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The 10 Best Project Planning Tools In 2020

The Digital Project Manager

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How Leadership Affects Projects (And How You Can Lead Yours)

Girl's Guide to PM

Sarah Coleman is co-author of Project Leadership, a book in its third edition exploring how leadership and project management intertwine. The last edition came out 16 years ago – yes, people were talking about project leadership even then! I caught up with Sarah to find out more about what effect a leader can have on a project. Sarah, how does a leader impact the project? There is a huge variety of ways in which the leader impacts the project.

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Project Management Techniques That Deliver Results


As the novel coronavirus outbreak swept across the world, the work-from-home arrangement became the new norm for most businesses. Although some states have been slowly reopening, most enterprises are still on a remote set-up. For many, it’s a huge adjustment, given that they’ve been exclusively operating in an office, meeting each other face-to-face every day, pre-pandemic. For the above reasons, the project management techniques you choose have a greater impact on productivity than ever before.

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Is a Virtual Team Right for You? The Pros and Cons of Virtual Teams

More organizations have taken to virtual teams. They have, obviously, skyrocketed in practice over the course of this year. It certainly seems like virtual teams are here to stay, but are they right for your company? Are virtual teams the magic bullet to end all ills for your company? Simply put, no. It might be ideal for your company and it might not. It’s important to look at virtual teams closely and determine if they’re going to work within the structure of your organization.

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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?

Making Agile Work With Metagility (With David Bishop From Agile Worx)

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How to Find the Perfect Company Culture Match for Your Job Search

Project Bliss

Do you consider company culture during your job search? A positive company culture can make a huge difference in how much you love your work. It can mean the difference between dreading going to work each day, or absolutely loving your job. But it doesn’t just happen by chance. Assessing company culture during your job search takes extra work. But it can pay off by helping you choose to join a company that aligns with your goals and values. Which can mean greater career satisfaction.

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Looking for the unique

Musings on Project Management

"When I plan a project, the first thing I do is make a list of what's unique . what will my new and untried experiences be for myself and my team, and what's new for the customer: will they see the value?" Not actually me, but others whom I respect say this It strikes me that what is said above is just common sense; profound in its plainspoken words But, then what? Having identified the Project Value Risk Management

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What Is Overview Of Runn Resource Planning & Forecasting Software

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Adept Leadership: How Continuous Growth and Development Cultivates Productivity


Change is an inescapable reality. Perhaps there’s no other entity that can genuinely attest to this than a business. Sometimes, change comes from within, in one’s attempt to improve. At other times, it’s external, in the form of new market preferences, competitor landscape, or government regulations. . Today, the change is wrapped in a crisis. The pandemic compelled businesses to embrace digital transformation.

Managing The Project Budget - Developing Your Project Management Skills

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

Seven Strategies to Improve Project Productivity


As we live and work through a global pandemic with all of its uncertainties and stresses, it’s all too easy to get stressed over our to-do lists. From team members to project managers, the general theme heard from everyone these days seems to be “overwhelm.” We know that stress and anxiety are two of the biggest threats to workplace productivity —and right now, many of us are experiencing both. If you’re struggling to get things done, you’re not alone. Today’s work environment is challenging.

Don't ask for data if.

Musings on Project Management

The first rule of data: Don't ask for data if you don't know what you are going to do with it Or, said another way (same rule) Don't ask for data which you can not use or act upon And, your reaction might be: Of course! But, alas, in the PMO there are too many incidents of reports, data accumulation, measurements, etc for which there actually is no plan for what to do with it. Project Management

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10 Best Visual Project Management Software To Track Progress

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KeyedUp 2020: Unlock the Power of Your Portfolio


The excitement is growing because we are only six weeks away from our KeyedUp Conference where we take a deep dive into KeyedIn solutions, plus the latest trends in PPM, PMO methodology and transformative digital tools. You are probably not surprised to learn that we are doing this as a virtual conference, with the expectation of a live event going forward. Virtually or in-person, we intend to deliver an annual program that is powerful, highly informative, and a great investment of your time.

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Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

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

4 Considerations When Setting Up a PMO

Brad Egeland

Use code 'BRAD20' for 20% MindGenius 20 or MindGenius Online Your organization has decided to take the next step. Everyone feels your project management infrastructure – albeit new and leanly staffed with a few part-time project managers from various departments – has been successful enough to warrant taking the next big step into the creation of a formal project management office. It isn't easy, it shouldn't be fast, and it can never be taken lightly.

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Agile Planning: What Is It & How You Should Do It

ProProfs Project Management

Change is the only constant. Heraclitus. Being adaptive to change is extremely important, irrespective of the industry you are working in. You cannot be skeptical about this, because you cannot reap benefits for a longer time if you fear going outside of your comfort zone. Nokia is a vivid example in this context, as this mobile manufacturing company had refused to accept Android OS and decided to swim upstream. Now, we all know where this company stands in the market.

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Top Places to Work Remotely in 2020 [Comic]


Working from home can be great, at least when your home setup is great. And even when it’s not so great, current circumstances ( global pandemic ) mean that we have to, great or not. Even in the distant post-pandemic future, many predict that working remotely is here to stay. This means remote work and remote workspaces are here to stay. What if you’re tired of working from home ? Your house may be the most obvious location for your remote workspace, it may not necessarily feel like the best.

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A Step-By-Step Guide On How To Delegate Work


A Simple Guide On How To Delegate Work Effectively Delegation is not merely assigning tasks and waiting until the work is finished. It is about choosing the right people for the job and making your expectations clear and concise. Great Leaders Properly And Easily Delegate, Poor Leaders Make Delegation Harder Than It Is.” Like most founders I’ve known over the years, when I first started my venture ProofHub , managing people was something that was a whole new experience.

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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.

Agile Intro for Waterfall Teams

Brad Egeland

Are you a longtime Waterfall business analyst or project team member an environment moving to an Agile methodology for managing projects and performing software development activities on those projects? Then this article may be a decent intro for you. Think of it as sort of a Waterfall ==> Agile 101 involving and discussing just a few of the key high-level differences between these two differing project delivery and software development methodologies.

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How to Start an Agile Project following a Hybrid Approach

Virtual Project Consulting

As a Project Management Professional and Agile Practitioner, the startup of a new project is one of the most important activities to lead. Discover how you can start well to finish well. Agile Project Management Agile agile project leader agile project management hybrid agile Leadership start a new project

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14 Ways to be More Productive at Work, at Home, and in Life


Illustration: Zack Rosebrugh. What does it mean to be productive? We all strive to be more productive. Being productive is one of those things which are generally accepted as good, such as being kind, compassionate, or helpful. The problem is, most people don’t know how to define productivity. There are lots of different definitions, but we’ll begin with the following one, from productivity and self-help writer Megan Holstein : To be productive means to be effective at externally rewarding tasks.

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Choosing the right approach for project delivery

Agile Advice

Let ’s begin by agreeing that the quest for success starts with the right approach to support project delivery. As a practitioner in the project, program & portfolio management space for many years now, I have seen different delivery approaches work for different organizations based on project characteristics and organizational needs. Each project need will have a spot on the continuum, from the predictive waterfall approach to an Agile approach.

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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.

3 Steps to the Best Project Meetings

Brad Egeland

Use code 'BRAD20' for 20% MindGenius 20 or MindGenius Online From time to time everyone will find themselves planning for and conducting some sort meeting, right? Who hasn't led a meeting before? Raise your hand. Thought so. And for project managers, that can be something that occurs several times per week. For certain we should be conducting formal weekly meetings with the project client. We should also be conducting weekly internal team meetings.

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How to Write Better Meeting Notes in 5 Steps (With Free Meeting Notes Template!)


Sit through enough meetings and you’ll start to think their only purpose is to book another meeting. While your main responsibility is to always make sure you’re planning (and attending) effective meetings, it’s what you do after the meeting that counts. But it isn’t always clear what that is. Without a clear process for taking meeting notes and following up on action items, meetings blur into one another with no real progress being made. Jump to a section.

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7 Tips on How to Fire Someone Remotely


We frequently write about hiring remotely (surprise), but today, we are venturing over to the flip side. The “F” word – the art of letting someone go. It can be challenging to fire someone when you work from an office, but even more so when you’re working remotely. So, how to fire someone when you work in a remote company? Here’s some advice to get you started. I remember the only time I got fired – I worked remotely for a marketing agency from the USA.

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Structural Agility, a next tree

Henny Portman

The quest to find more trees for my agile forest continues. Structural Agility is again a way of working that fits in the culture targeted box of my The bird’s eye view on the agile forest overview and complements ‘frameworks’ like Scrum, SAFe, Less, disciplined Agile, et cetera.

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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.

Best Practices for Stakeholder Communication

Brad Egeland

​Most of what I like to write about is from the project manager’s perspective. And I always maintain that communication is the #1 priority of the project manager. Project success, customer management, team oversight, leadership, budget management, and scope management are all very key responsibilities of the project manager – but each one of those starts with communication. But what about those individuals who aren’t part of the immediate project team?

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Backlog Grooming Best Practices You Need to Know


For product development teams using the Agile project management methodology , Agile backlog grooming is a critical process that should be performed regularly for maximum impact.

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Employed But Overworked: Working in a Pandemic


The other day, I received a notification on my Google calendar: Tomorrow’s workday starts at 6:30 a.m. I glumly cleared the notification from my phone, turned off my light and went to bed. The week prior, my supervisor had reached out regarding my contract extension, telling me that the extension had been approved?.This This meant that I could now work with the Story Development team. In my office, that team begins its workday at 6:30 in the morning.

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