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 412

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 405

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 389

The Three Things Every Project Manager Must Know about Project Governance

Ron Rosenhead

This Blog is brought to you courtesy of Dr Mike Clayton. It covers the very important topic of project governance. Projects are all about getting stuff done, I was once told. And this wonderfully simple view is very appealing, isn’t it? So the last thing we need, is someone getting in the way.

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?

When Projects turn to a Tower of Babel

The Lazy Project Manager

Different countries, multiple languages, global organizations…The challenge of international projects. In this day and age, international teams and projects affect most companies; and they can often be a source of headaches for project managers.

2016 348

Professional Practitioners and the Professionalisation of Project Management

Arras People

2016 316

More Trending

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 286

Big data -- sorting this and that

Musings on Project Management

Running a database project? Want to be agile and try different stuff quickly? Here's some stuff you can use, and it only takes 6 minutes to learn a few things It's all about sorting "big data", to wit: millions of records.

2016 279

Outside-In User Story Example

Tyner Blain

Being “outside-in”, “outcome-based”, and “market-driven” is particularly important for creating successful products. The problem is that just saying the words is not enough to help someone shift their thinking.

2016 274

12 Project Management Related Tools to Check Out for 2017

Brad Egeland

2017 is right around the corner so maybe it's time to try something new. As everyone is aware, the landscape of available project management and PM-related tools has changed greatly over the years.

2017 249

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 411

Project management: To debrief or not to debrief

Moira Alexander

Many project managers may view the end of a project as a perfect opportunity to debrief, while others are onto their next project with very little time dedicated to debriefing. Some swear by the debriefing process and others simply bypass it altogether.

2016 384

The What, Why, and How of Project Requirements

Project Risk Coach

Learn technical skills to accelerate your projects through requirements development How big of a deal are project requirements? The Project Management Institute says, “47% of unsuccessful projects fail to meet goals due to poor requirements management.”

2016 348

The business case is implicit in what we do

Ron Rosenhead

Not my words but the words of a client. She is a senior executive asking for some support. Below is the substance of the conversation starting with what do you mean by that? Client: Well, because of the nature of the business, it’s already within what we do.

2016 329

Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

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

The Social Project Manager’s Toolkit

The Lazy Project Manager

What: A Social event exploring everything you need to know to collaborate effectively as a project team. When: Thursday December 1 2016 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

2016 343

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 301

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 280

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 267

Living With Technical Debt: Balancing Quality and Perfection

Speaker: Cliff Gilley, The Clever PM

As a Product Manager, you probably have to deal with technical debt. Regularly. Whether you like it or not - because it can’t be avoided. Unexpected details pop up, as small as UX that needs clean-up, and as big as a previously unforeseen flaw in the infrastructure of a project. We have to accept that nobody gets away without some technical debt. And of course, the longer you take to deal with your technical debt, the more difficult it becomes to address fully. Feeling frustrated? Fortunately, we can take a step back, gain clarity, and see how the decisions we make impact our technical debt. Then, we can make decisions about how we want to balance technical debt with other priorities. Are we willing to live with some level of technical debt in order to ship product and meet deadlines? Can we mitigate technical debt to get to an MVP faster?

5 levels of Agile planning. and the DoD

Musings on Project Management

Some years ago I picked up this nice summary image of agile planning over several time cycles. It came from a white paper at AgileConnection.com " entitled "Scaling Agile Processes: Five Levels of Planning Fortunately, to give some credibility to his thesis, the author says right up front that agile methods don't scale to enterprise level without some changes! He is so right. Since. agile

2016 249

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 244

What is Your Favorite Project Scheduling Tool?

Brad Egeland

What is your favorite Project Scheduling tool and why? What is your favorite hard-core project scheduling tool for task management on the projects you manage? * Why do you like it or use it? Submit

2016 239

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 404

The Business Opportunity of Embedded Analytics: New Findings from 500+ Application Teams

Speaker: Josh Martin, Director of Product Marketing, Logi Analytics

Embedded analytics has evolved from an afterthought to a necessity. But most companies don’t realize that the features they embed and how they develop have a lasting impact on revenue, customer churn, and competitive differentiation. The state of embedded analytics in 2018 is in flux. Learn from the experiences of 500+ application teams embedding analytics—including which features actually move the needle, how analytics benefits their companies, and what development approach yields the best results.

What’s difference between project management and change management?

Moira Alexander

Project management involves the use of people, processes and methodologies to plan, initiate, execute, monitor and close activities. It is designed to meet an organization's project goals, and hopefully overall strategic objectives. Change management, similar to project management, involves people, processes, and tools to effectively help organizations manage all the changes that occur, whether as a result of project initiatives, or other factors that might impact the business.

2016 314

What is the Management Reserve for Project Budgets?

Project Risk Coach

How to budget for the unknown unknown risks Have you ever had a budget crisis due to the lack of a management reserve? Unforeseen work comes knocking at your door. You look at your budget, but you don’t have the funds to handle this work. Image courtesy of Adobe Stock.

Budget 327

No member of staff should ever feel like they did…

Ron Rosenhead

Both of the sales assistants were incredibly embarrassed. One of them must have apologised around 8 times alone. My wife and I could see her discomfort and we could certainly feel it. But why were she and her colleague put into such a position and by such a prominent high street store?

2016 327

The Open Door Policy

The Lazy Project Manager

The importance of being accessible but in a controlled way. I’m all for being there for people, honest I am. It’s just that people take advantage of it if I am.

2016 338

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.

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 281

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 264

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 255

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 229

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.