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Why You Need a Project Steering Committee – And How to Create One

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A project steering committee can provide the extra support, guidance, and leverage to give your project an increased chance of success. Your project has a good chance of failing. With a large project, there are many moving pieces, unexpected risks, and change is often difficult for customers.

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5 Reasons the Best Project Managers are in Sales & Marketing, Too

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You may not realize it but as a project manager, you are also in sales and marketing. Sure, your primary job may be to plan and execute projects that are delivered on time, and within budget and scope. But if you’ve created a great product and nobody uses it, have you really delivered to value?

2019 162

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 233

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?

2019 221

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.

5 Simple Ways to Make Your Project Team Love You

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Whether you’re new to your team or you’ve been leading them for months or years, it’s never too early or late to endear yourself. And finding ways to make your team love you is good not only for you.

2019 209

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 219

Agile Practices: How to Run a Lean Coffee

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The term Lean Coffee doesn’t sound like a productive meeting session. But that’s EXACTLY what it’s intended to be. It’s structured in a way that allows participants to quickly talk through various topics they choose in a short amount of time. Sounds promising, you say?

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Supercharge Idea Output With Starbursting Brainstorming

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Starbursting brainstorming is a structured technique to help your team come up with lots of ideas in many different focus areas. Use this approach to easily guide your team to generate tons of ideas for your product or service. Does the idea of brainstorming make you anxious?

2019 189

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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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.

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 198

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 194

Deming’s 14 Points – It’s All About Quality

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Even if you’ve never heard the name Edwards Deming, you’ve been exposed to Deming’s 14 points for quality improvement. They’re used in TQM (total quality management) and other quality-improvement methods commonly used today.

2019 156

7 Great Ways to Measure Career Success – or Signal it’s Time to Make a Change

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I was talking with my niece one day and commented on all the buzz about Millennials in the workplace. I mentioned that many websites were playing up that Millennials want jobs that are meaningful. Her immediate response to me was, “Doesn’t everyone want that?”

2019 162

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.

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.

2019 184

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 189

3 Simple Charts and Graphs You Should Be Using to Make Your Next Project Presentation More Powerful

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Charts and graphs are a great way to share important information about your project. These three simple charts and graphs will help you communicate project information in a way your audience can take in quickly.

2019 162

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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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.

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 184

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 174

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 256

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 205

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.

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 233

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 203

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 228

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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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.

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 179

10 Essential Qualities of Great Project Managers

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Project managers work in a dynamic role. It can change from day-to-day. For this reason, the qualities of project managers who excel are diverse. Because project managers are responsible for doing so many different things, their job descriptions aren’t simple.

2017 249

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 210

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 179

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.

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.

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 224

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 202

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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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?