Girl's Guide to PM

What’s The Future of Project Management? (2020)

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What is the future of project management? Let’s look ahead and see what the next 10 years will bring for project management software, jobs, and the role itself. Does Project Management Have a Future?

2020 385

How to Manage Project Scope Without Scope Creep (with examples)

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Most projects don’t deliver their original scope: 54% of projects fail to deliver the agreed-upon functionality. One of the reasons for that is scope creep – and that’s what this article is all about. What is scope creep?

2020 323

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Thank you 2020

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As 2020 comes to a close, I would like to take a moment and reflect on the year and thank everyone that has made a Girl’s Guide to Project Management a success this year. It is always one of my favorite parts of the year.

2020 285

Office Timeline Review: The Pro Timeline Maker [2020]

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Do you need a timeline maker for project communications or to create executive briefings? In this review of Office Timeline Pro, I’ll share the pros and cons of the PowerPoint plugin. Summary. Product: Office Timeline. Pricing: A one-year licence for the Pro version costs $99.

2020 346

Are Your Embedded Analytics DevOps-Friendly?

Does your analytics solution work with your current tech stack and DevOps practices? If not, any update to the analytics could increase deployment complexity and become difficult to maintain. Learn the 5 elements of a DevOps-friendly embedded analytics solution.

How I Do It: Stakeholder Communication

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Communication is about 80% of my job. I don’t profess to get it right all the time, but over the years I’ve built up a few solid techniques that work in most situations. Today I’m letting you in on how I do it.

2020 306

What is Visual Project Management?

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Today I’m interviewing Mark Woeppel, author of Visual Project Management. But what is visual project management? I caught up with Mark so that he could explain that interesting title and talk more about the book. Mark, what is visual project management?

2020 286

How to earn PDUs fast in 2020

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Is your re-certification cycle coming to an end for your PMI certificate? Do you need to quickly get your PDU total up to the minimum so you can stay certified? You’re in the right place! Read on for tips for how to earn PDUs fast.

2020 285

Unito App Review: The Sync Solution for Your Systems [2020]

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Are you struggling with teams that use lots of different tools? Are some of your stakeholders into Asana and others need Jira to work? In this review of Unito, I’ll share the pros and cons of this automated sync tool that is the answer to all your too-many-tools problems. Summary. Product: Unito.

2020 306

A shopping guide for a project management Christmas

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How are you doing with your Christmas shopping? If your Christmas project planning has gone a bit awry and you still have gifts to buy, here is my list of what to get the project managers in your life. Or you could suggest that people buy these things for you!

2020 280

How Embedding AI-Powered Analytics Can Give You a Competitive Advantage

Embedding dashboards and reports aren’t enough. Futureproof your application by offering instant, actionable insights that will give you and your customers a competitive advantage.

What is a Program Manager?

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First we should start with a definition of program management. What is a program?

2020 285

How To Ask To Work Remotely

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During 2020, many of us didn’t have to ask to work remotely. It just happened. However, now that there are calls for office workers to hit their desks again, we have to consider if that’s the life we want.

2020 314

How to Manage Fixed Date Projects

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What is a fixed date project? A fixed date project is one that has a defined — and often unmovable — end date for delivery. Hitting the date is compulsory, which means we can’t plan the project as we would normally do using best practice scheduling techniques.

2020 274

Parabol: Improve your retrospectives

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Are you looking for a tool to run retrospective meetings? In this Parabol review, I’ll share the pros and cons of the popular tool – it could be the right product for your agile team. Summary. Product: Parabol. Cost and plans: Free plan for up to 2 teams. Hosting model: Cloud and on-premise.

2020 369

6 Steps to Improving Your Application’s Analytics Experience

No one designs bad dashboards and reports on purpose. So why do so many applications have terrible analytics experiences? Download this ebook for secrets to creating dashboards and reports your users will love.

What To Do When Your Team Doesn’t Believe The Project Schedule

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This is an extract from Project Pain Reliever. I contributed this chapter (and another one) to the book. This one is about ensuring everyone buys into the project schedule. The One-Man Plan: A Story. Hans had spent a lot of time working on his project schedule.

2020 326

What is Stakeholder-led Project Management?

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“I am convinced that stakeholders must always impact upon the way we manage our projects,” writes Louise M. Worsley in Stakeholder-led Project Management: Changing the Way We Manage Projects. “I I hope I can convince you.”. I’m probably the ideal audience for this book: I don’t need convincing.

2020 341

5 Ways to boost your team’s creativity

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Creativity is the cornerstone of innovation. Thinking creatively is what takes your work from average to outstanding. Creativity fixes problems. It looks out for risks. It delivers better products and services, supporting the creation of better solutions for customers and businesses.

2020 316

Seven Stupid Mistakes Managers Make (and What to Do Instead)

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Darryl Rosen. This is a guest post on stupid management mistakes by Darryl Rosen, author of Table for Three? Bringing Your Smart Phone to Lunch and 50 Dumb Mistakes Smart Managers Don’t Make! You’re a manager and you glance down at an incoming text while an employee is talking to you.

2020 325

How to Choose the Best Embedded Analytics Solution to Modernize Your Application

If you are looking to modernize your application to improve competitiveness, then one of the quickest wins you can have is to embed sophisticated analytics that will wow your existing and prospective customers.

5 Types of Project Meetings

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In Collaboration Explained: Facilitation Skills for Software Project Leaders there’s a whole section on different types of meetings, what they are for and how they work. I read it and thought, ‘Everyone knows how to run a meeting, surely?’

2020 335

How to Earn Leadership PDUs for PMP Renewal in 2020

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If you are like many Project Management Professional ( PMP )® certification holders, you might be finding it hard to source enough quality learning materials for your Leadership PDUs. Panic no more, I have all the details you need below.

2020 245

The Project Management Coaching Workbook (Book review)

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The Project Management Coaching Workbook by Susanne Madsen is a book about how to operate with a coaching leadership style in a project environment.

2020 280

15 Awesome Tools I Use To Manage My Projects

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Project management software tools are essential to manage projects efficiently. But they aren’t the answer to everything. In this article I’ll share my top 15 project management tools that I use for managing multiple projects. Most of what I use isn’t software-driven. In other words, even if you have no enterprise project management systems at work, you’ll still be able to put these tools to good use. A Project Action Log.

2020 265

4 Approaches to Data Analytics for Your Application

Selecting the right solution for your embedded analytics is crucial to the success of your application. But with so many solutions and vendors, how do you make this critical selection? Learn about the different approaches to analytics and the pros and cons for each.

9 Project Communications You Should Have Sent This Year

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I remember that a few weeks after I started back at work after maternity leave, one of my long-time stakeholders sent a message to someone pretty high up in the business saying ‘project communication was so much better when Elizabeth was around’.

2020 258

12 Ways to Create A Positive Work Culture

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Anna Erdmanska, PMP. This is a guest post by Anna Erdmanska, PMP. Do you love your job? I assume yes – if you are reading this blog about doing work, you probably are committed to doing your job to the best possible level and that’s because you enjoy it.

2020 306

NLP for Project Managers

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Peter speaking at the APM Rethinking Leadership conference. This is a guest post by Peter Parkes, author of NLP for Project Managers. I recently found myself walking away from a project and used an NLP technique to help identify the root cause of my decision.

2020 305

Saviom Review: Enterprise Resource Management Software [2020]

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Are you looking for a robust workforce planning, resource management and portfolio management tool? In this review of Saviom, I’ll share the pros and cons of this tool. Summary. Product: Saviom.

2020 280

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?

15 Easy Ways to Earn PDUs in 2020

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Do you need to earn PDUs to maintain your PMI certification? You’re in the right place! In this article we’ll cover what you need to know about the different categories of PDUs and how many you need to get, plus some simple and free ways to earn PDUs in 2020.

2020 249

The Death of Project Management

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Bryan Barrow. This is a guest post by Bryan Barrow. After several years we seem, at last, to be over our fixation with zombies. Again. It’s not the first time and it won’t be the last time that the zombie movie genre comes around, each time bringing a new generation into its cold, dead clutches.

2020 249

Overcoming bias in project management

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This is a guest post by Roland Hoffmann. Are you biased as a project manager? You might be surprised! In this article we’ll talk about the different types of bias in project management. Roland Hoffman. A project manager is the linchpin of a successful project. Her leadership and guidance is of paramount importance during planning and execution.

2020 259

Managing Up: How to Manage Your Boss

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One of the questions I’m often asked is: “How do I get taken seriously at work?” ” And over my career I have asked myself that question as well.

2020 278

The Rise of Embedded Self-Service Analytics

Speaker: Chris Von Simson & Nat Venkataraman

Can your users get the data and analytics they need without leaving your application? Watch this webinar with Chris von Simson of Dresner Advisory Services as he shares why user enablement has emerged as the theme in today’s embedded analytics landscape.

Project Management Trends [2020]

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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. Recently I’ve been reflecting on what the shifts are and where that is taking us as project managers. I’ve done a lot of reading and research, and honestly, most of what people are predicting is a gentle evolution. It might happen at pace, and it might feel uncomfortable some of the time, but it’s not truly a sea change in how we run projects.

2020 234

10 Career-Limiting Mistakes To Avoid

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I write a lot about how to be better at your job, how to excel at interview , how to improve your skills and so on, and I interview a lot of experts who talk about those kinds of things. Today I want to talk about the opposite: what you should avoid doing at work. I’ve seen project managers and other colleagues crash and burn. It’s not nice to watch, and I hope it doesn’t happen to you. Here are 10 career-limiting mistakes to avoid at work. Not being truthful.

2020 249

4 Steps for More Effective Meetings

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We all know the problem: We spend far too much time in stuffy conference rooms, discussing problems, listening to people’s opinions, brainstorming products and strategies.

2020 291

How to Deal with Challenging Situations Involving Stakeholders

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This is a guest article by Christine Unterhitzenberger. Most project managers will have experienced a situation where they have found a stakeholder to be really difficult. This often causes stress and it’s challenging for project managers to find ways to deal with it. A recent study by Dr Clara Cheung and colleagues found that project managers experience particularly high stress levels in regard to their working relationships.

2020 281

Managing The Project Budget - Developing Your Project Management Skills

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