Moira Alexander

SAFe certification: Launch your Scaled Agile Framework career

Moira Alexander

What is SAFe certification? Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) certifications are becoming valuable in larger organizations that are looking for efficient project delivery, ensuring reduced time-to-market, and developing ways to provide better stakeholder value.

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The top 7 change management tools

Moira Alexander

Over the past few years, change has accelerated in the workplace — especially during and in the post-COVID-19 environment. Change — whether motivated by technical initiatives or otherwise — can impact people and processes significantly, complicating how work gets done.

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5 ways diversity and inclusion help teams perform better

Moira Alexander

High-performing teams don’t just happen. They require keen recruitment, staffing, and training strategies — all of which should focus on creating a diverse and inclusive (D&I) culture.

2021 212

BrandPost: Adaptability: The key to effective change management during uncertainty

Moira Alexander

The COVID-19 pandemic taught every business one key lesson: The nature of work can quickly change, and it has, with no signs of slowing.

2021 165

Bridging the Online and Offline: How to Apply Product Thinking to Expanding Your eCommerce Business

Speaker: John Cutler, Product Evangelist and Coach at Amplitude

In a post-COVID world, online retailers are forced to reevaluate their position and address the challenge of adopting new customer experiences. Even brick and mortar businesses are integrating more digital approaches to CX -- testing out loyalty programs and subscription-based models. Join John Cutler, Product Evangelist and Coach at Amplitude, for this enlightening discussion on the current state of the ecommerce landscape.

The data-driven project manager: Using analytics to improve outcomes

Moira Alexander

With project failure rates remaining troublesome, many project managers are turning to data for help. Proper use of data can take the guesswork out of decision-making and provide tangible support project managers can use to guide their teams.

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Top 20 project management methodologies

Moira Alexander

With the right project management methodology, project management offices (PMOs) can assist their organizations in improving business outcomes — but this requires more than recognizing organizational priorities.

2021 206

8 goals every project manager should aspire to achieve

Moira Alexander

While a chief responsibility of a project manager is to deliver projects on time and on budget, that’s no longer enough — the pandemic of 2020 has left a lasting worldwide change. Global uncertainty has complicated life for project management offices (PMOs) worldwide.

2021 222

Agile vs. waterfall: Project methodologies compared

Moira Alexander

Choosing the right project management methodology for the job is the first step in project success. But knowing which methodology best fits your organization and the project at hand can be challenging — especially with so many project management methodologies to choose from.

2020 192

Stakeholder management: Your plan for influencing project outcomes

Moira Alexander

Stakeholder management is a key facet of project management — and one of high risks and high rewards. When key individuals and team members are informed and on task, your project runs smoothly.

Post-Pandemic eCommerce Growth: Leverage Product Data, Market Research & Shopping Trends

Speaker: Phil Irvine, VP & Director of Audience Intelligence

This session will dive into how organizations can still leverage historical customer and product data but need to also think about how to augment development of strategies with marketing research and other shopper signals to efficient drive e-Commerce growth. Join Phil Irvine, VP & Director of Audience Intelligence, for this in-depth discussion of the current e-commerce landscape. Whether concerned about data privacy and data management, or curious about how businesses can rethink approaches to designing shopping experiences, the answers are here.

Comparing agile project management frameworks

Moira Alexander

In my article " How to choose the right project management methodology ," I covered the key considerations and some of the assessment criteria when choosing a methodology. Now let's take a closer look at three popular agile frameworks and how they compare to make it easier to choose which to use for your next project. SCRUM LEAN KANBAN. Definition A predefined and recurring set of rules, roles and processes used to expedite the release of higher quality products.

2017 263

What’s difference between project management and change management?

Moira Alexander

Project management involves the use of people, processes and methodologies to plan, initiate, execute, monitor and close activities. It is designed to meet an organization's project goals, and hopefully overall strategic objectives. Change management, similar to project management, involves people, processes, and tools to effectively help organizations manage all the changes that occur, whether as a result of project initiatives, or other factors that might impact the business.

2016 191

What is SAFe? The Scaled Agile Framework explained

Moira Alexander

Larger organizations tend to move more slowly than smaller, more nimble competitors, and are more change-resistant. Much of this can be chalked up to the more deep-rooted cultural issues of being a larger incumbent, and to policy- and process-based barriers, as bureaucracy tends to flourish in broader corporate environments. Still, many larger organizations seek to capture the benefits of agile development, for which they may not be naturally suited.

2019 168

How to choose the right project management tools

Moira Alexander

The right tool for the right job goes the old adage, but knowing exactly what criteria you should consider and how to go about evaluating each of the project management (PM) tools at your disposal can be time-consuming and even frustrating. So we've taken some of the legwork out of it by offering some key considerations, broken down into three primary categories that should be included in your evaluation. We'll start with the business model, strategy and needs. Category 1: The business.

2016 181

From Planning to Results, How to Choose a Tool to Manage Marketing Projects

With increased channels, tools, and pressure to achieve goals, your work management platform must be able to: Manage complex projects within tight time frames, Harness data from all channels to make decisions in real time, Prove ROI to the broader business. Download the eBook today!

Agile project management: A beginner's guide

Moira Alexander

If you're new to project management and the agile methodology, the answers to these 10 questions will arm you with the information you need to get started. And if you're a project management veteran, these frequently asked agile questions are a good refresher. What is agile? Agile is a project management methodology that uses short development cycles called sprints to focus on continuous improvement in the development of a product or service. How long as agile been around?

2017 212

Are you ready for remote project management?

Moira Alexander

Managing projects is a demanding job, and it's more seem challenging when you add in the fact that you're doing it remotely. But it doesn't have to be. After identifying all the possible barriers to remote project management, as well as some of the possible solutions, your business should further analyze and document the readiness of your teams, processes and technologies. Here are some factors to include in the evaluation. The business model and infrastructure.

2016 183

How to choose the right project management methodology

Moira Alexander

In " How to pick a project management methodology (PMM) ," I covered the some of the most recognized methodologies, as well as a few high-level factors, that may impact selection decisions. These methodologies are repeatable, effective and efficient processes that help organizations streamline project activities.

2016 186

Project management guide: Tips, strategies, best practices

Moira Alexander

Managing any project can become a slippery slope when your organization doesn’t have a solid grasp of all the moving pieces. Project management can be a complex discipline to understand and navigate. After all, there are enough key phases, knowledge areas, and project management-specific terms to fill a glossary. To simplify the key components of successful project management, CIO has put together this guide to understanding project management — the phases, knowledge areas, tools and more.

2021 Dresner Advisory Services Business Intelligence Market Study

Every year Dresner reviews the state of the BI market as it stands today. This 12th annual report breaks down customer perceptions of BI and how well each vendor performs. See for yourself how all the major BI vendors stack up.

How to pick the best project management methodology for success

Moira Alexander

Choosing the right project management methodology for your team is the first step to success. But with so many different — and in some cases, overlapping — approaches to managing the complexities of any given project, how can you know which project management methodology is best? Project managers can assist their organizations in improving how they implement projects in the most effective and efficient way while reducing risks.

2018 179

How to use data analytics to improve project outcomes

Moira Alexander

Ted Friedman, vice president and analyst at Gartner , predicts the following three trends will drive fundamental changes in the use of data and analytics: Instead of just reflecting business performance, data analytics will become the driver of operations. Data and analytics will become infused in an organization's architecture from end to end, creating a holistic approach -- and this will include strategic project management in EPMOs (enterprise program management offices).

2017 188

15 essential project management tools

Moira Alexander

Top-level project managers are in high demand, thanks to the high-level leadership, knowledge and capabilities they bring to bear on vital business projects. But having the right set of tools is also essential to project management success. Project management tools and templates not only increase team productivity and effectiveness but also prepare the organization for changes brought about by high-impact projects.

2017 147

What is a Scrum master? A key role for project success

Moira Alexander

Scrum is a powerful framework for implementing agile processes in software development and other projects. This highly adopted framework utilizes short iterations of work, called sprints, and daily meetings, called scrums, to tackle discrete portions of a project in succession until the project is complete. There are three key roles within Scrum: Scrum master, product owner and Scrum team members. Scrum master defined.

2019 161

Insiders' Guide to Self-Service Analytics

Self-service analytics are vital for how your users interact and engage with your application. As you explore analytics solutions for your application, see why self-service analytics can prove critical to the adoption and stickiness of your application.

20 tips for supporting team mental health

Moira Alexander

Mental health is a critical component of every employee’s wellbeing and should be a top priority in all workplaces.

2021 285

What it takes to be a great project manager

Moira Alexander

Many challenges confront today's project managers -- new technologies, remote workforces and a global market to name a few. To take a project from inception to finish can be grueling and you've got to have great dedication and skills if you're going to be successful. But what sets apart good project managers (PMs) from the truly great ones? What does it take to go from being the manager of projects to a game-changing leader? Here are six skills the great PMs share.

2016 163

Free project management certifications

Moira Alexander

Founded by Harvard University and MIT in 2012, edX is one of the biggest MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) platforms available and offers many project management (PM) courses. You can take individual courses at no charge, and many of them can be accredited towards an edX credential. Here are just some of the PM courses available to students and professionals. These courses are free unless specified otherwise.

How to pick the best project management methodology for success

Moira Alexander

Choosing the right project management methodology for your team is the first step to success. But with so many different — and in some cases, overlapping — approaches to managing the complexities of any given project, how can you know which project management methodology is best? Project managers can assist their organizations in improving how they implement projects in the most effective and efficient way while reducing risks.

2017 183

Analytics Best Practices: 5 Key Dashboard Design Principles

Explore 5 key principles that exist to ensure you create a relevant dashboard that guides and simplifies the user experience, makes it as easy as possible to interpret what is presented no matter its complexity, and increases the adoption of BI.

How a project manager can smooth interdepartmental conflict

Moira Alexander

The causes of interdepartmental conflict are numerous, but how much can a PM do to resolve the issues? Let's take a look at some of the more common conflicts today's project managers might be forced to deal with and what, if any, actions they can take to improve the situation. Leadership conflict that trickles down. If interdepartmental conflict is rooted at the top of an organization, it's virtually impossible for a project manager to help undo this.

2016 182

How to connect business strategy with project management

Moira Alexander

To align business goals with project management (PM), leaders from the enterprise project management office (EMPO) or project management office (PMO) need to be involved in strategic planning sessions alongside senior-level management. The foundation for overall business success and project initiatives starts here, making it imperative for executive sponsors to be in sync with project leadership out of the gate.

2017 139

10 project management myths to avoid

Moira Alexander

Every industry, profession and company develops and operates with rules and guidelines. Alongside these, myths emerge, and the project management profession is no different. Here are the 10 most commonly held project management myths. Recognizing these project management myths and working to overcome the challenges they can create is vital in ensuring that projects are planned, executed, and completed based on best practices instead of misconceptions. Everything within a project is fixable.

2018 146

The 7 best project management mobile apps

Moira Alexander

Project managers’ impressive capabilities can be significantly bolstered with top-notch project management tools. Within today’s realm of project management responsibilities and demands, mobility is no longer a “nice-to-have” option — it’s a necessity. With that in mind, we’ve waded through the sea of project management solutions to short-list the top picks for mobile devices, taking that daunting task off your hands.

2017 151

Why Operational Reporting is Still Critical in Modern BI

In a world full of new features, traditional reporting is still a critical requirement for businesses. Read further to understand the reasons behind its lasting relevance and why it should continue to be an integral part of modern analytics solutions.

What is gap analysis? Uncovering the missing links to successful performance

Moira Alexander

Gap analysis definition. Gap analysis is a method of comparing the actual level of performance versus the desired level of performance for a business process, project, strategy or IT solution. Gap analysis, sometimes referred to as “needs analysis” or “needs assessment,” is an important tool for determining business requirements and assessing whether business requirements are being met.

2019 117

Project management: 5 tips for managing your project budget

Moira Alexander

Budget overruns are a litmus test for project success or failure. Few companies have an unlimited budget, so the first thing project stakeholders look to in determining whether their project was a great success or a colossal failure is the bottom line. This fact fuels the pressure project leaders and their teams face with each passing day. As such, effective budget management is a primary area of focus for project managers who value their careers.

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5 secrets to creating the best project management resume

Moira Alexander

Your resume is an extension of you professionally, and to some extent personally, and because you only have one chance to create that best first impression on paper, make sure it counts in a big way. Before you actually get an interview, an employer has to value your resume enough to want to pick up the phone. Here are a few secrets to the making of an eye-catching project management resume that will get employers calling. 1: First pass the visual test.

2016 181

Agile project management: A comprehensive guide

Moira Alexander

What is agile? Agile is a project management methodology that uses short development cycles called “sprints” to focus on continuous improvement in the development of a product or service. Although incremental software development methods go as far back as 1957, agile was first discussed in depth in the 1970s by William Royce who published a paper on the development of large software systems.

2018 146

What is Data Storytelling? The Value of Context and Narrative

This beginner’s guide explains what data storytelling means for your company’s business intelligence and data analytics, the importance of leveraging it today, and how Yellowfin’s own set of storytelling tools can enrich your insight reporting efforts.