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The silver lining on the people management cloud of project-oriented structures

Kiron Bondale

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Essential Project Management Interview Questions

Online PM Courses

The OnlinePMCourses mammoth guide to preparing for your Project Management interview - what they want to know and why, and what questions you may get. The post Essential Project Management Interview Questions appeared first on OnlinePMCourses.

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Four Misconceptions about the Critical Path


Most non-technical people don’t know what the critical path is; whereas, those that work on IT projects know what it means at a high level, but have few insights into the actual mechanics of it—and how quickly it can change the outcome of their projects!

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How to avoid Common Scrum Meetup Mistakes


There is no denying the importance that communication has when it comes to the success of an agile methodology and Scrum-based projects in particular. .


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.

Project Management Job Description (Copy + Paste for Free)


If you want a world-class employee, you need to create a top-notch project management job description to attract them. A good hiring ad clarifies the applicant’s role in the company. But more importantly, it means the right applicants apply for your job.

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The danger of more

Lynne Cazaly

Buying popcorn at the Apollo 11 doco recently (incredible music by Matt Morton btw) the attendant asked if I’d like to ‘supersize it’ The opportunity to upgrade, add more and make bigger is everywhere. When is enough enough for you? ‘Maximizing’ is a perfectionist behaviour. We think we need more, better, different or just more. ?More More research, data or insights before we present. ?More More consultation, more people, more topics before deciding. ?More

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Exhaustively seeking the best

Lynne Cazaly

This week’s posts are on maximising. It's not a good thing. Nobel Prize-winning economist Herbert Simon talked of ‘maximising'. As a political scientist and cognitive psychologist he knew plenty about how we make decisions. If we keep working on something - think a presentation, report or document - we can end up wasting a great deal of energy, time and effort. The result is we create stress, worry and unnecessary overthinking.

Comparing against others to an unhealthy degree.

Lynne Cazaly

I'm posting on ‘maximising’ this week; the unhelpful activity associated with perfectionism, making us overthink, stress, doubt and be paralysed with inaction, stuck (of course) in comparison. You know that quote: ‘Comparison is the thief of joy’ well, it does indeed make us miserable. The perfectionist (the maximiser) keeps comparing everything, thinking it's the way to a better solution or more perfect answer.

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All that effort, unhappy with the outcomes

Lynne Cazaly

On the topic of ‘maximising’, this week’s posts highlight the damaging effects of striving for more, better, perfect. Maximising isn’t as good as it sounds. It means we put in extreme, herculean efforts trying to make things better, tick all the boxes, cover all the bases (and other metaphors!) to cover every question, topic or query.

Build Product Progress with a Strong Data Culture

Speaker: Nima Gardideh, CTO, Pearmill

Have you ever thought your product's progress was headed in one direction, and been shocked to see a different story reflected in big picture KPIs like revenue? It can be confusing when customer feedback or metrics like registration or retention are painting a different picture. No matter how sophisticated your analytics are, if you're asking the wrong questions - or looking at the wrong metrics - you're going to have trouble getting answers that can help you. Join Nima Gardideh, CTO of Pearmill, as he demonstrates how to build a strong data culture within your team, so everyone understands which metrics they should actually focus on - and why. Then, he'll explain how you can use your analytics to regularly review progress and successes. Finally, he'll discuss what you should keep in mind when instrumenting your analytics.

Choose satisficing over maximising

Lynne Cazaly

When we're working on a task or activity at some point we need to say, ‘Enough. It's satisfactory. That will suffice.’ ’ 'Satisfactory’ and ‘suffice’ were cleverly combined in Nobel Prize–winning economist Herbert Simon's Theory of Satisficing. This decision-making theory says look at alternatives and go with the best. Make a choice. It will do, it is good enough.

Agile is a way of thinking and working

Lynne Cazaly

This week I'm at the Agile 2019 conference in Washington DC. Some people think 'agile' or 'agility' are buzzwords or cliches. Well they are if you throw them around trying to sound all. agile! Agile is actually a way of thinking and working that's sweeping the world. And it's not just limited to the tech industries where it started to thrive. It's being applied across all sorts of fields, sectors and industries.

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Attention and focus

Lynne Cazaly

Reporting in from Agile 2019 in Washington DC. Author Chris Bailey kicked off the conference keynoting on how to manage your attention in a world of distraction. t turns out we don't need to fit more content in, we need to create more space. Productivity he says, is a combination of time, energy and attention. We'd do well to take care of our energy. It was funny when he said that having a coffee now is borrowing our energy from later in the day.

Quotable quotes

Lynne Cazaly

There are plenty of concurrent sessions going on here at Agile 2019 in Washington DC. About 20 options to choose from every 90 mins! At this, or any conference, it’s easy to be swamped, firehose style with content, topics, presentations, models and references. The key in distilling information is to get up higher in context, out of the detail of a case study for example, so you can take a key message and share it or explore it further.

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What Is (and Isn’t) Product Management?

Speaker: Steve Johnson, VP of Products, Pragmatic Institute

Product Management is one of the most exciting - and most misunderstood - functions in technical organizations. Is it strategic or tactical? Is it a planning role or a support role? Many product professionals are unclear about what is (and isn't) product management. After all, product management spans many activities from business planning to market readiness. In this session, we’ll examine many product activities and artifacts for product strategy, planning, and growth, and introduce a simple tool that you can use in your organization to clarify the roles of product management and others. Steve Johnson explores the many roles of Product Management in this fun talk focused on why product managers should obsess on problems instead of solutions.

Lynne Cazaly - Keynote at Agile Alliance 2019

Lynne Cazaly

What a privilege to be at Agile 2019 in Washington DC and today, to take to the stage and deliver a keynote. The topic was ‘ish: The problem with our pursuit for perfection and the life changing practice of good enough.’ ’ Here's a visual summary of the key points I presented. You can get the book, ebook or audiobook - yes with me narrating - wherever you normally buy your books! The bottom line is, perfectionism is a problem that is on the increase.

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