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10 common resource management problems and how to fix them

Rebel’s Guide to PM

I mentor project managers, and the types of problems that people come up with on calls are not technical issues for the most part. Mostly, people want to chat about other people. Or “resources” as we unkindly call people in project management. Stakeholders, project team members, the colleagues doing the actual work: these are all humans with their own To Do lists, objectives set by their managers and personal and professional goals.

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Managing Well When Your Project is Falling Apart

PM Times

In chaos, we can retreat alone to a safe place behind it all. Safe and alone. And from there respond as best as possible. Project In-crisis Imagine that you are in the last month (at least what you planned to be the last month) of a time-critical project and your principal team leader/designer walks […] The post Managing Well When Your Project is Falling Apart appeared first on Project Management Articles, Webinars, Templates and Jobs.

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Digital Project Management Skills You Need Today

Project Pulse Journal

By: Hajime Estanislao, PMP, CSM Are you struggling to manage complex projects in an increasingly fast-paced and digital environment? Do you find yourself overwhelmed by the demands of integrating new technologies and leading remote teams? Digital project management is a skill requiring competency in our technology-driven workplace. It involves using digital tools and online resources to oversee aspects of a project, ensuring everything runs smoothly from start to finish.

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“Cashing In” on Undone Work

Scrum.org

Velocity is a complementary practice many Scrum teams use to plan future work. Here’s how it works: A team selects a point system and decides that certain types of work are worth one point and other types of work may be worth different point values. Every Sprint, the team adds up points for each Product Backlog item (PBI) that meets the Definition of Done by the end of the Sprint.

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The Project Clinic: Assessing Project Health, Planning, and Execution

Speaker: Ketan Jahagirdar

Picture your projects as patients, each with its own unique rhythm and pulse, thriving under your care 🥼 🩺 Step into the role of an innovative project doctor in our upcoming webinar! This session is your guide to evaluating the health of your projects through Waterfall and Agile practices like Scrum and Kanban. We’ll explore the vital signs of project success through the lens of the “iron triangle” metrics, unveiling how deliverables translate into measurable outputs.

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Influencing Without Authority in Project Management By James G. Trela

International Institute for Learning

Influencing Without Authority in Project Management By James G. Trela, PMP, MBA, MS-IST, GLCP-L1 Abstract Anyone that has taken on the role as a project manager, either officially or not, knows the feeling. We are handed a project to deliver that has stakeholders from different organizations, as well as we depend on other organizations for their support to be successful.

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What’s the best project portfolio management (PPM) software?

Wrike

Organizations usually start working with project portfolio management (PPM) software when they’re: Managing a range of projects at a scale that standard project management software can’t handle Looking to select, prioritize, and analyze these projects based on a larger business strategy Interested to see how various projects affect each other, in terms of capacity, resources, and task dependencies Open to automating parts of their project management processes, to increase their business efficie

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Agile Beyond IT: Lean Thinking

The IIL Blog

By Alan Zucker Agile is a mindset described by a set of values and principles. It traces its roots to Lean, which is also foundational to other modern management theories. Lean’s primary focus is delivering value quickly and eliminating waste. Toyota was a Lean pioneer. Out of necessity, it needed to be very efficient to compete. It dramatically decreased the cost of rework by building quality into every process step.

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Order Processing: Steps, Example & Software

ProjectManager.com

Ordering a product and getting it delivered has become commonplace. While order processing seems to work fast and without issue, a lot is going on in the background to ensure the seamless management of placement, picking, sorting, packing and shipping. That’s only an overview of order processing and there’s a lot more to it, which we’ll get to in greater detail.

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The Functions of a Project Management Office

Project Pulse Journal

By: Hajime Estanislao, PMP, CSM Are there projects missing deadlines, going over budget, or failing to meet expectations within your organization? You're not alone. Many enterprises struggle with these challenges, but there's a strategic way to turn things around. Imagine having a centralized hub in your organization that keeps your projects on track and aligns them perfectly with your strategic goals.

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Toward a Unified Project Management Understanding

The objective of this research is to dispel misunderstandings about crucial project management terms and their definitions. It aims to accurately place these terms and facilitate a comprehensive global understanding of their meanings.

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Der unsichtbare Feind der Agilität: So deckst du ihn auf

Scrum.org

Kommen dir diese Situationen bekannt vor? Vor dem eigentlichen Sprint Planning im Team muss der Product Owner noch weitere Abstimmungsrunden mit anderen Teams drehen, damit die Arbeit für den Sprint geplant werden kann. Im Daily Scrum berichten die Entwickler, dass sie nicht weiterarbeiten können, da die Datenbankspezialistin nicht auf ihre Anfragen reagiert.

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Efficient product quality design

Musings on Project Management

I'm borrowing shamelessly from an essay by D. Miessler about efficiency in security design for user products by generalizing to the quality -- in the broadest sense -- of a product.

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Kanban History: Origin & Expansion Across Industries

ProjectManager.com

The history of kanban is less than 100 years old, but in that time, it has been highly influential. Kanban history has informed everything from manufacturing to software development. The kanban tool has become commonplace in project management and its uses continue to expand. For those unsure what kanban is, we’ll first explain the kanban system and then go into kanban history from its development to its uses in manufacturing, project management and software development.

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How to write an executive summary stakeholders will love

Planio

Project managers are born communicators. According to some estimates , PMs spend 90% of their time communicating with team members, sponsors, and stakeholders. An executive summary is your secret weapon when it comes to project communication. Whether it’s a business case, project plan, or market analysis, an executive summary is a great way to get the project’s most important information across quickly and clearly.

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Navigating the Future: Generative AI, Application Analytics, and Data

Generative AI is upending the way product developers & end-users alike are interacting with data. Despite the potential of AI, many are left with questions about the future of product development: How will AI impact my business and contribute to its success? What can product managers and developers expect in the future with the widespread adoption of AI?

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Myth: Scrum is a Waste of Time

Scrum.org

One of the first things that people new to Scrum learn about is the five events. The five events in Scrum are 1) the Sprint, 2) Sprint Planning 3) Daily Scrum, 4) Sprint Review and 5) the Sprint Retrospective. When they are listed out like that, it seems like - a lot. When people first start learning about Scrum, it can seem like Scrum requires many meetings.

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Business or Organisational Psychology for Project Managers

The IIL Blog

By Robert Annis As a business psychologist who started my career in project management on two continents, I find myself at the intersection of two seemingly disparate worlds. On one hand, there’s the structured and methodical realm of project management, where timelines, budgets, and deliverables reign supreme. On the other, there’s the intricate landscape of organisational psychology, delving into the complexities of human behaviour, motivation, and decision-making.

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The Importance of Operational Project Management for Businesses

ProjectManager.com

Some projects are done internally within an organization. They don’t directly deliver new products or services to customers, but improve the way an organization does business and that impacts customers. This is called operational project management. To better understand operational project management requires defining what an operational project is, how it differs from strategic projects and what operational project management is.

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Bridging the Gap in Sustainability Strategy and Project Delivery

Green Project Management

Our latest research “Insights into Sustainable Project Management” study (a free download) has unearthed a critical issue: a stark disconnect plagues many organizations, where lofty sustainability strategies fail to translate into tangible, effective project delivery. Let’s dive deeper into this conundrum, offering actionable insights and robust steps for organizations eager to sync their aspirations with […] The post Bridging the Gap in Sustainability Strategy and Proje

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Understand Digital Debt, Form a Team, Set Goals, and Plan Roadmap for Transformation

Understanding digital debt is crucial before digital transformation. Assemble a team to assess internal operations, market pressures, and digital debt's impact. Define future digital vision with measurable goals. Refine hypotheses and conduct market analysis. Develop a roadmap for transformation with defined projects, cost estimates, and governance.

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Is Your Workflow Holding You Back?

Scrum.org

Reflecting upon my own experiences, the journey to refining our workflow has been both enlightening and challenging. In the realm of agile development, we often find ourselves caught in the rhythm of managing tasks and visualising our work without pausing to question the efficacy of the underlying system. It's a gradual realisation that despite our best efforts, inefficiencies and blockages within our processes can severely hamper our progress and the value we deliver.

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Grateful Leadership™, Increasing Organizational Effectiveness in an Evolving Globally Connected World

The IIL Blog

By Shana Serrano Introduction: In today’s dynamic and competitive business landscape, effective leadership stands as a cornerstone of organizational success. This executive article presents a high-level overview of the results gleaned from the doctoral research study that focused on the relationship between Grateful Leadership training and organizational effectiveness.

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6 Easy ways to Build a Culture of Team Collaboration at Work

NimbleWork

At work the other day, I had a problem. I chatted to a colleague about it and she suggested I talk to someone she knew who was working on a different project. I called them and (despite not knowing who I was or why I was ringing) they answered and spent 20 minutes sharing ideas with me. This exchange got my project unstuck and was all I needed to stay on track.

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Why Mixing Caution with Courage in Tech Pays Off Big Time

Productivity Land

In the tech industry you’ve got to know when to go all in with innovation and when to hold back due to risk. That’s where the genius of strategic alignment in technology portfolios comes into the picture. According to HBR, companies that say yes to this kind of strategic portfolio management saw a 35% boost in projects hitting their targets and business aims.

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Strategic Project Finance Essentials: A Project Manager’s Guide to Financial Metrics

Speaker: Ketan Jahagirdar - Sopheon’s Director of Product Management

Empower yourself as a project manager with insights that directly influence the financial landscape and strategic direction of your organization! Join us for a deep dive into the world of financial strategy, as we dissect key metrics that drive CFOs and business leaders’ investment decisions. This session will equip you with the necessary tools to craft compelling business cases as well as a comprehensive understanding of the crucial distinction between capital expenditure and operational expend

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Utilising Behavioural Science for Effective Scrum Adoption

Scrum.org

Effective leadership and management lies in the ability to adapt and evolve. For heads of delivery, engineering or product aiming to enhance their teams' performance and efficiency through Scrum or other agile frameworks, integrating behavioural insights into the adoption process can be transformative. This article explores how the MINDSPACE framework, originally developed to influence behaviour through public policy, can be pivoted towards fostering successful Scrum adoption in your teams.

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Resource Management with AI: A Strategic Imperative for Project Success

PM That Works

Effective resource allocation is fundamental to the success of any project management endeavor. The strategic integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) into resource management not only refines these processes but also maximizes the utility of every project component. By harnessing the power of AI, project managers are equipped to navigate complex project dynamics with unparalleled precision, substantially enhancing team performance and overall project outcomes.

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11 Key Challenges in Adopting Project Portfolio Management

NimbleWork

In this article, we’ll talk about the problems with project portfolio management and the common challenges leaders face. The good news is that all the challenges can be overcome with some planning and a good software solution to underpin management of the portfolio. If you want to avoid the challenges of moving to a portfolio management approach without the headaches of a tricky adoption, you’re in the right place!

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What is Middle Office Outsourcing?

Productivity Land

In the evolving market cycle, asset managers are constantly under pressure to increase the margins of the investments for their clients. Coupled with high competition and regulatory changes, most of them must re-examine their business processes and include middle office outsourcing, especially for non-core activities. So, what is middle office outsourcing and how does it benefit a company?

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20 Common Mistakes Made by Inexperienced Project Managers

You’ve read the PMBOK® Guide several times, taken the certification exam for project managers, passed, and you are now a PMP®. So why do you keep making rookie mistakes? This whitepaper shows 20 of the most common mistakes that young or inexperienced project managers make, issues that can cost significant time and money. It's a good starting point for understanding how and why many PMs get themsleves into trouble, and provides guidance on the types of issues that PMs need to understand.