July, 2023

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53 Questions Developers Should Ask Innovators

TechEmpower - Project Management

At TechEmpower, we frequently talk to startup founders, CEOs, product leaders, and other innovators about their next big tech initiative. It’s part of our job to ask questions about their plans, challenge their assumptions, and suggest paths to success. The conversations are interesting and varied because they’re about new, exciting, different things.

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How to Be a Project Management Consultant

ProjectManager.com

Project management consultants don’t only add value to a project, but they can help introduce project management processes to any team. It’s a great career transition for current project managers to consider. Jennifer Bridges, PMP, shows you what PM skills, PM tools and related experience you need to succeed in this competitive field. What Is a Project Management Consultant?

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Lessons Learned in Project Management

Rebel’s Guide to PM

In my experience, most project managers feel that they could ‘do’ lessons learned better. We all know that capturing lessons learned is an essential part of making sure that future projects go well, but sharing them seems to be something that we don’t feel we do particularly effectively. And it isn’t surprising – managing lessons learned properly is hard to do well on a project.

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Pros and Cons of Using ChatGPT for Project Planning

MPUG

There are several important pros and a few cons to consider when using ChatGPT for project planning, as this revolutionary new approach of “prompting for a project plan” might feel alien at first. Are you totally new to ChatGPT? Check out part one of this article for an overview of ChatGPT and an example of how to use it to create a project plan – Transform Your Project Planning with ChatGPT: A How-To with Examples.

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Acclaim Projects Helps Deliver Innovation Projects on Time and on Budget

This large intercity transportation company for people and freight employs 100+ IT employees and contractors across North America and Europe and spends $10MM annually for approximately 50 inflight projects. The company needed the right financial tools to budget for innovation initiatives and real-time information on spending and forecasting. This transportation company turned to Acclaim Projects by Sopheon to help deliver projects on time and within budget.

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How to Use Bing, Bard, and ChatGPT for Project Management | Video

Online PM Courses

Everyone is talking about Bard, Bing, and ChatGPT. I asked Andy Kaufman whether they are toys or tools for day-to-day Project Management work. The post How to Use Bing, Bard, and ChatGPT for Project Management | Video appeared first on OnlinePMCourses.

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Vision To Value Using Outcomes

Scrum.org

In our daily lives, we pursue specific goals with numerous steps and milestones without even thinking about them. For instance, assembling an outfit or preparing a meal isn't the end goal but contributes to our desired outcome—looking good or satisfying hunger. Likewise, in product development, our roadmap should extend beyond individual features and enhancements, representing the desired outcomes.

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What Is a Project Executive? Role, Responsibilities and Salary

ProjectManager.com

Most projects are hierarchical. There’s someone at the top of the project management team who answers to the stakeholders and directs the project manager and project team. That position is called a project executive. Of course, it’s more complicated than that, so it’s important to first define the term project executive and explain what that person does, including their main responsibilities.

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7 Ways To Stay Motivated & Productive During the Summer At Work

Rebel’s Guide to PM

Once the weather starts to change and temperatures start to heat up, project managers from all industries start to have something in common: it’s hard to stay motivated on your project when you’d rather be outside! I’d like to share some summer productivity tips to help you out. I am not an ‘outside’ person. But I still find it difficult to stay focused on project board minutes or tracking risks when it’s nice out.

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Reasons to Adopt AgilePM®

The IIL Blog

The World’s Leading Framework and Certification for Agile Project Management By APMG International July 26, 2023 Agile’s influence on the project management industry continues to rise at pace. Organizations and project professionals are embracing Agile tools and frameworks as they aim to increase the success of – and return on investment from – projects and other change initiatives.

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Strategic Finance Essentials: A Project Manager’s Guide to Financial Impact

Speaker: Ketan Jahagirdar - Sopheon’s Director of Product Management

Empower yourself as a project manager with insights that directly influence the financial landscape and strategic direction of your organization! Join us for a deep dive into the world of financial strategy, as we dissect key metrics that drive CFOs and business leaders’ investment decisions.This session will equip you with the necessary tools to craft compelling business cases as well as a comprehensive understanding of the crucial distinction between capital expenditure and operational expendi

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Are These DevOps Obstacles Getting in the Way of Your Agile Transformation?

Leading Agile

As more and more companies scramble to untangle the code of their monolithic legacy software and get it into the cloud, strategic priorities are shifting. 10 years ago, it seemed that a little Scrum here and some coaching there would suffice. But as companies scale, as the market shifts and more parts of the business become software-focused, there’s been an increase in demand for an end-to-end solution to help large organizations build infrastructure around sound technical practices.

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Beware the Word “Pragmatic”

MPUG

This article didn’t come out of nowhere. I recently had a recorded interview with Stuart Taylor on project management. While that specific video is not out yet, you can find his videos on YouTube. It was an exciting conversation and brought me back to project experiences that left me, let’s say, animated. Over the years, I have had to clean up the results of project decisions made in the name of pragmatism.

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The Expensive Folly of the Oversized Product Backlog

Scrum.org

TL; DR: The Costs of an Oversized Product Backlog Some Product Owners believe that a comprehensive Product Backlog is the best way to accomplish the Product Goal and be fully transparent simultaneously—never let a possibly valuable idea slip away. However, a comprehensive backlog may quickly become an oversized Product Backlog with unintended side effects.

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Construction Cost Management: Managing Construction Costs

ProjectManager.com

Construction costs are one of many metrics that a general contractor has to keep an eye on. There are others, of course, such as the schedule, quality, safety and much more. But if the construction cost goes over budget, that’s coming out of the contractor’s pocket. That’s why construction cost management is so important. Knowing exactly what construction cost management means and what a construction cost is can be the difference between project success or failure.

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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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How to use the SCARF framework as a manager

Rebel’s Guide to PM

Carole Osterweil Managers should have a basic understanding of how the human brain works because it helps you navigate difficult situations. A bit of brain science goes a long way. Unconvinced? Think about the projects you’re working on. How often have you seen a team member becoming defensive or a client getting wound up and quite aggressive over something relatively minor?

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How to Reduce Your Emails by 50%

The IIL Blog

By Karim Radwan July 19, 2023 Quickly drafted, easy to share, more formal than phone messaging, once invented, emails quickly became our favored way of communicating. It is as close to perfection as a communication tool can get. Usually, us humans tend to overuse and abuse good things, and of course, emails are no exception. Globally, a staggering 269 billion emails are sent each day and there are currently just over 3.7 billion email users worldwide.

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Adopting Agile Practices Isn’t Agile Transformation

Leading Agile

Agile needs to be tied to business-driven results. If not, then we start measuring things like people trained, teams doing Scrum, or the organization’s sentiment toward Agile to tell us if we’re succeeding. But, in the absence of measurable business results, none of that matters. Agile is all about the ability of an organization to deliver in small batches, get fast feedback from customers, and quickly respond to change.

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Step-By-Step Guide to Create a Project Management Workflow

WorkOtter

Did you know 39% of organizations don’t provide project management training? That makes it pretty hard to manage or even understand an efficient project management workflow. After all, if you’ve ever worked on a project, you know how important it is to have a plan. From start to finish, you need a clear idea of who needs to do what and by when.

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The Big Payoff of Application Analytics

Outdated or absent analytics won’t cut it in today’s data-driven applications – not for your end users, your development team, or your business. That’s what drove the five companies in this e-book to change their approach to analytics. Download this e-book to learn about the unique problems each company faced and how they achieved huge returns beyond expectation by embedding analytics into applications.

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How to improve the release frequency of your team?

Scrum.org

Teams are more effective when they release more often. Of course, these releases also need to be valuable and useful to stakeholders. The aim of all Agile methodologies, such as Scrum, is to increase the release frequency of valuable outcomes to stakeholders. There are several reasons for this. The first is that higher release frequencies provide more opportunities for teams to validate their assumptions by inspecting done increments with their stakeholders.

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What Is a Project Officer? Job Description & Salary Included

ProjectManager.com

A Project managers can’t do it alone. When the project is larger and more complex, the organization often employs someone called a project officer. This person is tasked with helping ensure the project is delivered successfully. To better understand what a project officer is, let’s define the profession and explain what it is they do in relation to the overall project.

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15 Easy-to-Do Types of Professional Development

Rebel’s Guide to PM

You want to get some professional development time on your calendar. But the budget is tight. Your manager says there isn’t a lot of money to spend on career development activities. And frankly, you don’t have a lot of time to dedicate to it either. It’s important, but not ‘I’m going to get an MBA’ important. In this article I’ll share 15 easy ways to develop professionally.

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Getting to Know the PMBOK Guide 7th Edition

The IIL Blog

By Cynthia Snyder Dionisio July 12, 2023 Even though the PMBOK ® Guide – Seventh Edition was released two years ago, there are still many project managers who are wondering how it is structured, and how they can use it. I was the Chair for both the Sixth and Seventh Editions, and I wrote this article to help you navigate the layout of the latest edition of the PMBOK ® Guide.

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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

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Startup Metrics

TechEmpower - Project Management

When talking to startup founders or other innovators, we always ask questions to better understand their business as a core. What does the business do? How does it meet customers’ needs? And most importantly, how does it make money? One way to approach that last question is to use this simple model: Customer Acquisition Cost (CAC) How will your business reach prospects?

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Agile Risk Management Strategies To Identify, Assess, and Mitigate Risks In Projects

Productivity Land

Embracing the unpredictable nature of projects, agile methodologies have gained popularity for their flexibility and adaptability. However, navigating uncertainties requires effective risk management. In this article, we will delve into the world of agile risk management, exploring strategies to identify, assess, and mitigate risks in projects. Whether you’re a project manager , team member, or simply curious about agile practices, this guide will provide valuable insights to enhance your

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Product Discovery for Scrum Teams

Scrum.org

TL; DR: Product Discovery for Scrum Teams While Scrum excels at building and releasing Increments, it does not guarantee that those are valuable—garbage in, garbage out. Scrum teams can equally make things no one is interested in using at all. The critical artifact to create value is the Product Backlog, “an emergent, ordered list of what is needed to improve the product.” ( Source.

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How to Create a Project Initiation Document (Template Included)

ProjectManager.com

Before you can start a project — even before you can plan it — you first need to define the project in detail. This allows the project manager to get buy-in from the project’s key stakeholders and ensure all the research has been done to move into the planning phase without any hiccups. That’s why a project initiation document (PID) is so important.

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From Complexity to Clarity: Strategies for Effective Compliance and Security Measures

Speaker: Erika R. Bales, Esq.

When we talk about “compliance and security," most companies want to ensure that steps are being taken to protect what they value most – people, data, real or personal property, intellectual property, digital assets, or any other number of other things - and it’s more important than ever that safeguards are in place. Let’s step back and focus on the idea that no matter how complicated the compliance and security regime, it should be able to be distilled down to a checklist.