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How to Improve Problem Solving with Lessons Learned

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This is a guest article by Elizabeth Harrin from GirlsGuideToPM.com. So you’ve got a problem. It’s on the issue log. You’ve pulled together the key subject matter experts who can help get the project over this hurdle. But how do you come up with the answer?

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Simple Guide to Business Process Mapping – a Valuable Skill All Project Managers Need

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If you’ve been asked to complete a business process map it may feel overwhelming. You may have an idea of what that is, but you want to be sure you do it right. It’s not intuitive at first, but once you learn how, it’s much easier than you think.

2019 208

7 Problem-Solving Steps to Conquer Even the Toughest Problems

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These 7 awesome problem-solving steps can help you solve difficult problems, identify opportunities, grow your leadership skills, and take your career up several notches. When you see peers in your organization handling big problems, are you ever amazed at how they do it?

2019 186

25 Amazing Quotes to Inspire You During Tough Times

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I’ve been writing a lot lately about problem-solving skills. These are great ways to grow your skill set, and a perfect skill to make you more valuable in the workplace. Problems are going to arise no matter where you are in your career.

2019 167

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?

Use an Affinity Diagram to Easily Organize Ideas and Information

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An Affinity Diagram is a tool that helps you group or organize large amounts of information based on theme or relationship. Imagine you’ve just led a fantastic brainstorming session with your team. You’ve had great participation from all attendees.

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9 Reasons Why Problem Solving Skills are Critical for Your Career

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When considering your career, you’re likely looking for a way to set yourself apart from everyone else at work. You may be looking for ways to grow in your career. And you’re possibly wondering what skills will be most beneficial.

2019 177

20 Easy-to-Use Assertive Communication Skills for Confidence and Respect

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Photo credit @hengfilms. In your workplace, you communicate regularly with many people: stakeholders, customers, and other team members. You’ll encounter demands and excuses and deadlines. Schedules can be demanding, and workloads can be stressful.

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5 Whys Root Cause Analysis: a Problem-Solving Tool to Get to the Root of the Problem

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The 5 Whys root cause analysis tool helps you quickly get past surface assumptions. It helps you dig deeper so you can solve the root cause of the problem. . What is the 5 Whys Root Cause Tool? The 5 Whys is a simple tool used to help you understand what’s really causing a problem.

2018 199

How to Run a Successful Brainstorming Session for Productive Problem-Solving

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Brainstorming is an approach that teams can use to generate many ideas quickly. The goal is to inspire more creative thoughts to generate many ideas quickly and often build from there.

2018 186

Managing The Project Budget - Developing Your Project Management Skills

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

How to Use the Ishikawa Fishbone Diagram as an Awesome Problem-Solving Tool

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An easy explanation of how to use this powerful problem-solving tool with a simple fishbone diagram example. Have you ever been faced with a problem you didn’t know how to address? It seemed that there were many contributing factors and you didn’t know where to start?

2018 199

5 Ways to Instantly Build Rapport for Increased Trust and Improved Relationships

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The ability to build rapport with others is often seen as a mysterious skill to those who don’t have it. Many people have a hard time connecting with and building relationships easily with others. They’re often frustrated that communication isn’t as easy as they’d like it to be.

2018 218

When and How to Say No to a Project

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You may feel like you don’t have the right to say “no” when your boss asks you to do something. But sometimes it can feel overwhelming or stressful, depending on the request. You want to be seen as a team player. You want to be a reliable employee and admired by both your boss and your peers.

2018 193

What Can a Project Manager Do Next? The Project Manager Career Ladder

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Have you ever wondered what career path could be next on the project manager career ladder? There are many possible options where you can apply the valuable skills you’ve honed as a project manager. I previously wrote about the different career paths that can lead to project management.

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Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

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

9 Great Reasons to Choose a Project Management Career

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You may be wondering if a project management career is a right choice for you. You’ve likely heard a good bit about it – it’s getting more attention in recent years. But maybe you’re not quite sure if it would be a good fit.

2018 213

3 Easy Agile Practices Your Team Can Start Today

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Photo credit rawpixel.com. You’ve heard your friends sing the praises of Agile. Your project manager buddies are becoming scrum masters. You hear how great it is. All the cool kids are doing it and you’re a bit jealous. You’re feeling left out. You want to see what all the fuss is about.

2017 264

How to Create a SIPOC Model for Process Creation or Improvement [SIPOC Template Download]

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If you have a project that involves any type of process improvement, a SIPOC Model is a great tool to get your team started. And you don’t need to have six sigma training to use this simple tool.

How to Build Rapport with Remote Team Members

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Building trust with your team is critical. And taking time to build rapport with remote team members is just as important as building strong relationships with those in the office.

2018 193

Living With Technical Debt: Balancing Quality and Perfection

Speaker: Cliff Gilley, The Clever PM

As a Product Manager, you probably have to deal with technical debt. Regularly. Whether you like it or not - because it can’t be avoided. Unexpected details pop up, as small as UX that needs clean-up, and as big as a previously unforeseen flaw in the infrastructure of a project. We have to accept that nobody gets away without some technical debt. And of course, the longer you take to deal with your technical debt, the more difficult it becomes to address fully. Feeling frustrated? Fortunately, we can take a step back, gain clarity, and see how the decisions we make impact our technical debt. Then, we can make decisions about how we want to balance technical debt with other priorities. Are we willing to live with some level of technical debt in order to ship product and meet deadlines? Can we mitigate technical debt to get to an MVP faster?

9 Best Practices for Your Daily Scrum Meeting

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When my team first started holding a daily scrum meeting, it honestly felt awkward. I was accustomed to meetings with in-depth communication. So at first, the act of the team standing around giving brief answers felt stilted and strange to us – or maybe it was just me.

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5 Styles of Effective Listening That Will Make You Smarter

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Photo by Ben White on Unsplash. You may think knowing styles of effective listening won’t mean much or matter to you. But think about this… When someone is talking to you, do you find yourself thinking of what you’re going to say next rather than really listening?

2017 234

The Value of Project Management in the Ministry: How Pastor Terrell Monger Uses Project Management in his Church

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When you think of using project management skills, there are some industries that come to mind first. Technology, construction, healthcare, financial services, and law are some of the top industries hiring project managers right now, according to this article.

2017 238

Project Managers Change the World

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It’s not only visionaries and dreamers who change the world. It takes more than just an idea to make a change. The idea must be put into motion – it must be executed. And that’s what Project Managers do. Ideas Without Action Have No Impact. People come up with ideas every day.

2017 224

The Business Opportunity of Embedded Analytics: New Findings from 500+ Application Teams

Speaker: Josh Martin, Director of Product Marketing, Logi Analytics

Embedded analytics has evolved from an afterthought to a necessity. But most companies don’t realize that the features they embed and how they develop have a lasting impact on revenue, customer churn, and competitive differentiation. The state of embedded analytics in 2018 is in flux. Learn from the experiences of 500+ application teams embedding analytics—including which features actually move the needle, how analytics benefits their companies, and what development approach yields the best results.

Voice of the Customer (VOC): a Powerful Tool for Valuable Customer Insight

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Getting the Voice of the Customer (VOC) tells you if you’re on the right track in your product or process improvement project. If you want to know that you’re on the right track when you’re leading a process or product improvement project, how can you be sure you’re addressing the right concerns?

2018 167

Spark by John Ratey [Book Review] and How Exercise Makes You Smarter

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?. Book Review for Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain. Spark by John Ratey will motivate you to get moving. Ratey goes in-depth with research and the science behind how exercise makes you smarter. .

2018 216

How to Create a SIPOC Model for Process Creation or Improvement

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If you have a project that involves any type of process improvement, a SIPOC Model is a great tool to get your team started. And you don’t need to have six sigma training to use this simple tool.

Do This Each Day to Keep Your Projects Moving Forward

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If you’re managing multiple projects at once, it can be easy to give all your attention to the most difficult projects. It’s easy to stay focused on the riskiest, or the one with the loudest customer, or the most complex.

2018 186

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.

The Project Sponsor Role: How a Great Project Sponsor Helps you Succeed

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Having a great project sponsor can contribute to the success of your project. But what should you expect from the person serving in the project sponsor role? What can he do for you and your project? And how can the person in the project sponsor role help support your project’s success?

2017 236

How to Create a Project Assumptions List: Examples and Template Included

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. When my daughter was very little she came home from school one day and told me the saying about assumptions: When you assume, you make an ass out of you and me. “Where did you hear that, honey?” ” “At school, Mommy. Our teacher told us.”

2018 204

Great Gift Ideas for Co-Workers, Friends, Family, or Even Yourself

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During the holidays and throughout the year you’re often at a loss for gift ideas. For this reason, I’ve put together a list of items that help with staying healthy, productive, and can make life a bit easier.

2017 216

Scrum Master vs Project Manager: What’s the Difference?

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Are you considering a career move? . Perhaps you’re considering Project Management because it uses many skills you already have. But wait. You’ve also heard that teams are going Agile and that Scrum Master might be a good option.

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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.

7 Steps for Dealing with a Difficult Team Member

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You do everything right. You plan your project well and get stakeholder sign-off. You plan for risk. You follow your checklists and double check to be sure. But you’ve got a difficult team member who constantly causes trouble.

2018 207

Project Manager Roles and Responsibilities: What does a PM Really Do?

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The job title of “project manager” is pretty common these days. But project manager roles and responsibilities can be pretty vague if you’re not already familiar with them. I know this firsthand, just by watching reactions when I tell someone I’m a project manager.

2017 252

How to Use a Critical to Quality CTQ Tree to Satisfy Customer Needs

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The CTQ Tree is a simple tool to tell you exactly what your customer wants. Have you ever asked a client or customer what they want, and when you deliver it, they tell you it still doesn’t meet their need?

2018 156

Epic List of Project Manager Behavioral Interview Questions to Prove You’re the Ideal Candidate for the Job

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When you’re interviewing for that perfect project manager position, you need to be ready. You’re competing against multiple candidates, and you want to stand out as the best choice.

2017 224

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.