Wed.Aug 21, 2019

Cost Estimation for Projects: How to Estimate Accurately

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.

Is Project Management Really an Ageing Profession?

Arras People

Over recent years Project Management has gained a reputation for having an ageing population. This was one of the statistics that caught my eye recently when I was looking over the 2019 PMBR. As you can see by the figure below the percentage of 50 to 59 is 36%.

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How do you Track Value in an Agile Transformation?

Leading Agile

There are a lot of vanity metrics floating around in Agile. The fact of the matter is it doesn’t matter how many ScrumMasters you run through a CSM class, it doesn’t matter how many people you train, and how many daily standups you run.

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Startup Resources That Will Help You Grow Your Business


When I left cubicle nation for the never-boring life of a freelancer, I was exhilarated. No more commute! Bye-bye office politics! Hello, hour-long lunches and a freedom that would never have been possible ten or even five years ago.

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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?

Don’t outsource your culture change

Lynne Cazaly

Adopting new more agile ways of working is on the agenda for businesses - large, small, corporate, not for profit, government - responding to the needs of customers and the changing ways of the world. If a business needs to change how it is working, the culture will need to shift too.

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Fix a fundamental first

Lynne Cazaly

Before you go all wow with new initiatives, first identify processes or systems that drive your customers crazy. Do you know what they are? Rather than creating cool new whatevers, fix a fundamental. Like how customers give you their money.

The importance of delivering top-notch digital customer experience

Customers today are different from the ones even just a couple of years ago. For one, they’re much more informed and discerning. Given access to the Internet, social media and the like, it’s easy for customers to know what they want and even how they want things to be. And they’re not shy about their choices too, nor do they hesitate to switch to a competitor if they’re not satisfied. Given how word gets out, bad reviews from customers carry exponentially more weight today than they did before.

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The waste of misdirected effort

Lynne Cazaly

Imagine working on a task or project and later finding that much of what you’ve done isn’t needed, that you'd kept heading down a path that wasn't necessary. I noticed a colleague working on a project recently, spending hours and days preparing and producing some work and. it’s not needed. It was never needed. They estimated they'd spent a week of time, at a minimum - all of it not needed. Time could have been better directed towards more valuable activities.

10 Best Time Tracking Software for Engineers


Engineers don’t have it easy. They have to deal with lots of numbers, data, and. Comparisons time tracking software for engineers

Managing The Project Budget - Developing Your Project Management Skills

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

It may not be all planned out and certain

Lynne Cazaly

I received a call from a company wanting guidance on transitioning to new-ish ways of working. We talked about why they wanted to do this, yet they also wanted a plan, a document that showed what would happen when so they could ‘roll it out’ across the business. But here’s the thing: as the world is all uncertain and changing, so too might this change or transformation process. The way it starts may not be how it continues or how it ends.

Add Notes to Resource Request and Approval Workflow

Hub Planner

Reading Time: 4 minutes. Adding Request Notes to Resource and Vacation Approval Workflow.

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Locked, blocked, stirred or primed

Lynne Cazaly

Locked, blocked, stirred or primed. It's how I see people, teams and business on awareness of new ways of working. Work keeps evolving and customer needs do too, so we must adapt and respond to these forces. This is agility. ?? LOCKED - Unaware of old ways It's easy to stick with old ways of work not thinking anything is 'wrong' with them. But that view is most certainly fixed, locked. ?

Projects are Life: Heidi Mahoney, Tilson


1,000. That’s the number of nationwide cellular sites that Heidi Mahoney manages for wireless network carriers every single day. As a Senior Project Manager for Tilson, Heidi oversees multi-site small cell wireless deployments in markets across the country. She is responsible for ensuring projects move smoothly from site initiation to construction handoff. Heidi joined Tilson six years ago as a Project Administrator and was quickly promoted to Project Manager and then to Senior Project Manager.

Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

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

Overcooking the work - Overworking the cook

Lynne Cazaly

It was a reality cooking show and a competitor ruined the protein for all of the meals by overcooking it. In the bin! What a waste! This can happen in our everyday life. When we have a task to complete we can keep cooking and cooking it, trying to make it better. Then at some point it’s overdone, overcooked. What a waste! It isn’t only the waste of effort; also the waste of energy, time, resources, power, space, people.

Take Time for Important Stuff

Bridge the Gap Consulting

I looked across the table at this guy as we ate breakfast at a little cafe. He drove me bat-s**t crazy sometimes. He constantly argued, never wanted help to do anything, told me multiple times a day I was wrong, talked loud and at times wouldn’t listen to a thing I said. But, I also loved this guy with all my heart. He’s my 9 year old son. Since he was 5, he has wanted to go to Paris.

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Start talking about it - new ways of working

Lynne Cazaly

If agility is on your company's agenda, then start talking about it. → What does agile mean to you? → Why is it important to you? → What are your customers expecting? → What things can you begin to shift and adjust as you move towards newer ways of working? → What older ways of working might need to go?

The importance of delivering top-notch digital customer experience

Customers today are different from the ones even just a couple of years ago. For one, they’re much more informed and discerning. Given access to the Internet, social media and the like, it’s easy for customers to know what they want and even how they want things to be. And they’re not shy about their […]. The post The importance of delivering top-notch digital customer experience appeared first on For Managers | Personal Development Hacks. Management Productivity

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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.

Determine the minimum effective dose

Lynne Cazaly

What’s the least you could do, the least that’s required? Some people think the world is going to ruin, that quality will drop if we don’t do our bestest of the very best of the best on every single thing we work on. Oh sure, high quality and attention to detail matters, but not on everything! Keep quality for the things that really matter.