April, 2017

How to Improve the Performance of Your Project Teams

Project Risk Coach

Ever watched what happens when a new team is formed? Maybe you’ve seen a new team of little league baseball players, a music group, a civic group, or a business team. The initial dynamics can be rather rocky and uncertain, even with skilled individuals. Imagine a new project team that was formed to consolidate customer service centers from 20 locations across the United States to five regional locations.

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Agile In The Agency. Is It Possible?

The Digital Project Manager

Managing agile projects in an agency setting can be challenging, but with the following processes, it can be done. As a Project Manager, you have. The post Agile In The Agency. Is It Possible? appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. General

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A Project Team’s Guide to Data Conversion: Book Review & Interview with Dave Gordon

Project Bliss

For full disclosure, this article contains affiliate links. For more information, see my disclosure page. However, I have purchased this book myself and can honestly highly recommend it. . When thinking of software projects, many things come to mind: requirements, writing or configuring code, testing, getting that new system implemented and perhaps getting off that old legacy system that’s outdated and no longer serves your needs. But what about all that data in the old system?

2017 175

Challenging Change

The Lazy Project Manager

The following is a guest article from my friends at Tailwind Project Solutions: In his new book – How to get Fired at the C-Level: Why mismanaging change is the biggest risk of all – Peter Taylor challenges the foundations of organisational change, asking if the c-level executives out there are truly ready for change to be successful in their own businesses?

2017 198

The Big Payoff of Application Analytics

Outdated or absent analytics won’t cut it in today's data-driven applications. And they won’t cut it for your end users, your development team, or your business. Learn how 5 companies used embedded analytics to achieve huge returns and greater value than anticipated.

20 Things For Your Project Management Plan [With 3 Free Templates]

Girl's Guide to PM

Your project management plan is more than just a schedule of work. Although I am guilty of using ‘plan’ and ‘Gantt chart’ interchangeably. So what does go in the project management plan? Below you’ll find 20 things that make up a comprehensive project management plan. Be pragmatic though. Pick and choose what is relevant to you. If you aren’t buying anything, then don’t waste time producing a procurement plan that says as much. PM Plan: Only include what you need. Make it relevant!

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How to Recognize and Reward Your Project Teams

Project Risk Coach

People grow tired of working for unappreciative organizations. If it goes on long enough, the top performers get frustrated and leave. Therefore, it’s important to develop a culture of appreciation. But rewards and recognition can be tricky. People are motivated in different ways. John may be thrilled by his challenging project work and the opportunity to learn something new. On the other hand, Susan is supercharged by gestures of appreciation—public recognition or a simple thank-you card.

2017 207

Tool Review: 10,000ft Plans

The Digital Project Manager

There’s an ongoing debate about how project management tools will fit into the future of work. As digital PMs, we’re needing to adapt to the. The post Tool Review: 10,000ft Plans appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Reviews Tools

2017 152

The Calm Before the Project Management Storm

Arras People

There comes a time when you’ve been working in and around project management for a while and you take a sit back and just reflect for a while. Steve Wake took that time when the latest announcement of the General Election in the UK for June 8th came like a bolt out of the blue. Here’s Steve in this guest post, reflecting on project management and giving us all a wake up call (no pun intended!). The General Election, 8th June. So now we have to see what happens with: Our Government.

2017 150

Agile transformations should lead with changing mindset and behavior rather than practices

Kiron Bondale

Like most North American kids growing up in an urban environment, my son learned to drive cars with an automatic transmission. Now that he’s been driving for a year, I’m starting to teach him to handle a manual transmission. While the most visible aspect of this is shifting, the exquisite art (to quote the Bride) lies in the proper use of the clutch.

2017 156

Alternatives to PPM Tools for Today's Anywhere Workforce

To survive in the future of work, PMOs need to evolve beyond what most basic PPM tools offer. The best project portfolio management tools enables teams to plan and execute in one place, giving PMOs the visibility they need to ensure project success.

Software Review: Roadmap Planner [2017]

Girl's Guide to PM

General Information. Name: Roadmap Planner. Vendor: KeepSolid Inc. Hosting options: iOS and macOS downloads (no Windows option yet). Cost and plans: Free plan (for one user only) then monthly subscriptions from $4.99 per month and costs go down if you scale with more users and more functionality. There are also discounts in you pay annually. Languages: English. Goodbye Complicated Spreadsheets and Slides. Roadmap Planner is a simple app designed for creating strategic plans.

2017 233

Challenging the C-Level Executives

The Lazy Project Manager

How to get Fired at the C-level goes beyond the constraints of a book. To that end the author offers some focused workshops, keynote presentations and insightful supporting education to help organisations achieve the success in strategic change that they desire, and to help C-level executives understand the challenge and benefit from the opportunity. This is all about bringing a reality check to your executive team, and help can be found right here.

How to Facilitate a Successful Project Launch

Project Risk Coach

What does it take to facilitate a successful project launch? Let’s look at two scenarios, one that results in potential failure and one destined for success. The Wonder Wheels Company assigned Tom Dooley to manage a high-profile project, a project critical to the achievement of the company’s annual goals. Jane Johnson, a senior leader and the project sponsor, called Tom to her office, handed him a few memos and described the project deliverables.

2017 200

Just when you think a project is going to plan

The Digital Project Manager

The post Just when you think a project is going to plan appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. General The PM life

2017 152

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Embedded Analytics – 4 Mission-Critical Steps to Take on Your Analytics Journey

The right analytics capabilities will turn data into valuable insights for your end users. This research-based guide, derived from insights of industry professionals, will allow you to create an optimal strategy for acquiring those capabilities.

What Is Strategy?

Arras People

Most CEOs are aware of the importance of formulating a strategic plan within their business. But what exactly is strategy? Wikipedia defines strategy as a “high level plan to achieve one or more goals under conditions of uncertainty” Yet strategy is different from vision, mission, goals, priorities, and plans. However, strategy is commonly misunderstood and often confused. Sometimes it is used to denote importance or criticality, for example, a “strategic program.”.

Cultivate teams with lessons from your garden

Kiron Bondale

With the return of warmer temperatures to North America, Spring provides us with the opportunity to spend a few hours each week gardening. Gardening is a great way to beat stress and the returns from a visual and potentially culinary perspective are compelling. But it also provides us with a number of lessons which can be applied to developing and sustaining teams. Neither under nor over water. There is an art to correctly watering one’s lawn.

2017 156

How to Manage Expectations on Your Projects

Girl's Guide to PM

This is a guest article by Grace Windsor from BrightWork. Have you ever delivered a project on time and within budget only to discover that your client is unhappy with the final result? This often stems from mismatched expectations, and is quite unpleasant for both parties. I still remember feeling deflated and frustrated following a particularly difficult meeting with a client who made it very clear that the project was not delivering as expected.

2017 204

The 10 Project Portfolio Management KPI To Adopt

Project-Management.pm

Metrics are convenient and easy to use. They measure and estimate cost, project duration, and ensure that the projects are where they are supposed to be but it doesn’t guarantee that it will solve all your problems. These metrics are meant to assist managers and their teams to gain a chance of the project success or an expected ROI benefit. Everything still lies in human resources.

2017 95

From Planning to Results, How to Choose a Tool to Manage Marketing Projects

With increased channels, tools, and pressure to achieve goals, your work management platform must be able to: Manage complex projects within tight time frames, Harness data from all channels to make decisions in real time, Prove ROI to the broader business. Download the eBook today!

How Do You Respond to Project Conflicts?

Project Risk Coach

Project managers, team members, and other stakeholders have disagreements, some heated, some not. What’s important is how you respond to project conflicts? Conflicts can be beneficial if handled in an open, transparent manner. Successful project managers do not run away from conflict; they run toward it. They call it out by name in a neutral and unoffending manner. And they quickly engage the appropriate stakeholders in order to discuss and resolve the issues.

2017 200

Agile and stage gates

Musings on Project Management

One of my Agile Project Management students asked me about stage gates and agile. My first response was this: Agile is not a gated methodology, primarily because scope is viewed as emergent, and thus the idea of pre-determined gate criteria is inconsistent with progressive elaboration and emergence. Agile does embrace structured releases; you could put a criteria around a release and use. agile

2017 150

What You Need to Know About PRINCE2 2017

Arras People

Axelos announced that there will be a new update to PRINCE2 later this year. The last change, in 2009, had quite a big overhaul, but what about this one? According to Axelos , the guidance has been updated – the principles, themes and processes remain the same – to concentrate on the application of PRINCE2 and how best to tailor it.

2017 155

What are your sprint goals?

Kiron Bondale

2017 131

2021 Dresner Advisory Services Business Intelligence Market Study

Every year Dresner reviews the state of the BI market as it stands today. This 12th annual report breaks down customer perceptions of BI and how well each vendor performs. See for yourself how all the major BI vendors stack up.

Software Review: Roadmap Planner [2017]

Girl's Guide to PM

General Information. Name: Roadmap Planner. Vendor: KeepSolid Inc. Hosting options: iOS and macOS downloads (no Windows option yet). Cost and plans: Free plan (for one user only) then monthly subscriptions from $4.99 per month and costs go down if you scale with more users and more functionality. There are also discounts in you pay annually. Languages: English. Goodbye Complicated Spreadsheets and Slides. Roadmap Planner is a simple app designed for creating strategic plans.

2017 196

The Magic 7 Project Portfolio Management Process Steps

Project-Management.pm

Countless business articles have provided you viable information regarding project portfolio management , accompanied by its objective, the roles of the portfolio manager, and the benefits of the project portfolio management as a whole. But how does one exactly execute project portfolio management? There are the basic ways to steer it to the right direction, but is there a definitive step to it? The answer is yes.

2017 94

How to Develop a Human Resource Management Plan

Project Risk Coach

Do you throw up your hands in frustration when assigned project teams? Perhaps you’ve had the thought—I rarely get the cream of the crop. How can I be successful when I’m given these motley crews? How is it that some coaches, leaders, and yes even project managers can take a rag-tag group and shape them into a high-performing team? It’s not an accident. How is it possible? It starts with a little planning.

2017 102

Agile is for Wimps. ?

Musings on Project Management

Here's an interesting video from a noted originalist of the Agile movement -- Alistair Cockburn Ooops! It's over an hour long, so you might want to schedule it for a lunch break. maybe more than one. He builds his talk around this graphic which is a metaphor for agile has become too complicated. lets get back to these common sense ideas Read in the library at Square Peg. agile

2017 150

Insiders' Guide to Self-Service Analytics

Self-service analytics are vital for how your users interact and engage with your application. As you explore analytics solutions for your application, see why self-service analytics can prove critical to the adoption and stickiness of your application.

Project Success Hinges on Identifying, Engaging and Managing your Project Stakeholders

Arras People

Most advice for improving project management skills targets such factors as aligning your project deliverables to your objectives, holding productive meetings and delegating workloads. While all are important criteria to ensure project success, the most critical impact over the long run still comes down to managing the communication with Project Stakeholders. By engaging the right people in the right way in your project, you can make a big difference to its success….and and to your career.

2017 153

What stories do your charts tell?

Kiron Bondale

Organizing the delivery of project scope into sprints provides stakeholders with an opportunity to objectively assess progress at regular intervals. Comparing what was delivered against what remains in the overall release or project backlog helps us understand when we might be done. Looking at what the team was able to complete in relation to what they committed to complete at the beginning of the sprint can help us assess their self-discipline and delivery maturity.

2017 120

20 Things For Your Project Management Plan [With 3 Free Templates]

Girl's Guide to PM

Your project management plan is more than just a schedule of work. Although I am guilty of using ‘plan’ and ‘Gantt chart’ interchangeably. So what does go in the project management plan? Below you’ll find 20 things that make up a comprehensive project management plan. Be pragmatic though. Pick and choose what is relevant to you. If you aren’t buying anything, then don’t waste time producing a procurement plan that says as much. PM Plan: Only include what you need. Make it relevant!

2017 152