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How to Create a Project Timeline In Excel (Free Template Included)

ProjectManager.com

A project timeline is a project scheduling tool that’s used to estimate the total duration of a project from start to end by mapping tasks, deliverables and milestones in chronological order. Gantt charts are the most commonly used tool to create and manage project timelines, but there are other methods and tools you can use like Excel. In this blog, we’ll go through a step-by-step guide on how to create a project timeline in Excel using various methods and then, we’ll explore other project sche

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Questions to ask a project management mentor

Rebel’s Guide to PM

Have you got a project management mentor? Whether you’re excited to meet them for the first time, or have had a few calls/sessions already, you are probably wondering if you are using their time effectively and asking the right questions. I certainly worried about that when I got my first mentor. Now I mentor other people, I can tell you that all you want is some conversation starters that are relevant to you and your career.

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AI Voices vs Voice Actors for Training

The IIL Blog

By Kerri Acheson Originally published here. As much as I would like to open this discussion with a bold statement about how artificial intelligence voices can never replace human voice actors (being one of the latter myself), I cannot. Learning and Development (L&D) professionals have adapted to many different applications of AI in recent years.

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What Are 7 Things Product Owners Should Stop Doing?

Scrum.org

This article was first published in the AskScrum.com newsletter. Subscribe to AskScrum.com to be the first to receive articles like this. There are good and great product owners. Sometimes, the distance from good to great is the hardest part of the journey. If you want your product owner to be more effective, show them this. Living the product owner accountability in a product organisation takes work.

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Acclaim Projects Helps Deliver Innovation Projects on Time and on Budget

This large intercity transportation company for people and freight employs 100+ IT employees and contractors across North America and Europe and spends $10MM annually for approximately 50 inflight projects. The company needed the right financial tools to budget for innovation initiatives and real-time information on spending and forecasting. This transportation company turned to Acclaim Projects by Sopheon to help deliver projects on time and within budget.

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Risk Management and AI

Musings on Project Management

The U.S. NIST has issued, after long discussion and drafts reviewed, their risk management framework (RMF) for A.I. You can read it here.NIST says: The AI RMF refers to an AI system as an engineered or machine-based system that can, for a given set of objectives, generate outputs such as predictions, recommendations, or decisions influencing real or virtual environments.

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Did You Know That AI And Humans BOTH Have Challenges Accepting a Heartfelt and Authentic Acknowledgment?

The IIL Blog

By Judith W. Umlas ChatGPT did such an amazing job for me today when I gave it a task, that I put a “thumbs up” on its response. This took me to a separate box to explain why. When I returned to the original conversation, I asked it, giggling to myself… “Did you receive the “acknowledgment'” I sent about you in the personal response I sent?

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11 Agile Project Management Skills You Need to Succeed in 2024

Sandeep Kashyap

Introduction Want to be an agile project manager? It’s no secret that agile project management has become a buzzword in today’s fast-paced business world. And for a good reason — it offers an iterative and flexible approach to managing projects. It ultimately leads to faster delivery of high-quality products and services. But to succeed in this dynamic realm, you need the right agile project management skills.

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Thinking About Thinking

The IIL Blog

An excerpt from Problem Solver on how we make decisions By Cheryl Strauss Einhorn Nonprofit leaders need a thoughtful way to make decisions, big and small. But we have never been taught to recognize how we make decisions personally and professionally, even as it slowly dawns on us that different people make decisions differently. And that can cause friction.

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Healthy Goals, Psychology, and Performance Assessment

PM Times

A reader reported that the “Motivation: Intentions, Goals and Plans” chapter of my book, The Peaceful Warrior’s Path, triggered memories and painful feelings about performance reviews. That set me to thinking that the cause of much of the trouble with performance assessment as a part of performance management was psychology and mindset about criticism, […] The post Healthy Goals, Psychology, and Performance Assessment appeared first on Project Management Articles, Webinar

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Strategic Finance Essentials: A Project Manager’s Guide to Financial Impact

Speaker: Ketan Jahagirdar - Sopheon’s Director of Product Management

Empower yourself as a project manager with insights that directly influence the financial landscape and strategic direction of your organization! Join us for a deep dive into the world of financial strategy, as we dissect key metrics that drive CFOs and business leaders’ investment decisions.This session will equip you with the necessary tools to craft compelling business cases as well as a comprehensive understanding of the crucial distinction between capital expenditure and operational expendi

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The Hidden Costs of Inefficient Marketing Workflows: Impacts and Solutions

Admation

The efficiency of marketing workflows and processes stands as a pivotal factor in determining the success of a marketing campaign or even the business's success. Behind the scenes of every successful marketing campaign lies a web of processes that, if not managed efficiently, can lead to a myriad of hidden costs. These costs, often underestimated, can significantly affect a business’s financial health and its ability to stay competitive.

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EV Fleets Face Interconnection Challenges

Sitetracker

Fleets are going electric. It’s going to be an evolution rather than a revolution, but now is the time to start. With solid planning, early outreach to utilities, and the right tools, fleets, their customers, and the environment all stand to gain. The post EV Fleets Face Interconnection Challenges appeared first on Sitetracker.

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Are You Heading in the Right Direction? ?

Scrum.org

From developers making code, architectural, and security choices, to product owners deciding on features, and businesses focusing on their vision, we explore the need to ask if the current direction is the right one. ? We also touch on the importance of being aware of the ever-changing world and using data to make informed decisions. ? Key topics include: The importance of evaluating direction Developers making the right choices Product owners building the right features Businesses focusing on t

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What is Predictive Analytics? …especially in Project Management

Online PM Courses

In this video, I answer the question, what is Predictive Analytics? And I look at its application to Project Management. The post What is Predictive Analytics? …especially in Project Management appeared first on OnlinePMCourses.

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3 ‘Must-Dos’ for Addressing Digital Transformation Challenges

Digital transformation projects are crucial, with global spending projected to hit $3.4 trillion by 2026. However, they often fail at a rate of about 70%. To enhance success: Employee Buy-in: Acknowledge concerns and establish a change management team to communicate benefits transparently. Identify Processes and Tools: Form a digital transformation office to establish metrics, workstream lifecycles, data capture, and tool selection.

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Womit solltest du als Scrum Master deine Zeit verbringen? 3 Kriterien, um die richtigen Probleme zu lösen

Scrum.org

Womit verbringt ein Scrum Master seinen Arbeitstag? Diese Frage stellte ich bereits unterschiedlichsten Scrum Mastern. Die Antwort ist immer dieselbe: Entweder moderieren sie Meetings oder beheben eine Katastrophe nach der anderen. Und natürlich sollte ein Feuer schnellstmöglich gelöscht werden, wenn es brennt. Und da weder Produktionsausfälle noch verpasste Deadlines oder Probleme in der Qualität allein gelöst werden können, verbringen Scrum Master viel Zeit in Status-, Jourfixe- oder Krisensit

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5 User Engagement Metrics for B2B SaaS

Binfire

According to recent research, the SaaS market size is projected to grow from $273.55 billion in 2023 to $908.21 billion by 2030 at a CAGR of 18.7%. One of the critical factors contributing to this growth is user engagement. Engaged users are more likely to convert, advocate, and contribute to sustained business success. But how do you know if your users are genuinely engaged?

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Filtering Dashboard events, tracking approval changes, and more

Resource Guru

Somehow we’re already one month into 2024. How are those resolutions holding up? This year, we made the same resolution we always do – to commit ourselves to continually improving Resource Guru so your next 12 months are characterised by scheduling serenity. We’ve already kicked things off this year with the release of the Activity Log , which reveals the change history of any booking in either the Schedule or our all-new Dashboard.

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50 Phone Interview Questions to Ask Candidates (With Answers)

Teamweek

Phone screening interviews are still one of the most dependable screening methods when you need to turn a mountain of resumes into a shortlist of viable candidates. Yet while almost everyone uses phone interviews, it’s easy to get them wrong, sending the wrong candidates down the hiring pipeline. That’s why recruiters need to master the art of the phone screening interview.

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20 Common Mistakes Made by Inexperienced Project Managers

You’ve read the PMBOK® Guide several times, taken the certification exam for project managers, passed, and you are now a PMP®. So why do you keep making rookie mistakes? This whitepaper shows 20 of the most common mistakes that young or inexperienced project managers make, issues that can cost significant time and money. It's a good starting point for understanding how and why many PMs get themsleves into trouble, and provides guidance on the types of issues that PMs need to understand.

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Meaning of work/Not know and be ok/Art, Creativity & Science/Leaping this year

Lynne Cazaly

What does your work mean to you It's always a good time to think about what you want from your work and what you work gives you. Work, workplaces and the world of work is changing -- and continues to change. And you might need to adapt or change what you do for work or how you work. Read more in this piece from Psychology Today and take another look at the meaning of work and how things might, possibly, be able to shift for you.

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How to build a project management workflow (+ 3 templates)

Wrike

A project management workflow is more than just a roadmap for work; it’s a mechanism for driving the completion of connected tasks, responsibilities, and timelines. An effective, automated workflow (or set of workflows) helps you execute a project plan, maintain the momentum of your team’s work, and ensure everyone’s managing their tasks effortlessly.

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Float alternatives: 5 top-rated tools to consider for your team

Resource Guru

Whether you’re unhappy with Float’s performance, flexibility, or schedule design—there are plenty of Float alternatives to choose from. We know there’s no one-size-fits-all solution, it all comes down to identifying the unique needs of your business and project teams. That said, a resource management tool that centralizes your resource scheduling needs in a single platform means less time switching between tools, and more time working toward project goals.