January, 2017

7 Best Productivity Apps For Project Managers

Girl's Guide to PM

I’m pleased to be working with Devart, the company behind TMetric, to bring you this sponsored article. All opinions are my own. There are simply not enough hours in the day to get everything done that I want to.

2017 362

Agile project management: A beginner's guide

Moira Alexander

If you're new to project management and the agile methodology, the answers to these 10 questions will arm you with the information you need to get started. And if you're a project management veteran, these frequently asked agile questions are a good refresher. What is agile? Agile is a project management methodology that uses short development cycles called sprints to focus on continuous improvement in the development of a product or service. How long as agile been around?

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6 Practical Ways to Actually Improve Your Cost Management

Project Risk Coach

PMP Exam Series - Cost Management Think about it for a minute – what have you done in the last six months to improve your cost management? Review the projects you’ve completed in the last year. How many of those projects came in over budget?

2017 270

CAPM Requirements - Do You Meet Them?

Brad Egeland

The CAPM or Certified Associate in Project Management offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI) is an ideal certification for beginning project managers because it allows them to highlight their ability to perform as a project manager without a great deal of experience.

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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Networking for Professional Success

Arras People

Just before Christmas I went along to Hemsley Fraser’s PM Conference day – there were about five sessions throughout the day (I wrote about the session on Agile just before Christmas).

2017 208

How to Keep Your Projects Financially Fit

Project Risk Coach

I received a Fitbit as a gift. Fitbit tracks every part of your day — including activity, exercise, food, weight, and sleep — to help you find your fit, stay motivated, and see how small steps make a big impact.”. Keep Your Projects Financially Fit.

2017 259

What is the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act?

Moira Alexander

PMI's Pulse of the Profession report shows "only 64 percent of government strategic initiatives ever meet their goals and business intent -- and that government entities waste $101 million for every $1 billion spent on project and programs.". This type of waste goes back many decades, spans several administrations, has an enormous cumulative undesirable impact, and ultimately the financial burden transfers back to taxpayers in one way, shape or form.

Managing millennials: A project manager’s guide

The Digital Project Manager

What you’ve been told about managing millennials is wrong. Unless you’ve had your head stuck in the sand, you’re probably seen ‘that’ video from Simon. The post Managing millennials: A project manager’s guide appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. General How-to Guides Promoted

2017 196

Managing The Project Budget - Developing Your Project Management Skills

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

Five New Resolutions for PMs in 2017

The Clever PM

A couple years ago, shortly after I launched the blog, I posted my first New Year’s Resolutions for Product Managers, which was a big hit. Somehow it slipped my mind to update it for 2016, but here I am with an update as we roll into the new year…one as full of uncertainties as it […]. Product Management Agile Culture Do's Good PM Leadership Organization PM Psychology Top 5 Uncertainty

2017 188

Business Leadership for IT Projects [Book Review]

Girl's Guide to PM

Before I’d got far reading Gary Lloyd’s Business Leadership for IT Projects I realised he was offering a critical assessment on the Standish report on project failure – thankfully. I knew then that we were going to get along just fine.

Managing Failure in Project Management

Arras People

In this post from Genius Project, part of Arras People’s project management software directory, we take a look at project failure – take time to have a look at how project management tools are part of the solution to help project practitioners tackle project failure rates.

2017 187

My Top 10 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2016

Project Risk Coach

It’s been a great year. So much so, I’ve decided to leave the corporate world to help more project managers than ever. Thank you for making this possible. Approximately 42,000 visitors came to The Project Risk Coach in 2016, up from 33,000 visitors in 2015. Also up from 21,000 in 2014.

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Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

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

You want them to understand…but do you really understand?

Ron Rosenhead

It is an interesting situation. It is also disturbing. Project managers and project team members are not able to articulate why they are doing the project (what problem are they trying to address), nor what they are doing. Let me explain what I mean in more detail.

2017 267

12 Project Management & Resource Scheduling Tools

The Digital Project Manager

You’re probably asking – do we really need project management tools or resourcing and scheduling tools? The answer is probably no, and yes. No, you. The post 12 Project Management & Resource Scheduling Tools appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Features General Tools resourcing scheduling software

2017 188

11 ways company politics can thwart your projects

Moira Alexander

Workplace politics are ultimately types of behaviors or actions injected into business situations that can complicate, impede, or derail progress altogether. Politics and its impact are often underestimated until it's too late. However you can mitigate the risk and the first step is to identify the type and level of political behaviors that might curtail the efforts of a project, program, portfolio, or even an entire organization.

2017 184

7 Reasons Why Multitasking Is Not the Answer

Girl's Guide to PM

This is a guest article by Kristy Dickerson from STARTplanner. Multitasking has been praised by many as the secret sauce to reaching success at record speeds. But over the years, that’s been dispelled.

2017 326

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.

Project Management in the US Federal Agencies. it's the law (now)

Musings on Project Management

EXCEPT FOR DoD (there's always an exception for DoD) In the U.S. federal agencies, project management is now the law: You can read a summary of the bill, Program Management Improvement Accountability Act at this link (Sec. 2) This bill establishes as additional functions of the Deputy Director for Management of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requirements to: adopt and oversee. Project Management

2017 183

6 Practical Ways to Improve Cost Management [Video]

Project Risk Coach

If you can’t see this video in your RSS reader or email, then click here. Are you looking for more video tips, tools, and techniques? Check out my YouTube Channel. The post 6 Practical Ways to Improve Cost Management [Video] appeared first on

2017 195

Everything in moderation…

Kiron Bondale

The end of the holidays is the traditional time for people to make resolutions and a common theme for many is to practice moderation in eating, drinking or spending. Too much of anything, even a good thing, is unhealthy and the same can be said about project management practices.

2017 182

The Challenges of Predicting Future Behavior

The Clever PM

One of the ongoing challenges that we face as Product Managers is that we’re primarily charged with predicting customer and user behavior. We’re constantly asked to come up with new ideas, new features, and new designs that we “know” will delight our users, or at the very least satisfy them. But the fact is, predicting human […]. Product Management Communication Do's Don't Good PM Learning Problem Solving Psychology UCD Uncertainty

2017 180

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.

Who does what, when and how…?

Ron Rosenhead

The atmosphere in the room was tense so I decided to intervene and summarised as follows: this group is a mix of project managers and project sponsors.

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2017 Project Management Conferences You Won’t Want To Miss

Girl's Guide to PM

If you are looking to attend a project management conference this year, chances are there is something close by that will appeal to you. I’ve compiled this extensive list of conferences both local to me in the UK and around the world.

2017 326

Perceptions on risk -- a perfect storm of problems.

Musings on Project Management

The messenger: “Unfortunately, my King … here I am, unwilling and unwanted … because I know that no one ever welcomes a bearer of bad news.” Antigone by Sophocles, circa 442 BC The surprise: “It is pardonable to be defeated, but never to be surprised.” Frederick, the Great Pedro C. Ribeiro, writing in ASK magazine for NASA, has a nice posting on risk perception. He reports on a study Risk Management

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3 Team Techniques to Improve Cost Estimates

Project Risk Coach

Improve buy-in and support for your project budgets Do you ever feel like the Lone Ranger when trying to improve cost estimates? You’re not alone. Actually, you have a team. Many project managers are left to their own devices when estimating projects. This can be rather challenging.

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.

Tips for taking over an active project

Kiron Bondale

I’ve written previously about the need for a project manager to proactively plan for a smooth transition if someone else will be assuming the role on one of their projects.

2017 177

A Big Change in Project Management

Arras People

I’ve been working in project management and recruitment for years. In the early days, back in the late nineties, early noughties, the vast majority of people who worked in project management were second career project practitioners.

2017 173

?5 Reasons not to Use Excel for Project Management

Brad Egeland

Picture this. It’s Friday night. The office is empty. The only sound is frantic typing as you try to prepare a project status report for Monday’s meeting.

2017 170

5 Mistakes Every Project Manager Should Avoid

Girl's Guide to PM

I’m delighted to be partnering with KnowledgeHut to bring you an article by Abhishek Gaurav today. To err is human. But if you’re a project manager, erring isn’t really something you can afford to do.

2017 318

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.