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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Managing The Project Budget - Developing Your Project Management Skills

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

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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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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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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Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

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

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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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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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

2019 170

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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Living With Technical Debt: Balancing Quality and Perfection

Speaker: Cliff Gilley, The Clever PM

As a Product Manager, you probably have to deal with technical debt. Regularly. Whether you like it or not - because it can’t be avoided. Unexpected details pop up, as small as UX that needs clean-up, and as big as a previously unforeseen flaw in the infrastructure of a project. We have to accept that nobody gets away without some technical debt. And of course, the longer you take to deal with your technical debt, the more difficult it becomes to address fully. Feeling frustrated? Fortunately, we can take a step back, gain clarity, and see how the decisions we make impact our technical debt. Then, we can make decisions about how we want to balance technical debt with other priorities. Are we willing to live with some level of technical debt in order to ship product and meet deadlines? Can we mitigate technical debt to get to an MVP faster?

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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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.

2019 193

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 Business Opportunity of Embedded Analytics: New Findings from 500+ Application Teams

Speaker: Josh Martin, Director of Product Marketing, Logi Analytics

Embedded analytics has evolved from an afterthought to a necessity. But most companies don’t realize that the features they embed and how they develop have a lasting impact on revenue, customer churn, and competitive differentiation. The state of embedded analytics in 2018 is in flux. Learn from the experiences of 500+ application teams embedding analytics—including which features actually move the needle, how analytics benefits their companies, and what development approach yields the best results.

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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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!

2019 179

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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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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A Guide to Designing Delightful Dashboards

Speaker: Daniel O'Sullivan, Product Designer, nCino and Jeff Hudock, Senior Product Manager, nCino

We’ve all seen the increasing industry trend of artificial intelligence and big data analytics. In a world of information overload, it's more important than ever to have a dashboard that provides data that's not only interesting but actually relevant and timely. Dashboards assist decision makers facilitate new ideas and business opportunities, increase customer approval rates, and analyze current business process. All of these activities play a vital role in providing the superior experience your customers demand.

“Framework”

Gunther Verheyen

At some point in time the term “Framework” became really fashionable. I don’t remember when it was exactly, but it was when smart businessmen assumed it was better for sales, as commonly used terms like methodology or process got burned. At least, that can be seen as an achievement too. Most likely they guessed it explained the wide adoption of Scrum, and aspired the same ’success’.

2019 86

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.

2019 173

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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