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?

2018 109

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.

2018 156

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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.

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?

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.

2018 307

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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 388

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.

Risk 227

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

Managing The Project Budget - Developing Your Project Management Skills

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

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

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?

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 342

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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Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

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

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.

2018 197

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.

2018 326

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 213

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.

2018 224

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.

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 271

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?

Risk 238

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 221

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 399

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.

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 193

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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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.

2018 234

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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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.

Six Common Project Management Milestone Mistakes – and How to Avoid Them

Clarizen

Milestones have been a basic staple on the project management landscape for, well, forever.

2018 196

How to Make a Time Management Plan You’ll Actually Use

ProjectManager.com

Everyone has their own idea of a good time management plan. People often make to-do lists, use task management apps , set alerts, pin things to their fridge and even write notes on their hands. It’s great to plan, but the execution is where things often go awry.

2018 310

How to pick the best project management methodology for success

Moira Alexander

Choosing the right project management methodology for your team is the first step to success. But with so many different — and in some cases, overlapping — approaches to managing the complexities of any given project, how can you know which project management methodology is best? Project managers can assist their organizations in improving how they implement projects in the most effective and efficient way while reducing risks.

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