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Avoid Communication Breakdown

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Data Visualization Software for Effective Project Plan Communication. I was taught a truth in my early project management days – reporting is not communicating!

2018 249

Impress Clients and Executives

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And the clock is ticking …. Too late, you have missed the moment since your clients and executive’s attention span is reducing rapidly! A Canadian survey of media consumption, commissioned by Microsoft, noted that the average attention span had fallen yet again, it was now just eight seconds.

It’s all in the Presentation

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I was once in a restaurant. The location was good, the décor and ambience very acceptable, the company most enjoyable, and the snow fell softly outside providing a winter wonderland visual delight through the large windows.

2018 232

Big challenge: Getting your project team to work as a team!

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A guest post by my friends at Genius Project. A project team is a group of people who work together on a project with a common goal. They have different skills and specializations but their work all culminates in the delivery of the project.

2017 333

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?

When Projects turn to a Tower of Babel

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Different countries, multiple languages, global organizations…The challenge of international projects. In this day and age, international teams and projects affect most companies; and they can often be a source of headaches for project managers.

2016 348

The Social Project Manager’s Toolkit

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What: A Social event exploring everything you need to know to collaborate effectively as a project team. When: Thursday December 1 2016 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

2016 343

The Open Door Policy

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The importance of being accessible but in a controlled way. I’m all for being there for people, honest I am. It’s just that people take advantage of it if I am.

2016 338

Why You Need to Become Business Agile

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[link]. In the first of this 3-part webinar series, we will explore ways to not only significantly reduce change failures but also how to dramatically raise the capability, speed, and success rates of delivering strategic change in any organization through the adoption of a ‘business agile’ change structure. Join our webinar to learn: Evolution and Stasis of Project Management: Challenges and Failures. Best Practices and Pitfalls of Change Management.

Agile 191

How to avoid a Project

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2017 222

ABI Evaluation

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2017 232

Managing The Project Budget - Developing Your Project Management Skills

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

The ESP connection

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2017 222

Challenging Change

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2017 259

How project management can improve your business

The Lazy Project Manager

. We all know that effective project management is a key contributor to a project’s success. Still, we often forget to think about the bigger consequences that project management can have on the rest of business.

2017 249

Mentoring the Next Generation

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It was one of those moments. I was thinking that I really should get writing again and get some blogs out there in the big wide web of wonderment, but couldn’t think what to say or write about, and then ‘wham’, I get a message through my website contact form www.thelazyprojectmanager.com. It said ‘I would like to share my knowledge to the next generation PMs’ and asked for any guidance or advice in doing so. Serendipitous or what? Well I think it was.

2018 196

Warning Signs Your Sponsor Doesn’t Care About the Project—and How to Change That

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2016 296

Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

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

The true value of change

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2017 222

How many licks does it take to get to the centre of a lollipop?

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I saw the above recently and a) I wondered why does that matter and who cares anyway, and then I thought b) you mean someone has actually investigated this?

2016 274

Professionalise Project Management

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2017 222

Know the value of your change

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2017 222

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?

A View from the Top

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2017 222

The Social Project Manager

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The Social Project Manager. Balancing Collaboration with Centralised Control in a Project Driven World. We human beings are social beings. We come into the world as the result of others’ actions. We survive here in dependence on others.

2016 253

Are your Project Managers working too hard to be effective?

The Lazy Project Manager

‘Progress isn’t made by early risers. It’s made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.’ ’ Robert Heinlein.

2016 270

Challenging the C-Level Executives

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How to get Fired at the C-level goes beyond the constraints of a book.

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.

Old Man Flying

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OK, so this morning the postman arrived. Well, I hear you say, what is so unusual about that Peter, surely it happens every day doesn’t it? And yes, you are right, it does.

2016 247

Top 5 Project Management Certifications To Become A Great Project Manager!

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Are you working as a project manager? You may want to improve your prospect. There are many certification courses for project manager you should do. We here bring the great options in project management certification.

What did the Project Managers ever do for us?

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There is that famous scene in Monty Python and The Life of Brian where the rebels are demanding action against the oppressive Romans and ask the question ‘What did the Romans ever do for us?’-

2015 280

Tips for Project Success in the Automotive Industry

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A guest post by my friends at Genius Project. Automotive projects present challenges to companies with regards to time management, capacity and budgets. Here are a few ways to help put the right tools in place. Automotive projects are often very complex.

2016 241

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.

I need your Presentation Experience

The Lazy Project Manager

So here’s the thing – I have, as it turns out, two slightly unexpected weeks free (before I start a new and exciting job) and I thought ‘why not write a book?’ ’ – and why not indeed. But that isn’t too long so I then decided a) I would write a book where I had a lot of the material already and b) I would go and get some help from all the ‘Lazy PM’ fans out there in the world (see, ‘productive laziness’ in action).

2017 170

That Starbucks Moment

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In life it is important to celebrate everything that should be celebrated and enjoy those special moments as well. So what is the ‘Starbucks Moment’?

2016 227

Catsuits and Parachutes

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2017 170

Puppy Love

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It is OK, you can relax – I am not launching in to a version of the (in)famous Donnie Osmond song, but the house has a new puppy.

2016 212

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.

Executives don’t want your project reports

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Right Information, Right Time, Right Person and in the Right Way. You have a project, you need Executive support for that project and the Executives want to know what is happening to the investment in change that they have approved through that project, but they are busy.

How to Get Fired at the C-Level

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I am delighted to announce the release of my new book – How to Get Fired at the C-Level: Why Mismanaging Change is the Biggest Risk of All. Getting fired at the C-level is easy – and this book will tell you exactly how to go about it with ruthless efficiency.

2017 195

The Social Project Manager

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A project is a temporary endeavour where people come together to work towards a common goal and purpose; it is therefore a temporary endeavour that must rely on a social system of communication and collaboration in order to succeed. But for common purpose to be achieved there cannot be chaos.

2016 232

New Year’s Eve

The Lazy Project Manager

A New Year’s resolution is a tradition in which a person makes a promise to do an act of self-improvement, such as losing weight, doing exercise, giving up smoking etc.

2016 195

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.