Sat.Jan 19, 2019 - Fri.Jan 25, 2019

Simple Guide to Business Process Mapping – a Valuable Skill All Project Managers Need

Project Bliss

If you’ve been asked to complete a business process map it may feel overwhelming. You may have an idea of what that is, but you want to be sure you do it right. It’s not intuitive at first, but once you learn how, it’s much easier than you think.

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6 Reasons Why Projects are Late


The following content is based on the whitepaper, “Bigger Than a Breadbox: 10 Tips for Better Project Estimates, Part 2,” written by Jerry Manas. For your reading convenience, we’ve decided to give it everlasting life here on the blog.

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7 Uncomfortable Truths for Project Managers

Project Managers are among the most positive of people. Armed with our methods and tools , our boundless optimism and our can-do attitude, it sometimes feels like we can do anything. Yet the fact is, there are limitations. We must all face some uncomfortable truths.

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What is Project Risk?

Project Risk Coach

If you say the word “risk” to ten people, each person may think of something different— insurance, threats, investments, bets, or potential loss. As we manage project teams, it's critical that you and your team members have a common understanding of what project risk means.

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Your Post-Launch Toolkit for Understanding Your Users

Speaker: Brittney Gwynn, former Director of Product, Simple Health

If you've you've launched an MVP, you know that the journey has just begun. But what do you do after the launch? How do you figure out what to do next? After you launch, it's important to be able to look at how different segments of your users react and quickly uncover signal vs. noise so you can iterate and improve. Join Brittney Gwynn, former Director of Product at Simple Health, as she explains how you can use early customer feedback, usage data, and continuous experimentation to optimize your way to product-market fit. Whether you're at a brand-new company, or looking to innovate within a more mature organization, or anywhere in between, you'll come away with a skill set to make the most of your launches.

Interested in Getting into Project Management or Committed?

Arras People

A New Year always sees an increase in our Project Management Careers Clinics , it’s not surprising that this time of year is used by many as a time to do something or think differently about their career and where they’re going.

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How to Manage with Servant Leadership

Servant leader. That sounds pretty much like a contradiction in terms, but it is a profoundly important idea. Indeed, I’d argue that servant leadership the single most valuable approach to leadership. And it’s an approach that no leader can afford to ignore.

What’s blocking your benefits realization?

Kiron Bondale

PMI just released the Benefits Realization Management practice guide this month which provides comprehensive but still easily consumable coverage of a benefits management framework covering principles, practices and roles.

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All The Gear No Idea

Arras People

Have you come across the phrase: All the gear no idea? In a project management context, it is commonly used to describe people who have training certifications coming out of their ears with little or no actual experience.

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Shakespeare on project management

Musings on Project Management

When we mean to build, We first survey the plot, then draw the model; and when we see the figure of the house, Then must we rate the cost of the erection which if we find outweighs ability, What do we then but draw anew the model In fewer offices, or at least desist To build at all? William Shakespeare Henry IV, Part2, I.iii,1598 First seen at heardingcats Buy them at any online book. estimate Quotations

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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.

IT Risk Management Strategies and Best Practices

Information technology (IT) is no longer a tucked away department with little impact on day-to-day affairs. It’s big business that’s involved in almost every sector of the economy, and therefore carries some major risks.

4 Ways To Build High Performance Teams In Your Projects

The Digital Project Manager

We don’t always get to pick our teams—but a true leader knows the techniques for building a high performance team, no matter its starting point. The post 4 Ways To Build High Performance Teams In Your Projects appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Leadership & Team Management

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Five Actions for Inspiring Your Project Team


Every project manager will need to inspire a project team at some point in their career. The reasons may range from having an over-challenging project to being appointed to recover a failing project. Or, the reasons may be less daunting, and things are just business as usual.

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The PM PrepCast Will Help You Ace the PMP Exam and Become a Better Project Manager

Brad Egeland

Are you ready to take that next step in your project management career and get PMP certiified, become a better leader, and start earning your full potential - up to $20,000 more per year? The PM PrepCast can get you there. Learn by watching video-based training to master the Knowledge, Skills, Tools and Techniques that are not taught in regular project management classes. but which you’d better know if you want to pass the Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam.

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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.

What Are Your Strengths & Weaknesses? Ace This Interview Question

You’ll reach a point in any job interview where you’ll be asked, “What are your strengths and weaknesses?” How do you respond—humorously? “My My strength is being the best at everything, and my weakness is humility.” Or do you try to answer honestly?

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DPM Podcast: Because I’m Worth It (With Tucker-Sauer Pivonka)

The Digital Project Manager

Do you feel like you have to prove your worth as a project manager? Here’s why the PM role is important and how you can deal with negative views on project management from stakeholders in your projects. The post DPM Podcast: Because I’m Worth It (With Tucker-Sauer Pivonka) appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. DPM Podcast

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Why Finding a Mentor Is Hard (and What to Do about It)


Mentoring is known to have positive effects on career paths, both for new entrants to a role and for more experienced personnel. In a study by Gartner, over 5 years at Sun Microsystems, the results were startling.

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Consider the PM Podcast Your Next Step to Excellence as a Project Manager

Brad Egeland

If you are a project manager looking for advice to successfully manage and lead your projects, I have the perfect place for you to start. The PM Podcast is for both beginners and experts. At PM Podcast, they interview project managers from around the world to learn what makes them successful, so that you can apply their lessons to your own projects and copy their success. Leading projects isn't easy -- their advice difinitely will help!

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A Simple Framework for Complex User Goals

Speaker: Hannah Stegen

How can you measure and affect your users' behavior if they're not doing something that's easily measurable? You can monitor usage, activation, retention, and more, but those metrics don't always align with every one of your goals for your users. Hope is not lost, however: with the right framework, you can still make sure your users are on track. Join Hannah Stegen (she/her), Customer Success Manager at Crescendo as she explains how you can monitor even the most complex user journeys by breaking them up into Attitude, Intention, and Behavior.

5 Ways to Collect Better Customer Feedback

If you don’t think customer feedback is important, then you probably don’t have many customers. The relationship between a business and its customer base is the barometer of its well-being. If you’re losing touch with customers, then the business is in trouble.

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Top 15 Productivity Quotes by Productivity Gurus


The word productivity embodies a multitude of concepts. Each person views productivity with relevance to different factors, both in terms of cause and effect. This is why what boosts productivity and how it impacts one’s life can be interpreted in more than one ways.

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6 Steps Every Team Should Follow?—?A Project Management Guide for 2019


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Does Your Project "Pencil"?

Brad Egeland

We are now one year away from 2020. Like 20/20 vision, will we be able to look back on 2019 with perfect hind sight? So, I’m thinking that maybe I could look ahead to the year with perfect “foresight.” ” To do that, how about just pretend that today is Jan. 2, 2020 and I’m looking back at all the projects I pursued in 2019. Did they “pencil?” ” ​ In my context – “Pencil” is an Engineering term.

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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.

Is Agnostic Integration Right for Your Services Business?


Today’s services organizations commonly leverage ERP, Software as a Service (SaaS), and other cloud services to collect and utilize the data they need to effectively do business. However, these systems frequently lead to information silos, creating cloud integration challenges across organizations.

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How To Create A Simple Project Plan (Project Planning Process)

PM Basics

Let me put this straight: Project planning is a challenging and complex activity. You need to apply knowledge and skills from all aspects of project management. You operate with an enormous amount of information. And let’s be truthful: You’ll race against the clock.

Start Viewing Your IT Department as a Strategic Partner to the Organization


The following content is taken from the whitepaper, “Portfolio-Driven Performance: The 7 Process Areas That Drive IT and Business Results,” written by Jerry Manas. To make it more easily accessible to you, we are giving it everlasting life here on the blog.

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14 Project Management Tools You May Not Know About

Brad Egeland

You can certainly wing it if you want to. It’s not recommended to manage your complex project engagements without the use of a solid project management software tool. That means we spend lots of money on several site licenses and start training, reading and the long learning curve to productive PM engagements and efficient management of project tasks and delivered projects, right? Not so fast.

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Your 2-Part Metrics Audit for High-Value Products

Speaker: Sam McAfee, Product Development Consultant, Startup Patterns

You know what they say: what's measured improves. As product managers we're in a golden age of being able to get all sorts of metrics and run all sorts of experiments. But what are your measurements and analytics focused on? Are they really truly objective? Do they contribute to the ultimate vision of your product? And is everybody clear on that vision? Join Sam McAfee, Product Development Consultant, as he takes you through a two-part measurement audit. First, you'll learn how to make sure your measurements actually align with your product strategy. And second, you'll learn how to evaluate your culture of using measurements, so future experiments will more consistently provide high-value results.

The Challenge of Digital Project Management

ProProject Manager

Are you stuck in your project management career and looking for a new challenge? If so, I highly recommend exploring a career as a Digital Project Manager (DPM). .

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Issue #3: The Best of Project Management Basics in 2018

PM Basics

Project Management Weekly Reading List #3 is here. These five articles got about 27000 views from project managers and leaders in 2018. If you missed one of them it’s time to catch up. Do you manage project scope in the same way?

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Stay On Top Of Work with Naomi Caietti! [PODCAST EPISODE #41]


Project Management with Naomi Caietti! Listen to Naomi Caietti talking on women entrepreneurs, Stay On Top Of Your Work Podcast naomi caietti project management stay on top of your work

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