Sat.Dec 14, 2019 - Fri.Dec 20, 2019

7 Steps to Deal With Scope Creep (What is Scope Creep and How Can You Avoid It?)


“You know what would be cool?”. Every project manager has heard these words and felt a chill run down their spine. With just a few words, a simple, easy-to-execute project plan can be suddenly transformed into the project management equivalent of an M.C. Escher painting.

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How to Lead a Project Post Mortem Like a Pro


When you hear the word ‘post-mortem,’ you probably envision a scene that involves a dead body. I’m a little morbid, so my imagination conjures a Victorian-era morgue with sickly gaslight flickering over a sheet-covered body. What does this Gothic image have to do with a twenty-first century project?

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What are Project Constraints and How to Manage Them

ProProfs Project Management

Working on a project is enough of a stress on its own – a whole bunch of tasks and ideas flying all over the place. Things can get especially tiresome and stressful in projects involving larger groups of people.

The Difference Between a Project and a Program

Many people might consider a program to be just one really large project. A project is a singular effort of defined duration, whereas a program is comprised of a collection of projects. Problem solved, right? Actually, it’s a bit more complex than that.

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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?

Project Management Lessons from Santa Claus

Bridge the Gap Consulting

I have one kiddo that still believes in the magic of Santa Claus. His little friends and our neighbors are also young enough to believe jolly ol’ St. Nick will be dashing through the snow and the skies on his annual trip around the globe next week.

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What are the Project Meeting Roles?

Project Risk Coach

Project meetings can be maddening. Some people come unprepared. Others get off track. And how about those that constantly check email. Let's improve your meetings through project meeting roles. Team members leave meetings with no decisions, lacking direction, and not knowing what to expect next.

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Agile and R/D

Musings on Project Management

I was recently asked if Agile and 'R/D' go together. Good question! I'm glad you asked. The issue at hand: how do you reconcile agile's call for product delivery to users every few weeks with the unknowns and false starts in a real R/D project? Let's start with OPM. Other people's money. And the first question: What have you committed to do with the money? There are two possible. agile

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How to Make your Project Successful

Virtual Project Consulting

One outcome every project manager strive for, is for their project to be successful. There are many common causes for failure, but also remedies. Find out how to make your project successful.

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To PMP, or Not To PMP

Bridge the Gap Consulting

Almost daily, there are questions posted in various project management groups asking for information about the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. How do I obtain it? Is it worth it? Will it make me a better project manager? Will my job pay me more once I get certified?

Managing The Project Budget - Developing Your Project Management Skills

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

What Is a Project Management Communication Plan?

Communication is strange. It should be so easy. You say something, someone listens and understands. But it doesn’t always work out that way, does it? So, what do we do to make sure our words are heard and the message we’re trying to convey is comprehended and acted on correctly? That’s a tall order.

Four Project Meeting Problems – Which Ones Do You Want to Overcome?

Project Risk Coach

Friends, have you experienced wasteful project meetings lately? Although meetings are a fundamental communication tool, many meetings fail to achieve real results. Let’s look at four common project meeting problems: unclear purpose, topic hopping, indecision, and unclear direction.

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Might earned VALUE be an oxymoron for projects following a predictive life cycle?

Kiron Bondale

(As is often the case, one of the learners in a course I taught this week provided the inspiration for this article, so thanks Maca!). The PMBOK® Guide, Sixth Edition defines Earned Value as “ The measure of work performed expressed in terms of the budget authorized for that work.

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35 Conversation-Starter Questions for Social and Networking Events

Project Bliss

Meeting people and socializing during the holidays at work parties and social events can be stressful. These great conversation-starter questions can make meeting new people much easier. When you’re meeting someone new, it can be hard to think of what to say.

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Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

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

How to Write a Business Case

A business case is the way you prove to your client, customer or stakeholder that the product you’re pitching is a sound investment. Below, we illustrate the steps to writing one that will sway them.

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7 Critical Project Management Skills That Will Help You Thrive In 2020


Project management is evolving with every passing day and so should project managers. We are moving in an age where project managers will have to wear multiple hats to cope up with emerging project management challenges. To do that efficiently, they will need to hone their project management skills.

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Dr. Harold Kerzner’s Project Management Predictions for 2020

International Institute of Learning

By Harold Kerzner, Ph.D. Senior Executive Director, International Institute for Learning (IIL). The landscape for project management changes almost every year. Some changes are relatively small or incremental, whereas other changes can be significant.

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One Work Breakdown Structure Example That Will Make it Clear

PM Basics

What’s the main problem with a Work Breakdown Structure example? They are all theory in a vacuum. Therefore, below you’ll find a real-life example. I just changed the names and titles under NDA.

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Walk a Mile in Your Customer's Shoes

Speaker: Steven Haines, Founder and CEO, Sequent Learning Networks

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.

Status Report Template

Use this Excel template to streamline your status reports, improve communication with stakeholders, and deliver your presentations with greater impact.

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Career Development in Overdrive

Leading Answers

In his best-selling book  Drive: The Surprising Truth of What Motivates Us , Dan Pink explains three attributes (Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose) that people want to feel satisfied and motivated at work. It is a great book, but we can do more. Drive only gets us started.

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4 Things the Project Manager Should Expect of Senior Management

Brad Egeland

Project managers are used to working fairly solo. If you have a PMO of, say, 15 project managers who are each running, on average, 5 projects then that’s 75 projects that may be going on at any given time in the organization.

How To Implement a Hybrid DevOps In Project Management?


In the early days of project management, there were a handful of principles and project management methodologies. The waterfall model used to be a preferred choice, but as time went on and project complexity increased, the waterfall model became obsolete.

Driving Discovery and Experimentation in your Organization

Speaker: Teresa Torres, Product Discovery Coach, Product Talk, David Bland, Founder and CEO, Precoil, and Hope Gurion, Product Coach and Advisor, Fearless Product LLC

If you want to build what matters, you can't move forward blindly. But to make progress, you can't let things slow to a crawl while you focus resources on gathering data. This is where continuous discovery and experimentation come in. Join Teresa Torres (Product Discovery Coach, Product Talk), David Bland (Founder, Precoil), and Hope Gurion (Product Coach and Advisor, Fearless Product) in a panel discussion as they cover how - and why - to build a culture of discovery and experimentation in your organization.

IT Governance: Definitions, Frameworks and Planning

Information technology is prevalent in nearly every industry and organization across the globe. It’s a diverse and challenging discipline with a lot of moving parts and critical scenarios. On top of it all, information technology is constantly evolving.

Retention Strategies for Millennials (& How to Keep Them Happy)


Millennials are not only the future of employment in the services industry, they have slowly become a major force within businesses everywhere.

Project Management Simplified: The Power of Checklists and Templates

Online PM Courses

Project Management is a complex professional discipline. So, we'd all like to see Project Management simplified as much as possible - but not more so. The post Project Management Simplified: The Power of Checklists and Templates appeared first on OnlinePMCourses.

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Ask A PM: I Have a New Hire – How Do I Make Our Relationship Work?


“Dear Elizabeth: I have a new hire starting on the team, a junior project manager. How can I make our new relationship work? I want to give her meaningful tasks, but I’m personally drowning in work, and I need someone to take some of the burden.” ” First: Congratulations! It sounds as if you’ve had a conversation with management and got the support you desperately needed.

Plan for Product Launch Success with Data and Analytics

Speaker: Piyanka Jain, President and CEO, Aryng

When you launch new feature (or an entirely new product), there are many questions that you'll need to answer. Is the feature being adopted? Do your customers like it, or does it need to be improved? Was the launch successful? Well, that all depends on how you define success. Join Piyanka Jain, President and CEO of Aryng, as she explains why - and how - you should use data and analytics to define and track a successful launch.

Operational Planning: How to Make an Operation Plan

Project success, specifically on a team level, happens after you put a solid operational plan in place. Without an operational plan, team members can lose sight of their tasks, budgets can skyrocket and pandemonium can ensue.

Getting Started with Agile Portfolio Management


Tom Raper, our excellent Director of Product Solutions, had the opportunity to present a session at the PMO Symposium earlier this month. Following is a summary of Tom’s presentation. You can also read more about our key PMO Symposium takeaways. If you are still debating implementing Agile portfolio management, you’re in good company. Plenty of organizations are still on the fence about embracing Agile methodologies.

What is Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) in Project Management? Type & Guidelines

ProProfs Project Management

WBS (work breakdown structure) is a method to make complex projects more manageable. It means breaking down a project into tasks and subtasks so that there is no room for confusion in the future.