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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.

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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.

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How to Thrive as an Accidental Project Manager [Video interview]

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In this video I talk to Simon Harris about how to thrive as an accidental project manager.

2018 238

How To Create A Meeting Agenda That Actually Works [Infographic]

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Courtesy of: The Business Backer. Save time getting your meetings set up properly with this pack of project meetings templates. Download your pack here. The post How To Create A Meeting Agenda That Actually Works [Infographic] appeared first on Girl's Guide to Project Management.

2018 215

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?

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 349

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.

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 270

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 315

Managing The Project Budget - Developing Your Project Management Skills

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

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 248

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.

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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.

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An Introduction to Project Steering Groups

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A Project Steering Group is the oversight committee of a project. You might use the term Project Board or Governance Committee, or something else that means a similar thing. All projects should have one, but the make up of the group depends on your project.

2018 210

Get Your Projects Started With OnlinePMcourses Fast Start Program

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Get 30% off the Fast Start Program project management training, and accelerate your way to project management success! I’m delighted to be partnering with project management trainer extraordinaire Dr Mike Clayton from OnlinePMcourses to bring you a special offer on his Fast Start Program.

2018 234

Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

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

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.

2017 325

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 308

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 252

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 332

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.

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 355

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 256

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 415

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 295

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.

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 420

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 230

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 416

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.

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.

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 413

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 420

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 274

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 412

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 403

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 379

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 312

The Benefits of Agile Approach to Meetings

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Nobody wants to sit through a meeting and feel it was pointless, so why is up to half of the time attendees spend in meetings wasted? It demoralises your team and is unproductive.

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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.