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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.

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 242

10 GDPR Questions to Ask Before Starting a New Project

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GDPR is a once-in-a-generation update of our data protection regulations. And it has huge implications for people managing projects that store, capture or process personal data. GDPR projects abound at the moment; you might be involved in one yourself.

2018 168

How to Surface The Right Lessons Learned with CornerThought Software

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The world of project management knowledge sharing is changing. I’m delighted to be partnering with CornerThought lessons learned software for this article. It is hard to capture lessons learned in project management. Actually, it’s not. It’s very easy to capture lessons learned.

2018 152

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?

8 Free and Low Cost PM Resources

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Someone got in touch recently and asked for a copy of one of my premium templates for free. I said no politely (even though inside I was composing an email along the lines of ‘I bet no one asks you to work for free and doesn’t even say please!’ which of course I didn’t say).

2018 178

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 242

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 258

7 Productivity Tools for Teams That You’ve Never Heard Of

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This article, 7 Productivity Tools for Teams That You’ve Never Heard Of , first appeared on Girl's Guide to PM. I can’t be the only one who thinks that with better productivity tools for teams, we’d be more… productive.

2018 224

Managing The Project Budget - Developing Your Project Management Skills

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

7 Ethics Tips For Project Managers

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This article, 7 Ethics Tips For Project Managers , first appeared on Girl's Guide to Project Management. A project manager approached me recently with a problem. She knew that some of the data that was being submitted in internal reports was – frankly – made up.

2017 212

12 Days of a Project Manager’s Christmas

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This article, 12 Days of a Project Manager’s Christmas , first appeared on Girl's Guide to Project Management. 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.

2017 204

How to Delegate Tasks With More Confidence and Less Stress

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This article, How to Delegate Tasks With More Confidence and Less Stress , first appeared on Girl's Guide to Project Management. This is a guest article from Simon Harris from Logical Model. Simon Harris. Long ago I found being delegated to was often a confusing process.

2018 187

Using Quizzes In Project Communications

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I haven’t been compensated for this article, but I did receive a licence to test out Interact Quiz Builder. Getting people to respond to messages about your projects can be tough. It seems like people are busier than ever. My comms really have to stand out to get people to take action.

2018 155

Project Management Training to Help You Achieve Certification This Year

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This article, Project Management Training to Help You Achieve Certification This Year , first appeared on Girl's Guide to Project Management. Are you looking to do a project management training course or take a certificate course this year? You aren’t alone.

Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

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

15 Tested & Practical Tips from Women in Project Management

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This article, 15 Tested & Practical Tips from Women in Project Management , first appeared on Girl's Guide to Project Management. On International Women’s Day I wanted to share some tips from the fabulous women in project management whom I have interviewed on this blog. Looking back through the discussions we had, there is so much wisdom and what struck me was the total willingness to share.

2018 157

2018 Project Management Conferences You Won’t Want To Miss

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This article, 2018 Project Management Conferences You Won’t Want To Miss , first appeared on Girl's Guide to Project Management. Project management conferences are a fantastic way to meet new people and improve your skills.

2018 192

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 219

Inspiring Women in Project Management: Pam Shergill

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In this installation of the occasional series of Inspiring Women in Project Management, I’m interviewing Pam Shergill, Director of PS Management Consultancy.

2017 236

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 Communicate Effectively When You’ve Got No Time For Meetings

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This article, How To Communicate Effectively When You’ve Got No Time For Meetings , first appeared on Girl's Guide to PM. How can I manage my stakeholders when there isn’t enough time for meetings?” a project manager asked me recently.

2017 215

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!

2016 278

Teamdeck: Software Review [2018]

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General information. Name: Teamdeck. Vendor: Teamdeck. Hosting options: Web only. It doesn’t look like there is an app available. Languages: English. Cost: Free 14-day trial, then the Startup plan is free but limited to 6 members without basic resources (which are people who don’t need software access but you do want to be able to allocate them on resource calendars). Paid plans from a very reasonable $3.99 per user per month. Add those basic resources for another $1 per month.

2018 137

5 Reasons Why Capacity Planning Is The Secret to Successful Projects

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This article is sponsored by Resource Guru. Not that long ago, a project manager – who, for the purposes of this article has asked to remain anonymous – was planning out Phase 2 of her project. There was a lot of work to do for the project management team, which was just her.

2016 280

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.

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 282

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 277

3 Ways to Cope When Your Project Goes Off The Rails

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If I’m honest it has been a while since I’ve worked on a project that has gone totally off the rails. We’ve had little disasters here and there. Perhaps experience helps me frame and deal with these as not the end of the world but rather a problem to be got around.

2016 282

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.

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Selling Data and Decisions to your Team

Speaker: Cait Porte, SVP Product and Customer Experience, Zmags

Gathering support for a product feature or enhancement is a critical skill for Product Managers. Talking to customers, working with key stakeholders in the business and convincing development that a feature is necessary can be a daunting task. Join Product Management expert Cait Porte as she covers how to sell your ideas internally by leveraging data to drive decision making.

The Causes of Conflict On Project Teams

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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.

2016 273

What Should a New Project Manager Focus On?

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This is a guest article by Dr Mike Clayton, who is the well-known author and trainer behind Online PM Courses.*. It was about 17 years ago. I sat opposite the new project manager. What to tell her? The First Meeting. I remember sitting down with a new project manager over coffee.

2016 278

Project Management Training To Help You Achieve Certification in 2017

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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.

2017 256

Communications Tools: The Project Banner

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This article, Communications Tools: The Project Banner , first appeared on Girl's Guide to PM. If you’d asked me a month or so ago if I’d ever have used a roller banner for my project comms I would have said I didn’t have budget for that kind of thing. A project banner for the staff canteen?

Agile Metrics for Team and Product Progress

Speaker: Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant, Rothman Consulting Group

You’ve seen team metrics like velocity. Velocity is not an accurate measure of a team's progress towards "done." So what should you use instead? Join Johanna as she discusses the measures that are actually useful in understanding what your team does, where the work is, and how long the work really takes - and in addition, we’ll examine what it takes to explain the team’s progress to others in terms of the product backlog burnup chart, ways to talk about what’s done and not yet released, and how to show others working product.

7 Hidden Dangers Of Project Management (Why Even Well-Planned Projects Sometimes Fail)

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I’m pleased to be bringing you this post today, written by Maja Mrsic and sponsored by Active Collab. Despite your efforts to clearly define the scope, time and resources necessary to successfully complete the projects, things simply don’t always go according to plan.

Inspiring Women in Project Management: Erica Pepitone

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In the Inspiring Women in Project Management series, I normally interview people who have had a relatively long career already. But you don’t have to be hugely experienced to inspire others.

2016 271

Men, Women & the PMP [Infographic]

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Ever wondered if women are being disadvantaged at work? Yep, me too. Apparently, according to this infographic from Simplilearn, things aren’t so bad now in the promotion stakes although we’re still behind in pay.

2016 269

9 Project Communications You Should Have Sent This Year

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There’s a free comms template at the bottom of this post – scroll down!

2016 265

Connecting Analytics to Strategy - Keeping Your Corporate Objective In Sight

Speaker: Tom Evans, Senior Principal Consultant and Trainer, 280 Group

Data analytics has transformed the way many product managers approach product enhancements, creating strong demand for product managers with skills and expertise in defining and analyzing product metrics to make more valuable product decisions. But there is one essential element that is often left out of the conversation, and that is strategy. How does my product decisions support the overall strategy of the business, and am I tracking the right metrics based upon that strategy?