January, 2024

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12 Ways to Manage Project Quality Without Drama

Rebel’s Guide to PM

Everyone wants their projects to be “quality” but I often get asked about how to manage project quality in real life. What does it mean to “do” project quality? You probably already know that you need a quality management plan , and that management, assurance and control are the pillars of doing it right. But in practice, to me that looks like a lot of project documentation, and not a lot of actual doing, so let’s talk about 12 simple ways that you can manage project quality , without it being l

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AI Project Management FAQs: How to Harness the Power of AI in Work and Project Management

Leankor

In the ever-evolving landscape of work and project management, the infusion of artificial intelligence (AI) has become a transformative force, reshaping traditional methodologies and paving the way for unprecedented efficiency and innovation. With new and innovative AI-powered technologies continuing to enter the space, many questions have emerged. This article answers frequently asked questions and sheds light on how enterprise organizations can leverage AI for advanced project intelligence and

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From Project Management Professional (PMP)® to Professional Scrum Master

Scrum.org

In my professional career I have been project manager for many years in different types of environments and for different types of projects. I have studied frameworks, methodologies, and bodies of knowledge in depth; all to serve my clients and teams as best as I could. In my quest for being at my best to serve, I have gone through accreditation processes to become a professional trainer in many of these.

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Is your startup ready for the AI revolution?

Tactical Project Management

Artificial intelligence (AI) is having a transformative impact on how we live and work. In this time of rapid technological advancement, machine learning, language processing, data analysis and robotics are making automation and data-driven decision-making a huge part of the day-to-day running of businesses in every sector. With proven enhancements in productivity, output, efficiency and […] The post Is your startup ready for the AI revolution?

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Don’t Get Left Behind: Leveraging Modern Product Management Across the Organization

Speaker: Kat Conner

The challenge of delivering the right product at the right time while aligning with strategic objectives is more pressing than ever. Product management is evolving and gaining greater recognition as the means to creating this connection. Join our upcoming webinar and learn how to streamline your product development processes, infuse product thinking across the organization, and bridge the gap between vision and delivery.

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7 Creative Agency Project Management Tools

Scoro

Looking for the ideal project management tool for your marketing, advertising, or design agency? Agency project management tools help you plan projects, assign tasks, and keep your team on track. But with so many solutions, choosing the right one to suit your needs can be tricky. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the best agency project management software, including pricing and main features.

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Project Rough Order of Magnitude: A Key to Unlocking Effective Risk Management

Project Risk Coach

Imagine you're at the helm of a crucial project, navigating through the fog of uncertainty. What if you had a compass that not only pointed you in the right direction but also prepared you for the storms ahead? This is where the Rough Order of Magnitude (ROM) comes into play, a tool that every project […] The post Project Rough Order of Magnitude: A Key to Unlocking Effective Risk Management appeared first on Project Risk Coach.

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How Is Artificial Intelligence Being Used in Project Management?

The IIL Blog

By Ruchi Gupta and Cyndi Snyder-Dionisio These days you can’t escape the topic of Artificial Intelligence…it has pervaded social media posts, the evening news, and everyday conversations – to a level rivaled only by the launch of the internet itself. And so, we were not at all surprised to see that at IIL’s November International Project Management Day Virtual Conference , the most attendance in any one session was at the panel discussion on, you guessed it: AI.

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How to Manage Project Cash Flow

ProjectManager.com

Projects cost money. Those funds have a life cycle of their own and project managers must understand how those costs come in and out of the project and organization. That process is called project cash flow. We’ll look at project cash flow, what it is and how to calculate and manage it. To further help understand project cash flow, we’ll also offer an example that illustrates it, and then link to a few free templates that can help you manage project cash flow.

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Effective Time Management for Project Teams

Velociteach

“Time is the scarcest resource, and unless it is managed, nothing else can be managed.” Peter Drucker Time is our only finite resource. We cannot buy it or create it. Therefore, we must spend it wisely. Effective time management is a critical project management competency. Regrettably, many teams lack these skills or discipline and consequently fritter away their time.

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The Project Clinic: Assessing Project Health, Planning, and Execution

Speaker: Ketan Jahagirdar

Picture your projects as patients, each with its own unique rhythm and pulse, thriving under your care 🥼 🩺 Step into the role of an innovative project doctor in our upcoming webinar! This session is your guide to evaluating the health of your projects through Waterfall and Agile practices like Scrum and Kanban. We’ll explore the vital signs of project success through the lens of the “iron triangle” metrics, using deliverables as tracers.

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5 Insider Tips and Tricks for Working Well as a Remote Team

Rebel’s Guide to PM

January 2020, I was in a minority. By March, I was joined by the majority of workers transitioning into a work-from-home lifestyle. Do you remember what happened? The COVID pandemic only perpetuated an already present trend. Since 2005, the number of work from home employees had grown by 173%. By 2028, it is estimated that 73% of all departments will have remote workers.

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5 kinds of Agile bandits. Planning Bandits

Scrum.org

Unveiling the Agile Burndown Trap: A Fresh Perspective on Sprint Planning Agile teams often rely on burndown charts to monitor progress throughout a sprint. Initially, this approach seems logical, a straightforward way to track how tasks diminish over time. However, after years of working with various teams, I've come to realize that this method is not as effective as it appears.

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5 Best Practices for Creating Effective Project Risk Response Plans

Project Risk Coach

In the dynamic world of project management, risks are inevitable. They can stem from various sources, including technological challenges, resource constraints, and external factors such as regulatory changes. An effective project risk response plan is crucial for navigating these uncertainties and ensuring project success. Here are five best practices to guide you in creating robust […] The post 5 Best Practices for Creating Effective Project Risk Response Plans appeared first on Project R

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Growing Your Project Management Career in 2024: Strategies for Success

The IIL Blog

By Ray W. Frohnhoefer In the ever-evolving landscape of project management, staying ahead of the curve is not just beneficial—it’s imperative. As we step into 2024, the dynamics of project management continue to shift, demanding professionals to be agile, skilled, and strategically focused. This is a guide to exploring key strategies for growing your project management career throughout the year.

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Toward a Unified Project Management Understanding

The objective of this research is to dispel misunderstandings about crucial project management terms and their definitions. It aims to accurately place these terms and facilitate a comprehensive global understanding of their meanings.

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What Is a Balanced Scorecard? (Example & Template Included)

ProjectManager.com

Coming up with long-term goals for a business or organization is just the beginning of a five-year project. Making sure your daily operations are working towards achieving those strategic goals and that they’re clearly communicated throughout the business or organization greatly improves by using a balanced scorecard. If you’re not familiar with a balanced scorecard, we’ll define the term and show the four perspectives it tracks as well as explain what should be included in a balanced scorecard.

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Navigating the Challenges of Cloud Transformation

Leading Agile

Cloud transformation is not simply a technological shift but a comprehensive, multi-dimensional journey that requires strategic planning, execution, and management. It’s not merely about replacing old technologies with new ones – the crux lies in focusing on the latest technologies, which will drive the business strategy and then appropriately reshape organizational patterns, restructure processes, and redefine business models.

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7 Productivity Tools for Teams That You’ve Never Heard Of

Rebel’s Guide to PM

I can’t be the only one who thinks that with better productivity tools for teams, we’d be more… productive. I want to spend more time doing what matters, and that means less time worrying about tools to do the work. Today I present to you 7 productivity tools for teams that you’ve never heard of (maybe – there are some on the list that you might have come across, but I couldn’t leave them out).

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Is Your Organization Truly Agile or Just Pretending?

Scrum.org

Reflecting on my journey through the realms of agility and organizational dynamics, I've come to realize that agility is often misunderstood. It's not merely about adopting a set of practices or frameworks. Instead, it's a mindset, a way of being that empowers organizations to respond swiftly and effectively to market changes. The true essence of agility lies in its ability to transform not just processes but mindsets.

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Navigating the Future: Generative AI, Application Analytics, and Data

Generative AI is upending the way product developers & end-users alike are interacting with data. Despite the potential of AI, many are left with questions about the future of product development: How will AI impact my business and contribute to its success? What can product managers and developers expect in the future with the widespread adoption of AI?

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The Missing Puzzle Piece: How to Connect Planning to Delivery

Planview

Organizations put a lot of effort into devising robust strategies and plans to achieve their targeted business outcomes. Yet, the pivotal challenge lies in bridging the divide between strategic intent and actual delivery. The disconnectedness between strategy and delivery isn’t due to a scarcity of innovative ideas or thorough planning. Instead, it stems from the lack of efficiency and effectiveness in implementing and executing these strategies.

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Why Earn a Project Management Professional (PMP)® Certification?

The IIL Blog

By Ed Lively, PMP, PRINCE2 Practitioner, MCITP | IIL Senior Consultant and Trainer About the PMP® Certification The Project Management Professional ( PMP ) ® certification is the most recognized and important industry certification for project managers. It doesn’t matter what organization you are currently employed with, PMPs can be found to be leading projects in virtually every industry and every country worldwide.

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Microsoft Project vs. Microsoft Planner: In-Depth Comparison

ProjectManager.com

If you’re looking to manage a project and facilitate better collaboration with your teams, chances are you’ve heard of and are thinking of trying Microsoft Project and Microsoft Planner. To help with that decision, we’ve set up a comparison with Microsoft Project vs. Microsoft Planner. May the best app win. The stats when comparing Microsoft Project vs.

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Process mapping 101: How to map out your workflows

Planio

Project management is all about efficiency. Yet, the unfortunate truth is that many organizations struggle with making the most of their teams’ skills and time — to the point where nearly 10% of every dollar spent is going to waste. But while there are plenty of problems and project risks that can kill your team’s efficiency, one of the greatest threats to your productivity is not taking the time to create and master repeatable processes.

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Understand Digital Debt, Form a Team, Set Goals, and Plan Roadmap for Transformation

Understanding digital debt is crucial before digital transformation. Assemble a team to assess internal operations, market pressures, and digital debt's impact. Define future digital vision with measurable goals. Refine hypotheses and conduct market analysis. Develop a roadmap for transformation with defined projects, cost estimates, and governance.

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10 Things New Project Managers Should Know

Rebel’s Guide to PM

It would be nice to think that every company has a formal mentoring scheme , and that as a new project manager you can tap into the experience of more experienced people. However, that isn’t always the case. As a result, people managing projects for the first time often find themselves making mistakes. That’s normal – we all make mistakes from time to time, especially in a new job.

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Embrace a Scrum Revolution: Your New Year's Resolution Guide

Scrum.org

At your next Sprint Retrospective, why not work with your Scrum team to identify a New Year's Resolution? Focus on improving your Scrum game in 2024 with one of these five resolutions to enhance collaboration within your team and deliver value sooner to your customers. 1) Focus on Incremental Delivery What is it? Incremental delivery is the key to achieving tangible progress in small, manageable chunks.

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Maximizing Your PMO’s Value Starts with a Mindset Shift

Planview

Elevate your Project Management Office (PMO) to become one of the most effective strategic partners in your organization. You have big plans for the new year. But how do you turn those plans into business outcomes while navigating the unexpected? It all starts with a mindset shift. Adopting a sponsor’s mindset enables the PMO to drive value across the business, even when faced with disruption and economic uncertainty.

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Human-Centered AI Integration: Enhancing Business and Beyond

The IIL Blog

By Brandon Fargis In the ever-evolving world of Artificial Intelligence (AI), a profound opportunity beckons for leaders: the chance to harness AI’s power with a focus on human-centric values. This approach ensures that technological advancements in AI enrich both the functionality of organizations and the experiences of customers, aligning with the core principles of empathy and understanding.

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20 Common Mistakes Made by Inexperienced Project Managers

You’ve read the PMBOK® Guide several times, taken the certification exam for project managers, passed, and you are now a PMP®. So why do you keep making rookie mistakes? This whitepaper shows 20 of the most common mistakes that young or inexperienced project managers make, issues that can cost significant time and money. It's a good starting point for understanding how and why many PMs get themsleves into trouble, and provides guidance on the types of issues that PMs need to understand.