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How To Help Your Team Manage Project Risk

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A project manager’s job isn’t just about managing the work. You are also responsible for your team, and making sure they have the skills required to do their jobs. Part of a resource management plan is to build the skills of your team.

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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’?

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What we want from project management tools in 2020

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I don’t often wear a watch, but when I do it’s a very unassuming watch with real hands. Not a smart watch. I’ve been a little bit in awe at colleagues who get WhatsApp messages on the wrists. I’m not sure if I would want that, but I do love the simplicity of it.

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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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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?

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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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.

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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.

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How to hold a Brilliant Kick off Meeting

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What is a kick off meeting? A kick off meeting is the first meeting you have as a project team.

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2020 Project Management (Part 1)

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The video begins: Have you ever thought about how some people make doing project management look easy, and it seems like they know it all? People listen to them, people take them seriously, people recognise what they do, and they’ve got support from somewhere – their boss, their mentor, someone.

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Managing The Project Budget - Developing Your Project Management Skills

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

The Ultimate Guide to Getting People to Take Responsibility At Work

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Much of what we do today relies on other people – other people who don’t work for us. Whether it was as part of a project or another professional interaction, I’m sure you have met colleagues who aren’t taking responsibility at work for their tasks.

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How to Plan for Next Year

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In this short video, I talk about several things that are important to make sure 2020 gets off to a great start for you.

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 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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Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

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

How to create a project budget

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Creating a project budget involves: being able to identify all the items that are going to cost money building a complete picture of what you need to spend getting approval for that amount.

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Managing in Complex Project Environments

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How do you manage a project when it feels like walking through fog? When you don’t know what you don’t know, and the environment is shifting so much that it’s virtually impossible to keep track of all the moving parts? You focus on what you can control.

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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 Make 2019 A Successful Year for Your Projects

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Would you like to make 2019 a successful year for your projects? I’m sure you do. But what does it take to get there? I asked people two questions: What should people managing projects be aware of as we go into 2019 to make 2019 their most successful year ever?

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Walk a Mile in Your Customer's Shoes

Speaker: Steven Haines, Founder and CEO, Sequent Learning Networks

Product professionals use phrases like "voice of the customer," and "user experience" so often that it can be easy to lose sight of their actual meanings. How can we, as product professionals, learn to keep customers and users at the heart of our work? Join Steven Haines, globally recognized thought leader and author, as he guides us through a memorable journey demonstrating how you can walk a mile in their customer's shoes. He'll explore how, by developing true empathy for your users, you can ensure you're creating the features and products they actually want.

2020 Project Management (Part 4)

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Watch Part 1 here. Watch Part 2 here. Watch Part 3 here. Transcript.

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Project Delivery, Uncertainty and Neuroscience [Giveaway]

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I recently sat down and interviewed Carole Osterweil and now I am happy to announce that I have two copies of her book, Project Delivery, Uncertainty and Neuroscience: A Leader’s Guide to Walking in Fog, to giveaway! What is the book about?

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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.

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Focusing on What Matters #IPMDay19

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This year, the theme of International Project Management Day is ‘Focusing on What Matters.’. IPM Day is always the first Thursday in November. So, what matters in project management? Is it delivery? Risk management? Engaging stakeholders? Benefits? Leading the team?

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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.

BrainBOK Review: PMP and CAPM Training

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Name: BrainBOK. Cost and plans: There’s a free version to allow you to test out a limited number of features. The PMP® pack including all the practice exams and the important proof of your 35 contact hours for your PMP® application is $119.99. CAPM® plans are slightly cheaper.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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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Capacity Planning: The Secret to Successful Projects

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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. No problem, she thought.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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2020 Project Management (Part 2)

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Watch Part 1 here. The video begins: Hello, welcome back to video 2 of my training series, 2020 Project Management. My name is Elizabeth Harrin, founder of Project Management Rebels and the blog, A Girl’s Guide to Project Management, and I’m delighted to be back here with you.

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A Simple Framework for Complex User Goals

Speaker: Hannah Stegen, Customer Service Manager, Crescendo

How can you measure and affect your users' behavior if they're not doing something that's easily measurable? You can monitor usage, activation, retention, and more, but those metrics don't always align with every one of your goals for your users. Hope is not lost, however: with the right framework, you can still make sure your users are on track. Join Hannah Stegen (she/her), Customer Success Manager at Crescendo as she explains how you can monitor even the most complex user journeys by breaking them up into Attitude, Intention, and Behavior.