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Top Tips for Avoiding Project Overload


As a project manager , you’ve likely found yourself managing multiple projects simultaneously. You think you’ve got it handled and then one of them starts to run into problems, drawing more and more of your time and energy. Suddenly, you realize you’re overloaded, and dropping the ball all over the place. This is an all too common example of project overload.

Schedule Variance: What Is It & How Do I Calculate It?

Project managers are responsible for tasks across every part of a business. They have to schedule work, manage people, manage budgets and wrangle technology—just to name a few. If you had to boil it down and define the core function of a project manager in just one sentence, it would be something like, “Project managers ensure work is finished on time and within budget.”. But how does a project manager actually know whether a project is within scope, or falling behind?

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Business Leadership for IT Projects

Girl's Guide to PM

Before I’d got far reading Gary Lloyd’s Business Leadership for IT Projects I realized he was offering a critical assessment on the Standish report on project failure – thankfully. I knew then that we were going to get along just fine. Don’t get me wrong – I have no issue with the Standish research and the CHAOS report itself, but it is often used for a quick headline without any analysis of how the numbers were arrived at.

7 Tips to Successfully Lead a Remote Team During Challenging Times

Project Bliss

Photo by Chris Montgomery on Unsplash. This is a guest post Annie-Mei Forster. Many team leaders and managers have been leading their teams remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic and it hasn’t come without its challenges. Many things that were once taken for granted, such as face-to-face interactions at the office and after-work drinks, are now only a distant memory.

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Are Your Embedded Analytics DevOps-Friendly?

Does your analytics solution work with your current tech stack and DevOps practices? If not, any update to the analytics could increase deployment complexity and become difficult to maintain. Learn the 5 elements of a DevOps-friendly embedded analytics solution.

10 Best Project Tracking Software in 2020

The Digital Project Manager

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How to Deal with Challenging Situations Involving Stakeholders

Girl's Guide to PM

This is a guest article by Christine Unterhitzenberger. Most project managers will have experienced a situation where they have found a stakeholder to be really difficult. This often causes stress and it’s challenging for project managers to find ways to deal with it. A recent study by Dr Clara Cheung and colleagues found that project managers experience particularly high stress levels in regard to their working relationships.

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PM in Practice: Improving the Project Management Plan


Do you use a project management plan? The project management plan documents all the project management processes used to manage the project. Remember, the project management plan is not the project schedule. New project managers often confuse the project management plan with the project schedule. The project schedule is the list of tasks needed to deliver the project; although it’s easy to intermix the terms because stakeholders often ask about the “plan.”.

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3 Key Similarities Between Lean And Agile Methodologies

The Digital Project Manager

Project managers are always working on finding the best ways to create their products or. The post 3 Key Similarities Between Lean And Agile Methodologies appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Agile PM Methodologies Topics

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The 12 Agile Principles. Part Three.

Growing Agile

This is the third part of the blog series were we discuss the 12 Agile Principles. In this post we will focus on principles 7-9. “Working software is the primary measure of progress. “ Early in my agile career, when I was still a project manager with agile tendencies, I took over a project that was ‘60% done’ When I probed a little I found out that the 60% done meant that 60% of the budget had been spent, the project was far from done.

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How Embedding AI-Powered Analytics Can Give You a Competitive Advantage

Embedding dashboards and reports aren’t enough. Futureproof your application by offering instant, actionable insights that will give you and your customers a competitive advantage.

10 Tips to Get the Most out of Attending Conferences

Girl's Guide to PM

It’s conference season (isn’t it always? — there’s always something happening) so time to dust off your networking skills and get prepared for your industry conference. Get conference ready. The more preparation you put into any event before you go, the more you will get out of it, whether that’s a small social gathering at work or a huge industry congress.

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Why is the Project Lifecycle Important?


The project lifecycle is a way of viewing the entirety of a project that establishes the steps to complete a project, helps maintain focus and momentum, and creates better defined high-level stages of completion. It helps to make sure different teams on a project can better coordinate their efforts while helping the project manager make more informed prioritization decisions. The project lifecycle breaks project management into distinctive stages.

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Five Ways Resource Management Brings Business Value


The discipline of resource management (RM) for IT services is still in its nascent stages when compared to project management which has been a formalized discipline for decades. The good news is the RM discipline is now well established and gaining traction quickly as companies realize the many benefits of good RM. On the surface, getting better utilization of human capital for our services work would seem the main benefit and a common driver for formation of the RM discipline.

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The Key Deliverable of Your Project Plan | Video

Online PM Courses

In this video, I'm focusing on Project Planning. And asking what is the key deliverable in your project plan? The answer's not what you expect. The post The Key Deliverable of Your Project Plan | Video appeared first on OnlinePMCourses. Leadership Skills Project Planning Thoughts for Project Managers video

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6 Steps to Improving Your Application’s Analytics Experience

No one designs bad dashboards and reports on purpose. So why do so many applications have terrible analytics experiences? Download this ebook for secrets to creating dashboards and reports your users will love.

Work Breakdown Structure 101

Brad Egeland

The Work Breakdown Structure, usually shortened to WBS, is a tool project managers use to break projects down into manageable pieces. It is the start of the planning process and is often called the 'foundation' of project planning. Most project professionals recognize the importance and benefits of a WBS in out performing projects without one. What is a WBS? A WBS is a hierarchical decomposition of the deliverables needed to complete a project.

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Visualizing Project Flow Using Cumulative Flow Diagrams


In my recent article, Sequencing Product Backlog , I used the shortest weighted processing time (SWPT) strategy to sequence a product backlog in order to minimize flow time and work in progress [1]. In that article, I defined four concepts needed to measure flow through the development process: flow units, flow rate, flow time, and work in progress (WIP) inventory.

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How to Choose the Right SaaS Product: Project Management Tool Selection Guide (Part 1)

Epicflow Blog

Software as a service is a tool usually maintained by a third party. It’s not installed on your PC but stored in a cloud. You apply its services by means of an internet browser. . If you want to prevent capital investments on independent tool development and fully concentrate on your core business activities but at the same time have high-quality service, consider purchasing a SaaS product. . Like any other solution, SaaS tools have some benefits and disadvantages.

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With Hindsight: Toggl Plan’s Quarter 2, 2020


The 2nd quarter of 2020 has flown by quickly, but at the same time it also feels like a lifetime. Remember all the changes from the beginning of the year? Boards, comments, multi-assign… It feels like they’ve been here forever. With the huge rebranding and boards launch in the 1st quarter , our focus over the past few months has been on continuation of ongoing projects and interface improvements. If you’ve missed any updates over the past three months, you’ll find them all here now.

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How to Choose the Best Embedded Analytics Solution to Modernize Your Application

If you are looking to modernize your application to improve competitiveness, then one of the quickest wins you can have is to embed sophisticated analytics that will wow your existing and prospective customers.

5 Reasons to Stop Using Excel for Virtual Team Project Management


Excel is a ubiquitous office tool. And with good reason! Beloved for its versatility, it can be used in just about any industry - from design to engineering to managing lab equipment. However there are a few things that those spreadsheets, mind the pun, just do not excel at. One of these is managing projects virtually. An ever increasing trend in the modern workplace, remote and virtual work is being turned to more and more.

Vendor Showcase Recap: Using WBS Schedule Pro – By Critical Tools


Please find below a transcription of the audio portion of Jim Spiller’s showcase session, Using WBS Schedule Pro, 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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How to Choose the Right SaaS Product: Multi-Project Management Tool Selection Guide (Part 2)

Epicflow Blog

As has been suggested in Part 1 of the SaaS product selection guide, when choosing a software solution one has to focus on 5 basic criteria and follow all steps in the tool selection journey to make the best choice. But when assessing project management software, you should dwell upon one more important issue. First of all, answer the question: how many projects are you in charge of? If your answer is “more than 1” then you’re dealing with multi-project management.

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A Stress-Free Guide to Creating a Professional Development Plan


Overall, you feel pretty happy at work. You have a good handle on your responsibilities and crank through your tasks with a high degree of confidence. You enjoy the people you work with. You understand how your work fits into the bigger picture. But even with all of those important elements in place, there’s one question that keeps you tossing and turning at night: What’s next? No matter how much you love your job, you understandably don’t want to stay stuck in the same spot forever.

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4 Approaches to Data Analytics for Your Application

Selecting the right solution for your embedded analytics is crucial to the success of your application. But with so many solutions and vendors, how do you make this critical selection? Learn about the different approaches to analytics and the pros and cons for each.

How Team Collaboration Can Improve Customer Experience


“Appointing a team is frequently the only way to assemble the knowledge and breadth required to pull off many of the complex tasks businesses face today.” - Harvard Business Review Behind every great leader is a supportive team. Even with the most determined leadership, goals can only be met if there is a strong team working together to achieve them. But great leadership doesn’t just help your business internally. Teamwork can also help your business deliver fantastic customer experience (CX).

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How to Use Your Calendar to Master Time Management – Best Tips & Tools


Time management wouldn’t be possible without calendars. They help to plan work, meetings, and important. Productivity calendar calendar apps calendar systems for time management google calendar

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Review True lean

Henny Portman

With the book True lean – Your guide to the fundamentals connecting purpose, process and people written by Rudy Gort you get a concise but complete and clear overview of and insight into lean. What is it, what can you do with it and how did it come about? The book is divided into three parts. The first part examines the origin of lean in order to understand the philosophy behind lean.

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4 Solutions to Common Professional Services PM Pain Points


Here’s a common scenario for professional services team leaders: Another work week has begun and you received a calendar invite for a Wednesday executive update meeting. You already know you’re going to have to cancel any meetings you had booked today in order to start gathering all status updates from each department. Once gathered, you spend hours summarizing the information from various platforms like Google Sheets, Excel documents, phone calls, and emails.

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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 to manage tasks effectively?—?tips that really work


How To Manage Tasks Effectively?—?Surefire Surefire Ways To Succeed As A Manager Being someone who has been part of the task management industry for as long as I can remember, I have come across this question quite often. Whenever I meet someone from my professional network, more often than not the greetings are followed by this or a similar question. I might express my answer in different words, but the crux of what I explain to them always remains the same.

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Flow for Project Managers: A Podcast Interview with Andrew Kallman


Last week, I must have missed the start of at least three scheduled meetings. In each case, I saw on my calendar that the meetings would start in an hour or less, which meant that I could probably start and finish another task before I had to be at those meetings. And each time, I got so involved in the task I was working on that I lost track of everything around me and the meetings started without me.

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Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Technical Program Manager?

The Digital Project Manager

The job of a technical program manager (TPM) is one of the expanding roles in. The post Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Technical Program Manager? appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Career Development Topics

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