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. 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

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’. 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?’-

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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. The initial specification keeps changing and there are no processes set up for managing variations or where they exist they are not used to their maximum effect.

2015 159

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. What Marketing Trends Do You Expect to Have the Biggest Impact in 2015? • Top 6 Marketing Trends for 2015. • 6 Digital Marketing Trends to Watch in 2015. • Where Collaboration is Headed in 2015: Top 4 Trends to Watch. The post Trends in IT Project Management for 2015 appeared first on Blog Wrike.

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6 strategic projects any business can implement in 2016

Moira Alexander

Here are six projects any business can implement in 2016 to help ensure the people, processes and technologies are working together effectively to create better opportunities or avoid missed ones. 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.

2015 157

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 159

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 133

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. Are the project management issues in your organisation related to lack of tools, techniques and processes or are they concerned with poor leadership (by either the project manager or sponsor) and an insufficient ability to influence and engage the stakeholders and the team?

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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. 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.

2015 100

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. 53% of respondents say they have a project portfolio management process in place. [6]. The number of firms with a PPM process in place grew from 64% in 2003 to 71% in 2013. [13]. PPM process implementation & management – 61%. [13].

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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 64

Dealing with Change Requests and Issue Management

Clarizen

It is important to have an evaluation process in place for the change requests that come in. Without a defined change process or issues log you risk these project needs getting lost in the shuffle and not handled on time or sometimes not at all. Issues can come in a variety of styles including technical, resource related, process roadblocks or changes to the project scope. Using a SaaS PM Solution to Streamline Change and Issue Processes.

2015 60

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 65

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

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

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. Many project managers find that they have to chase people to get work done - something which is time consuming and frustrating.

2015 70

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. I think I can recall one or maybe two ideas that were really minimal in a way that they would validate a hypothesis and yet require least work to build.

2015 46

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! As our productivity coach Errette Dunn explains, the Agile methodology still requires clearly defined processes. how you can be more Agile with the right process.

2015 40

The Case for Project Portfolio Management

Jez Lister

Project Portfolio Management therefore is an on-going process that addresses the challenges all organisations face. Project Portfolio Management is a governance driven process that requires both knowledge of the organisation’s strategic plans, and awareness of its capabilities and limitations. A typical demand management process would contain the following stages: 1. These organisations will have tools and processes already embedded into the day to day management of projects.

2015 43

Find Creative Project Management Software To Fit Your Agency

Function Point

To ease the process, here are 5 fundamental elements of what to look for in an all-in-one creative project management software : 1. Deploying a project management system requires more work than simply installing the software and pressing “go” The process includes reviewing and streamlining your business practices, as well as learning to use new software. Here’s the thing: we’ve worked with a lot of creative agencies. That is what we do, after all.

2015 40

Find Creative Project Management Software To Fit Your Agency

Function Point

To ease the process, here are 5 fundamental elements of what to look for in an all-in-one creative project management software : 1. Deploying a project management system requires more work than simply installing the software and pressing “go” The process includes reviewing and streamlining your business practices, as well as learning to use new software. Here’s the thing: we’ve worked with a lot of creative agencies. That is what we do, after all.

2015 40

How FP’s Agency Management Software Training is Unique

Function Point

Deploying project management software is a more complex process than simply installing the software and pressing go. With our training program, you’ll learn how to use the software for success , but you’ll also get to review and streamline your business practices with our industry experts. With Function Point’s signature training program, we’ve got your back. And your front, and side. We’ve got you covered from all angles.

2015 40

How FP’s Agency Management Software Training is Unique

Function Point

Deploying project management software is a more complex process than simply installing the software and pressing go. With our training program, you’ll learn how to use the software for success , but you’ll also get to review and streamline your business practices with our industry experts. With Function Point’s signature training program, we’ve got your back. And your front, and side. We’ve got you covered from all angles.

2015 40

Some thoughts on Setting up a PMO

Jez Lister

Processes (scope, quality, uptake, gaps). Agree Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and make sure there are processes in place to monitor these and continuously improve them. 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. Most of my colleagues – myself included were initially unclear about the purpose of the PMO and assumed that we were all to be relocated to new offices.

2015 40

Why Training Is Key For Project Management Software Success

Function Point

We get a better idea of what your workflow process is and then create a plan around how we can streamline it to ensure you get the full benefits of the FP system. In this industry, the way we onboard our customers and support them throughout their learning process, and beyond, is what sets us apart. Who can honestly say they didn’t need a little extra help when they first purchased anything with an instruction manual. I know I certainly can’t.

2015 43

Peanut Butter, Jelly and Project Management

The Lazy Project Manager

she has cut away layers of red tape and instituted an internal online service called ‘PB&J’ which actually stands for ‘Process, Bureaucracy, and Jams’ This initiative allows employees to complain about organisational blockages and excessive overheads that slow action and decision-making. We are looking at how to streamline process, reduce bureaucracy, and remove jams — PB&J!,”

2015 150

fp. Project Management Software Boosts Top Draw’s Growth

Function Point

Over the last three years, the company’s employees more than doubled in numbers from 12 to 27, and it became apparent that the business owners and project managers needed to be able to access information about their project management processes at an accelerated pace; they would either need to connect the disparate software programs they were using, or switch to a wholly integrated creative project management software system. Online Project Management Software Case Study .

2015 40

fp. Project Management Software Boosts Top Draw’s Growth

Function Point

Over the last three years, the company’s employees more than doubled in numbers from 12 to 27, and it became apparent that the business owners and project managers needed to be able to access information about their project management processes at an accelerated pace; they would either need to connect the disparate software programs they were using, or switch to a wholly integrated creative project management software system. Online Project Management Software Case Study .

2015 40

3 Ways Your Creative Agency Retainers Could Be Better

Function Point

Secondly, retainers can make your billing processes easier, if you keep them simple. 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 40

3 Ways Your Creative Agency Retainers Could Be Better

Function Point

Secondly, retainers can make your billing processes easier, if you keep them simple. 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 40

Ways to Find the Right Person For the Right Job

Ganttic

To achieve this, integrate a resource planning platform to your management process so that all that keeping track does not have to happen manually. With observation, one can easily tell when a task has been assigned to the wrong resource. A wrong resource on the task is equivalent to assigning a doctor to cook in a restaurant, using a hammer to mow a lawn, or planning a party in a library. There’s a better, easier and more appropriate way of achieving your goal.

2015 60

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. Over-processing occurs whenever someone continues to work on an activity past the point where it would be deemed acceptable from a customer’s perspective or past the point where meaningful value is being added.

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Why Training Is Key For Project Management Software Success

Function Point

We get a better idea of what your workflow process is and then create a plan around how we can streamline it to ensure you get the full benefits of the FP system. In this industry, the way we onboard our customers and support them throughout their learning process, and beyond, is what sets us apart. Who can honestly say they didn’t need a little extra help when they first purchased anything with an instruction manual. I know I certainly can’t.

2015 40

3 Best Practices For Managing Creative Agency Retainers

Function Point

It helps your cash flow immediately, and if you keep your billing schedule consistent and automated with an agency management software, the process should run very efficiently. Be sure to educate your client about process and deliverables, and discover whether their expectations are reasonable. 3 Best Practices For Managing Creative Agency Retainers. A retainer relationship works best when both sides find value in it, and maintain an active role in its progress.

2015 40

3 Best Practices For Managing Creative Agency Retainers

Function Point

It helps your cash flow immediately, and if you keep your billing schedule consistent and automated with an agency management software, the process should run very efficiently. Be sure to educate your client about process and deliverables, and discover whether their expectations are reasonable. 3 Best Practices For Managing Creative Agency Retainers. A retainer relationship works best when both sides find value in it, and maintain an active role in its progress.

2015 40

Tips For Evaluating Workflow Tools

Function Point

So what I am suggesting is to make that decision ahead of looking at specific tools—determine what is most important in your selection process and then look at several tools that can provide that value. In addition, when you’re in the process of evaluating a tool and the vendor has not demonstrated a certain capability they indicated as having, this will remind you to ask for that functionality to be demonstrated. This article is a guest post contributed by Cella Consulting.

2015 40

Tips For Evaluating Workflow Tools

Function Point

So what I am suggesting is to make that decision ahead of looking at specific tools—determine what is most important in your selection process and then look at several tools that can provide that value. In addition, when you’re in the process of evaluating a tool and the vendor has not demonstrated a certain capability they indicated as having, this will remind you to ask for that functionality to be demonstrated. This article is a guest post contributed by Cella Consulting.

2015 40

Agency Management Software Demo vs. Free Trial

Function Point

First, Here’s What We Suggest: Connect with one of our awesome account managers and we’ll guide you through the process. Agency Management Software Demo vs. Free Trial. Unfortunately, no one is ever taught “How to Buy an Agency Management Software” in school. As a result, many people are of the mindset that a trial account is the ultimate way to find out if a product is the best fit. Why buy a cow when you can get the milk for free , right?

2015 40

Agency Management Software Demo vs. Free Trial

Function Point

First, Here’s What We Suggest: Connect with one of our awesome account managers and we’ll guide you through the process. Agency Management Software Demo vs. Free Trial. Unfortunately, no one is ever taught “How to Buy an Agency Management Software” in school. As a result, many people are of the mindset that a trial account is the ultimate way to find out if a product is the best fit. Why buy a cow when you can get the milk for free , right?

2015 40

End Your Creative Agency’s Project Management Chaos

Function Point

If your business has ambiguous or duplicate processes in place, time is being wasted and there is an increased likelihood of errors being made. End Your Creative Agency’s Project Management Chaos. Life at a busy creative agency can be hectic. There often comes a point when you realize that your current project management practices are no longer working for you, and you spend more time running around trying to fix problems than you do on growing your business.

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