February, 2017

How to: Be a more consistent project manager

The Digital Project Manager

I’ve talked a lot about the importance of being flexible, but that doesn’t mean we can overlook the importance of being consistent as well. The post How to: Be a more consistent project manager appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. General How-to Guides

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15 Clever Ways to Save Time at Work

Girl's Guide to PM

There are no shortcuts in project management really, but wouldn’t it be nice if we had a few ways to speed things up?

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What is PRINCE2 Agile All About?

Arras People

I have been working with PRINCE2 before it became PRINCE2 and for the last 10 years I have been a PRINCE2 trainer and consultant so I am already sold on PRINCE2. I have also been a software developer and used agile development methods and have never seen the two as being in conflict.

Comparing agile project management frameworks

Moira Alexander

In my article " How to choose the right project management methodology ," I covered the key considerations and some of the assessment criteria when choosing a methodology. Now let's take a closer look at three popular agile frameworks and how they compare to make it easier to choose which to use for your next project. SCRUM LEAN KANBAN. Definition A predefined and recurring set of rules, roles and processes used to expedite the release of higher quality products.

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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?

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The Essential Project Management Competencies: A 2017 Perspective

Girl's Guide to PM

We’re part way through Quarter 1 and you’re thinking what a great year it’s been so far at work. Your thoughts turn to what you should be doing for your professional development… and there’s a lot of choice.

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Rethinking Resource Management

Arras People

Resource management has been one of those topic areas that always seems to come up when project practitioners talk about specific challenges they face in programme and project management – I guess it’s because it is the people side of projects – the notoriously difficult bit.

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Take Your Questions From Good To Great: 15 Examples

Project Management Hacks

What questions do you use most often in your work? You may be focused on squeezing out incremental gains – how can we process 2% more transactions per day through this system? In some cases, that type of question is just right.

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What it Means to be a Digital Project Manager

Wrike

. . The world has already moved online; has your job moved with it? Gone are the days of managing work using pen and paper, whiteboards and dry erase markers, sticky notes and the walls of your cubicle.

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Managing The Project Budget - Developing Your Project Management Skills

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

Join the conversation on Slack

The Digital Project Manager

Our goal is to elevate the conversation surrounding digital, leadership, and the world of digital project management., so we’re trying something new. Right now, on. The post Join the conversation on Slack appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. General Tools

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INFOGRAPHIC: 4 Ways Project Managers Can Boost Their Team’s Skills

Celoxis

INFOGRAPHIC: 4 Ways Project Managers Can Boost Their Team's Skills. best practices collaboration infographic Leadership Project Management Trends work culture celoxis innovation Online project management tool people management project management web based project management software

3 Things That Stop You Making the Right Decision

Girl's Guide to PM

This is a guest article by Chris Cook from The EntrePMeur. Project managers want to make the best decisions for themselves, the project, and the project team. In order to do so, project managers must be aware of biases.

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Project Management Careers Q&A – PMO Manager Career Path

Arras People

I’ve been working as a PMO Manager for a number of years now and I want to progress further into portfolio level PMOs, getting involved in strategy execution and generally working at a more senior level. What do I need to consider to make this transition? As well you know, there are many different types of PMO in existence so the transition you make will largely depend on this – the culture, context, and the type of services provided by your PMO today.

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Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

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

In support of strategic colocation

Kiron Bondale

A recent Harvard Business Review article provided the analysis on a research study conducted by Jason Corsello and Dylan Minor into potential benefits of strategic colocation.

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4 Tips for an Effective Project Management Plan

Wrike

Leaders always have to be ready to adapt to changing circumstances and meet fresh challenges. However, they’ll most likely reach successful outcomes with a thoughtful project management plan. What is a project management plan? It’s a road map that directs a team from the start date to completion.

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How to: Make process change happen using project retrospectives

The Digital Project Manager

So you’ve just run a retrospective at the end of your project and you have a good amount of feedback about your processes, your team, The post How to: Make process change happen using project retrospectives appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Features General Promoted

Paymo Resource Scheduling

Paymo App

After months of hard work we’re back with a mega-update that will make 2017 your best planned year. We’re excited to bring Resource Scheduling to Paymo. Now you can visually manage your work, people and time bookings in a beautiful timeline.

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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.

Why Don’t 50% of People Do Stakeholder Engagement?

Girl's Guide to PM

I recently ran a survey about stakeholder management (thanks, by the way, if you were one of the people who filled it out) and the results surprised me. While I haven’t got the full results yet, I have done a bit of analysis on them and I wanted to share what I know so far with you.

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Do You Make These Quality Management Mistakes?

Project Risk Coach

Last week, I talked about How to Develop a Quality Management Plan. Today, I’d like to share common quality management mistakes. Being aware of these failure points can help you and your project teams to identify and manage quality risks. Quality Management Mistakes. Failure to Define Quality.

Efficient project governance should not be an oxymoron!

Kiron Bondale

Look up governance in Merriam-Webster’s dictionary and you’ll find this definition “ The way that a city, company, etc.,

Project Success Means Knowing.

Herding Cats

To increase the Probability of Project success means we have to know something about the attributes and measures of the Five Immutable Principles that enbale this project success, when managing in the presence of uncertainty. All engineering projects, including software projects, are a constrained optimization problems. How do we take the resources we have and deliver the best outcomes requested by those paying? The answer is to apply the microeconomics of decision-making to the problem.

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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.

What Project Management Training Do Project Practitioners Really Value?

Arras People

That’s just one of the areas we look at in this year’s Project Management Benchmark Report from Arras People, launched today. We’ve also covered what practitioners think about: the new Chartered Status, recently awarded to the Association of Project Management (APM).

2017 29

5 Things to Consider When Invoicing Questionable Customers

Brad Egeland

I'm a small business owner in the form of consulting and marketing. So I do a lot of invoicing and most of what I do is prepaid services. My model is a bit different than most, but like all of you, I still invoice for everything and still run into invoicing concerns.every single month.

2017 28

Planning a Budget for a Proposal in 5 Easy Steps (+ Example)

Girl's Guide to PM

This is a guest article by author Edoardo Binda Zane. We start with 5 steps for how to put a proposal budget together and then Edoardo shares a worked (fictional) example to show you what the budget would look like once it is completed.

Dilbert on the challenges of project planning

The Digital Project Manager

The realities of any complex digital project – imperfect planning and clients that don’t get it. The post Dilbert on the challenges of project planning appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. General The PM life

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?

The Real Story Behind Why Your Organization Wants You to Track Time

LiquidPlanner

For organizations that track time, there’s always going to be some resistance—or at least questions about it. Even if nobody says it out loud, I’ll bet your employees are at least wondering: “Why on earth is my company making me track time?”.

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Dunning-Kruger and Modern Software Project Management

Herding Cats

In " Unskilled and Unaware of It: How Difficulties in Recognizing One's Own Incompetence Lead to Inflated Self-Assessments ," David Dunning and Justin Kruger state that the less skilled or competent you are, the more confident you are that you're actually very good at what you do. Their central finding is not only do such people reach the erroneous conclusion and make unfortunate choices, but their incompetence robs them of the ability to realize it.

The Dangerous Myth of “Consensus”

The Clever PM

As Product Managers, we’re often involved in making decisions and driving others to decisions that need to be made — sometimes dragging them kicking and screaming toward the future. And in doing so, there’s often an undercurrent of “reaching consensus” that runs through discussions and permeates meetings comprised of varying people with a wide breadth […].

2017 25

The Canvas Strategy

Zen Project Management

I’m making my way through the Tim Ferris' book Tools of Titans. It’s well over 600 pages but it has a lot of useful, interesting advice, though I'll admit some of it is a bit out there. He breaks the book up into three areas; Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise. The book is really just a summary of podcasts done over the years with some other advice added in. One piece of advice I appreciated is what he called the canvas strategy. The idea really came from Ryan Holiday.

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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.