Sat.Jan 25, 2020 - Fri.Jan 31, 2020

Managing Team Clashes: Tips and Strategies for Conflict Resolution


I remember the day clearly: I slipped into the office 15 minutes late thanks to a transit delay, feeling slightly frazzled. As I sat down at my work station, I noticed that the office — despite most of my colleagues being there — was so quiet you could hear a pin drop.

2020 67

Your Realistic Guide To Beating Burnout (Because A Vacation Isn’t The Answer)


Is your first thought when your alarm goes off each morning — “Oh no, not again?”. Productivity

2020 85

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Disciplined Agile: To Agility and Beyond

Project Management Essentials

Disciplined Agile (DA) has the potential to become a leading agile framework because it creates harmony in this congested thought-space. DA recognizes practices from across the spectrum and offers a pragmatic and context-driven approach to agility. Currently, DA is not widely used.

2020 52

Leveraging Agile Principles for Portfolio Management – Guiding Principle #3


In my last article, I talked about agile work methodologies and how they help organizations improve overall performance and deliver greater value both internally and externally. In order to implement agile methodologies effectively, I presented the first strategy — deliver products, not projects – as the first in a 3-part series to incorporate agile principles to portfolio management.

2020 60

Building Healthy Innovation Ecosystems for Your Projects

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

In this webinar, Nick Noreña will walk through an Innovation Ecosystem Model that he and his team at Kromatic have developed to help investors, heads of product, teachers, and executives understand how they can best support innovation in their own ecosystem. He'll also go over metrics we can use to measure the health of our ecosystems as we build more resources for innovators.

What to Do When a Project Fails: How to Document and Share Lessons Learned


Not every project goes as planned. And while it’s great to celebrate your wins, the best teams (and project managers!) know it’s just as important to dig into your failures and capture lessons learned. Unfortunately, when a project fails, the last thing most people want to do is dig into why it did.

2020 98

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The Importance of Goal Metrics


We’re just going to go ahead and pick up where we left off in the previous article [[link]. After a questioning process, we reached a S.M.A.R.T.

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A Comprehensive List of the 15 Best Project Management Podcasts


There is no scarcity of resources for someone who wants to learn on a busy schedule. Here are 15 of the best project management podcasts that you can listen to on the go. Project Management

2020 78

The yin and yang of project leadership™ 

Susanne Madsen

Provide your team with the best conditions for growth In order to provide your team with the best conditions for growth and enable them to generate optimal results on the project, you must do two things; First you must demand a great outcome, and second, you must enable your team to generate that outcome. You have to ask challenging questions, set high standards and expect the best quality on the one hand, and on the other you have to provide the team with all the support it needs to deliver. The ability to fully support and enable your team to grow and at the same time challenge and stretch it, is a skill that can be learnt and honed over time. Let us look at how you can do that by using the concepts of yin and yang. Yin-leaders support; yang-leaders challenge Yin symbolizes the feminine elements such as listening, supporting, coaching and maintaining stability. These are characteristics that are hugely important when establishing a high-performing team, especially in the early days when people don’t yet trust their own abilities or roles within the team. Project leaders use the supportive yin element to build the team’s confidence and develop skills that are lacking. They encourage collaboration and provide a safe environment for team members to work together and come up with their own solutions. Supportive yin-leaders have a deep respect for people and want to understand what drives and motivates each person. They often spend one-on-one time with team members, assisting them to grow and develop. They are good at praising people for a job well done and will often ask what type of help the individual needs. Yin leadership is enabling and is concerned with making it possible for others to flourish, lead and contribute. Yang, on the other hand, symbolizes the masculine element, which is challenging, demanding and factual. This side of leadership sets a high standard and expects the team to deliver to it. Yang leaders have a strong sense of direction. They are action-oriented and results-driven. They ask challenging questions, hold people to account and may come across as forceful. They are assertive, push the team to deliver to the best of its ability and expect nothing but excellence. It is the yang element that pushes the team to continuously improve and innovate, and the yin element that steps back and enables the team to do so. We could say that yin is a predominant heart-based approach, whereas yang is a predominant rational or head-based approach. Project leaders use ample amounts of both yin and yang Consider the below diagram. It shows that project leadership encompasses a high degree of yin as well as yang. Team members need both elements from their manager in order to perform and thrive. We have to support and enable people to lead on the one hand, whilst on the other challenge and drive results. When these two elements are combined in a holistic way we find tough project leaders who care about people; they care about their client and they care about their team. They involve people in the decisions that affect them and they ask questions that empower and stimulate creative and innovative thinking. Imbalances in yin and yang create a lopsided leadership style When managers have a preference for either yin or yang, they can develop a lopsided or dysfunctional style. Either the yin or the yang element has grown to dominate and stunt the other. Leaders who have a lot of yang, and very little yin, tend to create stress around them. They demand a lot but don’t give the team the security, confidence and space it needs to perform. On the other hand, when leaders only use yin, they run the risk of being too soft and nice and supporting people without looking for a return. Teams need the dynamic tension of both yin and yang and leaders need to reconcile the two. Leadership is not about “either/or” but about “and” We must be enabling and forceful; forgiving and demanding; flexible and tough; supportive and challenging. What is your own style? Are you aware of how much yin and yang you use to lead and manage people? Why not ask the members of your team how they perceive you? Print off the above matrix and ask each person where they would place you. What you may find is that their perception of how challenging and supportive you are is very different from what you imagined. It will increase your self-awareness and open up a conversation that will improve trust between you and your team member. To read more about how to access your supportive side as well as your challenging side, get hold of The Power of Project Leadership (2nd edition). If you liked this post, you may also like: 10 Tips for Handling Conflict Become a better communicator with DISC profiling Is the iron triangle outdated? What are the differences between management and leadership? The Most Common Communication Mistakes Project Managers Make. project leadership

2020 78

Design Thinking: Human Centered Design for Innovative Problem-Solving

Project Bliss

What Is Design Thinking? Design Thinking is a human centered approach to innovative problem-solving. Design Thinking seems to be a hot buzzword these days. You’ve likely heard it mentioned in meetings or hallway talk around the office.

2020 156

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 Framework Types, Key Elements & Best Practices

A project never exists in a vacuum. A project is executed by a team within an organization that has some sort of a project management framework established to enable the process.

2020 281

Project Management Job Description

Girl's Guide to PM

The project management job descriptions you see in profiles on LinkedIn might not represent exactly what you would do in the role. That’s because project managers do so many different things!

2020 230

Transparency improves customer satisfaction

Kiron Bondale

The link between transparency and trust is well known. You are more likely to trust the quality of the food you are served when eating at a restaurant with an open concept kitchen than if the food preparation is done entirely out of sight.

2020 177

What Is Kanbanize? Detailed Kanbanize Overview & Explanation Of Kanbanize Features

The Digital Project Manager

What is Kanbanize? Read on to discover how Kanbanize works—what problems it can help you. The post What Is Kanbanize? Detailed Kanbanize Overview & Explanation Of Kanbanize Features appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Tools

2020 170

Managing The Project Budget - Developing Your Project Management Skills

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

The Best Wrike Alternatives You Need to Try in 2020

Wrike is a cloud-based project management software that project managers and team leaders turn to for help with their projects. With a suite of online tools, Wrike can help you begin to bring order to a project and its tasks, but it can only take you so far.

2020 258

Have you tried Gantter?

Girl's Guide to PM

A Gantt chart-based online PM software with a first-of-its-kind AI Recommendation Engine and complete Google integration. This is a guest article by Susan Kuruvilla at Gantter. Gantter is a Gantt chart-based Critical Path Method (CPM) project management tool in the Google Chrome web store.

2020 242

Project Risk Management – How to Manage Project Risk | Video

Online PM Courses

When you are managing a project, risk is always with you. So, Project Risk Management is a fundamental discipline. I'll introduce you to it in this video. The post Project Risk Management – How to Manage Project Risk | Video appeared first on OnlinePMCourses. PMI Talent Triangle: Technical Project Management Project Management Tips Project Risk Management project risk management risk management video

2020 85

In 2020, Marketers Must Keep Their Eyes on the Ball


In 2020, marketers may find themselves learning a thing or two from sports teams. In this article, Jen Dodos explains how marketers can get their houses in order, maximize what they have, and keep their eye on the ball for a successful year.

2020 78

Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

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

5 Tips for Using Scrum Boards

A scrum board is a critical tool for successfully practicing its namesake, the agile framework, scrum. If you’re unfamiliar, scrum is useful for teams that work on complex, adaptive problems.

2020 249

Does the PMO Really Need a DIrector

Brad Egeland

Have you ever been in a situation where you were reporting to a PMO director and you wonder what value this person brings to the table? You romanticize about how much more productive you would be if you didn’t have to jump through his hoops.

2020 103

What Is a Project Management Plan

Project Management Resource Network

In project management there will be a number of project plans like the risk management plan , the change management plan , and the communications management plan. All of the different plans put together is your project management plan. .

2020 56

Innovation Project Management

International Institute of Learning

By Harold Kerzner, Ph.D. Senior Executive Director, International Institute for Learning (IIL). We are excited to bring you this blog post on Innovation Project Management, which is adapted from Dr. Harold Kerzner’s new book of the same title.

Business Agile: A Roadmap for Transforming Your Management & Adapting to the VUCA Environment

Speaker: Peter Taylor, Speaker/Author, The Lazy Project Manager

Businesses everywhere are trying to “get business agile”—but it’s not easy to adapt to becoming this adaptive. How can conventional organizations succeed in this transformation? In this webinar, Peter Taylor will walk through the change process step by step, and look at a tried and tested transformation roadmap: benefits are outlined, solutions to common challenges offered, and tried and tested methods and tools provided. It will be a guide towards a decentralized and management style that offers more successful decision making through collaboration.

Risk Response Strategies: Full & Revised Roundup

Online PM Courses

Risk response strategies are the basic ways to handle project risks. This article examines all the risk strategies, what they mean, and when to use them. The post Risk Response Strategies: Full & Revised Roundup appeared first on OnlinePMCourses. PMI Talent Triangle: Technical Project Management Project Risk Management contingency escalation mitigation PMBoK PMI risk management risk response risk transfer

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Best Practices for Any Size Project

Brad Egeland

When you’re thinking project management practices, what comes to mind? Are these things you do when the CEO is watching? Things you do if you’re part of a project management office (PMO)? Things you only do if you’re running a $1+ million engagement?

2020 121

Does Your Agency Have a Process Bottleneck? Here’s How to Find Out


Does it seem as if, no matter how many improvements you make to your project management strategy , there’s always something holding your agency back?You

2020 78

I have my Scrum Master certification—now what?

Strategy Execution | PMO Perspectives

The project management profession is in a state of dramatic change. The percentage of projects using agile or hybrid practices exceeds the number of traditional projects , according to the Project Management Institute.

2020 67

Beyond the Findings: The Case for UX Research in Digital Transformation

Speaker: Marina Foglietta-Tereo, Head of UX Research, AXA Insurance

People often think of UX research as a tactical approach to improve the usability or visual appeal of a digital product. While good research will certainly validate an existing design, using it for validation alone would be like using your iPhone solely to tell time! Join Marina Foglietta-Tereo, Head of UX Research at AXA Insurance, as she explores the unrecognized organizational, cultural, and strategic benefits of an in-house, central and mature UXR team.

Webinar Recap: Winning Presentation Skills


Please find below a transcription of the audio portion of Carl Pritchard’s Mastering Winning Presentation Skills webinar being provided by MPUG for the convenience of our members.

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Too Many Projects at Once

Brad Egeland

I realize when we work in an organization that assigns projects to project managers we often don’t have much choice in taking the assignments or turning them down.

2020 103

The Business Technology Standard

Henny Portman

The Business Technology Standard (or BT Standard, 4th edition) is an open-source management framework to plan, build and run information technology in today’s technology-driven business world.

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