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How to Make a Process Improvement Plan

Project management is made up of processes. Project managers and their teams depend on those processes to ensure that a project runs smoothly. But what about those processes? Are they chiseled in stone or can they be improved? Too often processes are relied on as if they were somehow perfect and cannot be touched. That type of thinking is what will quickly send a project off track and possibly cause it to fail. Complacency has no place in project management.

15 Ways to Make Empathy Your Secret Superpower at Work

Project Bliss

You may be surprised at all the ways empathy can be your secret superpower in the workplace. I’ve worked with many project managers and leaders throughout my career. They’ve had different personalities and different leadership traits. I’ve work with those who were admired and loved. And I’ve worked with some who were self-absorbed jerks.

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A Project Manager’s Guide To Work Breakdown Structure

The Digital Project Manager

The post A Project Manager’s Guide To Work Breakdown Structure appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. How-to Guides How-to Project Planning PM Best Practices Topics

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How To Have Meaningful Connections With Employees During These Times


With many businesses forced to cease in-person communication and go fully remote with their work, it can be a difficult transition for companies to make. While many may hope to have their workdays continue, as usual, companies should take a moment to acknowledge these changes and focus on the way to connect with their employees during these challenging times. Even with the obstacle of social distancing, there are ways to show appreciation and respect for your employees from afar.

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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?

Stressed leadership

Musings on Project Management

Well, here in the Spring of 2020, leaders are stressed; and circumstances are somewhat chaotic (meaning not only disorganized and counterproductive, but small effects are highly leveraged by exponential responses) And so one wonders: are our best leaders in crises and chaos likely to have been trained in the military where the 'fog of war' is all too real? Yes, but no. Our military schools. leadership

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What Is Modern Requirements4DevOps? Detailed Overview & Explanation Of Requirements Management Features

The Digital Project Manager

What is Modern Requirements4DevOps? Read on to discover how Modern Requirements4DevOps works—what problems it can. The post What Is Modern Requirements4DevOps? Detailed Overview & Explanation Of Requirements Management Features appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Tools

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Do your experiments fail even before they are run?

Kiron Bondale

(Many thanks to Scott W. Ambler for his tweet which inspired this article: “ The experiment failed successfully! “). One of the many traits associated with business agility is the frequent running of experiments. Experimentation might be related to assessing the market viability of a new business offering, determining if a proposed solution will overcome a technical uncertainty or understanding whether a specific practice such as pair programming can improve delivery outcomes.

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Playing in the Gray of Hybrid

Leading Answers

Gray areas occupy the transition from one world to the next. Neither black nor white, predictive nor agile, project managers are increasingly finding themselves in the gray area of hybrid project management. This can make us feel uncomfortable since we are neither faithfully following either approach—instead living a compromise between seemingly different value systems. We could get uncomfortable, guarded and hesitant to embrace the reality we face.

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Merging Project By-Products


Imagine putting a fifty-piece puzzle together that depicts an overview of a typical project. Each puzzle piece is like an artifact or one of the tangible by-products developed during the timeline of a project. The center piece is the project plan, and other pieces that could snap into the center piece may be the project’s charter, a communications plan, and/or a staffing management plan.

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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.

How To Create Agility In Projects (With Dimitar Karaivanov)

The Digital Project Manager

The post How To Create Agility In Projects (With Dimitar Karaivanov) appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. DPM Podcast

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Project Tasks vs. Business Objectives (& Why They Should Be Aligned)


The best internal project managers are able to help their companies achieve business objectives by completing successful projects on time, on scope, and on budget. But as most PMs know, this is easier said than done – especially if there’s a barrier between business leadership and project teams on the ground. That’s why we’re here to talk about why project tasks should be aligned with even the highest-level business objectives whenever possible, plus some advice for doing just that.

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Availability of the book “97 Things Every Scrum Practitioner Should Know”

Gunther Verheyen

I am excited to share that my new book “97 Things Every Scrum Practitioner Should Know” is now available for (pre-)ordering. Depending on the region (and regional measures for the Covid-19 pandemic), the digital and the printed version are either available or will become available soon. Following are a few channels you might want to check out: Barnes & Noble , , Amazon UK , Amazon Netherlands , Amazon Germany , Amazon France , Amazon India , Google Books ,


How the Stage Gate Process Will Make You a Better Project Manager

Online PM Courses

The Stage Gate Process has the potential to transform your project management, deliver more successful projects, and make you a better project manager. The post How the Stage Gate Process Will Make You a Better Project Manager appeared first on OnlinePMCourses. PRINCE2 Project Governance Project Management Tools and Techniques Project Process Gateway Go/No-go Killpoint Phase Gate PMBoK Stage Gate

Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

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

Workshop: Master Sprint Planning

The Digital Project Manager

This content is exclusive to DPM Pro Members! DPM Pro Members get: Instant access to. The post Workshop: Master Sprint Planning appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Members Only Webinars

Project Integration Management 101: Ways to Project Success

ProProfs Project Management

Do you want to emerge triumphant in the business world? Of course you do! . Well, you would need to manage your projects in a manner that you delight your clients and build a strong image for your brand. . Explore this blog to know what’s project integration management and how it can revolutionize the way you manage projects. . A project is complete when it starts working for you, rather than you working for it. — Scott Allen. Table of Contents [ Hide ]. What Is Project Integration Management?

How to Adapt and Flourish in the New World of Project Management

Leading Answers

Do you wonder how to stay current in your PM role? Is your industry evolving so quickly that one day you might no longer be required? With the rise of AI, agile, and empowered teams, are project managers even needed anymore? Maybe, but not for the reasons you might expect. As we enter a new decade, it’s an excellent time to reflect on how project management has changed and where it is going in the future. Professional project managers need to stay current and adapt to change to thrive.

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LiquidPlanner Named Leader in G2 Crowd 2020 Spring Report


We’re thrilled to announce that LiquidPlanner, the only automated scheduling and forecasting solution on the market, has been recognized as a leader in G2 Crowd’s 2020 Grid Report for both the Project Management and Resource Management categories. G2, the world’s largest tech marketplace, uses crowdsourced wisdom in the form of peer reviews, social data and more to identify true leaders in a variety of software and service segments.

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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.

Managing Product Risk and Uncertainty with Design w/ Scott Sehlhorst and Will Evans

Leading Agile

Listen to the SoundNotes Podcast on the go! Find and subscribe to SoundNotes on: Apple Podcasts. Google Play. Spotify. Soundcloud. When we are trying to figure out what products to build, we have to develop a deep understanding of the problem we are solving. To do that, we have to understand who we are solving problems for, what is important to them, and what offering would be most appealing to them or most likely to cause a change in behavior.

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The Ultimate Guide to Creative Project Management

ProProfs Project Management

There are days when you are beaming with creativity. It feels as if there is an overflow of ideas, and you’d like to share or implement them all. What’s more, you don’t feel like stopping at all. But when it comes to putting all the loose ends together, realization strikes – you feel lost. This is exactly what happens when you embark on an adventure without preparation. Whether you are working solo or managing a team, goals need planning, management, and execution. .

Learn What A Vulnerability Scanner Is and How to Use It

Brad Egeland

The looming specter of a data breach is enough to give most IT team members nightmares. Other than the potential financial losses that can come with a breach, it could be possible to lose business due to dwindling customer trust. Luckily, vulnerability databases such as the NVD are here to help. Companies can refer to them, identify vulnerabilities in their systems, and patch them before cybercriminals can even get their hands on this information.

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Review Rethinking agile

Henny Portman

Rethinking agile – Why agile teams have nothing to do with business agility written by Klaus Leopold is great book to cope with agile transformations and what you have to do to increase the chance of success. It definitely busted the myth that having agile teams makes you agile. The book is divided into four parts: the problem, the causes, the first solution, and the result. The book starts with a case study of an organization that wants to optimize their time-to-market.

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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.

Curiosity is the New Normal

Strategy Execution | PMO Perspectives

More and more adults probably feel like children in a complex business world that doesn’t look like anything we’ve seen before. Like children, we try to make sense of the surrounding world and the best way to do this is with a sense of curiosity. This curiosity is what allows us to gather information, try new things, and adapt our execution based on the situation. Before looking at our new business world, let’s briefly look at the past and see what got us to this often uncomfortable new normal.

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5 Time Management Techniques to Get More Done (Without More Time)


You start the workday with a cup of coffee and a to-do list that’s longer than your arm, determined to make the most of the hours you have in front of you. When the end of the day finally rolls around, you take a look at your list to see what you managed to accomplish. You’re prepared to give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back, but instead are immediately frustrated when you realize that a large chunk of those items haven’t been touched. What the heck happened?

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Symptoms of an Ineffective PMO

Brad Egeland

Is your PM infrastructure doing all it needs to do to promote maximum project success in the organization and for your project customers? Are your project managers growing, expanding their careers, gaining needed training and certifications and mentoring colleagues the way a successful project management office (PMO) should be operating? The focus isn’t about today’s success or needs… It’s about tomorrows needs and growth.

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Team File Sharing 101: The 7 Best Business Tools for Keeping your Files (and Projects) in Sync


It’s safe to say that most teams live and die by their ability to work together. As The Economist writes: “In modern business, collaboration is next to godliness.”. Whether you’re collaborating on a website redesign , working on a video presentation to share with a project stakeholder , or updating your go-to-market strategy , your team needs the right tools to do their best work. What makes the best file sharing and cloud storage tools stand out? Secure: Are your files safe?

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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.

Webinar Recap: Analogous and Parametric Estimating Schedule Template


Please find below a transcription of the audio portion of Oliver Gildersleeve’s Analogous and Parametric Estimating Schedule Template 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.

Strategies for Virtual Project Team Management – Part 2


In Part 1 of this two part series on Virtual Team Management Strategies, we covered the first two of my personal list of five key strategies. Since it is so common today – especially in the IT world – to have project team members dispersed all over the world and your customer may be thousands of miles away, these are critical strategies to consider. In this Part 2, let’s discuss my next three strategies…. #3 3 – Manage the project deliverables, not project activities.

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Let's Walk Through the Fire Together

Brad Egeland

Taking a line from one of my favorite songs by one of my favorite groups… BUSH… I’m thinking about how this line relates to many of our project management experiences. Often, as project managers, the projects we run can seem like we are walking through a series of fires with our teams, our customers and our stakeholders and reacting to many out of frustration looking for a light at the end of the tunnel. But does it really have to be that way?

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