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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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?

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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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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Managing The Project Budget - Developing Your Project Management Skills

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

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.

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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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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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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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Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

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

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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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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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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How to Run An Effective Meeting (That Won’t Bore People to Tears)


As inspiration for this article, I Googled the phrase “Meetings are…” There were a lot of results, none of which were complimentary: Meetings are toxic Meetings are a waste of time Meetings are useless. Entrepreneur was even more blunt, calling meetings “one of the worst business rituals.”

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Get Growth With Partner Integrations

Speaker: Mandy Howard, Product Manager, ServiceTitan

Once your SaaS product hits a certain level of revenue, you'll need to change things up to move past the plateau. One of the ways to do this is to move past your core product and introduce new business streams. If you're strategic about your integrations, you can strengthen your ties to your target market. Join Mandy Howard, Product Manager at ServiceTitan, as she takes you through the three key questions that you need to answer to grow your product with the right partner integrations. Whether you're a start-up, or working on a new product in an enterprise environment, you'll learn how to push through to a new level of growth.

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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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.

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Employee-Led Innovation (1): Advantages of In-House Idea Development


Our latest blog series will focus on idea generation and management and we’ll present you with a number of methods which will help you offer your employees incentives to create innovation because your own employees often have the best ideas and the necessary know-how. Companies are often skeptical when it comes to having their own employees develop and implement ideas. After all, this would mean that they would have to be given time to do so during working hours.

PRINCE2 Certification: Everything You Need to Know

Online PM Courses

Today, over a million project managers use PRINCE2 in countries all over the world in public and private sector projects. It’s attention to rigor and good governance make it a popular standard for many organizations.

Measure the Immeasurable: Beyond Vanity Metrics

Speaker: Sari Harrison, Product Management Instructor, Product School

As a product manager, it's your job to realize your product’s vision by executing your chosen strategy. It’s also your job to deliver value to the business. Ultimately, these two outcomes are aligned so the temptation is to focus primarily on business metrics. Doing this can cause you to lose focus on the real value you are trying to achieve, in favor of moving the vanity metrics such as launches and time spent. Join Sari Harrison, Product Management Instructor at Product School, as she explains how to use immeasurable success criteria along with your more standard KPIs to deliver products that don't just get used a lot, but deliver real value.

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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The Secret of Successful KPI Metrics


If you’ve been a project manager for any amount of time, you’ve probably heard the term “KPI metrics.” While these two words are commonly put together, it might surprise you that KPI metrics don’t actually exist. In fact, KPI and metrics are two different ideas all together.

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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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What are Lessons Learned? | Video

Online PM Courses

If you are set on Project Management as a career (or any profession, for that matter), it is vital to learn as you go, and get better every day. And the formal mechanism we use is ‘Lessons Learned’ So, what are Lessons Learned? Dr Mike Clayton is founder of

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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?

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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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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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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