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The Best Project Management Blogs for 2019

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When we did our roundup of the 50 best Project Management Blogs in 2017 it quickly became one of our most popular posts. You folks do like reading about project management! So, it’s time to refresh our list and put up a new one, in good time for 2019. Camel Blog.

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How To Make 2019 A Successful Year for Your Projects

Girl's Guide to PM

Would you like to make 2019 a successful year for your projects? I asked people two questions: What should people managing projects be aware of as we go into 2019 to make 2019 their most successful year ever? What will you be doing in 2019 to have your most successful year ever? I’m sure you take away tips and ideas for making this your best year yet managing projects at work. I couldn’t fit it all in this blog post.

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The Top UK Project Management Certifications in 2019- By Role

Arras People

In a recent blog The Top UK Project Management Certifications in 2019 , we explored the results from the 2019 PMBR (Project Management Benchmark Report) dataset to identify the take-up (or not) of PM certifications in the UK. By way of a reminder the top 10 were identified as follows: Project Managers: When cut by those indicating that they belong to the Project Manager cohort the top 10 delivers the table below.

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Top Ten PMO Themes 2019

Strategy Execution | PMO Perspectives

Last week it was the fifth PMO Conference in London. With over 400 PMO practitioners from around the globe and over 20 sessions to choose from, there’s a lot to learn about where PMO is heading right now. Strategy Execution were there catching up with PMO practitioners and discussing the latest challenges PMOs are facing today. Staying with the reporting theme, data analytics will be a game changer for the PMO in the coming years. Agile for the PMO.

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PMO: The Gap Closers

Strategy Execution | PMO Perspectives

There are further stats; 45% lack change management skills; 29% have poorly resourced initiatives; 27% lack project management skills. The report – Emerging Trends in Project Management and Project-Based Organisations – is telling us how much more projects and a project way of working have grown over the last 14 years. Managing multiple priorities and interrelated work streams. The PMO: Gap Closer. It’s the PMO.

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Seven Aspects of Project Risk in 2020

Strategy Execution | PMO Perspectives

Ahead of its January meeting in Davos, the World Economic Forum published its Global Risks Report 2020, based on the input of 750 experts and outlining the biggest risks faced by economies over the next 10 years [1]. And if the WEF didn’t see a risk coming, then what hope do we have?

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Strategic Risk Management and Projects

Strategy Execution | PMO Perspectives

Experienced managers know the value of the ‘elevator view’, that is, knowing when to press the button for the top floor to look down at the bigger picture, and when to descend to the ground floor to get down ‘amongst the weeds’. At the ground floor our project managers provide assurance that their projects are on target to deliver, according to st ated objectives. Strategic Risk Management. But how important is the strategic leadership and alignment of risk planning?

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10 Places to Get Free Project Management Templates

Girl's Guide to PM

I have researched the best places to get free project management templates for download online. How to Use Free Project Management Templates. You can find free project management templates to download all over the internet. My first tip is that you’ll have to look around to find one for what you need and that fits your project management environment. It’s a password-protected page of the blog with direct links to everything for you to download.

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Project Prioritization as a Savvy PMO

Planview

Regardless of whether you’re still learning how to prioritize projects or you’re a seasoned veteran, you can walk away from this blog knowing how to become a Savvy PMO. It may require a little experimenting to find the right method to match the needs of your PMO and organization.

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How Do You Prioritize Your Work as a Savvy PMO?

Planview

First, let’s acknowledge that it’s not easy to establish an effective prioritization process when your PMO and teams are in high demand. In fact, according to PMI’s 2018 Pulse of the Profession report , while 87 percent of PMO directors characterize such processes as “very important” or “essential,” only 12 percent state that they are already “excellent” at prioritizing initiatives. [1]. business objectives (strategic alignment, customer focus, risk reduction, etc.),

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Key Themes at IPM Day 2019

International Institute of Learning

LeRoy Ward, IIL Executive VP of Enterprise Solutions and Sander Boeije, Program Manager – IIL Online Conferences . On November 7, 2019, IIL will celebrate the 16 th anniversary of International Project Management Day, also known as IPM Day. Saladis, and made possible by IIL, this important day recognizes the incredible and valuable work that project managers do every day. In this article, we outline the key themes that emerge at IIL’s IPM Day 2019.

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How Risk Management is Crucial to Project Management

Planview

For your reading convenience, we’ve decided to give it everlasting life here on the blog. It is impossible to talk about project management without talking about risk. Risk management is an underutilized but necessary part of effective project management. At the very least, an early risk assessment should be done, and the risks that are considered “high probability/high impact” should be documented and planned for. PMO Vision and Trends

How to Carry Out a Schedule Risk Assessment

Strategy Execution | PMO Perspectives

Understandably management was becoming nervous about late delivery penalties. Although internal peer review (by PMO using subject matter experts from another team) had always been carried out, the company typically found itself unable to deliver on time. While it is sometimes possible to start work on a successor before the predecessor is complete, in this case, there was a complex dependency between them and a significant risk of rework. Identify and analyse risk.

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Enterprise Agility in Financial Services: Learnings from the 2019 Planview Horizons Customer Conference

Planview

We facilitated a roundtable discussion of our customers at the 2019 Planview Horizons Customer Conference where enterprise agility in financial services organizations was discussed. Teaching leadership and helping them understand a new way of working will make the shift more manageable.

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Project Management Tools and Services to Consider for 2020

Brad Egeland

The world of project management requires leaders and doers and shakers to make it happen. ONEPOINT Projects Every once in awhile we find that product or process or program that can help us out immensely in the project management and project portfolio management world. Make your job easier, make project management and PPM more interactive and complete, and help bridge any agile and waterfall gaps you may have in the organization – with one tool.

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10 Simple Ways to Prepare a Holiday Handover at work (with email templates)

Girl's Guide to PM

They simply need to be briefed on: Main deliverables during this time, if any Main risks or issues that are currently on the table and might need watching Main stakeholders and the project sponsor’s contact details so if anything urgent does come up they know who to talk to Where they can find information about the project Major decisions that should be taken during this time, if any, and what your recommendation would be and/or criteria for making that decision.

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Is Your Strategic Project at Risk Due to Poor Implementation of Proven Project Management Practices?

Strategy Execution | PMO Perspectives

The Project Management Institute also reports that in the projects that were deemed failures, the following causes were contributing factors: change in project objectives (37%), inaccurate requirements gathering (35%), inadequate vision or goal for project (29%), failure to identify opportunities and risks (29%), inaccurate cost estimates (28%), and poor change management (28%) amongst others. Many project managers intuitively produce a plan in consultation with team members.

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Top Project Management Conferences in 2020

Epicflow Blog

Willing to attend a project management conference in 2020? The list of international events presented in this paper involves the ones covering not only project and portfolio management challenges but also relevant topics of construction, engineering, product development, and more. 2020 Project Management Conferences in Austria. Learn about digital transformation, engagement strategies for employees and management, and how to manage stakeholders in digital projects.

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5 Project Management Tools and Services to Consider for 2020

Brad Egeland

The world of project management requires leaders and doers and shakers to make it happen. ONEPOINT Projects Every once in awhile we find that product or process or program that can help us out immensely in the project management and project portfolio management world. Make your job easier, make project management and PPM more interactive and complete, and help bridge any agile and waterfall gaps you may have in the organization – with one tool.

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Top Project Management Conferences in 2020

Epicflow Blog

Willing to attend a project management conference in 2020? The list of international events presented in this paper involves the ones covering not only project and portfolio management challenges but also relevant topics of construction, engineering, product development, and more. 2020 Project Management Conferences in Austria . Learn about digital transformation, engagement strategies for employees and management, and how to manage stakeholders in digital projects.

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Remembering and Using Your Project Management Training

Strategy Execution | PMO Perspectives

Perhaps your organisation’s learning and development department already have the career management and careers path frameworks available for your role. If none of these are available to you today in your organisation, you can, at least, look towards your project management professional association and use the competency framework that already exists to get you started. A lack of goal-setting by the line manager. This post first appeared on PMO Perspectives Blog.

A History of PMI & Its Role in Project Management

ProjectManager.com

Project management is no different. The Project Management Institute (PMI) is a nonprofit organization for those working in project management across the globe. As an organization, it offers training and certification in project management, and it reports regularly on industry trends. The Project Management Institute also sets the standard for ethics in the field. What are the roots that uphold this giant in project management?

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Shifting from Projects to a Product-Centric Approach

Planview

In my last blog, “ Agile Transformation: The PMO’s New Paradigm ” we covered the significance of embracing different types of work and the role that continuous planning plays in becoming an Agile PMO—but that’s only the beginning. In the whitepaper, The Agile PMO: 5 Steps to Driving Agility at Scale , the focus of the PMO can no longer be on executing on-time and on-budget, but instead on the delivery of value as the outcome. Lean and Agile PMO

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10 Point Checklist for Better Project Estimates

Planview

For your reading convenience, we’ve decided to give it everlasting life here on the blog. Cover your bases when submitting Appropriation Requests by demonstrating due diligence, offering rationale for the chosen solution, and outlining the risks and contingency plans. Know the available estimation methods, including analogous, parametric, expert opinion, and risk-based PERT estimates. Also, stay in touch with resources and resource managers regularly to ensure availability.

Turning Good Project Management into Great Project Leadership

Strategy Execution | PMO Perspectives

Many organisations are investing in people, processes and structure to create teams focused on strategy execution, often by establishing project management offices (PMOs). As a senior project manager or head of a PMO, it is important to assess teams for any skill gaps that may be inhibiting or preventing project success. For example, there is a relational skills gap if any of the following are occurring: Project managers are struggling to engage with stakeholders.

Strategic Portfolio Management 101

Keyedin

Recently we were able to hear directly from Margo in our webinar Strategic Portfolio Management 101: Getting started with outcome-oriented portfolio management , which pulled some concepts from her recent Forrester research, Strategic Portfolio Management is Agile. Today, the customer (or internal stakeholder) has the power to influence functional leaders, service managers, plus product and IT service delivery organizations, and can even transform our business models.

The Insights Behind the Project Management Trends

Strategy Execution | PMO Perspectives

Strategy Execution released the top ten trends for 2019 a few weeks ago and my first thoughts were; we’re seeing a lot of them in the PMO community which is both exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time. When we look back over the last decade we can clearly see how much has changed for people working in project management. That means getting better at business cases; requirements; scoping; risks; planning; resourcing, scheduling.

Design-Thinking and Project Management

Strategy Execution | PMO Perspectives

In a previous blog How to Structure Your Organisation to Drive Innovation , we discussed how strategic project management supplies the key ingredients for choosing and executing innovative products that align with an organisation’s overall strategy. This is because managers are planners who rely on the past and the present in order to project for the future, while designers are creators who are taught to break away from the past in order to build for the future.

Strategic Portfolio Management 101

Keyedin

Recently we were able to hear directly from Margo in our webinar Strategic Portfolio Management 101: Getting started with outcome-oriented portfolio management , which pulled some concepts from her recent Forrester research, Strategic Portfolio Management is Agile. Today, the customer (or internal stakeholder) has the power to influence functional leaders, service managers, plus product and IT service delivery organizations, and can even transform our business models.

Project Portfolio Management - a quick definition

Keyedin

Throughout this blog you will hear us refer to project portfolio management on many occasions. For those of you new to the term or those researching it's suitability to your business - here is a quick definition from our recent webinar How PM, PPM and the PMO Work Together that we think sums up PPM quite nicely. Covers short, medium and long-term projects - Covers low risk and high risk projects.

5 Takeaways: Strategic PPM Management for Products, not Projects

Keyedin

The Gartner PPM Summit is the annual event that brings together top project and portfolio management leaders from all over the world. Hot Topic: All About “Agile” Agile Portfolio Management was the hottest topic, hands down, and from what we learned after the Summit, and from what we had talked about on the floor, agile still means different things to different people.

It’s Time to Start Planning for Resources

Planview

For your reading convenience, we’ve decided to give it everlasting life here on the blog. These issues are often not a matter of project managers being unable to estimate—it’s generally a problem of the underlying process. Managing uncertainty – Traditional and Agile approaches. Estimates that mitigate risk. Many organizations think they have a resource management problem when, in reality, they have a demand prioritization problem.”. PMO Vision and Trend

6 Reasons Why Projects are Late

Planview

For your reading convenience, we’ve decided to give it everlasting life here on the blog. These problems, as mentioned, were cited by a large percentage of respondents in Planview’s resource management study as a primary cause of their resource management pains. Part 5: How Risk Management is Crucial to Project Management. More than 100 project managers were interviewed. We’re just about at the end of this project management series.

Strategy Implementation Needs Great Portfolio Management

Strategy Execution | PMO Perspectives

In recent years, portfolio management has evolved from an administrative process, in which projects are selected and prioritised, to one of the key ways in which organisations can focus on strategy implementation. This is achieved, in the most part, through the enhancement of strategic dialogue amongst the management team and, most crucially, the alignment of projects around the most critical strategic initiatives. Effective Portfolio Management.

Project Portfolio Management - a quick definition

Keyedin

Throughout this blog you will hear us refer to project portfolio management on many occasions. For those of you new to the term or those researching it's suitability to your business - here is a quick definition from our recent webinar How PM, PPM and the PMO Work Together that we think sums up PPM quite nicely. Covers short, medium and long-term projects - Covers low risk and high risk projects.

The Top Five Skills for Project Leaders

Strategy Execution | PMO Perspectives

Business leaders and corporate executives need to find the optimal way to achieve growth while at the same time, manage the risks. All business initiatives are achieved through projects, so assessing and ranking these projects in order of importance to the business strategy give organisations the confidence to embrace risk. The first step toward embracing risk is to realise that risks aren’t all bad – positive risks are in fact opportunities.

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The Commercial Project Manager

Strategy Execution | PMO Perspectives

The client called the project manager to ask if the final performance test and approvals meeting could be moved to Friday, one day delay, ‘it would fit in really well because Sarah (Technical Manager) will be in the office’. No problem, agreed the Project Manager, looking forward to the final sign-off, invoice issue and associated $200,000 balance payment. [1]. Ensure that the role of commercial manager is properly represented in client-facing projects.

Overcoming Resistance to Change with Change Management

Strategy Execution | PMO Perspectives

Change management is one of the most challenging components of a project’s success, but having acceptance for the changes a project brings will help realise the benefits of the project. Otherwise known as leading change from the middle , this approach is achieved when project, programme and portfolio managers are equipped with the skills to respond to the complexity of rolling out projects, while at the same time accounting for inevitable change.

How to futureproof your PPM software selection process

EasyProjects

Effective Change Management. When you have to upgrade your solution, When you have to slow down operations to upgrade your project management solution, it can cause some disruptions due to retraining, changes in processes, and technical adjustments. Flexible Resource Management. When a team is small, its projects are normally small meaning that the resources required are much less and more manageable with simple tools. Demand management.

Do Resource Managers Get the Respect They Deserve? The Empowered RMO

Keyedin

A new survey uncovers the maturity of the discipline and how employers view resource managers. The Resource Management Institute (RMI) ran a first-of-its-kind survey about the state of the Resource Manager (RM), focusing mainly on the leaders of Resource Management Organizations (RMOs). One of the scariest things about Resource Management Leaders? For more about employer and employee disconnects in the survey, read our earlier blog.