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10 Places to Get Free Project Management Templates

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You’ve got responsibility for a project. And yet… somehow the organisation doesn’t have the documentation you need to get it started, keep it on track and close it down successfully. So you turn to the internet to find the paperwork you need. Let me make it easier for you.

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Backlog Review (Nulab – 2019)

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Backlog (from Nulab) is a project management tool for prioritising and tracking work. This is a review of the product using my laptop and Chrome browser, and my iPad with Safari, in June 2019. General Information. Name: Backlog. Vendor: Nulab.

2019 379

How to Track Percent Complete

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When you are trying to calculate percentage complete in a Gantt chart, you need to take into account various different figures, and get lots of information from other people. Or do you? There are simple ways to track percent complete on your project, so you know what to input into your software.

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How to Use the SCARF Framework to Manage Change on Projects

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In a recent interview we asked Carole Osterweil, author of Project Delivery, Uncertainty and Neuroscience – A Leader’s Guide to Walking in Fog for her top tip for working in a VUCA environment. VUCA environments are v olatile, u ncertain, c omplex and a mbiguous. Carole Osterweil.

2019 373

How To Take Action on Customer Discovery

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

We all want to build successful products - and that means satisfied customers. Before anything else, you must understand what problems you can solve. The best way to do that is to get out of the building and start asking questions. But how can you make the most of those conversations, and ensure that you walk away with productive insights? Join Nick Noreña, educator, entrepreneur, and currently Innovation Coach and Advisor at Kromatic, as he covers how we can effectively action our findings from customer discovery conversations.

3 Mistakes Managers Make

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It’s human to make mistakes. And we spend so much time at work that it’s normal to make a few mistakes as part of the job. However, no one wants to be making mistakes. In this article I’m looking at three small-yet-mighty mistakes you might be making every day at work.

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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.

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Best Leadership Books for Project Managers

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What are the best leadership books for project managers? Well, ask 10 leaders and you’ll probably get 10 different lists. Here’s mine! These are books I have read over the years that I turn to time and time again for inspiration and because I know the strategies in them work.

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.

2019 344

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.

Build Product Progress with a Strong Data Culture

Speaker: Nima Gardideh, CTO, Pearmill

Have you ever thought your product's progress was headed in one direction, and been shocked to see a different story reflected in big picture KPIs like revenue? It can be confusing when customer feedback or metrics like registration or retention are painting a different picture. No matter how sophisticated your analytics are, if you're asking the wrong questions - or looking at the wrong metrics - you're going to have trouble getting answers that can help you. Join Nima Gardideh, CTO of Pearmill, as he demonstrates how to build a strong data culture within your team, so everyone understands which metrics they should actually focus on - and why. Then, he'll explain how you can use your analytics to regularly review progress and successes. Finally, he'll discuss what you should keep in mind when instrumenting your analytics.

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 387

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 394

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 388

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 320

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.

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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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

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 349

Project Management Prepcast Review [2019]

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Social media has been awash with info on the changes to the PMP exam that take effect in December. The CAPM exam changes in September. And my inbox has been full of people asking what they should do. My advice is if you know you want to do the PMP or CAPM exams, do it now before the changes come in.

2019 222

Make an Impact with Analytics and Journey Maps

Speaker: Kirui K. K., Co-founder and CEO of Tanasuk Africa

If you want to offer a better user experience, it can be tempting to track each and every data point in your product. However, this can quickly get complicated and overwhelming as you collect more and more data. How do you know which metrics will help you improve? Kirui K. K., Co-founder & CEO Tanasuk Africa, wants you to know that analytics don't have to be complicated to make an impact - no matter the size of your company. Join him as he explains how to create a customer journey map, then use that map to figure out the metrics you need to know - and how to use them.

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.

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.

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 379

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!

2019 322

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.

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 326

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!

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 276

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.

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Your Post-Launch Toolkit for Understanding Your Users

Speaker: Brittney Gwynn, former Director of Product, Simple Health

If you've ever launched an MVP, you know that the journey has only just begun. How do you figure out what to do next? You know that you need to look at how different user segments react, but how do you quickly distinguish signal from noise so you can iterate and improve? Join Brittney Gwynn, former Director of Product at Simple Health, as she explains how you can use early customer feedback, usage data, and continuous experimentation to optimize your journey to product-market fit. Whether you're at a brand-new company, or looking to innovate within a more mature organization, or anywhere in between, you'll come away with a new skill set, ready to make the most of your launches.

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 379

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 323

Lessons Learned in Project Management

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

2019 269

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 264

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.

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.

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

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.

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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 377

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?