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Agile Consulting

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April’s theme at where I write a monthly column was “Consulting,” and in this article, I examine the world of Agile Consulting and coaching. I distinguish consulting as providing advice, solutions and information; whereas coaching is more asking (hopefully insightful) questions and leading clients to find their own answers and grow in capability. Getting Started Personally, I was hesitant to get into agile consulting and coaching.

The 8 Levers of Change

Girl's Guide to PM

In their book, Leading Successful Change: 8 Keys to Making Change Work , Gregory P. Solomon talk about the 8 things that you should be targeting if you want the change management effort on your project to stick. Here are their 8 levers of change.

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Change Management: What do Project Managers Need to Know?

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Projects create change for the people in the organization where we are working. And the success of your projects will often depend on how well you manage that change process. So, too many project managers shy away from it. They either leave it to a ‘change manager’, or worse: they ignore it. So, in this feature article, we’re offering a primer in Change Management. What is Change Management?

10 Reasons the Change Management Process Fails (and How You Can Succeed)


Over 70% of organizational change initiatives fail, but change itself isn’t the stumbling block. Change is common and natural, even inevitable. Seasons change, people change, mountain ranges change — yet successful change management remains a lofty, even insurmountable challenge for many organizations. Organizational change happens every day as a matter of course. Successful change management starts with a sound strategy.

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14 Best Outlook Calendar Integrations for You to Try in 2021


nTask is a project management tool that is the project management tool of choice for over 150,000 companies. Manage all your tasks, projects, appointments and more in one place. BlueFolder is a field service management software.

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How to Write an Effective Project Charter


If you are in such a position that you are responsible for setting the direction and scope of a team to work on a project, then you should be able to write an effective Project Charter and in this article, we’ll guide you on project charter examples. Team Management. Because of this severity, the project managers have a proper duty that they should learn how to make an effective Statement of Work. The Benefits of a Project Charter for the Project Manager & Team.

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The true value of change

The Lazy Project Manager

On that basis now is the time for you to ‘do the math’ and work your change portfolio investment out, an example was covered in ‘Challenge 1 – Invest in the right portfolio management’ – so you can reference that if you wish. And then select or identify the Cost/Impact ratio and the growth Value Add ratio – these really should be part of your business case approval process by the way.

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How to Develop a Strong Governance Process with These 6 Tips ?

Projects involved a lot of planning , implementation , and not to mention tracking or detecting issues and problems within the team or the project, and surpassing the following process. The two governance processes should be implemented constantly to keep track of the scope creeps, risks , opportunities, and also safeguard the following resources from running out. To stay within deadline means having a governance process that everyone will adhere to.

NLP for Project Managers

Girl's Guide to PM

This is a guest post by Peter Parkes, author of NLP for Project Managers. At the same time I identified some lessons for leadership styles for project management. As a background to the project, it was an assignment on performance management through behavioral change.

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Why Time Management is Important (25 Proven Hacks)


If we talk in the context of why time management is important, I have to agree that a lot of us waste it as an indispensable resource. Why Time Management is Important. I’m an Agile & Software Consultant at nTask and observe my fellow professionals, who work in different IT sectors and industries. These are the kind of statements that are a living testament to why time management is important for your work life as well as personal life.

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If It Was My Organization

Agile Coach

They’re filled with a glut of questions seeking binary answers, and for each question there are 17 coaches and consultants arguing about why their answer is the best answer. We argue about how stupid people are when they make mistakes, or openly attack people for having a different viewpoint, but I wonder how many coaches and consultants giving advice have actually had a real job and felt what it was like to be stuck working with someone with the dreaded ‘fixed mindset’.

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Why I Stopped Going to Agile Events

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The third piece of data that sparked this post was a recent Linked In discussion where a project manager asked a simple question: This prompted a response you could probably guess without reading any further: So I chimed in: To which one of the guilty parties replied: Hopefully the irony of preaching respect for people while clearly disrespecting the original poster was not lost on this person, and this is someone I know. Then the industry changed. agile Change Management movement

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Why Time Management is Important – 25 Super Tips for Mastering the Art


If we talk in the context of why time management is important, I have to agree that a lot of us waste it as an indispensable resource. Why Time Management is Important. I’m an Agile & Software Consultant at nTask and observe my fellow professionals, who work in different IT sectors and industries. These are the kind of statements that are a living testament to why time management is important for your work life as well as personal life.

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How To Make 2019 A Successful Year for Your Projects

Girl's Guide to PM

I asked people two questions: What should people managing projects be aware of as we go into 2019 to make 2019 their most successful year ever? I’m sure you take away tips and ideas for making this your best year yet managing projects at work. You'll also have the option on the next screen to opt into my awesome newsletter - weekly project management tips. Mark Phillips runs a consultancy focused on high performing projects. Agile project management is on the rise.

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How to Turn a Project Around


One of the hardest things to do when you are deep into managing a project is to see precisely when it is going off the rails. Well, the project recovery process does not have to be that hard, and you do not necessarily need high priced consultants to come in and fix it for you.

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The Value of an Agile Project Management Office


Welcome to the concept of the Project Management Office or PMO. In this article, we will learn about PMOs as organizational structures, about various types of PMOs, and about traditional roles within a PMO. A PMO, like the service providers I mentioned in the example at the beginning of this article, also exists to provide value and insight into project performances. If it exists, then a number of Project Managers (PMs) can be a part with various roles and responsibilities.

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How To Make 2018 A Successful Year for Your Projects

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This article, How To Make 2018 A Successful Year for Your Projects , first appeared on Girl's Guide to Project Management. I asked people two questions: What should people managing projects be aware of as we go into 2018 to make 2018 their most successful year ever? I’m sure you take away tips and ideas for making this your best year yet managing projects at work. Mark Phillips runs a consultancy focused on high performing projects.

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Road Trippin’ Organization Change: The Journey

Project Management Essentials

Organizational change and transformation efforts are often challenging. In last month’s article, ”Road Trippin’ Organizational Change: The Beginning” , I recommending using adaptive-agile planning practices and treating the effort like a road trip: Set the direction, not the destination. Set high-level goals and the strategic direction of the change, motivate the “what” and “why,” but do not dictate the “how.” Recognize there will change; and.

Road Trippin’ Organizational Change: The Beginning

Project Management Essentials

Most organizational change efforts do not succeed. An oft-cited statistic is that 70% of organizational change efforts fail. A more recent Harvard Business Review article suggests that the glass is really half-full—60% of change efforts either fully or partially meet the objectives with only 10% of being outright failures. Regardless of your perspective, it is fair to say that change efforts are challenged. 2019, Alan Zucker; Project Management Essentials, LLC.

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7 Ways to Sell Agile to Project Stakeholders


Whether you’re making the move to Agile project management in your development group or creating an Agile process for your in-house project management methodology, chances are you’re going to have to sell this change to executives in your organization. Here are some tips for selling Agile project management methodology to stakeholders: 1. Align Agile project management with your organization’s strategy. We don’t need to make any changes !,”

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Webinar Recap: Project Management, Critical Event Management and COVID-19: Reflections


Please find below a transcription of the audio portion of Jigs Gaton’s session, Project Management, Critical Event Management, and COVID-19: Reflections, being provided by MPUG for the convenience of our members. Project management, critical event management, and COVID-19 reflections.

The PMO Game Changer: A Value-Driven Project Resource Management

The Lazy Project Manager

What is a Value-Driven Project Resource Management? Project resource management by PMO has changed significantly in the last 20 years. It has evolved into a highly value-driven resource management solution. Best Practices of Enterprise Resource Management Software.

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AI in Project Management: An Interview with Lloyd Skinner

Girl's Guide to PM

Where is artificial intelligence taking project management? AI has turned up in the project management trends articles over the past few years and it’s now most definitely here to stay. The impacts of artificial intelligence in project management. Lloyd Skinner.

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How to Manage Project Scope Without Scope Creep (with examples)

Girl's Guide to PM

One of the reasons for that is scope creep – and that’s what this article is all about. Scope creep in project management is where additional requirements are added to the project, beyond what was originally agreed and these additions are not formally authorized.

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Project Communication Management: What is it all about?

Girl's Guide to PM

Perhaps that number (from research by PMI ) surprises you, but I’m sure you aren’t surprised by the fact that good communication management on projects leads to higher success rates. What is project communication management? WHY PROJECT COMMUNICATION MANAGEMENT MATTERS. Change.

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Webinar Recap: Agile Series Part 1 – Understanding & Incorporating Agile Project Management


Kyle: Hello everyone and welcome to today’s MPUG training series, part one, Understanding and Incorporating Agile Project Management. He’s an accomplished speaker, consultant and educator supporting the project management community for over 25 years. I’ve got some articles, in fact, I just wrote one last week for MPUG, if you haven’t seen it, talks about how agile is being used at Microsoft to eliminate bureaucracy.

Next Generation Project Management Software

Girl's Guide to PM

The project and portfolio management (PPM) software market is changing. It is changing so fast that it’s hard for practitioners to keep up with the latest offerings. In this article we look at emerging software in the PPM space and discuss how its selection and implementation needs to be done in line with an overarching digital strategy. Integrating Project Management Information Systems in an Existing Environment. Digitalization and Collaboration.

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Webinar Recap: Microsoft Teams – The Hub for Information in Office 365


I did work full-time for the Liquor Control Board of Ontario until I retired in 2016, and then started up my own consulting company, basically Office 365 and SharePoint Online. IT pros can automate the management of individual Teams throughout their lifecycle. So, the successful adoption of Microsoft Teams represents a change in behavior. Do I move away from email as my primary method of communications for fast-moving teams and project management? Articles

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How to Get Into Project Management: 5 PMs Share Their Stories

Girl's Guide to PM

There are lots of routes into project management, as I explored recently in an article on how to become a project manager. But reading about what you should do to break into project management isn’t the same as hearing real stories of people who took that leap and got that project management job. Below, I share 5 stories from my book, Project Manager. Each project manager talks about their career journey and how they got into project management.

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#PMOT – Who are the Project Managers on Twitter to Follow?

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#PMOT is the Twitter hashtag used by Project Managers on Twitter. If you want to follow project management conversations on Twitter… Or if you want to keep up with the latest articles, or products… #PMOT is a good tag to follow. It’s not the only tag project managers use. But, as the hook for a roundup of some of my favorite Project Managers of Twitter, #PMOT is as good as any. This article is going to be different to most of ours.

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What Project Managers say About Significance of Kanban Boards?


What is its significance in life of a project management professional? In this article, you will get all the answers in the light of project management professionals’ experiences and recommendations. Life of a project manager can be very hectic, if he is not smart enough to handle the workload and meet the deadlines. Automation of processes is a key which can lead to ultimate success of the project. Kanban is actually one of the project management methodologies.

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Fika Stories 1 – Help! Our Kanban Died!


In this 2-part series, we are honored to publish a couple of blog posts by (2016 Brickell Key award winner) Christophe Achouiantz, Kanban thought-leader, consultant and coach. Christophe takes on the all too common problem that teams implementing Kanban (or any other process change initiative for that matter) face – the sense of “doom” that Kanban is not working for them because of resistance they face.

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The Effective Way To Getting Better Lessons Learned

It is usually documented at the project’s closing stage, but it can be documented at any stage of the process. It has been a standard procedure of organizations as well as teams to include processes in lessons learned such as identification, management, documentation, and information and task distribution. Lessons learned can be automatically acquired during the project operation, but with all the processes involved, it’s hard to keep track of them altogether.

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The Best 53 Project Management Blogs You Should Be Reading

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People are gradually becoming more interested in project management as an independent topic and as a possible career. Project management blogs and resources can be a primary source of knowledge, especially if project management (PM) experts contribute to them. To help you save time searching for the best resources, we have thoroughly analyzed more than 300 project management blogs and resource websites. Project Management Software Developers. Liked this article?

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6 major factors affecting resource capacity planning in 2019

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It’s a simple idea that comes with a labyrinth of execution problems, even with a top resource management software option. For example, take 100 consultants who can dedicate a quarter of their available time to a new project. A project manager can take the total number of people and multiply it by their time available to determine their full-time equivalents (FTEs). Unfortunately, that simple math already has many project managers second-guessing. account managers.

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The Ultimate List of 41 Free Project Management Templates


Then you need project management templates. A good set of project management templates will make your work easier and more efficient. This article shares 41 such template. Why Do You Need Project Management Templates? Think of the last project you had to manage. This is why every project manager usually has a trusted arsenal of project management templates. How to Use Project Management Templates? Risk Management Plans.

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Real Cross-functional Teams for Creating Real and Better Products

Shall I notify you about articles like this one? Jutta Eckstein works as an independent coach, consultant, and trainer. She has unique experience in applying Agile processes within medium-sized to large distributed mission-critical projects.

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Multinational Leadership: How to Successfully Lead Offshore Projects

PM Basics

Without forgetting the time difference, language barriers, different assumptions based on different cultures, I have experimented that using the right multinational leadership to manage resources is the most challenging one. When I joined my first international project, I had a chance to speak with some other professionals, showing off my self-confidence, enthusiasm and my ideas about how to manage it, and how I would have worked with offshore resources. Liked the article?

Is Your Agile Project Healthy?

Project Management Essentials

In my agile training and consulting practice, I have witnessed similar symptoms when an organization is struggling with its agile adoption. If the answer is convincingly Scrum or Kanban, they are probably following a process. They conflict with the core values of collaboration over contract negotiation and welcoming changing requirements. How is change managed? Rarely does a proxy have the political skills to manage the stakeholder community effectively.


Project Charter Example and a Comprehensive Guide (+Template)

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In this article, you’ll find a Project Charter Example for a real-life project. In addition, you can get a simple template I developed and used throughout 10 years as a software development project manager. Project Manager and Authority Level. Assigned Project Manager.

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