July, 2018

Managing a Strategic Project Portfolio

Planview

Here is a common scenario: You spend months participating in annual planning. If you are part of the process that collects the list of projects, you are spending ridiculous hours collecting and consolidating. Then, you pass the list of projects to those who “align” those projects to strategy?

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Easy Ways to Build Rapport with Remote Team Members

Project Bliss

Building trust with your team is critical. And taking time to build rapport with remote team members is just as important as building strong relationships with those in the office.

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Aligned expectations and established priorities: learn about the stack methodology and its benefits

Runrun.it

A lack of time is the bugbear of the 21st-century business world. A thousand things to do, employees to manage and a never-ending list of urgent tasks are all now part of every manager’s daily routine. Everything needs to be delivered immediately, and things can easily spiral out of control.

Project Initiation: How to Start Your Project Off Right

ProjectManager.com

Great projects often start with great hopes and expectations. But if a project isn’t initiated correctly, then those hopes and expectations aren’t anchored in a solid foundation, and your project can drift off course and head for disaster. That might seem overly dramatic, but it’s true.

Building Healthy Innovation Ecosystems for Your Projects

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

In this webinar, Nick Noreña will walk through an Innovation Ecosystem Model that he and his team at Kromatic have developed to help investors, heads of product, teachers, and executives understand how they can best support innovation in their own ecosystem. He'll also go over metrics we can use to measure the health of our ecosystems as we build more resources for innovators.

The Best Meeting Minutes Transcription Software: An Independent Test and Review

Girl's Guide to PM

My goodness, this article has been a mammoth job to put together. But I think you’ll be interested in the results of my tests.

2018 359

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It’s Easy to Miss Project Risks

Project Risk Coach

It's easy to miss project risks. And, until a project manager has identified the threats and opportunities, the risks cannot be managed properly. Projects rise and fall with the project manager's ability to properly identify and manage their most significant risks.

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Transformation is More Than Just Having an Agile Checklist

Leading Agile

As a consultant, I get to see a lot of different organizations and work with a variety of teams. By now, virtually everyone has at least heard of agile and read the manifesto.

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Avoid Communication Breakdown

The Lazy Project Manager

Data Visualization Software for Effective Project Plan Communication. I was taught a truth in my early project management days – reporting is not communicating!

2018 254

10 Project Constraints That Endanger Your Project’s Success

ProjectManager.com

Fast, cheap or good — choose two. Are you tired of hearing that? One of the biggest challenges of every project manager is project constraints. They limit a project, and they can quickly endanger your project’s success.

2018 402

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 to Become a Project Manager: 3 Ways to Get A Job

Girl's Guide to PM

The projects that you read about in the media are often high profile, with budgets in the multimillions or even billions.

2018 286

What is the Difference Between PRINCE2 Agile and APMG Agile Project Management?

Arras People

In this guest post, Simon Harris responds to a question from a reader about the two different Agile project management courses which are available. What is the difference between PRINCE2 Agile and APMG Agile Project Management?

How to Use NGT for Risk Identification

Project Risk Coach

I conduct online surveys to get feedback from project managers on risk management topics. Here’s one of the questions, “What risk management techniques would you like to know more about?” ” Survey participants often respond with: Nominal Group Technique (NGT).

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The perils of percentage availability…

Kiron Bondale

Through education or experience most of us learn early in our project management careers about the dangers of using percentage complete for any activity where the work completed cannot be reliably measured. This is unfortunately the case for most knowledge-based work.

2018 203

Managing The Project Budget - Developing Your Project Management Skills

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

Project Failure – Why it Happens

Online PM Courses

No one wants their project to fail. Despite this, project failure is all too common. So is it Possible to Prevent Project Failure? It certainly is, and all you need to do is follow all the principles of good Project Management, including foreseeing and acting on all threats.

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Project Integration Management – A Quick Guide

ProjectManager.com

Managing a project can be complicated, especially when different departments have to work together. As each department works on a project, each one likely uses a methodology that they’re most comfortable with to provide them with the results they want.

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Is Genius Project Right for You? Read My Detailed Review

Girl's Guide to PM

Full disclosure: I was not compensated for this review. All opinions are my own. Genius Project is, however, a company that has been a regular supporter of this blog, for which I am very grateful. This is a review of Genius Project 8.0.1 cloud-based option using Firefox browser, in June 2018.

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21 Ways To Improve Your Project Today

Arras People

It doesn’t matter what sort of projects you manage, whether they are complex IT or construction projects, events with tight deadlines or simple improvements to business processes, you will always be able to make small, but effective, improvements by learning from other people’s experience. Of course, there are tried and trusted best practices used throughout the world of project management to manage all the elements of a project, but you also have to consider how you run the many day-to-day activities. So, let’s take a look at some of the different ways that you can improve your project today, quickly and easily, no approval needed. Reassure clients that everything is on track – or if it isn’t then reassure them that contingencies are in place and plans are abeing reviewed and updated. Monitor project status more regularly and more thoroughly so there are no nasty surprises. Find out whether any tasks are taking excessive amounts of time to complete so you fully understand where time is really being spent on the project. Find out whether any tasks are using up excessive amounts of your budget so you fully understand where money is really being spent on the project. Show your project team members that they are appreciated; there’s nothing like it to motivate the team. Plan some activities that will help your project team to bond – especially if many of them don’t know each other. This could be something as simple as coffee and cakes for everyone. Embrace video conferencing – it is the perfect solution to building team spirit between remote project teams. And it’s so simple with tools like Skype for Business or Zoom. Make sure you show your team you trust them by not micromanaging everything they do. Practice the art of delegation – delegate tasks and then leave the person responsible to get on with it. Revisit your project plans if you have not done so recently to make sure everything is up to date, especially if there have been changes to the original plans. Check your project schedule regularly so you can anticipate any roadblocks. For inspiration watch a PM-relevant TED talk such as “ As Work Gets More Complex, 6 Rules to Simplify ” by Yves Morieux. Start sending out agendas prior to every meeting, if you are not already doing so. This gives everyone time to prepare thoroughly for the meeting, making it more productive. Organise your own project tasks using a free tool like Asana, this is so much better than scrappy to-do lists. Improve your leadership skills by working on your emotional intelligence. Prioritise tasks properly – don’t just respond to those who shout loudest – their tasks may not be more important than others’ Make sure you have the people resources with the right experience assigned for upcoming tasks to avoid last minute panics. Spend 5 minutes each morning planning what you are going to do that day – this has been shown to be a simple but effective method to help you be more productive. Check you contingency plan – you do have one don’t you? Be responsive to requested changes when the project is in progress but ensure there is a formal change control process in place. Consider undertaking a project management training in order to further your ability to manage any projects within your business. The post 21 Ways To Improve Your Project Today appeared first on arraspeople. PM Careers Advice Project Management Project management Skills Project Management Careers Advice Project Management learning

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Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

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

7 Things You Should Not Do When Identifying Project Risks

Project Risk Coach

Known and unknown, internal and external, upside and downside—risks are woven into the fabric of every project. Project managers can waste a lot of time due to poor risk management. In today’s article, let’s look at seven things not to do when identifying project risks. Don’t wait.

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Project management training – 30% off our great courses….

Ron Rosenhead

I have been asked many times to run a course, a workshop or facilitate a specific project management event for a client. One thing that is evident is the real pressure on people’s time. It is becoming increasingly difficult to release staff for project management training, or training of any kind.

2018 194

Continuous Unit Checking:Part Three

Leading Agile

Where were we? Part 1 : Command-line utilities and wrapper scripts. Part 2 : Guard (with Ruby) and SBT (with Scala). Part 3 (this): Infinitest (with Java and IntelliJ IDEA). In Part 1, we looked at some simple continuous checking solutions based on shell commands and wrapper scripts.

2018 187

The 23 Best Project Manager Interview Questions

ProjectManager.com

Before you can plan, execute and successfully complete a project, you must hire a project manager to manage it. A project manager is a difficult position to fill. They need a wide swath of skills, from a knowledge of methodologies to a mastery of communication.

2018 393

Business Agile: A Roadmap for Transforming Your Management & Adapting to the VUCA Environment

Speaker: Peter Taylor, Speaker/Author, The Lazy Project Manager

Businesses everywhere are trying to “get business agile”—but it’s not easy to adapt to becoming this adaptive. How can conventional organizations succeed in this transformation? In this webinar, Peter Taylor will walk through the change process step by step, and look at a tried and tested transformation roadmap: benefits are outlined, solutions to common challenges offered, and tried and tested methods and tools provided. It will be a guide towards a decentralized and management style that offers more successful decision making through collaboration.

10 Practical Time Management Tips For When Everything is a Priority

Girl's Guide to PM

I’m pleased to be working with Resource Guru to bring you this article packed with our tried-and-tested time management tips for work. What is it with work these days? When are we going to be able to catch our breath?

2018 303

Professional Development for the PMO Professional

Arras People

The people who support project managers – project co-ordinators; project support officers; project analysts and controllers – have had a raw deal when it came to professional development.

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Are You Making These Risk Response Mistakes?

Project Risk Coach

Some project managers make timely responses to risks, resulting in positive progress toward their project goals. Others act haphazardly, resulting in undesirable consequences. Let's look at some common risk response mistakes and how to overcome them. So, what do I mean by risk response mistake?

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Can Persuasive Sales Representative Become the Future Leads in Project Management

Taskque

Sales professionals and project managers are professionally worlds apart. However, who could’ve thought that people in sales have the potential to actually turn into a really successful project manager? Well, for starters, I experienced it.

2018 206

Beyond the Findings: The Case for UX Research in Digital Transformation

Speaker: Marina Foglietta-Tereo, Head of UX Research, AXA Insurance

People often think of UX research as a tactical approach to improve the usability or visual appeal of a digital product. While good research will certainly validate an existing design, using it for validation alone would be like using your iPhone solely to tell time! Join Marina Foglietta-Tereo, Head of UX Research at AXA Insurance, as she explores the unrecognized organizational, cultural, and strategic benefits of an in-house, central and mature UXR team.

Does knowledge transfer change with agile?

Kiron Bondale

We have all experienced this: a key contributor announces their departure and a mad scramble ensues to transition their knowledge to the rest of the team. But does this change when the team is using an agile lifecycle?

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7 Lessons for Customer-Centric Leadership

ProjectManager.com

Customer-centric leadership is essential in today’s business climate. Jennifer Bridges, PMP, explains more and cites these well-known brands as excellent examples of customer-centric leadership. Here’s a screenshot for your reference! In Review – 7 Lessons for Customer-Centric Leadership.

How Eric Got A PM Job (And How You Can Too)

Girl's Guide to PM

Luis Peluffo, a career coach who helps people get their dream project management job, shared this in our Facebook group. With his permission I wanted to pass it on here. I think it shows how project managers, and people who want to make a career in project management, have to be self-motivated.

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