February, 2019

Top Insights from the Project Management Benchmark Report

Arras People

Economy Impacts: Entrances, Exits and Employment. Arras People launched the latest Project Management Benchmark Report today, it’s the fourteenth study of the project management marketplace that Arras have released.

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5 Tips for Better Decision Making (With Process)

Girl's Guide to PM

We make hundreds of decisions on projects. Every day, we’re expected to take some action and that inevitably means making a decision about something. It might be something small like whether or not to call a meeting. Or it might be something substantive like whether to escalate an issue to your sponsor. Get a free decision log template to help you track the decisions you make. Decision Log Template Remind yourself of decisions with this easy template (Excel).

Burning up the team

Musings on Project Management

Are you on one of those death march projects about to burn out. Want some time off? Perhaps it's in the plan Google among others -- Microsoft, etc -- are well known for the "time off, do what you want toward self improvement and personnel innovation" model; formulas like you suggest lend objectivity to the process (not playing favorites, etc). Losing productivity Of course, the real issue is Teamwork

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The 18 Most Influential People in Project Management

ProjectManager.com

Project management is an increasingly diverse field. Individuals across industries, and with varying levels of experience, are providing a substantial impact to its growth and continued evolution.

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Make an Impact with Analytics and Journey Maps

Speaker: Kirui K. K., Co-founder and CEO of Tanasuk Africa

If you want to offer a better user experience, it can be tempting to track each and every data point in your product. However, this can quickly get complicated and overwhelming as you collect more and more data. How do you know which metrics will help you improve? Kirui K. K., Co-founder & CEO Tanasuk Africa, wants you to know that analytics don't have to be complicated to make an impact - no matter the size of your company. Join him as he explains how to create a customer journey map, then use that map to figure out the metrics you need to know - and how to use them.

Projectors, We need rethink a few things.

Green Project Management

“The true definition of a project, according to modern acceptation, is, as is said before, a vast undertaking, too big to be managed, and therefore likely enough to come to nothing.” – Daniel Defoe, An Essay upon Projects (1697) This is one of my favorite quotes for a couple reasons. One being that it is […]. The post Projectors, We need rethink a few things. appeared first on Delivering a better world, one project at a time. Entries

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More Trending

Being Successful in a Complex Role

Arras People

If you imagine project management to be like crossing a bridge, at first glance it would seem simple. You start at one end and walk across until you get to the other.

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How To Motivate Your Project Team

Girl's Guide to PM

Ruth Pearce knows everything there is to know about motivating your project team. She’s even written the book on it. I caught up with Ruth to find out more about how to motivate teams and why it’s something you should be actively doing. Ruth, let’s start at the beginning.

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10 ALM Tools To Deliver Better Projects

The Digital Project Manager

Easily compare the best ALM tools (Application Lifecycle Management tools) and get expert criteria to help you choose the right ALM software for your organization. The post 10 ALM Tools To Deliver Better Projects appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Best Tools Tools

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What Is Product Management?

ProjectManager.com

Put simply, product management is a way to organize the planning, production, marketing and other tasks related to the creation and distribution of a product. It involves the coordination of teams, data, processes, business systems and more. In reality, product management can be a complicated matter.

2019 397

Build Product Progress with a Strong Data Culture

Speaker: Nima Gardideh, CTO, Pearmill

Have you ever thought your product's progress was headed in one direction, and been shocked to see a different story reflected in big picture KPIs like revenue? It can be confusing when customer feedback or metrics like registration or retention are painting a different picture. No matter how sophisticated your analytics are, if you're asking the wrong questions - or looking at the wrong metrics - you're going to have trouble getting answers that can help you. Join Nima Gardideh, CTO of Pearmill, as he demonstrates how to build a strong data culture within your team, so everyone understands which metrics they should actually focus on - and why. Then, he'll explain how you can use your analytics to regularly review progress and successes. Finally, he'll discuss what you should keep in mind when instrumenting your analytics.

How to Improve Interpersonal Project Management Skills

Project Risk Coach

Think of the project managers you admire most. Often, these are individuals who possess more than the technical skills such as developing project schedules and performing risk analysis. These project managers have strong interpersonal project management skills. So, what are interpersonal skills?

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25 Amazing Quotes to Inspire You During Tough Times

Project Bliss

I’ve been writing a lot lately about problem-solving skills. These are great ways to grow your skill set, and a perfect skill to make you more valuable in the workplace. Problems are going to arise no matter where you are in your career.

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Project Management Q&A: How to Hire a Project Manager for the First Time

Arras People

The nature of what we do has changed significantly and we find ourselves needing to recruit a project manager for the first time. What should we be looking for in terms of the calibre of project manager and should we, for example, develop internally or recruit externally?

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Challenging project leaders to lead confidently in uncertain times

Girl's Guide to PM

This is a guest post by Nadine Rochester, technical marketing director at Strategy Execution. Strategy Execution’s Top 10 Trends for 2019.

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What Is (and Isn’t) Product Management?

Speaker: Steve Johnson, VP of Products, Pragmatic Institute

Product Management is one of the most exciting - and most misunderstood - functions in technical organizations. Is it strategic or tactical? Is it a planning role or a support role? Many product professionals are unclear about what is (and isn't) product management. After all, product management spans many activities from business planning to market readiness. In this session, we’ll examine many product activities and artifacts for product strategy, planning, and growth, and introduce a simple tool that you can use in your organization to clarify the roles of product management and others. Steve Johnson explores the many roles of Product Management in this fun talk focused on why product managers should obsess on problems instead of solutions.

Mind Mapping Supercharges Project Management

The Digital Project Manager

Mention Project Management software and most people’s thoughts will automatically go to Microsoft Project or. The post Mind Mapping Supercharges Project Management appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. PM Best Practices Tools Tools Planning Topics Sponsored

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How to Be a Better Listener

ProjectManager.com

Are you listening? You better be! It’s a cornerstone of communications at work, in projects and in life. Jennifer Bridges, PMP, shows you how to be a better listener. Here’s a screenshot of the whiteboard for your reference! In Review – How to Be a Better Listener.

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How to Master Meeting Minutes

Project Risk Coach

Do you and your team members lose track of the things you discussed in your project meetings? Who was to complete that action item? Who owns that risk? What did we decide to do? Sound familiar? Let's talk about how to master meeting minutes.

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7 Problem-Solving Steps to Conquer Even the Toughest Problems

Project Bliss

These 7 awesome problem-solving steps can help you solve difficult problems, identify opportunities, grow your leadership skills, and take your career up several notches. When you see peers in your organization handling big problems, are you ever amazed at how they do it?

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Your Post-Launch Toolkit for Understanding Your Users

Speaker: Brittney Gwynn, former Director of Product, Simple Health

If you've ever launched an MVP, you know that the journey has only just begun. How do you figure out what to do next? You know that you need to look at how different user segments react, but how do you quickly distinguish signal from noise so you can iterate and improve? Join Brittney Gwynn, former Director of Product at Simple Health, as she explains how you can use early customer feedback, usage data, and continuous experimentation to optimize your journey to product-market fit. Whether you're at a brand-new company, or looking to innovate within a more mature organization, or anywhere in between, you'll come away with a new skill set, ready to make the most of your launches.

Project Management Q&A: Hiring the Right Person First Time

Arras People

As the hiring manager, how do I “ensure” that more often than not I get the right person for the role first time of asking? What a great question and I’m sure if we could crack this one all our lives would be much easier!

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How to Improve User Adoption of SharePoint for Project Management

Girl's Guide to PM

I’m delighted to be working with BrightWork to bring you this article by Micheál Clesham. Read on to find out how to get your free SharePoint project management template. ‘A A good craftsman never blames his tools’ as the old saying goes.

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Breaking habits requires substituting one routine for another

Kiron Bondale

I was asked to facilitate a lessons learned session for a program team using a retrospective format.

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Top 5 Leadership Theories

ProjectManager.com

Everyone has a theory on what makes a great leader, and with good reason. Leadership is a quality that’s important for success and yet so difficult to define. Jennifer Bridges, PMP, cuts through the noise and reveals five of the best leadership theories.

The Magic of Intent: Start Knowing The Goals of Your Users

Speaker: Terhi Hanninen, Senior Product Manager, Zalando, and Dr. Franziska Roth, Senior User Researcher, Zalando

It's important to know your users - what are their preferences, pain points, ultimate goals? With user research and usage data, you can get a great idea of how your users act. The tricky part is, very few users reliably act the same way every time they use your product. Join Terhi Hanninen, Senior Product Manager, and Dr. Franziska Roth, Senior User Researcher at Zalando, as they explain how they were able to reach a new level of user understanding - by taking their user research and segmenting their users by point-in-time intent. You'll leave with a strategy to change how your product team, and organization at large, understands your users.

6 Tools and Techniques for Controlling Risks

Project Risk Coach

Changes in project risks are inevitable. As a project progresses, the probability and impact of current risks change, new risks emerge, and residual risks may increase or decrease. What tools and techniques can project managers use for controlling risks and getting the results they are looking for?

Asana vs. Mavenlink vs. Wrike: Project management platforms compared

Moira Alexander

When it comes to work management tools, organizations have a wealth of solid options to choose from — and Asana , Mavenlink , and Wrike top the list. Each offers features and usability suitable for almost any project management need. But the devil is in the details, and here we compare what each of these three platforms has to offer in an effort to help you find the best fit for your company. To read this article in full, please click here (Insider Story

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The Best Requirements Management Tools of 2019

The Digital Project Manager

Requirements management tools help you make sure your products and projects do what they’re supposed to do. This expert review compares the best requirements management tools on the market to help you choose the right one for your organization. The post The Best Requirements Management Tools of 2019 appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Best Tools Tools

2019 189

From Technical To Exceptional Review [Training Course]

Girl's Guide to PM

The move from technical expert to leader is a big jump for many people. And the work you do as a subject matter expert is very different from how you manage a project or lead a team. Many people get promoted – or think they get promoted – because they’re technically very good in a role.

2019 275

A Simple Framework for Complex User Goals

Speaker: Hannah Stegen, Customer Service Manager, Crescendo

How can you measure and affect your users' behavior if they're not doing something that's easily measurable? You can monitor usage, activation, retention, and more, but those metrics don't always align with every one of your goals for your users. Hope is not lost, however: with the right framework, you can still make sure your users are on track. Join Hannah Stegen (she/her), Customer Success Manager at Crescendo as she explains how you can monitor even the most complex user journeys by breaking them up into Attitude, Intention, and Behavior.

How do you know when your agile ceremonies are Done?

Kiron Bondale

In last week’s article, I wrote about the benefits of having a Definition of Ready for agile ceremonies as one method of ensuring that they are adding value and not being perceived as just more wasteful meetings. But how do we know that we achieved what we were hoping to from the ceremonies?

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Should You Be Friends With Your Employees?

ProjectManager.com

Leading a team strikes a difficult balance between being cordial and commanding. Are you strictly a boss or can you have a more friendly relationship with your employees? Jennifer Bridges, PMP, shows you the pros and cons. Here’s a screenshot of the whiteboard for your reference!

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How to Become the Most Compelling Project Manager You Will Ever Know

Project Risk Coach

Every project is a story. Projects begin and end. Plots and subplots abound. Interesting characters interact and react, with good and evil motives. Are you a compelling project manager who commands the ship? 10 Attributes of a Compelling Project Manager Some project managers act in boring and predictable manners. Others capture and hold your attention. You can't wait to see the next chapter.

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