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The Best Risk Management Tools & Techniques for PM Pros

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“Nothing ventured, nothing gained,” goes the old saying. Project managers know this better than anyone, for what is a project if not a venture? Risk is inherent in project management and so is the need to control it.

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7 Proven Planning Techniques for Better Projects

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A project without a plan is like a car without a driver. The project plan is the guide that gets a project manager from concept through execution, and a finished product at its destination. There’s an argument that a project plan supersedes everything else in a project.

10 Easy Ways to Get PDUs & Stay PMI Certified

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A project manager is a professional. And, like any professional, if you take your profession, your career and yourself seriously, you’ll undertake Continuing Professional Development (CPD). What is a PDU?

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Time Estimation for Project Managers: Tips & Techniques

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“If only there was more time,” goes the lament. Project managers sing this sad song, but don’t expect the chorus to join in. Keeping to the project’s schedule is one of the three prongs of the triple constraint. Time rules all projects.

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?

Cost Estimation for Projects: How to Estimate Accurately

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Good cost estimation is essential for keeping a project under budget. Many costs can appear over the life cycle of a project, and an accurate estimation method can be the difference between a successful plan and a failed one. Estimation, however, is easier said than done.

5 Project Management Techniques Every PM Should Know

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The world of project management is vast. It covers many industries and requires a range of skills. But the common thread tying this diverse discipline together are the techniques that project managers use to get the job done.

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The 4 Essential Agile Tools for Agile Teams

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Agile is a way of working that comes from software development. It’s iterative and incremental in its approach, working in short “sprints,” and building on a foundation of trust, flexibility, empowerment and collaboration.

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Project Organization 101: How to Structure Your Project

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The day to get organized is now, not later. Without having some organization for your project, you run the risk of sending an extensive and time-consuming project spiraling into abject failure.

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A Complete Guide to PMIS

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An abundance of information is created, transferred and stored over the life cycle of a project. It seems people are always communicating and making constant updates. It’s easy for something to get lost in the mix. But what if that lost snippet is an essential direction or change?

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Managing The Project Budget - Developing Your Project Management Skills

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

Requirements Analysis & Ensuring Stakeholder Satisfaction

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A project isn’t a success when it finishes on time and budget: the real test of its success or failure is stakeholder satisfaction. If the quality is not up to their standards, then no matter how efficiently the project was managed, it failed.

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7 Tips for Preventing Cost Overrun on Projects

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When managing a project there is always the triple constraint hanging over the project manager’s head like the Sword of Damocles. There’s more than just scope, schedule and cost that can go afoul in a project, but if they do, it’s a major concern.

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What Is a Kanban Board? Definition & Examples

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A kanban board is a visual workflow tool, where kanban cards represent tasks in a project or production cycle. Columns on the kanban board represent where that task is in the process.

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3 Easy Project Management Tools Anyone Can Use

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Project management has constantly evolved as a discipline. Project management tools have evolved as well. Change is one thing both have in common. Teams have always needed to track activity and how to work together toward unified goals.

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Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

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

The Agile Manifesto, Explained

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Any good movement has a manifesto, which is a public declaration of policy and intention. There have been manifestos for art movements, political movements and just about anything you can think of. More along the lines of project management, though, is the Agile Manifesto.

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4 Things Every Task Management Tool Needs

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Projects are a process with a start and end that deliver a product or service, but that leaves out the essential building block of every project—tasks. Completing large projects requires knocking out small tasks along the way. But there are so many tasks.

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Best Project Management Software of 2019

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Two of the keys to success in the modern workplace are organization and communication. Therefore, it makes sense why successful companies rely on project management software to keep them on track.

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7 Secrets for Conveying Confidence as a Project Manager

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Influence and persuasion start with confidence. If the people around you don’t detect that you are confident in yourself and what you are saying, then neither will they be.

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Walk a Mile in Your Customer's Shoes

Speaker: Steven Haines, Founder and CEO, Sequent Learning Networks

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. 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.

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.

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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.

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Proof of Concept: Definition & Best Practices

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You wouldn’t build a bridge if it couldn’t hold any weight. Projects can’t move forward without evidence to support that resources expended will function properly and drive a return. How you prove a project has legs to stand on is what’s called Proof Of Concept (POC).

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How to Make Your Project Management Meetings Zing

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If you’re like every other project manager I have met, there’s a good chance you spend a lot of your time in meetings. And I shan’t rehearse all the arguments about why that time is valuable and how poor meeting practices can erode that value and turn a meeting into a liability.

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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.

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.

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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.

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How to Make a Disaster Recovery Plan

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Whether a disaster is man-made or of natural origins, if you don’t react quickly then it’ll get worse. Jennifer Bridges, PMP, shows you how to make a disaster recovery plan. Here’s a screenshot of the whiteboard for your reference. In Review – How to Make a Disaster Recovery Plan.

5 Kaizen Principles That Underpin the Methodology

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We all want to improve, or we should. Complacency might feel good in the moment, but that moment quickly passes. Don’t be left behind. The question is how can one improve? There are many answers, from educational and physical fitness to spirituality.

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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.

Crisis Management: How to Lead During a Crisis

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Sometimes leading a team, project or organization goes well. Sometimes it doesn’t. Jennifer Bridges, PMP, shows you crisis management techniques to help you successfully lead during a disaster. Here’s a screenshot of the whiteboard for your reference.

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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.

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Business Agility: What Is It & Why Is It Important?

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Businesses love nothing more than stability. Yes, they do enjoy profits, but those come when markets are consistent, where managers can plan accurately for a future that is clearly laid out before them. Of course, the world doesn’t work that way. Things change; markets are notoriously volatile.

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Critical Chain in Project Management: A Quick Guide

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Project managers love a good plan. It takes what might be an overwhelming project and structures it in such a way it can now be methodically executed. Everything is within control.

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 Successfully Execute a Plan

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Planning is the backbone that holds up any project. Jennifer Bridges, PMP, shows you how to take that plan and execute it right. Here’s a screenshot of the whiteboard for your reference. In Review – How to Successfully Execute a Plan. Execute is a verb.

Premortem on Projects: How to Do It & Why

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You might have heard of a postmortem. It’s a meeting after the project has concluded, during which successes and failures are discussed with the project team. It’s a great way to learn from your mistakes and repeat those actions that worked as planned.

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What Is a Project Sponsor? Defining This PM Role

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Project personnel, such as a project sponsor, are given specific titles and responsibilities and exist in a bureaucratic structure. Projects would quickly spin out of control without a bureaucratic structure to organize action and authorize change.

8 Employee Retention Secrets from Industry Leaders

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There are many reasons why employee retention is important. According to a study by Employee Benefits News , the cost of losing an employee can cost the company as much as 33 percent of that employee’s salary. It’s a bottom-line issue, but the financial hit is only part of the problem.

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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.