January, 2023

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How To Make 2023 A Successful Year for Your Projects

Rebel’s Guide to PM

Would you like to make 2023 a successful year for your projects? I’m sure you do. Especially as the last few years haven’t been exactly stellar years for many of us! But what does it take to get there? A while back, I asked project management experts w hat we should be aware of as we go into the new year to achieve their most successful year ever?

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What Is Project Risk? 7 Project Risks to Track

ProjectManager.com

Controlling risk is one of the most important areas of project management. Project managers need to know how to identify, track and mitigate project risk. Let’s learn what is project risk, some common examples and how can you manage it. What Is Project Risk? A risk is an uncertain event or condition that can have affect the outcome of a project. The term “project risk” refers to the sum of all individual project risks that might affect a project.

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10 Project Meetings to Guide Your Project Management Team

ProjectManager.com

Project meetings often feel as if they’re in the way of your work. If you’re not working from an agenda or you don’t manage those meetings, that can be true. But meetings are critical for project planning and team collaboration. That’s why there are so many project meetings and each has its own focus and importance. Let’s take a look at 10 different types of project management meetings and define them, and we’ll start with the definition of what a project meeting is.

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Project Management Tools and Why They Matter

The Digital Project Manager

Effective project management is important to keeping clients happy and your business running smoothly. However, achieving this level of effectiveness is not always easy. Mainly because of the number of project management tools that we have to use to make projects run smoothly. Among these tools are resourcing, time tracking, scheduling, screenshotting, communications, ticketing, documentation, […] The post Project Management Tools and Why They Matter appeared first on The Digital Project M

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Your Guide To Transitioning Into Product Management: Essentials For New PMs

Speaker: Leslie Grandy, Product Executive & Drew Weaver, Senior Program Manager

Are you considering a shift to product management or just starting your journey as a Product Manager? Join Leslie Grandy and Drew Weaver for an insightful webinar designed to help you seamlessly transition into this dynamic role. Whether you're looking to pivot your career or enhance your existing skills, this session will equip you with the knowledge and tools to succeed!

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What Is Project Scope: Ultimate Guide & Step-By-Step Process

The Digital Project Manager

Project scope is the single most defining aspect of your project. Not your goals, deliverables, or stakeholders. Together these pieces complete the puzzle that is finishing a project on time, within budget, and without overstressing your team. Defining what project scope is early on in the project life cycle and evaluating it throughout your project […].

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Project Risk Audits: What you need to know

Rebel’s Guide to PM

Are you looking for a way to better manage the risks associated with your projects? Risk audits are an effective tool that can help project managers and program managers identify potential issues before they become problems. And it’s not just me saying that. Frequent use of risk management best practice is one of the top drivers of project success , according to PMI.

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Agile won’t fix organization dysfunctions

Kiron Bondale

This week, I participated in an interesting discussion on Mastodon in which the initiator asked for input on ways to frame agility based on the core problems which a team might be trying to solve. This is useful as it can help to answer the “why” behind an approach change. However, when I indicated that there were problems which a shift to an adaptive approach wouldn’t solve, the initiator wanted clarification about my feedback.

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Lean Startup and Scrum

Scrum.org

I remember the first time I heard about Lean Startup. I was an analyst for Forrester research on a panel at the Agile conference in Orlando. A member of the audience asked, “What do you think about Lean Startup?”. Honestly, I had not heard of Lean Startup. After the conference, I bought Eric Ries’s book - Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses.

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Everything You Need to know about Change Management Plans

nTask

If you’re planning on making any changes to your company, it’s important to have a change management plan in place. This document outlines the steps that will be taken in order to minimize the impact of change on employees, customers, and third-party partners. It also outlines the roles and responsibilities of everyone involved, so that […].

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Don’t Get Left Behind: Leveraging Modern Product Management Across the Organization

Speaker: Kat Conner

The challenge of delivering the right product at the right time while aligning with strategic objectives is more pressing than ever. Product management is evolving and gaining greater recognition as the means to creating this connection. Join our upcoming webinar and learn how to streamline your product development processes, infuse product thinking across the organization, and bridge the gap between vision and delivery.

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Agile Project Management: What You Need To Know For Success With Agile

The Digital Project Manager

How does agile project management provide value? Here’s an example: John had been managing a project for his company for over 6 months. He had chosen to manage the project using the waterfall methodology. But after months of hard work, he was starting to see diminishing returns in terms of progress and efficiency. Despite putting […]. The post Agile Project Management: What You Need To Know For Success With Agile appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.

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Best Teamwork Quotes: 35 Motivational Quotes for Teams

ProjectManager.com

You can spend hours reading business books and browsing blogs about teamwork, but sometimes, teamwork quotes from history seem to say more than an entire book ever could. And since every team can use a little extra motivation once in a while, we set out to find the best teamwork quotes for you to share with your employees to get your team working at their best.

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Best CAPM Exam Prep Tools for 2023

Rebel’s Guide to PM

You’re here because you’re looking for the best way to get CAPM certification (Certified Associate in Project Management – CAPM ®) without having to invest in a load of study guides. Well, you’re in the right place. We’ve reviewed a range of the best CAPM exam prep materials on the market and you can read our assessments below. If you’re short on time, here are our recommendations: Best CAPM prep course: The PM PrepCast for CAPM Best CAPM exam simulator: The PrepCast CAPM Exam Simulator Best CAP

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A retrospective on 2022 – my top five posts on leadership and delivery

Kiron Bondale

As I’ve done in past years, I like to review the articles I’ve written over the year and share the ones which were read the most. 2022 was the first year since I started blogging when I took a hiatus of more than a couple of weeks. While I was able to write a few articles in the late Summer based on my municipal election campaign, the overall number of articles this year was less than in previous years.

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The Project Clinic: Assessing Project Health, Planning, and Execution

Speaker: Ketan Jahagirdar

Picture your projects as patients, each with its own unique rhythm and pulse, thriving under your care 🥼 🩺 Step into the role of an innovative project doctor in our upcoming webinar! This session is your guide to evaluating the health of your projects through Waterfall and Agile practices like Scrum and Kanban. We’ll explore the vital signs of project success through the lens of the “iron triangle” metrics, using deliverables as tracers.

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How much Product Discovery Is Enough?

Scrum.org

TL; DR: Evidence-guided Product Discovery Using Itamar Gilad’s Confidence Meter How much product discovery is enough? Figuring out what is worth building often feels valuable in and of itself. The problem is that becoming stuck in an endless discovery cycle neither solves your customers’ issues nor contributes to your organization’s sustainability. Don’t worry; help is on the way in the form of Itamar Gilad’s Confidence Meter!

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The Big Event and it’s Ripple Effects

LiquidPlanner

The airline travel debacle that unfolded through late December affected millions of travelers, and recovering from it will materially impact at least one airline’s financial health. The unexpected but anticipatable weather events that impacted flight schedules triggered staffing challenges and ultimately caused thousands of cancellations. This was a classic example of an exaggerated ripple effect plaguing planners and project managers across all industries.

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10 Most Common Features Of Project Management Software

The Digital Project Manager

Project management software equips the project team with technology and features that help team members get, and stay, on the same page. It’s a suite of tools that allows project teams to work and collaborate together more effectively. But what are the common features across project management software that enable and support team collaboration? In […].

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How to Choose a Project Name: Tips & 10 Project Code Names

ProjectManager.com

Most organizations use project names as they’re a quick way to remember projects and programs. Some project managers think those names should describe a project’s purpose or its main goals, while others simply choose cool or catchy project names to lighten up the mood in the organization. While it can be challenging, creating project code names is a meaningful task that you and your team will value.

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Leading the Development of Profitable and Sustainable Products

Speaker: Jason Tanner

While growth of software-enabled solutions generates momentum, growth alone is not enough to ensure sustainability. The probability of success dramatically improves with early planning for profitability. A sustainable business model contains a system of interrelated choices made not once but over time. Join this webinar for an iterative approach to ensuring solution, economic and relationship sustainability.

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Crashing Vs Fast-Tracking: What’s the Difference?

Rebel’s Guide to PM

Have you ever been asked to ‘just get the project done’? When you absolutely have to hit the deadline but your schedule says no, you really only have a couple of choices. Research from nPlan of 500,000 project schedules points to nine out of every 10 projects are delivered late. Admittedly, that data set is mainly large-scale civil construction, but with around two-thirds of projects coming in two months or more late, you have to acknowledge there is a delivery problem.

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Don’t hate the game, hate the player

Kiron Bondale

(Before you correct me for misstating the iconic quote in this article’s title, read ahead) Over the past week, I’ve seen a number of posts from different practitioners on the Mastodon.world instance complaining about agile. Here are a few of the examples I’ve read: Agile events or meetings taking up most of the productive time each day User stories not providing an understanding of a user’s needs and wants Continuous delivery of changes resulting in significant unplanned

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Story Points are not the Problem, Velocity is

Scrum.org

Story points are fine for collaboration and revealing assumptions. Story pointing and planning poker together will encourage even more conversations around product backlog items (PBIs). The problem with story points happens when they are used for predicting (estimating) schedules, as in velocity. Driving conversations around assumptions and estimating work are fundamentally different tasks. .

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Tuesday Tip #1: How Does the Scheduling Engine Work?

LiquidPlanner

LiquidPlanner’s predictive scheduling engine answers some of the toughest Project Management questions teams face: When will my project finish? Can I meet the deadlines in front of me? When can my team take on more work? Can we accept new projects with our existing priorities? The scheduling engine is the core driver of LiquidPlanner’s Planning Intelligence , which answers these questions, and more.

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Toward a Unified Project Management Understanding

The objective of this research is to dispel misunderstandings about crucial project management terms and their definitions. It aims to accurately place these terms and facilitate a comprehensive global understanding of their meanings.

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Task Management Vs Project Management: 3 Top Differences

The Digital Project Manager

Do you know the difference between planning a lunch with a friend and planning a wedding? Then you are on your way to knowing the difference between tasks and projects. Projects contain a multitude of tasks that need to be organized and managed effectively. Knowing when to use task or project management to accomplish your […]. The post Task Management Vs Project Management: 3 Top Differences appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.

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Cost of Quality (COQ): A Quick Guide

ProjectManager.com

Anyone who has delivered a product or service understands the triple constraint. Time, cost and scope have to be controlled to successfully complete a project. However, there’s a fourth constraint that’s less discussed: quality. Cost of quality (COQ) helps you avoid neglecting quality and boost customer satisfaction. How COQ does this, especially in project management, is what we’ll define.

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BrainBOK Review: PMP and CAPM Training [2023]

Rebel’s Guide to PM

Category: Training for students preparing for Project Management Professional ( PMP )® and Certified Associates in Project Management ( CAPM )®: BrainBOK review. BrainBOK is an online, reasonably-priced project management training program and toolkit for students preparing for PMP ® and CAPM ® exams. I’ve reviewed the product in depth so I can confidently recommend it.

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Let’s be grateful

Kiron Bondale

I’m in the middle of Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton’s book Leading with Gratitude. I really enjoyed one of their previous books, The Carrot Principle , which provided great case studies on the importance of recognition in the work place as well as multiple suggestions on ways to recognize colleagues without spending a cent. Leading with Gratitude is a very readable sequel to the previous one, and focuses on the importance of gratitude in improving individual, team and company perfo

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Navigating the Future: Generative AI, Application Analytics, and Data

Generative AI is upending the way product developers & end-users alike are interacting with data. Despite the potential of AI, many are left with questions about the future of product development: How will AI impact my business and contribute to its success? What can product managers and developers expect in the future with the widespread adoption of AI?