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Top Down vs. Bottom Up Management: What’s the Difference?

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It’s best to have a management style in place before attempting to carve out a piece of the marketplace or execute a big project. Two of the most popular approaches are top down and bottom up management, both of which provide a good introduction to the tenets of management.

2019 340

5 Team Productivity Blockers and How to Overcome Them

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Team productivity is one of the most important ingredients in business, and it’s everyone’s responsibility to keep themselves on track. Without productivity, projects can fall behind deadlines, leaving teams scrambling to deal with the consequences.

2019 350

How to Make a Company Retreat Unforgettable (with Location Examples)

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The business obsession with the bottom line, making more profits quarter after quarter, often neglects a fundamental aspect of productivity: downtime. Working is like exercise, if you keep working the same muscles nonstop, you’ll be too exhausted to get strong and healthy.

2019 224

Ecommerce SEO Tips for Easy Organic Wins

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Don’t you wish that your online shop was like Amazon, where people come to your site just looking to spend money? That’s the dream, right? Unfortunately, unless you have millions of dollars to throw into televisions spots, that’s not going to happen.

2019 305

Ask the "Right" Questions: Your Analytics-Guided Product Strategy

Speaker: Yoav Yechiam, Founder and Head Instructor, productMBA

Analytics are highly important for product managers - and yet, analytic implementations often fail to actually help us. It's not the technology, and it's not the tactics. In most cases, it's our approach that's misguiding us! Analytics are there to answer important product questions, not just to collect data. How can we be mindful of our analytics so they enable us, rather than confine us? Join Yoav Yechiam, Founder and head instructor at productMBA, as he explains best practices for a data-guided strategy that helps product managers get to the "why" of their biggest product goals.

Seven Project Management Lessons for Entrepreneurs

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Entrepreneurs are committed, energetic, can-do people. That description can also fit your typical project manager, which makes sense because launching a business is a project. I’ve done it a few times, so I know.

2019 385

The 18 Most Influential People in Project Management

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Project management is an increasingly diverse field. Individuals across industries, and with varying levels of experience, are providing a substantial impact to its growth and continued evolution.

2019 427

What Is Stakeholder Theory?

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A stakeholder is anyone who has an interest in a project, business or organization. In project management terms, a stakeholder is an individual or group that will be impacted by the outcome of the project.

2019 405

7 Uncomfortable Truths for Project Managers

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Project Managers are among the most positive of people. Armed with our methods and tools , our boundless optimism and our can-do attitude, it sometimes feels like we can do anything. Yet the fact is, there are limitations. We must all face some uncomfortable truths.

2019 428

How to Disagree with Your Boss

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Your boss isn’t always right, and sometimes you need to show them the error of their ways, however difficult that may be. Jennifer Bridges, PMP, shows how to effectively (and constructively) disagree with your boss. Here’s a screenshot of the whiteboard for your reference!

2019 390

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.

What Is Lean Manufacturing?

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Lean manufacturing addresses one of the worst things that can happen to any enterprise: waste. To not take full advantage of all of your resources is to lose efficiencies and, in so doing, stunt production.

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How to Design a Clear Product Roadmap

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Product management is notoriously known as a detail-oriented discipline, and a product roadmap helps keep those details in perspective. Getting into the weeds is part of the job description, but one should never get lost there.

2019 295

How to Stop Overthinking at Work (and in Life)

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Consciousness is a blessing and a curse. Thinking has led to great innovation but has also brought people into disastrous conflict. While thought is neither intrinsically good or bad, it can be used for positive or negative ends.

2019 415

Celebrating Women in Project Management

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For the last four years, I’ve published my annual women in project management blog for ProjectManager.com. Even after all that time, women in project management are still a hidden key to our global and economic sustainability.

2019 369

Innovation: Five Signs You Might Be Faking It

Every company wants to be a leader in innovation, but how can you tell if your company is really innovating or just going through the motions? See the 5 signs you might be faking innovation and what to do if you are.

7 Employee Engagement Ideas to Improve Office Culture

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The race to acquire top talent across industries further intensifies as the business world becomes more complex and intricate, and unique companies continue to create innovative and ground-breaking products. Acquiring top talent is just half the battle, however.

2019 367

What Is the Definition of Done for Agile Teams?

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These days, it seems like everybody is all about doing things agile.

2019 377

Deciding the Level of Detail Needed for a Release Plan

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“How much detail do we need for our release plan?”. This is an important question to ask at the beginning of a software development project, or in the case of a long-standing product team, before the development of a major release of a system.

2019 350

10 Office Etiquette Tips to Swear By

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Office etiquette might sound like an old-fashioned concept, and perhaps it is, but that doesn’t mean it’s antiquated. Good manners have a purpose. They provide a social roadmap and foster a culture of respect where people on the job can get along better.

2019 228

Plan for Product Launch Success with Data and Analytics

Speaker: Piyanka Jain, President and CEO, Aryng

When you launch new feature (or an entirely new product), there are many questions that you'll need to answer. Is the feature being adopted? Do your customers like it, or does it need to be improved? Was the launch successful? Well, that all depends on how you define success. Join Piyanka Jain, President and CEO of Aryng, as she explains why - and how - you should use data and analytics to define and track a successful launch.

How to Have Fun at Work While Staying Productive

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Work can be fun, though often it isn’t, and that goes for both team members and their managers. How can you have fun at work and be productive? Jennifer Bridges, PMP, shows you and gives practical examples. Here’s a screenshot of the whiteboard for your reference.

2019 366

Fundamental Digital Marketing Metrics

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Tracking the results of a campaign is inherent to marketing success, but identifying the right marketing metrics and KPIs to track vary per business, and even per campaign.

2019 295

How to Be a Better Listener

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Are you listening? You better be! It’s a cornerstone of communications at work, in projects and in life. Jennifer Bridges, PMP, shows you how to be a better listener. Here’s a screenshot of the whiteboard for your reference! In Review – How to Be a Better Listener.

2019 382

Project Manager Salary Statistics 2019

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A project manager’s job is intricately complex, and they’re often paid well due to the difficulty of the position.

2019 414

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.

Top 5 Leadership Theories

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Everyone has a theory on what makes a great leader, and with good reason. Leadership is a quality that’s important for success and yet so difficult to define. Jennifer Bridges, PMP, cuts through the noise and reveals five of the best leadership theories.

Facebooks Ads vs Google Ads: What’s the Difference?

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Are you interested in promoting your business online? If so, you’ve probably heard that you should start with either Facebook or Google ads. They’re both popular platforms, and they offer ad space, so they’re probably the same, right?

2019 246

10 Marketing Tips for Small Businesses That Cost $0

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Marketing your small business doesn’t have to take a huge budget with thousands (or millions!) of dollars. As a small business owner, you likely don’t have the budget anyway.

2019 355

Should You Be Friends With Your Employees?

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Leading a team strikes a difficult balance between being cordial and commanding. Are you strictly a boss or can you have a more friendly relationship with your employees? Jennifer Bridges, PMP, shows you the pros and cons. Here’s a screenshot of the whiteboard for your reference!

2019 376

Meet Your Goals with a Practical Product Strategy

Speaker: Nils Davis, Principal, NPD Associates

Whether you manage a feature, a product, or a whole suite of products, you likely have some goals that you're trying to meet. But do you have a strategy? Strategy and goals are different. It's your strategy that allows you to make decisions that help you meet your goals in the first place. For example, if you want grow your revenue, your strategy may be to enter a new market - and you may decide to make your product stand out in that market by adding analytics. If you want to have an articulated strategy that you can use to make decisions, stay on-track, and meet your product goals, this is the webinar for you! Join Nils Davis, author of The Secret Product Manager Handbook, as he explains how you can get your team aligned to a practical product strategy.

How to Make a New Team Member Feel Welcome

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When someone is new to the company, team or project, it’s important to make them feel welcome. Jennifer Bridges, PMP, shows you how to incorporate new people and get them contributing quickly. Here’s a screenshot of the whiteboard for your reference!

2019 353

7 Backlog Grooming Tips for Beginners

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Whether you call it backlog refinement or backlog grooming, it’s a crucial task for product managers and their teams. There is always going to be a backlog, but not all items on that backlog are equal.

2019 224

Using the STAR Method to Crush Your Next Interview

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Some people excel at job interviews, and then there’s the rest of us. The truth is, you are being judged, and it’s normal to feel anxious when you’re under the spotlight. So, given these stressful circumstances, how can you relax and show your best self? Well, there are many ways.

2019 287

What Is Product Management?

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Put simply, product management is a way to organize the planning, production, marketing and other tasks related to the creation and distribution of a product. It involves the coordination of teams, data, processes, business systems and more. In reality, product management can be a complicated matter.

2019 377

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 Know When It’s Time to Quit Your Job

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If you’re asking yourself, “Should I quit my job?” then it sounds like you’re ready for a change. But how do you know for sure? Jennifer Bridges, PMP, shows you how to decide when it’s time to quit your job and move on to better opportunities.

2019 341

How to Handle Criticism at Work

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Criticism can be helpful, but even when it’s constructive, it can be hard to take—especially at work. How do you deal with criticism productively? Jennifer Bridges, PMP, shows you strategies on how to handle criticism at work. Here’s a screenshot of the whiteboard for your reference!

2019 395

A Quick Guide to User Story Mapping

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The idea of user story mapping can be traced back to Jeff Patton. He literally wrote the book about it, It’s All in How You Slice It , which came out in 2005. Patton is a consultant who helps companies work in a way that’s focused on building great products, not just improving production speeds.

2019 349

What Is Confirmation Bias and How Is It Affecting Your Career?

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The mind is the instrument we use to perceive and process reality, but sometimes it can’t be trusted to act on its best behalf. How can we trust ourselves and our senses to lead us accurately and without bias? That’s an issue everyone must face, both personally and professionally.

2019 245

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?