August, 2022

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Why Use What-If Scenario Planning in Project Management

LiquidPlanner

Creating a paradigm shift in an organization is a never-ending source of conflict. Leaders believe their new thinking will generate a positive outcome, yet others may be skeptical or have different visions they think are better. Yet the entire organization will likely embrace this new paradigm without much debate, and assume efficiency will lead to a reduction in cost and an increase in profits without actually modeling best case and worst case scenarios.

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“What certification should I get after the PMP?”

Kiron Bondale

The reason the title of this post is in quotes is that this is a frequently asked question in both the projectmanagement.com discussion groups and PMI’s LinkedIn Project, Program, and Portfolio Management group. I, along with a number of other contributors, have seen and responded to it sufficient times that I felt it would be worth sharing my thoughts with my readership.

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3 Career Benefits of Project Management

Rebel’s Guide to PM

Earlier this year, searches for “project management” reached an all-time high on Google , and these searches are widespread, reaching the far corners of the globe. With many workers seeking flexible work arrangements , opportunities for advancement, and a greater sense of purpose, project management is a more popular and attractive career path than ever.

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The 6 central roles of the project manager

Inloox

Content. The initiator. The role model. The coach. The negotiator. The listener. The working member. The importance of managing a project The project manager plays a very central role in the entire project process. He is responsible for planning, coordinating and monitoring the project. His behavior determines whether the project will be a success or fail at the end of the day.

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Understand Digital Debt, Form a Team, Set Goals, and Plan Roadmap for Transformation

Understanding digital debt is crucial before digital transformation. Assemble a team to assess internal operations, market pressures, and digital debt's impact. Define future digital vision with measurable goals. Refine hypotheses and conduct market analysis. Develop a roadmap for transformation with defined projects, cost estimates, and governance.

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Working for an enterprise with Agile

Musings on Project Management

Applying agile methodology in your software project? Good! Working for an organization large enough to be called an 'enterprise'? Probably that's good.Why so?Access to resources is the main reason. You may have heard that agile is all about small self-directing teams -- yes, that's part of the doctrine. But how many teams are needed for your project?

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Using agile in project management

Scrum.org

As a project manager, I have delivered many complex initiatives, from re-platforming a consumer products website to doubling the size of a line of business. My most successful projects have one thing in common; I used an agile approach to deliver them. According to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), a project: is a temporary endeavor with a beginning and an end. creates a unique product , service or result. .

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Do you have a Safety-I or a Safety-II project mindset?

Kiron Bondale

Thanks to the most recent issue of Tom Geraghty’s weekly Psychological Safety newsletter , I learned about a new model for how we consider safety and risk. He shared Eric Hollnagel’s work on resiliency in which two distinct mindsets were identified: Safety-I and Safety-II. A Safety-I perspective is a glass is half-full one – things go wrong and we can find assignable causes in people, process and tools.

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Preceden Timeline Maker Review

Rebel’s Guide to PM

A note from Elizabeth: At the moment, there is an AppSumo lifetime deal on Preceden, which is how I bought my license. Buying through AppSumo means no recurring fees and a long refund period if you try the tool and don’t like it. There’s very little risk, and at only $59, it’s worth giving Preceden a try! I’m glad I did. Sample project showing dates that are approximate.

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What Should a PPM Tool Do For You?

LiquidPlanner

Project portfolio management (PPM) is much more complex than project management. Why? Well, a project manager may be responsible for one project in the company. Whereas a project portfolio manager needs to keep an eye on all projects across the organization’s portfolio. This makes a project manager’s job much more complex as various priorities and teams across the enterprise compete for the same resources.

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

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 expend

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Methodologies: more than one way to do it

Musings on Project Management

Did everyone catch Glen Alleman's posting on LinkedIn about the 'Waterfall Myth'? If not, here are a few value-adds from that posting. First up: Glen's definition of sundry methodologies for developing software systems, whether stand-alone, as it were, or embedded with hardware development: Waterfall Approach: Development activities are performed in order, with possibly minor overlap, but with.

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Best Workfront Alternatives of 2022 (Free & Paid)

ProjectManager.com

Workfront positions itself as a “project management platform that keeps teams and enterprises running efficiently.” But does it? Even though the software is well-known, people who have used it or those looking for project management software are searching for Workfront alternatives. Why? Well, there must be a reason. If you’re one of those people, you’ve landed on the right page.

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In-Depth: How To Create Better Work Agreements For Your Team

Scrum.org

A while ago I was taking a walk with my partner Lisanne. A noisy flock of geese flew overhead in a messy V formation. We laughed at the amount of noise they produced. It all looked very chaotic. Then another flock flew overhead. It was a similar number of birds. But their formation was tight. And there was hardly any communication. Except for a few “gacks”, the flock effortlessly flew into the distance.

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Project management lessons from the old ball game

Kiron Bondale

Baseball is a sport with something for everyone. Whether you are a statistician inspired by Moneyball, a foodie craving the hot dogs and popcorn, or a kid enjoying the pure sound of the ball hitting the bat’s sweet spot, it is hard to not appreciate some aspect of the game. While I haven’t played baseball in more than three decades and don’t watch the sport on TV, attending a couple of our local intercounty team’s games recently has rekindled my interest in the game.

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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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A Guide to Project Closure: 12 Essential Things To Do

Rebel’s Guide to PM

It’s project completion time. That’s the last step of the ‘traditional’ predictive (waterfall) project lifecycle, but even agile projects close. This is the time that project managers wrap up the work. You’re at the end of your project. Your timesheet has a few solitary hours left to book against this work. It feels like the end of an era, but it isn’t over just yet.

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7 Questions to Ask Your Team for Better Project Engagement

LiquidPlanner

Better project engagement can lead to better outcomes. In the project management world, we’re boldly aware of how crucial team synergy is to the project at large. . Information silos? Missed memos? Lackluster processes? No project team has time for that. . To truly thrive and meet stakeholder and organizational expectations, team project engagement must be a top priority. .

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How to Create Strong Collaborations with Remote Developers?

Proofhub

Are you thinking of hiring remote developers? In this era of technological advancements and seismic shifts in the working culture, remote work has gained immense prominence. However, skepticism and confusion remain. It can be especially tough if you are used to celebrating together after the completion of a complex project. Apart from this, the inconvenience of disputes or miscommunication raises a red flag.

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A Quick Guide to Value Engineering for Projects

ProjectManager.com

Let’s face it, you want to execute your project well but you don’t want to spend a lot of money doing it. That, in a nutshell, is value engineering. It’s a way to look at your project, whether it’s project management, construction or manufacturing, and figure out how to execute it for the best value. As you can imagine, value engineering is a popular business pursuit.

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The Big Payoff of Application Analytics

Outdated or absent analytics won’t cut it in today’s data-driven applications – not for your end users, your development team, or your business. That’s what drove the five companies in this e-book to change their approach to analytics. Download this e-book to learn about the unique problems each company faced and how they achieved huge returns beyond expectation by embedding analytics into applications.

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Agile Micromanagement — Seriously?

Scrum.org

TL; DR: Agile Micromanagement. There are plenty of failure possibilities with Scrum. Indeed, given that Scrum is a framework with a reasonable yet short “manual,” this effect should not surprise anyone. For example, the Scrum Guide clearly states the importance of self-management at the Scrum team level. Nevertheless, the prevailing cause of many messed-up attempts to use Scrum result from what I call agile micromanagement, a pseudo-commitment to agile principles only to be overridden whenever i

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The waterfall model: classic project management explained simply

Inloox

The waterfall as a classic approach for projects In the run-up to a project, a decision must always be made as to which method is most suitable for the specific case. Here, the project manager is spoiled for choice. Some of the most common methods are, for example, the critical path method , Kanban, Scrum or Scrumban , which combines elements of the two previously mentioned methods.

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What is Stakeholder-led Project Management?

Rebel’s Guide to PM

“I am convinced that stakeholders must always impact upon the way we manage our projects,” writes Louise M. Worsley in Stakeholder-led Project Management: Changing the Way We Manage Projects. “I hope I can convince you.”. I’m probably the ideal audience for this book: I don’t need convincing. I wrote a book about stakeholder engagement too. She goes on: Stakeholder management is not a series of steps to be gone through, but a perspective that when fathomed and its implications understood, always

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10 Reasons Why Your Company Needs Project Management Software

LiquidPlanner

Project management software is like comfy underwear: it gives you the foundation for everything else. You don’t necessarily spend a lot of time thinking about it, but you miss it when it isn’t there. And the right product can completely change how you show up for the day; you wonder how you ever got by without it. Project tracking and monitoring tools underpin a business’ success.

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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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What lessons has my dog taught me?

Kiron Bondale

Like many other home-bound folks, we added a furry family member early in the pandemic. Tux is a two and a half year old Shih Tzu and, like all dogs, has managed to fully integrate into all aspects of our daily lives. While he has completed the first level of doggy training (and graduated top dog within his cohort!), over the past two years, he has taught me a few lessons in leadership and project management which are worth sharing.

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Operational Efficiency: A Quick Guide

ProjectManager.com

The bottom line is often emphasized when talking about how to keep a business solvent. But focusing only on money disregards the processes that contribute to profits. Operational efficiency is another way to look at work when you’re delivering a service or product, particularly popular in manufacturing. What is operational efficiency and how can you measure it to take advantage of its benefits?

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Commitments and their meaning in SG 2020

Scrum.org

Commitments: a little new and a little old. In 2020, the Scrum Guide 2020 introduced the concept of commitments, one for each artifact (physical things). They are: the Definition of Done. the Sprint Goal. the Product Goal. Of the three, Sprint Goal and Definition of Done have been around for quite some time, but not called commitments. Product Goal is new. .

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How to Do Risk Management in Agile Projects | Video

Online PM Courses

Some people might expect that agile projects need no risk management. That is wrong. Let's see how to do risk management in agile projects. The post How to Do Risk Management in Agile Projects | Video appeared first on OnlinePMCourses.

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From Complexity to Clarity: Strategies for Effective Compliance and Security Measures

Speaker: Erika R. Bales, Esq.

When we talk about “compliance and security," most companies want to ensure that steps are being taken to protect what they value most – people, data, real or personal property, intellectual property, digital assets, or any other number of other things - and it’s more important than ever that safeguards are in place. Let’s step back and focus on the idea that no matter how complicated the compliance and security regime, it should be able to be distilled down to a checklist.