2014

Agile2014 - Soft Skill Presentations

Zen Project Management

Three of my favorite presentations at Agile2014 were on soft skills; Diana Larsen’s Best Job Ever , Lyssa Adkin’s Facilitating Intense Conversations , and Jean Tabaka/Em Campbell-Pretty’s Creating Agile Tribes Diana Larsen was the keynote presenter on Wednesday.

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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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How to buy Project Management Consulting Services: Service as a Product (SaaP)

Guerrilla Project Management

When you need to hire a project management consulting firm, knowing in advance exactly what services you are getting and how much they will cost you gives control and peace of mind.

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10 Reasons the Death Star Project Failed (Infographic)

Wrike

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…. The Death Star projects failed spectacularly. Learn from the Empire’s mistakes and keep your projects from falling to the Dark Side! Check out our new Star Wars-inspired infographic and avoid further destruction by sharing it with all your padawans.

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Make an Impact with Analytics and Journey Maps

Speaker: Kirui K. K., Co-founder and CEO of Tanasuk Africa

If you want to offer a better user experience, it can be tempting to track each and every data point in your product. However, this can quickly get complicated and overwhelming as you collect more and more data. How do you know which metrics will help you improve? Kirui K. K., Co-founder & CEO Tanasuk Africa, wants you to know that analytics don't have to be complicated to make an impact - no matter the size of your company. Join him as he explains how to create a customer journey map, then use that map to figure out the metrics you need to know - and how to use them.

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.

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Stepping Into Project 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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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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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How to Break into Project Management-Part 2

Guerrilla Project Management

In this second installment in this series on how to break into project management, Bruce Harpham, the author of Project Management Hacks, shows us how to tun a process into a project. Getting your start in project management doesn’t have to be difficult. You just need a clear strategy to get started.

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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.

Enjoy the Turkey: A Project Manager’s Guide to Surviving Thanksgiving Day

Wrike

Many people see project management as a complicated tangle of work breakdown structures, spreadsheets, critical path timelines, risk assessments… There’s a reason they give out certifications for this stuff!

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52 Tips to Break into Project Management

quantmleap

C ouple of months ago I was approached by Geoff Crane, a blogger and a Professor of project management at Durham College, to assist with the following request: I teach project management at Durham College in Ontario.

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The 6 Ps of Public Sector Project Failure: Profit, Periodicity, Politics, Passion, Press, and Pay

Troubled and Failing Project

"The government is incapable of running projects. Simply put, their miserably high failure rate proves that government should be out of the project management business." There are plenty of examples of this. We have heard this line, or ones similar to it, time and again and rarely hear how the projects failure reasons support the hypothesis. The reason? The prognosticators purporting this are part of the problem.

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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.

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Your Post-Launch Toolkit for Understanding Your Users

Speaker: Brittney Gwynn, former Director of Product, Simple Health

If you've ever launched an MVP, you know that the journey has only just begun. How do you figure out what to do next? You know that you need to look at how different user segments react, but how do you quickly distinguish signal from noise so you can iterate and improve? Join Brittney Gwynn, former Director of Product at Simple Health, as she explains how you can use early customer feedback, usage data, and continuous experimentation to optimize your journey to product-market fit. Whether you're at a brand-new company, or looking to innovate within a more mature organization, or anywhere in between, you'll come away with a new skill set, ready to make the most of your launches.

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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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.

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Epic Project Management: The Øresund Bridge: Episode 26

PM for the Masses

Hello everyone and welcome to episode 26 of the PM for the Masses Podcast! Today we talk about the absolutely stunning Øresund Bridge, which connects Sweden and Denmark. This project is specially unique because it involves a bridge, an island, and a tunnel.

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Work Performance Data, Work Performance Information, and Work Performance Reports

Deep Fried Brain

In 2009, I did a series of posts on Work Performance Information, Work Performance Measurements and Performance Reports, highlighting how the PMBOK® Guide, Fourth Edition was utterly confusing. Commonly Confused Concepts Executing Monitoring and Controlling PMBOK Process Groups Study Notes

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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.

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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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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ERP Projects: The Complete Survival Manual-Part 1

Guerrilla Project Management

Managing your first ERP project is the ultimate challenge you will face in your career as a project manager.

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8 Project Management Infographics You Have to See

Wrike

You just became a project manager, or you’ve been in the field for a while but you’re ready to learn more. These great project management infographics from sources all over the net provide interesting education for PMs and PM-wannabes.

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A Simple Framework for Complex User Goals

Speaker: Hannah Stegen, Customer Service Manager, Crescendo

How can you measure and affect your users' behavior if they're not doing something that's easily measurable? You can monitor usage, activation, retention, and more, but those metrics don't always align with every one of your goals for your users. Hope is not lost, however: with the right framework, you can still make sure your users are on track. Join Hannah Stegen (she/her), Customer Success Manager at Crescendo as she explains how you can monitor even the most complex user journeys by breaking them up into Attitude, Intention, and Behavior.

Cynefin Related #NoEstimates Thoughts

quantmleap

T he Cynefin framework identifies five domains within which systems and environments can co-exist.

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Tales of an Expert Witness: Sex, Lies, and Video (Part I)

Troubled and Failing Project

The subpoena shows up at the front desk and the call comes to you to pick it up. That nauseating feeling in your gut is the prelude to a long day… no… a long year. The lawyers want every contract and statement of work , each change order, log, email, document, physical mail, specification, test document, picture, drawing, scratch note, etc. that ever existed on your project. You reflect back on the project and wonder how many times you cut corners in order to get the project done.

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3 Simple Rules of Life

Stepping Into Project Management

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