2018

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How To Start Your Projects Right. A Complete Guide To Project Initiation

The Digital Project Manager

The beginning of a project: the calm before the storm or a manic rush to get things sorted ready for the core work to start? Whichever way it happens, the start of a project is critical to its future success. From estimating and scoping, to assigning resource, defining requirements, briefing in your team, the all important first meeting with the client—there’s a minefield of tasks out there which can shape how your project develops.

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Six Sigma: A Simple Guide for Project Managers

ProjectManager.com

It’s been around for three decades, but Six Sigma can still be somewhat of an enigma. It can mean different things within various organizations or circumstances, but there is a way to broadly outline this business process improvement methodology and define its beginnings, its, rise, its use and its implementation. There has been some backlash against Six Sigma over the recent years, some of which is warranted and will be discussed, but overall the process proves a valuable tool in reducing defec

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How to Prioritize Work When Everything Is #1

LiquidPlanner

All projects—especially large, complex projects—need clear priorities. Easier said than done. You can count on technical projects, no matter how well-planned, to involve change orders, re-prioritization and the regular appearance of surprises. It’s just the natural order of things. But still. Knowing how to prioritize work affects the success of your project, the engagement of your team, and your role as a leader.

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We need to spend more time educating our clients

Ron Rosenhead

I have worked in many companies delivering project management training where there appears to be an issue with my clients complaining that their clients keep changing the specification of work. In order to dig a little deeper I have asked my own clients ask a number of simple questions: What have you done to really tease out client needs/expectations?

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Acclaim Projects Helps Deliver Innovation Projects on Time and on Budget

This large intercity transportation company for people and freight employs 100+ IT employees and contractors across North America and Europe and spends $10MM annually for approximately 50 inflight projects. The company needed the right financial tools to budget for innovation initiatives and real-time information on spending and forecasting. This transportation company turned to Acclaim Projects by Sopheon to help deliver projects on time and within budget.

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2019 Project Management Conferences You Won’t Want to Miss

Rebel’s Guide to PM

Project management conferences are a fantastic way to meet new people and improve your skills. I always come away feeling energised about where I am in my career and relieved having met people with similar problems to me. Many conferences have early bird pricing so it is worth checking out the events that interest you as soon as you can in case you need to get corporate funding to attend.

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The Qualities of a Good Project Manager

Prince2

Understandably, we believe that being certified in project management is a sure-fire way to boost your career chances, knowledge of best practice and overall skillset. However, without the right personal skills, a qualification can only take you so far. We’ve pulled together 4 essential attributes you can use to take your PM skills from good to great.

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What is a Stakeholder in Project Management?

Planio

If it takes a village to raise a child, then it’s safe to say it takes a whole city to run a project. No matter how agile and lean you try to run your projects there are inevitably going to be a lot of people involved in getting you from project proposal to launch day. One very important group of these people are your project stakeholders. What exactly is a project stakeholder?

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Transformation is More Than Just Having an Agile Checklist

Leading Agile

As a consultant, I get to see a lot of different organizations and work with a variety of teams. By now, virtually everyone has at least heard of agile and read the manifesto. We also seem to have, in technology adoption terms, crossed the chasm, and so adoption by more traditional, sometimes slower moving, global scale organizations is well under way.

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Untapped Powers of Micromanagement in Project Management

PM Basics

“It looks like a micromanagement to me,” Corwin said just as we left the room. “What’s the problem?” I asked. “Micromanagement is a bad technique, isn’t it?” Corwin was surprised. Micromanagement got a bad reputation. It is a tool of evil project managers ! Only despotic leaders use it! Nevertheless, I believe the micromanagement technique is a powerful tool.

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

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 expendi

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Can Persuasive Sales Representative Become the Future Leads in Project Management

Taskque

Sales professionals and project managers are professionally worlds apart. However, who could’ve thought that people in sales have the potential to actually turn into a really successful project manager? Well, for starters, I experienced it. Carmichael Jordan, a Caucasian male, living in the suburbs of Arlington, TX has consistently been performing his day to day activities by serving his role as a lead inside sales representative at Jacobs, a construction, repair & maintenance company.

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10 Of the Best Scrum Tools to Increase Your Team’s Productivity

The Digital Project Manager

Compare the best Scrum tools by pricing, features, integrations, and pros & cons in this expert project management review. These tools facilitate the Scrum framework, encouraging collaboration, transparency, and efficiency among your team. The post 10 Of the Best Scrum Tools to Increase Your Team’s Productivity appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.

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The 7 Habits of Successful Project Managers

ProjectManager.com

There’s a hugely successful book that you’ve probably heard of and may have read called The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. It identifies seven habits that can help people be more effective in personal and professional environments. But what habits apply specifically to successful project managers? Well, let’s start by acknowledging the value of good habits in general.

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Will a Project Management Certification Help Your Career?

LiquidPlanner

Let’s say you’re well-qualified in your technical skills—be it Java, programming languages, infrastructure, networks or system administration. Qualifications take time and effort, but as well as learning useful skills, you’re also building confidence—your own and the others’ confidence in your ability to do a great job. But what if you’re switching from a purely technical role to one that involves managing projects?

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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.

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CSM certification guide: Certified ScrumMaster exam explained

Moira Alexander

What is the CSM certification? Agile practices are being rapidly adopted in project and product management across many industries, and the Scrum master is an important leadership role in agile development. The Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) qualification, available through the Scrum Alliance, is an entry-level certification aimed at providing professionals with an awareness of the methodologies and values of Scrum, including team performance, accountability, and iterative progress.

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Business Analyst & Project Manager Relationship: Collaborate for Success

Rebel’s Guide to PM

This is a guest post by Laura Brandenburg, describing how to get the best out of the project manager and business analyst relationship. Before I forget, I want to be sure you know about Laura’s Quick Start to Success as a Business Analyst training (it’s free) that’s designed to help you business analysts achieve more success on their projects. . We all want more successful projects – projects that deliver their intended business value and are delivered on time and on budget.

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8 Project Management Methodologies Made Simple

Proofhub

This is an exciting time in the project management world. Why? Because people are coming up with new approaches, trying new combinations, and even inculcating their leadership styles to manage projects in the best possible way. Project management experts agree that organizations can be largely benefitted when you use a recognized project management methodology.

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The Pareto Principle is alive and well in project management

Ron Rosenhead

So let’s start with a definition or an understanding of the ‘Pareto Principle’? “The Pareto principle (also known as the 80/20 rule) states that 80% of the results come from 20% of the causes.”. Let me give you an example of how I used this many years ago. I was the training manager in a company that had a centralised typing pool (I did say it was many years ago).

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The Big Payoff of Application Analytics

Outdated or absent analytics won’t cut it in today’s data-driven applications – not for your end users, your development team, or your business. That’s what drove the five companies in this e-book to change their approach to analytics. Download this e-book to learn about the unique problems each company faced and how they achieved huge returns beyond expectation by embedding analytics into applications.

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Growing as a Product Owner: Five Product Owner Maturity-Levels

Scrum.org

The Product Owner role is implemented in organizations in various different ways. The responsibilities and authorities of Product Owners vary across organizations, departments, teams and Product Owners. This can be explained to some extend, because it is a role that people need to grow into. The role requires some specific competences and a specific mindset.

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How to memorize the 49 processes from PMBOK 6th Edition in under 30 minutes

ExamsPM

The Project Management Institute (PMI) offers certifications that provide project management professionals with both information and credibility. Two of these certifications are the Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM). Both of these certifications are based on the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) which outlines the PMI approach to managing projects.

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Delphi Technique In Project Management (How to + Example)

PM Basics

Talked with the client yesterday. He asked me to look into a new technology on iOS called “layers” He wanted to see if we can leverage it. I had no idea what was that. For sure, I could open a developer’s documentation and try to read it. But that is not what a project manager does. Instead, I decided to apply the Delphi Technique. Here is what I did.

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online task management software is enabler

Binfire

Do you have tasks that you need to do every day? Managing tasks should not be a pain. With the advent of online task management software , managing work just got easier. Let’s start by defining what is a task? Task simply means any work that needs to be undertaken to achieve the desired result. So, buying milk is a task, taking kids to school is another task and so on.

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How to Stay Competitive in the Evolving State of Martech

Marketing technology is essential for B2B marketers to stay competitive in a rapidly changing digital landscape — and with 53% of marketers experiencing legacy technology issues and limitations, they’re researching innovations to expand and refine their technology stacks. To help practitioners keep up with the rapidly evolving martech landscape, this special report will discuss: How practitioners are integrating technologies and systems to encourage information-sharing between departments and pr

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RACI Made Simple. How To Create A Responsibility Assignment Matrix That Actually Works

The Digital Project Manager

You hear the term RACI, and inwardly groan. Far from the slightly exciting sounding acronym, The post RACI Made Simple. How To Create A Responsibility Assignment Matrix That Actually Works appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.

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Project Management Processes & Phases

ProjectManager.com

Does the business organization where you work feel… a little disorganized ? Does it seem like every department and team has their own way of doing things, harming overall efficiency, production, and your work environment? If so, it might be time to start implementing proven project management processes and phases at your organization in order to bring your company’s workflow under control.

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5 Reasons Why Using Spreadsheets is a Horrible Way to Manage Projects

LiquidPlanner

Once in my career, I was lucky enough to work with a true Excel spreadsheet master. Chris could make Excel do anything, except he never used spreadsheets to manage a project. He was a wise man. Since then I’ve come across too many project professionals, teams and organizations who stretch Microsoft Excel into a project management tool, and unsuccessfully so.

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10 Revealing Questions to find the Best Project Management Course

Online PM Courses

Do you want to Find the Best Project Management Course for You? Of course you do. It is an important decision, because: you will be investing a considerable amount of time in your learning. the outcome matter to you… or you wouldn’t be bothering. you will be spending a moderate to large chunk of money. So let’s get the money question out of the way first.

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From Complexity to Clarity: Strategies for Effective Compliance and Security Measures

Speaker: Erika R. Bales, Esq.

When we talk about “compliance and security," most companies want to ensure that steps are being taken to protect what they value most – people, data, real or personal property, intellectual property, digital assets, or any other number of other things - and it’s more important than ever that safeguards are in place. Let’s step back and focus on the idea that no matter how complicated the compliance and security regime, it should be able to be distilled down to a checklist.