Sat.Feb 09, 2019 - Fri.Feb 15, 2019

Capacity Planning: The Secret to Successful Projects

Girl's Guide to PM

Not that long ago, a project manager – who, for the purposes of this article has asked to remain anonymous – was planning out Phase 2 of her project. There was a lot of work to do for the project management team, which was just her. No problem, she thought.

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Garbage in.

Musings on Project Management

Garbage in; garbage out. GIGO to the rest of us Re GIGO, this issue is raised frequently when I talk about Monte Carlo simulation, and the GIGO thing is not without merit. These arguments are made: You have no knowledge of what distribution applies to the uncertainties in the project (True) You are really guessing about the limits of the three point estimates which drive the simulation. Risk Management Statistics

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Inspection without adaptation is pointless in Scrum

Gunther Verheyen

People are naturally Agile. Our personal lives require us to demonstrate our ability to adapt more than our professional environments often allow us to do. Scrum, much like life, is all about adaptation. Scrum sets opportunities for professionals to regularly inspect in order to adapt.

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7 Problem-Solving Steps to Conquer Even the Toughest Problems

Project Bliss

These 7 awesome problem-solving steps can help you solve difficult problems, identify opportunities, grow your leadership skills, and take your career up several notches. When you see peers in your organization handling big problems, are you ever amazed at how they do it?

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Organizing for Customer Centricity

Speaker: Tatyana Mamut

Most companies today say they are “customer centric.” Yet many still make decisions primarily based on competitor threats, technical architecture, or executive opinions. So what sets apart those that talk the talk, and those that walk the walk? Join Nextdoor's Head of Product Tatyana Mamut, PhD as she outlines the 7 habits of truly customer-centric companies.

How to Master Meeting Minutes

Project Risk Coach

Do you and your team members lose track of the things you discussed in your project meetings? Who was to complete that action item? Who owns that risk? What did we decide to do? Sound familiar? Let's talk about how to master meeting minutes.

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How To Motivate Your Project Team

Girl's Guide to PM

Ruth Pearce knows everything there is to know about motivating your project team. She’s even written the book on it. I caught up with Ruth to find out more about how to motivate teams and why it’s something you should be actively doing. Ruth, let’s start at the beginning.

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Being Successful in a Complex Role

Arras People

If you imagine project management to be like crossing a bridge, at first glance it would seem simple. You start at one end and walk across until you get to the other.

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Two doors: risk and decision managers

Musings on Project Management

A narrative* Imagine two doors to the same room: One labeled risk manager; the other labeled decision maker. Though the risk manager's door, entry is for the inductive thinker: facts, experience, history looking for a generality or integrating narrative Through the decision maker's door, entry is for the deductive thinker: visionary with a need to articulate specifics for the vision Risk Management

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Burndown Chart: What Is It & How Do I Use It?

ProjectManager.com

At times it feels like there’s never enough hours in the day to get everything done. Often, the powers that be want things done yesterday, even though it’s an impossibility. Their intent is clear: get it done fast.

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Build Product Progress with a Strong Data Culture

Speaker: Nima Gardideh, CTO, Pearmill

Have you ever thought your product's progress was headed in one direction, and been shocked to see a different story reflected in big picture KPIs like revenue? It can be confusing when customer feedback or metrics like registration or retention are painting a different picture. No matter how sophisticated your analytics are, if you're asking the wrong questions - or looking at the wrong metrics - you're going to have trouble getting answers that can help you. Join Nima Gardideh, CTO of Pearmill, as he demonstrates how to build a strong data culture within your team, so everyone understands which metrics they should actually focus on - and why. Then, he'll explain how you can use your analytics to regularly review progress and successes. Finally, he'll discuss what you should keep in mind when instrumenting your analytics.

How to Use An Action Log & Free Template

Girl's Guide to PM

My To Do list is massive. So I have developed an action log to control my tasks. I copy and paste actions from conference calls, team meetings and those chance conversations you have in the corridor into this. I can filter it by task owner when I am talking to someone and want to chase them up.

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Breaking habits requires substituting one routine for another

Kiron Bondale

I was asked to facilitate a lessons learned session for a program team using a retrospective format.

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The Best Requirements Management Tools of 2019

The Digital Project Manager

Requirements management tools help you make sure your products and projects do what they’re supposed to do. This expert review compares the best requirements management tools on the market to help you choose the right one for your organization. The post The Best Requirements Management Tools of 2019 appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Best Tools Tools

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Why “The Customer Is Always Right” Is Wrong

ProjectManager.com

Accepted knowledge is dangerous if it’s not tempered by critical thinking. Jennifer Bridges, PMP, looks at that old axiom, “The customer Is always right,” and tells you why it’s flawed. Here’s a screenshot of the whiteboard for your reference!

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What Is (and Isn’t) Product Management?

Speaker: Steve Johnson, VP of Products, Pragmatic Institute

Product Management is one of the most exciting - and most misunderstood - functions in technical organizations. Is it strategic or tactical? Is it a planning role or a support role? Many product professionals are unclear about what is (and isn't) product management. After all, product management spans many activities from business planning to market readiness. In this session, we’ll examine many product activities and artifacts for product strategy, planning, and growth, and introduce a simple tool that you can use in your organization to clarify the roles of product management and others. Steve Johnson explores the many roles of Product Management in this fun talk focused on why product managers should obsess on problems instead of solutions.

The Ultimate Guide to Project Dependencies and Constraints

Girl's Guide to PM

No project happens in a vacuum. Projects are constrained by and are dependent on the environment in which they are taking place – both the corporate environment and the wider environment outside the company.

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Technical debt -- a working definition

Musings on Project Management

Technical debt: we've all written about it; I've described it in my book, Project Management the Agile Way (see below), but I guess the industry has never settled on a formal definition. I've always thought of it as a "punch list" that is a "debt" that must be retired in the future. stuff that needs to get DONE or fixed so that we can say to the sponsor: hey, it's DONE and the QUALITY is. agile

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My Secret to Finally Getting Organized: Why PMs Need A Personal Organization System

The Digital Project Manager

Do you have a system for staying organized, or do you just “hope everything works out”? Here’s why you need a personal organization system, and how to create one. The post My Secret to Finally Getting Organized: Why PMs Need A Personal Organization System appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Career Development PM Best Practices Time Management

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How to Fix Your Sleep Schedule & Be More Productive

ProjectManager.com

Every time I look at the clock on my phone, it tells me the correct time. My biological clock on the other hand, that one is prone to errors. The errors in my biological clock, or circadian rhythm, are most troublesome when it comes to sleep.

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Walk a Mile in Your Customer's Shoes

Speaker: Steven Haines

Product professionals use phrases like "voice of the customer," and "user experience" so often that it can be easy to lose sight of their actual meanings. How can we, as product professionals, learn to keep customers and users at the heart of our work? Join Steven Haines, globally recognized thought leader and author, as he guides us through a memorable journey demonstrating how you can walk a mile in their customer's shoes. He'll explore how, by developing true empathy for your users, you can ensure you're creating the features and products they actually want.

3 Things That Stop You Making the Right Decision

Girl's Guide to PM

This is a guest article by Chris Cook from The EntrePMeur. Project managers want to make the best decisions for themselves, the project, and the project team. In order to do so, project managers must be aware of biases. Based on experiences, people can come to different conclusions when presented with the same scenario and that’s where biases come into play. Project managers make decisions all the time, by the hour, minute, or even second. They get paid to make decisions.

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How to Stay Motivated When You’re Working on a Never-Ending Project

LiquidPlanner

Completion is satisfying. Being able to cross an item off a to-do list, mark a task done, or deliver a finished project is a big part of being fulfilled at work. That’s why projects that stretch into a far-off horizon are challenging for even the most seasoned project manager.

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DPM Podcast: How To Plan An Agile Sprint (With Alexa Huston)

The Digital Project Manager

Are your Sprint planning meetings as productive as they could be? Identify the common pitfalls and challenges of Spring planning meetings with PM Alexa Huston as she gives simple solutions for planning Sprints successfully. The post DPM Podcast: How To Plan An Agile Sprint (With Alexa Huston) appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. General

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Questioning Agile Dogma

Leading Agile

When I first learned about Agile methods in 2002, the principles seemed to offer an ideal solution to many organizational issues common at the time. When I applied those principles in real-world situations, they worked remarkably well.

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The Magic of Intent: Start Knowing The Goals of Your Users

Speaker: Terhi Hanninen, Senior Product Manager, Zalando, and Dr. Franziska Roth, Senior User Researcher, Zalando

It's important to know your users - what are their preferences, pain points, ultimate goals? With user research and usage data, you can get a great idea of how your users act. The tricky part is, very few users reliably act the same way every time they use your product. Join Terhi Hanninen, Senior Product Manager, and Dr. Franziska Roth, Senior User Researcher at Zalando, as they explain how they were able to reach a new level of user understanding - by taking their user research and segmenting their users by point-in-time intent. You'll leave with a strategy to change how your product team, and organization at large, understands your users.

Decision Making Tools for Group Decisions

Girl's Guide to PM

This is a guest article by author Edoardo Binda Zane. If you are a project manager, making tough calls and decisions is part of your everyday life. Usually, the more time you spend in this role, the more thick-skinned you become in making risky calls on your own. After all, directing the project is your job and your priority is delivering results within your deadlines.

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How to Step Up When the Project Manager Is Away

LiquidPlanner

One piece of valuable advice I was given early in my career was to always work to make my boss’s boss look good. Another was to always work as if I were the one responsible for the outcome.

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4 Practices to Better Manage Your Project Resources

Brad Egeland

No project runs its course without some project team issues or concerns. Any time you have a group of highly-skilled and highly-focused individuals working closely – yet often individually – on a team working toward a common project goal, you're bound to have conflicts and issues. Usually small, sometimes big. But you will have them – probably on every project to some degree.

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4 Reasons Your Remote Team Needs Extra Empathy At Work

Trello

Would you consider yourself an empathetic person at work? Are you always willing to lend an ear to your co-worker’s latest band practice drama, or would you prefer to keep conversations at the corporate level? Productivity

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How To Take Action on Customer Discovery

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

We all want to build successful products - and that means satisfied customers. Before anything else, you must understand what problems you can solve. The best way to do that is to get out of the building and start asking questions. But how can you make the most of those conversations, and ensure that you walk away with productive insights? Join Nick Noreña, educator, entrepreneur, and currently Innovation Coach and Advisor at Kromatic, as he covers how we can effectively action our findings from customer discovery conversations.

Free Template: Decision Log

Girl's Guide to PM

This month’s free project management template is a decision log. Decisions are taken in all kinds of settings: meetings, on email, when you bump into someone in the corridor… From experience I know that it’s a) hard to remember what decision you took, and b) difficult to find information hidden in meeting minutes to remind yourself of why that decision was taken. This template sorts out both those problems. Once you’ve started using it you won’t look back, promise!

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4 Key Steps to Succeed as a Project Manager

Eylean

Being a manager in any project is a big responsibility. It is up to you to organize everything and make sure the team is on the right track. And while no two projects are alike, if you are just starting out as a project manager, there are a few things to note.

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Project Deferral: What to do when Your Project is Deferred

Online PM Courses

If you work in Project Management for long enough, you will inevitably encounter this: project deferral. For one reason or another, your project needs to be put on hold. Why does this happen? And what do you need to do, during the deferral period and when your project re-starts? And what are the critical things […]. The post Project Deferral: What to do when Your Project is Deferred appeared first on OnlinePMCourses.

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