Thu.Jun 20, 2019

Why Projects Fail

Brad Egeland

Everyone has failed projects. We start big and hope for the best – kicking off the bright new project, only to run into problems along the way and the, sometimes 4-5 times out of 10 according to many surveys, something happens that either kills the project or ensures that it won't be considered much of a success by throwing it way off the timeline, budget or quality delivery. Or perhaps we just lose the customer's confidence and satisfaction level along the way.

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How to Handle Digital Transformation Pain Points

Epicflow Blog

Gartner suggests that focusing on digital transformation is the best way to retain a competitive advantage and increase opportunities for growth. When digitizing production and investing in digital factories , companies expect a considerable increase in efficiency.

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10 Common Project Management Pitfalls


10 Common Project Management Pitfalls. There is always a sense of optimism at the start of a project that surely everything will go smoothly this time. Of course, even the most novice project manager is less than surprised when things don’t always go quite according to plan.

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10 Office Etiquette Tips to Swear By

Office etiquette might sound like an old-fashioned concept, and perhaps it is, but that doesn’t mean it’s antiquated. Good manners have a purpose. They provide a social roadmap and foster a culture of respect where people on the job can get along better.

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Make an Impact with Analytics and Journey Maps

Speaker: Kirui K. K., Co-founder and CEO of Tanasuk Africa

If you want to offer a better user experience, it can be tempting to track each and every data point in your product. However, this can quickly get complicated and overwhelming as you collect more and more data. How do you know which metrics will help you improve? Kirui K. K., Co-founder & CEO Tanasuk Africa, wants you to know that analytics don't have to be complicated to make an impact - no matter the size of your company. Join him as he explains how to create a customer journey map, then use that map to figure out the metrics you need to know - and how to use them.

Client Success: DIGARC Improves Utilization by 20% With Mavenlink


DIGARC is a software company dedicated to solving issues that plague higher education through their solutions. Find out how Mavenlink helped DIGARC improve their business processes, leading to improved utilization rates and increased on-budget project delivery. About DIGARC.

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Benefits of Using Gantt Charts: Project Managers Share Their Experience

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Should You Limit the Size of Work Brought Into a Sprint?

Leading Agile

In this episode of SoundNotes, we tackle the question of whether or not it’s a good idea for the Development Team to limit the size of work brought into a Sprint. Many teams consider this to be a valuable practice during Sprint Planning or when creating a Definition of Ready.

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Why You Should be Checking Out MPUG’s Vendor Showcase This July


We are excited to announce the lineup of participants for MPUG’s 2019 Vendor Showcase. We’ll be hearing from companies like Prosperi, Critical Tools, and Barbecana in just a few weeks. There’s no better way to learn about the latest Microsoft Project-related apps, add-ins, and services.

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Top Ten PMO Themes 2019

Strategy Execution | PMO Perspectives

Last week it was the fifth PMO Conference in London. With over 400 PMO practitioners from around the globe and over 20 sessions to choose from, there’s a lot to learn about where PMO is heading right now.

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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.

5 reasons why investing in employees is a win-win situation


Why You Should Invest In Your Employees If You Want To Grow Your Business Business owners with traditional mindsets tend to only focus on capital investments. They believe that spending money is the only way to make more money.

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Benefits of Using Gantt Charts: Project Managers Share Their Experience

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A Guide to Saving Time in Marketing Planning


A Guide to Saving Time in Marketing Planning. In marketing, it’s often said that no two days are ever the same, there is a variety to the role which means there is always something new to be working on. However, having said that, there is some repetition in the way we do things.

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Why Do I Need A Social Media Strategy?


Why Do I Need A Social Media Strategy? When you mention social media, everyone automatically thinks of celebrities with millions of followers and endless tweets about their perfect lives. There are a number of reasons why a business should be active on social media but if the answer to why is “because everyone does it” then it’s time to have a rethink and address some questions such as: Why you are doing it? Who do I want to target? What channels do I want to use? What content will I need?

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.

Conducting an Efficient Management Review for ISO 27001 and ISO 22301


Conducting an Efficient Management Review for ISO 27001 and ISO 22301. For anyone who has ever managed to try and gather an overloaded management team or Board of Directors together to facilitate a management review meeting for any regulatory compliance standard realises what a nightmare challenge this is to co-ordinate.

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Event Planning – Don’t Leave Anything To Chance


Event Planning - Don't Leave Anything To Chance. A successful event which runs smoothly relies on a great deal of organisation. Anyone who has ever planned any kind of event will tell you it can be a highly stressful task, there are a million things to consider, contingency plans for things outwith your control such as the great British weather going against you are a must and that it is never too early to start planning and organising.

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Make University Life Easier


Make University Life Easier. University isn’t all about night outs, joining clubs and societies and meeting new people. Sadly at one point some work needs to get done, you are there after all to get a degree! Although there are a lot of good aspects to university, when it comes to coursework and exams it can be really challenging. You’ll no doubt have thought; how do I even start this essay? What is the point in group work apart from me ending up doing the work of 4 people?

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Sales Strategy – Now That’s A Novelty


Sales Strategy - Now That's A Novelty. Hiring great Sales Staff is notoriously difficult and I for one have made a few bad hires over the years. It is so easy to get sucked in, as the personalities in front of you have a natural ability to talk such a good game. A new approach was needed. I changed my tact when interviewing for sales positions and discovered that within 15 minutes you could determine if someone was worth further consideration. That alone was a bonus.

Your Post-Launch Toolkit for Understanding Your Users

Speaker: Brittney Gwynn, former Director of Product, Simple Health

If you've ever launched an MVP, you know that the journey has only just begun. How do you figure out what to do next? You know that you need to look at how different user segments react, but how do you quickly distinguish signal from noise so you can iterate and improve? Join Brittney Gwynn, former Director of Product at Simple Health, as she explains how you can use early customer feedback, usage data, and continuous experimentation to optimize your journey to product-market fit. Whether you're at a brand-new company, or looking to innovate within a more mature organization, or anywhere in between, you'll come away with a new skill set, ready to make the most of your launches.

Using Technology to Streamline Project Initiation Instruction


Using Technology to Streamline Project Initiation Instruction. The Project Initiation Instruction (PII) – or the Definition Document – is one of the most important artifacts in project management because it provides a foundation for the project. It specifies why the project is important, what will be delivered, when it will be delivered and how. It’s the contract between the project management team and the steering committee – or sponsor/stakeholders – if you like.

Marketing – It’s Really Just Great Storytelling


Marketing - It's Really Just Great Storytelling. When deciding on a career in marketing, what did you envision? Mad Men style advertising agencies and big creative campaigns perhaps? Is that the reality or are you like the many marketers just trying to find creative ways to tell your amazing product story and be heard above the noise? Content marketing plays a huge role in any marketer’s life and everyone will approach it differently, here is an outline of how I approach this area of marketing.

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SWOT – It’s All About The Follow Through


SWOT - It's All About The Follow Through. I have been involved in many SWOT sessions over the years, often as a participant and many other times facilitating the group. What I can say without any shadow of doubt is that the real work kicks-in once the initial session is done, but sadly we often don’t get round to that, as we continue to get caught up in the many other challenges that we face daily. Probably the challenges that caused us to call a SWOT session in the first place!

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Empower Your Human Resources Processes


A Guide to Saving Time in Marketing Planning. A founder can’t grow a winning enterprise single handedly. Some may try, but it is nearly impossible to do so. Every famous entrepreneur that has succeeded in building a flourishing company has done so with great employees by his or her side. That’s why hiring and retaining the best employees is more important than ever. An entrepreneur can invent and even commercialise an idea as an enterprise of one.

The Magic of Intent: Start Knowing The Goals of Your Users

Speaker: Terhi Hanninen, Senior Product Manager, Zalando, and Dr. Franziska Roth, Senior User Researcher, Zalando

It's important to know your users - what are their preferences, pain points, ultimate goals? With user research and usage data, you can get a great idea of how your users act. The tricky part is, very few users reliably act the same way every time they use your product. Join Terhi Hanninen, Senior Product Manager, and Dr. Franziska Roth, Senior User Researcher at Zalando, as they explain how they were able to reach a new level of user understanding - by taking their user research and segmenting their users by point-in-time intent. You'll leave with a strategy to change how your product team, and organization at large, understands your users.

Web Design Projects Aren’t Just about Design


Web Design Projects Aren't Just About Design. If as a marketer, you are tasked with delivering and launching a new website, you might think that the starting points is to find a great designer, outline a quick brief and let them go about setting it up. However, in reality there is so much more to it, with a number of factors which need to be taken into consideration.

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Recruiting – most of you won’t like this


Recruitment - most of you won't like this. This is written from an employer’s perspective which will win me few friends, but we have a voice and it needs to be heard. Forget anything else; recruitment continues to be the biggest risk to any growing organisation. Of all that could go bad, how can that be? The fact that an organisation is growing suggests they have already got good people on board, do many things right and that in turn infers that many obvious risks are in check.

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Strategy – A Complicated Way to Describe Something Simple?


Strategy - A Complicated Way to Describe Something Simple? Only 3 things are needed to have a strategy. Knowledge of where you are, understanding where you want to get to and devising a plan to make it happen. If only it were that simple. The problem is that not all strategic objectives are the same in terms of scale and complexity and arguably strategy is not just restricted to corporate objectives.

PESTLE Analysis – Not Got Time For That!


PESTLE Analysis - Not Got Time For That! Give me a break, with everything that needs done around here, why should I spend time doing a PESTLE Analysis? The truth is maybe you shouldn’t, but somebody ought to. In my younger years I use to think a quick SWOT session could do the trick and provide us with focus on what needs done, but I can’t help but feel we missed a few tricks along the line with that kind of thinking.

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A Simple Framework for Complex User Goals

Speaker: Hannah Stegen, Customer Service Manager, Crescendo

How can you measure and affect your users' behavior if they're not doing something that's easily measurable? You can monitor usage, activation, retention, and more, but those metrics don't always align with every one of your goals for your users. Hope is not lost, however: with the right framework, you can still make sure your users are on track. Join Hannah Stegen (she/her), Customer Success Manager at Crescendo as she explains how you can monitor even the most complex user journeys by breaking them up into Attitude, Intention, and Behavior.

6 Key Tips to help you have Effective Employee Performance Reviews


6 Key Tips to Help You Have Effective Employee Performance Reviews. These Tips Will Result in Employees Who Are Motivated to Contribute and Grow Over the course of my career, I’ve hired hundreds of people. Some were exceptional employees who were major contributors to our success. Others didn’t work out, but what I have learnt from all hires is that consistent review and updating of the recruitment and onboarding processes is key to getting it more right than wrong.

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