Sat.Jan 26, 2019 - Fri.Feb 01, 2019

Do you need a Definition of Ready for your agile ceremonies?

Kiron Bondale

A Definition of Ready (DoR) is an agreement established by some agile teams to help them assess if a given product backlog item can safely be accepted by the team to be worked on. It is not expected to be used as a gate but rather as guidance.

2019 194

I've got to write a RFP

Musings on Project Management

Ever been asked to write an RFP (request for proposal)? It may not be as easy as you think. My metric is about 2-3 hours per finished page, exclusive of specifications. Specs are normally just imported. So, it could take you the best part of a week to put an RFP in place.

2019 241

Could you 'Marie Kondo' (Kon Mari) your meetings?

Lynne Cazaly

The runaway success of the sparkling, joyous, tidying queen Marie Kondo via her book ’The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up' and now the success of the Netflix program ’Tidying Up with Marie Kondo' is giving plenty of people lots of joy in tidying up their homes using her Kon Mari method. Some people have suggested we can do the same in tidying up our mindsets, our diets and our relationships. And how about at work?

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9 Essential Project Documents (With Templates)

Girl's Guide to PM

I picked up a project from someone else not that long ago and I was three months into my management of it before I realised there wasn’t a project charter. There were lots of other documents that all had a degree of overlap with a charter, but not an actual charter.

2019 370

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?

How to Stop Overthinking at Work (and in Life)

Consciousness is a blessing and a curse. Thinking has led to great innovation but has also brought people into disastrous conflict. While thought is neither intrinsically good or bad, it can be used for positive or negative ends.

2019 363

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Evaluating Risks Using Qualitative Risk Analysis

Project Risk Coach

Have you ever endured a project meeting where you spent hours evaluating risks? Afterward, team members walked down the hall saying, “What a waste of time! Now I can get back to the real work.” Today, let’s discuss the use of qualitative risk analysis to get you back on track.

2019 195

How to Go From Technical Expert to Leader

Girl's Guide to PM

Domenic was very smart, very precise and had a lot of success in his current organisation (as a chemical engineer). He was given the opportunity to act as a team lead, a role he very much wanted and where he felt he could make a difference. He took the role on and was frustrated.

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Stakeholder vs. Shareholder: How They’re Different & Why It Matters

The words stakeholder and shareholder are often used loosely in business. The two words are commonly thought of as synonyms and are used interchangeably, but there are some key differences between them.

2019 318

Back to Basics (Part 10): How to Create a Project Network Diagram


What is a project network diagram? The InLoox project management glossary defines a project network diagram as follows: ". A network in project management displays the duration of project activities and the dependencies between activities graphically or as a table. ".

2019 255

Managing The Project Budget - Developing Your Project Management Skills

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

9 Reasons Why Problem Solving Skills are Critical for Your Career

Project Bliss

When considering your career, you’re likely looking for a way to set yourself apart from everyone else at work. You may be looking for ways to grow in your career. And you’re possibly wondering what skills will be most beneficial.

2019 179

How to Be a Mentor

Girl's Guide to PM

It’s a great honour to be asked to mentor someone, and whether that arrangement comes about as a result of an informal discussion or a formal corporate scheme, you should take the commitment to be a mentor seriously. It’s also a good career opportunity for you – working with a more junior project manager can give you a different insight into project management topics and they are likely to have different experiences to share with you as well.

2019 227

Key Growth Strategies for New Businesses

Jennifer Bridges, PMP, has been an entrepreneur and business owner for about 20 years. In that time, she’s learned plenty about crafting successful growth strategies for businesses, which she shares in this video. Here’s a screenshot of the whiteboard for your reference!

2019 301

Kanban at the Kitchen Table

Musings on Project Management

Dana Rousmaniere and Frank Saucier collaborate in an interview to talk about kanban methods for the home. And, of course, it's all built around a kitchen table white board with some sticky notes. Have you done this at home? I have; and it works. you wouldn't expect otherwise. But, Frank carries it a bit further than I want to go. He has structured family meetings with a checklist agenda, kanban process

2019 170

Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

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

Project Managers: What To Do When You Hate Your Job

The Digital Project Manager

Working as a project manager comes with its highs and lows—but sometimes, “dynamic” becomes all-out dreadful. Here are the hidden reasons why—and what to do when you hate your job. The post Project Managers: What To Do When You Hate Your Job appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Career Development Topics

2019 146

Back to Basics (Part 11): How to Create a Phase-Milestone Plan


Get to Know the Phase-Milestone-Plan Shortly before the project kick-off , it is often not possible to create a detailed project plan. At this point usually important details are missing. Would you still like to get a rough overview? Then the phase-milestone schedule is your method.

2019 195

How to Create an Online Presence for Your Business

So you’ve decided that your business needs an online presence. That’s fantastic! An online presence can connect you with potential customers and increase your overall stature and legitimacy as a business.

2019 256

Seven Tips to Stay Productive During the Winter


Enduring the cold winter months can be a drag, but we should remember to stay productive and motivated during this season because we’re setting the tone (and pace) for the rest of the year. Just like in a race, if you go too slowly, you’ll never get into a winning rhythm.

2019 131

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?

What Happened to Systems Thinking?

Leading Agile

One fine day in a land called Twitter, someone posted a short video clip of their car moving itself from one parking space to an adjacent space. They said their city had imposed a 2-hour limit on parking, so they were using a special feature of the car to move it without leaving their office.

2019 115

Employee-Led Innovation (2): Innovation Labs and Open Innovation


In the first part of the "Employee-Led Innovation" series we’ve already looked at the advantages of developing new ideas in this way and what creativity and innovation mean in the first place. Now we’re going to look at a method that lets employees be creative without being steered in a particular direction: Innovation Labs. What is an Innovation Lab?

Issue #4: The Enneagram is a Granular Approach to Motivating a Project Team

PM Basics

Project Management Weekly Reading List #4 is here. Do you take people as they are?

2019 109

Don’t Give Up on Inbox Zero


Look at your email inbox. How many unread emails are there? A hundred? A thousand? My personal inbox has over 6,000 unread emails, which isn’t bad considering I’ve had this address for almost 15 years.

2019 110

The Business Opportunity of Embedded Analytics: New Findings from 500+ Application Teams

Speaker: Josh Martin, Director of Product Marketing, Logi Analytics

Embedded analytics has evolved from an afterthought to a necessity. But most companies don’t realize that the features they embed and how they develop have a lasting impact on revenue, customer churn, and competitive differentiation. The state of embedded analytics in 2018 is in flux. Learn from the experiences of 500+ application teams embedding analytics—including which features actually move the needle, how analytics benefits their companies, and what development approach yields the best results.

Project Scheduling: Your Essential Guide

Online PM Courses

In this guide, we’ll look at all the key elements of project scheduling. We will largely follow the process structure in the 6th Edition of the PMI‘s Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK). It’s a reliable guide.

2019 111

Practical Simplification in Agile

Leading Agile

We humans like to simplify complicated things. Simple things are easier to understand than complicated ones. Simple problems are easier to solve than complicated ones. Simple goals are easier to achieve than complicated ones. It’s understandable. It’s practical. It’s useful.

2019 109

Employee-Led Innovation (3): Promote Creativity Using These Techniques


Many people claim to be either creative or not creative. People who claim to be uncreative often shy away from sharing their ideas or give up quickly. To a certain extent, however, creativity can be learned and fostered. So we’re going to focus on how you can lead your employees to more creativity and inventiveness with the help of numerous creativity techniques in the upcoming posts of this series. This time we will look more closely at the so-called 'lateral thinking' method.

2019 150

Team Essentials: Creating and Prioritizing Tasks in LiquidPlanner


In the first part of this series on team essentials, I walked you through the LiquidPlanner predictive scheduling engine. This week I’m excited to tell you about one of the unique features of LiquidPlanner: task prioritization.

2019 97

A Guide to Designing Delightful Dashboards

Speaker: Daniel O'Sullivan, Product Designer, nCino and Jeff Hudock, Senior Product Manager, nCino

We’ve all seen the increasing industry trend of artificial intelligence and big data analytics. In a world of information overload, it's more important than ever to have a dashboard that provides data that's not only interesting but actually relevant and timely. Dashboards assist decision makers facilitate new ideas and business opportunities, increase customer approval rates, and analyze current business process. All of these activities play a vital role in providing the superior experience your customers demand.

Building X-Shaped Project Management Skills: A Complete How-To


What are the most important project management skills? Does project management follow a T-shaped or X-shaped skill pattern? This guide will answer these questions, and more. Calling project management a "job" is a little misleading. It is actually several jobs rolled into one.

2019 78

The Value of Improving Your Technical Practices w/ Rich Dammkoehler

Leading Agile

This episode of SoundNotes features, LeadingAgile Technical Consultant, Rich Dammkoehler in a conversation about why it is so important to make sure your organization is focused on improving their technical practices.

2019 76

The Best Scrum Tools of 2019 for Agile Project Management

nTask Blog

Over the past few years, Scrum has become the default face of Agile Project Management. One of the most popular Agile frameworks, Scrum is widely adopted by software and non-software development teams alike.

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