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Big challenge: Getting your project team to work as a team!

The Lazy Project Manager

A guest post by my friends at Genius Project. A project team is a group of people who work together on a project with a common goal. They have different skills and specializations but their work all culminates in the delivery of the project. Numerous studies have shown that a project progresses effectively when the team is working on activities that are clearly defined and planned.

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Project Management Training To Help You Achieve Certification in 2017

Rebel’s Guide to PM

This article contains affiliate links. I’ll only share with you products that I know to be awesome! APM Salary and Market Survey 2016 says that 23% of people last studied for a project management related qualification within the last six months. If your goal this year is to put yourself in that bracket and get studying for a certification, then I’m here to help!

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Do You Make These Quality Management Mistakes?

Project Risk Coach

Last week, I talked about How to Develop a Quality Management Plan. Today, I’d like to share common quality management mistakes. Being aware of these failure points can help you and your project teams to identify and manage quality risks. Quality Management Mistakes. 1. Failure to Define Quality. Quality means different things to different people.

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Is risk management really that effective?

Ron Rosenhead

I was looking for a blog posting put out a few years ago. Sadly, I did not find it but I did find something else…. Yes, I found a blog posting called where’s my whistle? I explored the need for a systematic risk process for projects. I reflected that while this has got better, it is not that much better. …. In the last 6 month I have seen an interesting array of clients.

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Understand Digital Debt, Form a Team, Set Goals, and Plan Roadmap for Transformation

Understanding digital debt is crucial before digital transformation. Assemble a team to assess internal operations, market pressures, and digital debt's impact. Define future digital vision with measurable goals. Refine hypotheses and conduct market analysis. Develop a roadmap for transformation with defined projects, cost estimates, and governance.

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More on technical debt

Musings on Project Management

I'm not shy about recommending the other guy's stuff. Here's two postings worth the read on things you can do to deal with technical debt: Phillipe Krutchen Concrete things you can do about your technical debt Scott Adler 11 Strategies for Dealing With Technical Debt Read in the library at Square Peg Consulting about these books I've written Buy them at any online book retailer!

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Strategic Thinking For A Successful Business Growth

Project-Management.pm

A strategic plan is basically nothing if it doesn’t rely on strategic thinking. With the right person for such tasks, strategic planning will be easier to plan and implement. First, why the need for strategic plans? Usually, the reasons are: to generate sales, to help organization improve, create an edge against competitors. The list goes on. But it’s all about the organization’s stance and status in the business industry.

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Focus on individual impacts when communicating risks!

Kiron Bondale

A recent article by Uzma Khan and Daniella Kupor in Harvard Business Review adds support to the argument for keeping things simple when it comes to communicating risks. Through a series of experiments focused on positive and negative risks, the authors determined that there is a greater likelihood of individuals making an objective, logical decision when a single significant impact is presented as opposed to when that same impact is presented along with a number of other lower impact outcomes.

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Dilbert on the challenges of project planning

The Digital Project Manager

The realities of any complex digital project – imperfect planning and clients that don’t get it. The post Dilbert on the challenges of project planning appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.

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Why Don’t 50% of People Do Stakeholder Engagement?

Rebel’s Guide to PM

I recently ran a survey about stakeholder management (thanks, by the way, if you were one of the people who filled it out) and the results surprised me. While I haven’t got the full results yet, I have done a bit of analysis on them and I wanted to share what I know so far with you. The biggest reason we do stakeholder engagement activities on projects is because they help us get the resources we need for the project.

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

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 expend

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How to manage tasks at work

Binfire

Everyday all of us work on tasks. From mundane chores at home to tasks at work, most of our days are spent planning, working, monitoring and completing tasks. The ability to create and Manage tasks at work is fundamental to the success of us as individuals and the businesses we work for. In this tutorial we cover all you need to know to organize your projects by creating tasks, managing them and making sure they are completed on time and on the budget.

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What Does a Project Management Tool of the Future Look Like?

LiquidPlanner

We’ve been reading and writing about the Fourth Industrial Revolution —or Industry 4.0. Radical technological advancements combined with manufacturing are taking us into an exciting future: robotics, automation, 3-D printers. As a result, productivity is predicted to be on an upswing, even though manual resources aren’t keeping up. This translates, for some teams, into doing more with less.

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The Secret Sauce of Successful Collaboration: Platforms and People

Redbooth

Very few people work solely alone. We tend to work in groups. As soon as two or more people work on the same project at the same time, collaboration is happening. Collaboration is a great way to spark creativity and spread the load to get tasks done quickly. But, there are pitfalls too. Duplicating effort and digging around for other people’s files can waste time.

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Leadership Styles and Their Corresponding Definitions You Need to Know

Project-Management.pm

There are many ways on how the manager and higher-ups implement leadership in their team or subordinates. These leadership styles have been around for a long time and become one of the major foundations of team dynamics. Martin Luther King Jr. , Steve Jobs , and John F. Kennedy —all these people possess distinct types of leadership and stirred various reactions from their followers.

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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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Paymo Resource Scheduling

Paymo App

After months of hard work we’re back with a mega-update that will make 2017 your best planned year. We’re excited to bring Resource Scheduling to Paymo. Now you can visually manage your work, people and time bookings in a beautiful timeline. The Paymo resource scheduling tool will allow you to: click & drag to schedule bookings and assign tasks directly on the timeline. check what employees will be working on and how their time is booked. easily answer questions like who’s booked

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February Product Update: Boost Your Business Intelligence with API Support for Analytics

LiquidPlanner

Getting the project data you need to understand the health of your business is now faster and easier than ever before. Our February update makes it possible to pull powerful Analytics reports from LiquidPlanner using the API — fellow data geeks rejoice! Make the most out of your project data. The LiquidPlanner API lets you sync data, automate actions, and integrate with other systems to connect LiquidPlanner to all parts of your business.

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Put Chat Apps to Work in your Office

Redbooth

Give the Workers What They Want: Chat Apps for Android and iPhone. There are as many ways to communicate in the workplace as there are types of workers. But, increasingly, the workplace is made up of millennials (aged 18 – 35). In 2015, millennials, 53.5 million strong, became the largest group in the U.S. workforce. By 2025, millennials will make up 75% of the global workforce.

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Project Portfolio Management: Creating a Project Communication Plan That Works

Ganttic

In the midst of planning the resources, planning the budget, planning the timeframe, and the dependencies, planning communication might get forgotten. It just seems so natural, doesn’t it? Well, actually, it isn’t. Good communication is one of the key elements in a successful project and a good communication plan is the backbone of good communication.

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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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The How and Why of Using Milestones in Your Project Plan

TeamGantt

Project plans are maps that chart the course of your projects. As you build a plan, you’ll begin to map out the tasks, dependencies, task owners, and more. While you’re doing that, you won’t want to forget a very important component of any project plan: milestones. A milestone is a marker in a project that […]. The post The How and Why of Using Milestones in Your Project Plan appeared first on TeamGantt.

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Why GPM® Green Project Manager Certification Goes Hand in Hand with US Green Building Council’s LEED® and The Green Building Initiative Green Globes®

Green Project Management

Guest Post by Jan Russell, President of the GreenSpring Institute, USA. We live in a world with a growing population of over 7 billion people. As long as records have been kept, we know there haven’t been this many people using Earth’s resources at one time. As a result, we now use 1.6 Earth’s resources […]. The post Why GPM® Green Project Manager Certification Goes Hand in Hand with US Green Building Council’s LEED® and The Green Building Initiative Green Globes® appeared first on Deliver

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INFOGRAPHIC: 5 Things To Prepare Before You Start Any Project

Celoxis

INFOGRAPHIC: 5 Things To Prepare Before You Start Any Project.

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What Are the Advantages of Waterfall Project Management?

Wrike

When leaders organize processes for software development and other teams, the waterfall project management model and the Ag ile method are among the most common approaches. But before choosing between these two models, leaders need a strong understanding of how each provides certain advantages. With the right methodology and a software solution to keep employees on track, managers are able to guide the way to successful project completion while staying in line with the organization’s larger miss

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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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What's a Milestone? Why You Need Milestones in Project Plans

TeamGantt

Learn how to define milestones for your projects, as well as why and how you can use them in your schedules with TeamGantt’s simple step-by-step guide.

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Quote of the Day

Herding Cats

The real world is nothing but risk. Conventional approaches to forecasting with empirical data - the supposed No Estimated approach to estimating, hides this fact. Because in forecasting there is no place for uncertainty, which is why No Estimates advocates assert Forecasting is not estimating. When we try to plan, knowing we cannot predict the future precisely, the mismatch between the planning and the real world , creates confusion.

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5 Ways To Create Self-sufficient Teams

Celoxis

There is no doubt that a self-sufficient team is the pillar of a successful project. Moreover, for it to flourish, the workplace should be driven by trust and mutual respect. In such optimized environment, both the project manager and team members can work together hand-in-hand to deliver the best possible output. However, often, a workplace is less than ideal, where obstacles emerge, and problems occur.

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Ensuring Enterprise Adoption of the Project Management Tool

Paymo App

Nobody really desires to read long, boring directions or take several days of classes to learn something new that is being pushed on them in the workplace. They may do it because they must do it for their job, but that doesn’t mean that adoption of the new project management tool or process will be good, efficient or even result in wide use and acceptance.

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From Concepts to Actionable Insights: Powering Digital Transformation Success

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

70% of most digital transformation projects fail. Learn how you can quickly improve that success rate. To be successful, digital transformation involves the strategic application of digitalization to improve a business’ entire system of production, procurement, sales, operations, human resources, and financial management. In short, to basically transform the way a company makes money and delivers value to customers.