March, 2023

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Uncovering the Benefits of Clear Risk Statements

Project Risk Coach

I've looked at many risk registers through the years, and I've had difficulty understanding the risks many times. The risk statements were vague and lacked consistency. In this article, let's explore the benefits of clear risk statements. Clarity Improves Understanding When it comes to understanding the risk associated with any project, clarity is key.

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Fundamentals of Project Planning and Management: UVA Darden Course Review

Rebel’s Guide to PM

Recently I audited the Fundamentals of Project Planning and Management course from University of Virginia Darden Business School. It’s one of the most popular project management courses on Coursera. I’ve put together this Fundamentals of Project Planning and Management course review to answer all your questions so you can save time deciding whether it is right for you.

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10 Free Change Management Templates for Excel and Word

ProjectManager.com

It’s a cliche to say nothing is constant but change, but cliches grow from truths. Project managers understand this and work hard to create change management plans that ensure their projects run smoothly. Project management software helps, too, but if you’re not ready to upgrade, we have some free change management templates that can help you manage change.

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Our project management future is analog…

Kiron Bondale

I’ve just finished reading The Revenge of Analog and The Future is Analog by David Sax. In both of these books, he provides compelling arguments supported by a number of case studies taken from different domains to show that while some might envision the future as becoming more and more digital, we will continue to cherish and yearn for analog experiences.

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Acclaim Projects Helps Deliver Innovation Projects on Time and on Budget

This large intercity transportation company for people and freight employs 100+ IT employees and contractors across North America and Europe and spends $10MM annually for approximately 50 inflight projects. The company needed the right financial tools to budget for innovation initiatives and real-time information on spending and forecasting. This transportation company turned to Acclaim Projects by Sopheon to help deliver projects on time and within budget.

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Mastering PMI-RMP Domains, Tasks, and Enablers for Effective Risk Management

Project Risk Coach

As the project management landscape becomes increasingly complex, effectively identifying, assessing, and managing risks has become critical for project managers. In this blog post, we will explore the PMI-RMP domains, tasks, and enablers in detail, providing you with the knowledge and tools you need to manage risks in your projects effectively. The PMI-RMP certification covers various domains, each with its set of tasks and enablers that project managers can leverage to manage risks effectively

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Manufacturing Process Planning: Steps, Types & Benefits

ProjectManager.com

Manufacturers need to have a process by which to make or assemble their products. Before they go into production, therefore, they must engage in what’s called process planning. This is an important step before manufacturing and must be thoroughly understood. Learn what process planning is, including why it’s so important and the different types there are.

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The Fourth And Final Thing You Do To Prevent Value Delivery

Scrum.org

This is the final article of this series, and I'm posting it now on Scrum.org because. I forgot to do it earlier. Anyway, here's the Fourth and Final thing you do to prevent value delivery. I'm assuming you've read and (hopefully already corrected) the First , Second and Third Things. I found these things during my years of working in the (attempted) change industry.

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Can someone be a Product Owner and Agile Lead for a single team?

Kiron Bondale

A question was posed on my Mastodon instance this morning about combining the roles of Product Owner and Agile Lead (e.g. Scrum Master). The requestor felt that this was a bad idea but wanted to get feedback on whether it was, in fact, possible to do so and under what conditions would it not cause problems. To answer the question, we need to understand the responsibilities of each role.

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PM Illustrated – The Fun Site to Support Your PMP® Exam Studies

Rebel’s Guide to PM

This is a guest post by Mike Griffiths. “Fun” and “PMP Exam” are rarely used in the same sentence. Too often, training materials are text-based, process-focused, and dry. However, fun is a serious business in adult learning; it boosts retention and cuts study time. We recall facts about our favorite hobbies and sports teams much easier than boring information because our brains prioritize fun experiences for recall.

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Strategic Finance Essentials: A Project Manager’s Guide to Financial Impact

Speaker: Ketan Jahagirdar - Sopheon’s Director of Product Management

Empower yourself as a project manager with insights that directly influence the financial landscape and strategic direction of your organization! Join us for a deep dive into the world of financial strategy, as we dissect key metrics that drive CFOs and business leaders’ investment decisions.This session will equip you with the necessary tools to craft compelling business cases as well as a comprehensive understanding of the crucial distinction between capital expenditure and operational expendi

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3 Reasons Change Management Is Important For Project Managers

The Digital Project Manager

Change can stir up a lot of emotion in people. It can be exciting, like buying a new home or car or getting a big promotion and a hefty raise. It can be devastating, like losing a pet or family member or having your job impacted by a round of layoffs. Whether it’s a good […] The post 3 Reasons Change Management Is Important For Project Managers appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.

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7 Ways to Improve Resource Management for Complex Portfolios

LiquidPlanner

Recently, it’s felt like my work as a project manager has been all about making sure the right people are lined up to do their tasks at the right time. Having access to skilled individuals – which we often call ‘resources’ in project jargon – is critical to making sure work gets completed when it should, so the next person in the chain can do their thing.

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Project Management Basics: Definitions, Methods and Tools

ProjectManager.com

Welcome to project management 101. Project management can seem like a daunting discipline, but once you get a grasp of the fundamentals and combine that with some intuition, you’ll be on your way to leading successful projects, no matter your situation. Maybe you’ve been unexpectedly assigned to lead a project and a big promotion is on the line, or maybe you’re a team member who wants to better understand their role in the project.

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Checklist for better goals in Scrum (Sprint and Product)

Scrum.org

Overview I’ve studied the goals for some time now and have come up with a checklist that can help you make better Sprint and Product Goals. My list is more refined than the SMART goals you may know about. If you’re unclear on why goals are important, see my blog post on commitments. I will focus on Sprint Goals as there’s not a huge difference when judging the quality of either of these goals.

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20 Common Mistakes Made by Inexperienced Project Managers

You’ve read the PMBOK® Guide several times, taken the certification exam for project managers, passed, and you are now a PMP®. So why do you keep making rookie mistakes? This whitepaper shows 20 of the most common mistakes that young or inexperienced project managers make, issues that can cost significant time and money. It's a good starting point for understanding how and why many PMs get themsleves into trouble, and provides guidance on the types of issues that PMs need to understand.

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Is SAFe Agile?

Leading Agile

I don’t spend a bunch of time on LinkedIn, but the other day, I was scrolling around and happened to catch a thread where some folks in the Agile community were debating if SAFe was actually Agile. People have been debating this topic for as long as SAFe has been around. The post generated a lot of good conversation, so I thought I’d take a minute and share how I think about this.

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Business Resilience: An Overview

Rebel’s Guide to PM

Business Resilience: A practical guide to sustained progress delivered at pace is a book by an impressive authoring team. The tone is set immediately with the powerful introduction: this is not a book for the faint-hearted! To get the benefits of better business resilience, you need to commit at the most senior levels within the delivery and change organization, preferably at board level.

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Kanban Vs Agile: Top 8 Differences & Which Agile Method To Use

The Digital Project Manager

If there’s one thing that can be said about modern software development, it’s that there are plenty of options when it comes to choosing how to approach the project. Two popular methods for software delivery are Kanban vs agile, with each having its own set of unique advantages—but what exactly is the difference between them? […] The post Kanban Vs Agile: Top 8 Differences & Which Agile Method To Use appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.

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What is Sprint Planning?

GoSkills

Learn the key benefits of Sprint Planning in Agile Project Management and how it can help teams prioritize tasks, allocate resources, and achieve project goals. This comprehensive guide will give you a better understanding of the importance of Sprint Planning.

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The Big Payoff of Application Analytics

Outdated or absent analytics won’t cut it in today’s data-driven applications – not for your end users, your development team, or your business. That’s what drove the five companies in this e-book to change their approach to analytics. Download this e-book to learn about the unique problems each company faced and how they achieved huge returns beyond expectation by embedding analytics into applications.

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Cost of Production: Types of Production Costs

ProjectManager.com

The best things in life are free, but manufacturing goods cost money. The cost of production of those products isn’t as straightforward as it might seem. The sum total investment that it takes for a business to create a good or service can be surprising. Let’s take a closer look at the cost of production, what types there are and how to measure the cost of production.

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Creating a Personal Readme for Scrum Masters

Scrum.org

TL; DR: Creating a Personal Readme for Scrum Masters with ChatGPT Providing a personal readme to your new teammates and stakeholders as a Scrum Master is a great way to build trust and rapport while managing expectations at the same time. I do so regularly and having a template for that purpose comes in handy. Therefore, I thought it also might be an excellent exercise to test ChatGPT on more practical aspects of a Scrum Master’s work.

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5 Tips to Improve Project Execution

MPUG

The day-to-day execution of a project is a new adventure every day, with new challenges, new surprises, and yesterday’s follow-ups. To improve project execution, it is critical to have certain documents in place and steps taken in the early stages of the project. This record will provide a base for recollection and improvement. Measurements along the way are also required to determine if our actions are bringing about the desired results toward our objective.

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How to Assess Attention to Detail in Job Applicants

Teamweek

If you’ve ever sent an email while forgetting to add the attachment, you probably know the value of attention to detail. In fact, it is one of the most cited candidate qualities in job descriptions, regardless of industry or seniority. A highly relatable meme explains why attention to detail matters in a workplace. Is attention to detail really that important, and does it matter whether your new hires are detail-oriented?

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How to Stay Competitive in the Evolving State of Martech

Marketing technology is essential for B2B marketers to stay competitive in a rapidly changing digital landscape — and with 53% of marketers experiencing legacy technology issues and limitations, they’re researching innovations to expand and refine their technology stacks. To help practitioners keep up with the rapidly evolving martech landscape, this special report will discuss: How practitioners are integrating technologies and systems to encourage information-sharing between departments and pr

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What Is A Resource In Project Management? 7 Key Types To Know

The Digital Project Manager

Managing resources is a key part of project management—things like people, materials, and equipment are required for executing deliverables and tasks. Understanding what a resource is and how they play into your overall project is key to ensuring the proper planning of your project. So what is a resource in project management? A resource can […] The post What Is A Resource In Project Management?

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How the Stage Gate Process Will Make You a Better Project Manager

Online PM Courses

The Stage Gate Process has the potential to transform your project management, deliver more successful projects, and make you a better project manager. The post How the Stage Gate Process Will Make You a Better Project Manager appeared first on OnlinePMCourses.

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What Is a Bill of Materials? Components, Purpose & Types

ProjectManager.com

Manufacturing is the process of putting together a product. Yes, there are many other factors, such as costs, time, quality and more. But all of those concerns are tied to the bill of materials, which collects the pieces that’ll be used to build the final product. A bill of materials, however, is more than a mere list. If you’re manufacturing anything, then you need to know what is a bill of materials, what is it used for and the types of bills of materials you’ll find in production.

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How To Lead Scrum Masters With Liberating Structures?

Scrum.org

Some time ago, I had an interesting conversation with an Agile Coach from a large car manufacturer in Germany. As an Agile Coach, he’s responsible for about 50 Scrum Masters. Not in a hierarchical way, but more as a servant leader. For about one hour we talked about how to be a servant leader for such a group of Scrum Masters. What are ways to lead, inspire, and guide them?

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From Complexity to Clarity: Strategies for Effective Compliance and Security Measures

Speaker: Erika R. Bales, Esq.

When we talk about “compliance and security," most companies want to ensure that steps are being taken to protect what they value most – people, data, real or personal property, intellectual property, digital assets, or any other number of other things - and it’s more important than ever that safeguards are in place. Let’s step back and focus on the idea that no matter how complicated the compliance and security regime, it should be able to be distilled down to a checklist.