Sat.Aug 08, 2020 - Fri.Aug 14, 2020

Project Intake Best Practices for Project Managers

EasyProjects

Project intake can have its challenges. Project managers often receive project requests in various ways, like instant messages, email, phone, or even through conversation from the elevator to the office. It’s not uncommon that by the time a PM sits back at their desk to plan out the project, some details are either forgotten or information gets lost, which can negatively affect project outcomes. In fact, according to the PMI, 35% of projects fail due to inaccurate or lack of information.

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Don’t neglect your “back to the office” plan!

Kiron Bondale

It would be an understatement to say that project managers have had to deal with a lot of change this year. Projects have had their budgets vastly reduced or been cancelled outright, and remote work has become the norm rather than the exception. We are still far from the end of the pandemic, but in those areas where they have successfully flattened their first waves, some companies are starting to encourage their staff to return to the office.

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How to Communicate Risks

Project Risk Coach

Ninety percent of a project manager’s job is communication. And one of the most important things to communicate is your risks. How do you communicate risks? Communicating Project Risks 1. Understand Your Stakeholder Needs and Preferences It all starts with your stakeholder. We can’t manage expectations if we haven't identified the individuals, groups, and organizations who may impact your project or be impacted by your project.

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Project Administrator Job Description

ProjectManager.com

Projects are not done by a single person. There are many stakeholders who each have a vested interest. Project managers are the ones tasked with planning, monitoring and managing the teams, but PM’s can’t manage it all alone. Depending on the size of the organization or project, there can be dozens of employees working to make sure everything is running smoothly. For one thing, projects are notorious for creating piles of paperwork. Someone has to keep track of the paper trail.

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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?

How Did Project Management Skills Prepare Us for the New Normal?

LiquidPlanner

“Reopening schools” has been the buzz phrase in the news recently and much of the rhetoric has revolved around economic impact, the safety of students, and the potential for increased Coronavirus outbreaks.

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More Trending

What is ContinuousNEXT? Managing the Constant Change of Digital Transformation

MavenLink

For years, companies across all industries have contended with and grown through the era of digital transformation. This era of transformation was focused on moving from outdated systems onto modern digital platforms designed to support organizations in ways that weren’t previously possible. However, the era of digital transformation doesn’t simply end when the majority of companies have completed that transition. Today, we are moving toward the era of ContinuousNEXT.

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Product Update: All Projects Page Massive Redesign, Notifications and More!

ProjectManager.com

Overview Projects: Powerful Project Reporting at-a-Glance. Simple yet powerful project and portfolio management is at the core of what we do, and with this new release, gaining insight into your project performance has never been more customizable. We have massively redesigned the Overview Projects page into a powerful portfolio and reporting tool for you and your team.

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How Much Should Project Managers Worry About Security?

Brad Egeland

This question begs to be answered. Especially in the wake of the recent breaches in digital security across just about every government agency.

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Agile Project Management: Requirements, Planning and Tracking

Proofhub

Whilst ‘Agile’ is a descriptor originally born out of software development teams, it’s becoming more common in other areas?—?like like marketing and project management. But just what does it involve? Agile project management is an iterative approach to delivering something (whether that’s a piece of software, a product, or a project) throughout its life cycle. Some key principles to bear in mind are: Iteration?—?small, small, incremental steps, rather than large tasks Collaboration?—?both

Managing The Project Budget - Developing Your Project Management Skills

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

Timesavers 2.0

MPUG

My first article on the topic of “Timesavers” was published about two months ago. I covered many of Project’s data manipulation tools and best practices for setting up easy access to different commands. Following these recommendations allows you to perform required steps faster and hopefully with less mistakes. My suggestions will also give you the advantage of having better control over your work schedule.

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What You Need to Know about How People Respond to Change

Online PM Courses

Projects create change for people. And the success of projects often depends on how well you manage that change. Here's a primer in Change Management. The post What You Need to Know about How People Respond to Change appeared first on OnlinePMCourses.

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Trust vs. Trustworthiness w/ Yaton Bowens

Leading Agile

Listen to the SoundNotes Podcast on the go! Find and subscribe to SoundNotes on: Apple Podcasts. Google Play. Spotify. Soundcloud. This week in SoundNotes, LeadingAgile Managing Consultant Yaton Bowens joins Dave to talk about the role that trust plays in Agile Transformation.

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Annual Agile SAFe Summit is Going Virtual for 2020

Brad Egeland

THE GLOBAL SAFe ® SUMMIT GOES VIRTUAL OCTOBER 27 – 28, 2020 The premier event for SAFe practitioners and Scaled Agile community members will now happen online. Join us to connect with people, ideas, and solutions that will make SAFe work for you. We’re bringing together the best practices, stories, and leadership principles from more than 600,000 professionals in 20,000 organizations around the globe. ​ Stay tuned for more details

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Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

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

MPUG’s NEW Website

MPUG

Here at MPUG, we are excited to announce that we’ll be launching a newly designed website this month! The new site will improve usability and make learning about project management easier than ever for you across all platforms. Of course, our address will still and always be mpug.com. Please note – MPUG.com will have limited functionality during the launch of the new website on August 19th and 20th. Member login will be unavailable during this time. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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How to Navigate Internal Politics on Projects

Girl's Guide to PM

Have you ever wondered why project stakeholders don’t quite respond the way you were expecting? It’s probably internal politics at play. Recently I interviewed the authors of A Practical Guide to Dealing with Difficult Stakeholders. They shared their insights into why engaging stakeholders on projects doesn’t always work out the way you expect. Today it’s the turn of Jake Holloway , who shares some tips on how to navigate internal politics on projects. Hello, Jake.

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Why And How Successful Teams Celebrate Wins And Failures

Trello

Agile is all about optimizing performance. Whether it’s checking in on progress during a daily stand up meeting, powering through a sprint, or taking time to reflect and readjust at a retrospective, the entire agile framework is designed to drive continuous improvement. Productivity

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Getting the Project Back on Track Fast

Brad Egeland

Got a project on shaky ground? We've all been there. We've all had those situations where we had one too many projects and one of them seems to be slipping into troubled waters. Or the customer is nowhere to be found and you need sign off on user acceptance testing (UAT). Or very few stakeholders seem to be on the same page in spite of your best efforts to keep them there. Or possibly the budget or timeline is beginning to go out of control. There are a hundred (maybe million?)

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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.

15 Basecamp Alternatives For Better Remote Team Collaboration

Teamweek

Basecamp is a popular remote team collaboration tool. It has some fantastic features — to-do lists, file sharing, and chat — to facilitate team communication. But, it doesn’t offer a lot when it comes to project planning, task tracking, or people management. As more teams prefer working remotely than ever before, these features have become non-negotiable. That’s why we compiled a list of Basecamp alternatives that come with better project and task management features.

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How to Write a Project Proposal

EasyProjects

An outstanding project proposal is incredibly powerful. A top-notch proposal can grab the attention of key decision-makers and win them over in a matter of minutes. But how do you craft the perfect project proposal? And what makes a project proposal outstanding? Knowing where to start and what elements to include is critical to your success. Below are the answers to these questions along with the secret to mastering the art of proposal writing.

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Timesavers 2.0

MPUG

My first article on the topic of “Timesavers” was published about two months ago. I covered many of Project’s data manipulation tools and best practices for setting up easy access to different commands. Following these recommendations allows you to perform required steps faster and hopefully with less mistakes. My suggestions will also give you the advantage of having better control over your work schedule.

2020 40

Planning Out the Coursework for Your Next Class? Try Using a Template

Brad Egeland

As a former student, I know all too well how difficult coursework is; but it doesn’t have to be. With MindGenius and our Coursework Plan template, you can plan out every last detail of what you are going to need and perfectly execute it. We believe that using our Coursework Plan template is perfect for getting you started. However, not all projects can be done on your own. With this in mind, MindGenius is the ultimate teamworking tool and allows you to delegate tasks to other team members.

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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.

Top 16 Time Management Apps Based on User Reviews

Teamweek

Don’t we all wish, from time to time, that there were more hours in the day? Even the best of us struggle with heavy workloads, endless emails, and meetings. But help is at hand. We have time management apps to aid productivity and focus. The features on these time management apps range from workflow automation and meeting schedulers to time tracking and project management. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re looking to remove distractions, improve your focus or optimize processes.

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Best QuickBooks Integrations for Easy Accounting!

TimeCamp

SaaS services conquer the market and become more and more popular these days. It is no different when it comes to the accounting software; many businesses decide to implement online solutions and keep their data safely stored in the cloud. Admittedly, there are a significant number of companies that prefer traditional offline solutions. But going.read more. Tools

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Project Management Digital Tools Review: Simpletasking

Project Management Five

Site, motto : Simpletasking , work from anywhere. BLUF : There’s no bloat, settings you don’t need, nor bad design choices (hey, that’s important).

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Humor At Work?—?Why It Needs To Be A Part of The Work Culture

Proofhub

Humor At Work?—?Why Why It Needs To Be A Part of The Work Culture Managers and owners need to realize that humor in the office no more hampers productivity, but rather improves it and helps to promote mutual trust in the workplace “ Sometimes I feel I am working in a sophisticated jail. All facilities and amenities are there, but people work like robots sans any expressions of joy and happiness on their faces.

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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.

Is a 4-Day Work Week Right for Your Business?

Teamweek

Illustration: Sophi Miyoko Gullbrants. What if there were a way that you could boost productivity amongst your employees while they spent less time in the office? A 4-day work week may sound too good to be true. But many businesses, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, are trialling new and innovative ways of working–and you could be one of them! The 4-day work week may not work for every kind of business (or employee!).

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MPUG’s NEW Website

MPUG

Here at MPUG, we are excited to announce that we’ll be launching a newly designed website this month! The new site will improve usability and make learning about project management easier than ever for you across all platforms. Of course, our address will still and always be mpug.com. Please note – MPUG.com will have limited functionality during the launch of the new website on August 19th and 20th. Member login will be unavailable during this time. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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Project Manager's Friday Q&A: EV

Project Management Five

This week we're talking about Earned Value, more specifically, what's the correct formula for EV? Q: What is the formula to determine earned value (EV) for a program?

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