October, 2023

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What’s the Difference Between Project Management and Fishing?

Bridge the Gap Consulting

I went fishin’! Not just a quick half-day fishing trip, but a two day guided trip with 5 other people on Lake of the Woods in northern Minnesota, right along the Canadian border. If you’re not familiar with Lake of the Woods, it’s a big lake. Its surface area is 1,679.5 square miles and a max depth of over 200 feet. There are multiple islands and at points, you can’t see the opposite shore.

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8 Steps to Project Success, Even If You’re Not a Project Manager

The IIL Blog

By: Veronica Thraen Do you have a new project but don’t know where to begin? Are you an organizing whiz but prioritizing tasks doesn’t come as easily? Have you been assigned to manage a large project with multiple teams, but you’ve never been a project manager? Whether you’re already a project manager — or wearing the project manager hat by sheer necessity — you’ll want to deliver a successful project.

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4 Concepts Your New Project Managers Need to Know

GoSkills

Do you need to get new managers up to speed on project management concepts quickly? It starts with them understanding these 4 concepts.

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The Stacey Matrix: Agility or waterfall in the project?

Inloox

How do agile and classic project management methods differ? Projects are defined by the fact that they are always unique and complex in nature. Consequently, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to handling projects. A variety of common and less established methods exist. In principle, project management methods can be roughly divided into two groups: There are both agile and classic approaches.

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Understand Digital Debt, Form a Team, Set Goals, and Plan Roadmap for Transformation

Understanding digital debt is crucial before digital transformation. Assemble a team to assess internal operations, market pressures, and digital debt's impact. Define future digital vision with measurable goals. Refine hypotheses and conduct market analysis. Develop a roadmap for transformation with defined projects, cost estimates, and governance.

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What Is a PMO Director? Role, Responsibilities & Salary

ProjectManager.com

PMO stands for project management office and it’s responsible for the project management standards in an organization. It can be a department in that organization or a group of professionals, either inside or outside the organization. Either way, it’s run by a PMO director. There are different types of PMOs, all headed by a PMO director.

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Master Project Discovery: How to Unlock Your Project’s Potential

Online PM Courses

To me, Project Discovery is the most fun part of Project Management. So what is it, and how can you master it? The post Master Project Discovery: How to Unlock Your Project’s Potential appeared first on OnlinePMCourses.

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How to manage project assurance (with PRINCE2 guide)

Rebel’s Guide to PM

You’ve probably heard project managers talk about project assurance, but what exactly is it? And how do you make it work to your advantage, without it taking up all your time or being very bureaucratic? (Because it sounds onerous and bureaucratic, right?) I’ve worked on project teams for over 20 years and project assurance is just part of the job. It’s certainly nothing to be worried about – and it doesn’t have to be heavy.

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Navigating the Tangled Web of Marketing Project Management: A Comprehensive Guide to Challenges and Solutions

Admation

Picture this: you're an intrepid explorer, standing on the edge of a vast abyss known as Marketing Project Management. You're equipped with tools, a team, and the promise of treasure—successful campaigns and satisfied stakeholders. But the abyss is fraught with pitfalls like black holes that can suck in your projects, leaving them lost in a void of inefficiencies.

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How to start a project successfully: Kick-off with the 5W2H method

Inloox

The kick-off of your project and its importance All beginnings are difficult. This is often the case with projects as well. Before the project starts, sometimes there is only a vague goal , for example a deficit that needs to be solved. How to get to the solution of the problem is often unclear. So the destination of the journey that your project represents is fixed.

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

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 expend

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What Is a Project Owner? Roles & Responsibilities

ProjectManager.com

For a project to function properly and be delivered on time and within its budget, all the roles and responsibilities of everyone involved must be clearly defined and communicated. Everyone has their part to play in the process, which is orchestrated by the project manager acting on behalf of the project owner. The project owner isn’t an unheard-of title, but it does have an air of mystery to it.

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Scrum Team Failure — Scrum Anti-Patterns Taxonomy (3)

Scrum.org

TL; DR: Scrum Team Failure This post on Scrum team failure addresses three categories from the Scrum anti-patterns taxonomy that are closely aligned: Planning and process breakdown, conflict avoidance and miscommunication, and inattention to quality and commitment, often resulting in a Scrum team performing significantly below its potential. Learn how these Scrum anti-patterns categories manifest themselves and how they affect value creation for customers and the organization’s long-term sustain

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How to Use Generative AI and LLMs to Improve Search

TechEmpower - Project Management

Artificial Intelligence (AI), and particularly Large Language Models (LLMs), have significantly transformed the search engine as we’ve known it. This presents businesses with an opportunity to enhance their search functionalities for both internal and external users. With Generative AI and LLMs, new avenues for improving operational efficiency and user satisfaction are emerging every day.

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Project Management Conferences in the UK 2023/2024

Rebel’s Guide to PM

Attending a project management conference is an excellent way to network with other project managers, build your skills, and improve your career. We have compiled a list of project management conferences in the UK so that you can stay close to home. Looking to travel a bit further? We also have lists for project management conferences in the US and Canada , as well as project management conferences in Europe , Asia and Oceania.

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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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125 Project Management Buzzwords

The IIL Blog

By: Dr. Michael Shick, MSPM, PMP, CSM Whether you have decades of project management experience or are trying to change career fields, without fluency in industry-specific terms, executives and peers are likely to either overlook your expertise or not draw the connection to your knowledge and professional experience unless they come from a similar background and are part of similar professional project management organizations.

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Resource Leveling & Smoothing: What lies behind the terms

Inloox

Why we need effective resource management in projects Resource management refers to the process of allocating resources in such a way that they provide the greatest possible benefit for the company or also for the project team. More concretely, it is concerned with which financial resources, which technologies and finally which people are assigned to a task for which period of time.

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Post-Construction Phase: How to Close a Construction Project

ProjectManager.com

Projects don’t end with the final deliverable. There’s paperwork to sign off on, teams to be released and more administrative loose ends to tie up. This is doubly true with construction projects in what’s called post-construction. What is post-construction? We’ll answer that first and then explain what activities occur during post-construction and the various types of documentation that are used.

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Benefits Of Smaller Product Backlog Items

Scrum.org

Image by PST, Lavaneesh Gautam Product Backlog Refinement In Scrum, Product Backlog Refinement is an activity of breaking big Product Backlog Items into smaller ones and also understanding more details about Product Backlog Items (PBI)such as acceptance criteria, value, size, dependencies, etc. But why do we break PBIs into smaller ones? This question is often asked during my training, coaching and consulting assignments.

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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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10 Things Project Managers Need to Know about Strategic Risk Management

Online PM Courses

Organizational leaders focus on strategic risks. How does this affect PMs, and what do we need to know about Strategic Risk Management? The post 10 Things Project Managers Need to Know about Strategic Risk Management appeared first on OnlinePMCourses.

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How to list project management skills on your resume

Rebel’s Guide to PM

When I brainstormed a list of project management skills to put on my resume (which over here in the UK we call a CV), it was a long list. If you’re putting together an application for a job, you’ve probably found the same. How do you list the project management skills required without it turning into a giant list of buzzwords? Here’s how. How to include project management skills on your CV Let’s just go with the fact that CV and resume are interchangeable terms for the purposes of this article.

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Authenticity: How Authentic Leadership Reshapes Organizational Culture in Project Management

The IIL Blog

By: Dr. Michael Shick, MSPM, PMP, CSM Think back to the various project leaders and managers you have worked with professionally. As you reflect, have you experienced a leader who truly knows themselves, stands firm on their morals, and genuinely understands their team? The era of robotic, detached leadership is fading, and in its place, a more genuine approach is emerging — poised to reshape organizational cultures.

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Resource allocation 101: How to manage your team’s resources

Planio

Ask a hundred project managers what one of their biggest sources of frustration is and at least half will tell you some variation of the same theme: resource allocation. Whether it’s people, raw materials, or cold hard cash, projects can’t function without resources. And often, there aren’t enough to go around. To bridge the gap, you need to find a way to make your resources go further.

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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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Project Performance Reporting: Key Performance Reports

ProjectManager.com

Keeping tabs on the performance of your project is an essential part of project management. Tracking project performance gives project managers the data they need to keep the actual effort of the project aligned with the planned effort and deliver the project on time and within its budget. But what exactly is project performance? We’ll answer that question and then show you how to measure project performance in your project.

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Saying No as a Product Owner or Product Manager

Scrum.org

TL, DR: Saying No Without Burning Bridges Are you navigating the delicate art of saying No as a Product Owner or product manager? Actually, it’s more of a strategic ‘yes’ to higher priorities, turning down lower-level requests without shutting down communication. This article will dive into various approaches, from reframing conversations and fostering stakeholder collaboration to being transparent to data-informed rationale and empathetic engagement.

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User Story Mapping 101 – How to Create a User Story Map

Online PM Courses

In this video, I want to answer the question, ‘What is a User Story Map?” and show you how to create one in Agile Project Management. The post User Story Mapping 101 – How to Create a User Story Map appeared first on OnlinePMCourses.

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Sauce & Spoon: Tips for Your Google Capstone course

Rebel’s Guide to PM

I’ve been managing projects for over 20 years and I found the Google Project Management Certificate capstone course quite tricky. It’s hard to know what they are looking for in the Sauce & Spoon case study, so if you’re working through the course, here are some tips as you prepare to submit your capstone assignments. For more general tips on how to earn the Google project management certificate quickly, read the story of how I passed the certificate in a week.

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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.