2017

10 Things New Project Managers Should Know

Girl's Guide to PM

This article, 10 Things New Project Managers Should Know , first appeared on Girl's Guide to PM. It would be nice to think that every company has a formal mentoring scheme, and that you can tap into the experience of other project managers through this. However, that isn’t always the case. As a result, people managing projects for the first time often find themselves making mistakes. That’s normal – we all make mistakes from time to time, especially in a new job.

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10 Essential Project Management Skills

ProjectManager.com

Project management is not an easy job. In fact, it’s several not-easy jobs, including the initiation, planning, executing, controlling, and closing of a project. Even more difficult, that project is delegated to a team of your choosing, given specific goals to achieve over a defined timeline for a determined budget. And you have to do all that successfully. That’s a lot to ask of any one individual, but project managers have a variety of skills to get the job done.

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Comparing agile project management frameworks

Moira Alexander

In my article " How to choose the right project management methodology ," I covered the key considerations and some of the assessment criteria when choosing a methodology. Now let's take a closer look at three popular agile frameworks and how they compare to make it easier to choose which to use for your next project. SCRUM LEAN KANBAN. Definition A predefined and recurring set of rules, roles and processes used to expedite the release of higher quality products.

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What is PRINCE2 Agile All About?

Arras People

I have been working with PRINCE2 before it became PRINCE2 and for the last 10 years I have been a PRINCE2 trainer and consultant so I am already sold on PRINCE2. I have also been a software developer and used agile development methods and have never seen the two as being in conflict. The new PRINCE2 Agile guide has been created to provide guidance for blending the PRINCE2 project management approach with agile delivery methods.

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?

How to Develop a Quality Management Plan

Project Risk Coach

Entering projects with little consideration to quality can be costly in numerous ways. Let’s look at the project risks when there is no quality management plan. First, we may not meet customer’s needs and expectations. Second, the cost of corrective action and defect repair may be higher than expected. Third, the cost of quality after the project may be higher and may decrease customer confidence.

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Project Manager Roles and Responsibilities: What does a PM Really Do?

Project Bliss

The job title of “project manager” is pretty common these days. But project manager roles and responsibilities can be pretty vague if you’re not already familiar with them. I know this firsthand, just by watching reactions when I tell someone I’m a project manager. When I took my first job as a project manager, my mother asked what I do. My sisters have careers she’s a bit more familiar with: chemical engineer, civil engineer, real estate development.

2017 196

Big challenge: Getting your project team to work as a team!

The Lazy Project Manager

A guest post by my friends at Genius Project. A project team is a group of people who work together on a project with a common goal. They have different skills and specializations but their work all culminates in the delivery of the project. Numerous studies have shown that a project progresses effectively when the team is working on activities that are clearly defined and planned.

2017 261

Project managers, just say no!

Ron Rosenhead

But use what is in project management system and your people skills. Over the last 18 months I have seen more and more pressure placed on project managers. There is a huge demand from senior managers and stakeholder and clients to deliver quicker, with the same level of quality and of course, on budget! I have seen some pretty stressed project managers and they have expressed it to me in many ways; some direct others not so. Is there anything a project manager can do?

2017 214

What to Look for in Project Management Software

Entry

Having systems in place to organize the resources, events, schedules and customer service will make the job of the project managers a whole lot easier. The post What to Look for in Project Management Software appeared first on Entry Software Corporation. Project Management Project Management Software Project Management Tools Strategy Entry Software project management

2017 253

Managing The Project Budget - Developing Your Project Management Skills

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

PPM and Agile transformations are two birds of a feather…

Kiron Bondale

At first glance you might think that there couldn’t be two organization transformations with greater difference than the adoption of project portfolio management (PPM) and the transition to agile delivery. After all, when problems occur, the former is often perceived as bureaucracy gone mad whereas the latter is negatively stereotyped as just do it chaos. Both transformations have a lot more in common than you might think.

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Is the Classic Triple Constraint in Project Management Still Relevant?

Girl's Guide to PM

This article, Is the Classic Triple Constraint in Project Management Still Relevant? first appeared on Girl's Guide to PM. This is a guest post by Michelle Symonds. Michelle Symonds. Projects always have certain constraints – there may be an urgency to complete a project because of external market factors, for example; or there may have to be tightly controlled costs because of a fixed or limited budget.

2017 310

The #1 Challenge in Project Management (According to the Experts)

MavenLink

Project management is a complex practice that continues to challenge even the most sophisticated of companies and experts. The many moving parts involved in a project from inception to completion makes the practice extremely fluid and hard to predict. Even the experts, with years of work in the project-based arena, recognize the pressures on a day-to-day basis. We wanted to identify the #1 challenge shared by project management professionals to better help others struggling in the field.

2017 111

15 essential project management tools

Moira Alexander

Top-level project managers are in high demand, thanks to the high-level leadership, knowledge and capabilities they bring to bear on vital business projects. But having the right set of tools is also essential to project management success. Project management tools and templates not only increase team productivity and effectiveness but also prepare the organization for changes brought about by high-impact projects.

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Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

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

How to Keep Your Projects On-Time and On-Budget

Arras People

Deltek is the latest member of the Arras People Software Directory , in this article they give a brief overview of how projects can be controlled and how software can help with this. From internal initiatives to major customer endeavors, there’s a universal truth: all projects are susceptible to cost overruns and schedule slippage. And now more than ever, projects that are over budget, behind schedule or are not delivering the value originally promised are in jeopardy of being cancelled.

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6 Tools and Techniques for Controlling Risks

Project Risk Coach

Changes in project risks are inevitable. As a project progresses, the probability and impact of current risks change, new risks emerge, and residual risks may increase or decrease. How can project managers optimize their risk responses and get the results they are looking for? Allow me to introduce you to two project managers—Tom and Susan. Tom started his project with a risk identification exercise with several stakeholders resulting in a list of 77 risks.

Why Our Project Management Tools Don’t Matter

The Digital Project Manager

As project managers, it’s easy to fall in love with one tool and let it define the way we manage projects. Perhaps in the rush. The post Why Our Project Management Tools Don’t Matter appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Features General

2017 275

Scrum Master vs Project Manager: What’s the Difference?

Project Bliss

Are you considering a career move? . Perhaps you’re considering Project Management because it uses many skills you already have. But wait. You’ve also heard that teams are going Agile and that Scrum Master might be a good option. Or maybe you’re already a Project Manager, and you’re wondering if a Scrum Master job might be a good move. If you think they’re similar, think again. Here I’ll explain the difference between a Project Manager and a Scrum Master.

2017 183

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.

The true value of change

The Lazy Project Manager

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Most project sponsors regularly make this mistake

Ron Rosenhead

Not briefing their project managers effectively enough. How do I know? Project managers regularly tell me this is so and the stories they tell supports this. Take this comment from a recent project management course about a case study briefing. This is much longer than a briefing note I would normally get from my manager or sponsor.”. These are words I have heard quite a number of times and he was referring to a case study which we use throughout the project management programme.

2017 189

Is There Value in Integrating Change Management and Project Management?

Entry

Manage changes to projects or initiatives within an organization on both a technical and human level. Project management is the process of supervising a project team through a series of tasks that ultimately reach completion of a defined goal with a specified target date for completion. On the other hand, change management is intended to support an organization’s adjustment to the changes due to either internal processes or external factors.

Five expectations for agile tools…

Kiron Bondale

Agile delivery does not mandate the use of software tools, but when scaling agile within large organizations with greater numbers of stakeholders, geographic distribution of pods, compliance requirements and similar enterprise challenges, tooling can improve efficiency and effectiveness. There are a few basic expectations which should be met to ensure that your tooling isn’t consistently identified as a blocker during stand-ups and retrospectives. Stability.

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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.

How Change Management Fits Into Projects

Girl's Guide to PM

This article, How Change Management Fits Into Projects , first appeared on Girl's Guide to PM. Way back when I started managing projects, change management was a specific role in large organisations. Big projects – and lucky project managers – had their own Business Change Manager. This person’s role was to integrate the change delivered by a project into the operations of the company. Change management was largely focused on communicating downwards and training.

Project Start-Up: The Plan for a Plan

Project Health Check

Du ring the Project Start-up and planning phase, projects will execute detailed planning processes to produce a Performance Measurement Baseline of Cost/Schedule/Scope and an associated Project Management Plan. The project schedule will then steer the project through the foggy waters of its lifecycle and eventually help it to find its way to delivery and closedown. But what about the planning phase itself when the schedule doesn't exist yet?

Free project management certifications

Moira Alexander

Founded by Harvard University and MIT in 2012, edX is one of the biggest MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) platforms available and offers many project management (PM) courses. You can take individual courses at no charge, and many of them can be accredited towards an edX credential. Here are just some of the PM courses available to students and professionals. These courses are free unless specified otherwise.

The Five W’s of Project Planning

Arras People

Project Planning should start with the 5W questions before getting to the How. As I have watched my two daughters develop over the past 21 years I am stuck by how their approach to gaining knowledge has matured. However, they have still retained at its core the perspective of a small child and the repetitive question – Why? – as a constant theme to understand a topic.

2017 244

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.

7 Ways to Identify Risks

Project Risk Coach

Successful project managers have a common trait – they identify and manage risks. Let’s look at seven tools and techniques to identify risks. Often project managers start with a splash. They get the team together, identify lots of risks, and enter them into an Excel spreadsheet. However, the risks are never discussed again. What happens when project managers and their team fail to identify risks in an iterative fashion? Teams spend their time and energy on things that do not matter.

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10 Microsoft Project Alternatives For Creating Gantt Charts

The Digital Project Manager

Is there really a viable Microsoft Project alternative for creating project plans and timing plans? Find out with our newly updated article for 2017 with some. The post 10 Microsoft Project Alternatives For Creating Gantt Charts appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. General Tools

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What Can a Project Manager Do Next? The Project Manager Career Ladder

Project Bliss

Have you ever wondered what career path could be next on the project manager career ladder? There are many possible options where you can apply the valuable skills you’ve honed as a project manager. I previously wrote about the different career paths that can lead to project management. And a project manager role can be fulfilling and interesting. Projects stay interesting with new challenges, opportunities to collaborate with teams, and the satisfaction of delivering value and solutions.

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