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Challenging project leaders to lead confidently in uncertain times

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This is a guest post by Nadine Rochester, technical marketing director at Strategy Execution. Strategy Execution’s Top 10 Trends for 2019.

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9 Essential Project Documents (With Templates)

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I picked up a project from someone else not that long ago and I was three months into my management of it before I realised there wasn’t a project charter. There were lots of other documents that all had a degree of overlap with a charter, but not an actual charter.

2019 367

How to Improve User Adoption of SharePoint for Project Management

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I’m delighted to be working with BrightWork to bring you this article by Micheál Clesham. Read on to find out how to get your free SharePoint project management template. ‘A A good craftsman never blames his tools’ as the old saying goes.

2019 323

How to Go From Technical Expert to Leader

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Domenic was very smart, very precise and had a lot of success in his current organisation (as a chemical engineer). He was given the opportunity to act as a team lead, a role he very much wanted and where he felt he could make a difference. He took the role on and was frustrated.

2019 331

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?

How To Motivate Your Project Team

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Ruth Pearce knows everything there is to know about motivating your project team. She’s even written the book on it. I caught up with Ruth to find out more about how to motivate teams and why it’s something you should be actively doing. Ruth, let’s start at the beginning.

2019 288

2019 Project Management Conferences You Won’t Want to Miss

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Project management conferences are a fantastic way to meet new people and improve your skills. I always come away feeling energised about where I am in my career and relieved having met people with similar problems to me.

2019 389

Why You Should Schedule Around People, Not Tasks

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. Tzvi Zucker, Marketing Manager at Proggio. I’m pleased to be working with Proggio to bring you this thought-provoking article from Tzvi Zucker, Marketing Manager. The nature of the modern business environment is constantly evolving. Project management has wrought much change.

2018 378

6 Ways To Get Taken Seriously at Work

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When you’re the youngest person in the room, or in the minority in some way, or just new to your role and trying to make the best impression possible, sometimes it feels like you aren’t being taken seriously at work.

2018 352

What is a Programme in Project Management? 3 Types of Programme

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What is a programme in project management terms? Here’s a definition. A programme is a set of related projects and activities, managed in a coordinated fashion and under a structure that allows for the delivery of outcomes and benefits. And in the UK, we really do spell programme like that!

2018 394

Managing The Project Budget - Developing Your Project Management Skills

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

The Ultimate Guide to Project Dependencies and Constraints

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No project happens in a vacuum. Projects are constrained by and are dependent on the environment in which they are taking place – both the corporate environment and the wider environment outside the company.

2019 223

How To Make 2019 A Successful Year for Your Projects

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Would you like to make 2019 a successful year for your projects? I’m sure you do. But what does it take to get there? 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?

2019 295

How to Use An Action Log & Free Template

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My To Do list is massive. So I have developed an action log to control my tasks. I copy and paste actions from conference calls, team meetings and those chance conversations you have in the corridor into this. I can filter it by task owner when I am talking to someone and want to chase them up.

2019 233

Availability is Not a Skill Set! 5 Tips for Resource Allocation

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“Who is free to work on this task?”. That’s something all project managers will hear at some time or another. And it isn’t the best way to allocate work to your project team members.

2018 366

Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

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

The Must-Read Reading List for Project Communication and Collaboration

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. Project teams communicate and collaborate by default, don’t they? Erm, no. That certainly hasn’t been the case for all the teams I have worked on. Don’t assume your project team will know how (or even want to) communicate well and collaborate with each other.

2018 330

Why Projects Succeed or Fail

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Understanding project failure is the first step to putting it right. Let’s explore why businesses are so slow to learn the lessons of the past and what you can do to boost your chances of project success. Every researcher, management guru and project manager has their own view on why projects fail.

2018 343

RAID in Project Management

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Ever wondered what RAID is all about in project management? You’ll hear project managers talking about their RAID logs, or updating the RAID, but what does it all mean? In this article, we look at everything RAID.

2018 338

How To Lead Your Manager

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This is a guest post by Nick Nuss from VocationCultivation. Nick Nuss. You can’t tell from the picture, but he’s actually an Excel Wizard. There comes a time when you have to step up and lead your manager, or any senior manager in your organisation.

2018 347

Living With Technical Debt: Balancing Quality and Perfection

Speaker: Cliff Gilley, The Clever PM

As a Product Manager, you probably have to deal with technical debt. Regularly. Whether you like it or not - because it can’t be avoided. Unexpected details pop up, as small as UX that needs clean-up, and as big as a previously unforeseen flaw in the infrastructure of a project. We have to accept that nobody gets away without some technical debt. And of course, the longer you take to deal with your technical debt, the more difficult it becomes to address fully. Feeling frustrated? Fortunately, we can take a step back, gain clarity, and see how the decisions we make impact our technical debt. Then, we can make decisions about how we want to balance technical debt with other priorities. Are we willing to live with some level of technical debt in order to ship product and meet deadlines? Can we mitigate technical debt to get to an MVP faster?

Get a Free 2019 Career Planner

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Is it too early to be thinking about your professional goals for next year? I don’t think so.

2019 299

Ace the PMP Exam [Book Review]

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When I first wrote Collaboration Tools for Project Managers the publishers put ‘Elizabeth Harrin, PMP’ on the cover. I had to get that taken off – I’m not a PMP, although I feel very familiar with the PMBOK Guide ® concepts.

2018 317

What I’m Reading

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Here’s a look at what’s on my Kindle at the moment. These are the books that have been accompanying me on my commute recently. Book Review: Your Dreams, Your Team, Yourself. Your Dreams, Your Team, Yourself is subtitled: 25 Secrets to Help You Crush Your Starting Career.

2018 283

How to Be a Mentor

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It’s a great honour to be asked to mentor someone, and whether that arrangement comes about as a result of an informal discussion or a formal corporate scheme, you should take the commitment to be a mentor seriously. It’s also a good career opportunity for you – working with a more junior project manager can give you a different insight into project management topics and they are likely to have different experiences to share with you as well.

2019 221

The Business Opportunity of Embedded Analytics: New Findings from 500+ Application Teams

Speaker: Josh Martin, Director of Product Marketing, Logi Analytics

Embedded analytics has evolved from an afterthought to a necessity. But most companies don’t realize that the features they embed and how they develop have a lasting impact on revenue, customer churn, and competitive differentiation. The state of embedded analytics in 2018 is in flux. Learn from the experiences of 500+ application teams embedding analytics—including which features actually move the needle, how analytics benefits their companies, and what development approach yields the best results.

How To Make Time for Professional Development

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The best project managers invest time in professional development. It might not always be easy, but continually learning is one of the sure-fire ways of staying on top of the trends in project and programme management.

2018 323

17 Gifts for Managers

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This year I have rounded up a selection of presents that would make suitable gifts for managers, colleagues and project teams. There are also a few extra-special (i.e. too expensive for a Secret Santa) presents that you could either club together to buy for a colleague.

2018 286

Decision Making Tools for Group Decisions

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This is a guest article by author Edoardo Binda Zane. If you are a project manager, making tough calls and decisions is part of your everyday life. Usually, the more time you spend in this role, the more thick-skinned you become in making risky calls on your own. After all, directing the project is your job and your priority is delivering results within your deadlines.

2019 189

Best Books for New Project Managers

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Are you just starting out in project management? There are so many books out there. How do you know where to start? In this video I share 3 books that are fantastic reads for new project managers. Under the video you’ll see details for each of the books. The Project Management Book by Richard Newton.

2018 316

A Guide to Designing Delightful Dashboards

Speaker: Daniel O'Sullivan, Product Designer, nCino and Jeff Hudock, Senior Product Manager, nCino

We’ve all seen the increasing industry trend of artificial intelligence and big data analytics. In a world of information overload, it's more important than ever to have a dashboard that provides data that's not only interesting but actually relevant and timely. Dashboards assist decision makers facilitate new ideas and business opportunities, increase customer approval rates, and analyze current business process. All of these activities play a vital role in providing the superior experience your customers demand.

Why There’s No Such Thing as a Bad Decision

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Management – and project management – is a series of small (and sometimes big) decisions. At work recently I had cause to question one of my decisions. I had made a decision that affected other people (as most decisions do). I communicated the decision, replanned accordingly and updated my risk log. I documented the decision on my decision log template. Then I got some more information. It wasn’t information that fundamentally made my decision wrong.

2019 185

Introducing Project Management Rebels (Mentoring Done Differently)

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Have you ever thought about where your career is going as a project manager, or why some people seem to be on the fast-track while others struggle to advance their careers?

2018 290

Women in Project Management: Natalie Steck

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Today I’m interviewing Natalie Steck, President and CEO at software firm Viewpath. I don’t often get to talk to too many female CEOs so it was great to find out more about Natalie’s career to date and the thoughts she has about the future of project management software.

2018 307

5 Tips for Better Decision Making (With Process)

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We make hundreds of decisions on projects. Every day, we’re expected to take some action and that inevitably means making a decision about something. It might be something small like whether or not to call a meeting. Or it might be something substantive like whether to escalate an issue to your sponsor. Get a free decision log template to help you track the decisions you make. Decision Log Template Remind yourself of decisions with this easy template (Excel).

2019 184

Turning Metrics into Dollars: How to Turn Your Analytics Data into a Real Financial Model for your Startup

Speaker: Tristan Kromer, Lean Agile Coach, Kromatic

Some teams struggle to constantly optimize conversion rates without understanding the financial impact of those conversion rates. Sometimes that 0.1% increase isn't worth the engineering time we're spending! Early stage startups in particular may not need a four year business plan, but they need to start building out a model which will show how they can someday be profitable. At the very least, they need to be able to see the impact of a change in retention rates to their user growth.

How to Get Into Project Management: 5 PMs Share Their Stories

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There are lots of routes into project management, as I explored recently in an article on how to become a project manager. But reading about what you should do to break into project management isn’t the same as hearing real stories of people who took that leap and got that project management job.

2018 316

10 Reasons Why Teamwork Matters in Project Management

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This is a guest article by Melissa Lobo of Project Female. Teamwork: the act of bringing several individuals together in order to efficiently and effectively complete a project. Melissa Labo. Project managers know that cooperation boosts productivity and is beneficial in a team environment.

2018 303

Happy Holidays!

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It’s almost the end of the year, and we’re taking a break from blogging to do family things and enjoy the festivities. Thanks very much for your support, comments and encouragement over the past year!

2018 237

5 Steps To Complete a SIPOC Diagram

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Process mapping creates value as it helps people understand the business context of the work they are doing. One tool to do this is the SIPOC diagram. Get a free PowerPoint SIPOC diagram template.

2018 262

How Agile Approaches Change Project, Program, and Product Measures

Speaker: Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant, Rothman Consulting Group

Before agile approaches took the world by storm, we used Gantt charts and defects to measure project and program progress. We had trouble measuring product progress until just before release—often too late to change anything. Join Johanna as she discusses how agile approaches change what we measure, and possible measures you might use in projects, programs, and to assess the product as the team(s) build it.