November, 2018

Will all improvement ideas from a retrospective consume capacity?

Kiron Bondale

The Scrum Guide indicates “ The Scrum Retrospective is an opportunity for the Scrum Team to inspect itself and create a plan for improvements to be enacted during the next Sprint.

2018 208

How to Initiate a Project Steering Committee

Project Risk Coach

Someone decided that it was a good idea to bring project management into your organization. Perhaps it was your CEO or operations manager or IT Director. But for some reason, it never took off. Project management has not been supported by your culture.

Project manager vs program manager. What’s the difference?

Backlog

Two similar-sounding job titles; two very different roles. And while there is some overlap between the two, they are fundamentally unique, each with their own set of challenges and goals. First, let’s begin by defining projects and programs. Simply put, a project is an enclosed task with a finite duration, and a program is a collection of projects that contribute to a long-term goal. Sounds simple, right? Sort of. But there’s actually a little more to these two than meets the eye.

2018 212

Ask a PM: How to Get Proper Estimates

LiquidPlanner

Dear Elizabeth: I work in a technical team as a project manager. We do a lot of projects that are innovative (for us), and my development colleagues always seem reluctant when it comes to project planning. They won’t give me timescales that will help me plan.

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?

Project Planning for Beginners

ProjectManager.com

Project planning is one of the foundational pillars that supports the practice of project management. Jennifer Bridges, PMP, walks through the basics to guide beginners and refresh the pros. Here’s a screenshot for your reference! In Review – Project Planning for Beginners.

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CSM certification guide: Certified ScrumMaster exam explained

Moira Alexander

What is the CSM certification? Agile practices are being rapidly adopted in project and product management across many industries, and the Scrum master is an important leadership role in agile development. The Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) qualification, available through the Scrum Alliance, is an entry-level certification aimed at providing professionals with an awareness of the methodologies and values of Scrum, including team performance, accountability, and iterative progress.

A Warning about Models

Green Project Management

Due to the complexity of sustainability and social responsibility, we use a lot of models.

2018 290

The Lost Art of Having Conversations

Arras People

There are times when having a good chat is the very best way of helping decide what you really think about something. But conversations can be hard to have.

2018 285

A Complete Guide To Requirements Gathering

The Digital Project Manager

Dealing with misaligned client expectations? Follow a thorough requirements gathering process—use this free requirements document template to make sure your deliverables are well-defined. The post A Complete Guide To Requirements Gathering appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. How-to Guides Scope Management

2018 285

Managing The Project Budget - Developing Your Project Management Skills

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

How to Make a Contingency Plan

ProjectManager.com

You’ve heard the phrase, “Always have a Plan B.” ” Well, “Plan B” is just common vernacular for what’s known as a contingency plan. In other words, a contingency plan is put in place in case the primary plan that you’re executing doesn’t unfold as expected.

6 Ways To Get Taken Seriously at Work

Girl's Guide to PM

When you’re the youngest person in the room, or in the minority in some way, or just new to your role and trying to make the best impression possible, sometimes it feels like you aren’t being taken seriously at work.

2018 348

Is Poor Public Speaking Hurting Your Project Management Career?

Project Risk Coach

Great project managers are great communicators. And we are often required to inform, persuade, inspire, and lead others. Let's look at how public speaking may be hurting your career and twelve ways to become a better speaker. So, what is public speaking (also called oratory)?

2018 263

How our Perception impacts our Understanding of Sustainability – Part 1

Green Project Management

Perception is reality. We have heard that many times. One definition of perception “is the organization, identification, and interpretation of sensory information in order to represent and understand the presented information, or the environment.”

Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

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

Understanding the Steps to Developing Your Project Management Career

Arras People

This is a very exciting time for Project Management with the APM Chartership elevating us to be a profession in our own right.

2018 265

How To Improve Your Technical Skills: 5 Ways For A PM To Upskill

The Digital Project Manager

As project managers, we need to communicate well with a range of technical folks. Here are some technical areas you should familiarize yourself with so you know enough to be dangerous. The post How To Improve Your Technical Skills: 5 Ways For A PM To Upskill appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Career Development How-to Guides

2018 233

Mastering the Decision-Making Process: A Practical Guide

ProjectManager.com

Our mastery of the decision-making process plays a big part in the outcome of our lives, as life could be easily defined as a series of decisions. Each step on life’s journey is taken after considering where to put your foot.

The Must-Read Reading List for Project Communication and Collaboration

Girl's Guide to PM

. Project teams communicate and collaborate by default, don’t they? Erm, no. That certainly hasn’t been the case for all the teams I have worked on. Don’t assume your project team will know how (or even want to) communicate well and collaborate with each other.

2018 321

Get Growth With Partner Integrations

Speaker: Mandy Howard, Product Manager, ServiceTitan

Once your SaaS product hits a certain level of revenue, you'll need to change things up to move past the plateau. One of the ways to do this is to move past your core product and introduce new business streams. If you're strategic about your integrations, you can strengthen your ties to your target market. Join Mandy Howard, Product Manager at ServiceTitan, as she takes you through the three key questions that you need to answer to grow your product with the right partner integrations. Whether you're a start-up, or working on a new product in an enterprise environment, you'll learn how to push through to a new level of growth.

How to Improve Your Project Communication

Project Risk Coach

In my project management workshops, I ask this question, "What are the top causes of project failure?" Nine times out of ten, I hear the answer—poor communication. Hence, let's look at how to improve your project communication.

2018 254

The Playbook Series: Global Warming

Green Project Management

This is a follow on post to “Keep on scammin’ on: The evil brilliance, success and recurrence of The Playbook.”

2018 260

The Four Keys to Successful Portfolio, Programme and Project Management (P3M) Performance

Arras People

Organisations that consistently deliver their portfolios of programmes and projects on an ongoing basis, do so by deliberately developing four crucial key areas. Process.

2018 260

5 Whys Root Cause Analysis: a Problem-Solving Tool to Get to the Root of the Problem

Project Bliss

The 5 Whys root cause analysis tool helps you quickly get past surface assumptions. It helps you dig deeper so you can solve the root cause of the problem. . What is the 5 Whys Root Cause Tool? The 5 Whys is a simple tool used to help you understand what’s really causing a problem.

2018 201

Measure the Immeasurable: Beyond Vanity Metrics

Speaker: Sari Harrison, Product Management Instructor, Product School

As a product manager, it's your job to realize your product’s vision by executing your chosen strategy. It’s also your job to deliver value to the business. Ultimately, these two outcomes are aligned so the temptation is to focus primarily on business metrics. Doing this can cause you to lose focus on the real value you are trying to achieve, in favor of moving the vanity metrics such as launches and time spent. Join Sari Harrison, Product Management Instructor at Product School, as she explains how to use immeasurable success criteria along with your more standard KPIs to deliver products that don't just get used a lot, but deliver real value.

Get Motivated: 10 Motivational Speeches That Will Change Your Life

ProjectManager.com

As professionals with targets, projects to manage and bills to pay, we must perform, whether it’s the beginning of the week or the exhausting end of a long, hard one.

2018 388

5 Steps To Complete a SIPOC Diagram

Girl's Guide to PM

Process mapping creates value as it helps people understand the business context of the work they are doing. One tool to do this is the SIPOC diagram. Get a free PowerPoint SIPOC diagram template.

2018 307

CAPM certification guide: Certified Associate Project Manager exam explained

Moira Alexander

What is the CAPM certification? The Project Management Institute (PMI) offers several globally recognized certifications in project management and the Certified Associate Project Manager (CAPM) certification is a great way to jump-start a career in the field.

Improving organizational culture through retrospective recognition

Kiron Bondale

After observing the frenzied shoppers competing with one another at Black Friday sales this week, one might be forgiven for forgetting that Thanksgiving was originally about expressing gratitude.

2018 199

Living With Technical Debt: Balancing Quality and Perfection

Speaker: Cliff Gilley, The Clever PM

As a Product Manager, you probably have to deal with technical debt. Regularly. Whether you like it or not - because it can’t be avoided. Unexpected details pop up, as small as UX that needs clean-up, and as big as a previously unforeseen flaw in the infrastructure of a project. We have to accept that nobody gets away without some technical debt. And of course, the longer you take to deal with your technical debt, the more difficult it becomes to address fully. Feeling frustrated? Fortunately, we can take a step back, gain clarity, and see how the decisions we make impact our technical debt. Then, we can make decisions about how we want to balance technical debt with other priorities. Are we willing to live with some level of technical debt in order to ship product and meet deadlines? Can we mitigate technical debt to get to an MVP faster?

Project Management Employers Need to Fish From Different Talent Pools

Arras People

Every week we speak to many experienced candidates who are looking for a new project management opportunity in a sector or industry where they have no direct experience.

2018 246

The 3 Biggest Lies in Project Management

The Digital Project Manager

There’s loads of misconceptions about what to expect from a project manager. Here’s 3 huge assumptions people make about PM and advice for setting the record straight. The post The 3 Biggest Lies in Project Management appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. PM Skills & Best Practices

2018 190

Theory of Constraints: A Guide for Project Managers

ProjectManager.com

Project management is everywhere—the term is experiencing a moment.

2018 380