July, 2019

How to create a project budget

Girl's Guide to PM

Creating a project budget involves: being able to identify all the items that are going to cost money building a complete picture of what you need to spend getting approval for that amount.

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5 Reasons the Best Project Managers are in Sales & Marketing, Too

Project Bliss

You may not realize it but as a project manager, you are also in sales and marketing. Sure, your primary job may be to plan and execute projects that are delivered on time, and within budget and scope. But if you’ve created a great product and nobody uses it, have you really delivered to value?

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If Risk Is Your Business, Do It Better Than Captain Kirk

LiquidPlanner

As a great philosopher and chewer of scenery, Star Trek ’s James T. Kirk once said, “ Risk is our business ”—nothing great can be accomplished if you’re not willing to take some risks. I like to say, “If failure isn’t an option, then innovation isn’t an opportunity.”

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Business requirements: Tracing project deliverables to business goals

Moira Alexander

What are business requirements? Business requirements are a vital component of any IT project. Identified at the start of any project, business requirements describe all activities and characteristics of a project’s end product essential to meeting business goals.

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How To Take Action on Customer Discovery

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

We all want to build successful products - and that means satisfied customers. Before anything else, you must understand what problems you can solve. The best way to do that is to get out of the building and start asking questions. But how can you make the most of those conversations, and ensure that you walk away with productive insights? Join Nick Noreña, educator, entrepreneur, and currently Innovation Coach and Advisor at Kromatic, as he covers how we can effectively action our findings from customer discovery conversations.

The Agile Manifesto, Explained

ProjectManager.com

Any good movement has a manifesto, which is a public declaration of policy and intention. There have been manifestos for art movements, political movements and just about anything you can think of. More along the lines of project management, though, is the Agile Manifesto.

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Can Project Duration Estimation be done without Assumptions?

MPUG

One of the most frequently asked questions when someone is about to start a new task is likely, “how much time will it take?”. Time is limited. Our lives are limited, and unfortunately, we just cannot wish away time limitations.

Risk Management: When All Hell Breaks Loose

Project Risk Coach

What would you do if all hell breaks loose in a critical company project that you are managing? You lose two of your best team members. Your budget is shot. A key stakeholder is breathing down your neck. Behind schedule by four weeks. You haven't slept well in two weeks.

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Getting the Most Out of Your Project Planning Sessions

Project Smart

As a manager or team leader, you should be full to the brim with innovative ideas about how you can improve both your workflow and business objectives.

How do you know if your team is being agile?

Kiron Bondale

It is easy to say that demonstrating behaviors consistent with the values and principles of the Manifesto is proof of agility but this test leaves significant wiggle room for interpretation and for exception cases which fall through the cracks of the four values and twelve principles.

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Build Product Progress with a Strong Data Culture

Speaker: Nima Gardideh, CTO, Pearmill

Have you ever thought your product's progress was headed in one direction, and been shocked to see a different story reflected in big picture KPIs like revenue? It can be confusing when customer feedback or metrics like registration or retention are painting a different picture. No matter how sophisticated your analytics are, if you're asking the wrong questions - or looking at the wrong metrics - you're going to have trouble getting answers that can help you. Join Nima Gardideh, CTO of Pearmill, as he demonstrates how to build a strong data culture within your team, so everyone understands which metrics they should actually focus on - and why. Then, he'll explain how you can use your analytics to regularly review progress and successes. Finally, he'll discuss what you should keep in mind when instrumenting your analytics.

10 Places to Get Free Project Management Templates

Girl's Guide to PM

You’ve got responsibility for a project. And yet… somehow the organisation doesn’t have the documentation you need to get it started, keep it on track and close it down successfully. So you turn to the internet to find the paperwork you need. Let me make it easier for you.

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7 Problem-Solving Skills You Need to Improve to Get More Done

ProjectManager.com

When confronted with a problem, many of us like to procrastinate or avoid the problem altogether. Avoiding problems is a short-term solution. Problem solving keeps you moving forward. It’s essential for getting work done.

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Getting Started With Your PMO CV

Arras People

When you’re looking for a new role in PMO, we never start with the thinking that we’re looking for an average job, something that will do. It’s about putting our best selves forward so we can find and secure a great PMO job.

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How to Perform a SWOT Analysis

Project Risk Coach

If you are looking for a great way to engage your key stakeholders and identify project risks, perform a SWOT Analysis. Project managers or other facilitators can use this powerful tool to identify strengths and weaknesses.

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What Is (and Isn’t) Product Management?

Speaker: Steve Johnson, VP of Products, Pragmatic Institute

Product Management is one of the most exciting - and most misunderstood - functions in technical organizations. Is it strategic or tactical? Is it a planning role or a support role? Many product professionals are unclear about what is (and isn't) product management. After all, product management spans many activities from business planning to market readiness. In this session, we’ll examine many product activities and artifacts for product strategy, planning, and growth, and introduce a simple tool that you can use in your organization to clarify the roles of product management and others. Steve Johnson explores the many roles of Product Management in this fun talk focused on why product managers should obsess on problems instead of solutions.

The Balanced PMO

The Lazy Project Manager

As with most things in life (and business) getting a balance right can prove far more effective, especially in the long run, than having a single focus that ignores other key elements. The same is true of the PMO.

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Want to reduce digital distraction for your team? Physician, heal thyself!

Kiron Bondale

Two articles caught my attention this morning so I thought I’d connect the dots between them in this week’s article. The first article indicates that the Microsoft Teams collaboration support tool has passed Slack in terms of daily users.

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Backlog Review (Nulab – 2019)

Girl's Guide to PM

Backlog (from Nulab) is a project management tool for prioritising and tracking work. This is a review of the product using my laptop and Chrome browser, and my iPad with Safari, in June 2019. General Information. Name: Backlog. Vendor: Nulab.

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30 Best Business Quotes to Inspire Entrepreneurs & Go-Getters

ProjectManager.com

Daily affirmations have long been used to boost self-esteem. They compel people to start their days on the right foot. But while letting a smile be your umbrella might fortify your positive attitude, it’s not going to inspire your business ventures.

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Make an Impact with Analytics and Journey Maps

Speaker: Kirui K. K., Co-founder and CEO of Tanasuk Africa

If you want to offer a better user experience, it can be tempting to track each and every data point in your product. However, this can quickly get complicated and overwhelming as you collect more and more data. How do you know which metrics will help you improve? Kirui K. K., Co-founder & CEO Tanasuk Africa, wants you to know that analytics don't have to be complicated to make an impact - no matter the size of your company. Join him as he explains how to create a customer journey map, then use that map to figure out the metrics you need to know - and how to use them.

How to Get The Best Out of e-Learning

Arras People

We’re all familiar with traditional classroom-based training courses. Even Gen-Z’ers who may never have attended a classroom-based training course would find it familiar because they are very often like a school class.

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Five Ways to Reduce Risk Exposure Early

Project Risk Coach

When is risk exposure greatest in a project? In the beginning, in the middle, or at the end of the project? It's actually highest in the beginning. Let's look at how to reduce risk exposure early in your projects.

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Help! I am stuck in the toaster of life!

The Lazy Project Manager

Over my daily cup of coffee, a fine cortado from Costa today, I read my horoscope in the copy of the Daily Express available in the coffee shop.

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What is gap analysis? Uncovering the missing links to successful performance

Moira Alexander

Gap analysis definition. Gap analysis is a method of comparing the actual level of performance versus the desired level of performance for a business process, project, strategy or IT solution.

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The Magic of Intent: Start Knowing The Goals of Your Users

Speaker: Terhi Hanninen, Senior Product Manager, Zalando, and Dr. Franziska Roth, Senior User Researcher, Zalando

It's important to know your users - what are their preferences, pain points, ultimate goals? With user research and usage data, you can get a great idea of how your users act. The tricky part is, very few users reliably act the same way every time they use your product. Join Terhi Hanninen, Senior Product Manager, and Dr. Franziska Roth, Senior User Researcher at Zalando, as they explain how they were able to reach a new level of user understanding - by taking their user research and segmenting their users by point-in-time intent. You'll leave with a strategy to change how your product team, and organization at large, understands your users.

Best Leadership Books for Project Managers

Girl's Guide to PM

What are the best leadership books for project managers? Well, ask 10 leaders and you’ll probably get 10 different lists. Here’s mine! These are books I have read over the years that I turn to time and time again for inspiration and because I know the strategies in them work.

Product-Market Fit: What Is It & Why Is It Important?

ProjectManager.com

Although product design requires artistry and creativity, products made by businesses can’t really be considered art because art is not dictated by market forces. Products must, especially if you’re in the business of selling them at a profit, survive and thrive in the marketplace.

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Where to Start in Finding a Great PMO Job

Arras People

You’re looking for a new job in PMO, you don’t just want any job, you want a great job. One with great remuneration, bonus, benefits. One which will fulfil you, give you challenges and lead to a sense of achievement and fulfilment. So where do you start when you’re setting out to find it?

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The Power of If-Then Risk Statements

Project Risk Coach

Have you thought about the use of this two-letter conjunction in risk management lately? Let's look at how to use the power of If-Then risk statements. IF is a simple word that can open up new doors to writing clear risk statements. And it can be used to write opportunities as well as threats.

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Your Post-Launch Toolkit for Understanding Your Users

Speaker: Brittney Gwynn, former Director of Product, Simple Health

If you've ever launched an MVP, you know that the journey has only just begun. How do you figure out what to do next? You know that you need to look at how different user segments react, but how do you quickly distinguish signal from noise so you can iterate and improve? Join Brittney Gwynn, former Director of Product at Simple Health, as she explains how you can use early customer feedback, usage data, and continuous experimentation to optimize your journey to product-market fit. Whether you're at a brand-new company, or looking to innovate within a more mature organization, or anywhere in between, you'll come away with a new skill set, ready to make the most of your launches.

What can we do when a team member isn’t pulling their weight?

Kiron Bondale

One of the learners in a class I taught asked me how self-organizing teams would handle the situation where a single team member is not performing a fair share of the work. In a traditional, push-based work assignment model, this issue can also occur.

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DPM Podcast: How To Manage Stakeholders (with Kelly Suter)

The Digital Project Manager

The post DPM Podcast: How To Manage Stakeholders (with Kelly Suter) appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. DPM Podcast

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Project Management Prepcast Review [2019]

Girl's Guide to PM

Social media has been awash with info on the changes to the PMP exam that take effect in December. The CAPM exam changes in September. And my inbox has been full of people asking what they should do. My advice is if you know you want to do the PMP or CAPM exams, do it now before the changes come in.

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