April, 2024

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Future of Project Management: Key Insights from Conversations with 50 Marketing & Operations leaders

Workzone

The past 90 days have flown by since I took on the CEO role at Workzone. Since then, I’ve had the unique opportunity to have over 50 meetings with our customers. Each meeting was a deep dive into the experiences and challenges faced by Marketing and Operations leaders across various sectors—from Higher Education to Healthcare and Agencies to Financial Services.

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10 common resource management problems and how to fix them

Rebel’s Guide to PM

I mentor project managers, and the types of problems that people come up with on calls are not technical issues for the most part. Mostly, people want to chat about other people. Or “resources” as we unkindly call people in project management. Stakeholders, project team members, the colleagues doing the actual work: these are all humans with their own To Do lists, objectives set by their managers and personal and professional goals.

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7 Best Project Management Tools For Consultants

Scoro

How much time do you spend in spreadsheets every day? The answer is probably a lot if you’re an operations manager at a growing consultancy. Spreadsheets for timesheets, spreadsheets for project phases and planning, spreadsheets for reporting… the list goes on. Why not use a single tool that can streamline, automate, and optimize these processes?

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Resource Management Best Practices: 17 Rules & Strategies for Motivated Teams

GanttPRO Project Management

Resource management is one of the factors for successful project execution and a driving force behind organizational advancement. Proven resource management best practices are vital for planning, organizing, and utilizing […] The post Resource Management Best Practices: 17 Rules & Strategies for Motivated Teams first appeared on GanttPRO Project Management Blog.

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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, unveiling how deliverables translate into measurable outputs.

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5 Ways to Advocate the Scrum Values for Project Managers

Project Pulse Journal

By: Hajime Estanislao, PMP, CSM Are you ready to transform the way you manage projects and lead your team? Dive into the world of Scrum, the Agile framework that is revolutionizing project management across industries. With its core values of commitment, courage, focus, openness, and respect, Scrum is not just a methodology— it is a pathway to creating highly effective, adaptive, and cohesive teams.

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Creative Problem-Solving in Project Management

Velociteach

The world of project management thrives on structure and planning. However, even the most meticulously crafted project plan will encounter unforeseen roadblocks. This is where creative problem-solving becomes an essential skill for project managers and their teams. By fostering a culture of innovation and embracing unconventional approaches, project managers can navigate challenges, overcome obstacles, and […] The post Creative Problem-Solving in Project Management appeared first on PMP Ce

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11 Key Challenges in Adopting Project Portfolio Management

NimbleWork

In this article, we’ll talk about the problems with project portfolio management and the common challenges leaders face. The good news is that all the challenges can be overcome with some planning and a good software solution to underpin management of the portfolio. If you want to avoid the challenges of moving to a portfolio management approach without the headaches of a tricky adoption, you’re in the right place!

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“Cashing In” on Undone Work

Scrum.org

Velocity is a complementary practice many Scrum teams use to plan future work. Here’s how it works: A team selects a point system and decides that certain types of work are worth one point and other types of work may be worth different point values. Every Sprint, the team adds up points for each Product Backlog item (PBI) that meets the Definition of Done by the end of the Sprint.

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7 Steps To A Project Management Capability Assessment

Rebel’s Guide to PM

As a program manager, PMO or project team leader, you probably think about how to plan upcoming work. And that includes the requirements for developing the project management capability in the organisation to deliver the upcoming projects. It’s easy to think that certification is the answer to developing capability in your project managers, but it’s better to take a step back from that.

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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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Kanban vs. Scrum: What’s the Difference?

ProjectManager.com

Kanban and scrum are agile project management methodologies that can be used for similar purposes, but each has its unique pros and cons. As a project manager, it’s important to understand the difference between kanban and scrum so you can determine the best approach for your team. So, which is the best project management method if we compare kanban vs. scrum?

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Agile Beyond IT: Lean Thinking

The IIL Blog

By Alan Zucker Agile is a mindset described by a set of values and principles. It traces its roots to Lean, which is also foundational to other modern management theories. Lean’s primary focus is delivering value quickly and eliminating waste. Toyota was a Lean pioneer. Out of necessity, it needed to be very efficient to compete. It dramatically decreased the cost of rework by building quality into every process step.

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Do Structured and Disciplined Agile Transformations Exist?

Leading Agile

Understanding where you are as an organization and where you want to go is essential to transformation. Understanding that creating the conditions for teams, backlogs, and working tested product to exist is the real work of the transformation is critical. The next most important aspect of transformation is being able to demonstrate progress through tangible metrics that will resonate with executives.

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Risky Analysis: Pitfalls and Good Practices in Estimating Likelihood

Online PM Courses

Basic risk analysis is easy to understand. But there's one pitfall that too many Project Managers fail to avoid: estimating likelihood. The post Risky Analysis: Pitfalls and Good Practices in Estimating Likelihood appeared first on OnlinePMCourses.

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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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How Do I Measure Success as a Scrum Master?

Scrum.org

In my experience, understanding how we measure success as a Scrum Master can be challenging. And of course, it’s something Scrum Masters have a strong desire to understand. This is also what the trends show us from the thousands of people in over 100 countries who are using the free Scrum Master Improvement Self-Assessment. We have a survey item that specifically speaks to this question: how do I measure success as a Scrum Master?

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New training: Change Management Workshop

Rebel’s Guide to PM

As project managers, most of us know how important it is to make sure that what we deliver is actually useful and used by the people we deliver it for. That’s where change management comes in. Have you ever wished someone could give you the secret to dealing with resistance to change? Me too! I’m sorry to say there isn’t a secret exactly. It’s more a collection of best practices, real-world advice and tried-and-tested strategies for speedy and stress-free change management.

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How to Create a Timeline in Excel (Free Templates Included)

ProjectManager.com

Excel is a versatile spreadsheet tool that can create a variety of graphs, charts and forms, including timelines for projects. In this blog, we’ll go through each step needed to create a timeline in Excel and explain the advantages and disadvantages of doing so. Why Should You Create a Project Timeline in Excel? Learn how to create a timeline that can be used to visualize how tasks or projects will be executed over time, identify who will be responsible for completing them and identify milestone

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The Benefits of Power Skills for IT Leaders, and How to Build Yours!

The IIL Blog

By Lucy Grimwade Historically, IT leaders were valued primarily for their technical knowledge and ability to solve complex technical issues or problems. As businesses and professions evolve, so has role capability. Where perhaps some technical knowledge used to be viewed as somewhat essential and is often seen as a benefit – the role of an IT leader now has such a broader set of responsibilities it truly goes beyond SME technical abilities.

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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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Planning Your Agile Transformation Journey

Leading Agile

Not every agile transformation looks the same. To ensure that your transformation is heading in the right direction, you must first understand the value system of your business and the demands of the markets you serve. This understanding will enable your organization to tailor the methodology to meet your specific business needs and ensure that you deliver valuable increments of working-tested products into the market.

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Generative AI for Business: Top 7 Productivity Boosts

NimbleWork

Artificial intelligence (AI) has been all the rage these days. Bet you have heard of or tried using ChatGPT, allowing you to generate pieces of content. This tool is a perfect example of generative AI used for various businesses across different industries. Generative AI has recently become a game-changer in business. This technology has the power to boost your business and scale your operations.

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Der unsichtbare Feind der Agilität: So deckst du ihn auf

Scrum.org

Kommen dir diese Situationen bekannt vor? Vor dem eigentlichen Sprint Planning im Team muss der Product Owner noch weitere Abstimmungsrunden mit anderen Teams drehen, damit die Arbeit für den Sprint geplant werden kann. Im Daily Scrum berichten die Entwickler, dass sie nicht weiterarbeiten können, da die Datenbankspezialistin nicht auf ihre Anfragen reagiert.

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Why you should schedule around people, not tasks

Rebel’s Guide to PM

The nature of the modern business environment is constantly evolving. Project management has wrought much change. From plotting Gantt charts by hand to the modern day explosion of project management software solutions, everything is different – including the nature of work itself. To illustrate, Roger L. Martin, former dean at Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, gives an example of how work is a series of projects in an article in the Harvard Business Review: Think of a fre

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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.

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Notion Kanban Board: Key Features, Pros, Cons & Alternatives

ProjectManager.com

Choosing the best kanban software for your organization can be challenging due to the variety of options available, which offer different feature sets and price plans. One basic, simple-to-use kanban software that can help your team get started with the kanban methodology is Notion. That’s why we’ve reviewed Notion’s kanban tool to help you better understand its key features, pros and cons.

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How to write an executive summary stakeholders will love

Planio

Project managers are born communicators. According to some estimates , PMs spend 90% of their time communicating with team members, sponsors, and stakeholders. An executive summary is your secret weapon when it comes to project communication. Whether it’s a business case, project plan, or market analysis, an executive summary is a great way to get the project’s most important information across quickly and clearly.

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Meet the MPUG Expert: Interview with Erik van Hurck

MPUG

Erik van Hurck is a Microsoft MVP and respected voice in the project management space. He’s a Senior PPM Consultant at Projectum, a Microsoft MVP, a prolific blogger at TheProjectCornerBlog.com, and a longtime expert instructor and contributor for MPUG. With over 15 years of experience, Erik has become a go-to resource for enterprises looking to leverage the latest Microsoft technologies like Power Platform and Copilot Studio to drive PMO transformation.

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Business or Organisational Psychology for Project Managers

The IIL Blog

By Robert Annis As a business psychologist who started my career in project management on two continents, I find myself at the intersection of two seemingly disparate worlds. On one hand, there’s the structured and methodical realm of project management, where timelines, budgets, and deliverables reign supreme. On the other, there’s the intricate landscape of organisational psychology, delving into the complexities of human behaviour, motivation, and decision-making.

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How to Stay Competitive in the Evolving State of Martech

Marketing technology is essential for B2B marketers to stay competitive in a rapidly changing digital landscape — and with 53% of marketers experiencing legacy technology issues and limitations, they’re researching innovations to expand and refine their technology stacks. To help practitioners keep up with the rapidly evolving martech landscape, this special report will discuss: How practitioners are integrating technologies and systems to encourage information-sharing between departments and pr