2014

Eliminate Death Marches

Zen Project Management

This is part 2 of a 12 part series on the Principles of Agile Welcome changing requirements, even late in development. Agile processes harness change for the customer's competitive advantage. Another challenge for people new to agile is this idea about welcoming change late in the project. It's not that they don't expect changes, it's the approach taken to deal with it. Usually there is a Byzantine approach that involves change review boards, change request forms and impact assessments.

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Document management – enterprise work collaboration software

Clarizen

Keeping documents organized and up-to-date is a challenge when many individuals are participating in a project together and all touching the same documents. Failure to save an updated file, accidental deletion and simple misplacement are regular occurrences in the life of a project. Besides having inaccurate or outdated files there is also the trouble of email inboxes overflowing with Excel sheets, expense reports and any other number of project documentation.

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What do the Olympics have in common with a Project?

Fear No Project PM

If you are like me (and millions of others) you have been watching the SOCHI Winter Olympics. It is exhilarating to watch women and men, who have trained for years, put their skills to the test in order to win a medal. It makes me think about our staff and how they work every day […]. General Project Management Leadership management staff project management resource management

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Achieve Creative Freedom With Project Management Software

Function Point

Working with many agencies, we have found the #1 thing they wish they could achieve is freedom — freedom from chaos, disorganization, overtime and stress. A project management system can help you achieve the freedom you desire.

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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?

Project Management For You: Taking Action and Using Agile with Cornelius Fichtner (@corneliusficht)

PM for the Masses

Cornelius Fichtner shares with me his thoughts on what Project Management is and how to start using it to turn ideas into reality. The post Project Management For You: Taking Action and Using Agile with Cornelius Fichtner (@corneliusficht) appeared first on Project Management for the Masses. Cornelius Fichtner shares with me his thoughts on what Project Management is and how to start using it to turn ideas into reality. Interviews PM Concepts PM For You PM For You Podcast Podcast

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COTS – Commercial off the Shelf Lifecycle Model

Jez Lister

This article is one of a series covering COTS – Commercials off the Shelf Lifecycle model methodology, also know as package software. I first started working on COTS software products and their integration with other systems back in the 90’s when working for a large systems integrator. Since then I have implemented numerous COTS Commercial off the Shelf packages in sectors such as central government, local government, law, housing and higher education.

2014 40

Adopting Agile Pt 1- Three things to consider when moving into Agile

Stepping Into Project Management

Moving into the Agile way of working is a life changing decision. Don’t move to Agile because everyone is - IT’s a trend and everyone is working the Agile way and so should you- is the wrong way to approach Agile. Sometimes even client requests and management interest force team members to move.

2014 42

Agile Prepcast Review - PMI-ACP Certification Course + 21 Contact Hours

Deep Fried Brain

Agile Prepcast Review: The Agile PrepCast is a podcast-based audio-video program for PMI-ACP Certification exam preparation. PMI-ACP certification is gaining popularity as more and more organizations. Agile PMI-ACP Review Video

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5 Great Open Source Project Management Platforms

Guerrilla Project Management

Open-source has been gaining momentum for some time now. It seems that every year, more companies have been adopting open-source solutions to meet their business objectives. In fact, the results of the 2013 Future of Open Source Survey revealed that 62 percent of respondents believe that more than 50 percent of purchased software will be. Tools & Techniques

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Managing The Project Budget - Developing Your Project Management Skills

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

Musings About #Agile #Retrospectives

quantmleap

L ike many things in life, Retrospective – as a concept – can have many layers of abstraction. At the superficial level it can be used to identify symptoms and find ways dealing with them. At a deeper level it can be used to highlight symptoms and attempt a rudimentary root-cause-analysis and possible experiments to address them.

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Tom Peters and Soft Skills

Zen Project Management

I recently had the opportunity to hear Tom Peters speak and I have to say that even at the age of 71, he still has a lot of energy and passion. He began the talk with his experience coming out of college with an engineering degree. He found the math and science classes did little to prepare him for the real world, the people part of the equation, or the “all important last 99%” of being successful.

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Applicability of Agile/Lean/Kanban Methods for fixed scope/budget projects (with short duration)

Sudipta Lahiri

The Pune Chapter Meet of the Limited WIP Society was held on Mar 8, 2014. This session objective was to address challenges faced by Lean-Kanban practitioners in their projects. Participants from 4 different organizations attended this session. A couple of problems were posed by the participants ( Meetup Link ) ahead of time. We decided to work on the first one for this session. Problem Statement : Some projects are fixed scope, fixed budget and have relatively small duration – 3-4 months.

2014 20

Communication: The Essential Ingredient for Good Project Management

Fear No Project PM

You might expect that, as a Technology guy, I would say that tools are the essential ingredient (And I have certainly written plenty about tools!). Or as a certified PMP, you might have guessed that I would say that processes and procedures are the essentials for managing projects and people. And those of you that […]. Communication management Project Management communication project management

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Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

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

Prep Your fp. Project Management Software For 2015

Function Point

It’s almost 2015 and it seems like every year goes by faster. It’s easy to let the holidays sneak up on you. November 1st comes around and I catch myself saying, “I can’t believe stores have Christmas decorations up already!” ” Really Marc? You can’t believe it?

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What The Heck Is Agile? An Introduction to Agile Project Management: Episode 40

PM for the Masses

Hello all and welcome to episode 40 of the Project Management for the Masses Podcast! What The Heck Is Agile? Today I bring you a great introduction to Agile and Scrum. I pretended to forget the little I know about it and ask Cornelius Fichtner to give us an introduction to Agile project management. Cornelius […]. The post What The Heck Is Agile? An Introduction to Agile Project Management: Episode 40 appeared first on Project Management for the Masses.

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Ho-Ho-How Santa’s Workshop Manages Christmas

Wrike

Santa Claus: one of the most well-known, eagerly anticipated , and incredibly successful entrepreneurs in history. Each year he oversees the production and distribution of toys to every single child on his Nice List — and with over 1.9 billion children on Earth , that’s a lot of toys! He hasn’t missed a year yet, but that’s not to say it’s all sunshine and snow angels.

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Building Project Management Capability & Maturity

Jez Lister

Building Project Management Capability and Maturity must be a priority for any organisation involved in delivering multiple projects and programmes. Having mature project management will have a direct impact on an organisations capability to consistently delivery successful projects and programmes. The alternative leads to projects going over budget and failing to deliver on promises made.

2014 40

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.

Scrum Team has stabilized- what next?

Stepping Into Project Management

Most transformations start with the basic idea of either getting teams to start working in Agile or streamlining their existence process. At a certain point, teams stabilize, velocity improves, quality soars and things look up.

2014 39

Book Review: Head First PMP Third Edition (for PMBOK Guide 5)

Deep Fried Brain

The Head First PMP, 3rd Ed (for PMBOK Guide, 5th Ed) has just been released, barely 5 months after the PMP exam change! Well, better late than never. Sarcasm aside, I’m a great fan of the Head First. Books CAPM PMP Review Rita Mulcahy

2014 40

How to be a happy project manager – Part 4

Guerrilla Project Management

This post is brought to you by ProjectTMA – Tailored Microsoft Project training and MS project related services to help you develop robust schedules which meet your unique business goals. Cloud Computing, Bring Your Own Device, Social Media, Big Data. With all the new and changing technologies we must learn about and manage. Leadership Mindset

2014 47

Cynefin Related #NoEstimates Thoughts

quantmleap

T he Cynefin framework identifies five domains within which systems and environments can co-exist. In summary the five domains are: The ‘ Simple ‘ Domain – characterized by clear cause-and-effect relationships, with well-defined rules of engagement that call for the use of best practice approaches.

2014 46

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.

Trying New Things

Zen Project Management

Over the past weekend I went ice climbing with my son. He is a pretty serious climber and I've picked it up because of him, but neither of us have ever ice climbed before. We went to a place near Cedar Falls Iowa that ices down a grain silo. It's really different from the sport climbing we've done, but it was fun and by the end of the climbing day, I was able to make it to the top of the silo. How often are we open to trying something new?

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Capacity Planning for Dynamic Teams following Kanban Method

Sudipta Lahiri

1. Abstract. Projects are often executed by dynamic teams. They start with a small core team and as the project gains momentum, add resources over time. This is commonly seen in IT service organizations that do fixed price projects. Fixed price projects have a defined scope that needs to be delivered within a contracted budget and within a negotiated timeline. For the purpose of this experience report, “Dynamic teams” or “Fixed Price projects” will be used interchangeably.

2014 20

5 Tips to Managing Organizational Change More Effectively

Fear No Project PM

I have been in many organizations throughout my career and one thing I know – change is constant! In fact this week I had to adjust to a new change myself. I was talking with Dr. Karen McGraw, noted Organizational change and Leadership coach, and she offered to write a post on the subject for […]. Change Management General Project Management management Best Practice change management pm

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Tips For Estimating the Return on Your Project Management Software

Function Point

There are many aspects to consider when choosing a new project management software for your agency, design studio or internal marketing department. Some of the important factors to consider are: product features. support and training. ease of use. security and integration with other tools. Additionally, determining the return on investment (ROI) on implementing the tool is often the biggest question we get asked about.

2014 40

Driving Discovery and Experimentation in your Organization

Speaker: Teresa Torres, Product Discovery Coach, Product Talk, David Bland, Founder and CEO, Precoil, and Hope Gurion, Product Coach and Advisor, Fearless Product LLC

If you want to build what matters, you can't move forward blindly. But to make progress, you can't let things slow to a crawl while you focus resources on gathering data. This is where continuous discovery and experimentation come in. Join Teresa Torres (Product Discovery Coach, Product Talk), David Bland (Founder, Precoil), and Hope Gurion (Product Coach and Advisor, Fearless Product) in a panel discussion as they cover how - and why - to build a culture of discovery and experimentation in your organization.

Your Job Search is a Project. Here’s how to Manage it: Episode 24

PM for the Masses

Happy new year! I hope you enjoyed your holiday break and are ready to take 2014 by the horns and make it the best year yet. I really mean it! I am PUMPED about what this year has in store for all of us who will be practicing intentional, planned, and value-adding relevance. Remember, life […]. The post Your Job Search is a Project. Here’s how to Manage it: Episode 24 appeared first on Project Management for the Masses. Happy new year!

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Lessons Learned from Project Failure at Denver International Airport: Why Checking Bags is Still a Pain

Wrike

We regularly review major projects to extract valuable lessons and pass on the knowledge so that everyone can benefit. One failed project we recently took an interest in is Denver International Airport’s luggage handling system. I was compelled to study this project because checking bags at the airport is still one of my biggest fears. My eye twitches just thinking about it.

2014 45

What is Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)

Jez Lister

Introduction. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the process that results in a website appearing higher up the Search Engine Results Page (SERP) on sites such as Google, Yahoo etc. As a result of a successful SEO campaign, visitors who are looking for your products or services will be directed to your website. SEO refers to Natural search queries as opposed to sponsored words or phrases. SEO should be viewed as a campaign rather than a single event.

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