The 3 Most Important Things that Define Your Project

Girl's Guide to PM

We all know that defining your project well is the foundation of good project management. Once you have defined that, the secondary step is to work out the activities you’ll need, to deliver them. This is a guest article by Dr Mike Clayton from

Defining PM

Musings on Project Management

I've never been too keen on the conventional definition of project management, though it is the "coin of the realm" so to speak on that point. Nonetheless, I'm more closer to the action with my definition, I think. And, so here it is mapped to the conventional definition: Normal 0. false false false. EN-US Project Management

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Defining PM

Musings on Project Management

I've never been too keen on the typical book answer to "what is project management?" It seems it misses a more realistic statement of properties. So, I'm all about narrative, backlog, WIP etc, whereas the conventional definition is about initiating, executing, conrolling, etc. I made the comparison in this table. You can judge for yourself. agile Project Management

Define Roles and Responsibilities Early on in the Project

Gina Abudi PM

It is important for project managers to define roles and responsibilities early on in the project to avoid confusion and resource issues later on. The post Define Roles and Responsibilities Early on in the Project appeared first on Gina Abudi. While there will always be individuals who roll on and off projects, some key project personnel should be committed to the project from the beginning and have the time to fulfill [.].

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Disruptive defined -- again!

Musings on Project Management

I'm not one to obsess over the number of angels on the head of a pin, but a recent posting about what's disruptive and what's not caught my eye -- to wit: an innovation that captures and exploits excess capacity may well be disruptive even it doesn't it the traditional definition that it must come from below from a less capable competitor The poster child for this idea is the smart phone that. Innovation

Agile at Scale – Outcome Driven (or Broken)

Tyner Blain

At the end of the day, it depends on how you define agility, or more precisely how you define “self-directed.” In support of that long term goal you may define a handful of strategic initiatives.

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Minimum Valuable Problem

Tyner Blain

Defining and building a good minimum viable product is much harder than it sounds. The same is true about defining a minimum viable product. Gojko’s approach helps me very quickly define what it means to my user to solve his or her problem.

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Have You Left Anything Out of Your Project Plan?

Project Risk Coach

As I define my baselines and plans, I strive for clarity, brevity, and simplicity. Define how you will identify, define, combine, unify, and coordinate the project processes and activities. Define how you will plan, execute, and control scope.

4 Tips for Avoiding Bad Project Management Habits


Define what your deliverables will be and what the finished project should look like by the end. Team and individual responsibilities will need to be clearly defined to prevent any redundancies or gaps as well as establish accountability throughout the process.

Project Manager Roles and Responsibilities: What does a PM Really Do?

Project Bliss

Defining the project scope. Clearly defining the scope will help your team focus and ensure that you and the customer have the same understanding of what will be included in the solution. If you want to know what success looks like for your project, you need to define what that means.

These 3 Toxic Personalities Make Project Managers Crazy


While critical thinking, questioning, and even conflict can be healthy for a team, what defines this type is the underlying anger. Are You One of Them? If you've ever led a project, you know that it takes more than high quality project management software to get things done.

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The Best Free Project Management Resources


How to define effective project management. Prioritize your work by defining a budget, setting a scheduled due date, and getting ready to take action! But neither all the best content in the world nor the most well-defined execution process is enough to guarantee your team’s success.

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Good Enough

Tyner Blain

Many people mis-define product in MVP to mean experiment. There are three perspectives on how we approach defining good enough when making decisions about investment in our products. But no one provides us with any tools for articulating how to define “good enough.”

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Product Owner Manager – Alone Together

Tyner Blain

Understanding how a customer defines success is something both product manager and product owner must know. While we’re at it – user experience is heavily involved in understanding how a customer defines success at solving a problem. Product owners and product managers.

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Agile Project Management Methodology Explained


In this article, we will explain what agile project management is, define its process, tell you why agile might be right for your next project, and finally a few downfalls of this methodology.

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Features do not a Product Roadmap Make

Tyner Blain

At one elevation or perspective, something is a requirement, defining and constraining what must be done; in a different context, that same something is a design choice representing a choice about how to do what must be done.

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The Potential of Agile

Tyner Blain

Quality should be defined from the outside in, just like your product. When you define quality as “how many bugs there are” you are thinking too small. The pop-culture concept of a silver bullet – a simple solution to a hard problem – is a dangerous idea.

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Project Management Basics: 6 Steps to a Foolproof Project Plan


Step 3: Define Deliverables. You can actually finalize dates when you sit down to define your project schedule in the next step.). Look at each deliverable and define the series of tasks that need to be completed in order to accomplish each one.

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

The Lazy Project Manager

Numerous studies have shown that a project progresses effectively when the team is working on activities that are clearly defined and planned. In addition, it’s important to define the project leader and who to contact in the event of a problem or change.

5 Tips for Project Management


Define the project. The first step will be to define your project. Define milestones. These should be clearly defined from the start as well. Your new project is in its starting blocks, waiting on your desk or still something you have in mind?

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Scrum Master vs Project Manager: What’s the Difference?

Project Bliss

Here’s information on the Project Manager roles and responsibilities listed in this post : Define project scope. Are you considering a career move? . Perhaps you’re considering Project Management because it uses many skills you already have. But wait.


An Effective Project Kick-Off Meeting Needs Preparation

Arras People

Defining these elements will drive the decisions you must make for staffing the project and developing the project plan. Step 5: Define key success factors. Take the time to define in specific terms each item that will be required for success.

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Herding Cats

Only when those Capabilities are defined, can technical and operational requirements be defined. You’ve got to start with the customer experience and work back toward the technology – not the other way around - Steve Jobs.

What they weren’t telling you when you took over that project…

Kiron Bondale

There is a dynamic decision making process : Project governance processes were not well defined or practiced and decisions are being frequently challenged and reversed. Lemon.

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Design the Poster

Zen Project Management

The idea is to help the team define and understand the product vision. Anyone that's been around Agile for a while has probably heard of the Design the Box exercise. I'm getting near the end of a project. We've had some challenges in terms of making the right decisions on scope. This has manifested itself in completing user stories only to have the business team say "I know that's what I asked for, but I don't think it's right." We didn't do a Design the Box at the start of the project.

Increasing the Probability of Project Success

Herding Cats

Domain is King, No Domain Defined, No Way To Test Your Idea. Increasing the Probability of Project Success Simple in Theory, Complex in Practice.

The Project Sponsor Role: How a Great Project Sponsor Helps you Succeed

Project Bliss

Having them define project success helps you both get clearer about the desired outcome. Having a great project sponsor can contribute to the success of your project. But what should you expect from the person serving in the project sponsor role? What can he do for you and your project?

You Won’t Believe What These Five Lenses Can Show You About Your Product

Tyner Blain

Clearly articulating the expectations the leadership team has – the measures by which “success” is defined for the product. I do a multi-day workshop to define what it means for a particular team. There’s more stuff defining columns.

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Agile Through a Matrix Lens

Tyner Blain

Our first step is to define our two axes. Requirements and expectations are immutable – this is the typical expectation within a large bureaucracy; someone built a business case, got funding, and allocated a team to deliver the product as-defined.

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System Engineering FAQ

Musings on Project Management

Here's the way NASA defines it: " system engineeringA lot of PMs know they need systems engineering, or think they might, but aren't sure who these folks are or what they do. Here's my FAQ I used when I was a Director for systems engineering for an aerospace and communications firm (And, I tried to make this not to stuffy!) What is this thing called system engineering? What is system engineering?

Six things you should do when kicking off a project

Susanne Madsen

It’s not for the PM to set these rules but for the core team to define. On some projects it isn’t possible to define all detailed requirements up front as not everything can be decided that early. ​What do you do when you’ve just landed a new project?

What is a Program Manager vs. a Project Manager?


Their role is to map out and define the list of dependent projects that need to be completed to reach the overall goal. Program manager vs. project manager — to understand how these two similar roles differ, you must first know the difference between programs and projects.

Avoiding project change analysis denial of service!

Kiron Bondale

Wikipedia defines a denial-of-service attack as “ a cyber-attack where the perpetrator seeks to make a machine or network resource unavailable to its intended users, such as to temporarily or indefinitely interrupt or suspend services of a host connected to the Internet.

Construction Risk Management: What to do when your project goes wrong


In other words, you can’t really define risk on the exact same way in every construction project. How we could define risk in a construction project. It becomes clear that we could define risk as any possible danger for the proper function and development of a construction project.

What Makes a Great Product Manager?

The Clever PM

Due to the vagaries of how different companies and industries define the role of Product Manager, it’s often a struggle to determine what skills and abilities one must have in order to separate themselves from the crowd. But while the roles may differ, I’m a strong believer that there is a core set of capabilities […]. Product Management Culture Good PM Influence Leadership Learning PM Psychology Roles

Is Agile Really Cheaper?

Tyner Blain

The important question to ask is if following a process that is defined by agile principles is better than one that is not. Anything you do that helps you better define the problems, and validate the solutions is “better.”

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Fewer choices beats full freedom when introducing self-organization!

Kiron Bondale

However, where goals become more complex and there is a need for sustained follow-through and not just early buy-in, then leaders should take a more structured approach with defined steps or actions to achieve a better outcome. The same is true when defining work practices.

Empathy and Respect: What Makes Teams Great

Pawel Brodzinski

The way we define it, though, is “good enough”. Note: I’m using a very broad definition of empathy here, as there is a whole discussion how empathy is defined and decomposed. I’ve been known to bring up research on collective intelligence in many situations, e.g. here , here , or here.

The 3 Steps to Take When Failure is Not an Option: Getting to Impeccable Business Execution

Girl's Guide to PM

Impeccable means that you operate within the clearly defined constraints of mission success. Shift your team’s definition of impeccable by defining the new standard, what it could mean for the organization if they achieved that standard, and also define what will happen if they don’t change.

The 5 Skills You Need For Managing Complex Projects

Girl's Guide to PM

This isn’t totally the way I would define complexity on projects. Read Next: Complexity in Mega IT Projects (which is about building a 7-star hospital and defines complexity in a different way). However you define it, let’s talk now about the skills you need to manage a complex project.

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