Sat.Mar 11, 2023 - Fri.Mar 17, 2023

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Intro to Scrum (12 of 16): What is the Sprint Retrospective?

What is the Sprint Retrospective? In this video, I will provide an explanation of the Sprint Retrospective, including its definition in the Scrum Guide. I will cover the purpose of conducting a Sprint Retrospective, who should attend, and its significance. In a hurry? Read the transcript.

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Three Ways to Set Your Team Up for Excellence

International Institute for Learning

By Dave McKeown We’re coming to the end of Q1, and whether or not you’ve stuck to those lofty strategic priorities for the quarter, you’re likely back in the weeds, fighting the day-to-day emergencies, and solving the next crisis that pings on your phone. Your team has a problem, you tell them the answer. Somebody screws up, you fix it.


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How the Stage Gate Process Will Make You a Better Project Manager

Online PM Courses

The Stage Gate Process has the potential to transform your project management, deliver more successful projects, and make you a better project manager. The post How the Stage Gate Process Will Make You a Better Project Manager appeared first on OnlinePMCourses.

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Product Management - Why a Product Owner needs to go beyond Scrum

I started my product manager career in the Pharmaceutical Industry 20 years ago. It was all about product development, clinical trials, long lead times to market, developing modelling for regulatory approval, intense competition to bring new drugs to market, market research, vision and strategy and business forecasting. When I first moved into the IT industry 15 years ago, there wasn't a product manager role and product management wasn't well understood, it was all about projects.

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From Predictive to Agile: How to Choose the Right Project Management Methodology

Our profession is undergoing a transformation, moving away from rigid, one-size-fits-all methodologies. Instead, project managers are embracing dynamic and adaptable frameworks that carefully consider project and product variables to determine the most suitable development approaches and project life cycles.

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10 Free Change Management Templates for Excel and Word

It’s a cliche to say nothing is constant but change, but cliches grow from truths. Project managers understand this and work hard to create change management plans that ensure their projects run smoothly. Project management software helps, too, but if you’re not ready to upgrade, we have some free change management templates that can help you manage change.

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Strategy and a Business Case Plan Template For Your Projects

The Strategic Project Manager

This post explores the nuances of writing a business case. It dives into the elements of a business case: identifying a problem or opportunity analyzing ways to solve the problem or seize the opportunity choosing the best option (or choosing to walk away) developing an implementation approach It proves a solid template and associated resources for building a business case and initial plan.

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Construction Engineering: A Quick Guide With Definitions, Roles and More

Construction is a field with a lot of disciplines. After all, it takes a lot of different craftsmen, engineers and more to assemble a building, bridge or any safe and integral structure. Every process is important to construction project management, especially construction engineering. But what is construction engineering and is it the same as civil engineering?

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Looking at resumes for your project?

Musings on Project Management

Working on your project staffing plan?Looking at resumes for positions to fill?That may be "old school"How so?Psycho dramaMore and more, PMOs are realizing that there's a psychological divide among those suited to remote work and those suited for in-house work. For some, remote work is 'lonely' and for others it's inspiring.

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Integrating User Stories in Project Planning & Deliverable Development

PM Times

An important part of managing any project is being able to break the project down into its component parts. A good project manager and project team need to know and fully understand what a project is intended to do in order to plan and develop the details of the project deliverables. Project deliverables, according to […] The post Integrating User Stories in Project Planning & Deliverable Development appeared first on Project Management Articles, Webinars, Templates and Jobs.

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ERM Program Fundamentals for Success in the Banking Industry

Speaker: William Hord, Senior VP of Risk & Professional Services

Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) is critical for industry growth in today’s fast-paced and ever-changing risk landscape. When building your ERM program foundation, you need to answer questions like: Do we have robust board and management support? Do we understand and articulate our bank’s risk appetite and how that impacts our business units? How are we measuring and rating our risk impact, likelihood, and controls to mitigate our risk?

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How To Lead Scrum Masters With Liberating Structures?

Some time ago, I had an interesting conversation with an Agile Coach from a large car manufacturer in Germany. As an Agile Coach, he’s responsible for about 50 Scrum Masters. Not in a hierarchical way, but more as a servant leader. For about one hour we talked about how to be a servant leader for such a group of Scrum Masters. What are ways to lead, inspire, and guide them?

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What is a Team

Zen Project Management

The last couple posts have focused on teams, but I haven't addressed a basic question; What is a Team? I ran cross-country in college, so I was on the team, but was it really a team? On days we had meets, it was really everyone for themselves out their on the course. Once we left the starting line, I would see little of my other teammates until we all finished the race.

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6 Ways Texting Helps Make Your Business More Productive

Productivity Land

If you’re like most people, the answer is… never. Texting is now a way of everyday life for the majority of people. In fact, 98% of text messages are read. And that’s why a text alert system is a valuable tool you should consider using to boost your business’s productivity. So how exactly does a text alert system work, and how can it help make your business more productive?

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Project lead: Role, responsibilities, and the skills you need to succeed

Resource Guru

If you’re new to project management, it’s likely that you’ve come across roles and titles that sound very similar. Between project leads, project owners , project managers , and aaalll the other roles on the list, we know—it’s easy to get confused. So let’s get some clarity once and for all. In this article, we’ll take you through the definition of a project lead , clarify the difference between a project lead and a project manager , and outline the responsibilities and skills of a project lea

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The Definitive Guide to Dashboard Design

Dashboard design can mean the difference between users excitedly embracing your product or ignoring it altogether. Great dashboards lead to richer user experiences and significant return on investment (ROI), while poorly designed dashboards distract users, suppress adoption, and can even tarnish your project or brand. That’s one of the many reasons we wrote The Definitive Guide to Dashboard Design—to help you avoid common pitfalls, including… Cramming too much onto one screen and expecting the u

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Agile Principles - Become More Effective

This post continues my ongoing series revisiting the principles behind the Agile Manifesto. This time we are focussing on the following Agile principle – “At regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes and adjust its behavior accordingly.” Pausing regularly to do this seems like common sense. But it was a surprisingly rare practice in most organisations I encountered before Scrum & Agile became more widespread.

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The Pitfalls of Social Media Screening as a Hiring Tool


71% of US hiring managers believe that social media screening is a good way to filter out quality candidates, and the practice is now commonplace. Many hiring teams will look at what candidates post on their social media accounts to get a more in-depth look. But, and it’s a big but , there are growing legal and ethical concerns , from how it relates to the protection of peoples’ personal information to practices of non-discrimination.

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How to write a project status update report (with free template)


No project happens in a vacuum. Instead, they require input, oversight, and support from various stakeholders to keep the wheels turning. That’s why over 90% of organizations large and small rely on project status reporting for sharing progress. But just using project status reports isn’t enough. For many project managers, the process of communicating progress has become an annoying weekly task.

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How to Build a Project Resource Plan in 5 Steps


Most project managers manage a multitude of projects simultaneously. It is important to have tools that help you stay organized and effectively allocate company resources. A project resource plan is a crucial element in any project management process. What is a resource plan? Project resource plans outline the resources required to complete the project successfully, including people, materials, and equipment.

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How to Battle Layoffs: The Career Star Accelerator Bootcamp

Facing layoffs in your organization? Support your team members' career transition with Career Star Accelerator Bootcamp: Custom Resume & LinkedIn Revamp + 6 Weeks of Career Coaching. Our certified resume writers will create job search-winning resumes and LinkedIn profiles while they work with a career coach to learn unique strategies to stand out, attract the right employers, automate their job search, and land their dream job.

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Map Your Route to Mastering Agile Fluency

Agile Fluency® Model is a fantastic model. We just love it. With this model, you start seeing your journey as a series of paradigm shifts and stages toward higher fluency in Agile: The Agile Fluency model has been as an inspiration for us, when we were designing Org Topologies. So, no surprise, there are some similarities. The axes of Org Topologies are two kinds of fluency – in delivering and learning value, along which different organizational archetypes can be mapped in the boxes.

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Boost Your Productivity, Improve Your Mental Health: How Work Management Software Can Do Both?

Productivity Land

In today’s fast-paced world, productivity has become the holy grail of success. We are constantly looking for ways to do more in less time, and to squeeze every ounce of productivity out of ourselves and our employees. We’re expected to work harder, faster, and better than ever before with tight deadlines, meetings, and endless to-do lists.

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LiquidPlanner Acquired by Tempo


Beginning with a sketch on the back of a napkin in 2008 to the bold reimagining released in 2021, LiquidPlanner has a 15-year legacy helping teams maximize productivity, balance workload, and plan with confidence. Customers throughout the world rely on our predictive scheduling and real-time insights to guide decisions, navigate change and manage uncertainty.

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4 Best Practices for Effective Resource Management


Almost 20% of US businesses fail within the first two years. With the right strategies in place, though, you can avoid this. In order for your company to be successful, you will need to have a comprehensive understanding of how to manage resources. To achieve this, researching resource management best practices is essential. We’ve put together a brief guide full of tips in managing resources effectively.

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Unlocking Business Agility: Leveraging the Power of Strategy Execution

True business agility is impossible if execution is disconnected from strategic planning. Download this eBook to learn about the 12 key imperatives every organization must address, and discover how they impact the capabilities you’ll need to effectively deliver execution across all investments.

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Do You build The Right Product?

Why do we build unnecessary products? Why do we deliver poor quality? Why are we most often too late? Why are most products more expensive than expected? From a bigger perspective these are all different risks. Technical risks or business risks or risks in general. What I’ve found interesting is how we deal with risks. Do we try to analyze more? Or should we try to communicate better?

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How often do you delete a text without reading it?

Productivity Land

If you’re like most people, the answer is… never. Texting is now a way of everyday life for the majority of people. In fact, 98% of text messages are read. And that’s why a text alert system is a valuable tool you should consider using to boost your business’s productivity. So how exactly does a text alert system work, and how can it help make your business more productive?

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10 Best Wekan Alternatives In 2023


What is Wekan? Wekan is an open-source kanban board. It was created to provide a collaborative tool for agile and Scrum development teams, as well as regular users who want to manage tasks simply.

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12 Reasons Organizations Adopt Agile

Leading Agile

Companies that adopt Agile never do it just for the sake of adopting Agile. Usually, they assume it will benefit them, and maybe they’re clear upfront on what that benefit is; maybe they aren’t. They do know that Waterfall wasn’t working, so Agile will fix those problems, right? They think if they do the “Agile stuff,” they will make quicker progress to achieve their goals.

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The Power of Storytelling in Risk Management

Speaker: Dr. Karen Hardy, CEO and Chief Risk Officer of Strategic Leadership Advisors LLC

Communication is a core component of a resilient organization's risk management framework. However, risk communication involves more than just reporting information and populating dashboards, and we may be limiting our skillset. Storytelling is the ability to express ideas and convey messages to others, including stakeholders. When done effectively, it can help interpret complex risk environments for leaders and inform their decision-making.

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The Stoic Scrum Master

TL; DR: The Stoic Scrum Master – Making Your Scrum Work (30) Can wisdom from the past still be relevant to today’s VUCA-determined world? I started reading Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations some time ago and found it intriguing; maybe it applies to “Agile?” In other words: is there something like a Stoic Scrum Master? If I understand Stoicism correctly, it is about living a life of virtue, which comprises wisdom, justice, courage, and moderation.

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The Key To Productivity May Just Be Unconventional

Productivity Land

Productivity has become a buzzword in today’s fast-paced world. However, ironically, with so many demands on our time and so many distractions, it’s the one thing we struggle with. Staying focused and getting everything done is challenging. The secret to productivity is adopting a mix of quirky, creative, conventional, and unconventional methods to shake up your routine, motivate you, and get the results you want.

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Leadership, Leadership Levels, Leadership Styles and Qualities for Project Managers

Management Yogi

We need a leader. Courageous, self-sacrificing people, setting examples for all of us. Everybody loves a leader, people line up for ’em, cheer for ’em, scream their names, and years later tell how they stood in the rain for hours just to get a glimpse of the one who told them to hold on a second longer.