March, 2018

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 314

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?

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 287

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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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?

Agile project management: 16 tips for a smooth switch to agile

Moira Alexander

Shifting to agile project management can greatly increase your project’s prospects for success. The methodology, which makes use of short development cycles to provide continuous improvement in developing a product or service, is being used across many industries due to its highly collaborative and efficient processes.

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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.

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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?

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).

2018 252

8 Ways to Treat Risks

Project Risk Coach

Respond to your most significant risks now! Here are 8 strategies. We treat risks personally and professionally every day. Imagine you have a large amount of credit card debt. You decide to eliminate one of the causes of your debt. So, you cut up your credit cards.

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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 200

Managing The Project Budget - Developing Your Project Management Skills

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

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 196

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!

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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 203

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 226

Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

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

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

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 174

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 175

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 171

Living With Technical Debt: Balancing Quality and Perfection

Speaker: Cliff Gilley, The Clever PM

As a Product Manager, you probably have to deal with technical debt. Regularly. Whether you like it or not - because it can’t be avoided. Unexpected details pop up, as small as UX that needs clean-up, and as big as a previously unforeseen flaw in the infrastructure of a project. We have to accept that nobody gets away without some technical debt. And of course, the longer you take to deal with your technical debt, the more difficult it becomes to address fully. Feeling frustrated? Fortunately, we can take a step back, gain clarity, and see how the decisions we make impact our technical debt. Then, we can make decisions about how we want to balance technical debt with other priorities. Are we willing to live with some level of technical debt in order to ship product and meet deadlines? Can we mitigate technical debt to get to an MVP faster?

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 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 220

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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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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The Business Opportunity of Embedded Analytics: New Findings from 500+ Application Teams

Speaker: Josh Martin, Director of Product Marketing, Logi Analytics

Embedded analytics has evolved from an afterthought to a necessity. But most companies don’t realize that the features they embed and how they develop have a lasting impact on revenue, customer churn, and competitive differentiation. The state of embedded analytics in 2018 is in flux. Learn from the experiences of 500+ application teams embedding analytics—including which features actually move the needle, how analytics benefits their companies, and what development approach yields the best results.

Project Team: Role & Skill Assessment

Project Health Check

Delivering projects is a tricky business, achieved by skilled practitioners in their field – be it software development, events management, construction, oil & gas etc.

2018 170

Are your agile transformation blockers like agents in The Matrix?

Kiron Bondale

Agile transformations are susceptible to a variety of impediments but sometimes these hurdles are not as high as we believe them to be. In almost any company other than a startup, some or all of the following tangible blockers will not only be present at the beginning of the journey, they may continue to stymie teams years into their transformation. The inability to dedicate primary roles (e.g. Product Owners, Agile Leads) to a single value stream.

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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 187

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 207

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 Ways to Increase Team Motivation to Get the Best from Your Team

Project Bliss

As a project manager, you’ve got to get the best from your team to meet goals and deadlines. And you need to do so without formal management authority. But do you wonder how to motivate your team to do their best work so your project is successful?

2018 170

Knowing the Role of Business: Chief Information Officer (CIO)

Entry

With the evolution of technology, this role has become more and more important in business, making the CIO's job ever more crucial. Learn more about their unique responsibilities and growing importance in modern business. The post Knowing the Role of Business: Chief Information Officer (CIO) appeared first on Entry Software Corporation. IT Managers Leadership Project Management

2018 164

Culture from the bottom up

Musings on Project Management

Almost everything written about leadership includes this idea: that leaders have the responsibility to set the cultural values of the organization and ensure such values are deployed widely. Fair enough But here's a case where it works in practice but not in theory: Culture is what the organizations' disparate polity say it is, including, by the way, the ideas of the leadership. It's not. culture leadership

2018 163

How To Create A Project Communication Plan (with FREE template)

The Digital Project Manager

I used to think project communication plans were a waste of time for projects that. The post How To Create A Project Communication Plan (with FREE template) appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Communication How-to Guides How-to Project Planning Topics

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.