Brad Egeland

Top 5 Reasons to Go Agile

Brad Egeland

Still running waterfall projects or development initiatives and need the push to go agile? Contemplating agile but you need some easy to explain reasons to go to your senior management with in order to get them to say “yes” to the conversion?

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25 Real World Project Management Tips

Brad Egeland

Today I am going to start providing project management tips that I have gathered and endorse. Probably about 25 of them at a time.

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AI Saves Lives - Surely it can Save a Tech Project

Brad Egeland

I recently read about a Copenhagen-based startup that has developed artificial intelligence (AI) that can listen in on emergency 911 calls and help dispatchers detect victims of cardiac arrest.

2020 103

Your Project Sucks - 5 Things You Can Fix Now

Brad Egeland

You can't figure it out. Your project is tanking and nothing you do seems to help.

2020 99

Task Management For Project Managers

How can project planning that stretches over months or years remain relevant and account for new ad-hoc activities that arrive every day?

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. To make project successful, keep teams cohesive and collaborating toward a great final solution or product or successful implementation. But, no doubt, the road to get there requires much to happen. Their is training, certification, and experience that needs to be gained or earned to start leading projects.

2020 141

Why Most Projects Fail

Brad Egeland

I wish I could tell you in one concise article why projects fail. But you're smart and you know I'd be leaving something out – possibly an exact scenario that you're going through right now that may have even caused you to notice this article. I feel your pain – believe me.I

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Key Responsibilities of the PMO

Brad Egeland

A project management office (PMO) is an organizational entity usually tasked to centralize and coordinate the management of projects within an organization. ​ A PMO oversees the management of projects, programs, or a combination of both.

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Are We Managing Risks on Our Tech Projects?

Brad Egeland

Managing risk is one of those afterthoughts for many of us. We should plan early for it, think of ways to mitigate it avoid it in certain areas, and help ensure our project’s success by dedicating a chunk of that early project budget to it.

2020 106

3 Reasons Your Cybersecurity Plan Needs Revised

Brad Egeland

I wish I could tell you that if you have a cybersecurity plan then you’re covered. But you are not. Because the hackers and the blackhats and the pursuers on the Dark Net and the Dark Web are one or more steps ahead of all of us all the time.

2020 106

Managing The Project Budget - Developing Your Project Management Skills

This eBook describes the process of managing the project budget and its associated costs.

Will Cybercrime Kill Your Tech Projects?

Brad Egeland

Have you looked in your cyber mirror lately? We see reports and information about cybersecurity and cybercrime in the news and on social media repeatedly, but are we doing anything about it back home?

2020 110

Looks Like a Three Dog Night - Be Careful with Project Terminology

Brad Egeland

The radio is blasting, someone's knocking at the door. I'm looking at my project manager - he's passed out on the floor. I've seen so many things that I've never seen before. Don't know what it is - I don't wanna see no more.

2020 106

Everything You Wanted to Know About Project Management but Were Afraid to Ask

Brad Egeland

Are there a few things out there rattling around in your head that you can't quite wrap your brain around in terms of project management? It's ok, you don't have to look silly by asking any questions. it's all right here in one tidy article.

2020 99

4 Critical Cybersecurity Trends for Projects and Organizations

Brad Egeland

Project management doesn't really change that much. New project management software comes out from new or existing providers and the Project Management Institute (PMI) revises the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) every so often.

2020 95

Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

These FREE most popular templates will help you perform your role more efficiently.

10 Ways to Improve Your Project Today

Brad Egeland

Maybe all of your projects are going strong right now. But if you’re like me and you are overseeing 5-6 projects at a time and we know that there is a greater than 50% failure rate (to some degree) on technical projects, then it’s likely that at least one of your projects is struggling.

2020 95

5 Reasons Agile Might Not Work for You

Brad Egeland

Is Agile for everyone? Do you think it’s right or best for every project? Or does it have some best fit scenarios? Furthermore, is it right for every industry or for every organization or even for every project manager, business analyst and tech team?

2020 99

11 Industries Affected in Positive Ways by COVID-19

Brad Egeland

Microsoft Teams reported a new daily record of 2.7 billion meeting minutes in April, an increase of 200%. With Prada and Gucci tapping into face masks, the market is projected to rise 53% from 2020 to 2027.

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Delivering Quality Every Time to the Project Customer

Brad Egeland

Can we guarantee project success and quality every time out? No.unfortunately that would be pie-in-the-sky thinking. But we can certainly stick to best practices and logical choices and aim for that target every time out.

2020 99

Using Continuous Customer Testing for Pandemic-Proof Product Success

Speaker: Luke Freiler, CEO and co-founder of Centercode

After weathering recessions with a wide range of iconic customers, CEO and Product Manager Luke Freiler has seen first hand the impact the Voice of the Customer has had in making or breaking tech companies during hard times. He's going to walk you through an agile process for continuous customer testing that saves you time and gives you full confidence in your products — no matter how many you're sending out the door this year.

Lessons Learned Sessions - How Helpful are They?

Brad Egeland

Lessons learned. In theory, it sounds like a great tool for increasing project success going forward. You gather everyone together at the end of the project and discuss what was good, what was bad, and what could have or should have been done differently.

2020 95

5 Tips for Organizational Transformation Under the COVID-19 New Normal

Brad Egeland

While the recession caused by COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on businesses of all sizes and industries, some are finding new ways to run daily operations, reach customers, re-shape their business, and stay relevant.

2020 103

MindGenius Templates for Every Project Management Need

Brad Egeland

I’ve been part of organizations that allowed project managers to use whatever tools necessary to manage their projects.

2020 106

3 Keys to Resolving Communication Issues

Brad Egeland

Proper, effective and efficient communication on the project may be the single most important ingredient to project success.

2020 103

Social Collaborative Management: Harnessing the Power of the Many

Speaker: Peter Taylor, Speaker & Author of The Lazy Project Manager

Social Collaborative Management aims at delivering, at the enterprise level, a common goal for the business while harnessing the performance advantages of a collaborative community. This is a vital paradigm shift that many organisations are trying to understand right now - balancing traditional work and centralised leadership against the value of decentralised teams and trust. But the principles of harnessing collective power, collaboration, and community build an underlying ‘constant change’ capability that is critical in today’s new work environment.

How to Achieve the Perfect Project Kickoff

Brad Egeland

Perfect project kickoff. Wouldn't that be great? The best start. The best possible foot forward for the project you are about to lead. The best possible first impression that a project manager, project team, and project as a whole can get from a customer that it is their #1 priority to please.

2020 106

Team Management 101: Manage Team Conflict and Keep the Project on Track

Brad Egeland

Conflict management. It's a nasty two word phrase most managers would rather not deal with.

2020 99

Kanban 101

Brad Egeland

Do your project meetings start with questions like this: "So what are you working on right now?" What was it I should be doing next because I'm almost done with my current task?" "How How soon before 'x' happens?"

2020 125

How to Stay Safe from COVID-19 this Labor Day Weekend

Brad Egeland

​It's Labor Day weekend 2020 - what are your plans? Looking to enjoy the weekend and stay safe from the coronavirus at the same time? Read on.

2020 106

Collaborate Better with Your Customer-Facing Teams

Speaker: Hope Gurion, Product Leader Coach, Fearless Product LLC

Customer discovery is the lifeblood of product teams to identify the most important customer needs to solve next. Often it's the Product and UX members of the trio who take lead on facilitating this discovery. But what about other customer-facing teams in an organization? How do product teams best partner with these teams to understand customers’ unmet needs and decide which needs to address next?

4 Key Ingredients of a Viable PMO

Brad Egeland

Your organization has a project management office or is planning to create one. But is it truly viable?

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No One Wants to Share the Bad News

Brad Egeland

Everyone likes sharing good news, everyone likes to congratulate people on a job well done. It’s happy. It’s upbeat. No one is down, sad, hurt. Good news makes everyone’s day. Bad news…well…that’s the flip side.

2020 111

Why Plan

Brad Egeland

Why do we need to plan out our work? Isn’t it easier to just do what seems most important today, then move on to what seems to be the next most important task, and so on and so on? Raise your hand if you do this even when you are being organized and following a plan. I know I do.

How Much Should Project Managers Worry About Security?

Brad Egeland

This question begs to be answered. Especially in the wake of the recent breaches in digital security across just about every government agency.

2020 99

Leading Under Uncertainty

Speaker: Greg Coticchia, CEO & Founder of ENTRA

Organizations of all types and sizes are facing common challenges of how to deal with the uncertainty in our current professional and personal lives. How can you plan when you are uncertain of what's next? On a product level, how can you be sure of delivering the ‘right’ messaging, products, solutions, and services to customers? How do you survive to fight the fight another day? In this session, we will discuss important tips for you as a Product Manager dealing with uncertainty. At the same time, we will discuss another important aspect of dealing with uncertainty, and that is building trust, especially while many of us are working remotely or in new or different settings.

How to Successfully Create and Manage a Workable Project Budget

Brad Egeland

There is no question that project success is hard to achieve. More than 50% of all projects are usually considered failures by someone to some degree using some yardstick. Surveys generally put project failure rates between 46% and 57%. Not good. not encouraging.

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New PM? Contact Me for Guidance and Mentoring

Brad Egeland

Are you a new PM and need guidance or mentoring? Contact me or email me for 3 sessions of learning, discussion and Q&A. When emailing, please put "Mentoring sessions" in the subject line.

2020 95

4 Traits of the Successful Project Manager

Brad Egeland

I’ve pondered this topic several times before and I’ve come up with certain characteristics that I feel the project manager must possess in order to increase his chances at success.

2020 149

Four Cybersecurity Trends for Tech Projects and Organizations

Brad Egeland

Project management doesn't really change that much. ​ New project management software comes out from new or existing providers and the Project Management Institute (PMI) revises the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) every so often.

2020 142

Use Discovery and Delivery to Experiment Our Way to a New Normal

Speaker: Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant, Rothman Consulting Group

Many of us are accustomed to planning for either discovery or delivery. We know how to plan for where we want to be for a product (delivery). And, we know how to plan to discover a market (discovery). Right now in 2020, those plans might not be worth anything. The world is still in upheaval—and no one has a crystal ball to know when we should plan more in-depth. Instead of planning for either discovery or delivery, we can use experiments—for all our work. When we focus on experimentation, small bets, and short feedback loops, we can create the kinds of products our customers will love.