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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.

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To do list or task management?


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!

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Why You Should Align Strategy, Financials, and Execution


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 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?

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Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life with Nir Eyal

Speaker: Nir Eyal

Ever get the feeling the world is full of too many distractions? Research shows the ability to stay focused is a competitive advantage, in work and in life. However, in an age of ever-increasing demands on our attention how do we stay productive and stay sane? In this webinar, Nir provides research-backed, practical advice, and memorable strategies for managing distraction and our time. Nir Eyal shares findings of his five years of research into how to master what he calls, "the skill of the century," the power to be "Indistractable."

Strategic Planning in Business

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.

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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.

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.

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How to Handle Chronic Complainers

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.

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Do you REALLY need a Project Manager?

Arras People

So many requirements that we see at Arras People start off with “I’m looking for a Project Manager”; however after learning more about the context of the role i.e., what do you need this person to actually do; it often transpires that a project manager is not needed at all – in fact, the role is better suited to an experienced project co-ordinator. >>Arras People: Latest Vacancies. In the marketplace, the term “project co-ordinator” has the same challenges as many other project management roles in that it often means different things to different people/organisations. In our experience the term project co-ordinator typically covers two different types of roles: The administrator – where the practitioners are tasked to provide supporting activities within a project environment. The duties and tasks are all around supporting the project manager and project team, undertaking activities such as reporting, updating project records, support around the process, method and templates. Whilst “support” is sometimes an unfashionable title, in this instance, it clearly describes the important role that the project co-ordinator is there to do. The organiser – in this definition the role which is much more hands-on in terms of the actual delivery of the project, it may even overlap with the job title “assistant/junior project manager” as used in some organisations. The tasks carried out are not unlike that of a project manager, however, the projects tend to be smaller, lower risk and uncomplex. The project co-ordinator in this kind of role will typically have the experience and understanding of project management concepts – or the more technical parts of project management – like putting together a plan, assigning a team to activities and controlling the delivery. The likelihood is the project they are managing would be small in team size, even a project team size of one, where they are expected to deliver the project outcome themselves. The trick, of course, is knowing when to use a project co-ordinator rather than a project manager and answering yes to most of these will helping the decision-making process; Has the project been well scoped out already? Have the critical success factors been well defined already? Is the project team size less than 5? Is the project of relatively low value / low cost? Is the project timescale less than 6 months? Is the project low risk? Is the project non-business critical? Is there an immediate manager – project sponsor – with available time to provide support? In the past Arras have seen numerous project requirements which suit a project co-ordinator much better than a project manager – often these roles are seen as “too easy” or “lacking in challenge” for a project manager anyway (and in many instances the salary or rate on offer is too low!). Projects have included things like “project managing the introduction of a new policy document”; “project managing a small office move”; “project managing the installation of kit on client sites” and so on. All are roles where a project co-ordinator is capable of planning the activity and more importantly, organising others to deliver something to an agreed timescale. Not all projects are complex so why do some organisations insist on “using a hammer to crack a nut”? Do you have a project role that needs filling? Contact us and hire the perfect candidate for your business. The post Do you REALLY need a Project Manager? appeared first on arraspeople. Project Management Project Management Jobs Project Manager project manager project co-ordinator recruiting a new project manager

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Building Healthy Innovation Ecosystems for Your Projects

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

In this webinar, Nick Noreña will walk through an Innovation Ecosystem Model that he and his team at Kromatic have developed to help investors, heads of product, teachers, and executives understand how they can best support innovation in their own ecosystem. He'll also go over metrics we can use to measure the health of our ecosystems as we build more resources for innovators.

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.

Four Essential Habits of Every Great Project Manager


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.

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

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.

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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

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Beyond the Findings: The Case for UX Research in Digital Transformation

Speaker: Marina Foglietta-Tereo, Head of UX Research, AXA Insurance

People often think of UX research as a tactical approach to improve the usability or visual appeal of a digital product. While good research will certainly validate an existing design, using it for validation alone would be like using your iPhone solely to tell time! Join Marina Foglietta-Tereo, Head of UX Research at AXA Insurance, as she explores the unrecognized organizational, cultural, and strategic benefits of an in-house, central and mature UXR team.

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.

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Is Your PMO a Healthy PMO?


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?

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How Gap Analysis Can Improve Your Project Management

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.

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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

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Before Transforming The Experience, You Need to Disrupt Yourself

Speaker: Vivek Bedi, Product Expert and Keynote Speaker

Every company is (soon to be) a technology company. Undergoing digital transformation is the key to succeeding in this digital era - but the process isn’t all innovation and shiny new tech. Join Vivek Bedi, a product expert with 18 years of experience across Fortune 100 companies and startups alike, as he shares his expertise on how to strike the right transformation balance and change your product mindset.

Rich Sheridan: Change Begins With You

The IIL Blog

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

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


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.

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How to Create a Proven Project Management Framework


A well-defined project management framework will bring much-needed order to your projects. Learn how to create your own PM framework in this guide. Have you ever found yourself completely overwhelmed at the start of a project? Or maybe you’ve scoped out a project and wondered what to do next.

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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.

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?

12 Quick & Easy Ways to Build Trust in the Workplace


Your ability to motivate your employees is built entirely on trust. Your employees must believe in you and be confident in your decisions so they can do their best work.

2019 72

It’s Time to Start Planning for Resources


The following content is based on the whitepaper, “Bigger Than a Breadbox: 10 Tips for Better Project Estimates, Part 2,” written by Jerry Manas. For your reading convenience, we’ve decided to give it everlasting life here on the blog.

Handling Project Manager Responsibilities and Roles through Project Management Software

Paymo App

Project managers have always been the key link among team members, keeping them focused and accountable for their work.

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.

Managing The Project Budget - Developing Your Project Management Skills

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

Ten Project Management Lessons I’ve Learned over the Years

Online PM Courses

Project Management is a 'learning endeavor'. That is, when you do it properly, you learn from every experience. And, as we start a New Year, I want to share ten of the most valuable Project Management lessons I have learned over the years. The post Ten Project Management Lessons I’ve Learned over the Years appeared first on OnlinePMCourses.

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Okay Google, “What Is Project Management?”


Have you ever found yourself Googling “what is project management,” “project coordination,” or even “project help!”? You are not alone. There are many project managers that have more projects than capacity and can’t tackle everything at the same time.

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5 Simple Tips For Successful Startup Project Management


Proper planning prevents poor performance. This is something all startup founders have heard probably once or twice before. But what does this mean, exactly? When it comes to project management, there are many issues that hurt startups and corporations alike.