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The Complete Guide to Time Management


Illustration: Hanna Lee Joshi. Do you ever wonder how some people manage to get so much work done, while the rest of us barely make it halfway through our to-do list? If you identify more with the latter, you’re not alone. According to The Busy Person’s Guide to the Done List , 41% of to-do list tasks never get crossed off. For those of you at the back, we’ll say it louder: Four out of ten tasks go uncompleted. That’s a lot of uncompleted tasks.

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Project Management Collaboration Tools FAQ

Girl's Guide to PM

I ran a subscriber-only webinar a while back about trends in project management collaboration tools and the barriers to adopting new technology in a project environment. I think people had a great time and the feedback was fantastic. I certainly got a bigger buzz out of presenting my own webinar than I was expecting! The only problem was that we ran out of time to get through all the questions so I wanted to address some of them here.

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Traditional or Agile? - 10 Questions to Find Out Which PM Method Is Right for Your Project


Traditional vs. agile project management. The discussion about the right method has divided the industry. The answer to this question is usually a list of the differences, followed by the note: It always depends on the specific project. Your project determines the project management method and not the other way around. The key question is therefore: Which method fits your specific project?

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What Should a Project Proposal Include?


If you’re working on writing a project proposal for a potential client or customer, you may be wondering what—exactly—your project proposal should include. While your actual project proposal will depend on the type of project, there are several key sections that every project proposal should include. 5 Elements Every Project Proposal Should Include.

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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?

The 12 Agile Principles. Part Four.

Growing Agile

This is the fourth and final part of the blog series were we discuss the 12 Agile Principles. In this post we will focus on principles 10-12. “Simplicity–the art of maximizing the amount of work not done–is essential. “ When I was an Analyst back in the day before I discovered Scrum, or even knew what agile was, I would write down the findings of my analysis in a document called a Business Requirements Specification.

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What To Do When Your Team Doesn’t Believe The Project Schedule

Girl's Guide to PM

This is an extract from Project Pain Reliever. I contributed this chapter (and another one) to the book. This one is about ensuring everyone buys into the project schedule. The One-Man Plan: A Story. Hans had spent a lot of time working on his project schedule. He knew what needed to be done and how long everything would take. Requirements gathering, that would take a couple of days, right? There weren’t that many users to ask, after all.

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What Is & How To Create A Risk Management Plan

The Digital Project Manager

The post What Is & How To Create A Risk Management Plan appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. How-to Guides How-to Managing And Controling Risk Management Topics

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Scrum Master Servant Leader: 12 Ways To Move Your Team to Greatness

Project Bliss

A scrum master servant leader can lead his team to greatness with this advice from Geoff Watts’s wonderful book Scrum Mastery. The following is a guest post by Charlie Davidson. Please see the Editor’s note below regarding the variation in spelling of the term Scrum Master. Scrum’s framework is easy to understand but hard to master. The ScrumMaster role is no different. Let’s spend some time exploring the challenges ScrumMasters face and how to overcome them.

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Low psychological safety might be why planning assumptions remain unstated

Kiron Bondale

Scott Adams does a good job above of illustrating one of the many perils of low levels of psychological safety within a team. Dilbert is trying to raise reasonable doubts with his leader, the Pointy-Haired Boss, but his concerns are met with the threat of losing his job. How likely is it that Dilbert will raise such concerns in the future? While this scenario has been dramatized for comedy purposes, it sometimes ends with tragic results.

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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.

Why Don’t 50% of People Do Stakeholder Engagement?

Girl's Guide to PM

I ran a survey about stakeholder management (thanks, by the way, if you were one of the people who filled it out) and the results surprised me. I have done a bit of analysis on the results and I wanted to share what I know so far with you. The biggest reason we do stakeholder engagement activities on projects is because they help us get the resources we need for the project.

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Milestone Planning: What, Why and How


Milestone planning is one of the most important aspects of project planning, because project milestones are the most visible indicators of project progress. What are milestones and why are they important? Milestones typically mark critical decision points, the completion of major project tasks and the ends of various project phases. Senior stakeholders who are not involved in the project on a daily basis become more engaged and attentive as milestones approach.

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Ask a PM: A Guide to Action Log Tasks and Activities


“Dear Elizabeth: What would constitute an action for the log versus a task in the project plan schedule? I don’t know where to put my tasks, and it’s confusing to have them in two places.”. This is actually a pretty common question; I’d say it comes up at least once a month! So, first: know that you are not alone in wondering what goes on the project schedule and what tasks are better suited to a to-do list or action log.

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The Twins – Communications Management and Stakeholder Management


The following true story was shared in one of my classes by a senior manager from a global corporation in South Korea. The manager’s team had worked over six months and was gearing up for a firmware release with a specific set of features. The recently new Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the organization participated in a pre-release meeting, and had dropped a bombshell, cancel the project!

Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

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

12 Vital Project Management Rules You Need to Follow

Online PM Courses

When you have been managing projects for a while, you will start to notice that some things are always true. Each of these ‘Project Management Rules‘ reminds us of something important about Project Management, so I have been collecting them for nearly 20 years. I am sure the list in my notebook is far from […]. The post 12 Vital Project Management Rules You Need to Follow appeared first on OnlinePMCourses.

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Embrace Uncertainty: On-Demand Sessions to Help You Thrive on Continuous Change


Every business is facing challenges today that are testing them at all levels of the organization. As we enter the fifth month of the coronavirus global pandemic, we thought it was time to take a step back and reflect on what has already been learned to help us all benefit. So we hosted a virtual summit last week to do just that—explore how businesses are embracing change and focusing on how to come out of this pandemic stronger. .

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Review People Over Process

Henny Portman

Michael K. Levine wrote with People Over Process – Leadership for Agility a very pragmatic and down to earth book about leadership and agile projects. The classic formulation of agile in the Agile Manifesto has no role for leadership. In fact, it is explicitly anti-leadership, encouraging self-managed teams, reliance on motivated individuals, leaving them alone and trusting them to get the job done.

PMP Exam Changes in 2021: Are You Ready?


It is said that “change is the only constant.” The PMP exam is no exception. In fact, it changes roughly once every two years, and we are seeing a change coming up in about six months. PMI will start conducting the exam based on a new pattern as of January 2, 2021. The PMP exam change has created quite a stir in the certification community. Many aspirants are confused about the changes. You, too, may have heard about the change and may be looking for answers.

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Leading Under Uncertainty

Speaker: Greg Coticchia, CEO & Founder of ENTRA

Organizations of all types and sizes are facing common challenges of how to deal with the uncertainty in our current professional and personal lives. How can you plan when you are uncertain of what's next? On a product level, how can you be sure of delivering the ‘right’ messaging, products, solutions, and services to customers? How do you survive to fight the fight another day? In this session, we will discuss important tips for you as a Product Manager dealing with uncertainty. At the same time, we will discuss another important aspect of dealing with uncertainty, and that is building trust, especially while many of us are working remotely or in new or different settings.

Project Leadership: What Is It and Which Skills Are Required?

ProProfs Project Management

Project management turns into a nightmare in the absence of project leadership. . Picture a cruise ship that is sailing without a captain. Ask yourself – ‘will it reach its destination?’. No, obviously! . Behind every successful project, there is a leader – who has the right skills and qualities required to steer the team. . A project leader keeps their team motivated and ensures that each task is executed perfectly during the development process.

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Best Time Management Skills To Get Things Done On The Dot


Raise Up Your Productivity Game With Effective Time Management Skills “The bad news is, time flies. The good news is, you’re the pilot.”- Michael Althsuler Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet! Sounds like a full dose of inspiration, right? Do you know what these people have in common? “ The value of time”. It’s amazing how all these people followed a different approach to achieve their goals, but there was one common factor that made them what they are today.

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Homeworking & Homeschooling in COVID-19

Brad Egeland

It appears that COVID-19 isn’t going away anytime soon. Most of us have reached that point where we at least know someone who has contracted it or has even become severely affected or died from it. I’ve even read predictions from experts that before we conquer it – if we ever do – at least 60-70% of the population will have contracted the coronavirus. 60-70%. And right now 1 in every 100 in the US has it or has had it.

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50 Handpicked Time Quotes from Notable Thinkers Throughout History


Time–it’s something that we create, spend and waste without even thinking about it. Often we think of it as an endless commodity, but in the words of Buddha, at least according to Jack Kornfield in Buddha’s Little Instruction Book , “The trouble is, you think you have time.”. Though you can’t stop the ticking of the clock, you can decide how to get the most from the hours you do have.

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Using Continuous Customer Testing for Pandemic-Proof Product Success

Speaker: Luke Freiler, CEO and co-founder of Centercode

After weathering recessions with a wide range of iconic customers, CEO and Product Manager Luke Freiler has seen first hand the impact the Voice of the Customer has had in making or breaking tech companies during hard times. He's going to walk you through an agile process for continuous customer testing that saves you time and gives you full confidence in your products — no matter how many you're sending out the door this year.

Teamwork without email is a reality now!


The email has been hailed as the greatest communication tool, and at the same time the ravager of productivity in teams. Time has come for teamwork without email. One of our competitions, Asana, calls itself a productivity tool for teamwork without email. We beg to differ, Asana is hardly the right tool to reduce the dependency of email. In fact, Asana uses email extensively. Without email, Asana would not function properly.

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Vendor Showcase Recap: Triskell Software for Enterprise Governance


Please find below a transcription of the audio portion of Rich Murphy’s showcase session, Triskell Software for Enterprise Governance, being provided by MPUG for the convenience of our members. You may wish to use this transcript for the purposes of self-paced learning, searching for specific information, and/or performing a quick review of webinar content. There may be exclusions, such as those steps included in product demonstrations.

3 Ingredients for a Successful PMO

Brad Egeland

Though most organizations now have some form of formal project management office (PMO), there is still no guarantee of project success or even PMO success. Indeed, a recent report from PM Solutions indicated that 87% of surveyed organizations have a project management office in place compared to only 47% in a similar study performed in 2000. Yet PMI reported in a study that as many as 68% of all projects fail to some degree.

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6 Ways to Make the Most out of Your Remote Internship


Illustration: Hollie Fuller. Every year, students flock to summer and term-time internships to explore their professional interests. For many students, these internships provide valuable opportunities to network with managers and employees, explore new locations, and discover niche industries and specialty projects. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, however, this internship season is unlike other years.

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Use Discovery and Delivery to Experiment Our Way to a New Normal

Speaker: Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant, Rothman Consulting Group

Many of us are accustomed to planning for either discovery or delivery. We know how to plan for where we want to be for a product (delivery). And, we know how to plan to discover a market (discovery). Right now in 2020, those plans might not be worth anything. The world is still in upheaval—and no one has a crystal ball to know when we should plan more in-depth. Instead of planning for either discovery or delivery, we can use experiments—for all our work. When we focus on experimentation, small bets, and short feedback loops, we can create the kinds of products our customers will love.

How To Build A Workflow Management System (+Examples)

The Digital Project Manager

The post How To Build A Workflow Management System (+Examples) appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. General

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Vendor Showcase Recap: Triskell Software for Enterprise Governance


Please find below a transcription of the audio portion of Rich Murphy’s showcase session, Triskell Software for Enterprise Governance, being provided by MPUG for the convenience of our members. You may wish to use this transcript for the purposes of self-paced learning, searching for specific information, and/or performing a quick review of webinar content. There may be exclusions, such as those steps included in product demonstrations.

Epicflow Summer 2020 Updates: Skill Management, Multigroups, Unit Pool, and More

Epicflow Blog

We at Epicflow are doing our best to provide you with the best opportunities modern technologies can suggest. As businesses are growing and their project management efforts and demands are increasing day by day, we as multi-project management software developers are striving to meet challenges and trends and offer unique solutions for your better efficiency. Let’s consider some new features Epicflow has prepared for you this summer.

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