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Roadmap Like It's the Age of Empires


For a long time, I used to think about roadmaps as lists of features that are to be built at a reasonable timeframe. Once published, I felt committed to pursuing that plan. Combine that with our limited capacity in the early years (less than ten people working on the product), and you'll understand why I was advocating against publishing roadmaps or discussing upcoming features until they are ready for testing. Not any more.

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Fighting Uncertainty in Project Management: Arm Yourself with the Right Tool

Epicflow Blog

In project management, even if you’re a talented and experienced project manager, you definitely know you can’t control everything. Uncertainties can concern both internal factors, such as cost, time, and scope issues, and external ones, such as economic crises, illnesses, and different kinds of restrictions caused by these phenomena. Making decisions in an uncertain environment is an essential part of not only a project manager’s work, but also the project team’s duties.

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10 Career-Limiting Mistakes To Avoid

Girl's Guide to PM

I write a lot about how to be better at your job, how to excel at interview , how to improve your skills and so on, and I interview a lot of experts who talk about those kinds of things. Today I want to talk about the opposite: what you should avoid doing at work. I’ve seen project managers and other colleagues crash and burn. It’s not nice to watch, and I hope it doesn’t happen to you. Here are 10 career-limiting mistakes to avoid at work. Not being truthful.

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All hands abandon plans!

Kiron Bondale

Articles have been written about the importance of doing just enough planning to develop confidence in what we are proposing to do as well as the perils of either too much or too little planning. But even a good enough plan can become obsolete at some point and we need the wisdom to know when it is time to jettison it. A common portfolio management anti-pattern is the inability of gatekeepers to terminate low value projects in a timely manner.

Are Your Embedded Analytics DevOps-Friendly?

Does your analytics solution work with your current tech stack and DevOps practices? If not, any update to the analytics could increase deployment complexity and become difficult to maintain. Learn the 5 elements of a DevOps-friendly embedded analytics solution.

Product Planning Fundamentals: Develop a Product Plan in 6 Steps

Have you ever wondered what it takes to create a product so iconic that the whole world knows about it? Consider the Apple iPhone. How does a company go from making computers in a garage to commanding nearly 50 percent of the global smartphone market? It requires two things: vision and planning. Vision is something that comes from company leaders and employees who can think outside of the box. It can’t easily be replicated. But product planning is something that anyone can learn.

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Project Management Trends [2020]

Girl's Guide to PM

There are trends in all industries and professions. Project management is no different: we see trends come and go, or stay with us and develop over time. Recently I’ve been reflecting on what the shifts are and where that is taking us as project managers. I’ve done a lot of reading and research, and honestly, most of what people are predicting is a gentle evolution. It might happen at pace, and it might feel uncomfortable some of the time, but it’s not truly a sea change in how we run projects.

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Management Basics: What is the Difference Between Efficiency and Effectiveness?


"Efficient work" and "effective results" are common terms in project management - but what is the meening behind them? When it comes to time management or productivity, project managers often talk about processes that need to run more efficiently in the future or, in the worst case, you hear them saying: "You work effectively but not efficiently" But what does this mean and is there even a difference between effectiveness and efficiency?

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How to Become an IT Project Manager Without Experience

PM Basics

So, it’s time for you to become an IT project manager. But you don’t have a relevant degree, experience, or technical background…. Is it possible at all to become a project manager in an IT company like that? Yes, it is. For sure, the easiest way to become a software project manager is by getting a promotion inside an IT company.

How to Identify and Hire a Strong Project Manager


Hiring a new project manager can be stressful and time-consuming. Most employers are looking for the perfect mix of ability and skills, and for someone with a personality that fits with the team’s culture. A recent CareerBuilder survey found that three out of four employers stated that they had hired the wrong person for a position. And, a wrong hire comes with a cost. In fact, on average, companies spend $14,900.00 annually for every mismatched hire. . .

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How Embedding AI-Powered Analytics Can Give You a Competitive Advantage

Embedding dashboards and reports aren’t enough. Futureproof your application by offering instant, actionable insights that will give you and your customers a competitive advantage.

Make an impact as a T-Shaped project manager

Girl's Guide to PM

This is a guest post from Charlie Davidson. Charlie Davidson. Have you ever heard of a T-shaped developer? It’s a common phrase used in software development where the developer has broad experience in their role but is also profoundly skilled in one specific area. The horizontal bar of the “T” represents their broader skill set. The vertical bar shows the more extraordinary and specialised skill. If you are struggling to understand the visual reference, this image may help.

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How to Manage Cost in Project Management


In a perfect world, project managers could execute their wildest, most ambitious project dreams without ever having to worry about the bottom line. In reality, though, PMs are beholden to budgets – and that means they have to know how to manage costs. Ineffective cost management is often the very reason that projects fail. Read on to learn what cost management is in project management, plus how to do it well. What is cost management in project management?

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MindGenius Templates for Every Project Management Need

Brad Egeland

I’ve been part of organizations that allowed project managers to use whatever tools necessary to manage their projects. While that may work for a while, the problems it can cause as a roadblock to collaboration and shared project experiences and knowledge far outweigh the bit of good it may provide in cost savings and flexibility. A solid PM organization builds its reputation on repeatable practices and the use of templates.

MS Project: An Ever-Evolving Solution


From DOS to Windows 10. I started using Microsoft Project (MSP) in its earliest DOS beginnings around 1986, and it reminded me of Microsoft’s Excel. In other words, I initially felt Project was a subset of Excel. Project and Excel have something very much in common: every row is a single record, and when new versions are added, new fields are also added to each row, making the record longer along with adding new overall features.

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6 Steps to Improving Your Application’s Analytics Experience

No one designs bad dashboards and reports on purpose. So why do so many applications have terrible analytics experiences? Download this ebook for secrets to creating dashboards and reports your users will love.

Comparing Agile Methods: Scrum, Kanban and Scrumban

Girl's Guide to PM

Regular readers will know that I’m not at all experienced in formal Agile project management, but I know it is something that I need to know more about. Today I’m partnering with Eylean to give you an overview of three agile methodologies: Scrum, Kanban and Scrumban. I’ve learned a lot during the research for this article! Let’s dive in. Agile Methods: The Basics. Agile is agile is agile? Not true.


Overcoming Resistance to Change

Susanne Madsen

Resistance to change is an interesting phenomenon that is often quoted as the number one reason why projects and change programmes don’t deliver the results they set out to. At its core, resistance to change is a label we apply when people seem unwilling to accept or help in implementing an organizational change. But oftentimes it isn’t the change itself that people resist.

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Kanban 101

Brad Egeland

Do your project meetings start with questions like this: "So what are you working on right now?" What was it I should be doing next because I'm almost done with my current task?" "How How soon before 'x' happens?" It doesn't have to be this way, but unfortunately many projects and programs have meetings that start with this confusion or lack of on the same paged-ness. There is another way. Kanban. Kanban is a visual method for managing and processing work.

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Extrinsic Versus Intrinsic Motivation: Which Drives You and Your Team, and What to Do About It


Illustration: Jo Xiuan Zhou. One of the beautiful things about humans is that we all think differently. And that goes beyond what we think—which political party we support or whether we believe that Rihanna was great or spectacular in Ocean’s Eight —into how we think. For example, the internet was abuzz a few weeks ago with a discussion about people who process thoughts through an internal monologue and those who don’t. Mental characteristics vary greatly and what motivates us is no exception.

2020 63

How to Choose the Best Embedded Analytics Solution to Modernize Your Application

If you are looking to modernize your application to improve competitiveness, then one of the quickest wins you can have is to embed sophisticated analytics that will wow your existing and prospective customers.

What’s the Profile of a Good Project Manager?

Girl's Guide to PM

This is a guest post by Ben Snyder, CEO of project management training and consultancy firm Systemation. In this article, Ben Snyder looks at the different skills/behaviors that lead someone in a project manager’s role to become successful. His analysis is based on over 10 years of data capturing PM role profiles and success. The challenge of finding the ‘perfect’ project manager.

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To-Be or Not-To-Be AGILE!

PM Times

Written by: Nehal Padia If you are one of the ones that face this unusual predicament when embarking on a new project to figure out if you can deliver

2020 83

101 Series Starting this Week

Brad Egeland

I've decided we need to have a 101 type series published somewhere and here on my site and blog seems like a good place. Some of the info I will write or interpret and repurpose here and some I will use from another location here as a go to area to just get info on these strange terms and concepts that have to do with project management, technical projects, teams and product updates, processes and rollouts as well as software development practices on those projects and products.

2020 89

Returning to the (Electronic) Cottage

Leading Answers

This is not a post about rich people now able to visit their second homes after the lockdown—instead, a revisit of the concepts of decentralized work being the new way of undertaking projects. In 1980, Alvin Toffler’s book  The Third Wave  introduced the idea of “ The Electronic Cottage ” as the modern workplace when information technology allows more people to work from home or wherever they want. Toffler was a futurist and businessman who did not get the attention he deserved.

2020 60

4 Approaches to Data Analytics for Your Application

Selecting the right solution for your embedded analytics is crucial to the success of your application. But with so many solutions and vendors, how do you make this critical selection? Learn about the different approaches to analytics and the pros and cons for each.

How to Be a Better Manager in Just Two Words


Illustration: Virginia Gabrielli. Three years ago, on the eve of International Women’s Day, I sat at a long table in a flower shop that had shuttered for the evening and wrote thank-you notes to several of my former bosses. I was there for a friend’s fundraiser. She had invited women and allies—“’Twas the night before Women’s Day and all through the house…” was the opening line of her invite—to come together to support and celebrate women.

2020 58

Webinar Recap: Microsoft Project Do’s, Don’ts, and Cool Customizations


Please find below a transcription of the audio portion of Sam Huffman’s Microsoft Project Do’s, Don’ts, and Cool Customizations webinar 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.

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Sharepoint for Project Management

Brad Egeland

From configurable lists to document management, search, and automated workflows, SharePoint is a one-stop tool for your projects. If you decide to use SharePoint for project management, you’ll need to configure your site – or ask your IT team to do so. Both options are time-consuming! Using the five-step approach in this guide , you can quickly start managing projects on SharePoint 2019/2016/2013. The guide includes a free SharePoint project management template.

2020 89

Time Management: Five Tips That Successful People Do In the First Working Hour


Time Management: Five Tips That Successful People Do In the First Working Hours Becoming successful in anything you decide to do in your life is greatly connected to how organized you are and how well you manage your time. If you are looking up to anyone that is successful in your field of work, it is almost certain that they are great at managing the time they have available in their hands. The good news is that improving your time management skills is not an impossible task.

2020 71

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?

16 Best Agile Project Management Tools For Software Development Teams


Agile project management is more popular than ever. That’s because over 75 percent of organizations realize the value of agile methods for delivering projects. But, given the recent rise in remote work, managers are struggling to find agile project management tools that fit their needs. This article will guide you through the best agile tools, taking a look at their key features and costs to inform your buying decision!

2020 40

Book Review - I Want to Be An ACP: Important Not Only for The Exam, But Also A Treasure of Knowledge To Apply in The Real-World

Management Yogi

By Suresh Juturu, PMP, ACP, CSM The book written by Satya Narayan Dash – I Want To Be An ACP, the plain and simple way to be a PMI-ACP - is particularly written for candidates aspiring to clear the Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP®) examination.

Managing Projects with Zenkit - the Power of Simplicity

Brad Egeland

It can be stressful to find the right tool to start your project. You could choose something simple, but five years from now you'll have to switch to something more capable. Or you could start off with a big, complex tool. But this is way too complicated at the beginning and slows you down. ​ Start simple. When you use a tool, you should be able to understand it from the first moment. With Zenkit you manage any project or organization intuitively

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