December, 2018

Change Control is Key to Project Success

Brad Egeland

Change control is one of those tasks the project manager must do but usually hates to perform. It's never easy. It can require an iron fist mentality and the willingness to take a hard line with the very customer you are trying to satisfy. Sort of a Catch 22. It can result in increased revenue, but always at the expense of a customer that needs the change to meet a business process need or requirements clarification.

Project Risks and Issues – What’s the Difference?

Project Risk Coach

Do you find yourself working overtime, trying to deal with unexpected disruptions? Some negative events that you thought might happen has now occurred. And it's costing you more time and energy than you thought possible. Overwhelmed?

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Justify yourself!

Kiron Bondale

A project manager asked me this week whether I was aware of any studies which could be used to justify the assignment of a “real” project manager to manage a project as opposed to having this function performed by someone else within a team.

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How to Become a Senior Project Manager

ProjectManager.com

Want to become a senior project manager? First you must know how one differs from a typical project manager. Jennifer Bridges, PMP, explains and provides you with practical steps to achieve your career goals. Here’s a screenshot of the whiteboard for your reference!

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Make an Impact with Analytics and Journey Maps

Speaker: Kirui K. K., Co-founder and CEO of Tanasuk Africa

If you want to offer a better user experience, it can be tempting to track each and every data point in your product. However, this can quickly get complicated and overwhelming as you collect more and more data. How do you know which metrics will help you improve? Kirui K. K., Co-founder & CEO Tanasuk Africa, wants you to know that analytics don't have to be complicated to make an impact - no matter the size of your company. Join him as he explains how to create a customer journey map, then use that map to figure out the metrics you need to know - and how to use them.

2019 Project Management Conferences You Won’t Want to Miss

Girl's Guide to PM

Project management conferences are a fantastic way to meet new people and improve your skills. I always come away feeling energised about where I am in my career and relieved having met people with similar problems to me.

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Why Your Sustainability Report Might be Awful?

Green Project Management

How To Write Clear Project Goals

Project Risk Coach

Occasionally, someone will ask me for risk management tips. I think my first answer surprises individuals— write clear goals. Yes, g ood risk management always starts with clear goals. In today's article, I will give you a simple method to write clear goals every time.

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How effective are your agile ceremonies?

Kiron Bondale

We hope that by conducting effective ceremonies we will achieve the agile trinity of improved value delivery, better quality and more fun. But these objectives might be reached via multiple paths so we might not be able to prove causality between our ceremonies and those objectives.

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Common Project Management Styles

ProjectManager.com

What is the project manager’s role and which management styles suit that role best? Jennifer Bridges, PMP, shows you in this short tutorial video. Here’s a screenshot of the whiteboard for your reference! In Review – Common Project Management Styles.

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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.

Get a Free 2019 Career Planner

Girl's Guide to PM

Is it too early to be thinking about your professional goals for next year? I don’t think so.

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Using Social Media Networking Sites to find a job

Arras People

When we think of Social Media what comes to mind? Facebook , Twitter , Instagram ? At their inception, they were designed as a way to share personal thoughts and stories, create or find local events.

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Agile and the V-and-V thing

Musings on Project Management

Have you thought much about this? Two of the conceptual conundrums of the hybrid methodology project are: How do you verify that which is incomplete and. How do you validate the efficacy of that which is yet to be conceived? Verification and validation (V-and-V) are traditionally held to be very important project practises that are difficult to map directly into the Agile domain. agile

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How to Create a Project Affinity Map

Project Risk Coach

Have you ever conducted a project brainstorming session and found yourself drowning in a cloud of ideas? Not a bad thing, but how can we make sense of the ideas? Well, let's see how to create a project affinity map to sort your ideas.

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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.

The Presentation on Presentations

The Lazy Project Manager

A new book for you and your team: How to become a more confident public speaker the ‘Lazy’ way – Available now on Amazon. Am I a public speaking expert? An interesting thought and hardly one that I could answer myself. I could say, with complete accuracy, that I have (at the time of writing this book) delivered 337 presentations of varying formats to a public audience of varying human formats, interests, locations and languages (to over 60,000 people in actual fact).

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A Quick Guide to Time Blocking

ProjectManager.com

Everyone could use a little more time in their day to focus on what they care about.

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Happy Holidays!

Girl's Guide to PM

It’s almost the end of the year, and we’re taking a break from blogging to do family things and enjoy the festivities. Thanks very much for your support, comments and encouragement over the past year!

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Share Your Insights with the Project Management Domain

Arras People

Where did the last 12 months go? Yes, it’s that time of year again where we ask you, the practitioners in the project management domain to help us gather data in order for us to collate the 2019 Arras People Project Management Benchmark Report.

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Your Post-Launch Toolkit for Understanding Your Users

Speaker: Brittney Gwynn, former Director of Product, Simple Health

If you've ever launched an MVP, you know that the journey has only just begun. How do you figure out what to do next? You know that you need to look at how different user segments react, but how do you quickly distinguish signal from noise so you can iterate and improve? Join Brittney Gwynn, former Director of Product at Simple Health, as she explains how you can use early customer feedback, usage data, and continuous experimentation to optimize your journey to product-market fit. Whether you're at a brand-new company, or looking to innovate within a more mature organization, or anywhere in between, you'll come away with a new skill set, ready to make the most of your launches.

Kano and expectation minus perception

Kiron Bondale

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Mavenlink review: Intelligent service-based project management

Moira Alexander

Mavenlink is an online project management platform that offers a range of features aimed at project management, team collaboration, project accounting, and business intelligence within a single solution. To read this article in full, please click here (Insider Story

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Behavior v Outcome

Musings on Project Management

You have to give Jurgen Appelo high marks for imaginative illustrations that catch the eye and convey the thought. He says this is one of his best illustrations ever; he may be right. He calls it his "celebration grid". I imagine Jurgen will be telling us a lot more about this if it catches on. But what he says about these grid points is the more important take away: “Celebrate. human factors

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A History of PMI & Its Role in Project Management

ProjectManager.com

Every trade has its trade association, an organization that represents the industry and offers training or networking. Project management is no different. The Project Management Institute (PMI) is a nonprofit organization for those working in project management across the globe.

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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.

Thank You 2018

Girl's Guide to PM

I just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone that has made Girl’s Guide to Project Management possible this year. It is a big list, but there are so many people working behind the scenes to help this website run smoothly. A very big thank you to… Companies that let me review their software. These companies asked me to review their software this year. Proggio. Vizzlo. Reason8. Genius Project. CornerThought Software. Teamdeck. AlchemyWorks. Slenke. People I have interviewed.

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Share Your Insights with the Project Management Domain

Arras People

Where did the last 12 months go? Yes, it’s that time of year again where we ask you, the practitioners in the project management domain to help us gather data in order for us to collate the 2019 Arras People Project Management Benchmark Report.

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Is increasing agility a recurring resolution?

Kiron Bondale

As we kickoff the final week of 2018, many of us will be making New Year’s resolutions. While some of these resolutions might relate to achieving a specific goal or objective (e.g. I resolve to run a marathon this year), most relate to changing our behavior (e.g.

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5 Project Management Lessons Learned from 2018

The Digital Project Manager

Surprising revelations about remote meetings, Waterfall, and juggling projects as a freelance PM in 2018, from project management expert Patrice Embry. The post 5 Project Management Lessons Learned from 2018 appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Career Development Topics

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A Simple Framework for Complex User Goals

Speaker: Hannah Stegen, Customer Service Manager, Crescendo

How can you measure and affect your users' behavior if they're not doing something that's easily measurable? You can monitor usage, activation, retention, and more, but those metrics don't always align with every one of your goals for your users. Hope is not lost, however: with the right framework, you can still make sure your users are on track. Join Hannah Stegen (she/her), Customer Success Manager at Crescendo as she explains how you can monitor even the most complex user journeys by breaking them up into Attitude, Intention, and Behavior.

LeCarre and project mangement

Musings on Project Management

As a former intelligence professional, John LeCarre is one of my favorite authors, to say nothing of the dry British wit and sparkling prose that supports some quite challenging plots. Nonetheless, I didn't expect to find this wisdom on the pages of "Our kind of traitor" In operational planning there are two opportunities only for flexibility: One, when you've drawn up your plan. Two, when. Project Management

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How to Find a Career Mentor and Why It’s Important

ProjectManager.com

A mentor can help you avoid pitfalls as you maneuver through your career. Jennifer Bridges, PMP, notes how important that relationship is and helps you find a career mentor for yourself. Here’s a screenshot of the whiteboard for your reference.

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How to Run a Successful Brainstorming Session for Productive Problem-Solving

Project Bliss

Brainstorming is an approach that teams can use to generate many ideas quickly. The goal is to inspire more creative thoughts to generate many ideas quickly and often build from there.

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