October, 2017

How do YOU define project failure?

Kiron Bondale

An early project management lesson learned is that it is a good practice to start with the end in mind, especially when it comes to defining what done looks like.

How to Keep Your Projects On-Time and On-Budget

Arras People

Deltek is the latest member of the Arras People Software Directory , in this article they give a brief overview of how projects can be controlled and how software can help with this.

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4 Questions You Should Never Ask A Developer (And What To Ask Instead)

The Digital Project Manager

In the digital industry, project managers and development resources may be cut from the same cloth, but perhaps from opposite ends of the tapestry. The post 4 Questions You Should Never Ask A Developer (And What To Ask Instead) appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Features General

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20 Easy-to-Use Assertive Communication Skills for Confidence and Respect

Project Bliss

Photo credit @hengfilms. In your workplace, you communicate regularly with many people: stakeholders, customers, and other team members. You’ll encounter demands and excuses and deadlines. Schedules can be demanding, and workloads can be stressful.

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?

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Uncertainty in Project Management

Arras People

Last month I had the pleasure of joining the Delivery Club in Central London.

5 Secrets of Successful Project Management

The Digital Project Manager

A professional in any industry will tell you that there is no specific recipe for success. Whether you’re a teacher, doctor, lawyer, or work in. The post 5 Secrets of Successful Project Management appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Features General

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What Can a Project Manager Do Next? The Project Manager Career Ladder

Project Bliss

Have you ever wondered what career path could be next on the project manager career ladder? There are many possible options where you can apply the valuable skills you’ve honed as a project manager. I previously wrote about the different career paths that can lead to project management.

5 Online Courses For a Project Manager And What You Should Know About Them


How To Become a Project Manager With Online Courses? In today’s modernized world you can become anyone without even leaving your house. The internet offers a wide range of online courses on different topics. And a Project Manager is one of them.

Managing The Project Budget - Developing Your Project Management Skills

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

How To Manage Remote Project Teams Effectively


Five top tips on how to manage remote project teams effectively. Visibility

2017 30

Horseshoes and hand grenades? Don’t forget about projects!

Kiron Bondale

It is a common practice in many organizations to do a thorough post-mortem once a major project issue has occurred to understand why it happened, how effectively the team responded to it, and what might be learned from it to avoid or reduce impacts from similar causes in the future.

Understanding your Value in the Project Management Market

Arras People

Last week’s Project Challenge saw Arras People’s Managing Director, John Thorpe, deliver a session to visitors called Understanding your Value in the Project Management Market. It’s a question that we get asked a lot – how much am I worth?

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5 Tips For Making Process Improvement Easier

The Digital Project Manager

When setting out to write this, I intended to focus on our agency’s slight (but important) shift to Scrum in recent months. This is happening. The post 5 Tips For Making Process Improvement Easier appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Features General


Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

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

To Master Information Management on Your Project, Do These 4 Things


Knowledge is power. However, for many project managers, maneuvering into this position of control can be a serious challenge that doesn’t go away just by being effective in managing email or being able to read a pivot table.

6 Tips for Becoming a Better Project Manager

Brad Egeland

We can always get better. Many of us have a long way to go.some are closer to the top than others. But improvement should always be the goal. We can always be serving our project, team and customers better tomorrow than we are today. But how do we get there?

Does it Pay to be Transparent?


Full disclosure. Complete transparency. Effective and efficient collaboration with team and customer throughout the project. That third one sounds about right. But what about the first two? Full disclosure on everything to the team and customer? Team… probably without a doubt.

Jon Clay: PMI UK’s New President Explains What’s Next For The Chapter

Girl's Guide to PM

This article, Jon Clay: PMI UK’s New President Explains What’s Next For The Chapter , first appeared on Girl's Guide to PM. Professional organisations often rely on volunteers, and the PMI UK Chapter is no different.

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Selling Data and Decisions to your Team

Speaker: Cait Porte, SVP Product and Customer Experience, Zmags

Gathering support for a product feature or enhancement is a critical skill for Product Managers. Talking to customers, working with key stakeholders in the business and convincing development that a feature is necessary can be a daunting task. Join Product Management expert Cait Porte as she covers how to sell your ideas internally by leveraging data to drive decision making.

Getting Things Done Smarter: 10 Best Productivity Articles! 8/10/27


Another week comes with the most popular from our roundups. Make yourself comfortable and read these 10 Most Inspiring Productivity Articles from past seven days, chosen by our team! Our blog is a place where we provide all the productivity and time management knowledge.

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Why Won’t My Team Fill In Their Timesheets?

The Digital Project Manager

I’m new to “official” project management, though I’ve been doing it one shape or another for years. I’m running into an issue right now where I am having issues with getting team members to log their time. Is this normal in agencies? What is realistic to expect of a team to enter time? The post Why Won’t My Team Fill In Their Timesheets? appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Dear DPM General

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Project Management Monsters Around Us


Monsters aren’t just for Halloween. The undead walk among us all year round. Only on Halloween do they show their true faces. If you know what to look for, you can recognize vampires, ghosts, zombies, and Frankenstein’s creation (he’s not really a monster, just misunderstood).

Infographic: How to Manage Remote Project Teams Effectively


A handy infographic of five top tips on how to manage remote project teams effectively. Visibility Resource optimisation

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Agile Metrics for Team and Product Progress

Speaker: Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant, Rothman Consulting Group

You’ve seen team metrics like velocity. Velocity is not an accurate measure of a team's progress towards "done." So what should you use instead? Join Johanna as she discusses the measures that are actually useful in understanding what your team does, where the work is, and how long the work really takes - and in addition, we’ll examine what it takes to explain the team’s progress to others in terms of the product backlog burnup chart, ways to talk about what’s done and not yet released, and how to show others working product.

Sustainable Development Goal #17 of 17. Partnership for the Goals and Project Management.

Green Project Management

At the UN Global Compact Leadership Summit, our 5th, as a stakeholder, it was stated as part of the plenary that business cannot thrive if the people and the planet aren’t. This also includes that the 17 UN SDGs are on target. They are universal, transcend borders, industry, and societies.

Minimize Project Complexity – Maximize Functionality with Clarizen

Brad Egeland

Project management tools sometimes claim to deliver the world and still leaving us wanting for more. I recently put Clarizen to the test and found out their PM software solution truly delivers and in a way that makes sense, is easy to learn, intuitive to use, and customizes the way you would want for your various project usage and reporting needs. As a long time business, IT, and project management professional, I'm looking for tools that the real PM world will use.

The Importance of Scrum Ceremonies

The Clever PM

I recently had a really great conversation with a fellow co-worker about how and why companies struggle with the adoption of agile methodologies like Scrum. It just so happened that he had come from a very large company where someone had undertaken something unheard of — they attempted to objectively measure the effect that Scrum […]. Product Management Agile Backlog Culture Definitions Good PM Organization PM Scrum


The Four Pillars Of Resource Management And Why They Matter

The Digital Project Manager

Resource management is often forgotten about in the world of project management, overshadowed by the actual workings of a project. But as a result, projects. The post The Four Pillars Of Resource Management And Why They Matter appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. General Tools Sponsored

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Connecting Analytics to Strategy - Keeping Your Corporate Objective In Sight

Speaker: Tom Evans, Senior Principal Consultant and Trainer, 280 Group

Data analytics has transformed the way many product managers approach product enhancements, creating strong demand for product managers with skills and expertise in defining and analyzing product metrics to make more valuable product decisions. But there is one essential element that is often left out of the conversation, and that is strategy. How does my product decisions support the overall strategy of the business, and am I tracking the right metrics based upon that strategy?

Yes, Your Team Needs a Project Manager. Here’s Why


During the annual budget cycle, portfolio planning or even the adhoc “just-go-do-it” project, project management resource planning and funding can be marginalized and even entirely overlooked.

Operational Excellence: Your Company’s Future Depends On It


Good Is No Longer Good Enough. There’s no doubt about it, we’re seeing a dramatic reshuffling of the corporate world-order as the pace of change is reaching all-time highs.

How to Respond to Difficult Presentation Questions

Project Risk Coach

Improve your project presentation skills Project managers often give presentations to groups such as senior leaders, boards, and third-party vendors. The truth is most people are afraid of public speaking. After all, we may make a mistake and be criticized.

5 Best Time Recording Apps


Why Record Time? We live in a fast-paced world where time is extremely valuable, especially when it comes to working. For this reason, time tracking has recently become much more popular. Many companies and individuals use time tracking software to stay on top of the work.

Mixing Qualitative & Quantitative Data with Storyboarding

Speaker: Tristan Kromer, Lean Agile Coach, Kromatic

Qualitative vs. Quantitative is a silly argument. Qualitative data from UXers should not compete against the quantitative data product owners need for their business model. Both are necessary to have a complete understanding of where the desirability of the product meets the viability of the business.