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6 Practical Ways to Actually Improve Your Cost Management

Project Risk Coach

PMP Exam Series - Cost Management Think about it for a minute – what have you done in the last six months to improve your cost management? Review the projects you’ve completed in the last year. How many of those projects came in over budget? Consider John, a savvy project manager, who was asked to manage a project to replace a dated network system. The project sponsor told him that he had $100,000 for the project.

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Agile project management: A beginner's guide

Moira Alexander

If you're new to project management and the agile methodology, the answers to these 10 questions will arm you with the information you need to get started. And if you're a project management veteran, these frequently asked agile questions are a good refresher. What is agile? Agile is a project management methodology that uses short development cycles called sprints to focus on continuous improvement in the development of a product or service. How long as agile been around?

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2017 Project Management Conferences You Won’t Want To Miss

Rebel’s Guide to PM

If you are looking to attend a project management conference this year, chances are there is something close by that will appeal to you. I’ve compiled this extensive list of conferences both local to me in the UK and around the world. Use this quick link menu to jump to the relevant portion of the year. Make sure you sign up for the free 3-part mini-course on How to Get the Most Out of a Conference before you attend any of these events.

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Kick Start Your Project Management Career in 2017 Project Management Prizes Galore

Arras People

We’re entering the last few weeks of the Project Management Census – huge thanks to everyone who has already taken part – they’re currently in the draw for some great prizes, including: Yes, we’re giving away 10 free sessions in this year’s draw. The Project Management Careers Clinics are really popular with all levels of project practitioners.

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Cyber Security, Change Management and Enterprise Risk Management: Scaling Operations for Growth

Speaker: William Hord, Vice President of Risk Management and Compliance

Join us as we discuss the various tangents of data and the change management process that will help you make better risk-based business decisions to save time and money for your organization.

Do you deliver dazzling demos?

Kiron Bondale

Demos, or showcases as they are sometimes called, are a critical ceremony when they are run effectively as they address multiple project delivery objectives in a single event including: Validating that what the team has completed to date is valuable from the perspective of their customer and other key stakeholders. Helping the team and stakeholders change or evolve their understanding of the desired solution.

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Gantt Chart is the right tool for tracking all projects even Agile


There are many project management methodologies in use today. All have different ways of managing projects and each fit certain projects based on size or complexity. They use different tools and methods to plan a project and track it during project life cycle. One tool every project manager should use regardless of the methodology used to manage the project, is the Gnatt Chart.

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To See or Not to See?


It is not enough to Visualize. You need to be willing to See! A genuine fear lurks while putting final changes to this article a few weeks before the 45th President of the United States takes office. Becoming the most powerful man on the planet is a fine example of a huge and successful project and his phenomenal success flies in the face of some key takeaways in this article. So, reader’s discretion is advised!

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Estimating the Risk

Herding Cats

Risk is everywhere on projects. This risk comes from two types of uncertainty. Aleatory uncertainty, which is the naturally occurring yields variances in the underlying processes. This uncertainty is handled with cost, schedule, and technical performance margins. Epistemic uncertainty comes from probabilistic processes that can be addressed with handling responses. The idea of risk and its management and handling is a critical success factor for all software development.

?How Important is a Project Communication Plan?

Brad Egeland

How important is communication to project success? In my opinion – it may be #1 on the list and it is certainly a major responsibility of every project manager who has ever led a project. ​ Whether or not your project or your customer requires a delivered Communications Plan, you should still have one … especially if you are dealing with an external customer rather than an internal organization. Read the full article

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The Innovative PM: Cultivating Creativity in the Evolving Hybrid Workspace

Speaker: Rachel Rai Henry, Founder of the Creative Flow School

In this one-of-a-kind webinar, speaker, creativity expert, and educator Rachel Rai Henry will walk you through the evolution of hybrid work management through the lens of creative flow.

What Puts Manufacturing Teams Ahead: Lean Six Sigma


In any given year, I attend a lot of project management conferences. There are always common themes that come up at these conferences, but these days it seems that you can’t turn around without getting smacked in the face by Lean Six Sigma. It’s everywhere, and it’s not a fad. Lean Six Sigma has been growing up for quite a while now. It’s no longer the new kid on the block. It’s more like the youth who went away to school and returned as a ripped 26-year-old athlete.

Effective Leadership Skills. Are You Truly A Great Project Leader?

Fix my Project Chaos

Lately on the blog I’ve been exploring the ten skills that employers want from project managers. Effective leadership is one of the key skill that employers expect from project managers. While managing the project (costs, risks, issues, scope etc.) is important, leading the team (including the extended team) to deliver the required outcome is essential. What is effective leadership? For […]. The post Effective Leadership Skills. Are You Truly A Great Project Leader?

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Risk Management

Herding Cats

Risk Management is How Adults Manage Projects - Tim Lister. Risk Management requires making estimates of many things. The uncertainties that create the risk - reducible (Epistemic) and irreducible (Aleatory), the impacts from the risks, the efficacy of the corrective actions, the residual reducible uncertainty, and any changes in the irreducible uncertainties. Just like risk management, estimating is how adults manage projects. No risk management no adult managemnt.

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Project Portfolio Management: Are You Suffering From Resource Allocation Syndrome?


Resource allocation is a good thing, right? You are managing multiple projects at once. On a Monday, after drafting up a general report, you find that while one of your resources is clearly overbooked for the week with tasks from 4 different projects, there is one resource with the same skillset, that doesn’t have any tasks until Thursday. You reallocate the second resource to the projects that the first one is working on and normalize the workload. Great, huh?

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How to Build Data Experiences for End Users

Organizational data literacy is often addressed, but it’s uncommon to consider users’ data literacy levels when building products. Product managers need to recognize their end users' data literacy when building an application with analytic features.

To Jump or not to Jump

The Tao of Project Management

Welcome to 2017 I trust you all have a happy and rewarding year. As usual I will be dripping in my thoughts, meditations and opinions as we go, with a little bit about life (or the continuous learning program as I like to think of it). Speaking of continuous learning, I was contacted by Emily of Master of Project, regarding their training courses. I promised to take a look and I did.

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Effective Leadership Skills. Are You Truly A Great Project Leader?

Fix my Project Chaos

Lately on the blog I’ve been exploring the ten skills that employers want from project managers. Effective leadership is one of the key skill that employers expect from project managers. While managing the project (costs, risks, issues, scope etc.) is important, leading the team (including the extended team) to deliver the required outcome is essential. What is effective leadership? For […]. The post Effective Leadership Skills. Are You Truly A Great Project Leader?

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Economics of Software Development

Herding Cats

Making decisions in the presence of uncertainty with limited resources is the domain of Macro and Micro Economics. Making decisions in resource-limited situations at the national or global scale is macroeconomics. Macroeconomics is the study of how people make decisions influenced by tax rates, interest rates foreign policy, and trade policy. Microeconomics is the study of how people make decisions on a personal scale and treats decisions that individual and organizations make.

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7 Essential Project Management Skills for 2017

The Digital Project Manager

If you’ve started the year and committed to upping your project management skills to be a better project manager, what project management skills are the. The post 7 Essential Project Management Skills for 2017 appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Features General

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Projects Deliver Products, Products Deliver Strategy

Speaker: Peter Monkhouse, Founder, NewGenP

This webinar will introduce a strategy implementation circle, which will demonstrate the role that projects and products play in assisting an organization with strategy implementation. The webinar will emphasize the importance of using an iterative approach to product development and project execution.

What Gilmore Girls Can Teach You About Project Stakeholder Management


If you’ve never heard of Gilmore Girls before, here’s the 5-second intro. It’s an American TV drama/comedy that started in 2000, lasted seven full seasons, generating 153 episodes, featuring strong female characters (girl power!), and creating stardom for its two main actors Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel.

Win Copies of The Myths of Innovation [Giveaway]

Rebel’s Guide to PM

Today I have a great giveaway for you. When I met Scott Berkun in Texas for the Digital PM Summit last year, he kindly signed two copies of his book, The Myths of Innovation, for me to offer as giveaway prizes. Some of you might know that Scott’s first book, Making Things Happen , is one of my all time favourite project management books.

Quote of the Day

Herding Cats

Overheard on Twitter. The Start of a Project Is the Worst Time to Estimate Its Duration or Cost.

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Who does what, when and how…?

Ron Rosenhead

The atmosphere in the room was tense so I decided to intervene and summarised as follows: this group is a mix of project managers and project sponsors. this sponsor workshop is focusing on clarifying roles – role of the project manager and role of the project sponsor alongside steering groups (project boards). it seems that roles are not at all clear – there is too much confusion as to who should be doing what and when.

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The Definitive Guide to Embedded Analytics

Transform how you build value for your products with this definitive guide to embedded analytics.

Take Control of Your Project Plan Calendar


In project management , timing is half the battle. Leaders have to keep all the members of the team on track, hitting their deadlines and constantly making progress toward their shared goals. Getting everything done on time and under budget calls for strategy and forethought, and that’s why you need to maintain a clear project plan calendar.


Musings on Project Management

If you're in the construction industry you probably know about and have experienced "design-build". Notice that there's a word missing after "design", to wit: competitive bidding. Ooops, a typo? No, there is a body of knowledge around this that says that it's faster-cheaper for the same quality to go "design-build" than "design-competitve bid-build". In effect, one team -- architect, general. construction contract Project Management

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Cone of Uncertainty

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 or any other project attribute. Estimates of cost, schedule, technical performance on the left have a lower probability of being precise and accurate than estimates on the right.

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Cut, Cut, Cut: Elimination Strategies To Boost Productivity

Project Management Hacks

Elimination is an underrated productivity strategy we all need to practice. It’s one of the best ways to eliminate that “crazy busy” feeling that make the week feel like a long slog. If elimination is such a great strategy, why isn’t it more popular? There’s a few reasons to consider. First, cultural pressure starting in high school (I have to be well rounded to get into college/university with top grades and “extra-curricular activities”!)

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A PM’s Master Class on Building and Maintaining Stakeholder Relationships

Speaker: Americo Pinto, Founder and Chair at PMO Global Alliance

In this discussion, Americo Pinto, Founder and Chair at PMO Global Alliance, will walk you through best practices for communicating with stakeholders.

What is Risk Management: Staying on top of the Risks in your projects

Through our lives both professionally and personal we constantly run into little hiccups that we did not see coming. Maybe you put off paying those toll tickets and years later, you get a letter in the mail for over a thousand dollars! Yikes! Alternatively, lets take a look at the IBM Mega Disaster when in […]. The post What is Risk Management: Staying on top of the Risks in your projects appeared first on For Managers | Personal Development Hacks. Management

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INFOGRAPHIC: Put a Stop to Time Wasters with Effective Project Management


Author: Ravindra Wankar, Co-Founder at Celoxis About Celoxis: Celoxis is an enterprise class project management and PPM tool that helps companies streamline management of projects, timesheets, expenses and business processes, specific to their organization. Over the last decade, Celoxis has specialized in delivering improved collaboration and increased efficiency for Enterprises globally, across Industry verticals.

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10 Infographics to Skyrocket Your Productivity in 2017


New year, new resolutions… We all know how hard is to stick to all the goals, especially when everything distracts us from achieving them. But the beginning of the year is a great moment to reconsider the habits and start planning the time wisely. That’s why we want to invite you to join the journey […]. Productivity

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