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.

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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.

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.

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.

Build Product Progress with a Strong Data Culture

Speaker: Nima Gardideh, CTO, Pearmill

Have you ever thought your product's progress was headed in one direction, and been shocked to see a different story reflected in big picture KPIs like revenue? It can be confusing when customer feedback or metrics like registration or retention are painting a different picture. No matter how sophisticated your analytics are, if you're asking the wrong questions - or looking at the wrong metrics - you're going to have trouble getting answers that can help you. Join Nima Gardideh, CTO of Pearmill, as he demonstrates how to build a strong data culture within your team, so everyone understands which metrics they should actually focus on - and why. Then, he'll explain how you can use your analytics to regularly review progress and successes. Finally, he'll discuss what you should keep in mind when instrumenting your analytics.

Why You Should Schedule Around People, Not Tasks

Girl's Guide to PM

. Tzvi Zucker, Marketing Manager at Proggio. I’m pleased to be working with Proggio to bring you this thought-provoking article from Tzvi Zucker, Marketing Manager. The nature of the modern business environment is constantly evolving. Project management has wrought much change.

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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 289

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 283

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 261

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.

What Is (and Isn’t) Product Management?

Speaker: Steve Johnson, VP of Products, Pragmatic Institute

Product Management is one of the most exciting - and most misunderstood - functions in technical organizations. Is it strategic or tactical? Is it a planning role or a support role? Many product professionals are unclear about what is (and isn't) product management. After all, product management spans many activities from business planning to market readiness. In this session, we’ll examine many product activities and artifacts for product strategy, planning, and growth, and introduce a simple tool that you can use in your organization to clarify the roles of product management and others. Steve Johnson explores the many roles of Product Management in this fun talk focused on why product managers should obsess on problems instead of solutions.

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 337

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.”

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 224

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 264

Innovation: Five Signs You Might Be Faking It

Every company wants to be a leader in innovation, but how can you tell if your company is really innovating or just going through the motions? See the 5 signs you might be faking innovation and what to do if you are.

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 253

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.

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 306

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

Ask the "Right" Questions: Your Analytics-Guided Product Strategy

Speaker: Yoav Yechiam, Founder and Head Instructor, productMBA

Analytics are highly important for product managers - and yet, analytic implementations often fail to actually help us. It's not the technology, and it's not the tactics. In most cases, it's our approach that's misguiding us! Analytics are there to answer important product questions, not just to collect data. How can we be mindful of our analytics so they enable us, rather than confine us? Join Yoav Yechiam, Founder and head instructor at productMBA, as he explains best practices for a data-guided strategy that helps product managers get to the "why" of their biggest product goals.

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 207

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 258

What are the tipping points for your agile transformation?

Kiron Bondale

I’ve frequently said that agile transformations are marathons and not sprints. But when someone runs a marathon there are mile markers to understand how far they’ve come and to help them get their second (or third or fourth) wind.

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Everything You Need to Know About Six Sigma Certification

ProjectManager.com

What is Six Sigma? Why do you want to get certified in it? And are there different levels of Six Sigma certification? All these questions and more will be answered by Jennifer Bridges, PMP, in this short project management tutorial video: Here’s a screenshot of the whiteboard for your reference!

The Magic of Intent: Start Knowing The Goals of Your Users

Speaker: Terhi Hanninen, Senior Product Manager, Zalando, and Dr. Franziska Roth, Senior User Researcher, Zalando

It's important to know your users - what are their preferences, pain points, ultimate goals? With user research and usage data, you can get a great idea of how your users act. The tricky part is, very few users reliably act the same way every time they use your product. Join Terhi Hanninen, Senior Product Manager, and Dr. Franziska Roth, Senior User Researcher at Zalando, as they explain how they were able to reach a new level of user understanding - by taking their user research and segmenting their users by point-in-time intent. You'll leave with a strategy to change how your product team, and organization at large, understands your users.

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 301

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.

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 189

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 244

Plan for Product Launch Success with Data and Analytics

Speaker: Piyanka Jain, President and CEO, Aryng

When you launch new feature (or an entirely new product), there are many questions that you'll need to answer. Is the feature being adopted? Do your customers like it, or does it need to be improved? Was the launch successful? Well, that all depends on how you define success. Join Piyanka Jain, President and CEO of Aryng, as she explains why - and how - you should use data and analytics to define and track a successful launch.

Humility is a prerequisite to agility

Kiron Bondale

The Scrum Guide identifies commitment, courage, focus, openness and respect as Scrum Values. Those values apply regardless of the delivery framework or method used and missing any one of those reduces the benefits of an agile journey.

Agile 183

Theory of Constraints: A Guide for Project Managers

ProjectManager.com

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

2018 368

17 Gifts for Managers

Girl's Guide to PM

This year I have rounded up a selection of presents that would make suitable gifts for managers, colleagues and project teams. There are also a few extra-special (i.e. too expensive for a Secret Santa) presents that you could either club together to buy for a colleague.

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