June, 2018

Six Sigma: A Simple Guide for Project Managers

ProjectManager.com

It’s been around for three decades, but Six Sigma can still be somewhat of an enigma.

2018 427

Social Skills for Project Managers: Interview with Geoff Crane [Video]

Girl's Guide to PM

How do you gain influence with body language? What should you be aware of for managing stress in the workplace as a project manager? Geoff Crane and I discuss all that, plus better listening and manspreading! There’s a transcript below if you prefer to read more about our chat.

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How To Start Your Projects Right. A Complete Guide To Project Initiation

The Digital Project Manager

The beginning of a project: the calm before the storm or a manic rush to get things sorted ready for the core work to start? Whichever way it happens, the start of a project is critical to its future success.

Impacts of traditional project funding models on agile delivery

Kiron Bondale

In one of my previous articles I’d written about the need for change across multiple areas of an organization when undertaking an agile transformation.

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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?

Project Management for Entrepreneurs: Basic Tools for Successful Projects

Project Bliss

If you’re an entrepreneur or consultant who feels overwhelmed and wants to have more control over your work, project management can be a big help to your startup or consulting work. “But isn’t that just more work to do?” ” you ask. Not necessarily. Using some smart approaches can save you time and money if you can work more efficiently. It can actually help you get more done more easily. And that translates to more free time and more money.

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How to Ask for a Raise (and Get One)

ProjectManager.com

With an ever expanding global workforce and a recent emphasis on bigger checks for upper management, raises for reliable employees can be hard to come by, but that doesn’t mean people aren’t getting them. They’re just not handed out as freely. But the cost of living continues to rise, and if your salary isn’t following in kind, then you’re losing money. But don’t bust down your boss’ door and demand more money. Even if you deserve it, you’re not going to get it that way.

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7 Ways To Stay Motivated & Productive During the Summer At Work

Girl's Guide to PM

Once the weather starts to change and temperatures start to heat up, project managers from all industries start to have something in common: it’s hard to stay motivated on your project when you’d rather be outside! I am not an ‘outside’ person. But I still find it difficult to stay focused on project board minutes or tracking risks when it’s nice out. However, without motivation, you can’t be productive.

2018 252

The 4 Scrum Ceremonies Made Simple. A Quick Guide To Scrum Meetings

The Digital Project Manager

Scrum ceremonies are important elements of the agile software delivery process. They are not just. The post The 4 Scrum Ceremonies Made Simple. A Quick Guide To Scrum Meetings appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Agile PM Methodologies Topics

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10 Strategies for Managing Multiple Projects at Once

LiquidPlanner

Hands up if you are managing multiple projects? Yes, I thought so! A while back in my career I had the luxury of managing a big project and that was all I did. I use the term “luxury” lightly because it was hard work, but at least my brain was always in the same space each day.

Managing The Project Budget - Developing Your Project Management Skills

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

Do This Each Day to Keep Your Projects Moving Forward

Project Bliss

If you’re managing multiple projects at once, it can be easy to give all your attention to the most difficult projects. It’s easy to stay focused on the riskiest, or the one with the loudest customer, or the most complex.

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How To Improve Schedule Estimates

Project Risk Coach

Have you ever had an executive ask how long a project will take before the project started? Yeah, I've been there too. When asked, PAUSE. Be careful about how you respond. Because your credibility is at hand. Let's talk about the challenges of schedule estimates and three estimating techniques that can help us do a better job with our estimates. Lastly, we'll look at how to respond to future requests for estimates. Challenges With Schedule Estimates.

10 Ways to Cope with a Lazy Coworker

ProjectManager.com

Lazy coworkers — there’s at least one in every office. They’re the ones who come in late, take a long lunch and leave early. They always have an excuse to explain their behavior and can even be apologetic. But what good is saying sorry if the actions remain the same? These actions can be annoying, but if the lazy coworker doesn’t impact your work, then simply avoid them. Don’t hold onto resentments. On the other hand, if their laziness starts to affect your work life, then you need to address it.

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PMO Conference 2018: Video Diary

Girl's Guide to PM

On 13 June 2018 I went to the PMO Conference in London. It’s one of the few conferences that is specifically focused on PMO practices, process, tools and people. I don’t think of myself as really a PMO person so I wasn’t sure what I would get out of it.

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Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

These FREE most popular templates will help you perform your role more efficiently.

The Truth About Transformations

Leading Answers

Transformations are flavor of the month. It is no longer enough to launch “initiatives,” “programs” or “projects” to undertake work. Instead, we launch agile transformations, digital transformations and productization transformations. They sound more revolutionary, more dramatic and further reaching.

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Agile project management: A comprehensive guide

Moira Alexander

What is agile? Agile is a project management methodology that uses short development cycles called “sprints” to focus on continuous improvement in the development of a product or service. Although incremental software development methods go as far back as 1957, agile was first discussed in depth in the 1970s by William Royce who published a paper on the development of large software systems.

2018 176

How warm are your stakeholders about Information Radiators?

Kiron Bondale

Information radiators can help stakeholders remain informed and can reduce effort spent by a team in handling requests for updates but to reap these benefits we must ensure that the information published meets their needs.

2018 165

Looking to Improve Project Performance - Check Out these PM Tools and Services for Better Results

Brad Egeland

In this latest installment in what is becoming a potentially monthly offering, I'm presenting five more project management related tools and services that PM professionals should be checking out.

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Leading Under Uncertainty

Speaker: Greg Coticchia, CEO & Founder of ENTRA

Organizations of all types and sizes are facing common challenges of how to deal with the uncertainty in our current professional and personal lives. How can you plan when you are uncertain of what's next? On a product level, how can you be sure of delivering the ‘right’ messaging, products, solutions, and services to customers? How do you survive to fight the fight another day? In this session, we will discuss important tips for you as a Product Manager dealing with uncertainty. At the same time, we will discuss another important aspect of dealing with uncertainty, and that is building trust, especially while many of us are working remotely or in new or different settings.

10 Ways to Become a Better Project Manager

Project Risk Coach

Are you a better project manager today than you were a year ago? In what ways do you want to grow in the next year? Schedule management. Cost management. Requirements management. Leadership. In his book Talent Is Overrated , Geoffrey Colvin says simply doing an activity is no guarantee that you’ll do it well, much less get better at it. In a significant number of cases, people get worse at their jobs over time.

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How to Thrive as an Accidental Project Manager [Video interview]

Girl's Guide to PM

In this video I talk to Simon Harris about how to thrive as an accidental project manager. We discuss how people find themselves in a project management role, why stepping up can give you new opportunities, building accountability and how to make project management valued by your management through linking it back to the things executives are worried about. There’s a transcript below if you prefer to read. Enjoy! Transcript. Elizabeth: Counting down.

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What is the Project Life Cycle and How to Use It Better?

Workamajig

The project life cycle describes the stages a project goes through as it progresses from start to finish. A well-defined life cycle brings order and structure to the project. This article will demystify the project management life cycle and help you run better projects.

IR35 in the Private Sector Back on the Agenda

Arras People

Project management contractors and those looking to move into this rewarding space are hopefully aware that the Off-Payroll working (in the Private sector) consultation has finally commenced. HMRC last week released the consultation paper and have started setting up face to face reviews to gather feedback on this divisive subject.

2018 164

Using Continuous Customer Testing for Pandemic-Proof Product Success

Speaker: Luke Freiler, CEO and co-founder of Centercode

After weathering recessions with a wide range of iconic customers, CEO and Product Manager Luke Freiler has seen first hand the impact the Voice of the Customer has had in making or breaking tech companies during hard times. He's going to walk you through an agile process for continuous customer testing that saves you time and gives you full confidence in your products — no matter how many you're sending out the door this year.

Be disciplined!

Kiron Bondale

If you are sensing a theme here, you probably are. After writing about the importance of courage for project managers and team members last week, I thought I’d cover another important characteristic, especially for those working on projects which follow an agile delivery approach: discipline.

2018 146

Agile and Plan-Do-Check-Act

Musings on Project Management

This is not as stuffy as it sounds: Plan-Do Check-Act -- Plan-do-check-act (PDCA) envisions planning--just enough, and gasp! perhaps an estimate as well--for what is to be done, then doing it—that is the plan-do. Next, measure results—measuring is the. check activity (did someone say: accountability?)—and and Then act on the measurement results. To act in the. PDCA sense means to reflect upon. agile planning Quality

The top 5 change management tools

Moira Alexander

Change is a constant in the workplace — especially in the era of digital transformation. Thankfully, several vendors offer change management tools to help smooth any transition. Deploying change management tools can help reduce confusion and uncertainty, and communicate the impact of changes throughout your organization.

How to recruit an outstanding project manager (Part I)

Susanne Madsen

Although it isn’t possible to provide one single definition of what a good project manager looks like, certain traits, skills and attributes seem to be advantageous for a person who is to lead a project.

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Use Discovery and Delivery to Experiment Our Way to a New Normal

Speaker: Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant, Rothman Consulting Group

Many of us are accustomed to planning for either discovery or delivery. We know how to plan for where we want to be for a product (delivery). And, we know how to plan to discover a market (discovery). Right now in 2020, those plans might not be worth anything. The world is still in upheaval—and no one has a crystal ball to know when we should plan more in-depth. Instead of planning for either discovery or delivery, we can use experiments—for all our work. When we focus on experimentation, small bets, and short feedback loops, we can create the kinds of products our customers will love.

Post-Industrial Project Management

Leading Answers

Introduction. We know old concepts that govern agriculture do not apply to industry. Engineers do not consult the weather or growing seasons before designing machinery.

Project Manager Responsibilities: The Definitive Guide (+Roles)

PM Basics

Project Manager responsibilities are numerous. Project Management Institute encompasses a considerable list of roles and responsibilities. Nevertheless, you might not encounter them all in your company. So, what should be the baseline for you in your current organization and on your given project?

2018 109

Create More Powerful and Robust Reports with LiquidPlanner

LiquidPlanner

A living, breathing LiquidPlanner workspace is a gold mine of data about your team. Looking towards the future we can see how the work we have is falling into the schedule and the impact it is having on the availability of our resources.

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