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The Three Leadership Mindsets – The Moment, The Outcome, The People

The IIL Blog

By Christian “Boo” Boucousis February 28, 2024 If you spend too much time scrolling the news these days, you’d be forgiven for concluding that leadership at a geopolitical level is immersed in a quagmire of self-interest and partisan politics. There are no winners when leaders forget that great leaders serve, not just their fan–club but the entire team.

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Every IT project needs a Dale!

Project Accelerator News

“Everyone needs a Dale,” a colleague said this week referring to a valued member of our team, “He’d do anything for anyone.” This is one of the things I love about Stoneseed, our team, and the culture we have evolved. When we talk about someone behind their back, it’s always positive and hugely complimentary! If you haven’t yet had the pleasure, Dale Beeton is Stoneseed’s Head of Client Engagement and, as our clients will attest, he is one of those “extra milers” that make a real difference – an

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What are project milestones? How to set & track milestones

Planio

Most people think of project milestones as just a great way to plan, monitor, and tick off key events in your project’s timeline — but they do so much more than that. According to a recent survey , 85% of project managers say they’re actively managing more than one project at a time. With so many moving parts, milestones become an essential way to step out of your day-to-day tasks, and get a bird’s eye view of your progress toward the project’s goal.

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The Importance of Project Portfolio Management in Today’s Competitive Business Environment

Celoxis

The best project portfolio management tool, Celoxis, is a comprehensive PPM software to achieve strategic goals, optimize resources, and manage risks.

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Understand Digital Debt, Form a Team, Set Goals, and Plan Roadmap for Transformation

Understanding digital debt is crucial before digital transformation. Assemble a team to assess internal operations, market pressures, and digital debt's impact. Define future digital vision with measurable goals. Refine hypotheses and conduct market analysis. Develop a roadmap for transformation with defined projects, cost estimates, and governance.

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Top 5 Best Slack Alternatives

Productivity Land

Working outside traditional office environments, companies actively seek effective digital communication tools. And despite all remote work challenges , software developers have much to offer. Slack is a powerful tool for organizing work life. This popular collaboration software offers multiple features and free and paid plans. Millions of people benefit from the app, but it has tailored its functionalities to fit enterprise users.

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Chief A.I. Officer

Musings on Project Management

So it didn't take long. AI has invaded the C-Suite, the latest title being Chief A.I. Officer, aka CAIO.The job description is partly directed at technology, partly directed at culture, and partly directed at functional impacts, like HR, recruiting, and intellectual property.What does it mean to project management?In the PMO, the CAIO is going to be there to help you!

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12 Free Project Planning Templates for Excel and Word

ProjectManager.com

Without a plan, projects are in trouble. Project planning is one of the first and most important aspects of project management. Using project planning templates can help you schedule tasks, estimate budgets and allocate resources. Project management software does more than a static Excel or Word template, but using these free 12 project planning templates for Excel and Word is a decent substitute.

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Working Hard, But Not Too Hard!

PM Times

Working hard is applying a high level of effort, being consistently focused, productive and effective, applying emotional, physical, and intellectual energy. Working hard is rewarding, it leads to personal and organizational success. Some people say, “Work smarter, not harder.” But working hard is not the opposite of working smart. The two go together.

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Project Budgeting 101: Your Guide to Producing Your First Project Budget

Online PM Courses

Every project needs a budget. But, most PMs find producing their first project budget daunting. Here's my basic guide to Project Budgeting. The post Project Budgeting 101: Your Guide to Producing Your First Project Budget appeared first on OnlinePMCourses.

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Strategic Project Finance Essentials: A Project Manager’s Guide to Financial Metrics

Speaker: Ketan Jahagirdar - Sopheon’s Director of Product Management

Empower yourself as a project manager with insights that directly influence the financial landscape and strategic direction of your organization! Join us for a deep dive into the world of financial strategy, as we dissect key metrics that drive CFOs and business leaders’ investment decisions. This session will equip you with the necessary tools to craft compelling business cases as well as a comprehensive understanding of the crucial distinction between capital expenditure and operational expend

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Scrum Anti-Patterns GPT — Spielzeug oder sinnvoller Helfer? ??

Scrum.org

In Kürze: Scrum Anti-Patterns GPT — Spielzeug oder sinnvoller Helfer? Kann ein benutzerdefinierter Scrum Anti-Patterns GPT Teams auf die Prinzipien von Scrum einstimmen? Erfahren Sie, wie der Einsatz von benutzerdefinierten GPTs einen neuartigen Weg zur Überwindung der üblichen Hürden von Scrum bieten kann — mit einem Schwerpunkt auf der Schaffung von echtem Kundennutzen angesichts der Herausforderungen auf Organisations- und Teamebene. ?

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Trello vs. Asana: Side-by-Side Comparison

ProjectManager.com

Trello vs. Asana is a likely matchup for anyone looking for the right project management software. They’re both well-known and popular project management tools. Trello is often thought of as the go-to for kanban boards, which visualize workflow. Asana, on the other hand, is a simple-to-use work management tool. The trouble is most people want more than kanban boards, which is Trello’s bread and butter, and they want Gantt charts , which Asana doesn’t have.

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Risk Management and AI Algorithms: Be in Control of Your Projects

The IIL Blog

By Jorgelina Bross-Puglisi February 28, 2024 Project Managers Have One Key Goal: Project Success By integrating risk management into project management processes, project managers can anticipate and respond to potential challenges, increasing the likelihood of project success. However, project managers can encounter various pitfalls while managing project risk management.

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Exploring the Benefits of an Agile Application Modernization Approach

Leading Agile

Suppose you are a leader at a company that developed an important application over an extended timeframe: 10, 20, or even 30+ years. Maybe this system is used internally as a critical part of operating your business. Perhaps it is sold to other companies. Unless you have been constantly refactoring and modernizing this asset over its history, problems begin to emerge: On-premises infrastructure costs are not competitive.

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20 Common Mistakes Made by Inexperienced Project Managers

You’ve read the PMBOK® Guide several times, taken the certification exam for project managers, passed, and you are now a PMP®. So why do you keep making rookie mistakes? This whitepaper shows 20 of the most common mistakes that young or inexperienced project managers make, issues that can cost significant time and money. It's a good starting point for understanding how and why many PMs get themsleves into trouble, and provides guidance on the types of issues that PMs need to understand.

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Why Should We Care About Product Backlog Refinement?

Scrum.org

This article was first published in the AskScrum.com newsletter. Subscribe to AskScrum.com to be the first to receive articles like this. The Product Backlog refinement ensures that the team's efforts are coordinated and meaningful, leading them towards a valuable increment. The Product Backlog refinement is essential in understanding work. It's a continuous process ensuring that the Product Backlog items are broken down into smaller, more precise items.

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Asana Gantt Chart: A How-to Guide With Pros, Cons & Alternatives

ProjectManager.com

Asana is project management software that offers a variety of easy-to-use tools like timelines, task lists and kanban boards which are mainly used for managing simple projects, everyday tasks and team workflows. It’s a good alternative for small teams that need to manage their workload and collaborate online. In this blog, we’ll show you how to make a Gantt chart in Asana and we’ll do an in-depth analysis of its features, benefits and limitations.

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What Is Online Fraud and Can Someone Go to Jail for It?

Binfire

If you live in a technologically developed country, you’ve likely experienced some form of digital-first fraud. This is no exaggeration. In today’s modern world, online fraud is everywhere, waiting to undermine the integrity of the internet and its users. As the world shifts more and more of its commerce onto the web, opportunistic criminals are taking advantage of the new opportunities fraud presents, thereby undermining the trust critical to any economic system.

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The Four Actions Framework – For Strategic Project Managers

The Strategic Project Manager

This post reviews the Four Actions Framework, first providing a simple definition and describing what makes it different and appealing. Then it provides three examples each of public sector and private companies and how they have each uniquely applied the framework. Then it looks at how the framework can be applied in devising strategy, and managing project, programs, and portfolios.

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The Big Payoff of Application Analytics

Outdated or absent analytics won’t cut it in today’s data-driven applications – not for your end users, your development team, or your business. That’s what drove the five companies in this e-book to change their approach to analytics. Download this e-book to learn about the unique problems each company faced and how they achieved huge returns beyond expectation by embedding analytics into applications.

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Agile Leadership: Guiding Teams with Vision and Versatility (From PM to PSM 08)

Scrum.org

For Project Managers transitioning to Scrum Masters, redefining leadership is a pivotal aspect of their journey. The project management principle "Demonstrating Leadership Behaviors" aligns closely with the Scrum ethos, emphasizing the importance of effective leadership in fostering team success and positive outcomes. In Scrum, leadership transcends traditional authority, focusing instead on adaptability, understanding team dynamics, and living the Scrum Values.

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Free Strategic Planning Templates for Excel and Word

ProjectManager.com

When the leadership team defines an organization’s vision, they look toward the future and identify the goals and objectives they want to achieve. This is the start of strategic planning. The next step is establishing the sequence in which to realize those goals and objectives. Once the vision is defined, then the practical work begins, and strategic planning templates can facilitate that work.

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6 Best Screen Recording Software for PC and Mac

Binfire

Nowadays, showing a process through a video is the most effective way to teach something to someone. Screen recording is the perfect tool for this task. Professionals use it for creating video tutorials, product demos and even for livestreaming, gamers use it for recording their gameplay, and tech enthusiasts use it to capture bugs or issues that they encounter.

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Trending Topics at This Year’s Leadership and Innovation Online Conference

The IIL Blog

By Lori Milhaven, Ashley Jorgensen, and Rena Akroush February 28, 2024 Brace yourself for an exhilarating experience packed with vibrant speakers and innovative ideas. This isn’t just another online conference; it’s an energizing expedition into the forefront of leadership and innovation across all levels. At this year’s Leadership and Innovation Online Conference , expert speakers will inspire you, empower your journey, and propel you forward, promising to revolutionize your thinki

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Acclaim Projects Helps Deliver Innovation Projects on Time and on Budget

This large intercity transportation company for people and freight employs 100+ IT employees and contractors across North America and Europe and spends $10MM annually for approximately 50 inflight projects. The company needed the right financial tools to budget for innovation initiatives and real-time information on spending and forecasting. This transportation company turned to Acclaim Projects by Sopheon to help deliver projects on time and within budget.

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Eine Anleitung zum Product Backlog Refinement, die dir Antworten auf das Wer, Wann und Was liefert (damit Anforderungen verstanden werden und du weniger Zeit in endlosen Meetings verschwendest)

Scrum.org

Zu keinem anderen „Event“ werden mir mehr Fragen gestellt als zum Product Backlog Refinement. Die „Top 3“ der Fragen lauten: Wie häufig soll es stattfinden? Wie werden Einträge des Produkt Backlogs verfeinert? Wer soll dazu eingeladen werden? Werden diese Fragen nicht beantwortet, dann erlebe ich immer wieder dasselbe: Unzählige Meetings enden ohne klare Anforderungen.

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5 Whys to Explore Scrum with an independent Scrum Caretaker

Gunther Verheyen

I embarked on my Agile journey in 2003 when we wrapped eXtreme Programming in Scrum. Besides having engaged with many teams and organizations I have also created and facilitated many Scrum workshops and classes about various topics for various audiences since then. In 2011 I obtained my license as a Professional Scrum Trainer for Scrum.org from Ken Schwaber (co-creator of Scrum).

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How to Rein in Employee Expenses

Binfire

Depending on what kind of business you run, employee expenses may be unavoidable, but it is almost certainly the case that you can bring them down to a more reasonable level. Most employees are sensible and will not abuse their expenses, nor will they go out of their way to spend more than is necessary, but still, expense accounts tend to get inflated, and this can be a real problem for your bottom line.

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Avoid These Common Cloud Transformation Mistakes

Leading Agile

In this episode of SoundNotes, Dave sits down with Dennis Stevens to discuss cloud transformation and why you might want to step back, take a deep breath, and come up with a more strategic and planful approach to moving to the cloud. Over the course of the conversation, they dig into some of the anti-patterns Dennis sees in the market that cause cloud transformations to fail, and they explore the benefits of having a strong cloud readiness plan and how you can begin to ensure that your plan is i

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From Concepts to Actionable Insights: Powering Digital Transformation Success

Speaker: Ketan Jahagirdar - Sopheon’s Director of Product Management

70% of most digital transformation projects fail. Learn how you can quickly improve that success rate. To be successful, digital transformation involves the strategic application of digitalization to improve a business’ entire system of production, procurement, sales, operations, human resources, and financial management. In short, to basically transform the way a company makes money and delivers value to customers.