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Don’t hate the game, hate the player

Kiron Bondale

(Before you correct me for misstating the iconic quote in this article’s title, read ahead) Over the past week, I’ve seen a number of posts from different practitioners on the instance complaining about agile. Here are a few of the examples I’ve read: Agile events or meetings taking up most of the productive time each day User stories not providing an understanding of a user’s needs and wants Continuous delivery of changes resulting in significant unplanned

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What Is the Project Life Cycle?

There are many different types of projects, but interestingly, they all have one thing in common. They all go through the same cycle, known as the project life cycle, or project management life cycle. What Is the Project Life Cycle? The project life cycle is made up of five project stages: project initiation, project planning, project execution, monitoring & control and project closing.


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The Future of Agile Roles != The Future of Agility

The story of Capital One laying off hundreds of people in Agile roles is making the rounds. I have no direct connection to Capital One, so I can’t comment about what’s going on there. What I can share is that for years now, I’ve been coaching companies and leaders to see the Scrum Master and similar roles like the SAFe RTE as accountabilities relevant leaders take on (it can be formal managers/leaders or natural leaders from within teams that are passionate about agility and gravitate to this).

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Juggling Multiple Project Execution Methodologies? This is for you.


As a project management leader, you’ve likely encountered the challenges of using multiple project execution methodologies (such as: waterfall projects, as well as collaborative and Lean-Agile work delivery). This process can be overwhelming for even the most experienced PMO, especially when supporting teams and their work methods of choice, but it doesn’t have to be.

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Why and How to Earn Your PMP® Credential

Gaining your Project Management Professional (PMP) certification can be very beneficial for any project manager. Most successful PMP candidates treat preparing for the PMP exam as a personal project. As such, it requires careful planning and a structured approach. Eligibility criteria must be met, and the exam is known for its difficulty, sometimes requiring multiple attempts.

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The importance of Transparency and the Product Backlog (06)

Scrum is founded on empirical process control, and transparency is one of the three pillars. Each of the Scrum Artifacts exist to bring transparency to the Scrum Team and the stakeholders. If you feel that there is a lack of transparency for any aspect of your initiative, have a good look with your team at your Artifacts. Note: transparency is way more than bringing “visibility”.


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PM Illustrated Audio/Video Book Now Available

Leading Answers

I'm excited to announce that the new PM Illustrated Audio/Video Book is now available! It's an excellent resource for visual learners studying for the PMP exam who would rather watch and listen to content rather than read it. It was a pleasure to partner with Barb Waters on this initiative. Her narration is excellent, and she brings the PM Illustrated book content to life.

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Protecting Your Career: What to do if Your Company is Struggling


As an employee, it can be concerning to hear rumors or see signs that your company may not be doing well. While it’s important to stay informed and be aware of the financial health of your employer, it’s also important to take proactive steps to protect yourself and your career. In this post, we’ll discuss some things you can do if you fear that your company is not doing well, and you’re worried about the possibility of layoffs.

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9 Steps to an Effective Talent Assessment Strategy


Let’s be honest, it’s not easy to find the right talent in the applicant pool. Sifting through bad-fit applications is a tiring process – but it doesn’t need to be with the right talent assessment strategy and a few skills tests. If you’re unfamiliar with talent assessments, it will probably sound like it’s just a bunch of tests, right?

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Intro to Jobs To Be Done (JTBD) and Why It’s Valuable

Leading Agile

Body copy: Jobs to be Done is a Framework designed to enable more innovation and disruption. It’s used as a tool to see products through the eyes of customers and the goals they’re trying to accomplish. In this video, you’ll get a quick introduction and overview of what Jobs to Be Done that includes examples of Jobs, plus an overview of how our LeadingAgile Studios team uses JBTD to solve problems for our clients.

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How to Stay Competitive in the Evolving State of Martech

Marketing technology is essential for B2B marketers to stay competitive in a rapidly changing digital landscape — and with 53% of marketers experiencing legacy technology issues and limitations, they’re researching innovations to expand and refine their technology stacks. To help practitioners keep up with the rapidly evolving martech landscape, this special report will discuss: How practitioners are integrating technologies and systems to encourage information-sharing between departments and pr

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Unsure Which Methodology To Use On A Project? 5 Examples For Guidance

The Digital Project Manager

As a project manager, one of your most important tasks is choosing the right project management methodology for your project. There are many different options to choose from, and each has its own advantages and disadvantages. The methodology you choose will have a big impact on the overall success of your project, so it’s important […] The post Unsure Which Methodology To Use On A Project?

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Managing schedule: who's in charge?

Musings on Project Management

I written this before: "The critical path (CP) and the most important path (MIP) are different more often than you might think."We all know the definition of the CP: the longest path from project inception to project ending. The MIP is the path, long or short, to the most significant value-producing project outcome. This might be the actual project ending, but more often it is not.

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How to Create a Genuinely Effective Feedback System For Team Growth?


What are feedback systems? How are they used? When, where, and how should you use them? And just why are they so important? Whether it’s a simple verbal agreement or a complex ‘combine PDF’ strategy, look no further than this handy guide for answers to all your burning questions! What Are Feedback Systems?

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Project Leadership SkillsWith Paul Nichols

International Institute for Learning

The wide variety of skills and abilities that today’s PMs need to cultivate include: creating and executing on a vision; motivating others; influencing without authority; networking; communicating up, down and laterally; managing stakeholder relationships; and dealing with conflict. This webinar touches briefly on each of the skills mentioned above, exploring them in relation to the project environment.

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The Credential Everyone Wants: The PMP Certification

The Project Management Professional (PMP)® Certification is one of many professional credentials that is awarded by the Project Management Institute (PMI)®. Currently, there are approximately 1.4 million PMI PMPs awarded by PMI, the world’s leading authority on management. The PMP® certification is accredited against the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001 and ISO/ANSI 17024 standards.

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10 Best Notes Apps of 2023


What Are Notes Apps? Notes apps are a type of app that allows you to keep track of your notes, sketches, and other pieces of paper. They come in various formats and styles, but their main feature, in common, is that they allow you to capture and store your thoughts in a digital format.

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