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Five Ways to Improve Project Communication

Project Risk Coach

Communication is the vehicle for successful projects. From the beginning to the end of a project, the project manager and team must plan, execute, and deliver the required products and services while interacting with stakeholders. What are you doing to improve your project communication? Project managers are not lone rangers. Projects involve interdependent relationships such as the sponsor and other leaders, the project manager and the project team, and users interacting with the systems.

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A PM’s Guide to Agile Software Development

Project Bliss

Everybody’s talking about agile software development these days: project managers, software developers, IT directors, small startups and big corporations. You know it’s a hot topic and if you haven’t started exploring it, you may be feeling left behind. To get you a bit caught up on the topic, I’ve pulled together an introduction to give you an overview of the background and philosophy, along with a few of the most popular styles of Agile.

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When a project is running along swimmingly and then you decide you better tweak things just a bit

The Digital Project Manager

Agile is good and everything, but sometimes, just sometimes, it’s a good plan just to stick with the plan, and not get hurt. The post When a project is running along swimmingly and then you decide you better tweak things just a bit appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.

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Course Review: How To Honestly Rate Your Meeting Productivity

Rebel’s Guide to PM

Why rate your meeting productivity? Easy: To stop doing what doesn’t work and to start making your meetings awesome. Boosting productivity makes a difference in being able to achieve your overall strategy. Meetings are a big part of that. Today I’m reviewing Gord Sheppard’s online training course about rating your meeting productivity. It’s a taster for some of his other products and it’s free.

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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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Extreme risk -- or, extremely risky?

Musings on Project Management

Ideas about extreme risk management have been around a long time. No news there, so let's press on. Here's a working definition: Extreme risks are those for which the consequences are nearly irreversible, and the impact is near-catastrophic. And, fortunately, in most cases, the likelihood of the event is low. Because the expected value is nearly zero, but the threat so high, people are.

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All form and no (agile) substance?

Kiron Bondale

“ Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose ” Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr’s warning reminds us that it is very easy to ignore the Manifesto for Agile Software Development’s value statements. We might have done away with heavy project governance, premature or excessive planning, and documentation for documentation’s sake, but if we don’t remind ourselves why our team performs specific agile ceremonies, we are no better than our brethren toiling under the b

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Behind The Scenes: Conferences From An Exhibitor’s Perspective

Rebel’s Guide to PM

I’ve always known the APM Conference is quite a draw. This year it attracted hundreds of delegates and a range of exhibitors, including Dimitar Janevski, who flew over from Macedonia to be on the Seavus stand with his colleagues. I caught up with him to find out what it was like being an exhibitor at a project management conference. Dimitar Janevski, standing by a handily-positioned APM banner.

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The PMO Series (4): Implementing a Project Management Office

Inloox

The implementation of a PMO is just like any other project. This means that you have to plan it carefully. Before you start the project, you should analyze your organization’s current situation and based on these insights create a concept for your PMO. If it is the first PMO implementation in the organization, it’s particularly important that the PMO is aligned with the organization’s requirements and frameworks.

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5 Stats You Need to Know from the 2017 State of Project Management in Manufacturing Report

LiquidPlanner

In manufacturing, time is money. Every delay, machinery breakdown, and defective product adds up and, ultimately, hurts the bottom line. But following structured project management methods can help companies reduce delays, stay on budget, and deliver quality products. To better understand how manufacturers practice project management, we surveyed more than 100 executives, engineers, and project managers, resulting in the 2017 State of Project Management in Manufacturing report.

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

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 expendi

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Collaboration; the secret sauce for business success

Binfire

What makes a company productive? Is it rigid rules and procedures established by its managers? Or plans dreamed up and set in stone early in the project? No, none of the above! Team collaboration done correctly is the primary enabler of productivity. I know everybody talks about the virtues of collaboration and how wonderful it is for all businesses.

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Business Agility over “Doing or Being Agile”

Agile Coach

Recently I was asked to write a guest post for a friend of mine, Luis Goncalves’s blog. While writing the post, I remembered that a number of years ago I did a presentation about business agility after bringing this topic up at a local agile coach camp. Business agility from Jason Little. My topic at coach camp was “ Focus on Success over ‘Being Agile ‘” and I remember more or less being accused of not understanding agile.

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Sustainable Development Goal #13 of 17 and Project Management, Climate Action.

Green Project Management

In this installment of our series on the SDGs, we look at #13 of 17, Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. I am going to approach this SDG a bit different from the others in the series because this is a heavily debated topic. First. Climate Change is real. Few debate […]. The post Sustainable Development Goal #13 of 17 and Project Management, Climate Action. appeared first on Delivering a better world, one project at a time.

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Advice for Project Managers: How do I measure the success (or failure) of my projects?

LiquidPlanner

“Dear Elizabeth: I want to get better at measuring the success (or failure) of my projects. What project management metrics should I be focusing on? And how can I use these metrics to improve project performance?”. OK. I don’t mean to start off by being controversial, but you’re asking the wrong person. It’s your project stakeholders who decide if your project is a success or a failure.

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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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3 Ways to Create Your Project Manager Calendar

Wrike

If you’re trying to plan your project calendar for the next month, quarter, or even year, you might be debating the best method to capture your madness. . You’re probably looking for a calendar that can capture all your tasks, their deadlines, assignees and show you where you have some wiggle room. . As long as you’ve graduated past the classic (but inefficient) pen, paper, and ruler approach, there are three ways to build a digital project manager calendar that workers rely on during project pl

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What Does it Mean to Focus on Value?

Herding Cats

A common chant in the agile community is we focus on value. What does this mean? What are the units of measure of Value? How do we know we are actually producing the RIGHT Value? How much will it cost to produce this Value? When is this Value needed to actually be valuable? Here's an approach used in ourSoftwaree Intensive System of Systems (SISoS) domain. .

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Great Software To Organize Your Work – No More Wasted Time!

TimeCamp

Task management is one of the key issues disconcerting those who wish to manage their business successfully, now and in the future. ‘What should be done first?’; “Who ought to work on it?”, and so on – those questions are only a few examples of tasks one has to handle whether he likes it or not. […].

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130 Inspiring Project Management Quotes

The Digital Project Manager

Life as a project manager can be tough; if anyone needs inspiration to keep going with leading our projects and teams, it’s us. When you find. The post 130 Inspiring Project Management Quotes appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.

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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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What Is Teamwork Actually

ActiveCollab

Search for several hours “teamwork definition” and you’ll quickly realize that there isn’t a commonly agreed definition on what is teamwork actually. While many authors emphasize the importance of teamwork, they don’t provide a clear and straightforward definition of teamwork. Here are a handful of definitions we managed to find: Teamwork is the process of working collaboratively with a group of people in order to achieve a goal.

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Is Software Development Art or Engineering

Herding Cats

I started my career as a Software Engineer , writing Fortran 77 signal processing algorithms to find and track missile launchers in the middle eastern desert. This skill was an extension of the signal processing work I did as a grad student looking for information in the data stream of a particle accelerator. The design of the code was straight forward.

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Celoxis Featured in Forbes Indonesia May 2017 Edition

Celoxis

Celoxis was recently featured in Forbes Indonesia May 2017 article "HOW INDONESIA CAN EXCEL AT REVERSE OUTSOURCING" written by Jennifer Xue.

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Staying educated (enculturation)

Musings on Project Management

The robots are coming! And, "enculturation" is my new word. I'm proud to use it. It means "to get with the program" and absorb the culture! The robots are enculturating! (and, that's a for-real word also) We see that robot headline repeatedly. What's the antidote? The usual answer: Education.

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3 ‘Must-Dos’ for Addressing Digital Transformation Challenges

Digital transformation projects are crucial, with global spending projected to hit $3.4 trillion by 2026. However, they often fail at a rate of about 70%. To enhance success: Employee Buy-in: Acknowledge concerns and establish a change management team to communicate benefits transparently. Identify Processes and Tools: Form a digital transformation office to establish metrics, workstream lifecycles, data capture, and tool selection.

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Why Do Projects Fail? Stories of Project Failure, And Lessons Learned

The Digital Project Manager

Why is it that that so many IT projects fail? According to IBM only 40% of IT projects meet schedule, budget, and quality goals. Asking. The post Why Do Projects Fail? Stories of Project Failure, And Lessons Learned appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.

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Book of the Month

Herding Cats

It seems of late there is a campaign in the software development community, especially in the agile community where ignorance is a virtue. Ignorance of the microeconomics of decision making. The ignorance that all project work contains uncertainty, that uncertainty is of two kinds - reducible and irreducible, and that uncertainty is the source of risk. .

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INFOGRAPHIC: How To Work Hard Without Burning Out

Celoxis

INFOGRAPHIC: How To Work Hard Without Burning Out.

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How Marketers Stay Productive: Alex Boston of Paperlust

Boost by Brightpod

This week we feature, Alex Boston, Co-Founder of Paperlust. Paperlust brings you wedding invitation ideas, the latest paper and typography trends, DIY weddin.

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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.