Moira Alexander

Business requirements: Tracing project deliverables to business goals

Moira Alexander

What are business requirements? Business requirements are a vital component of any IT project. Identified at the start of any project, business requirements describe all activities and characteristics of a project’s end product essential to meeting business goals.

2019 253

PMP certification: How to ace the Project Management Professional exam

Moira Alexander

Preparing for the Project Management Professional (PMP) exam can be challenging. According to the Project Management Institute (PMI) , project professionals spend on average more than 35 hours preparing for the PMP exam.

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.

2019 219

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.

Organizing for Customer Centricity

Speaker: Tatyana Mamut

Most companies today say they are “customer centric.” Yet many still make decisions primarily based on competitor threats, technical architecture, or executive opinions. So what sets apart those that talk the talk, and those that walk the walk? Join Nextdoor's Head of Product Tatyana Mamut, PhD as she outlines the 7 habits of truly customer-centric companies.

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 211

What is project portfolio management? Aligning projects to business goals

Moira Alexander

What is project portfolio management? Project portfolio management (PPM) is a strategic alignment process by which an organization’s projects are evaluated to identify the purpose, fit, and benefits as they relate to company goals. Projects can then be grouped into programs based on relevance and similarities. All programs and their respective projects should then fall under a portfolio strategy undertaken by the project management office (PMO) to meet overall company objectives.

2019 186

Asana vs. Mavenlink vs. Wrike: Project management platforms compared

Moira Alexander

When it comes to work management tools, organizations have a wealth of solid options to choose from — and Asana , Mavenlink , and Wrike top the list. Each offers features and usability suitable for almost any project management need. But the devil is in the details, and here we compare what each of these three platforms has to offer in an effort to help you find the best fit for your company. To read this article in full, please click here (Insider Story

2019 188

Mavenlink review: Intelligent service-based project management

Moira Alexander

Mavenlink is an online project management platform that offers a range of features aimed at project management, team collaboration, project accounting, and business intelligence within a single solution. To read this article in full, please click here (Insider Story

2018 187

Top 5 requirements management tools

Moira Alexander

Your team’s ability to navigate business requirements plays a pivotal role in project success. To provide stakeholders with the high-quality deliverables they expect, you must understand and manage their requirements. Here, requirements management tools can help your team accurately capture, prioritize, track, and report what key stakeholders require of your project. To read this article in full, please click here (Insider Story

2019 161

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.

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 202

Asana vs. Mavenlink vs. Wrike: Project management platforms compared

Moira Alexander

When it comes to work management tools, organizations have a wealth of solid options to choose from — and Asana , Mavenlink , and Wrike top the list. Each offers features and usability suitable for almost any project management need. But the devil is in the details, and here we compare what each of these three platforms has to offer in an effort to help you find the best fit for your company. To read this article in full, please click here (Insider Story

2019 160

CSM certification guide: Certified ScrumMaster exam explained

Moira Alexander

What is the CSM certification? Agile practices are being rapidly adopted in project and product management across many industries, and the Scrum master is an important leadership role in agile development. The Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) qualification, available through the Scrum Alliance, is an entry-level certification aimed at providing professionals with an awareness of the methodologies and values of Scrum, including team performance, accountability, and iterative progress.

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.

2016 285

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.

Project management: To debrief or not to debrief

Moira Alexander

Many project managers may view the end of a project as a perfect opportunity to debrief, while others are onto their next project with very little time dedicated to debriefing. Some swear by the debriefing process and others simply bypass it altogether.

2016 282

Agile project management: 16 tips for a smooth switch to agile

Moira Alexander

Shifting to agile project management can greatly increase your project’s prospects for success. The methodology, which makes use of short development cycles to provide continuous improvement in developing a product or service, is being used across many industries due to its highly collaborative and efficient processes.

2018 203

What is project management? 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.

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 197

Walk a Mile in Your Customer's Shoes

Speaker: Steven Haines

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. This phrase blur is dangerous, as it can pull our attention from what should be our real focus: our our customers' and users' needs. 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. You'll come away understanding: How being customer focused gives you a competitive advantage. Tactics for developing empathy for your users. How to encourage innovation through better customer understanding. September 11th, 2019 11:00AM PDT, 2:00PM EDT, 7:00PM BST

What is a project manager? The lead role for project success

Moira Alexander

What is a project manager? Project managers play the lead role in planning, executing, monitoring, controlling and closing projects. They are accountable for the entire project scope, project team, resources, and the success or failure of the project. If you are looking for a career in IT and wondering if a project manager position is right for you, IT Career Roadmap: IT project manager may be the best place to start. Also, consider if you have what it takes to be a great project manager.

2019 116

7 goals every project manager should aspire to achieve

Moira Alexander

You may think the chief responsibility of a project manager is to deliver projects on time and on budget, but you’d be wrong. As a high-level strategic body, project management professionals first and foremost help drive, guide and execute company-identified value-added goals. Project management offices (PMOs) are more likely to be well received by company executives and stakeholders as an indispensable strategic partner once they recognize their true strategic value.

2017 215

5 early warning signs of project failure

Moira Alexander

Project failure is costly. While the Project Management Institute (PMI) last year reported that a 20 percent decrease in project failure rates versus the previous year, the amount of money lost to failed projects remains staggering, with an average of $97 million for every $1 billion invested in projects going to waste.

2018 193

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 as a whole is complete. There are three key roles within Scrum: the Scrum master, product owner, and Scrum team members. What is a Scrum master?

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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.

How to get a failing project back on track

Moira Alexander

It can be a short path between project initiation and project failure. And while not every failing project is worth recovering , project managers who heed early warning signs of project failure can rescue a troubled project by tapping their valuable training and experience and executing the following. Tip 1: Recognize the signs of trouble. First and foremost, pay close attention for any signs that there may be a problem with your project.

2018 179

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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Project management: 7 steps to on-time, on-budget, goal-based delivery

Moira Alexander

According to Project Management Institute’s 2017 “ Pulse of the Profession ” global survey, organizations are wasting $97 million for every $1 billion invested due to poor project performance. Yes, that’s a 20 percent decline from the previous year’s survey, but the truth is, projects still fail at a staggering rate. What are the primary high-level reasons for project failures?

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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 197

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.

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 205

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 218

Project management salaries: Talent gap reveals long-term growth

Moira Alexander

Organizations are increasingly relying on project management professionals to implement strategic initiatives, drive change and deliver on innovation. And whole industries just now realizing the value of project management are expected to spur a boom in demand for project management skills in the coming decade, according to the a recent report from the Project Management Institute.

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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 219

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.

What is a project manager? The lead role for project success

Moira Alexander

What is a project manager? Project managers play the lead role in planning, executing, monitoring, controlling and closing projects. They are accountable for the entire project scope, project team, resources, and the success or failure of the project. If you are looking for a career in IT and wondering if a project manager position is right for you, IT Career Roadmap: IT project manager may be the best place to start. Also, consider if you have what it takes to be a great project manager.

2017 193

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 219

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.

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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 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?