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.

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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.

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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.

2017 428

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?

Building Healthy Innovation Ecosystems for Your Projects

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

In this webinar, Nick Noreña will walk through an Innovation Ecosystem Model that he and his team at Kromatic have developed to help investors, heads of product, teachers, and executives understand how they can best support innovation in their own ecosystem. He'll also go over metrics we can use to measure the health of our ecosystems as we build more resources for innovators.

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

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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.

2017 256

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.

2017 340

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.

2017 209

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.

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 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.

2017 213

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.

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.

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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.

2017 144

Managing The Project Budget - Developing Your Project Management Skills

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

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.

Agency Agile: 10 Agile Methods For Agencies

The Digital Project Manager

Every digital agency I’ve come across seems to claim they’re they’re doing agency agile in some shape or form. The challenge today is what do. The post Agency Agile: 10 Agile Methods For Agencies appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. General

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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.

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.

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Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

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

The true value of change

The Lazy Project Manager

The following is an extract from my new book ‘How to get Fired at the C-Level: Why mismanaging change is the biggest risk of all’ in association with my friends at Tailwind Project Solutions – previous extracts followed a series of 5 Challenges that I think every organisation should consider, and consider very carefully – and now we will look at the 5 tests of control: We have already identified in an earlier article that knowing the true value of your investment in change, and the consequential cost of failure to deliver this change is critical. On that basis now is the time for you to ‘do the math’ and work your change portfolio investment out, an example was covered in ‘Challenge 1 – Invest in the right portfolio management’ – so you can reference that if you wish. Before you start how big do you think your Portfolio is right now and how big do you think it really might be? It will be interesting to compare later on. OK – start with your Portfolio value. How simple is that to discover? The figure doesn’t have to be 100% accurate, you are looking for a rough order of magnitude really – but if it is really difficult to even start with a ROM valuation you might consider why that is, and how can your organisation manage change if it doesn’t know the basics? Assuming that you do have that number to hand now all you need to know now is the ratio of Compliance projects versus Growth projects. The same argument stands in this case if you struggle to identify that percentage mix. But again, it is a rough estimate that is needed for this exercise. And then select or identify the Cost/Impact ratio and the growth Value Add ratio – these really should be part of your business case approval process by the way. And finally, estimates of disruption ratio percentage (use the 20% provided if you don’t have a true idea of your own organisations percentage) and failure factor ratio percentage but only for the growth projects. For the compliance projects it could well be something like ‘Go to Jail, do not Pass Go) or some serious fine etc. – feel free to quantify this if you can of course – it may well be significant. P. Portfolio Value (Starting Value). £. C/G. Compliance (@ 40%). £. (40% of ‘P’). Growth (@60%). £. (60% of ‘P’). CI. Cost Impact (2:1 for Compliance). £. (2*’C’). VA. Value Add (4:1 for Growth). £. (4*’G’). TSF. Total so far. £. (‘C’+’G’+’CI’+VA’). D. Disruption (@20% of initial Portfolio value). £. (20% of ‘TSF’). F. Failure Factor (10% of Growth – planned value add). £. (10% of ‘VA’). TP. True Portfolio Value. £. (‘TSF’+’D’+’F’). TAKE THE TEST: Run the numbers and ‘do the math’ and then step back and take in the figure at the end. There you have it – the truth, the whole truth, and most likely, scarily nothing but the truth. Tailwind Project Solutions was formed in 2014 to provide a bespoke approach to project leadership development. Owned by Director & CEO Alex Marson, the organisation works with large FTSE 250 clients including some of the biggest companies in the world in the Asset Management, Professional Services, Software, Automotive, Finance and Pharmaceutical industry. The company has a team of world-class experts who provide a bespoke approach to the challenges that our clients have, and the company was formed because of a gap in the market for expertise which truly gets to the heart of the issues clients are facing – providing a robust, expert solution to change the way that companies run their projects. At the time, the market was becoming flooded with training companies, providing a ‘sheep dip’ approach to project management, and the consensus was that This didn’t solve the real challenges that businesses and individuals are experiencing in this ever-increasing complex world of project management. The vision was to hand-pick and work with the very best consultants, trainers and coaches worldwide so that Tailwind could make a difference to their clients, to sit down with them, understand their pain points, what makes them tick, and what is driving their need for support. These challenges being raised time and time again are in the project leadership space, from communication issues, not understanding stakeholder requirements or having the confidence to “push back”, lack of sponsorship support, working across different cultures, languages, levels of capability and complexity. We expect more from our project managers – we expect them to inspire, lead teams and be more confident. Tailwind’s experience is vast, from providing interim resources in the project and programme management space, supporting the recruitment process, experiential workshops, coaching – from project managers through to executives, providing keynote speakers, implementing PPM Academies, PM Healthchecks and Leadership development. The approach is created often uniquely – to solve the real challenges of each of their individual clients. [link]. Uncategorized author change change management lazy project peter taylor portfolio project project management project speaker value

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Never neglect the human side of agile!

Kiron Bondale

People and not policies, processes, practices or platforms are required to achieve successful projects. This is why the following principle from the Agile Manifesto needs to be careful considered whenever an agile transformation is underway: Build projects around motivated individuals.

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5 Key Steps to Successful Project Management

Entry

Managing your first project can be daunting. To simplify things, here are five steps critical to the successful management of a project: Step 1: Initiate the Project by Defining the Scope.

2017 195

EVM and Agile – Project Reporting

Green Project Management

Context This post was modified from one I developed several years ago for the Mercure AACE 2013 program I took, called W17_PM_EVM-KPI-Reporting. It is a follow on to a recent post “EVM and Agile – Can they work together?“

2017 280

Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life with Nir Eyal

Speaker: Nir Eyal

Ever get the feeling the world is full of too many distractions? Research shows the ability to stay focused is a competitive advantage, in work and in life. However, in an age of ever-increasing demands on our attention how do we stay productive and stay sane? In this webinar, Nir provides research-backed, practical advice, and memorable strategies for managing distraction and our time. Nir Eyal shares findings of his five years of research into how to master what he calls, "the skill of the century," the power to be "Indistractable."

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.

2017 406

E-Learning Tools For Project Managers

Arras People

For those working in project management that don’t have the time to go to a traditional class, all is not lost. There are now plenty of online options for anyone who wants to take business and management classes. There are also plenty of apps that can be used as tools as well.

2017 276

8 Administrative Professional Conferences You Can’t Miss in 2018

Musings on Project Management

8 Administrative Professional Conferences You Can’t Miss in 2018. Have you ever noticed the amazing ideas and inspiration that come from connecting with other like-minded people who have the same profession as you? We want administrative professionals to feel that invigorating spark again and again!

2018 269

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.

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Business Agile: A Roadmap for Transforming Your Management & Adapting to the VUCA Environment

Speaker: Peter Taylor, Speaker/Author, The Lazy Project Manager

Businesses everywhere are trying to “get business agile”—but it’s not easy to adapt to becoming this adaptive. How can conventional organizations succeed in this transformation? In this webinar, Peter Taylor will walk through the change process step by step, and look at a tried and tested transformation roadmap: benefits are outlined, solutions to common challenges offered, and tried and tested methods and tools provided. It will be a guide towards a decentralized and management style that offers more successful decision making through collaboration.

How To Estimate Projects: The Complete Guide To Project Budget & Cost Estimation

The Digital Project Manager

Estimating successfully is all about getting the right amount of funding to enable you to successfully deliver a project. But creating a project budget that works – delivering worthwhile value for a client at a cost that’s still going to make a respectable profit for the agency is a tricky balance, so how do you do it right? The post How To Estimate Projects: The Complete Guide To Project Budget & Cost Estimation appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. General How-to Guides

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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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.

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