Sat.Jan 05, 2019 - Fri.Jan 11, 2019

The illusion of agility (what most Agile transformations end up delivering)

Gunther Verheyen

Agility is a unique and continuously evolving state that is typical to a specific organization with its people and its history. A traditional (industrial) approach to becoming more Agile commonly creates no more than an illusion of agility.

2019 113

To do list or task management?

Binfire

Some people call task management software to do list. This is an oversimplification of task management. Why “to do list” is such an improper name for task management? When you go shopping or doing chores at home to do list is OK. For work, you need task management!

2019 79

Why You Should Align Strategy, Financials, and Execution

Planview

The following content is taken from the whitepaper, “Portfolio-Driven Performance: The 7 Process Areas That Drive IT and Business Results,” written by Jerry Manas. To make it more easily accessible to you, we are giving it everlasting life here on the blog.

How to Handle Chronic Complainers

ProjectManager.com

You probably work with someone who complains a lot. Sometimes that can be hard to manage, even with team management tools. Watch Jennifer Bridges, PMP, to understand where chronic complainers are coming from, and learn strategies for keeping everyone happy and productive.

2019 394

Build Product Progress with a Strong Data Culture

Speaker: Nima Gardideh, CTO, Pearmill

Have you ever thought your product's progress was headed in one direction, and been shocked to see a different story reflected in big picture KPIs like revenue? It can be confusing when customer feedback or metrics like registration or retention are painting a different picture. No matter how sophisticated your analytics are, if you're asking the wrong questions - or looking at the wrong metrics - you're going to have trouble getting answers that can help you. Join Nima Gardideh, CTO of Pearmill, as he demonstrates how to build a strong data culture within your team, so everyone understands which metrics they should actually focus on - and why. Then, he'll explain how you can use your analytics to regularly review progress and successes. Finally, he'll discuss what you should keep in mind when instrumenting your analytics.

How To Make 2019 A Successful Year for Your Projects

Girl's Guide to PM

Would you like to make 2019 a successful year for your projects? I’m sure you do. But what does it take to get there? I asked people two questions: What should people managing projects be aware of as we go into 2019 to make 2019 their most successful year ever?

2019 283

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Use an Affinity Diagram to Easily Organize Ideas and Information

Project Bliss

An Affinity Diagram is a tool that helps you group or organize large amounts of information based on theme or relationship. Imagine you’ve just led a fantastic brainstorming session with your team. You’ve had great participation from all attendees.

2019 184

How Gap Analysis Can Improve Your Project Management

ProjectManager.com

Plan all you want. But once that plan is being executed, if you don’t have a method or a tool to assess whether you’re meeting the requirements of the project, then you’re in trouble.

2019 379

Control partners should have skin in the game!

Kiron Bondale

I finally completed reading Nassim Taleb ‘s book Skin in the Game which I had written about in a recent article. In that piece I had applied his principles when comparing the benefits of a product-centric orientation to the project-centric model which is still found in many organizations.

Do you REALLY need a Project Manager?

Arras People

2019 251

What Is (and Isn’t) Product Management?

Speaker: Steve Johnson, VP of Products, Pragmatic Institute

Product Management is one of the most exciting - and most misunderstood - functions in technical organizations. Is it strategic or tactical? Is it a planning role or a support role? Many product professionals are unclear about what is (and isn't) product management. After all, product management spans many activities from business planning to market readiness. In this session, we’ll examine many product activities and artifacts for product strategy, planning, and growth, and introduce a simple tool that you can use in your organization to clarify the roles of product management and others. Steve Johnson explores the many roles of Product Management in this fun talk focused on why product managers should obsess on problems instead of solutions.

F.W. Taylor: should we care?

Musings on Project Management

How many project managers are still laboring with the aftermath of Fredrick Winslow Taylor, more popularly known as F.W. Taylor? Taylor Who? You might ask: Who was Taylor? Good question F.W. Taylor was one of the first to study business systematically -- an original "operations research" guy. He brought 'Taylorism" into the business culture in the years leading up to World War I. By 1915, agile human factors process Quality

2019 174

Hard Skills vs. Soft Skills: Understanding the Benefits of Both

ProjectManager.com

Defining skills as either hard or soft is slightly misleading. It implies that one might be more difficult or the other less important. The truth, as always, has a nuance that the jargon misses.

2019 366

How To Become A Project Manager

The Digital Project Manager

A complete guide to the Project Management career path with actionable advice to help you land your first PM role. Start here if you want to know how to become a project manager! The post How To Become A Project Manager appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Career Development How-to Guides Topics

2019 150

How to Improve Your Strategic Planning, Analysis, and Alignment

Project Risk Coach

The best-laid plans of mice and men oft go astray. Individuals, teams, and organizations lack the healthy habits of identifying and managing the uncertainty that surrounds their world. Today, let's look at a step-by-step process to improve your strategic planning, analysis, and alignment with a particular focus on risk management. rocket.

2019 150

Innovation: Five Signs You Might Be Faking It

Every company wants to be a leader in innovation, but how can you tell if your company is really innovating or just going through the motions? See the 5 signs you might be faking innovation and what to do if you are.

Agile C.R.A.C.K. customers

Musings on Project Management

Barry Boehm, a noted software methodologist with a long and illustrative career at TRW, DARPA, and USC, and author of the COCOMO model and Spiral methodology, writes about the ideal customer for agile projects. Boehm's perspective: -- Collaborative: they will engage with their customer peers and with the development team -- Representative: they know the product or system requirements. agile customer

Agile 174

Strategic Planning in Business

ProjectManager.com

Businesses thrive on certainty, and yet, the future is never certain. That’s why smart businesses plan for the future as best they can through strategic planning. You can’t know what will happen, but you can know what you want and where you want to be when it happens.

How to Live Your Best Life

LiquidPlanner

Todd Talks with Chase Jarvis, CEO of CreativeLive. I am thrilled to have Chase Jarvis as a guest on our show!

2019 145

Necessary Big Data Management Best Practices For Optimal Infrastructure

Brad Egeland

Use The Tools Available Two things primarily facilitate Big Data: cloud computing—which provides a variety of infrastructurally enhancing applications —and the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT technology is everywhere.

Ask the "Right" Questions: Your Analytics-Guided Product Strategy

Speaker: Yoav Yechiam, Founder and Head Instructor, productMBA

Analytics are highly important for product managers - and yet, analytic implementations often fail to actually help us. It's not the technology, and it's not the tactics. In most cases, it's our approach that's misguiding us! Analytics are there to answer important product questions, not just to collect data. How can we be mindful of our analytics so they enable us, rather than confine us? Join Yoav Yechiam, Founder and head instructor at productMBA, as he explains best practices for a data-guided strategy that helps product managers get to the "why" of their biggest product goals.

Best Project Management Blogs to Follow in 2019

GoSkills

To help you keep abreast of emerging trends and best practices, here are 30+ of the best project management blogs you might want to check out. Project Management

2019 158

Rich Sheridan: Change Begins With You

The IIL Blog

Originally published at Thetrugroup.com. Rich Sheridan: Change Begins With You | Part 4: Culture Guest Blog Series.

2019 110

Four Essential Habits of Every Great Project Manager

LiquidPlanner

Being the one in charge is never easy—and not everyone gets to be in that position. It takes more than courage and confidence to be good at taking care of people, projects, and events.

2019 120

What Can 2018 Tell Us About the Services Industry in 2019?

MavenLink

The services industry saw many changes and trends across 2018 – some expected and others surprising. The ability to predict what 2019 will bring for services organizations can help prepare for the year ahead, but looking back on 2018 is equally important. Looking Back on Services in 2018.

2019 106

The Magic of Intent: Start Knowing The Goals of Your Users

Speaker: Terhi Hanninen, Senior Product Manager, Zalando, and Dr. Franziska Roth, Senior User Researcher, Zalando

It's important to know your users - what are their preferences, pain points, ultimate goals? With user research and usage data, you can get a great idea of how your users act. The tricky part is, very few users reliably act the same way every time they use your product. Join Terhi Hanninen, Senior Product Manager, and Dr. Franziska Roth, Senior User Researcher at Zalando, as they explain how they were able to reach a new level of user understanding - by taking their user research and segmenting their users by point-in-time intent. You'll leave with a strategy to change how your product team, and organization at large, understands your users.

Plug, Play, Repeat: The Best Strategies For More Productive Focus Time

Trello

Productivity

2019 101

Infographic: How to Keep Different Team Members Motivated

Inloox

The German psychologist Prof. Dr. Werner Corell has developed five categories helping to roughly assess the needs of each team member. These provide managers with helpful tips to ensure long-term commitment in their team.

2019 141

Be PMP Exam Prepped and Certified in Just 5 Days PLUS 60 FREE PDUs

Brad Egeland

Interested in PMP exam prep and certification in just 5 days - no other training necessary? Plus 60 FREE PDUs. Join this new group for more info. Thanks.

Is Your PMO a Healthy PMO?

MavenLink

So here you are, leading a successful project management office (PMO) and all is well with the world. Did you plan a phase two? Was there a next step that the business expected or is now requesting?

2019 100

Plan for Product Launch Success with Data and Analytics

Speaker: Piyanka Jain, President and CEO, Aryng

When you launch new feature (or an entirely new product), there are many questions that you'll need to answer. Is the feature being adopted? Do your customers like it, or does it need to be improved? Was the launch successful? Well, that all depends on how you define success. Join Piyanka Jain, President and CEO of Aryng, as she explains why - and how - you should use data and analytics to define and track a successful launch.

Want To Be Happier This Year? Follow This 2019 Productive Habits Calendar (With Author Gretchen Rubin)

Trello

New Year’s resolutions get a bad rap. And to be fair, they don’t exactly have the most promising success rate: a whopping 80% of resolutions fail by the first week of February. Productivity

2019 95

My 4 Lessons Learned in Project Management in 2018

PM Basics

How to grow professionally as a project manager ? You collect lessons learned. Then, you act upon them to make the next project better. To boost the process, every project manager in the company should share lessons learned with others. It multiplies the benefits.

2018 92

Being or Becoming?: Millennials in Software

Leading Agile

As each generation comes of age, they find ways to adapt to the world (or adapt the world to themselves). I’ve been around long enough to see this a few times. But I don’t recall any generation receiving quite as much explicit attention as the Millennials.