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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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?

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Taking on PPM Software Myths

Arras People

It takes seven years to digest gum. Lightning never strikes the same place twice. Sound believable right? Wrong. These are just a few examples of everyday myths that are totally false but continue to be accepted and spread as truths. It’s no different in the software implementation space where some things sound like good ideas but really aren’t.

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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.

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. ".

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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!

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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

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?

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.

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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.

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.

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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?

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Employee-Led Innovation (5) – Innovation Digging for Fresh Ideas


Innovation Digging was developed by Tamer Kemeröz and Benno van Aerssen. As the name suggests, it is a systematic 'excavation' of ideas that can help you to innovate both radically and continuously. Very few people can come up with new ideas on the spot, because idea generation is a process.

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.

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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?

Team Collaboration Strategies Your Team Should Start Using Today


Whether you are working with just one department or across several groups, team collaboration is a necessity in the workplace. When team members know each other better, they are able to communicate and work together.

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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.

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Employee-Led Innovation (6) – The Walt Disney Method for Idea Development


The Jungle Book, Cinderella, Bambi, 101 Dalmatians and many, many more. We owe it all to Walt Disney. So who could be a better guide when it comes to creativity and brainstorming than the master himself? The roleplay as invented by Walt Disney, is similar to the six thinking hats method and a brainstorming alternative. Ideally, there should be at least 3 participants. But a person can perform it alone as well.

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