The 7 best project management mobile apps of 2015

Moira Alexander

With workforces becoming increasingly mobile, project managers also require access to powerful project management mobile apps to streamline and simplify PM processes. Project management anytime, anywhere Project managers continue to advance as invaluable resources to businesses of all sizes.

2015 207

Peanut Butter, Jelly and Project Management

The Lazy Project Manager

We are looking at how to streamline process, reduce bureaucracy, and remove jams — PB&J!,” One way to do this is to think carefully when you design such a process.

2015 195

What did the Project Managers ever do for us?

The Lazy Project Manager

And that is the number one answer to ‘What has project management done for us? ’ – Project management has developed a skill and a process and a capability, combined with a level of experience and ingenuity to make that de-risking investment ‘a relatively small number of days’.

2015 278

The 11 Best Project Management Online Courses

Azendoo

You’ll get an introduction to the most important tools, as well as being taught the process of the systems development life cycle, in order to help you identify the sorts of problems that may arise and create relevant solutions at each stage of a project's life.

2015 208

How good are you at starting off your project?

Ron Rosenhead

The report gives examples of good projects – where the initiation process has contributed to success and sadly, examples where this has not happened.

2015 199

Who owns project management in your company?

Ron Rosenhead

They ensure that the project management processes are being used. 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!

2015 169

Trends in IT Project Management for 2015

Wrike

Complex projects may also mean an entire team of project managers leading a project, instead of a single manager overseeing the process. The post Trends in IT Project Management for 2015 appeared first on Blog Wrike.

2015 44

Your Projects Will Likely Fail Because of This One Thing.

Azendoo

mistakes will happen, which is why it is always important to incorporate a process that forces you to doublecheck and edit every task you've assigned or email you've written. Bad communication. Chances are, it's you.

2015 167

Why your business strategies must constantly change

Moira Alexander

Policies and processes. In today’s business environment, knowing how to successfully navigate these changes and develop appropriate and effective processes to properly manage such change is a must. “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.

2015 155

How to pick a project management methodology

Moira Alexander

Six Sigma was originally developed by Motorola to eliminate waste and improve processes and profits. 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 160

Complete Collection of Project Management Statistics 2015

Wrike

Having a knowledge transfer process in place boosts the chance of project success by over 20%. [6]. Most Popular Agile Tools and Processes: Scrum – 43%. Poor purchasing processes: 23%. 18% use word processing documents. PPM process implementation & management – 61%.

2015 57

Value of MVP and Knowledge Discovery Process

Pawel Brodzinski

By now Minimal Viable Product (MVP) is for me mostly a buzzword. While I’m a huge fan of the idea since I learned it from Lean Startup , these days I feel like one can label anything an MVP. Given that Lunar Logic is a web software shop we often talk with startups that want to build their product.

2015 62

Tools

Zen Project Management

The Manifesto for Agile Software Development says it should be “Individuals and Interactions over Process and Tools” so ask yourself if the tool you are considering is going to help you or could it just be another distraction? When I was young, I had a riding lawn mower.

2015 130

Managing BPI Projects

Gina Abudi PM

The success of business process improvement (BPI) projects relies on many factors, not the least of which is a strong and diverse BPI project team. Project Management BPI project teams BPI projects business process improvement project leadership team leadership

2015 79

The System Shall.

Zen Project Management

Agile isn’t just about following a different process. 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.

2015 100

Don’t Limit Work in Progress

Pawel Brodzinski

If we took a developer as an example the process might look like this. If the process in place was something like: development, code review, testing and acceptance by the client, the first place would be acceptance. I’m a long-time fan of visual management.

2015 92

Minimal Viable Product

Zen Project Management

When taken in context of Lean Startup , it's part of a process. I have a customer with a challenge. We've been working on an application and finished our first release. The business folks looked at it and came up with a list of "must-have's" they want before going live. The IT folks are pushing back, trying to keep additional work to a minimum before going to production. They even threw out the phrase "minimal viable product" or MVP as a way say what's the least that can be done.

2015 100

Managing BPI Projects

Gina Abudi PM

Managing Stakeholders Expectations around Change Managing business process improvement (BPI) projects are challenging enough. Project Management BPI projects business process improvement managing stakeholders project leadership project stakeholdersAdd to that the need to manage stakeholders’ expectations around change as it relates to the BPI project and your challenges have doubled!

2015 62

Don’t over-process your project management communications!

Kiron Bondale

I wrote an article in October 2015 describing how the eight forms of waste (a foundational lean tool) can affect project teams. Let’s do a deeper dive into the waste of over-processing. So what are the impacts of over-processing on the project manager’s part?

Simple Guide to Business Process Mapping – a Valuable Skill All Project Managers Need

Project Bliss

If you’ve been asked to complete a business process map it may feel overwhelming. And k nowing how to create business process maps is useful in many situations. Once I learned how to create business process maps I used them a lot. What is a Business Process Map?

2019 198

Introducing Clarizen Panels

Clarizen

2015 90

Managing BPI Projects – Communicating with the Sponsor and Stakeholders

Gina Abudi PM

The ability to communicate effectively with the sponsor and stakeholders is absolutely essential to BPI (business process improvement) projects. Project Management BPI projects business process improvement communications engaging team members leading projects project communications project leadershipCommunicating, besides reporting on status, enables for building stronger relationships with key individuals and keep others engaged in the project.

2015 59

Managing BPI Projects – Communicating with the Project Team

Gina Abudi PM

While team meetings are essential, they are unlikely to be sufficient for business process improvement (BPI) projects; especially more complex ones. Project Management BPI projects business process improvement communications engaging team members leading projects project communicationsDetermining early in your project how you will communicate with the project team and how the project team will communicate with each other is absolutely essential to ensure the project stays on track.

2015 57

Managing BPI Projects -Have you socialized the project enough?

Gina Abudi PM

Key in any business process improvement (BPI) project, even a smaller one that may impact only a department or workgroup, is spending sufficient time up front socializing the initiative to the stakeholders to get their buy-in and commitment. Project Management BPI projects business process improvement engaging stakeholders project support socializing projects

2015 57

Why We Want Women in Teams

Pawel Brodzinski

This is why at Lunar Logic , during hiring process , we verify technical competences first. One of the messages that I frequently share is that we need more women in our teams.

2015 78

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

Susanne Madsen

Mastering project management processes is necessary but insufficient when it comes to delivering successful projects. ​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.

2015 98

The Fallacy of Shu-Ha-Ri

Pawel Brodzinski

Stephen Parry often says that processing the waste more effectively is cheaper, neater, faster waste. 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.

2015 75

Context Switching: The Good and the Bad

Pawel Brodzinski

On a moment that’s convenient for our thinking process we face a context switch that brings us to a solution of a puzzle that we’ve been facing. 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.

2015 71

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 69

Top 10 Project Management Software and Tools

TrustRadius Project Management

Determine which features are most important for your use case —based on the type of projects you’ll be managing, your team’s process, company size and your own work style/preferences—and then select a project management tool that can provide you with the capabilities you need.

2015 62

Top 10 Project Management Software and Tools

TrustRadius Project Management

Determine which features are most important for your use case —based on the type of projects you’ll be managing, your team’s process, company size and your own work style/preferences—and then select a project management tool that can provide you with the capabilities you need.

2015 62

Agile Project Management vs. Process-oriented: Why Not Both? (Video)

Wrike

Agile project management is all about breaking free of rigid, step-by-step processes and shaking off that old “How We Do Things Here” so you can embrace creativity and ingenuity. Throw those dusty, outdated process manuals out the window!

2015 39

How to avoid chasing people to get work done

Susanne Madsen

Involve people in the planning process You can also build trust and strengthen commitment to the project’s goals by involving people in the planning process. When you agree these parameters up front you make people feel part of the process and you strengthen buy-in to the project.

2015 98

Are your beliefs helping or hindering your as a leader?

Susanne Madsen

You can begin the process by identifying areas where the results you generate are less than ideal. ​Have you ever considered how important your values and beliefs are to the results you get (or don’t get) in your personal and professional life?

2015 90

Interview with Workfront’s Chief Marketing Officer Joe Staples

TrustRadius Project Management

TrustRadius talked with Workfront’s Chief Marketing Officer Joe Staples about project management adoption among marketers, the benefits of integrating collaboration with workflow—especially at larger organizations—and the importance of optimizing work processes before automating them.

2015 62

Interview with Workfront’s Chief Marketing Officer Joe Staples

TrustRadius Project Management

TrustRadius talked with Workfront’s Chief Marketing Officer Joe Staples about project management adoption among marketers, the benefits of integrating collaboration with workflow—especially at larger organizations—and the importance of optimizing work processes before automating them.

2015 62

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

TrustRadius Project Management

As Gartner stated at a recent conference, gone are the days of a very linear planning process, where businesses could spend most of their time building a plan and 10% on execution. These may or may not be connected with bigger processes, projects and corporate initiatives.

2015 62

The Australian Outsourcing Offshoring Fiasco

quantmleap

This resulted in an interesting phenomenon where a substantial number of offshore resources have actually relocated to Australia and, in the process, made a large number of local IT resources either completely unemployable or employable but at a substantially reduced rates.

2015 60

Portfolio Kanban Board

Pawel Brodzinski

That’s by the way almost exactly the process I went through when I proposed capability-focused board design. Of course, back then the thought process wasn’t that structured and it was more trial and error. Of course one alternative is to go through a trial and error process.

2015 59

Culture Pockets

Pawel Brodzinski

It may still be true even if decisions are made by the whole team using e.g. a decision making process. Organizational culture is one of these areas that I pay a lot of attention to. Over years I started valuing the role of the culture increasingly more and more.

2015 59