Sat.Nov 02, 2019 - Fri.Nov 08, 2019

How is Design Thinking Used to Get Project Results?

Strategy Execution | PMO Perspectives

Design thinking is a non-linear process, which allows businesses and their project teams to embrace design concepts, in order to solve complex, ill-defined problems. It is especially useful for situations where project managers need to re-frame the way they view an issue, challenge internal assumptions, or truly innovate. While the concept of design thinking has grown in popularity, some remain unsure of precisely how it works and what the benefits of a design thinking course are.

5 Ways to Give (And Receive) Negative Feedback

Planio

Feedback rules everything around us. Whether it’s talking to your customers about what features they want or getting feedback from your boss on a website redesign , we all benefit when we step out of our own heads and hear what others think. But feedback can’t be limited to just back slaps and high-fives. Negative feedback is just as, and sometimes even more important than its more positive counterpart. Negative feedback helps steer you back on the right path.

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I may be a “Crazy Fool” but I consider the A-Team to be agile!

Kiron Bondale

When teaching agile classes, I’m occasionally asked if I could provide an example of an agile team from cinema or television. While the first Avengers movie does a good job of illustrating Bruce Tuckman’s stages of team development (especially storming!), they are far from being agile. The example I most frequently provide is that quintessential 1980’s TV show, The A-Team.

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Phase-Gate Process in Project Management: A Quick Guide

ProjectManager.com

Whenever there’s a project, there should be a plan. There are many different ways to plan a project, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Choosing the right planning method ultimately depends on the complexity of your project and your organization. When you have a long-term project that needs to be evaluated regularly, and you’re dealing with numerous stakeholders, the phase-gate process could be an ideal fit for your organization. What is the Phase-Gate Process?

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?

The Complete Guide to Project Risk Assessment (Free Template)

Workamajig

Project risk assessment is an essential part of any project management plan. This guide shares 6 key steps in assessing project risk. Running a project can sometimes feel like the plot of a Final Destination movie. No matter how much you prepare for it, disaster is always right around the corner. Anything can - and often does - go wrong during a project. Stakeholders disappear on extended vacations, key employees leave, and unforeseen economic conditions cut your budget in half.

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Look for the Request Behind the Complaint

Bridge the Gap Consulting

Let’s face it, we all know that person, or people, who it seems do nothing but complain. Beautiful, sunny day and they say it’s too hot. Cool fall morning and it’s too cold. The coffee is not the perfect temperature! Why do you have to drive so fast!? Do you have to drive so slow!? Why are those kids so loud!? It never ends. In the working world, we have them too. In project management, they’re everywhere! Stakeholders, team members, vendors, functional managers!

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Conflict Management Tips That Every Manager Needs to Know

Teamweek

Have you ever disagreed with someone about something and had to resort to conflict management? Probably once or twice, right? Disputes are happening all around us. There are so many differing opinions and beliefs across the world it’s nearly impossible to avoid conflict at all times. But even though these disagreements arise, it doesn’t mean the individuals with opposing views can’t find common ground.

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Contingency Plan Vs Fall Back Plan

iZenBridge

Seldom people feel satisfied after the creation of plan B but what if that plan B is not enough to drive those projects. This can be understood by a below real-life scenario. We had a planned vacation to Kerala last year in the month of June. It was expected to rain and I thought I have prepared it by taking Umbrella to the beach but I haven’t prepared for winds though it was predicted in weather forecast and as expected I got drained with water and got the fever.

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5 Ways to Be a Better Project Manager

Brad Egeland

Good, better, best. If we are dedicated to our profession, we usually always want to be improving. Granted, there are those days and weeks when we are just trying to keep our heads above water and we can't think about improving.just maintaining. I get that. I've been there. In fact, I feel like I'm there right now.at least this week.

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Managing The Project Budget - Developing Your Project Management Skills

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

Resource Leveling: How Can You Use it in Project Management?

MPUG

A person inexperienced in project management may think that resource leveling is a method of making use of resources having the same height. Most experienced project managers know that it is a resource optimization technique which tries to make the best use of available resources to create a workable project schedule. Resource leveling is often misconstrued as the only resource optimization technique, but there is another one—resource smoothing. Resource Optimization.

Top 9 Project Management Word Templates (Updated Nov. 2019)

ProjectManager.com

There are many ways you can gather all the data required to start, run and complete a project. But as involved as any project is, whether it’s big or small, there are fundamentals that remain the same. Instead of reinventing the wheel each time you start a new project, wouldn’t it be great to have a resource that collected a bunch of documents that have been already outlined to serve the purpose of managing a project? Yes, of course it would. Why hasn’t anyone thought of this before.

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Video: Which Agile Project Management Tools Should I Use? 

The Digital Project Manager

The post Video: Which Agile Project Management Tools Should I Use? appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Agile Tools Agile Videocasts Videos

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Focusing on What Matters #IPMDay19

Girl's Guide to PM

This year, the theme of International Project Management Day is ‘Focusing on What Matters.’. IPM Day is always the first Thursday in November. So, what matters in project management? Is it delivery? Risk management? Engaging stakeholders? Benefits? Leading the team? None of those things are top of my list. You matter. Your wellbeing, morale, mental health is the most important thing. You can’t pour from an empty cup. WorkSafeHomeSafe.

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Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

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

Why Everyone in the Workplace Needs Project Management Skills

LiquidPlanner

In the business world, where processes are becoming more technically sophisticated, lead times for product development are getting shorter, and work is becoming increasingly cross-functional, it’s no real surprise that demand for sound project management skills is on the rise, and not just from the dedicated project management team.

How to Make Your Office Eco-Friendly

ProjectManager.com

Leading your office towards eco-friendliness can save you money, increase your bottom line, improve your brand perception, boost employee morale and even attract top talent to join your organization.

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Top 10 BPMS (Business Process Management Systems) In 2019

The Digital Project Manager

You're asking, "Are there any better alternatives for Microsoft Project out there?" We've reviewed the best Microsoft Project alternatives that are more powerful, easier to use and cheaper. Choose from this list of the best MS Project alternatives for creating Gantt charts, project plans, and other PM essentials. The post Top 10 BPMS (Business Process Management Systems) In 2019 appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Topics

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Backlog management

Musings on Project Management

Yikes! My backlog is blocked! How can this be? We're agile. or maybe we've become de-agiled. Can that happen? Ah yes, we're agile, but perhaps not everything in the portfolio is agile; indeed, perhaps not everything in the project is agile. In the event, coupling the culprit Coupling? Coupling is system engineering speak for transferring one effect onto another, or causing an effect by. agile

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Leading Under Uncertainty

Speaker: Greg Coticchia, CEO & Founder of ENTRA

Organizations of all types and sizes are facing common challenges of how to deal with the uncertainty in our current professional and personal lives. How can you plan when you are uncertain of what's next? On a product level, how can you be sure of delivering the ‘right’ messaging, products, solutions, and services to customers? How do you survive to fight the fight another day? In this session, we will discuss important tips for you as a Product Manager dealing with uncertainty. At the same time, we will discuss another important aspect of dealing with uncertainty, and that is building trust, especially while many of us are working remotely or in new or different settings.

What is Project Management Software Used For?

MavenLink

When most people think about project management software , the first thing that comes to mind is task scheduling and tracking. However, a good project management software is much more than that. Great project management software will help you design a wireframe for your project to organize, plan, track, and execute as efficiently as possible. It also helps you manage resources to optimize profit margins and performance. Top 9 Uses for Project Management Software.

Five Favorite Dashboards from LiquidPlanner!

LiquidPlanner

As LiquidPlanner employees, we are all pretty well versed in our product (we have to be!). In working with over 1200 customers, each of us has a favorite Dashboard that brings tremendous value to the teams we speak with. Here are five favorite Dashboards from some of our team members that stand out. New Member Dashboard . – Drew Leavy, Customer Success Manager. Onboarding a new employee is incredibly important but can be time-consuming and costly.

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How Corporate Website Projects Go Wrong: A Cheat Sheet for Project Managers

The Digital Project Manager

The post How Corporate Website Projects Go Wrong: A Cheat Sheet for Project Managers appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Risk Management

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Network Analysis: The Best Practice for Calculating Duration

MPUG

If you read my Guide to Network Analysis , made available last month, you hopefully gained a better understanding of a project’s “Network” and “Analysis.” The “Network” part being a logic diagram of connecting nodes (details of the individual tasks and the relationships between them), and the “Analysis” part describing the process of estimating the duration of each task and then calculating the timings for each task.

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Using Continuous Customer Testing for Pandemic-Proof Product Success

Speaker: Luke Freiler, CEO and co-founder of Centercode

After weathering recessions with a wide range of iconic customers, CEO and Product Manager Luke Freiler has seen first hand the impact the Voice of the Customer has had in making or breaking tech companies during hard times. He's going to walk you through an agile process for continuous customer testing that saves you time and gives you full confidence in your products — no matter how many you're sending out the door this year.

Agile Illustrated - Sample #2

Leading Answers

Here is the second sample from my new Kindle book “ Agile Illustrated: A Visual Learner’s Guide to Agility ”. The book is a graphical introduction to the agile mindset and servant leadership behaviors for working with agile teams. If you missed the first sample on the Agile Manifesto, you can find it here. Today we will revisit the Declaration of Interdependence.

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Hybrid PPM with Bidirectional Jira Integration

Brad Egeland

Imagine a hybrid project portfolio management (PPM) tool that works well in both agile and traditional waterfall scenarios with bidirectional Jira integration and only in mind: to make you more successful. ONEPOINT Projects is used across industries to solve different challenges.

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Digital Agency Growth Secrets From A Digital PM

The Digital Project Manager

The post Digital Agency Growth Secrets From A Digital PM appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Leadership & Team Management PM Best Practices PM Hacks & Productivity Tools Topics

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All Set For International Project Management Day 2019? The Only Project Management Guide you Need

Taskque

When Lori Milhaven collaborated with Laverne Johnson, the result was the first IIL (International Institute of Learning) conference. Men and women from all over the globe came together to share ideas, discuss problems with experts and meet project management professionals to pick their brains.

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Use Discovery and Delivery to Experiment Our Way to a New Normal

Speaker: Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant, Rothman Consulting Group

Many of us are accustomed to planning for either discovery or delivery. We know how to plan for where we want to be for a product (delivery). And, we know how to plan to discover a market (discovery). Right now in 2020, those plans might not be worth anything. The world is still in upheaval—and no one has a crystal ball to know when we should plan more in-depth. Instead of planning for either discovery or delivery, we can use experiments—for all our work. When we focus on experimentation, small bets, and short feedback loops, we can create the kinds of products our customers will love.

Meet Fall 2019 Epicflow Updates: Material Resources, UI/UX Enhancements, and Performance Improvements

Epicflow Blog

This autumn has turned out to be super-productive for us and full of good news for our users. Our team has been working like a well-oiled machine to improve the software functionality and make the process of managing multiple projects as comfortable as possible. So, let’s examine what’s new Epicflow crew has prepared for your safe and pleasant PM voyage this time. . Read more: 2019 Epicflow Multi-Project Management Features. Material Resources.

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A Guide to Sprint Planning 101

Brad Egeland

Planning. Necessary, but not usually the most exciting part of any project, software development effort or process. And for agile development processes, it's the same thing. Sprint planning, or iteration planning, is an event that is embedded within the Scrum framework. It identifies the which items from the product backlog that will be delivered in the upcoming sprint, and how that work will be delivered so that the increment will be achieved. Who is involved in Sprint Planning?

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Webinar Recap: Mastering Microsoft Project Visualization Part 1 – View and Table Creation Best Practices

MPUG

Please find below a transcription of the audio portion of Erik van Hurck’s Mastering MS Project Visualization Part 1 webinar being provided by MPUG for the convenience of our members. You may wish to use this transcript for the purposes of self-paced learning, searching for specific information, and/or performing a quick review of webinar content. There may be exclusions, such as those steps included in product demonstrations. You may watch the live recording of this webinar at your convenience.

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