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How to Improve the Performance of Your Project Teams

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Watch what happens when new teams are formed? Maybe you’ve seen a new team of baseball players, a music group, a civic group, or a business team. The initial dynamics can be rather rocky and uncertain, even with skilled individuals. Let's explore ways to improve the performance of your project teams.

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Have You Left Anything Out of Your Project Management Plan?

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Have you left anything out of your project management plan? Check out this checklist to help you identify the baselines and plans that will be most helpful to each of your projects. As I define a project management plan, I strive for clarity, brevity, and simplicity.

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The Tale of Two Risk Owners

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In this article, we will look at what a risk owner is and why they are needed. Have you ever had a really bad day as a project manager? Imagine that you are managing a software development project.

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How to Create a Project Risk Management Plan

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Most of your project problems can be avoided or greatly reduced through risk management. The simple act of identifying and discussing risks goes a long way towards reducing problems in your project. Let's look at how to develop a project risk management plan.

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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.

How to Identify and Manage Emerging Risks

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Ask 10 different risk management experts to define emerging risks, and you will likely receive different points of view. In this article, let's define emerging risks, discuss ways to identify them, and look at different ways to manage these risks. What are Emerging Risks?

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How to Write Results-Oriented Goals

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I see a common problem when reviewing project charters. The goals are activity-oriented, rather than results-oriented. And this can lead to misunderstandings about what the project team needs to achieve. Let's look at how to write results-oriented goals.

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5 Pre-Vacation Stress-Busting Tips for Project Managers

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This is a guest article by Elizabeth Harrin from GirlsGuideToPM.com. When I’m on holiday I want to be, you know, actually on holiday. Enjoying my vacation time, chilling out with a cocktail and a barbeque and playing ball with my kids.

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How to Communicate Risks

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Ninety percent of a project manager’s job is communication. And one of the most important things to communicate is your risks. How do you communicate risks? Communicating Project Risks 1. Understand Your Stakeholder Needs and Preferences It all starts with your stakeholder.

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12 Sure-Fire Ways to Improve Project Risk Management

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Mike was a functional project manager in an organization where I managed a PMO. He was winsome and a hard worker. But his projects were trending in the wrong direction and his manager was not happy with Mike's performance.

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4 Approaches to Data Analytics

As the analytics landscape continues to evolve, application teams who need to embed dashboards, reports, and other analytics capabilities in their applications can choose from dozens of solutions. How do you differentiate one solution from the next?

The Curse of Project Management Knowledge

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Are you guilty of using project management jargon and acronyms? Do your team members understand what you are saying? If not, perhaps you have fallen under the curse of project management knowledge. Can I be painfully honest with you for a minute? What I am about to say may not feel good.

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6 Practical Ways to Actually Improve Your Cost Management

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Think about it for a minute – what have you done in the last six months to improve your cost management? How many of your projects came in over budget? Let's look at some practical ways to actually improve your cost management.

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How to Actually Close a Project

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If you are like most project managers, you are managing several projects. And when you finish one, you are anxious to start your next assignment. However, I encourage you to actually close each project before moving to the next one. There are many benefits.

How to Create a Work Breakdown Structure

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One of the reasons that project managers fail to properly estimate their projects is they miss key activities when developing their schedules. Why does this happen? The failure to engage stakeholders and create a work breakdown structure (WBS).

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2021 State of Analytics: Why Users Demand Better

As organizations become more data driven, their analytics requirements grow. Find out how knowledge workers use analytics and explore their needs and preferences.

What is the Management Reserve for Project Budgets?

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Have you ever run out of money for a project? Unforeseen risks knock at your door. You look at your budget, but you don't have the funds to respond to these risks. Let's explore management reserves for projects, who controls them, and how to estimate the reserves.

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7 Steps to Better Problem Solving

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All project managers face problems. Some big, some small. Some easy, some complex. In this articles, let's look at 7 steps to better problem solving. What are your most significant project problems? Communication issues. Changing requirements. Lack of clear goals. Insufficient budget. Scope creep.

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Manage Risks While Compressing Project Schedules

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Project managers are pressured to deliver projects quickly. Sponsors think their project managers are magicians. And in a way, we are. Let us explore ways to compress project schedules and manage the associated risks.

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How to Develop a Simple Scope Management Plan

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How can you develop a scope management plan quickly that provides value to the project? It's not as complicated as it may seem. Some project managers check the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) for advice, which I think is a great place to start.

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Report by Dresner Advisory Services: Embedded Business Intelligence Market Study

According to the 2020 Dresner Embedded Business Intelligence Market Study, embedded business intelligence is crucial for application success. This report explores the current state of BI and why application teams are increasingly choosing an embedded solution.

4 Tips for Developing a Risk Management Plan

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Steven Covey introduced the concept of Quadrant II activities—working on things that are important but are not urgent. Planning is a powerful Quadrant II activity that can save you time and energy. Think about the future so you can make better decisions in the present.

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Five Ways to Improve Project Communication

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Communication is the vehicle for successful projects. From the beginning to the end of a project, the project manager and team must plan, execute, and deliver the required products and services while interacting with stakeholders. What are you doing to improve your project communication?

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8 Ways You Can Better Respond to Unrealistic Demands

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This is a guest post from Colin Gautrey , an author, trainer and executive coach who has specialized in the field of power and influence for over ten years.

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How to Be a Productive Project Manager: 7 Tips

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Many project managers feel overwhelmed with emails, phone calls, and meetings. They often work overtime, but few feel as though they are making progress. Although we are all given the same amount of time each day, some project managers are able to produce greater value for their organizations.

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Are Your Embedded Analytics DevOps-Friendly?

Does your analytics solution work with your current tech stack and DevOps practices? If not, any update to the analytics could increase deployment complexity and become difficult to maintain. Learn the 5 elements of a DevOps-friendly embedded analytics solution.

10 PMO Problems and How to Manage Them

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One of my popular blog posts is 40 Reasons PMOs Fail. In this article, we go a step further. I highlight 10 of the 40 PMO problems and provide ways to manage them. 10 PMO Problems and Solutions 1. No project sponsor or project charter for the implementation of the PMO.

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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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How to Make Better, Faster Decisions

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Our projects are the sum total of all the decisions we’ve made – budget decisions, schedule decisions, scope decisions, requirements, selection of team members, and the list goes on. My goal today is to help you make better project decisions.

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40 Reasons PMOs Fail

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I've been managing projects and programs for more than 20 years. I've seen a little bit of everything. I've also had the joy and the pain of implementing three Project Management Offices (PMOs), two in Information Technology Departments and one Enterprise PMO.

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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.

The Confusion Over Risk

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Why are many project managers confused over risks? Why do some project managers include positive risks in risk management and others do not? Let's clarify what we mean by the term risk. Risk is a Choice Merriam-Webster defines risk as “the possibility of loss or injury: peril.”

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How to Manage Stakeholder Conflict

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Project managers encounter conflict regularly over schedules, project priorities, human resources, requirements, and technical opinions, to name a few. Individuals, groups, and organizations have different opinions, sometimes strong opinions.

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What is Risk Attitude?

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In today's article, I'll test your understanding of risk attitude. We'll also explore different risk attitudes and how they can affect risk evaluations. Project managers should seek to understand the risk attitudes of key stakeholders because: A.

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The Path to Troubled Projects

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Every project manager wants to be successful, right? We start each project with intentions of delivering value for our organizations. So, how do projects fall into troubled waters? One day at a time. It's a gradual process, one that's often unnoticed.

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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.

PMP® vs. PMI-RMP® Certification

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Do you have your PMP® certification, but you're thinking about obtaining another Project Management Institute (PMI) certification? PMI offers eight certifications. Let's compare the Project Management Professional (PMP®) and the PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP®) certifications.

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How To Exploit and Enhance Project Opportunities

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Imagine a project manager that focuses primarily on identifying and managing project threats and very little on opportunities. This one-sided mindset can be costly. The best project managers know how to exploit and enhance opportunities. What is a Project Opportunity?

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PMI-RMP: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR 2021

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LAST UPDATED ON DECEMBER 14, 2020, BY HARRY HALL THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS AFFILIATE LINKS. WE MAY EARN A COMMISSION IF YOU CLICK A LINK AND MAKE A PURCHASE. IT DOES NOT COST YOU EXTRA. THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT! Are you confused about the PMI-RMP exam? Not sure what to study?

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How To Improve Your Bottom Line Through Projects

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Successful companies know a little secret – making your dreams a reality requires alignment between your strategies and your projects. It's not a matter of just working harder; success requires doing the right things at the right time with the right people.

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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.