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How to Develop a Quality Management Plan

Project Risk Coach

Entering projects with little consideration to quality can be costly in numerous ways. Let’s look at the project risks when there is no quality management plan. First, we may not meet customer’s needs and expectations. Second, the cost of corrective action and defect repair may be higher than expected. Third, the cost of quality after the project may be higher and may decrease customer confidence.

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Five expectations for agile tools…

Kiron Bondale

Agile delivery does not mandate the use of software tools, but when scaling agile within large organizations with greater numbers of stakeholders, geographic distribution of pods, compliance requirements and similar enterprise challenges, tooling can improve efficiency and effectiveness. There are a few basic expectations which should be met to ensure that your tooling isn’t consistently identified as a blocker during stand-ups and retrospectives. Stability.

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Join the conversation on Slack

The Digital Project Manager

Our goal is to elevate the conversation surrounding digital, leadership, and the world of digital project management., so we’re trying something new. Right now, on. The post Join the conversation on Slack appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. General Tools

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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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The Big Payoff of Application Analytics

Outdated or absent analytics won’t cut it in today's data-driven applications. And they won’t cut it for your end users, your development team, or your business. Learn how 5 companies used embedded analytics to achieve huge returns and greater value than anticipated.

Rethinking Resource Management

Arras People

Resource management has been one of those topic areas that always seems to come up when project practitioners talk about specific challenges they face in programme and project management – I guess it’s because it is the people side of projects – the notoriously difficult bit. In this article, Patrick Tickle from Planview* talks about just how complex resource management has gotten and how, now, might the right time to rethink what we’re doing around resource management.

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Gambling leadership

Musings on Project Management

Every [leader] is a gambler Admiral John McCain (the senator's father) Admiral Halsey's air commander, WW II in the Pacific. And, so what do we make of that idea?* To exert leadership, do we layer a propensity to gamble on top of the usual uncertainty that goes along with projects? Is it additive, or compounding? As a gambler, should we expect certain rules to apply. as in poker? risk decision Risk Management

How to Achieve Results Through Implementing PMO?

Various government agencies have been the successful producing result for the past years, thanks, to adhering to mandatory policies. These agencies exert a lot of effort to become more effective and functional. However, the survey shows that not all government agencies are living up to their expectations being set on them; some are behind on schedule when it comes to projects and has a hard time to even achieve their objectives because of that. Implementing PMO is the key to combat such issue.

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Essential SAFe 4.0 – How is it Different from SAFe 4.0?


Essential SAFe 4.0 was launched by Scaled Agile Inc. in 2016 as a method to help organizations scale up their existing agile practices. But isn’t that also the reason behind organizations adopting Scaled Agile framework in its glorious entirety? How is Essential SAFe 4.0 different from SAFe 4.0? What was the need for Scaled Agile Inc. to introduce a derivative of their existing and successful Scaled Agile Framework? Image Credits: Scaled Agile.

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7 Signs You Don’t Have the Right Project Management Tool for the Fourth Industrial Revolution


“Adapt or perish,” said H.G. Wells , the father of science fiction. Some of us know all too well how right-on this quote is to succeeding in business these days—especially when it comes to staying competitive in what’s being called the Fourth Industrial Revolution. It’s an exciting time and a challenging time. Advanced technology, like in the previous industrial revolutions , is increasing the speed of manufacturing and doing business.

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Alternatives to PPM Tools for Today's Anywhere Workforce

To survive in the future of work, PMOs need to evolve beyond what most basic PPM tools offer. The best project portfolio management tools enables teams to plan and execute in one place, giving PMOs the visibility they need to ensure project success.

The Canvas Strategy

Zen Project Management

I’m making my way through the Tim Ferris' book Tools of Titans. It’s well over 600 pages but it has a lot of useful, interesting advice, though I'll admit some of it is a bit out there. He breaks the book up into three areas; Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise. The book is really just a summary of podcasts done over the years with some other advice added in. One piece of advice I appreciated is what he called the canvas strategy. The idea really came from Ryan Holiday.

The 5 Reasons You Need Planning a Strategy

Planning a strategy is time-consuming; apart from exerting so much time and effort in it, you need to gather experienced people for the job. And the people should be devoted and not chicken out once the strategy plan is implemented. Another factor to take note is when planning a strategy; you cannot go wrong with specific and clear details. From the plan down to its tasks , the strategic plan should be free from vague information and confusing processes.

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Collaborative Project Management Misconceptions


With the proliferation of social media, Collaborative Project Management (CPM) is finally on the radar of many organizations and executives. I have been a practitioner of Collaborative Project Management before Mark Zuckerberg went to Harvard. In the old days, we simply used Project Management tools like MS project plus constant communication either in person, phone lines or email to collaborative on our projects.

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7 Signs Your PM Tool Isn’t Working for You


Project work is exciting and challenging, and brings teams together to create amazing products and technology. But if your stress level is chronically up a few extra notches and you feel like your excellent team is scrambling to do mediocre work, that could be a sign that something’s amiss with your project management software. The good news is: it’s fixable!

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Embedded Analytics – 4 Mission-Critical Steps to Take on Your Analytics Journey

The right analytics capabilities will turn data into valuable insights for your end users. This research-based guide, derived from insights of industry professionals, will allow you to create an optimal strategy for acquiring those capabilities.

How Business Instant Messenger Fits into the Workplace


Instant Messenger for Business Makes the Workplace Work. There is a time and place for everything, so the saying goes. But, what is the right time and place for using instant messenger at work? There are as many ways to chat as there are personal communication preferences. Should you reach out to co-workers by email, schedule an in-person meeting or send an SMS? Some team members may prefer that you send an email and then send a text to alert them that you sent an email.

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?Are Lessons Learned Really Necessary?

Brad Egeland

​ Lessons learned. In theory, it sounds like a great tool for increasing project success going forward. You gather everyone together at the end of the project and discuss what was good, what was bad, and what could have or should have been done differently. You examine the bumps along the way – trying to remember details back 3 months, 6 months, and sometimes maybe 2 years to examine incidents of issues and risks and how things were handled.

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Why SMBs Should Invest In Collaboration Technology – Guest Post by Eileen O’Loughlin, Software Advice


According to Gartner research, collaboration software is growing in popularity among enterprise businesses. It’s so important, in fact, that it’s considered a critical capability that enterprises should prioritize when evaluating a new project and portfolio management (PPM) software. But what about small and midsize businesses (SMBs)? Is collaboration technology just a pie in the sky?

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95% of project managers still use two or more tools for managing projects

Paymo App

This is just one of the key findings of a research conducted by GetApp Lab: the vast majority of PMs are using two or more apps to make sure their projects will complete on time and within budget. Almost 74% of PMs are using between two and five tools, and 95% are using two or more. This is a clear indicator that there’s a disconnect between the available apps and the workflows/processes that PMs use for managing projects.

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From Planning to Results, How to Choose a Tool to Manage Marketing Projects

With increased channels, tools, and pressure to achieve goals, your work management platform must be able to: Manage complex projects within tight time frames, Harness data from all channels to make decisions in real time, Prove ROI to the broader business. Download the eBook today!

Cone of Uncertainty - Part Cinq (Updated)

Herding Cats

The notion of the Cone of Uncertainty has been around for awhile. Barry Boehm's work in “Software Engineering Economics”. Prentice-Hall, 1981. The poster below is from Steve McConnell's site and makes several things clear. The Cone is a project management framework describing the uncertainty aspects of estimates (cost and schedule) and other project attributes (cost, schedule, and technical performance parameters).

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?Leverage Change Management for Better Projects

Brad Egeland

If you’re in an organization and you want to do something new, strategic, exciting, challenging or difficult – it’s a project. A project is a way to transform an organization or a group. The essence of project management is change, something individuals will resist for many reasons. They prefer the status quo; they are fearful about job security; they may think they will be unable to learn something new.

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7 Hacks for Effective Meetings


You’d expect that all this time spent on meetings should amount to something significant for you and for the organization. Sadly, 71% of employees feel that meetings are unproductive and executives feel that over 67% of meetings are failures (Source: The Muse). Doing away with meetings is not the solution. We just need to find ways to make meetings more effective. That’s our aim with this blog; 7 hacks to make meetings more effective.

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How to: Make process change happen using project retrospectives

The Digital Project Manager

So you’ve just run a retrospective at the end of your project and you have a good amount of feedback about your processes, your team, The post How to: Make process change happen using project retrospectives appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Features General Promoted

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2021 Dresner Advisory Services Business Intelligence Market Study

Every year Dresner reviews the state of the BI market as it stands today. This 12th annual report breaks down customer perceptions of BI and how well each vendor performs. See for yourself how all the major BI vendors stack up.

What Project Management Training Do Project Practitioners Really Value?

Arras People

That’s just one of the areas we look at in this year’s Project Management Benchmark Report from Arras People, launched today. We’ve also covered what practitioners think about: the new Chartered Status, recently awarded to the Association of Project Management (APM). the new Off-Payroll Workers regulation which will impact freelance project practitioners working in the public sector. how career breaks affect a project practitioner’s career.

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4 Tips for an Effective Project Management Plan


Leaders always have to be ready to adapt to changing circumstances and meet fresh challenges. However, they’ll most likely reach successful outcomes with a thoughtful project management plan. What is a project management plan? It’s a road map that directs a team from the start date to completion. When leaders carefully plot the course ahead, using the right strategies, input, and tools, they position their teams to work efficiently and get things done.

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Decision Making On Software Development Projects

Herding Cats

Decision Making on Software Development Projects Is Both Simple and Complex at the Same Time. All projects operate in the presence of uncertainty. Real-world decision making is performed under uncertainty. Decision makers must make decisions which best incorporate these uncertainties. These uncertainties come in two forms – reducible and irreducible. Irreducible (Aleatory) uncertainty is natural variability, stochastic, and due to chance.

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The 'triple threat' work skills for the future

Lynne Cazaly

Trying to make sense of the ongoing changes in the world seems like a tough ask sometimes; as soon as you’ve got your head around one shift or change. ‘thud’, along comes another, and then another. This is the world of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity ( VUCA ) after all. So what are we to do? And the emphasis is on ‘do’ We can’t just sit and wait things out. Mind you, pointless ‘doing’ isn’t too helpful either.

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Insiders' Guide to Self-Service Analytics

Self-service analytics are vital for how your users interact and engage with your application. As you explore analytics solutions for your application, see why self-service analytics can prove critical to the adoption and stickiness of your application.

9 Survival Tips for Accidental Project Managers


The title of ‘project manager’ is no longer just confined to those with industry certifications or who have chosen a career in project management. Changes in technology, shifting business needs, and a move towards increased collaboration means that many of us will need to manage projects to be successful in our roles. We will become ‘the accidental project manager’, often parachuted in to take ownership of a project with little or no notice.

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Flocking to quality

Musings on Project Management

Ever wonder how you know you're impressing people; doing a good job; producing a good project outcome? Watch the flocks "People know quality and flock to it" David brooks No flocks? Hmmm, that sucks. Assessments are needed; perhaps even root-cause analysis, etc Here's the important point: If people are not flocking, it's not their fault. If they don't get it, it's your job to fix it so. Quality

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How to Handle and Solve Project Management Issues?

Having skilled and experienced team members is sure a rewarding experience to be working with them. Plus, the project becomes a breeze and you can hardly feel the tension at all since you are surrounded by these people who know how to handle projects properly and accordingly. But even with these exceptional skills, there are often times that project management issues are still rearing their ugly heads and get the better of the each member.

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