2016

3 Ways to Cope When Your Project Goes Off The Rails

Girl's Guide to PM

If I’m honest it has been a while since I’ve worked on a project that has gone totally off the rails. We’ve had little disasters here and there. Perhaps experience helps me frame and deal with these as not the end of the world but rather a problem to be got around.

2016 281

Professional Practitioners and the Professionalisation of Project Management

Arras People

2016 260

Kickoff meeting: The complete guide to starting projects right

The Digital Project Manager

A kickoff meeting post might not seem like the most likely candidate for winning a popularity contest on The Digital Project Manager, but it consistently. The post Kickoff meeting: The complete guide to starting projects right appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Features General

2016 255

The not so minimum Minimum Viable Product

Kiron Bondale

Through their Lean Startup work, Steve Blank and Eric Ries have popularized the idea of focusing on delivering a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) which will meet a customer’s core needs while minimize investment and providing opportunities for learning, refinement and the ability to fail fast.

2016 234

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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4 Tips for Avoiding Bad Project Management Habits

Backlog

As a project manager, forming good work habits is essential for running a high-performing team. It’s always easier to prevent issues rather than treat them, so before bad habits have the chance to set in, establish these beneficial practices. Don’t let negativity bring down your team.

2016 217

The Evolution of the Project Management Profession

Green Project Management

“Even the dogs may eat of the crumbs that fall from the rich man’s table; and in these days, when the rich in knowledge eat such specialized food at such separate tables, only the dogs have the chance of a balanced diet.”

2016 137

9/25/16 — Happy Pythagorean Square Day!

Herding Cats

From Patrick Honner. Mathematics

2016 112

8 Things All Bad Project Managers Have in Common

Project Risk Coach

Bad project managers create project cultures filled with stress, confusion, and little progress. Unfortunately, many of these individuals are not aware of their behaviors. Photo courtesy of Adobe Stock. Let’s run through a list of eight things that all bad project managers have in common.

2016 103

Managing The Project Budget - Developing Your Project Management Skills

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

The 5 Skills You Need For Managing Complex Projects

Girl's Guide to PM

Sometimes projects can seem a bit overwhelming. I know – I’ve cried with frustration after a meeting where totally the wrong people put together an unachievable plan. Complexity adds to the overwhelm.

2016 281

The Basics of Agile and Project Management

Arras People

Still not sure what’s driving the Agile conversation? Or should that be agility? Still wondering what this has to do with project management and the role of project manager?

Agile 244

Digital project management: what is it?

The Digital Project Manager

Digital project management is a term that’s increasingly thrown around but what is it exactly? Is digital project management simply a project managment specialism? The post Digital project management: what is it? appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Features General

2016 222

Are you a (psychologically) safe project manager?

Kiron Bondale

Psychological safety is a key ingredient in the formation of high performance teams. Empowerment, recognition, flexible work time or place arrangements and free food can all help but these amount to very little if team members feel afraid to be express vulnerability or to be themselves.

2016 218

Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

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

Minimum Valuable Problem

Tyner Blain

Defining and building a good minimum viable product is much harder than it sounds. Finding that “one thing” you can do, which people want, is really about a lot more than picking one thing.

2016 203

Empathy Mapping

Zen Project Management

I ran an exercise at the beginning of a new project last week; Empathy Mapping. This is part of an overall approach of using Design Thinking along with agile development. The idea to empathy mapping is to get to understand your users.

2016 169

The Best Free Project Management Resources

Azendoo

The numbers don’t lie: Managing complicated projects is a tough task. According to a study by led by McKinsey & Company in conjunction with the University of Oxford, a total of 45% of projects run over budget, 7% run late, and a whopping 56% of projects fail to meet initial expectations.

2016 161

The Role of the Product Owner

Backlog

Finding the right Product Owner for your Scrum Team can be a challenge. This person needs a unique set of skills and knowledge to be successful in the role. For first time Product Owners, the responsibilities can feel overwhelming. Ultimately, the vision of the Product lies in their hands. Having a better understanding of the role of the Product Owner can help employers find the best candidates and help Product Owners stay focused on the most important aspects of their role. Knowledge.

2016 161

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.

Sustainable Development Goal #7 Renewable Energy and Project Management

Green Project Management

This week’s post focuses on SDG #7 of 17, Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. There are three key targets and two sub-targets with with this goal By 2030: Ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services to all people.

Energy 124

Project Management, Performance Measures, and Statistical Decision Making

Herding Cats

There is a current rash of suggestions on how to improve the performance of software projects. Each of these, while well meaning, are missing the means to confirm their credibility.

How to choose the right project management methodology

Moira Alexander

In " How to pick a project management methodology (PMM) ," I covered the some of the most recognized methodologies, as well as a few high-level factors, that may impact selection decisions.

2016 100

5 Reasons Why Capacity Planning Is The Secret to Successful Projects

Girl's Guide to PM

This article is sponsored by Resource Guru. Not that long ago, a project manager – who, for the purposes of this article has asked to remain anonymous – was planning out Phase 2 of her project. There was a lot of work to do for the project management team, which was just her.

2016 279

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.

A Project Manager Needs Time To Think

Arras People

A project manager will spend much of their time planning, scheduling and organising the time of individuals involved in the project to ensure that the best possible use is made of the time available.

2016 226

The best project management software tools for agencies

The Digital Project Manager

Posted in General Tools. The post The best project management software tools for agencies appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. General Tools Sponsored tools

2016 220

Risk management for agile projects

Kiron Bondale

What are the implications to project risk management when you choose to deliver a project using an agile approach? Here are a few similarities: Risk needs to be managed through the project’s lifetime, not just at the very beginning.

Risk 209

Product Owner Manager – Alone Together

Tyner Blain

Product owners and product managers. Two roles, often done by one person. Together, the product people need to take an organization’s strategy, figure out the appropriate product strategy, and convert that into actionable work for the delivery teams to create the right product.

2016 169

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.

How to Measure Value

Zen Project Management

Agile is about delivering value, so it is important to understand the value you are delivering within an iteration or release. However, I seen many teams that focus on how many story points they deliver but not really thinking about the value of those story points. So are there ways to measure value? The answer is, of course there is. One way would be to use the Planning Poker approach, but instead of estimating the effort for each story you can estimate the value of the story.

2016 146

How to Lead Your Team to a Successful Project

Azendoo

Launching a new project can be both exciting and challenging, while invoking a whisper of dread. There are so many ways a project could go wrong, and issues are guaranteed to arise at one point or another.

2016 148

Three Popular Ways to Run a Productive Retrospective

Backlog

Continuous improvement is one of the biggest benefits of working in an Agile work environment , and in the Scrum framework, the driver of improvement is the Retrospective. Retrospectives are ceremonies held at the end of each Sprint where team members collectively analyze how things went in order to improve the process for the next Sprint.

2016 140

Sustainable Development Goal #4 of 17 Quality Education (and Project Management)

Green Project Management

Sustainable Development Goal #4 is a whopper! It has ten targets and in this post I am going to focus on only one part of one target. “By

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.