July, 2022

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How To Decide What Projects To Do

Rebel’s Guide to PM

I bet there are not enough resources in your company to Do All The Things. Right? You have a finite amount of money. You have a flexible (but ultimately limited by money) pool of people to do the work. The organization probably has a long list of good ideas and business cases that could turn into projects. Or, to rephrase, you have a long list of work ideas that senior managers would like to get done as projects.

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How to Write a Business Case (Template Included)

ProjectManager.com

What Is a Business Case? A business case is a project management document that explains how the benefits of a project overweigh its costs and why it should be executed. Business cases are prepared during the project initiation phase and their purpose is to include all the project’s objectives, costs and benefits to convince stakeholders of its value.

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5 Things To Share When Onboarding Team Members

Project Risk Coach

From time to time, project team members are replaced or additional members are added. How can project managers ensure that the new members are on the same page with the other team members? In this article, I will present five questions that I answer with new team members in the onboarding process. Whenever a new team member is assigned to your team, the individual has questions.

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Applying project management to an election run (part two)

Kiron Bondale

In my previous article , I provided an overview of my current personal project of preparing for and running for election as one the city councilors in Welland, Ontario. With a good understanding of the constraints for this work, this week’s article will focus on three key knowledge areas, namely scope, schedule and cost and how those will be managed over the life of the project.

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Acclaim Projects Helps Deliver Innovation Projects on Time and on Budget

This large intercity transportation company for people and freight employs 100+ IT employees and contractors across North America and Europe and spends $10MM annually for approximately 50 inflight projects. The company needed the right financial tools to budget for innovation initiatives and real-time information on spending and forecasting. This transportation company turned to Acclaim Projects by Sopheon to help deliver projects on time and within budget.

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Empiricism is not just a fancy word

Scrum.org

I confess that the first time someone told me that Scrum is based upon empiricism, I thought they were a little pretentious. After all, it’s a five-syllable word for a framework with only five events. Why make it so complicated? . But as I’ve coached more and more Scrum Teams over the years, I have learned that empiricism matters. It’s not just a fancy word; it’s the foundation of Scrum.

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How to Earn Power Skills PDUs for PMP Renewal in 2022

Rebel’s Guide to PM

If you are like many Project Management Professional ( PMP )® certification holders, you might be finding it hard to source enough quality learning materials for your Power Skills PDUs. Panic no more, I have all the details you need below. In this article we’ll look at what Power Skills PDUs are and how many you need, and what activities count towards your PDU total in the Power Skills category.

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What Is Preconstruction? Activities, Checklist & More

ProjectManager.com

If you’re not in construction, you might assume that projects start with bulldozers, front loaders and cranes rolling onto the site. Although this equipment may be used, preconstruction must take place before you break ground. As the name implies, preconstruction is the phase that occurs before the build, and it’s critical to the success of the construction project.

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The Stakeholder Performance Domain

Project Risk Coach

The PMBOK® Guide, Seventh Edition contains eight performance domains including the Stakeholder Performance Domain. In this article, we will explore this domain, why it's critical to projects, how to engage stakeholders, and some common stakeholder risks. What is the Stakeholder Performance Domain? This domain "addresses activities and functions associated with stakeholders" ( A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, PMBOK® Guide, Page 8).

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How does your team run their standups?

Kiron Bondale

Whether you call them Scrums, standups or huddles, one way to plan-as-you-go with an adaptive approach is to hold coordination events on a regular basis to ensure that everyone is working in an aligned manner and on the most important work. One of the more common topics for such events is to discuss the backlog of short term team work. But such discussions can be held in a few different ways.

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Strategic Finance Essentials: A Project Manager’s Guide to Financial Impact

Speaker: Ketan Jahagirdar - Sopheon’s Director of Product Management

Empower yourself as a project manager with insights that directly influence the financial landscape and strategic direction of your organization! Join us for a deep dive into the world of financial strategy, as we dissect key metrics that drive CFOs and business leaders’ investment decisions.This session will equip you with the necessary tools to craft compelling business cases as well as a comprehensive understanding of the crucial distinction between capital expenditure and operational expendi

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Commitments and forecasts when using Scrum

Scrum.org

A regular topic of conversation within my Scrum training courses revolves around commitments and forecasts when using the Scrum framework. Frequently we uncover significant and important misunderstandings about what Scrum Teams can commit to and what they cannot. The most often talked about example refers to those Product Backlog Items which are taken into a sprint by the developers and which then seems to turn into a hard commitment such that if not all those Product Backlog Items are done then

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Transactional vs. Transformational (Part 2): Leadership in practice

Inloox

In practice, managers use both styles and adapt them for their teams or their company. The transitions are fluid, and the optimal leadership behavior can vary greatly depending on the industry, project or corporate objective. In everyday life of a company, therefore, leadership cannot be categorized so easily. Nevertheless, in many situations it is worth consciously choosing one of the two options to achieve the best possible result.

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How to List Projects on Your Resume: A No Stress Guide

Rebel’s Guide to PM

Listing projects on your resume helps make your job application stand out. You can draw a recruiter’s attention to your skills, teamwork, leadership, and achievements. Here’s how to showcase your projects on your CV (as we call a resume here in the UK, and I’ll use both terms interchangeably in this article) to make it clear what you are capable of.

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What Is a Capital Improvement Plan & How to Create One

ProjectManager.com

It’s not uncommon for organizations to have more plans than they have funds. That creates a dilemma: how to spend their budget. A capital improvement plan can guide an organization when it’s trying to figure out which large projects or purchases in which they should invest. But what exactly is a capital improvement plan? How do you go about creating a capital improvement plan document?

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20 Common Mistakes Made by Inexperienced Project Managers

You’ve read the PMBOK® Guide several times, taken the certification exam for project managers, passed, and you are now a PMP®. So why do you keep making rookie mistakes? This whitepaper shows 20 of the most common mistakes that young or inexperienced project managers make, issues that can cost significant time and money. It's a good starting point for understanding how and why many PMs get themsleves into trouble, and provides guidance on the types of issues that PMs need to understand.

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5 Reasons Why Everyone Needs Project Management Skills

LiquidPlanner

Your organization probably has people doing project management. Are you one of them? Perhaps you run a team or provide expertise as an individual contributor. More and more people are involved in project-based work, even if they don’t have the job title ‘project manager.’ PMI calls this the Project Economy, and McKinsey expects the world to see an investment of $130 trillion in infrastructure upgrades alone over the next five years. .

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Applying project management to an election run (part three)

Kiron Bondale

The final (pre-election) article in my series covering my election run for city councilor of Ward 4 in Welland, Ontario shares some of the key risks I’ve identified with this project and how I’m responding to them. In general, most projects will have two broad categories of risks – those which relate to the delivery of the project itself and those which relate to the outcomes from the project.

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What does self-management mean anyway?

Scrum.org

I had an encounter, many years ago now, that has stayed with me. I was the Scrum Master for a Scrum Team and Jon (not his real name) was the Scrum Master with another team at the company I was at. The teams’ Sprints were synchronised, so the Scrum events usually took place at the same time. My team were taking a break during Sprint Planning, so I headed to the kitchen for coffee.

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Project management best practices that work

Proofhub

Project management best practices that actually work Project management Have you ever wondered why so many project leaders constantly look for the best practices to achieve triumphant project management results? Don’t fool yourself?—?“perfection” doesn’t exist in project management. Or does it? What if we told you that perfect project management isn’t such a utopia?

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The Big Payoff of Application Analytics

Outdated or absent analytics won’t cut it in today’s data-driven applications – not for your end users, your development team, or your business. That’s what drove the five companies in this e-book to change their approach to analytics. Download this e-book to learn about the unique problems each company faced and how they achieved huge returns beyond expectation by embedding analytics into applications.

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3 Ways to Use Stories on Your Projects

Rebel’s Guide to PM

Stories create engagement on projects, as I’ve written about before. But knowing that as fact and being able to use them on your projects are two different things. Dr Jo Griffin from Northeastern University’s Master’s in Project Management program gave some concrete examples of how you can actually use stories as part of your project communications plan at the 2015 PMI Global Congress EMEA.

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Best Airtable Alternatives of 2022 (Free & Paid)

ProjectManager.com

Connectivity is key to productivity in project management. Airtable is one of the many project management software solutions that presents itself as the app to connect your data, workflows and teams. Yet, many people are searching online for an Airtable alternative. Why seek an alternative project management solution? Let’s find out by first understanding where Airtable excels and where it falls short.

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7 Tips for Becoming a Next-Level Project Manager

LiquidPlanner

A project manager’s role is broad. You have to be comfortable briefing executives while also feeling at home digging into the details of a problem with the team. You need to concurrently write high-level summaries and dive into complex reports to keep projects on track. I’ll be honest, the expectations of the role have broadened since I became a project manager.

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Applying project management to an election run (part one)

Kiron Bondale

Last year I wrote three articles about the project management tools and techniques I used for managing our inter-city relocation. Every four years, the municipalities within the province of Ontario hold elections for city council, the role of mayor, school board trustees and regional councillors. With the elections coming up this October, I decided a few weeks ago to run for one of the two city councillor roles within my ward in Welland (for more information about my platform, feel free to visit

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How to Stay Competitive in the Evolving State of Martech

Marketing technology is essential for B2B marketers to stay competitive in a rapidly changing digital landscape — and with 53% of marketers experiencing legacy technology issues and limitations, they’re researching innovations to expand and refine their technology stacks. To help practitioners keep up with the rapidly evolving martech landscape, this special report will discuss: How practitioners are integrating technologies and systems to encourage information-sharing between departments and pr

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Stakeholder Trust — How Can We Earn Our Stakeholders’ Trust as a Team?

Scrum.org

TL; DR: Stakeholder Trust. Trust is the beginning of everything. I am hesitant to recycle an old slogan of a banking institute. However, in the context of becoming a learning organization and embracing business agility, it condenses the main challenge perfectly: How shall we convince the incumbents with vested interests in the status quo to give the new way of working the benefit of the doubt?

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9 HR Challenges That Will Be Prevalent In The Digital Age

Proofhub

HR Challenges Introduction Human society is complex and managing people has always been a challenging task. Now, the digital age has added even more complexity to human resource management. Trends such as a growing millennial workforce, changing expectations, global economic disruptions, and expanding hybrid work culture have made human resources a difficult job.

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Tips for Before, During & After Meetings

Rebel’s Guide to PM

Guillermo Solis. Managing successful meetings is not a new subject, but neither is it a waste of time to refresh ourselves about how best to manage meetings. Below, Guillermo Solis has some suggestions to bear in mind before, during and after meetings, when we are in charge of the meeting as a project manager. These are based on his experience mostly in Mexico and Central America projects.

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What Is Design Development (DD) In Architecture?

ProjectManager.com

Before setting foot on the construction site, a long process has already unfolded. The architecture design process allows a concept to become a reality. It takes place over several phases, one of the most important being design development. Design development (DD) in architecture is critical to the success of any construction project management plan.

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From Complexity to Clarity: Strategies for Effective Compliance and Security Measures

Speaker: Erika R. Bales, Esq.

When we talk about “compliance and security," most companies want to ensure that steps are being taken to protect what they value most – people, data, real or personal property, intellectual property, digital assets, or any other number of other things - and it’s more important than ever that safeguards are in place. Let’s step back and focus on the idea that no matter how complicated the compliance and security regime, it should be able to be distilled down to a checklist.