March, 2018

The PMBOK® Guide 6th Edition: How to Escalate Risks

Project Risk Coach

Discover how to ensure risk ownership at the right level of your organization The Project Management Institute added a new risk strategy in the Sixth Edition of the Project Management Body of Knowledge.

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8 Free and Low Cost PM Resources

Girl's Guide to PM

Someone got in touch recently and asked for a copy of one of my premium templates for free. I said no politely (even though inside I was composing an email along the lines of ‘I bet no one asks you to work for free and doesn’t even say please!’ which of course I didn’t say).

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Project Management Processes & Phases

ProjectManager.com

Does the business organization where you work feel… a little disorganized ? Does it seem like every department and team has their own way of doing things, harming overall efficiency, production, and your work environment?

Survey - How Certified is Your PMO and How Effective is the PMO Leadership?

Brad Egeland

Let's have a little fun and do a new survey. This time I'd like to look at two things. 1) How certified is your PMO or PM infrastructure? 2) Who's leading your PMO and how effective is that leadership and the PMO in general?

2018 247

Task Management For Project Managers

How can project planning that stretches over months or years remain relevant and account for new ad-hoc activities that arrive every day?

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5 Ways To Engage Your Project Sponsor

Girl's Guide to PM

Project managers are often in a position where their boss is someone several levels above them in the hierarchy and they don’t spend a lot of time with their actual line manager. You guessed it: I’m talking about working for a project sponsor.

2018 252

We need to spend more time educating our clients

Ron Rosenhead

I have worked in many companies delivering project management training where there appears to be an issue with my clients complaining that their clients keep changing the specification of work.

2018 308

Are Cybersecurity and Cybercrime Threatening the Safety of Your IT Projects?

Brad Egeland

Whether you like it or not, the answer is undoubtedly YES. Have you looked in your cyber mirror lately? We see reports and information about cybersecurity and cybercrime in the news and on social media repeatedly, but are we doing anything about it back home?

2018 238

Program Manager Job Description – Plus! Cut & Paste Example

ProjectManager.com

If you’re looking for a program manager, then that means you’re looking for someone to manage a project portfolio. A program manager is just that, a person who is responsible for managing several projects at once, and they might even have to manage many programs.

2018 203

Managing The Project Budget - Developing Your Project Management Skills

This eBook describes the process of managing the project budget and its associated costs.

What is the Value of Agility?

The Clever PM

One of the many challenges that Product Managers face in trying to move organizations toward a more agile approach to product development is that some stakeholders simply don’t see the value in the shift. They believe that, since their way has worked for them for so long that there’s no need to change — after […]. Product Management Agile Culture Development Good PM Influence Leadership Lean MVP Organization PM Priorities Scrum User Stories

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How To Run A Sprint Retrospective That Actually Leads To Change

The Digital Project Manager

Whether you’re new to the software development game or been a player for years, chances. The post How To Run A Sprint Retrospective That Actually Leads To Change appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.

2018 197

Using Quizzes In Project Communications

Girl's Guide to PM

I haven’t been compensated for this article, but I did receive a licence to test out Interact Quiz Builder. Getting people to respond to messages about your projects can be tough. It seems like people are busier than ever. My comms really have to stand out to get people to take action.

2018 228

7 Sharp Ways to Improve Project Quality

Project Risk Coach

Poor project quality can have profound effects on projects resulting in rework, schedule delays, higher cost, frustration, morale problems, and lack of customer satisfaction. Project managers cannot afford to miss the mark here. Quality matters. When buying eyeglasses, what do people look for?

2018 195

Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

These FREE most popular templates will help you perform your role more efficiently.

Cheetah is for Project Managers who are Serious About Their Careers

Brad Egeland

Are you a project manager who is tired of going through the motions or tired of experiencing small pay raises with little or no career advancement? Want to take control of your career and your life? It will be an adventure, but a very rewarding one.

2018 229

Mentoring the Next Generation

The Lazy Project Manager

It was one of those moments. I was thinking that I really should get writing again and get some blogs out there in the big wide web of wonderment, but couldn’t think what to say or write about, and then ‘wham’, I get a message through my website contact form www.thelazyprojectmanager.com. It said ‘I would like to share my knowledge to the next generation PMs’ and asked for any guidance or advice in doing so. Serendipitous or what? Well I think it was.

2018 191

10 Questions: Greg Hartrell

The Clever PM

A few weeks ago, I was perusing Quora as I often do, and came across a really great and insightful answer describing the differences between a “good” and “bad” roadmap by Greg Hartrell. The answer was so good that I couldn’t help but reach out him, and invite him to share some of his insights here […]. Product Management 10 Questions Communication Culture Definitions Influence Leadership PM

2018 211

Shouldn’t we ALL be agile project managers?

Kiron Bondale

I always get a kick out of online discussions referencing agile project managers as if those are some special subset of the project management population!

2018 186

A Guide to Designing Delightful Dashboards

Speaker: Daniel O'Sullivan, Product Designer, nCino and Jeff Hudock, Senior Product Manager, nCino

We’ve all seen the increasing industry trend of artificial intelligence and big data analytics. In a world of information overload, it's more important than ever to have a dashboard that provides data that's not only interesting but actually relevant and timely. Dashboards assist decision makers facilitate new ideas and business opportunities, increase customer approval rates, and analyze current business process. All of these activities play a vital role in providing the superior experience your customers demand.

15 Tested & Practical Tips from Women in Project Management

Girl's Guide to PM

This article, 15 Tested & Practical Tips from Women in Project Management , first appeared on Girl's Guide to Project Management. On International Women’s Day I wanted to share some tips from the fabulous women in project management whom I have interviewed on this blog. Looking back through the discussions we had, there is so much wisdom and what struck me was the total willingness to share.

2018 228

Why Risk Avoidance Should Be 1 of Your 8 Risk Responses

Project Risk Coach

Earlier I wrote about eights ways to treat risks. One of the risk responses is avoidance. The focus of this strategy is to ensure the risk does not occur by eliminating the cause of the risk. Call the Fire Department. It was Fall, and I had raked the leaves in my backyard into three piles.

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1st Gen Acura MDX - One of the Most Reliable SUVs in History

Brad Egeland

I own a 2003 Acura MDX. We hoped to get 100-150k miles of cheap reliable driving out of this vehicle, sell it and move on. What happened has been phenomenal. This vehicle is now 15 years old, has 285,000 miles on it, and has hardly cost us a dime to maintain.

2018 217

80% of Employers Have Challenges Finding Project Management Staff

Arras People

That’s just one of the insights from the latest Project Management Benchmark Report – with many others also being shared at the last Project Challenge show in London by Arras People MD John Thorpe. Understanding Your Value in the PM Market.

2018 179

Turning Metrics into Dollars: How to Turn Your Analytics Data into a Real Financial Model for your Startup

Speaker: Tristan Kromer, Lean Agile Coach, Kromatic

Some teams struggle to constantly optimize conversion rates without understanding the financial impact of those conversion rates. Sometimes that 0.1% increase isn't worth the engineering time we're spending! Early stage startups in particular may not need a four year business plan, but they need to start building out a model which will show how they can someday be profitable. At the very least, they need to be able to see the impact of a change in retention rates to their user growth.

Sometimes Success Takes a Little Luck

The Clever PM

Have you ever stopped to think about what makes some products successful while others languish in obscurity? What made Orkut fail while Facebook took the world by storm? What made StackExchange such a tremendously popular forum when there are literally thousands of others who have attempted the same thing? As much as we Product Managers […]. Product Management Good PM PM Uncertainty

2018 192

Stage Gates and Agile

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

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Haiku on the Subject of Email

Girl's Guide to PM

Today is World Poetry Day. And in honour of the event, the wonderful Robert Prol has once again allowed me to share some of his great haiku with you. You can read some of his other poems here and here , and buy his book (affiliate link) here. Enjoy! I planned my whole day. It was to be productive.

2018 200

5 Ways To Utilize Your Time As Effectively As Beyoncé

The Digital Project Manager

You’ve likely heard the saying before, “Everyone has the same amount of hours in their. The post 5 Ways To Utilize Your Time As Effectively As Beyoncé appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Time Management Topics

2018 170

How Agile Approaches Change Project, Program, and Product Measures

Speaker: Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant, Rothman Consulting Group

Before agile approaches took the world by storm, we used Gantt charts and defects to measure project and program progress. We had trouble measuring product progress until just before release—often too late to change anything. Join Johanna as she discusses how agile approaches change what we measure, and possible measures you might use in projects, programs, and to assess the product as the team(s) build it.

Managing Projects Remotely? You Need Jabra Products

Brad Egeland

I've been managing projects remotely or mostly remotely as well as consulting for clients worldwide for the past 10+ years. One thing that project managers do who are managing virtual teams and remote projects is conducting hundreds of phone calls and conference calls.

2018 207

Why setup virtual PMOs and when should PM templates be standardized?

Kiron Bondale

Dear reader, don’t be alarmed – this IS your regularly scheduled article! I’d like to thank Sante Vergini for providing the inspiration for the first topic and the second one had been a splinter in my mind so I couldn’t wait till next week to write about it. Why oh why would someone set up a virtual PMO? In one of my past articles , I had written about the challenges of establishing and running virtual PMOs.

2018 169

To project management certify or not…?

Ron Rosenhead

That is the question…. Now I know I may well upset a few people with this articles however here goes…. I receive many emails asking for advice how to ‘get into’ project management or what project management training should I undertake?

2018 238

Prediction -- signal and noise

Musings on Project Management

Are you a predictor or a predictee? Actually, for this posting it doesn't matter This is about the qualities of a prediction, for which I am drawn to the book "The Signal and the Noise: why so many predictions fail -- and some don't" by Nate Silver Silver lays out three principles to which all prediction should adhere: Think probabilistically: all predictions should be for a range of. estimate Project Management Statistics

2018 163

Selling Data and Decisions to your Team

Speaker: Cait Porte, SVP Product and Customer Experience, Zmags

Gathering support for a product feature or enhancement is a critical skill for Product Managers. Talking to customers, working with key stakeholders in the business and convincing development that a feature is necessary can be a daunting task. Join Product Management expert Cait Porte as she covers how to sell your ideas internally by leveraging data to drive decision making.