My Top Ten Favourite Blog Posts for 2015

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During 2015, I have discovered fantastic posts and articles that I hoped you have enjoyed them as much as I do. The post My Top Ten Favourite Blog Posts for 2015 appeared first on Fix My Project Chaos.

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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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Trending Sources

Features do not a Product Roadmap Make

Tyner Blain

Last month, Mike Smart of Egress Solutions and I gave a webinar for Pragmatic Marketing on product roadmapping when working in agile environments. We had a great turnout of over 1500 people in the session – with not nearly enough time to answer all of the questions.

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Fresh Friday 20 November 2015 – What Caught My Attention This Week

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Here are the articles and blog posts that caught my attention this week: The post Fresh Friday 20 November 2015 – What Caught My Attention This Week appeared first on Fix My Project Chaos. Blog Art of Project Leadership

2015 38

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 89

The Cost of Too Many Projects in Portfolio

Pawel Brodzinski

I argued against multitasking a number of times. In fact, not that long ago I argued against it in the context of portfolio management too. Let me have another take on this from a different perspective.

2015 54

Stories and Maps

Zen Project Management

I conducted a user story mapping session with my client last week and it proved to be a very effective way to help them see the big picture. The idea came from Jeff Patton. You can find more about it here.

2015 46

Fresh Friday 18 September 2015 – What Caught My Attention This Week

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Here are the blog posts and articles that caught my attention: The post Fresh Friday 18 September 2015 – What Caught My Attention This Week appeared first on Fix My Project Chaos.

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Fresh Friday 13 November 2015 – What Caught My Attention This Week

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Here are the blog posts and articles that caught my attention this week; The post Fresh Friday 13 November 2015 – What Caught My Attention This Week appeared first on Fix My Project Chaos. Blog Project Management Office Effectiveness

2015 19

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 45

Fresh Friday 6th November 2015 – What Caught My Attention This Week

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Here are the best project management blog posts and articles that caught my attention this week: The post Fresh Friday 6th November 2015 – What Caught My Attention This Week appeared first on Fix My Project Chaos. Blog creativity project management

2015 19

#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 17

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 44

Don’t Mess with Culture

Pawel Brodzinski

When I’m writing these words I’m on my way home from Lean Agile Scotland. While summarizing the event Chris McDermott mentioned a few themes, two of them being organizational culture and experimentation. Experimentation is definitely my thing. I am into organizational culture too.

2015 38

How PMOs can balance time, cost and quality

Moira Alexander

If 88 percent of C-suite executives agree that project alignment with strategy is vital to organizational success, why are only 56 percent of projects meeting strategic objectives? Furthermore, in a report titled “The High Cost of Low Performance,” the Project Management Institute (PMI) states 61 percent of firms acknowledge they often struggle to bridge the gap between strategy and day-to-day implementation.

2015 39

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 41

Peanut Butter, Jelly and Project Management

The Lazy Project Manager

One of the first things Marissa Mayer did on becoming Yahoo’s CEO and being tasked with rescuing the once mighty company was to launch an assault on unnecessary bureaucracy with the creation of ‘PB&J’ A play on the ‘peanut butter and jelly’ much loved in the U.S;

2015 36

Fresh Friday 09 October 2015 – What Caught My Attention This Week

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Here are the blog posts and articles that caught my attention this week: The post Fresh Friday 09 October 2015 – What Caught My Attention This Week appeared first on Fix My Project Chaos. Blog Art of Project Leadership Project Collaboration

2015 16

PMO of the Year Award Winner: An interview with Sarina Arcari

Guerrilla Project Management

The Project Management Institute’s PMO of the Year Award honors a PMO that has demonstrated superior organizational project management abilities by adding value to its organization through its support of successful strategic initiatives.

2015 40

Does remote project management really work?

Moira Alexander

Does remote project management work? The answer, in general, is yes, it can. Will remote project management work for your organization if you have a top-notch virtual project teams? Not necessarily. There are advantages to establishing virtual project teams for remote project management. Some may include the following: Lower project costs due to technology advancements that bridge distance. Improved work/life balance for project team members. Increased efficiency and decreased travel time.

2015 35

Fresh Friday 04 December 2015 – What Caught My Attention This Week

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Here are the blog posts and articles that caught my attention this week: The post Fresh Friday 04 December 2015 – What Caught My Attention This Week appeared first on Fix My Project Chaos. Blog Art of Project Leadership

2015 15

Fresh Friday 18 December 2015 – What Caught My attention This week

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Here are the blog posts and articles that caught my attention this week; The post Fresh Friday 18 December 2015 – What Caught My attention This week appeared first on Fix My Project Chaos. Blog project leadership skills

2015 14

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 38

Don’t Limit Work in Progress

Pawel Brodzinski

I’m a long-time fan of visual management. Visualizing work helps to gather low-hanging fruits: it makes the biggest obstacles instantly visible and thus helps to facilitate the improvements. By the way, these early improvements are typically fairly easy to apply and have big impact.

2015 33

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 32

Why We Want Women in Teams

Pawel Brodzinski

One of the messages that I frequently share is that we need more women in our teams. By now I’ve faced the whole spectrum of reactions to this message, from calling me a feminist to furious attacks pointing how I discriminate women.

2015 35

The Fallacy of Shu-Ha-Ri

Pawel Brodzinski

Shu-Ha-Ri is frequently used as a good model that shows how we adopt new skills. The general idea is pretty simple. First, we just follow the rules. We don’t ask how the thing works, we just do the basic training. That’s Shu level. Then we move to understanding what we are doing.

2015 36

Some thoughts on Setting up a PMO

Jez Lister

I first came across the Project Management Office or PMO concept twenty-five years ago whilst working as a project manager for a large systems integrator.

2015 31

The Catch-22 of Organizational Change Management

Troubled and Failing Project

"Kotter, ADKAR, or CAP which methodology should we be using to build our approach to improving project adoption?" I hear this question repeatedly from people trying to implement an organizational change management (OCM) program. The problem is that is the wrong question. Take a perfunctory peek at any of the models and you will see that in the quest for an answer people have mistakenly jumped over the first few steps and they head down the road of failure.

SPM 024 | Meet Aspiring Project Manager Jared Coffin

SensiblePM

This is the first in what is anticipated will be a long running series where the Sensible Project Manager mentors an aspiring project manager. Today you will meet Jared Coffin, who we will get to know during the coming months as he shares his journey into project management. During the Podcast.

2015 32

PMI Global Congress Wrap-up

Zen Project Management

I'm at the Orlando airport, departing from this year's PMI North America Global Congress. I've attended at least part of every North America congress since 1999, and even a few of the ones in Europe. While I did enjoy it, this year's was definitely not among my favorites. I missed the first day's activities due to a personal commitment. I heard mixed/negative reviews of the opening keynote, Drew and Jonathan Scott, HGTV's Property Brothers.

2015 32

Fresh Friday 02 October 2015 – What Caught My Attention This Week

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Here are the blog posts and articles that caught my attention this week: The post Fresh Friday 02 October 2015 – What Caught My Attention This Week appeared first on Fix My Project Chaos. Blog Art of Project Leadership creativity project management Next Generation Project Managers

2015 14

Use this Recipe to Diffuse Anger

PMStudent

What me, upset? OK not you, but let’s consider the fact that perhaps one day, someone close to you may become angry. Perhaps even in the workplace. And you already know that communications become clouded when anger does the talking. Try this recipe next time anger appears on the menu.

2015 31

Step 1: Establish Your Capability Maturity

The Tao of Project Management

Last week I outlined my d eployment road map and the first step was to establish the current level of project management capability maturity in your organization.

2015 33

6 proven strategies for evaluating and prioritizing IT projects

Moira Alexander

Regardless of business size, industry or structure, many projects today are unfortunately still selected and initiated in a siloed department-by-department manner, without considering the overall strategic impact. What are the risks of initiating projects in this manner? Businesses run the risk of more than one area competing for the same project resources, including people and technologies, and also conflicting deadlines and goals.

Hierarchy Is Bad For Motivation

Pawel Brodzinski

Whenever a topic of motivation at work pops up I always bring up Dan Pink’s point. In the context of knowledge work, in order to create an environment where people are motivated we need autonomy, mastery, and purpose. The story is nice and compelling.

2015 32

Context Switching: The Good and the Bad

Pawel Brodzinski

Multitasking is bad. We know that. Sort of. Yet still, we keep fooling ourselves that we can do efficiently a few things at the same time. When I talk about limiting work in progress I point a number of reasons why multitasking and its outcome – context switching – is harmful.

2015 30

The secret to authentic leadership in projects

Susanne Madsen

Authenticity is a fundamental building block in project leadership. Leadership doesn’t come from emulating others or from blindly following a set of rules. It comes from a deeply personal approach which is rooted in who you are as a person.

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.

2016 29

The Australian Outsourcing Offshoring Fiasco

quantmleap

2015 29