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. With workforces becoming increasingly mobile, project managers also require access to powerful project management mobile apps to streamline and simplify PM processes. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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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?’- The answers came back over and over again as the rebels listed the many things that the Romans brought with them … medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh-water system, and public health. So, quite a lot!

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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.” I have seen this happen frequently and the groups range from those on a training course to those in a project team on an actual project.

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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

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. I will not go into the details of this particular project but will use it to highlight the ever growing issues that arise on our courses: poor project communications.

2015 159

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. It is called “Initiating successful projects” and was first published in December 2011.

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 157

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 158

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 […].

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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

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. Some people simply do not know, others suggest the PMO or maybe the IT Director, or HR Director or ….I I have even had it suggested that responsibility is shared between Directors but the person clearly had no idea. What does owning project management really mean?

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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 136

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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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. In other words, what are the symptoms you are experiencing and how do you know that you have a problem?

2015 69

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

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.

2015 87

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. If you’re entering the job market this year, either for the first time or to make an exciting new career change, you may be wondering how to make your project manager resume stand out from the pack. Make sure these 5 essential skills are on your CV to land interviews at the leading companies on your list.

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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. Without trust it’s impossible for a project to function effectively as people are unlikely to open up, collaborate and follow someone who they feel they can’t rely on. Trust is essential for working together.

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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. For the yard I have, it’s all I need. With all the technology around us, it’s easy to get caught up in the latest thing. Tools can make us more effective, but sometimes they can be distractions.

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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. Project Management 2015 trends IT Project Management project management report resources statisticsNeed up-to-date facts and figures for a project management report, article, or infographic?

2015 49

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 64

#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

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

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. More Multitasking. You don’t have to look hard to find studies that say multitasking is bad for your brain.

2015 62

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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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. They don’t have the authority to tell these team members what to do and find it challenging to work with experts who are more senior than themselves.

2015 69

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.

2015 52

3 Ways Your Creative Agency Retainers Could Be Better

Function Point

Retainer agreements foster positive ongoing relationships between agency and client, and more agencies are entering into these arrangements than ever before. One of the benefits of retainers is that they allow an agency to accurately forecast billing.

2015 52

Managing BPI Projects

Gina Abudi PM

Managing Stakeholders Expectations around Change Managing business process improvement (BPI) projects are challenging enough. Add to that the need to manage stakeholders’ expectations around change as it relates to the BPI project and your challenges have doubled! One of our responsibilities when managing BPI projects is to ensure we also manage the expectations of our [.]. The post Managing BPI Projects appeared first on Gina Abudi.

2015 64

How to Prepare a Plan to Introduce a New Product – Part 2

Clarizen

I know you have been waiting eagerly for the final three steps on how to prepare a plan to introduce a new product. While the first 4 steps focus on the theoretical planning stages of the plan, these 3 steps have everything to do with execution. And what is a good plan without a clear way to get it done. So here we go: Step 5: Position your Product. Based on the insights and information gleaned from the above steps, focus specifically on your new product and analyze its position.

2015 60

Top 10 Project Management Software and Tools

TrustRadius Project Management

Research frequency is measured in terms of total unique page views over Q3 2015 (July-September).

2015 62

Own Your Agency Resolutions With Project Management Software

Function Point

To see your agency get fit in 2015, you may need a bit of motivational support. It’s a whole new year, which means many people are working on improving their habits, getting healthy, and being a better version of themselves.

2015 52

Solid State Pros | Advertising Agency Software Spotlight 1

Function Point

We love each and every one of our clients and what makes them unique. To help celebrate our clients, we’ve launched a blog series that shines a spotlight on their success in productivity and profitability, and their Function Point experience. So, without further ado, meet Steve!

2015 52

Interview with Lori Bush Shepard, VP of Corporate Marketing at Clarizen

TrustRadius Project Management

TrustRadius talked with Clarizen’s VP of Marketing about collaborative work management, a new software category that combines traditional project management with tools for collaboration and execution. What is your take on the current state of project management?

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