Get Inspired: 13 Creativity Exercises for Non-Creatives

ProjectManager.com

But when you look online for creativity exercises to help breakthrough those blocks, artists dominate the conversation. With this in mind, I’ve come up with a list of imaginative exercises modified for us office-types. The Exercise : Take your work somewhere new.

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Adopting Agile is an Exercise in Change Management

LiquidPlanner

Based on the classroom exercises, you’re excited to try new concepts and apply the magic cure-all that will solve all waterfall-based project problems. Everyone is already Agile, and they don’t need a formal process like stand-ups, backlog grooming, sprint reviews or retrospectives.

5 Key Goal Setting Exercises for High-Performing Engineering Teams (from Google, LinkedIn, DropBox, and more)

Planio

Goal-setting exercise 1: Effective goal-setting starts at the top and cascades down. To do this, I like to think of the goal-setting process like a house of cards. Goal-setting exercise 2: Get clear about your culture of goal-setting.

Signs that Your Project Management Process Needs an Update

EasyProjects

Whatever the case, here are five signals from the universe that indicate your project management process is due for a refresh. Process vs Methodology. Let’s first clarify what is meant by the word ‘process’ and how it is not to be confused with the term ‘methodology’.

How to Create a SIPOC Model for Process Creation or Improvement [SIPOC Template Download]

Project Bliss

If you have a project that involves any type of process improvement, a SIPOC Model is a great tool to get your team started. It’s a great tool to facilitate discussion and common understanding when dealing with processes that can be complex – and gets you off to a great start.

How to Create a SIPOC Model for Process Creation or Improvement

Project Bliss

If you have a project that involves any type of process improvement, a SIPOC Model is a great tool to get your team started. It’s a great tool to facilitate discussion and common understanding when dealing with processes that can be complex – and gets you off to a great start.

No more initial estimates? NOOOOOOOOOOO!

Kiron Bondale

Becoming frustrated with increasing levels of estimate obesity, sponsors and project managers exercise Theory X practices such as eliminating contingency reserves or cutting estimates. It’s unfortunately an all too familiar scenario.

Voice of the Customer (VOC): a Powerful Tool for Valuable Customer Insight

Project Bliss

Getting the Voice of the Customer (VOC) tells you if you’re on the right track in your product or process improvement project. The survey should be designed to ask questions that allow customers to provide information about their use of or perception of the process, service, or product.

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7 Problem-Solving Skills You Need to Improve to Get More Done

ProjectManager.com

That and the fact that your familiarity with a process will make you better able to identify an issue before it becomes a problem. Try using creativity exercises to get into the mood. Related: Improving Your Project Evaluation Process. Exercise.

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3 Best Project Management Charts for Project Planning

ProjectManager.com

These charts help visualize process as a way to improve project efficiency. Planning a project is all about control, and a flow chart gives a project manager a tool to exercise control. This means all processes, including planning, refer to the flow chart to increase efficiency.

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You Can Unlock the Power of Integration Management

Project Risk Coach

Operational managers assimilate people, processes, technologies, and external resources, which are interdependent, one with another. Imagine a project manager, Jane, leading a work breakdown structure exercise (WBS) with her project team resulting in work packages or activities.

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Efficient project governance should not be an oxymoron!

Kiron Bondale

Governance is a great example of what a lean management professional would call business non-value add – those activities which don’t directly add value to a process but are required for legal or other compliance purposes.

Ask a PM: How to Get Proper Estimates

LiquidPlanner

You might not need to document this granularity on your work breakdown structure, but your team could go through the exercise to split out tasks into their component parts. Gone through the release process—you can estimate that part.

How to Engage Participants in a Project Management Workshop

Project Risk Coach

Periodically break up the participants for group exercises and activities such as an affinity diagram. Changing the teams for each exercise provides good networking opportunities. Ask for volunteers for an exercise. Provide handouts/exercises to take home.

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The 7 Best Blog Posts on Productivity in 2018

ProjectManager.com

Our short tutorial video on KPI metrics goes into this process more deeply. Get Inspired: 13 Creativity Exercises for Non-Creatives. Even if you think those days are gone like kindergarten, then have we got a baker’s dozen exercises for you to try out.

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6 Tools and Techniques for Controlling Risks

Project Risk Coach

Tom started his project with a risk identification exercise with several stakeholders resulting in a list of 77 risks. In these risk review sessions, the team discussed the effectiveness of the risk responses and the risk management processes. Changes in project risks are inevitable.

What You Need for a Great Project Charter

Project Risk Coach

Think about it—in the project charter process, project sponsors and managers have the opportunity to engage key stakeholders for the express purpose of defining the vision of a project. Not everyone, mind you, but we do want the key stakeholders involved in the project charter process.

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How to Engage Participants in a Project Management Workshop

Project Risk Coach

Periodically break up the participants for group exercises and activities such as an affinity diagram. Changing the teams for each exercise provides good networking opportunities. Ask for volunteers for an exercise. Provide handouts/exercises to take home.

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Change management helps when implementing risk responses

Kiron Bondale

This is a fairly common problem and is likely one of the reasons that the volunteers who updated the PMBOK Guide, Sixth Edition added Implement Risk Responses as a new process within the Project Risk Management knowledge area.

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Proof of Concept: Definition & Best Practices

ProjectManager.com

The value of a POC is it can help a project manager identify gaps in processes that might interfere with success. For example, in software development it speaks to processes with different objects and participant roles. Creating prototypes is another important exercise.

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6 Tools and Techniques for Controlling Risks

Project Risk Coach

Tom started his project with a risk identification exercise with several stakeholders resulting in a list of 77 risks. In these risk review sessions, the team discussed the effectiveness of the risk responses and the risk management processes. Evaluating the risk management processes.

Lisa Bodell on Simplification and Innovation

International Institute of Learning

Of course, simplicity is a subtractive process. How do you balance simplifying complexity with assuring processes remain in control and the business does not drop into chaos? . Product/Service Metric -Number of steps or layers removed from our product-development process.

Premortem on Projects: How to Do It & Why

ProjectManager.com

Risk management is important, of course, but there’s an even more rigorous process that can be done to make sure the project stays on schedule, under budget and delivers quality. That process is called a premortem. Begin by looking at it as you would a team-building exercise.

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What is Project Risk?

Project Risk Coach

To bring value to the risk management processes, keep your teams focused on project objectives such as scope, schedule, cost, and quality. If I am leading an exercise to identify risks, I will ask the participants to identify threats or potential problems first.

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Seven Project Management Lessons for Entrepreneurs

ProjectManager.com

Whichever project you pursue, this exercise will give you marketing gold dust. What I will cheer for is a balanced approach that draws the best ideas, processes and tools from all sources, and finds the best combination for each circumstance.

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How to Use the Ishikawa Fishbone Diagram as an Awesome Problem-Solving Tool

Project Bliss

Different categories stimulate ideas in a brainstorming exercise. It gives structure around the cause-effect exercise. Here are the simple steps to take when doing this exercise with your team. Methods (Process). Process Steps.

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Project Management Best Practices for Innovation and Co-Creation

ProjectManager.com

And co-creation is a process where brands and consumers work together to create better ideas, products and services. This process is necessary for companies to grow and scale, as well as launch new brands, divisions, products and services.

5 Whys Root Cause Analysis: a Problem-Solving Tool to Get to the Root of the Problem

Project Bliss

Going through the exercise helps you dig deeper into your problem to determine the root cause, so you can better address it. Explain the process to the team. Let them know how this exercise works in case anyone isn’t familiar with it. 1. Explain the process to the team.

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Book Review: PMP Project Management Professional Exam

Girl's Guide to PM

There are review exercises alongside memorisation exercises (because memorising info, although dull, is part of what’s going to get you through the exam – there’s no pretending in this book). I also felt the processes by process group table was really helpful.

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Rich Sheridan on Leading with Joy

International Institute of Learning

Do you discuss this office environment in your onboarding or interview process for new employees? . Our interview process itself is not an interview, but a group audition that simulates the work environment. Rich Sheridan is the CEO of Menlo Innovations and the author of Joy, Inc.

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4 ways to improve the effectiveness of your team’s communication

Resource Guru

Team Building Communication Exercises. You’re probably a little sceptical seeing team building exercises on this list, which is understandable. It’s a disciplined process that reduces the need for endless check-ins and the negative communication culture this can breed.

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How to Create a Project Affinity Map

Project Risk Coach

The team discovers that the reasons fall into the following groups: processes, people, product, and technology. Let's walk through the process. When you complete the exercise, the team should have a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of the issues.

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What Project Managers Should Know About Monitoring Project Risks

Project Risk Coach

Definition of CONTROL a : to exercise restraining or directing influence over : regulate control one's anger b : to have power over : rule A single company controls the industry. The authors of the 6th Edition changed the Control Risks process to Monitor Risks. ?.

Project Lessons Learned - A Reflection

Project Health Check

At project start-up, we suggest you conduct a Lessons Learned scanning exercise using key project parameters, search words etc on any Lessons Learned tools to identify any previous lessons of relevance. Here's the thing about Lessons Learned: you're not learning them.

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Impacts of traditional project funding models on agile delivery

Kiron Bondale

Traditional project funding models are anchored to periodic (annual, semi-annual or quarterly) portfolio re-planning exercises which ingest updated forecasts for active investments and funding requests for new ones.

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What should a good project management training simulation include?

Kiron Bondale

Many training exercises will use role-play or similar techniques to help someone learn a new practice. Process tailoring.

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How to Improve User Adoption of SharePoint for Project Management

Girl's Guide to PM

Your tool should be easy, intuitive and implemented into your process in as short a time as possible. Team members worry for the security of their job or fear that they will not be able to adapt and learn to new processes.

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10 Knowledge Areas of Project Management (PMBOK 6) With PPT & PDF

Girl's Guide to PM

PMI defines a Knowledge Area in the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition Glossary like this: An identified area of project management defined by its knowledge requirements and described in terms of its component processes, practices, inputs, outputs, tools, and techniques.

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Managing Virtual Teams Successfully

The IIL Blog

Tuckman model of forming-storming-norming-performing), they can benefit from a Simple Interactive Meaningful Practical Learning Exercise (SMILE). Evolution of Learning Exercises for Collaboration. Types of Interactive Exercises. By Dr. Willis H. Thomas, PMP, CPT .

Where to Start in Finding a Great PMO Job

Arras People

Let’s take a look at each one of the areas listed above that you’re selling and go a little further into how these are used and seen in the recruitment process. None of that is good in a recruitment process. I have a few exercises I’ve used previously that have worked well.

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