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The Ultimate Guide to Easy Dashboards for Projects

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How do you get a quick overview of what is happening on your project? When deadlines seem to be zooming past at a frightening rate, and this is only one of several projects you are juggling at the same time, it can feel like you don’t have a grip on what’s happening on your project.

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How to Manage a Construction Project

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Construction project management has similarities to managing projects in other industries: ultimately, you’re aiming to get something delivered on time, on budget and to the required scope with an acceptable degree of quality. The role of a construction project manager is to make that happen.

7 Tips for Easily Improving Project Risk Management with templates

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Risk management is a staple skill of project managers.

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How to Select Your Risk Responses

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This is a guest article by Harry Hall from projectriskcoach.com. Risk management is one of the core knowledge areas for project managers. Harry Hall. You’ve identified and assessed your project risks—both threats and opportunities. Now, you are planning your risk responses with your risk owners.

2019 370

Ask the "Right" Questions: Your Analytics-Guided Product Strategy

Speaker: Yoav Yechiam, Founder and Head Instructor, productMBA

Analytics are highly important for product managers - and yet, analytic implementations often fail to actually help us. It's not the technology, and it's not the tactics. In most cases, it's our approach that's misguiding us! Analytics are there to answer important product questions, not just to collect data. How can we be mindful of our analytics so they enable us, rather than confine us? Join Yoav Yechiam, Founder and head instructor at productMBA, as he explains best practices for a data-guided strategy that helps product managers get to the "why" of their biggest product goals.

10 Knowledge Areas of Project Management (PMBOK 6) With PPT & PDF

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This article reviews and explains the 10 project management Knowledge Areas from the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition. You can view a PowerPoint of the Knowledge Areas and grab a PDF download below. Knowledge Areas: Definition. What exactly are ‘Knowledge Areas’?

2019 384

15 Easy-to-Do Types of Professional Development

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You want to get some professional development time on your calendar. But the budget is tight. Your manager says there isn’t a lot of money to spend on career development activities. And frankly, you don’t have a lot of time to dedicate to it either.

2019 385

Can you use Slack for project management?

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The short answer is no. At least, not by itself. When used effectively, Slack is a powerful add-on to your project management toolkit. Slack is a collaboration tool for teams.

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7 Secrets to Successful Project Manager/Team Collaboration

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This is a guest post from Elisa Cepale. Elisa Cepale. As project managers, it’s important that we know how to best support our development teams (and vice versa), especially in Agile environments. At White October we continuously reflect on our process to refine the way we work.

2019 384

The Glass Cliff in Project Management

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Women working in project management have come a long way in shattering glass ceilings and revolutionizing the workforce. But there is always more work to be done. Once high-performing women in project management are introduced to the glass ceiling, they are likely to meet the glass cliff.

2019 305

What Is (and Isn’t) Product Management?

Speaker: Steve Johnson, VP of Products, Pragmatic Institute

Product Management is one of the most exciting - and most misunderstood - functions in technical organizations. Is it strategic or tactical? Is it a planning role or a support role? Many product professionals are unclear about what is (and isn't) product management. After all, product management spans many activities from business planning to market readiness. In this session, we’ll examine many product activities and artifacts for product strategy, planning, and growth, and introduce a simple tool that you can use in your organization to clarify the roles of product management and others. Steve Johnson explores the many roles of Product Management in this fun talk focused on why product managers should obsess on problems instead of solutions.

Managing Team Conflict and Strategies for Conflict Resolution

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Projects can be a hotbed of conflict. From the difficult stakeholder who wants to undermine the project’s success to a disagreement about a feature of a deliverable, project work lends itself to workplace conflict situations.

2019 274

Resource Management in Projects: The Ultimate Guide

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Projects are done by people. Whether that’s just you, or whether you have a team of many hundreds, a project team is how work gets done. Working with people is the main part of project management. You need to know how to get people on your team and get them to do the work at the right times.

2019 348

How To Present To Project Executives

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Today, I’m handing the blog over to Leigh Espy. In this piece, Leigh talks about how to tailor your presentations for C-suite level executives. As you grow in your project management career, you’ll be called upon to make various presentations. However not all presentations are the same.

How to Succeed as a Project Manager Webinar

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This webinar is based on my book, Project Manager. What it takes to be a successful project manager is more than understanding a management framework or methodology, or even being able to tailor it to your environment. In this presentation, I discuss how to be successful as a project manager.

2019 275

Innovation: Five Signs You Might Be Faking It

Every company wants to be a leader in innovation, but how can you tell if your company is really innovating or just going through the motions? See the 5 signs you might be faking innovation and what to do if you are.

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.

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Free Project Status Report Template

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If you are involved in any kind of project, you’ll know that project sponsors want to see regular reports. Today I’ve got something for you to make your life a bit easier!

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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.

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Lessons Learned in Project Management

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In my experience, most project managers feel that they could ‘do’ lessons learned better.

2019 267

Plan for Product Launch Success with Data and Analytics

Speaker: Piyanka Jain, President and CEO, Aryng

When you launch new feature (or an entirely new product), there are many questions that you'll need to answer. Is the feature being adopted? Do your customers like it, or does it need to be improved? Was the launch successful? Well, that all depends on how you define success. Join Piyanka Jain, President and CEO of Aryng, as she explains why - and how - you should use data and analytics to define and track a successful launch.

16 Pre-Project Questions for Project Initiation Meetings

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As I’ve got older and more experienced I’ve also got lazier when it comes to preparing for meetings. Recently I was completely caught out when I checked my diary in the morning. That afternoon I had four external people coming in for a meeting that I had forgotten about!

Project Leadership In Uncertain Environments with Carole Osterweil

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It seems like more and more of the projects we’re working on as project managers are tricky in non-conventional ways. The environment is shifting as we’re trying to do the work. Or the political situation changes. Suddenly what you thought you were delivering is actually not that after all.

2019 276

A Complete Guide to RACI/RASCI Charts

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Working out who does what on your project can be a challenge. A RACI chart is a project management tool that helps you do exactly that. At the end of this article there’s a link to download my free roles and responsibilities document template. Scroll to the bottom to get it.

2019 319

GamePlan Project Management Software Review [2019]

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This is a review of GamePlan software using Firefox browser and Safari on my iPad, in April 2019. General Information. Name: GamePlan. Vendor: GamePlan Global Solutions Inc. Hosting options: Cloud only. Languages: I didn’t see any options to change the software language.

2019 251

The Magic of Intent: Start Knowing The Goals of Your Users

Speaker: Terhi Hanninen, Senior Product Manager, Zalando, and Dr. Franziska Roth, Senior User Researcher, Zalando

It's important to know your users - what are their preferences, pain points, ultimate goals? With user research and usage data, you can get a great idea of how your users act. The tricky part is, very few users reliably act the same way every time they use your product. Join Terhi Hanninen, Senior Product Manager, and Dr. Franziska Roth, Senior User Researcher at Zalando, as they explain how they were able to reach a new level of user understanding - by taking their user research and segmenting their users by point-in-time intent. You'll leave with a strategy to change how your product team, and organization at large, understands your users.

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 322

From Technical to Exceptional Book Giveaway

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Recently I reviewed Andrew Zeitoun’s training course, From Technical to Exceptional. It is about transitioning from a technical expert to a team leader or project manager. I found his course very grounded in reality and I recommend you check out my review. Andrew Zeitoun.

2019 286

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 377

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 354

Meet Your Goals with a Practical Product Strategy

Speaker: Nils Davis, Principal, NPD Associates

Whether you manage a feature, a product, or a whole suite of products, you likely have some goals that you're trying to meet. But do you have a strategy? Strategy and goals are different. It's your strategy that allows you to make decisions that help you meet your goals in the first place. For example, if you want grow your revenue, your strategy may be to enter a new market - and you may decide to make your product stand out in that market by adding analytics. If you want to have an articulated strategy that you can use to make decisions, stay on-track, and meet your product goals, this is the webinar for you! Join Nils Davis, author of The Secret Product Manager Handbook, as he explains how you can get your team aligned to a practical product strategy.

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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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 337

Agile Teams: Roles & Structures That Work

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Agile project management is a way of managing work that delivers iterative, incremental benefit. It’s different to predictive project management — where you know what you are building and are planning how to get there — because when you work with Agile methods, you adapt as you go.

2019 275

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 302

Your 2-Part Metrics Audit for High-Value Products

Speaker: Sam McAfee, Product Development Consultant, Startup Patterns

You know what they say: what's measured improves. As product managers we're in a golden age of being able to get all sorts of metrics and run all sorts of experiments. But what are your measurements and analytics focused on? Are they really truly objective? Do they contribute to the ultimate vision of your product? And is everybody clear on that vision? Join Sam McAfee, Product Development Consultant, as he takes you through a two-part measurement audit. First, you'll learn how to make sure your measurements actually align with your product strategy. And second, you'll learn how to evaluate your culture of using measurements, so future experiments will more consistently provide high-value results.

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

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We’re approaching the summer holidays – yes, really! – and if your projects have run like mine this year, your carefully planned deadlines no longer coincide with the dates that you are going to be out of the office. I don’t like going away and leaving my work in someone else’s hands.

2019 225

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 295

Business Analyst & Project Manager Relationship: Collaborate for Success

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This is a guest post by Laura Brandenburg, describing how to get the best out of the project manager and business analyst relationship.

2018 368

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 359

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?