September, 2019

Be the Eye of the Hurricane – Navigating a Project Storm


Sometimes managing a project can feel like you’re in the midst of a hurricane, where chaos dominates and screaming is your only hope of communication. It’s a commonly held belief that the center of a hurricane—the eye—is perfectly calm. So while your project might suddenly become a raging storm of epic proportions, your best course of action is to stay calm and centered.

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Managing Remote Teams: How to Meet the Challenges

Online PM Courses

Managing remote teams is an under-researched topic. Yet, virtual project teams with remote members are becoming ever more familiar. The post Managing Remote Teams: How to Meet the Challenges appeared first on OnlinePMCourses.

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Changing Sectors in Project Management

Arras People

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7 Multitasking Tips for Project Managers


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Building Healthy Innovation Ecosystems for Your Projects

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

In this webinar, Nick Noreña will walk through an Innovation Ecosystem Model that he and his team at Kromatic have developed to help investors, heads of product, teachers, and executives understand how they can best support innovation in their own ecosystem. He'll also go over metrics we can use to measure the health of our ecosystems as we build more resources for innovators.

What are some of the underlying causes of ineffective project risk management?

Kiron Bondale

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Critical Chain in Project Management: A Quick Guide

Project managers love a good plan. It takes what might be an overwhelming project and structures it in such a way it can now be methodically executed. Everything is within control.

How to handle Bikeshedding: Parkinson’s Law of Triviality

Project Bliss

Even if you don’t yet know the term bikeshedding, you’ve likely experienced it. Have you ever found yourself in a meeting discussing something relatively unimportant, yet the time and energy everyone poured into the topic seemed to go on and on?

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Seven Future Trends in Project Management


In this milestone 50th year for the Project Management Institute it’s natural to want to look back at the significant trends have shaped the project management profession over the last five decades, namely globalization of the discipline, and the explosion of methods, techniques and practices being applied to projects. Looking ahead, new trends continue to emerge, however many of these are already having a dramatic impact on the way that project managers go about their work. 1) Artificial Intelligence (AI). Of all the new technologies being adopted by project management teams it is the application of AI within projects that will completely reshape project delivery. “I can envisage in the next three to five years that project team members will call up Siri or Alexa on their mobile phones and verbally log their daily progress reports,” says Stephen Townsend, director, network programs at the Project Management Institute (PMI). “And while project team members are back at home, an AI engine will analyze all of their reports and provide real-time status updates on progress.”. Even more amazing is that those status reports will include recommendations to the team on how to improve performance, threats that could impact project success and lessons learned by other teams that may be applicable to the current project. 2) Organizational project management. Within organizations today there are growing efforts to remove the gap between strategy development and strategic results, and organizational project management, encompassing portfolio, program and project management, is the key capability for bridging that gap. “Whether you look at PMI’s model or agile models like the Scaled Agile Framework, strategy only becomes real when it is linked to the work that people in the organization are doing,” says Stephen Townsend. “So at the portfolio level, there are mechanisms that link organizational investments with business results. At the program and project levels, teams drive specific outcomes that deliver satisfied customers and strategic business objectives.”. 3) Virtual project teams. Within many organizations core internal project teams are getting smaller while the reliance on remote project professionals is increasing. Thanks to digital technology these workers do not need to be in the same physical location. In fact they can be based anywhere in the world, working in virtual teams. This brings many benefits, not least an end to the traveling, logistic and other administrative costs. To be successful, these virtual teams need good communication channels, such as Slack and Google Hangouts, and good project management software. “Project management software that helps with task management is totally indispensable to my role,” says Ali Newton, a remote working project management team leader at digital marketing firm Exposure Ninja, “I can track the projects I‘m working on and where each of our tasks are at. Without it, it would be impossible to manage as many successful projects at one time.”. 4) Methodologies. As a result of becoming more widely dispersed and working remotely, project managers will rely on new processes to help them adapt to a less traditional workflow. As they acclimatize to more flexible ways of working they’ll need to be able to follow processes that are less rigid and more orientated. Agile is a set of principles that helps developers adapt to change quickly and embrace a more flexible approach than the traditional waterfall rigid structure. Agile is gaining in popularity and becoming the standard for many companies across a range of industry sectors. Kanban is a more visual and workflow-based project management methodology – the name is a Japanese term that translates to billboard in English – that prioritizes small daily deliveries and makes progress more measurable. It works well when used in projects that are more likely to involve many changes and provides an efficient way of limiting work in progress and avoiding project stagnation. 5) Emotional intelligence. With technology playing an increasingly central role in project management, demand for project managers with high levels of emotional intelligence is growing. These are people who are known for getting the best out of themselves and members of their team. They have strong social skills, an ability to show empathy, and they can motivate others to achieve a more successful final product. It is an attribute that organizations and project management recruiters value highly. “By focusing on emotional intelligence, which is often considered a soft skill, we can increase both productivity and the quality of our teams’ work,” says Aleksandra Swiatkowska, digital project manager at Savings United. “In the long run this leads to better outcomes for clients, a better product and ultimately increases the company’s bottom line.”. 6) Lifelong learning. Every profession and discipline in today’s world is challenged to keep pace with change. In the quickly changing world of project delivery, there is one key to staying at the cutting edge, a mindset of life-long learning. An important part of life-long learning involves training, but learning is much broader than that. “Development assignments that help people practice and build skills are critical,” says Stephen Townsend. “Access to mentors and coaches who can transfer their knowledge and experience enable formal and informal ways of learning. Giving teams time to evaluate and improve their performance in real-time supports continuous learning and improvement.”. 7) Project managers in demand. Organizations are under increasing pressure to innovate, adapt to change and achieve strategic growth so it’s hardly surprising that project managers are needed now more than ever to help drive change, deliver innovation and implement strategic initiatives. According to PMI’s job growth and talent gap report, by 2027 an estimated 87.7 million professionals will be working in project-centric roles, managing data, time, scope, costs, and people. Much of this growth will be seen in places like India and China. Just as project management has evolved over the last 5 decades, as projects continue to span the global market, the discipline of project management will continue to change and innovate with business. The post Seven Future Trends in Project Management appeared first on LiquidPlanner. Agile Careers Methodology Project Management agile

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4 Communication Styles You May Find on Your Team | TeamGantt


Discover 4 different types of communicators and how to ensure your message lands with everyone on your project team, no matter their communication style

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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?

9 Of The Most Popular Project Management Methodologies Made Simple

The Digital Project Manager

Get an overview of 9 of the most popular project management methodologies and understand how they can be best leveraged for delivering digital projects. The post 9 Of The Most Popular Project Management Methodologies Made Simple appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. PM Methodologies Topics

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A Complete Guide to PMIS

An abundance of information is created, transferred and stored over the life cycle of a project. It seems people are always communicating and making constant updates. It’s easy for something to get lost in the mix. But what if that lost snippet is an essential direction or change?

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Ask A PM: How to Convince My Team to Use Time Tracking


Dear Elizabeth: I’m trying to implement time tracking with my team. The most difficult aspect is changing people’s perception and getting buy in to do the timesheets.

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How to hold a Brilliant Kick off Meeting

Girl's Guide to PM

What is a kick off meeting? A kick off meeting is the first meeting you have as a project team.

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Managing The Project Budget - Developing Your Project Management Skills

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

10 Habits of Highly Effective Project Managers

Project Risk Coach

Just because you've been a project manager since the days of "Gilligan's Island" is no guarantee that you are an effective project manager. As a matter of fact, you may be still trying to get off your island. Even the Skipper and the Professor can't seem to help.encouraging.huh?

2019 298

Contractor to Agency Worker

Arras People

With the proposed Off-Payroll Worker April 2020 legislation still on the cards, one of the consequences that many project management practitioners will face is the prospect of losing their status as a Contractor and becoming an Agency W orker!

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How open are YOU to changing your launch plans?

Kiron Bondale

During the last week PMI announced that, based on the feedback they had received from stakeholders, they would be delaying the significant changes to the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification exam which had originally planned to be launched in mid-December 2019 to July 1, 2020.

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5 Project Management Techniques Every PM Should Know

The world of project management is vast. It covers many industries and requires a range of skills. But the common thread tying this diverse discipline together are the techniques that project managers use to get the job done.

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Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

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

What Is ZenHub? Detailed ZenHub Overview & Explanation Of ZenHub Features

The Digital Project Manager

Read on to discover how ZenHub works—what problems it can help you solve and who. The post What Is ZenHub? Detailed ZenHub Overview & Explanation Of ZenHub Features appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Tools Tools Agile Tools PM

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Managing in Complex Project Environments

Girl's Guide to PM

How do you manage a project when it feels like walking through fog? When you don’t know what you don’t know, and the environment is shifting so much that it’s virtually impossible to keep track of all the moving parts? You focus on what you can control.

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How to Facilitate the Nominal Group Technique

Project Risk Coach

How often have you elicited items such as problems, solutions, or implementation ideas from meeting participants? This sounds simple, but often, participants disagree. The meeting can turn into quicksand. Let's look at the Nominal Group Technique (NGT), a powerful technique for reaching consensus.

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10th Anniversary of The Lazy Project Manager

The Lazy Project Manager

To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of The Lazy Project Manager the book is free on Amazon/Kindle around the world for the whole of September.

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Business Agile: A Roadmap for Transforming Your Management & Adapting to the VUCA Environment

Speaker: Peter Taylor, Speaker/Author, The Lazy Project Manager

Businesses everywhere are trying to “get business agile”—but it’s not easy to adapt to becoming this adaptive. How can conventional organizations succeed in this transformation? In this webinar, Peter Taylor will walk through the change process step by step, and look at a tried and tested transformation roadmap: benefits are outlined, solutions to common challenges offered, and tried and tested methods and tools provided. It will be a guide towards a decentralized and management style that offers more successful decision making through collaboration.

I, for one, welcome our new PM AI overlords

Kiron Bondale

A frequently asked question in the main community discussion group is about the perceived impacts of machine learning on project delivery.

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The 4 Essential Agile Tools for Agile Teams

Agile is a way of working that comes from software development. It’s iterative and incremental in its approach, working in short “sprints,” and building on a foundation of trust, flexibility, empowerment and collaboration.

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The Hard Truth About Scalability: What To Know Before Scaling Up

The Digital Project Manager

The post The Hard Truth About Scalability: What To Know Before Scaling Up appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Tools Sponsored

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How to Improve Problem Solving with Lessons Learned

Girl's Guide to PM

So you’ve got a problem. It’s on the issue log. You’ve pulled together the key subject matter experts who can help get the project over this hurdle. But how do you come up with the answer? Sometimes, the answer to a problem is staring you in the face.

2019 248

Beyond the Findings: The Case for UX Research in Digital Transformation

Speaker: Marina Foglietta-Tereo, Head of UX Research, AXA Insurance

People often think of UX research as a tactical approach to improve the usability or visual appeal of a digital product. While good research will certainly validate an existing design, using it for validation alone would be like using your iPhone solely to tell time! Join Marina Foglietta-Tereo, Head of UX Research at AXA Insurance, as she explores the unrecognized organizational, cultural, and strategic benefits of an in-house, central and mature UXR team.

Want Better Results in Software Projects? Try 3 Simple Questions

Project Risk Coach

Project managers crave successful software projects. They dream of crossing the finish line with a win. Project managers want to help their company and advance their career. Let's look at three powerful questions to help you identify lessons learned.

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The 32 Best To-do List Apps of 2019 for Personal Task Management


Each new day, a list of tasks awaits us. Some of them are more interesting than others. Nevertheless, the importance of completing these tasks is undisputed, especially if they build upon a daily basis.

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PMI plus Disciplined Agile might be a marriage made in Heaven

Kiron Bondale

The announcement of the acquisition of Disciplined Agile (DA) by PMI is almost a month old so I thought I would share my thoughts on it. There is no doubt that PMI has been flirting with agile progressively over the past decade.

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