completing a sprint to developing software in increments. Why pursue Agile certification? Perhaps your employer is requesting it, or you’d like to pump up your resume.

2014 36

Startups Should Lean on Lean Project Management

Wrike

Startups fail because they don’t create a process to measure progress , learn from mistakes, and improve for the future. ” You should be constantly evaluating your work-process breakdown to make sure you are only spending resources where necessary.

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