December, 2016

12 Days of a Project Manager’s Christmas

Girl's Guide to PM

Are you feeling festive? I am! I can’t wait until the Christmas break and I’ve already started on the mince pies and mulled wine. Here’s the traditional 12 Days of Christmas carol reimagined for project managers. Enjoy and please share!

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What it takes to be a great project manager

Moira Alexander

Many challenges confront today's project managers -- new technologies, remote workforces and a global market to name a few. To take a project from inception to finish can be grueling and you've got to have great dedication and skills if you're going to be successful. But what sets apart good project managers (PMs) from the truly great ones? What does it take to go from being the manager of projects to a game-changing leader? Here are six skills the great PMs share.

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How to Break Down Your Project

Project Risk Coach

Scope and Schedule Management How should you break down your project? Steven Pressfield said, “A great trick that I learned having worked as a screenwriter for many years, the way screenwriters work, is they break the project down into three-act structure: Act 1, Act 2, Act 3.

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What is Your Favorite Project Scheduling Tool?

Brad Egeland

What is your favorite Project Scheduling tool and why? What is your favorite hard-core project scheduling tool for task management on the projects you manage? * Why do you like it or use it? Submit

2016 265

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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Leading Through Influence: Identifying Fellow Influencers

The Clever PM

We’re often told that Product Managers “lead through influence” — that we don’t generally have the direct authority to get things done, but rather do so through convincing others of the best option available from the myriad choices they have. The bad news is, that’s really damn hard. The good news is, we’re not alone — […]. Product Management Authority Communication Culture Influence Interactions Leadership Organization

5 Ways You May Unintentionally Create Schedule Risks

Project Risk Coach

The Problems with Crashing, Fast Tracking, and other Schedule Compression Techniques How do project managers unintentionally create schedule risks? As a result, perhaps you feel a cloud of uncertainty about your schedule. Image courtesy of Adobe Stock.

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12 Project Management Related Tools to Check Out for 2017

Brad Egeland

2017 is right around the corner so maybe it's time to try something new. As everyone is aware, the landscape of available project management and PM-related tools has changed greatly over the years.

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10 Agile Tools for agile project management

The Digital Project Manager

Agile is everyone’s favorite project management and delivery buzzword, but what agile tools can you use to help successfully run an agile project? In this. The post 10 Agile Tools for agile project management appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Featured General Tools

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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.

Applying for Project Management Jobs at the Right Level

Arras People

I’ve been trying to apply for positions at a certain salary level but I’m not sure if my resume reflects my experience at that level, what would you advise?

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2017 Project Management Trends To Watch

Girl's Guide to PM

This time last year I reviewed the trends in social and collaborative technology in the project management space: some of my predictions had come to nothing and it was interesting to look backward and hold myself accountable for what I said would happen.

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New Year’s Eve

The Lazy Project Manager

A New Year’s resolution is a tradition in which a person makes a promise to do an act of self-improvement, such as losing weight, doing exercise, giving up smoking etc.

2016 195

How to Take Care of Poinsettias (and Project Teams)

Project Risk Coach

Knowing what your teams really need I recently had a friend ask me — since I have an agricultural background — how to take care of her Christmas poinsettia. She said, “The leaves have been turning yellow and falling off. I think I’m killing it.”

2016 209

Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

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

Free Templates to Get You Started Managing Projects with Sharepoint and Office 365

Brad Egeland

One platform that I love for project management is Microsoft SharePoint. There are so many benefits of having project teams working together in one centralized and collaborative environment.

2016 242

How-to: Stay sane as a remote project manager

The Digital Project Manager

If you work as a remote project manager, this one’s for you! Earlier this year, Galen Low wrote a brilliant article on how to manage. The post How-to: Stay sane as a remote project manager appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. General How-to Guides

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What’s the Most Useful Project Management Training Course You’ve Taken?

Arras People

Imagine if you could gain a list of which project management training courses other project practitioners have taken which they’ve found the most useful in their career? What about a list of all the ones to perhaps avoid?

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Thanking the GirlsGuideToPM Community (That’s You)

Girl's Guide to PM

This year I received two emails that changed the way I think about this blog. The first was from a lecturer in Africa who teaches project management to female students. He said he uses this site to show that it’s a real job that women can excel at.

2016 331

The Business Opportunity of Embedded Analytics: New Findings from 500+ Application Teams

Speaker: Josh Martin, Director of Product Marketing, Logi Analytics

Embedded analytics has evolved from an afterthought to a necessity. But most companies don’t realize that the features they embed and how they develop have a lasting impact on revenue, customer churn, and competitive differentiation. The state of embedded analytics in 2018 is in flux. Learn from the experiences of 500+ application teams embedding analytics—including which features actually move the needle, how analytics benefits their companies, and what development approach yields the best results.

Storyboards. if you can't draw it.

Musings on Project Management

A great technique for writing proposals, papers, or books -- as I do a lot -- is to storyboard the ideas. My favorite expression: "If you can't draw it, you can't write it!" Here's Einstein on the same idea: I rarely think in words at all. A thought comes and I may try to express it in words afterwards If you're not a storyboard person, check out this website for insight. Project Management Quotations

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PLEASE TAKE MY 2016 READER SURVEY

Project Risk Coach

Help Me Help YOU! I want to ensure my platform does the best possible job of answering your needs and interests. And that means I need to know more about you. To do that, I’ve created my 2016 Reader Survey. Would you please take a few minutes to fill out the survey?

2016 195

?8 Practical Ideas for Overcoming Procrastination

Brad Egeland

Recently, we featured tips for motivating your team and developing a healthier attitude to achieve personal and professional goals. A recurring theme within these posts was the importance of just getting started, something we all struggle with from time to time. We are all procrastinators!

2016 190

Project Management Lifecycle: The complete guide

The Digital Project Manager

Confused about what the project management lifecycle is all about? In this complete guide to the project management lifecycle, we’ll give the lowdown with handy. The post Project Management Lifecycle: The complete guide appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Features General

2016 185

A Guide to Designing Delightful Dashboards

Speaker: Daniel O'Sullivan, Product Designer, nCino and Jeff Hudock, Senior Product Manager, nCino

We’ve all seen the increasing industry trend of artificial intelligence and big data analytics. In a world of information overload, it's more important than ever to have a dashboard that provides data that's not only interesting but actually relevant and timely. Dashboards assist decision makers facilitate new ideas and business opportunities, increase customer approval rates, and analyze current business process. All of these activities play a vital role in providing the superior experience your customers demand.

Moving On in a PMO Career

Arras People

I’m working in a PMO at the moment and looking to move on in my career over the next year. Is there any advice you can give to help me get prepared.

2016 198

Project Management Collaboration Tools FAQ

Girl's Guide to PM

I ran a subscriber-only webinar recently about trends in project management collaboration tools and the barriers to adopting new technology in a project environment. I think people had a great time and the feedback was fantastic.

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Data quality, data parentage

Musings on Project Management

My early career was in technical intelligence, so I was struck by this phrase applicable not only to that domain, but to my present domain -- project management: "The value of [information] depends on it's breeding. Until you understand the pedigree of the information you can not evaluate a report. We are not democratic. We close the door on intelligence without parentage." John LeCarre data management

2016 174

How to Break Down Your Projects [Video]

Project Risk Coach

If you can’t see this video in your RSS reader or email, then click here. Last week, I shared my blog post How to Break Down Your Projects. This week, I’m going into more detail as we look at: What’s the difference between deliverables and activities?

2016 195

Turning Metrics into Dollars: How to Turn Your Analytics Data into a Real Financial Model for your Startup

Speaker: Tristan Kromer, Lean Agile Coach, Kromatic

Some teams struggle to constantly optimize conversion rates without understanding the financial impact of those conversion rates. Sometimes that 0.1% increase isn't worth the engineering time we're spending! Early stage startups in particular may not need a four year business plan, but they need to start building out a model which will show how they can someday be profitable. At the very least, they need to be able to see the impact of a change in retention rates to their user growth.

2016: The Year in Review!

The Clever PM

Here we are at the end of another year — I honestly can’t believe that 2017 is just around the corner!! Over the past year I’ve had the pleasure of engaging with all sorts of new folks, provided some mentoring to new and experienced Product Managers, taught a couple classes at General Assembly, and even started work […]. Product Management Good PM Learning PM Top 5

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?When Customer Expectations Must be Reset

Brad Egeland

We all hope that customer expectations have been accurately set coming out of the sales process. Ideally, the customer will have a draft project schedule in hand, a budget (i.e.,

2016 156

Getting Moving with Agile Projects

Arras People

The fundamentals of project management normally focuses on areas like planning, resource management, risk management and stakeholder management. In the year 2016 it also includes understanding Agile – as I found out at a recent project management event being run by Hemsley Fraser in London.

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Merry Christmas [We’re taking a break now]

Girl's Guide to PM

It’s been an incredible year, and with 2017 shaping up to be another 12 months of political and social change, I want to wish you the best of the season for what is traditionally a very tolerant and forgiving time.

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How Agile Approaches Change Project, Program, and Product Measures

Speaker: Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant, Rothman Consulting Group

Before agile approaches took the world by storm, we used Gantt charts and defects to measure project and program progress. We had trouble measuring product progress until just before release—often too late to change anything. Join Johanna as she discusses how agile approaches change what we measure, and possible measures you might use in projects, programs, and to assess the product as the team(s) build it.