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. When you just can’t seem to figure out what you need to figure out, here are 13 creativity exercises that make sense for knowledge workers. The Exercise : This one is easy; come up with as many ideas as possible — good and bad. See Exercise #10).

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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. Everyone is using Agile as the buzzword to hide their lack of processes and continue to implement in a waterfall manner just in two week chunks. Adopting Agile is an Exercise in Change Management.

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Business Process Improvement: What it is and How to Implement it

nTask

According to surveys conducted, as of 2016, 66% of enterprises run a business process improvement program occasionally or never. Of the 20% that undertake process improvements , 5% record little to no success, 28% experience success limited to individual departments but do not record enterprise-level success, and 19% experience success after significant difficulties. What is Business Process Improvement? Generally, business processes can be divided into three key types.

Review People Over Process

Henny Portman

Levine wrote with People Over Process – Leadership for Agility a very pragmatic and down to earth book about leadership and agile projects. It puts the focus on the software and the related business processes in a powerful way by using different scenarios. To order: People over Process.

How to Package and Price Embedded Analytics

This exercise is not a one-shot deal. If so, moving the feature to an optional add-on may also reduce friction in the sales process. up the sales process—not just in current deals, but (as we’ll explain later) in future revenue streams as well. exercise in imitation.

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. Great enterprises marry a sense of purpose with amazing operational excellence and put processes in place for how they will achieve that vision.”. Goal-setting exercise 2: Get clear about your culture of goal-setting. Goal setting exercise 3: Use OKRs to choose the right goals for your engineering team.

Checklist Template for Your Change Management Process

Techno-PM

Change Management Process Let us not trick ourselves: change management can be complex. After all, change management is not just about communication or just about training but about the systematic and consistent processes, tools, and techniques that facilitate change.

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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. your team needs clarity on the scope, boundaries, and high-level information about a process you want to better understand or improve. you’re developing a new process. PROCESS.

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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’. A process is simply a set of well-defined steps one would take to complete a task. An example of a process would be the steps you take to process payments from your clients.

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. your team needs clarity on the scope, boundaries, and high-level information about a process you want to better understand or improve. you’re developing a new process. PROCESS.

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The Ultimate Guide To the Phase Gate Process

Wrike

Project managers have a number of processes and techniques they can use to ensure continued project viability and success. One such technique is called the phase gate process. . The phase gate process is a technique that is used to guide a project from conception to launch.

Ten Ways to Solve Dysfunctional Communication Processes

Ganttic

Communication is the life force of each and every project and business so it needs to be fully effective to enrich the process. A dysfunctional communication process will undermine what you are trying to achieve. This is a guest post by Michelle Gillam.

Streamline Business Processes With IT Project Management Software: The Ultimate Guide

ProProfs Project Management

Now, if I ask you what’s the process of hiring an employee in your organization, what would you say? Some of you wouldn’t know the entire process in detail, while some of you might have an idea but don’t really know how the HR team goes about it. But, before I dig deep into the need for project management for IT projects and a centralized system, it is essential to understand the concept of business processes. . What are Business Processes? Processing Order.

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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. Tagged: communications , improving project management , Process compliance stupidity , Project scheduling , Risk management , Stakeholder analysis , Valuable projects. 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. If you want to know that you’re on the right track when you’re leading a process or product improvement project, how can you be sure you’re addressing the right concerns? Depending on the culture of your workplace, if your customers are internal, they can get frustrated if the processes and tools are modified with little or no consideration for the user.

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Why the agile process is here to stay (and why it should!)

Runrun.it

Granted that the agile process isn’t the only effective workflow management methodology out there today, but it certainly is worth understanding more; organizations should at least consider how it can affect the way they work and produce in this day and age.

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Project Discipline

WorkOtter

Process Violations Are Our Friends. Do we always follow the logical, well thought out planned process we have established for repeatable success, or do we short-circuit the process every time an eminent deadline, cost pressure, or demanding customer or stakeholder surfaces?

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How to Create a Work Breakdown Structure

Project Risk Coach

One of the most powerful tools for this exercise is the work breakdown structure (WBS) which is a hierarchical decomposition of the scope of work. One of the reasons that project managers fail to properly estimate their projects is they miss key activities when developing their schedules.

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12 Sure-Fire Ways to Improve Project Risk Management

Project Risk Coach

They facilitate risk identification exercises that result in a boatload of risks. The plan may require too much or too little process and fail to help the team achieve its objectives. Some organizations identify and evaluate risks, but they fail to continue the process.

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PMI-ACP Supported Self-Study Group with Mike Griffiths - September Start

Leading Answers

The program works as follows: Read a chapter of my PMI-ACP Exam Prep book each week and work through the exercises. Process the chapter during the week at your own pace, not the speed of a common group. Exclusive study plan and exercise schedule.

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How To Manage Constantly Changing Requirements

Girl's Guide to PM

Work on what you can manage, and put a process in place for adapting to future changes. This exercise will give you a baseline for the project’s requirements. Any changes after this need to be assessed and taken through the change control process. A request for change process.

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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. After completing the WBS, she facilitated an exercise to identify significant risks and estimated contingency reserves for her “Known Unknown” risks. Performed in this Process Group.

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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. So long as governance is treated as controls exercised over a project team as opposed to practices supporting them it will continue to have negative connotations. Process Peeves Project Management governance project decision making Project performanc

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. The case study could be a project event or condition, a project knowledge area, a project process, or a challenged project. Provide handouts/exercises to take home. Give participants a template or an exercise to complete.

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5 Tips To Re-Energize Your Daily Standup Meetings

Girl's Guide to PM

If you are wondering how to start a standup meeting, try this exercise. This is a good exercise to kick start the week, so opt to do this one on a Monday, or when you are back at work after a long weekend or other break.

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How to boost your career with simple time allocation tricks

International Institute for Learning

We shall see below, where we can begin this exercise. Take time to reflect on your latest success (a satisfied client, a new process, reward from your peers, etc.) By Karim Radwan, Founder of Impactus Consulting | IIL Consultant and Trainer.

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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. The case study could be a project event or condition, a project knowledge area, a project process, or a challenged project. Provide handouts/exercises to take home. Give participants a template or an exercise to complete.

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The Effective and Innovative Virtual Team Leader

International Institute for Learning

Use “verbal anchors” to ensure clarity and understanding – comparisons, analyses, processes and steps, examples, repeating information for emphasis. . By Frank P. Saladis, PMP, LIMC MCCP, PMI Fellow.

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. The team also examines the processes to identify, evaluate, respond to, and control risks. Changes in project risks are inevitable.

PMI-ACP Supported Self-Study Group - April 10, 2021 Start

Leading Answers

The program works as follows: Read a chapter of my PMI-ACP Exam Prep book each week and work through the exercises. Process the chapter during the week at your own pace, not the speed of a common group. The next Supported Self-Study Group starts on April 10th.

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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. You can also build trust by implementing proper change management and risk management processes. Dear Elizabeth: I work in a technical team as a project manager.

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. PMBOK 6th Edition The PMBOK 6th Edition changed the process name of "Control Risks" to "Monitor Risks." The team also examines the processes to identify, evaluate, respond to, and control risks.

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. When sponsors choose to ignore stakeholders or purposely keep them out of the charter process, risk increases. This is not a documentation exercise!

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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. But without addressing the need for personal change, your risk management efforts are likely to remain an academic exercise. A student in a project management class I taught shared the concern that it was very hard for her to get risk responses implemented.

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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. Upgrading your decision-making process is one of the fastest ways to improve your problem solving, so be aware of how and why you’re making your decisions. 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. If you say the word “risk” to ten people, each person may think of something different— insurance, threats, investments, bets, or potential loss.

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PMI-ACP Supported Self-Study Group - February 2021 Start

Leading Answers

The program works as follows: Read a chapter of my PMI-ACP Exam Prep book each week and work through the exercises. Process the chapter during the week at your own pace, not the speed of a common group. The next Supported Self-Study Group starts on February 6th.

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The online workshop of Gunther Verheyen to discover “The value in the Scrum Values” is now available

Gunther Verheyen

The workshop includes cases I selected from my “Scrum Caretaker Book of Exercises” and will be followed by an informal, 30 minutes after-chat. Because there is more to Scrum than ‘process’ There is more to Scrum than rules, roles, practices 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. No one author or source can take credit for the evolution of learning exercises for virtual teams. These McGraw-Hill publications refer to Experiential Learning Exercises, group mixers, warm-ups, energizers and playful activities. Types of Interactive Exercises.

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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. If you need to do this exercise with remote attendees, you can easily create it in PowerPoint and share your screen. You may need to refer to it later and you don’t want to lose the value you’ve gotten from the exercise. Methods (Process). Process Steps.

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