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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 271

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 369

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 291

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 353

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?

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 304

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 279

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 276

The Trouble with Methodologies and Why Frameworks are Better

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This is a guest post by Laura Copas and Steve Sewell at Change Troops. At Change Troops we’ve noticed projects, programmes and change initiatives becoming increasingly complex, and the biggest threat to their success is methodologies. Methodologies are everywhere.

2018 274

7 Ways To Stay Motivated & Productive During the Summer At Work

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Once the weather starts to change and temperatures start to heat up, project managers from all industries start to have something in common: it’s hard to stay motivated on your project when you’d rather be outside! I am not an ‘outside’ person.

2018 303

The Best Meeting Minutes Transcription Software: An Independent Test and Review

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My goodness, this article has been a mammoth job to put together. But I think you’ll be interested in the results of my tests.

Managing The Project Budget - Developing Your Project Management Skills

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

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 257

10 Practical Time Management Tips For When Everything is a Priority

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I’m pleased to be working with Resource Guru to bring you this article packed with our tried-and-tested time management tips for work. What is it with work these days? When are we going to be able to catch our breath?

2018 276

How To Make 2018 A Successful Year for Your Projects

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This article, How To Make 2018 A Successful Year for Your Projects , first appeared on Girl's Guide to Project Management. Would you like to make 2018 a successful year for your projects? I’m sure you do. But what does it take to get there?

2018 354

Women in Project Management: Koviljka Lukic

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Today I’m interviewing Koviljka Lukic CAPM®, a volunteer with the PMI Chapter in Serbia, mother, sales engineer and all round lovely person. Below, Koviljka shares what it’s like to study for project management exams with small children and how she’s finding a work/life balance that works for her.

2018 208

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 242

Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

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

Social Skills for Project Managers: Interview with Geoff Crane [Video]

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How do you gain influence with body language? What should you be aware of for managing stress in the workplace as a project manager? Geoff Crane and I discuss all that, plus better listening and manspreading! There’s a transcript below if you prefer to read more about our chat.

2018 275

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 253

Best Agile Books for Project Managers

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In this video I share my top picks for books on Agile, especially for those of you new to Agile or considering moving your organisation to Agile ways of working. These are my current favourite books on agile for project managers. Under the video you’ll see details of each of the books mentioned.

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3 Easy Ways To Make a Gantt Chart (Giveaway + Free Excel Template)

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If you manage projects, you will have come across a Gantt chart. Even if you don’t manage projects but are involved in project teams, or you manage Agile projects – Gantt charts are everywhere.

2018 241

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?

How Eric Got A PM Job (And How You Can Too)

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Luis Peluffo, a career coach who helps people get their dream project management job, shared this in our Facebook group. With his permission I wanted to pass it on here. I think it shows how project managers, and people who want to make a career in project management, have to be self-motivated.

2018 259

10 Things New Project Managers Should Know

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This article, 10 Things New Project Managers Should Know , first appeared on Girl's Guide to PM. It would be nice to think that every company has a formal mentoring scheme, and that you can tap into the experience of other project managers through this. However, that isn’t always the case.

2017 369

How to Become a Project Manager: 3 Ways to Get A Job

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The projects that you read about in the media are often high profile, with budgets in the multimillions or even billions.

2018 252

5 Ways To Use Visual Project Management

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This article, 5 Ways To Use Visual Project Management , first appeared on Girl's Guide to Project Management. Visual project management is simply using graphics, pictures, graphs and charts to display project information.

2017 349

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.

Project Management Trends (2018 Edition)

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This article, Project Management Trends (2018 Edition) , first appeared on Girl's Guide to Project Management. There are trends in all industries and professions. Project management is no different: we see trends come and go, or stay with us and develop over time.

2018 337

How To Start A Project As An Accidental Project Manager

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This article, How To Start A Project As An Accidental Project Manager , first appeared on Girl's Guide to PM. Help! I’m an accidental or new project manager. How do I get started? Simon Harris.

2017 381

5 Common Roadblocks on Projects (And What To Do About Them)

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Getting a project over the line and delivering what you set out to do – it’s a journey! Even experienced project managers will tell you that there are a number of project roadblocks that can stop them from doing their best work and completing initiatives on time and on budget.

2018 287

PMO Conference 2018: Video Diary

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On 13 June 2018 I went to the PMO Conference in London. It’s one of the few conferences that is specifically focused on PMO practices, process, tools and people. I don’t think of myself as really a PMO person so I wasn’t sure what I would get out of it.

2018 259

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.

How To Close A Project Effectively [Infographic]

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We tend to spend lots of time talking about project set up, having a fully-thought through business case, or all the stuff you have to do while the project work is being done. But there’s another area that is arguably as important, if not more so than those: how to close a project.

5 Ways To Engage Your Project Sponsor

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Project managers are often in a position where their boss is someone several levels above them in the hierarchy and they don’t spend a lot of time with their actual line manager. You guessed it: I’m talking about working for a project sponsor.

2018 287

10 Things I Love About Managing Projects

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This article, 10 Things I Love About Managing Projects , first appeared on Girl's Guide to Project Management. 10 Things I Love About Managing Projects. These are the best bits about managing projects!

2018 306

PMO Lifecycles: Interview with Bill Dow [Video]

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At the PMO Conference on 13 June 2018, Bill Dow gave a presentation about PMO maturity, reporting and building credibility as a PMO team through the use of the right metrics.

2018 241

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.

Is the Classic Triple Constraint in Project Management Still Relevant?

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This article, Is the Classic Triple Constraint in Project Management Still Relevant? first appeared on Girl's Guide to PM. This is a guest post by Michelle Symonds. Michelle Symonds.

2017 340

12 Days of a Project Manager’s Christmas

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Are you feeling festive? I am! I can’t wait until the Christmas break and I’ve already started on the mince pies and mulled wine. Here’s the traditional 12 Days of Christmas carol reimagined for project managers. Enjoy and please share!

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The 5 Skills You Need For Managing Complex Projects

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Sometimes projects can seem a bit overwhelming. I know – I’ve cried with frustration after a meeting where totally the wrong people put together an unachievable plan. Complexity adds to the overwhelm.

2016 416

11 Must-Have Gadgets for Project Managers

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This article contains affiliate links. I confess to being a bit of a gadget geek. I love my new Tether Tools kit for my iPad, and I’m no stranger to browsing the latest apps. It does take me a long time to make a decision on which one to get, though.

2016 409

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.