2014

Good Enough

Tyner Blain

We hear a lot about building products which are “good enough” or “just barely good enough.” ” How do we know what “good enough” means for our customers? No one really tells us. Different Perspectives of Good Enough.

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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 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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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.

2014 71

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?

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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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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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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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Opposite Views of a Product Roadmap

Tyner Blain

Your product roadmap is a view of what you are building right now, in the near future, and in the more distant future. Or is your roadmap a view of why you are building whatever you’re building right now, in the near future, and in the more distant future?

2014 181

Managing The Project Budget - Developing Your Project Management Skills

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

Agile Cadabra

Tyner Blain

Agile is not magical. Changing from a waterfall process to an agile process changes how your team works, and helps eliminate inefficiencies. Adopting an agile process does not let you magically have a more successful product. What makes agile powerful is also makes it dangerous. Triage and Urgency.

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Agile Through a Matrix Lens

Tyner Blain

“Agile” is something most teams do wrong*, without realizing they’re doing it wrong. A good 2×2 matrix acts as a lens, helping to convert information into insight.

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Classifying Market Problems

Tyner Blain

Theodore Levitt may have developed the whole product model to help companies compete more effectively with their products. We wrote about the whole product game based on Mr. Levitt’s work.

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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.

2014 130

Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

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

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.

2014 122

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.

2014 122

Better Decision Making

Zen Project Management

I started reading the book Decisive by Chip & Dan Heath. They have a couple other books I've read, including Switch and Made to Stick , so I thought I'd give this a try. I'm only about a quarter through the book, but so far, I am enjoying it. It's easy to read and has some good examples to support the ideas. The book is about how to make better decisions.

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Agile 2014 - Final Thoughts

Zen Project Management

A number of themes surfaced during Agile2014. One of the big themes was scaling agile. There were a number of presentations on the SAFe model , Discipled Agile (DAD) and the new framework by Jeff Sutherland. There was also a lot of discussion on how Spotify scaled agile (be sure to download the paper). I appreciated the opportunity to hear about DAD from the creators, Scott Ambler and Mark Lines. Mark gave a presentation on how this framework was implemented at Panera Bread.

2014 100

A Guide to Designing Delightful Dashboards

Speaker: Daniel O'Sullivan, Product Designer, nCino and Jeff Hudock, Senior Product Manager, nCino

We’ve all seen the increasing industry trend of artificial intelligence and big data analytics. In a world of information overload, it's more important than ever to have a dashboard that provides data that's not only interesting but actually relevant and timely. Dashboards assist decision makers facilitate new ideas and business opportunities, increase customer approval rates, and analyze current business process. All of these activities play a vital role in providing the superior experience your customers demand.

Agile2014 - Day 1

Zen Project Management

Yesterday was the first full day of Agile2014. In general it was a pretty good day. The original keynote speaker, Aneesh Chopra, apparently had to cancel. His replacement, Sam Guckenheimer, provided an overview of Microsoft's journey to agile. It was an ok case study with some interesting information, but it wasn't a motivational keynote to get us all charged up. Talking to some of the organizers later, I found out they made a conscious decision not to pay for a headliner keynote speaker.

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Agile Principles - Working Together

Zen Project Management

Business people and developers must work together daily throughout the project. One of the challenges I often face when I start working with a new client that has not been following agile is the amount of time expected from their business people. Their approach has always been that the business people meet with business analyst (BA), tell them what they want, and come back 9 months later to see what got built.

2014 100

Principles of Agile, Part 1

Zen Project Management

This is part 1 of a 12 part series on the Principles of agile I've been working on a big project and as the project has grown, I've been thinking about how Agile is supposed to work and how my project is following (or in some cases not following) the principles that are part of agile. For this first article, I'm going to talk about Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer through early and continuous delivery of valuable software.

2014 100

Balance

Zen Project Management

I haven't had much of a chance to write any posts lately. I've been on a project that has left me little time for other things, but on this Sunday I decided to take a step back. There was a learning in Daniel Pink's The Adventures of Johnny Bunko ; "persistence triumphs talent." I had a boss that taught me this early in my consulting career, that putting in your 40 hours of billable time wasn't enough.

2014 100

Turning Metrics into Dollars: How to Turn Your Analytics Data into a Real Financial Model for your Startup

Speaker: Tristan Kromer, Lean Agile Coach, Kromatic

Some teams struggle to constantly optimize conversion rates without understanding the financial impact of those conversion rates. Sometimes that 0.1% increase isn't worth the engineering time we're spending! Early stage startups in particular may not need a four year business plan, but they need to start building out a model which will show how they can someday be profitable. At the very least, they need to be able to see the impact of a change in retention rates to their user growth.

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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Soft Skills and Getting People to Work Together: Episode 38 with Geoff Crane

PM for the Masses

Sometimes all you need is to get people to work together. My guest today will share with us how that ability can truly turn you into a fantastic project manager.

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Overcoming Self Doubt with Jared Easley: Episode 25

PM for the Masses

Hello everyone and welcome to another episode of the PM for the Masses Podcast. Today I bring you my good friend Jared Easley to talk about a topic we all have to deal with, project manager or not: overcoming self doubt.

2014 75

Project Managers: Start Writing! Episode 36 with Jeff Goins

PM for the Masses

Hello all and welcome to this exciting episode of the Project Management for the Masses Podcast! This is a new chapter on my journey into becoming a writer. As some of you may know, I have been toying around with the idea of writing a book for a while now. As it turns out, I […].

2014 73

How Agile Approaches Change Project, Program, and Product Measures

Speaker: Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant, Rothman Consulting Group

Before agile approaches took the world by storm, we used Gantt charts and defects to measure project and program progress. We had trouble measuring product progress until just before release—often too late to change anything. Join Johanna as she discusses how agile approaches change what we measure, and possible measures you might use in projects, programs, and to assess the product as the team(s) build it.

Reinvent Yourself as a Professional with Dorie Clark (@dorieclark): Episode 41

PM for the Masses

On today’s episode of the PM for the Masses Podcast I bring you the dynamic Dorie Clark to talk about reinventing ourselves.

2014 72

Managing Large Projects in Latin America: Episode 46

PM for the Masses

Hello all! Last week I spoke with Ky Nichol, project manager of the Olympic Games and the World Cup. It was a great conversation, and it got me thinking: Brazil and the rest of Latin America has seen a lot of major projects taking place in the last few years. So I decided to tackle […].

2014 71

Using The Web To Build Your Reputation: Episode 35

PM for the Masses

Hello everyone and welcome to episode 35 of the PM for the Masses Podcast! Today I bring you some of the message I shared last Friday at the PMI Southwestern Ontario Chapter symposium, on using the internet to help build your image, reputation, and career.

2014 71

Managing email with David Sparks

PM for the Masses

Imagine all the things us project managers could do with the time we spend in our email inboxes every day. Why so much email? Why do we spend so much time dealing with email? My guest this week, David Sparks, literally wrote the book on email. We will talk about his book, try to figure […].

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Selling Data and Decisions to your Team

Speaker: Cait Porte, SVP Product and Customer Experience, Zmags

Gathering support for a product feature or enhancement is a critical skill for Product Managers. Talking to customers, working with key stakeholders in the business and convincing development that a feature is necessary can be a daunting task. Join Product Management expert Cait Porte as she covers how to sell your ideas internally by leveraging data to drive decision making.