June, 2020

15 Awesome Tools I Use To Manage My Projects

Girl's Guide to PM

Project management software tools are essential to manage projects efficiently. But they aren’t the answer to everything. In this article I’ll share my top 15 project management tools that I use for managing multiple projects. Most of what I use isn’t software-driven. In other words, even if you have no enterprise project management systems at work, you’ll still be able to put these tools to good use. A Project Action Log.

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Tips for Project Managers: How to Lead Your Project Team Through a Crisis


In many cases project managers find themselves in critical or uncertain situations, as every project has some unknown factors that have to be taken into account. Nevertheless, the current Corona pandemic creates an even bigger insecurity than anything project management has experienced in the last decades.

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How to Effectively Engage With Multiple Project Stakeholders


“Dear Elizabeth: I work with a difficult stakeholder population – there are a lot of them. My project has over a thousand people affected by the change my project is delivering, in multiple geographic locations. I know I should be doing stakeholder engagement and creating plans to work with them, but how do you get the one on one contacts with such a large group?”. The short answer is: you don’t. You can’t build individual connections with that many people.

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Float in Project Management: A Quick Guide


Projects are made up of a large number of tasks, and keeping track of those tasks is a primary role of a project manager. Sometimes, the tasks in a project all run smoothly and independently of each other, and there are no complexities. Other times, however, there will be a large chain of dependent tasks that make things more complicated. What happens if a task needs to be completed today, but the person responsible for it is waiting on another task that hasn’t been completed yet? Delay happens.

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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.

All hands abandon plans!

Kiron Bondale

Articles have been written about the importance of doing just enough planning to develop confidence in what we are proposing to do as well as the perils of either too much or too little planning. But even a good enough plan can become obsolete at some point and we need the wisdom to know when it is time to jettison it. A common portfolio management anti-pattern is the inability of gatekeepers to terminate low value projects in a timely manner.

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Make an impact as a T-Shaped project manager

Girl's Guide to PM

This is a guest post from Charlie Davidson. Charlie Davidson. Have you ever heard of a T-shaped developer? It’s a common phrase used in software development where the developer has broad experience in their role but is also profoundly skilled in one specific area. The horizontal bar of the “T” represents their broader skill set. The vertical bar shows the more extraordinary and specialised skill. If you are struggling to understand the visual reference, this image may help.

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Don’t ignore appetite when it comes to risk response!

Kiron Bondale

I’ll admit to being hyperbolic with the title of this article, but a question posed today in one of the project management LinkedIn discussion groups managed to sidetrack what I was intending to write about this week. The author asked what needs to be considered when planning risk responses. The majority of the answers offered focused on characteristics of the individual risks themselves such as their probability, impact, ability to be responded to and so on.

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What Is Microsoft Project Management Software? (Guide To MS Project & MS Teams)

The Digital Project Manager

The post What Is Microsoft Project Management Software? Guide To MS Project & MS Teams) appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Marketing Project Management Software Tools

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The 12 Agile Principles. Part One.

Growing Agile

Much is said and written about the Agile Manifesto that if I were to write about it, I’m sure it wouldn’t be anything that hasn’t been said before. There is less material out there around the 12 agile principles that go along with the manifesto though, so I’d thought I’d put out there my own thoughts around these 12 sentences that help us understand how to apply the agile manifesto in our daily work.

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How Embedding AI-Powered Analytics Can Give You a Competitive Advantage

Embedding dashboards and reports aren’t enough. Futureproof your application by offering instant, actionable insights that will give you and your customers a competitive advantage.

4 Must-Have Features for a Kanban Tool


There are many kanban tools on the market today, and they all have different feature sets. There are simple drag-and-drop tools for organizing to-do lists, planning systems for agile teams and hybrid tools for robust project management. After reviewing dozens of these tools, we’ve found that there are four specific features of a kanban tool that are must-haves for any serious user.

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How to Ace Your Virtual Project Management Interviews

Arras People

With the world of remote working now the “new normal” for many of us who were used to working in offices; it feels like an age ago since we were able to work face to face with our colleagues, hang out around the water cooler or drop by a colleagues desk for a catch-up. If your new world feels tough, spare a thought for those who are currently looking for a new role, their challenges have increased significantly in the new on-line world.

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How to Identify and Hire a Strong Project Manager


Hiring a new project manager can be stressful and time-consuming. Most employers are looking for the perfect mix of ability and skills, and for someone with a personality that fits with the team’s culture. A recent CareerBuilder survey found that three out of four employers stated that they had hired the wrong person for a position. And, a wrong hire comes with a cost. In fact, on average, companies spend $14,900.00 annually for every mismatched hire. . .

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4 Key Indicators your PMO Maturity is Lagging


PMO maturity has become a prominent focus for organizations that want to transform the way they approach project management (PM), manage operational processes and enhance overall business growth and development. The key question: Is your project management office (PMO) mature enough to keep pace with the needs of your organization and the demands of your customers? Here are four key indicators that your PMO maturity might be lagging behind as well as suggestions for getting back on track.

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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.

Overcoming bias in project management

Girl's Guide to PM

This is a guest post by Roland Hoffmann. Are you biased as a project manager? You might be surprised! In this article we’ll talk about the different types of bias in project management. Roland Hoffman. A project manager is the linchpin of a successful project. Her leadership and guidance is of paramount importance during planning and execution.

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PM Candidates: 5 Legitimate Questions to Ask Your Interviewer

Brad Egeland

Are you a candidate for a new project management position in your organization or at another company and you are preparing for the interview? If so, there are some strategies that can help you. One, is to ask a few pointed questions to get detailed information about the PM infrastructure. You want to ask questions – always ask questions – especially when the interviewer asks if you have any questions. Ideally, you want to answer questions with a positive response.

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7 Ways to Improve Project Estimates

Project Risk Coach

Why do so many projects come in late and over budget? Poor estimates are often a major factor in these projects. So, let's look at 7 ways to improve project estimates. Define the project work One of the top reasons for poor estimates is poor project definition. Project teams fail to identify significant work packages and associated project activities. Of course, these items are discovered later in the projects. How can project managers help overcome this problem?

7 Tips for a Smooth Virtual Meeting


Virtual meetings are commonplace in our digitally connected world. Whether they are used to connect teams from different countries, or to bring employees who work from home together for a conference call, virtual meetings can be crucial to a company’s success. Like clockwork though, almost every virtual meeting seems to run into some sort of problem. Common refrains include: “What’s the code to get into this video call,” or “Is my microphone working?”.

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How to Choose the Best Embedded Analytics Solution to Modernize Your Application

If you are looking to modernize your application to improve competitiveness, then one of the quickest wins you can have is to embed sophisticated analytics that will wow your existing and prospective customers.

Getting Ahead of the Competition: Learning Lessons from 2008

Arras People

The economic impact of Coronavirus in the UK (and around the world) has so far been huge, with some comparing the situation to the “Great Recession” of 2008. So recruitment is also feeling the impact and just like 2008 this situation has made the job market more competitive than ever for project management practitioners of every hue.

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“Organize Around Products/Services” is a great addition to the Disciplined Agile principles

Kiron Bondale

The Disciplined Agile (DA) principles were recently refactored and as part of this refactoring, a principle was added: “Organize Around Products/Services” While it is just one of the eight principles, this new one aligns very well with lean thinking. It also addresses many challenges which leadership teams experience with agile transformations.

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10 Career-Limiting Mistakes To Avoid

Girl's Guide to PM

I write a lot about how to be better at your job, how to excel at interview , how to improve your skills and so on, and I interview a lot of experts who talk about those kinds of things. Today I want to talk about the opposite: what you should avoid doing at work. I’ve seen project managers and other colleagues crash and burn. It’s not nice to watch, and I hope it doesn’t happen to you. Here are 10 career-limiting mistakes to avoid at work. Not being truthful.

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Why I Wrote The Book Metagility: Managing Agile Development For Competitive Advantage

The Digital Project Manager

The post Why I Wrote The Book Metagility: Managing Agile Development For Competitive Advantage appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Topics

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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.

What are the Components of a Project Plan?


According to PMI , project planning is a procedure that involves the strategic management of the processes related to the project, generally known as “Knowledge Areas.” Consider project planning as the process of building the project’s navigation map which will guide you step-by-step through all the areas of interest, showing you the right path to a successful project. The Project Planning Process.

Value system as a business doctrine

Musings on Project Management

Consider, if you will, this value system arranged as a Belief and an Operating Principle, adapted from "Maximizing Project Value" Chapter 1 (one of my books): Quality is free: We value doing the right job (value adding) in the right way (training and skill development) the first time (correct systemic errors). There is no substitute for ethical, honest, and transparent transactions: As. Project Value

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IR35 in the private sector – Update

Arras People

Whilst many contractors celebrated the decision postpone the implementation of IR35 Off-Payroll Working changes earlier in the year; the legislation is slowly creeping through the Houses of Parliament as part of the Finance Bill, ready for implementation in April 2021.

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Does your Product Owner have a high OQ?

Kiron Bondale

An article from Harvard Business Review reminded me that becoming an effective Product Owner (PO) requires a lot more than interpersonal skills, empowerment, capacity and even product knowledge. In the article, the authors explained that leaders having a high level of Organizational Intelligence (OQ) stand a better chance of getting the organization to do what they want. How can having a high OQ help a PO?

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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?

How has project management changed?

Girl's Guide to PM

We aren’t managing projects now in the same way that people managed projects years ago. The approaches taken by many companies and professional bodies to managing projects are different now to when I first started out in the field in 2000ish. So why has that happened and what have been the biggest shifts in how project management has evolved?

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AMA: Agile Is Working With My Clients (With Ben Novack)

The Digital Project Manager

This content is exclusive to DPM Pro Members! DPM Pro Members get: Instant access to. The post AMA: Agile Is Working With My Clients (With Ben Novack) appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Members Only Workshops

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If the Shu fits?

Growing Agile

Blogging doesn’t come naturally for me, I find it hard to find topics to write about that I think other people will find interesting. Why would anyone read something I wrote? Imposter Syndrome hits us all in different ways I guess. So I am following the advice of a dear friend who said ‘just do it’…. Now you may have stopped reading already, but for those that haven’t, I’d like to take you on a journey of Shu-Ha-Ri.

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