April, 2020

How to Make an Agile Workflow for Your Team


Managing a team is a balancing act. They need direction, but if you’re too hands on then you can often stifle their process. What can a team leader do that doesn’t micromanage their team to death, but inspires them to greater heights of productivity? An agile workflow can help. For a long time the agile framework influenced teams outside of the software development sector from which it originated. People are evangelical about agile.

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COVID-19 and agile are strange bed fellows

Kiron Bondale

COVID-19 is like that car accident just up ahead which you know you shouldn’t be focusing on while driving, but which draws the attention of all around it. After doing a number of articles related to the pandemic, I’d planned to write about something completely different, but as my weekly blogging time drew near I realized that there was (at least) one more topic I needed to write about.

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Agile Project Management: The new go-to for marketing teams in 2020

Girl's Guide to PM

This is a guest contribution from Monica Georgieff, Agile Coach and Trainer at AgileSherpas. Monica Georgieff. What does this new decade have in store for marketers running projects? So far, a turbulent pandemic, uncertainty, crisis, and a volatile global situation. However, beyond the bad news we’ve had to deal with since the beginning of this year, these changing circumstances have ushered in a different kind of enthusiasm for making process improvements in how we work together as well.

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Kanban Powered Business Agility

The Digital Project Manager

The post Kanban Powered Business Agility appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Tools Tools Agile

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Are Your Embedded Analytics DevOps-Friendly?

Does your analytics solution work with your current tech stack and DevOps practices? If not, any update to the analytics could increase deployment complexity and become difficult to maintain. Learn the 5 elements of a DevOps-friendly embedded analytics solution.

Running Projects from Home – The New Normal

Arras People

For many of us, being flexible at work and working from home was an occasional luxury. But since the 23rd of March, for so many people, its become the new normal. Making this change is a process that may be difficult for those not used to prolonged periods of time away from the office. Over the course of the lockdown, I have been attending weekly Zoom meetings with PMO Flashmob WFH. The meetings usually have a theme not specific to the lockdown.

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How to Run a Planning Meeting (Checklist Included)


Meetings—there can be too many. Meetings are sometimes held to discuss when to meet: it can feel absurd. However, meetings are not some useless artifact from business past. They are an important means of communication. That’s why a planning meeting in project management is key to kicking off a successful project. Like any meeting, there are guidelines that must be followed. There must be an agenda, and only those people who need to be there should be in attendance.

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How will I get a job as a remote project manager if I’ve never been one before?

Kiron Bondale

While checking my LinkedIn feed this morning, I saw an update indicating that there are over 2,000 job postings for remote project managers on just one North American employment site. While this is encouraging news for those who have been laid off due to the economic impacts of COVID-19, the number of job seekers has also increased dramatically over the past two months.

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How to maintain a positive attitude about work

Girl's Guide to PM

The skies are grey around our way. And with everything else happening in the world, it can feel like a challenge to keep a positive attitude at work when team members are preoccupied or just don’t want to work on your project. Someone got in touch recently with that exact point, and asked: “How can you maintain a positive, cheerful attitude when working with team members or stakeholders who cast doubt on the project?”.

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What Is Modern Requirements4DevOps? Detailed Overview & Explanation Of Requirements Management Features

The Digital Project Manager

What is Modern Requirements4DevOps? Read on to discover how Modern Requirements4DevOps works—what problems it can. The post What Is Modern Requirements4DevOps? Detailed Overview & Explanation Of Requirements Management Features appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Tools

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6 Steps to Improving Your Application’s Analytics Experience

No one designs bad dashboards and reports on purpose. So why do so many applications have terrible analytics experiences? Download this ebook for secrets to creating dashboards and reports your users will love.

Easter Vacation 2020

Arras People

The Arras People team will be taking a break over the Easter Weekend and all operations will be closed from Thursday evening on the 9th April 2020 until 9-00am on Tuesday 14th April 2020. The team are all following UK Government advice and will be Staying Home, Protecting the NHS and Hoping to Save Lives. Not to mention washing our hands! We hope you have a great holiday weekend whatever your plans. Stay Safe and we will catch up soon. The post Easter Vacation 2020 appeared first on arraspeople

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8 Things Great Project Managers Say Every Day

Project Risk Coach

Stop and consider the words you've spoken recently to your project teams. How would you characterize them? Are you speaking words that bring clarity, courage, and confidence to your teams? Are you asking the right questions to keep your team focused? Never forget – you are working with people who need clarity and who have emotional needs. Your words matter. Before meeting one-on-one with team members or as a team, THINK about your words.

2020 188

Project Time Tracking: Management Tips & Tools


Time is right there in the holy trinity of project management—the triple constraint. The triple constraint consists of the scope, cost and time needed for a project. Every project must manage the triple constraint, and therefore must manage time. Projects by definition have a start and end date. Between those two points is the duration for the project. Project time tracking is the technique that lets you manage deadlines over that duration, ensuring that time doesn’t get away from you.

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Risk management: what's to know?

Musings on Project Management

If you only know one thing about Risk Management, know this: Schedule slack is your most powerful tool Poorly developed instincts and skills in the use of this most powerful tool are leading causes of poor risk management If you are a Systems person a strategic thinker; an integrator; a "it all has to work" person -- you'll translate schedule slack into to "loose coupling" Loose. Risk Management system engineering

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4 Approaches to Data Analytics for Your Application

Selecting the right solution for your embedded analytics is crucial to the success of your application. But with so many solutions and vendors, how do you make this critical selection? Learn about the different approaches to analytics and the pros and cons for each.

Lessons in testing from a pandemic

Kiron Bondale

Ontario has the second highest number of cases of COVID-19 within Canada but it lags all other provinces in terms of testing when measured on a per capita basis. This concern has been raised multiple times by members of the press and finally, this week, the provincial government appears to be treating this issue with the same urgency they have been giving to the procurement of sufficient personal protective equipment for front-line healthcare workers and first responders.

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How To Create Agility In Projects (With Dimitar Karaivanov)

The Digital Project Manager

The post How To Create Agility In Projects (With Dimitar Karaivanov) appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. DPM Podcast

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COVID-19 Sustainable Lessons 04: Transformational Change Requirements

Green Project Management

The COVID-19 pandemic has turned the world upside down, and many countries and communities have been forced to make dramatic changes in lifestyle, plans and expectations. What is being demanded in many of these communities is a dramatic transformational change. Sustainable project management can help provide guidance with this. What is being asked worldwide is […].

Knowledge Management (Part 4): How to Implement and Use Knowledge Management Systems Correctly


The implementation of knowledge management is a multi-stage process and should be regarded as a separate project within the company. The previous blog post has already defined the organizational steps of the knowledge cycle. This post explains the next operative steps in the process. Step 4: Distribute your knowledge How do you transfer knowledge to the right employees? Who needs to know what and to which extent? These questions have to be clarified when you discuss knowledge distribution.

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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?

Virtual Project Management: Benefits, Challenges & Tools


Working remotely is more than common, it’s becoming a necessity for any number of reasons. There are advantages to securing the best talent wherever they might live. It helps an organization’s bottom line. Sometimes, an act of God will disrupt the normal flow of work. Whatever the reason, virtual project management comes with its own set of challenges that are added to the already difficult task of managing a project.

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Game theory in risk management

Musings on Project Management

In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing. Theodore Roosevelt Actually, that's Teddy's version of cousin FDR's famous "Try something!" But what if it's all about a threat -- something external -- for which you have no experience? Call in your PMO team and brainstorm? Perhaps game theory Risk Management

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Do your experiments fail even before they are run?

Kiron Bondale

(Many thanks to Scott W. Ambler for his tweet which inspired this article: “ The experiment failed successfully! “). One of the many traits associated with business agility is the frequent running of experiments. Experimentation might be related to assessing the market viability of a new business offering, determining if a proposed solution will overcome a technical uncertainty or understanding whether a specific practice such as pair programming can improve delivery outcomes.

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A Project Manager’s Guide To Work Breakdown Structure

The Digital Project Manager

The post A Project Manager’s Guide To Work Breakdown Structure appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. How-to Guides How-to Project Planning PM Best Practices Topics

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The Rise of Embedded Self-Service Analytics

Speaker: Chris Von Simson & Nat Venkataraman

Can your users get the data and analytics they need without leaving your application? Watch this webinar with Chris von Simson of Dresner Advisory Services as he shares why user enablement has emerged as the theme in today’s embedded analytics landscape.

A Deep Dive into Risk Matrix Reporting


Working with projects, programs, and portfolios, generates a lot of data. For example, in project management you have data such as planned start, planned cost, planned story points, total number of risks, etc. That said, data on its own doesn’t give you or a stakeholder any real value. The real value comes when you analyze the data and extract intelligence out of it. This, in turn, becomes valuable information.

15 Ways to Make Empathy Your Secret Superpower at Work

Project Bliss

You may be surprised at all the ways empathy can be your secret superpower in the workplace. I’ve worked with many project managers and leaders throughout my career. They’ve had different personalities and different leadership traits. I’ve work with those who were admired and loved. And I’ve worked with some who were self-absorbed jerks.

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How to Make a Process Improvement Plan


Project management is made up of processes. Project managers and their teams depend on those processes to ensure that a project runs smoothly. But what about those processes? Are they chiseled in stone or can they be improved? Too often processes are relied on as if they were somehow perfect and cannot be touched. That type of thinking is what will quickly send a project off track and possibly cause it to fail. Complacency has no place in project management.

Virtual agile teams?

Musings on Project Management

Somebody asked: can a virtual team do Agile? 20 years ago, at the dawn of Agile, the answer might have been no. 15 years ago, more less at the peak of the AOL texting app Instant Messenger and the dawn of the smart phone and smart-phone personal networking and conferencing, the answer might have been yes, but with reservations. Now, the answer is "Of course", with some adjustments. agile Virtual teams

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Managing The Project Budget - Developing Your Project Management Skills

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

COVID-19 Sustainable Lessons 06: The Cost of Delay

Green Project Management

“The early bird may get the worm, but its the second mouse that gets the cheese.” ” No idea who said this. “Sometimes the early bird gets the worm, but sometimes the early bird gets frozen to death.” ” Myron Scholes Many of us instinctively procrastinate and delay. There are times though, where the cost of delays […]. The post COVID-19 Sustainable Lessons 06: The Cost of Delay appeared first on Delivering a better world, one project at a time.

Project Tasks vs. Business Objectives (& Why They Should Be Aligned)


The best internal project managers are able to help their companies achieve business objectives by completing successful projects on time, on scope, and on budget. But as most PMs know, this is easier said than done – especially if there’s a barrier between business leadership and project teams on the ground. That’s why we’re here to talk about why project tasks should be aligned with even the highest-level business objectives whenever possible, plus some advice for doing just that.

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Analogous and Parametric Estimating


Microsoft Project, in its various releases (i.e., Online desktop, 2019, 2016, etc.), can become an accurate estimating tool for top-down (Analogous) and bottom-up (Parametric) estimating. This is accomplished by inserting custom columns and simple formulas. However, some tricks are necessary to get around user impediments.