The 7 best project management mobile apps of 2015

Moira Alexander

Project management anytime, anywhere Project managers continue to advance as invaluable resources to businesses of all sizes. They are information powerhouses and masters at planning, facilitating, scheduling, communicating and conflict resolution.

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What did the Project Managers ever do for us?

The Lazy Project Manager

There is that famous scene in Monty Python and The Life of Brian where the rebels are demanding action against the oppressive Romans and ask the question ‘What did the Romans ever do for us?’-

2015 282

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The 11 Best Project Management Online Courses

Azendoo

Best Project Management Online Training Resources. Project management is a complex subject. It has been the focus of countless studies and books; it covers many different areas of expertise and reaches across all industries.

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8 ways to train your staff to digital efficiency

Azendoo

Established companies have but one goal: resilience. During most of the 20th Century, it was enough to ensure not only their survival, but their dominance. With the 21th Century, new challenges arose.

2015 177

We need more detail but how do we get it?

Ron Rosenhead

I have observed many, many people when they start a work breakdown structure (WBS). The initial enthusiasm is tempered with the call from some; we need more detail. But, they soon come to a rapid halt unable to develop the WBS any further. As one person commented, “We seem to have hit the wall.”

2015 206

We cannot communicate – it’s hopeless

Ron Rosenhead

Not my words but the words of someone on one of our project management courses. It sounds pretty desperate doesn’t it? Well for this person, it was and for the project team and the company.

2015 206

How good are you at starting off your project?

Ron Rosenhead

I came across an interesting report published by the National Audit Office (NAO) – which exists to provide independent opinion and evidence to assist Parliament and hold government to account. I was surprised as I had not seen this report before.

2015 206

Who owns project management in your company?

Ron Rosenhead

It is interesting as I visit different companies around the UK to establish who owns project management within the business. I usually ask the above question; with interesting results! The answer never seems to be straightforward.

2015 194

How do you get the project management basics right?

Ron Rosenhead

The 2015 Pulse of the Profession Report (Capturing the Value of Project Management) suggested “……it’s time for organizations to revisit the fundamentals of project management and, essentially, go back to the basics.”. Those basics include “Using standardized project management practices throughout the organization.”  *. It is interesting to visit a company and find that while there are claims such a ‘standardised’ system exists.

2015 159

10 tips to meet your project planning goals

Moira Alexander

If you’re a project manager, chances are your daily calendar is already filled from the moment you sit down at your desk to whatever time of day – or evening, most likely – you clock out. Many people at all levels of the enterprise rely heavily on you to have a solid grasp on all aspects of project management, including timing, status and direction of projects, at all times.

2015 159

These 3 Toxic Personalities Make Project Managers Crazy

Azendoo

Are You One of Them? If you've ever led a project, you know that it takes more than high quality project management software to get things done. Here are a few toxic personalities to watch for, and weed out before they sabotage your project: Yappers. These types never learned to listen.

2015 186

Sustainable Risk Management – Organizational Factors

Green Project Management

This post is intended to provide the foundational concepts around organizational sustainable risk management factors. This post also recommends adopting sustainable risk management as a core discipline within sustainable change delivery. This is part of a series that provides the foundation for understanding sustainable change delivery. “It is far better to grasp the universe as […].

2015 185

5 Tips for Project Management

Azendoo

Your new project is in its starting blocks, waiting on your desk or still something you have in mind? Here are a few tips that can help you turn your project into a successful accomplishment. Define the project. The first step will be to define your project.

2015 177

6 strategic projects any business can implement in 2016

Moira Alexander

As 2016 begins, now is the time for businesses (regardless of industry, size, product or service offering, or location) to take stock of all resources and initiatives, and plan strategy-centric projects to implement in the New Year. There are many projects any business can implement that, if executed successfully, can create fresh opportunities or drastically reduce the chance of costly missed opportunities.

2015 159

What does it take to up-skill our project managers?

Susanne Madsen

​I was recently asked how a company can up-skill their project managers so that that they can take on more responsibility and deliver better projects. This is what I responded. The first step is to consider what your project managers are really good at and what they are not so good at.

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How to pick a project management methodology

Moira Alexander

Think of project management (PM) methodologies as blueprints, step-by-step instructions that guide your team on how to build a successful project. With so many different – and in some cases, overlapping – approaches to managing the complexities of any given program, how can you know which one is right for your project, team or organization?

2015 159

Your Projects Will Likely Fail Because of This One Thing.

Azendoo

Bad communication. Chances are, it's you. When your project goes bad, we all need to look in the mirror and take a deep breath of the reality that most people are poor communicators. Communication is the one thing we all take for granted in a project management scenario.

2015 167

Why your business strategies must constantly change

Moira Alexander

“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” -Lao Lao Tzu In the business world, change is all around us, almost every minute of the day. It can come in the form of: Stakeholder expectations. Human resources. The environment (Internal or external). Management. Organizational structure. Policies and processes. Regulatory/legislated changes. Cash flow. Competition. Products or services. and myriad other forms.

2015 145

How good is your ability to build trust?

Susanne Madsen

One of the most important prerequisites for building great professional relationships with team members and stakeholders is trust.

2015 109

5 Must-Have Skills for the Project Manager Resume in 2015

Wrike

Read Next: Trends in IT Project Management for 2015. The post 5 Must-Have Skills for the Project Manager Resume in 2015 appeared first on Blog Wrike.

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Fresh Friday 23 October 2015 – What Caught My Attention this Week

Fix my Project Chaos

Here are the blog posts and articles that caught my attention this week; The post Fresh Friday 23 October 2015 – What Caught My Attention this Week appeared first on Fix My Project Chaos. Blog agile thinking project leadership skills

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Complete Collection of Project Management Statistics 2015

Wrike

Project Management Institute: Pulse of the Profession 2015: Capturing the Value of Project Management 2015. Capterra Project Management User Research Report 2015. The post Complete Collection of Project Management Statistics 2015 appeared first on Blog Wrike.

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Tools

Zen Project Management

When I was young, I had a riding lawn mower. We had a big yard out in the suburbs and the riding mower made the job quicker. Today I live closer to downtown in a house with a smaller yard. I’m currently using an old fashion reel mower…no motor, just foot power to make it work.

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Introducing Clarizen Panels

Clarizen

Clarizen’s configuration platform allows you to create a vast array of business rules, custom actions, and custom fields to help automate business processes, customize Clarizen to meet your needs, and most importantly, have workflow processes collaborated between all members of your team as well as your clients. We at Clarizen pride ourselves on being, in addition to the best work management app, the ultimate work collaboration platform available today, and strive to uphold this statement. Our newest innovation, Clarizen Panels , helps achieve just that … and much more. Clarizen Panels allow you to visualize any data, internal or external to Clarizen, embedded as a panel in a view or even as its own module, enabling Clarizen to become your one-stop shop platform for all the mission critical information you need in order to get the work done quickly and easily. Using URLs, HTML code and javascript, as well as contextual access to Clarizen data fields, related items, customization functions and even web APIs, you can now integrate virtually any information your business ever dreamed of having at a glance. Main Business Value. Visibility – visualize any information you require at a glance in order to get the information you need from any place within Clarizen. For example: key insights panel on a project, project burn down chart, organizational chart, maps, etc. Accessibility – gives you in context access to Clarizen and non-Clarizen information that you need in order to get the job done. For example: access to your help site from Clarizen’s main navigator, incorporating a widget from other system, “launch pad” panel for important custom actions, and much, much more. Endless Possibilities Start Here … Example 1: Embedding Widgetized Clarizen Data. Clarizen lets you share Roadmaps, Gantt charts and even entire views as widgets. Any of these can be saved into panels or even custom pages to elevate their exposure. For example, below, you can see a new page that was added to the main navigation panel with an interactive roadmap of the organization’s main portfolio, allowing any employee to see it at a glance. This page behaves like any other module in Clarizen, so the administrator can decide where and to whom it’s visible, and users can decide to use it as their landing page. Setting this up is as simple as copying the Share screen URL and adding to the URL section at the end of the Custom Panel setup. It really is as simple as that. Example 2: Embedding Clarizen screens more centrally. Some Clarizen data is exposed as linked screens although you may want to make them more visible to some users. An example of this is the Team Board which is used by organizations working with Agile/Scrum methods. Some sets of users, like team members, may prefer to work primarily with the Teamboard, rather than from within the Work Plan views. We’ve updated the popular Teamboard app on our Apps Marketplace and it now contains the Teamboard as a Custom Panel so you can create Teamboard views to improve usability for board-centric users. You can download the Teamboard from the Apps Marketplace which includes this Custom Panel. To make sure it only shows on relevant Projects, we’ve included a “Project Methodology” field – setting this field to “Agile” will control whether the Panel is shown or not. Example 3: Presenting Clarizen Data in new ways. You can employ Clarizen Panels in the same fashion to display any type of information relevant to your users, internal or external to Clarizen… You can use it to show help links and widgets from other systems, to have quick access to one of Clarizen’s views or to create a brand new page using HTML and javascript. Another nice example is a detailed project view, where you see the most important information quickly and easily. Two Clarizen Panels were used to create the detailed view below: The “Project Financial Highlights” Panel incorporates conditional formatting to show how a project is doing financially (with green indicating positive values and red indicating values that are below a defined threshold). Just like any other panel in the system, the information can be filtered to include any data important to your organization and only visible to the relevant people in your team. The “Burndown Chart” Panel displays the burn down chart of the project, which gives a graphical representation of the work left to do on a project over time. This allows you to view your project’s expected burn rate vs. its actual rate at a glance. In much the same way, you can use Clarizen Panels to visualize any information in Clarizen in any chart format. Now let’s look at some examples of how information external to Clarizen can be displayed in context. In the customer detail page below, you can see we added the company’s informative video embedded from YouTube, their twitter feed and a google map showing the headquarters’ location, all displayed in one easy to read view. Example 4: Interacting with Data in Clarizen Panels. Clarizen Panels can be used to update information in Clarizen. In the user view below, you can see an organizational chart displaying the direct manager, team, and direct reports of a team member. But that’s not all – you can actually drag and drop any of the people in the chart, e.g. to indicate a managerial change and the information will be updated in Clarizen. Install the Org Chart app from the Apps Marketplace to take advantage of this functionality. Org Chart is available for download via the AppsMarketplace. Example 5: Visualizing Clarizen Data in Interactive Google Maps. Some more advanced capabilities can be used by combining or “mashing” Clarizen data with external data services. Google Maps has a some powerful and elegant capabilities for aggregating multiple data points on a map, including legends and additional data from Clarizen and we’ve published the Google Map page to present active Projects, though this can modified. When there are too many data points in a single area, the data point markers are clustered to improve map legibility, and clicking on a map marker will show a pop-up data card of different data from the relevant project. You can use as is, or use this as a reference for working with different formats of data. If you have Javascript capabilities in-house, you’ll be able to easily modify the map query to extract data from Customer or Tasks objects and configure the data you want to display on the pop-up cards. Note that for this advanced maps query, you will need to register for a free Google Maps API token. You can get started with the Maps app here. Like we said, the possibilities are nearly endless – if you envisioned it, it can be done! Want to try it for yourself? Visit Clarizen wiki pages to learn how to get started with Clarizen Panels, or contact your Customer Success Manager for assistance. We will be releasing additional panels and via in the Clarizen App Marketplace, where you will be able to enjoy them with a click of a button. If you are interested in sharing your own custom panels on the App Marketplace , you can simply create an App and publish it for review and publication. The post Introducing Clarizen Panels appeared first on Clarizen. Change Management New Features Project Portfolio Management Workflow

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Design, Agile, and Gall's Law

Zen Project Management

The topic of design has been crossing my path lately. I see a lot of overlap with Agile principles. One of the principles I came across is called Gall’s law. It states that "all complex systems that work evolved from simpler systems that worked.” It was introduced by John Gall in his book Systematics in 1975. This is very similar to the Agile principle of simplicity. It can be seen in the practice of Test Driven Development.

2015 126

How to avoid chasing people to get work done

Susanne Madsen

Many project managers find that they have to chase people to get work done - something which is time consuming and frustrating. They rely on people from different departments and locations, who don’t report to them, to move the project forward.

2015 98

5 Time Management Trends for 2016

Paymo App

Time management and time tracking is something that occupies a lot of our – you guessed it – time as project managers and leaders at work. Where are these activities going? It’s hard to predict the future, but let’s give it a go! Here’s my top 5 time management trends to watch out for in 2016.

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Real-Time Collaborative Project Navigation

Clarizen

When Waze , the traffic and navigation app, came out in 2009 I did not understand why it was needed. At the time, there was an abundance of personal navigation devices (PND) that were by far more efficient than traditional paper maps. I could not understand why another such device was needed, let alone one that required constant access to the internet. Today, Waze is the world’s largest community based traffic and navigation app.

2015 65

#PMSELFIE

The Lazy Project Manager

Uncategorized # 2015 assess hashtag lazy project manager peter taylor PMI pmp project project author project management project manager project speaker review self selfieOh you know what is coming, it is the season of goodwill and great cheer, and selfies and hashtags for sure are going to be part of this (#RESISTANCEISFUTILE), and that is fine of course.

2015 150

Inside Project Management: Well Placed Cactus

Paymo App

We’re happy to continue our small Inside Project Management series today with Well Placed Cactus , a team of enthusiastic and experienced developers focused on providing superior creative solutions, including games, apps, interactive art installations, AR & VR solutions, as well as training and education programs. I spoke to Jack Gillespie, their CEO, who gave us some great insights into their company workflow. Tell us a little bit about Well Placed Cactus. Well Placed Cactus was founded in 2011 by its three directors. Since then, the team has grown to 7, with workers all over the eastern coast of Australia. We are a team of creative digital developers who work on a variety of projects including virtual reality, augmented reality, mobile and web apps, video games, and interactive installations. What workflow challenges do you face in your daily work routine? Our company is completely remote and as such we face some fairly non traditional challenges. Communicating project and company information effectively and efficiently throughout the team; co-working to solve issues remotely; and monitoring workflow are typical challenges we face. How does Paymo help you in your business? Paymo has allowed us to manage and evaluate our project work: creating and assigning tasks; defining milestones; organizing multiple projects; accurately measuring how much time was spent on projects, on what tasks, and by whom; and generating detailed reports for project reviews and meetings. In addition, Paymo’s system of invoices and timesheets helps us generate accurate pay-by-the-hour invoices and calculating employee overtime. If you could share 3 tips for better project management, what would they be? Communication. This is key. Always being a button click or phone call away from your team members and clients, and sharing relevant information in a timely manner is essential. Planning and Routine. Projects are not all the same and the work isn’t always the same, but fore-planning and creating routine will save a lot of stress and provide the whole team with a sense of normality. Trust. This comes down to having the right team. If you trust the abilities and decision of your team members, you avoid unnecessarily micromanaging and stress. You don’t want to be a Project Micromanager, after all. Finally, what do you guys do to take the edge off work? We love two things: Games and Beer. Nothing beats stepping away from the monitor to talk and play video games, or unwind with a cold one. Doing both at once is preferable though. The post Inside Project Management: Well Placed Cactus appeared first on Paymo. Paymo clients

2015 64

Find Creative Project Management Software To Fit Your Agency

Function Point

Here’s the thing: we’ve worked with a lot of creative agencies. That is what we do, after all. What this has given us, though, is experience with what works and what doesn’t when it comes to project management for creatives. We know what a good match looks like.

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Find Creative Project Management Software To Fit Your Agency

Function Point

Here’s the thing: we’ve worked with a lot of creative agencies. That is what we do, after all. What this has given us, though, is experience with what works and what doesn’t when it comes to project management for creatives. We know what a good match looks like.

2015 52

Time for a Demo?

Zen Project Management

When I first learned Scrum , the idea was to have 30-day (4 week) iterations with a demo at the end of each iteration. Today I see teams that have iterations from 1 to 4 weeks, or in the case of Kanban, no iterations at all. So the question is, how often should there be a demo? I’m a believer of getting sign off on a user story once it's done. This usually comes from the person who wrote it, who may be a proxy to the product owner.

2015 100

Dealing with Change Requests and Issue Management

Clarizen

Ask any project manager and they will probably tell you they aren’t a huge fan of change. Change to a project means the potential for resource relocation, budget mishaps and delayed deliverables. Project managers spend a lot of time allocating these pieces of a project and having to rework the plan can be messy and time consuming at best, detrimental the budget and company at worst. Changes can be major or minor and effect projects accordingly.

2015 60

The System Shall.

Zen Project Management

I’m currently working with a client that is adopting agile, which really means there are people around that have done agile, but it’s not widespread nor is anyone on my particular project experienced with agile. As is common in these situations, I’ve gone through at different points to try to help them develop their agile mindset. My developers are well-versed in agile, but the client is acting as the product owner, so their understanding of agile is important to project success.

2015 100

The Value of Engaging Stakeholders

Gina Abudi PM

Last year, three particular projects in which I was involved with clients was focused on managing the change management and communication process for large technology projects the clients were undertaking within the organization. I’d like to focus this article on one of those projects where the client did not quite recognize the need for change [.]. The post The Value of Engaging Stakeholders appeared first on Gina Abudi.

2015 71

Five Productivity Hacks that Any Manager Can Start Using

TeamGantt

Learn 5 productivity hacks savvy project managers use to streamline team planning, keep projects on budget, and maintain control over work schedules

2015 96

The Value of Having a Change Expert on Your Next Technology Project

Gina Abudi PM

Technology projects can be difficult to implement within an organization. They require significant change management work as well as regular and consistent communications to stakeholders to keep them engaged. Unfortunately, technology projects are staff minimally (as are many other projects frankly) and with individuals with technical expertise but limited expertise, if any at all, expertise [.].

2015 72

Lean Climbing

Zen Project Management

I’m on my way to Colorado for a weekend of outdoor adventures, climbing and mountain biking. As I was looking over the route for the climb (Kelso’s Ridge up Torrey’s Peak and a possible double with Gray’s Peak) I remembered an article I recently read on applying the principles of lean climbing to business ( here ). I’ve done a couple 14ers before, so this will be my third and maybe fourth, all with my son. We plan on being lean on this climb. Enough water and food, but not much more.

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fp. Project Management Software Boosts Top Draw’s Growth

Function Point

Online Project Management Software Case Study . COMPANY: Top Draw. INDUSTRY: Online Marketing & Digital Strategy Agency. SIZE: 27 Employees. Background On Top Draw. Founded in 1993, Top Draw is a fully integrated online marketing agency with an expert team of designers and strategists.

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