August, 2020

12 Sure-Fire Ways to Improve Project Risk Management

Project Risk Coach

Mike was a functional project manager in an organization where I managed a PMO. He was winsome and a hard worker. But his projects were trending in the wrong direction and his manager was not happy with Mike's performance.

2020 337

5 Ways to boost your team’s creativity

Girl's Guide to PM

Creativity is the cornerstone of innovation. Thinking creatively is what takes your work from average to outstanding. Creativity fixes problems. It looks out for risks. It delivers better products and services, supporting the creation of better solutions for customers and businesses.

2020 285

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Don’t neglect your “back to the office” plan!

Kiron Bondale

It would be an understatement to say that project managers have had to deal with a lot of change this year. Projects have had their budgets vastly reduced or been cancelled outright, and remote work has become the norm rather than the exception. We are still far from the end of the pandemic, but in those areas where they have successfully flattened their first waves, some companies are starting to encourage their staff to return to the office.

2020 139

How to Manage Virtual Teams: Team Building, Tips & Tools

ProjectManager.com

For many project managers, the only obstacle to embracing a virtual team is the perceived difficulty of managing one. You’re not in the same office as your team, and you’re worried everyone will feel disconnected. In such an environment, you think that there is no way to maintain productivity.

2020 313

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?

UK Recruitment Shows Signs of Life

Arras People

After what seems like an eternity (4 months and 4 weeks) since the UK went into lockdown there appears to be a consensus that the UK recruitment market has finally started showing signs of life.

2020 257

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How to Communicate Risks

Project Risk Coach

Ninety percent of a project manager’s job is communication. And one of the most important things to communicate is your risks. How do you communicate risks? Communicating Project Risks 1. Understand Your Stakeholder Needs and Preferences It all starts with your stakeholder. We can’t manage expectations if we haven't identified the individuals, groups, and organizations who may impact your project or be impacted by your project.

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5 Types of Project Meetings

Girl's Guide to PM

In Collaboration Explained: Facilitation Skills for Software Project Leaders there’s a whole section on different types of meetings, what they are for and how they work. I read it and thought, ‘Everyone knows how to run a meeting, surely?’

2020 317

Vigilance is vital to avoid velocity vices!

Kiron Bondale

After daily coordination events (a.k.a. Scrums, standups or huddles), velocity might be the most misused tool by teams new to agile and the stakeholders supporting them.

2020 181

Strategic Planning Models: An Introduction to 5 Popular Models

ProjectManager.com

Organizations are always looking for ways to improve. It’s how they stay relevant and, more importantly, profitable. But you don’t get better just by desiring it. It takes strategy, and then a model to implement that strategy.

2020 285

Managing The Project Budget - Developing Your Project Management Skills

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

Making Agile Work With Metagility (With David Bishop From Agile Worx)

The Digital Project Manager

The post Making Agile Work With Metagility (With David Bishop From Agile Worx) appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. DPM Podcast

2020 185

How to Network: Building Business Relationships That Feel Authentic

Project Bliss

Knowing how to network doesn’t come naturally for most pople. But networking – and building business relationships – is one of the most valuable things you can do for your career. After all, your network can help you grow in your career.

2020 156

Assessing risk

Musings on Project Management

Most of us -- that is, all but the few formally trained in risk assessment -- really suck at risk assessment, a necessary first step toward managing risk. Why so? Bias, for one thing. Confirmation bias being a biggie: we all want confirmation that our thinking, experiences, and instincts are right for the situation we find ourselves in. But, of course, we know objectively, even if not. Risk Management

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4 Steps for More Effective Meetings

Girl's Guide to PM

We all know the problem: We spend far too much time in stuffy conference rooms, discussing problems, listening to people’s opinions, brainstorming products and strategies.

2020 260

Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

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

What is Change Management and Why Does Your Company Need It?

MavenLink

Implementing and retaining new business solutions can be difficult for any company that has established their own way of working. However, no matter how successful your company may be, the time will always come when outdated methods are in need of revision or replacement.

2020 117

Project Administrator Job Description

ProjectManager.com

Projects are not done by a single person. There are many stakeholders who each have a vested interest. Project managers are the ones tasked with planning, monitoring and managing the teams, but PM’s can’t manage it all alone. Depending on the size of the organization or project, there can be dozens of employees working to make sure everything is running smoothly. For one thing, projects are notorious for creating piles of paperwork. Someone has to keep track of the paper trail.

2020 226

What Is Runn.io? Overview Of Runn Resource Planning & Forecasting Software

The Digital Project Manager

The post What Is Runn.io? Overview Of Runn Resource Planning & Forecasting Software appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Best Tools Tools Tools Planning Tools Resource Scheduling

2020 148

Estimating Agile Projects.Or Not

Leading Answers

Project managers generally like plans and estimates so we can forecast when things should be done and how much they may cost. It helps manage client expectations and answer the type of questions they ask, such as " When will it be done? " and " How much will it cost?

Leading Under Uncertainty

Speaker: Greg Coticchia, CEO & Founder of ENTRA

Organizations of all types and sizes are facing common challenges of how to deal with the uncertainty in our current professional and personal lives. How can you plan when you are uncertain of what's next? On a product level, how can you be sure of delivering the ‘right’ messaging, products, solutions, and services to customers? How do you survive to fight the fight another day? In this session, we will discuss important tips for you as a Product Manager dealing with uncertainty. At the same time, we will discuss another important aspect of dealing with uncertainty, and that is building trust, especially while many of us are working remotely or in new or different settings.

How OKRs Can Help Project Teams Get Up to Speed After Lockdown

LiquidPlanner

The COVID-19 pandemic forced organizations to transform their operations during the first six months of 2020, with lockdowns and social distancing rules driving a massive shift from centralized office working to remote working, affecting teams across all departments and putting many projects on hold.

2020 117

How Leadership Affects Projects (And How You Can Lead Yours)

Girl's Guide to PM

Sarah Coleman is co-author of Project Leadership, a book in its third edition exploring how leadership and project management intertwine. The last edition came out 16 years ago – yes, people were talking about project leadership even then! I caught up with Sarah to find out more about what effect a leader can have on a project. Sarah, how does a leader impact the project? There is a huge variety of ways in which the leader impacts the project.

2020 210

Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) in Traditional and Agile Life Cycles with MS Project

MPUG

Work breakdown structure (WBS) is a key element for management planning, monitoring, and control of a project or a program scope. Regardless of the chosen life cycle (predictive, iterative, incremental, adaptive, or hybrid), WBS plays a role in almost every project.

2020 87

Is a Virtual Team Right for You? The Pros and Cons of Virtual Teams

ProjectManager.com

More organizations have taken to virtual teams. They have, obviously, skyrocketed in practice over the course of this year. It certainly seems like virtual teams are here to stay, but are they right for your company? Are virtual teams the magic bullet to end all ills for your company? Simply put, no. It might be ideal for your company and it might not. It’s important to look at virtual teams closely and determine if they’re going to work within the structure of your organization.

2020 222

Using Continuous Customer Testing for Pandemic-Proof Product Success

Speaker: Luke Freiler, CEO and co-founder of Centercode

After weathering recessions with a wide range of iconic customers, CEO and Product Manager Luke Freiler has seen first hand the impact the Voice of the Customer has had in making or breaking tech companies during hard times. He's going to walk you through an agile process for continuous customer testing that saves you time and gives you full confidence in your products — no matter how many you're sending out the door this year.

10 Best Visual Project Management Software To Track Progress

The Digital Project Manager

The post 10 Best Visual Project Management Software To Track Progress appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Best Tools Tools

2020 147

Leveraging Agile to Get Predictable

Leading Agile

Agile isn’t ever really about Agile. It’s about creating business outcomes.

2020 87

How Did Project Management Skills Prepare Us for the New Normal?

LiquidPlanner

“Reopening schools” has been the buzz phrase in the news recently and much of the rhetoric has revolved around economic impact, the safety of students, and the potential for increased Coronavirus outbreaks.

2020 113

4 Key Drivers For Team Engagement

Girl's Guide to PM

I’m still constantly surprised when I hear that people work in a command and control style management hierarchy. It’s not something I’ve been part of for years and I don’t believe it works – at least not in a project management, office-based environment. If I was a front line soldier I would probably think differently. I talk to a lot of project managers though, and it still seems that some of them are stuck in environments where being told what to do is the norm.

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Use Discovery and Delivery to Experiment Our Way to a New Normal

Speaker: Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant, Rothman Consulting Group

Many of us are accustomed to planning for either discovery or delivery. We know how to plan for where we want to be for a product (delivery). And, we know how to plan to discover a market (discovery). Right now in 2020, those plans might not be worth anything. The world is still in upheaval—and no one has a crystal ball to know when we should plan more in-depth. Instead of planning for either discovery or delivery, we can use experiments—for all our work. When we focus on experimentation, small bets, and short feedback loops, we can create the kinds of products our customers will love.

How to Find the Perfect Company Culture Match for Your Job Search

Project Bliss

Do you consider company culture during your job search? A positive company culture can make a huge difference in how much you love your work. It can mean the difference between dreading going to work each day, or absolutely loving your job. But it doesn’t just happen by chance. Assessing company culture during your job search takes extra work. But it can pay off by helping you choose to join a company that aligns with your goals and values. Which can mean greater career satisfaction.

2020 120

Product Update: All Projects Page Massive Redesign, Notifications and More!

ProjectManager.com

Overview Projects: Powerful Project Reporting at-a-Glance. Simple yet powerful project and portfolio management is at the core of what we do, and with this new release, gaining insight into your project performance has never been more customizable. We have massively redesigned the Overview Projects page into a powerful portfolio and reporting tool for you and your team.

2020 181

Pyramid v Funnel

Musings on Project Management

In every book written about project management, the PMO is at the apex of a pyramid. Sometimes, as in Agile project methodology, the pyramid is flatter than most, but always there is an identifiable top figure. Fair enough. But Robert Gates, former Defense Secretary [and holder of many other government titles] writes that he often felt like the pyramid was inverted and thus took the look of a. Project Management

2020 174