What Is & How To Create A Risk Management Plan

The Digital Project Manager

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How To Ask To Work Remotely

Girl's Guide to PM

During 2020, many of us didn’t have to ask to work remotely. However, now that there are calls for office workers to hit their desks again, we have to consider if that’s the life we want. How to convince your manager to let you work remotely.

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How to Manage Project Scope Without Scope Creep (with examples)

Girl's Guide to PM

Most projects don’t deliver their original scope: 54% of projects fail to deliver the agreed-upon functionality. Scope creep in project management is where additional requirements are added to the project, beyond what was originally agreed and these additions are not formally authorized.

2020 323

How To Make A Project Roadmap (With Roadmap Template)

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2020 193

How to Find and Test Assumptions in Product Development

Assumptions mapping is the process of identifying and testing your riskiest ideas. Watch this webinar with Laura Klein, product manager and author of Build Better Products, to learn how to spot the unconscious assumptions which you’re basing decisions on and guidelines for validating (or invalidating) your ideas.

How to Delegate Tasks

Girl's Guide to PM

. Delegating tasks is something every project manager needs to get good at. If you want to do more work, you need more people doing the work. It’s not rocket science to realize that the project manager can’t do all the tasks. There just aren’t enough hours in the day (and you probably don’t have the skills to do everything anyway). Knowing how to delegate tasks isn’t something I was ever taught. This article is my complete guide to delegating tasks.

2020 270

How to Use a Project Decision Log

Girl's Guide to PM

A decision log template in project management is the document you use to fill in all the decisions made relating to your project. Decisions are taken in all kinds of settings: meetings, on email, when you bump into someone in the corridor… From experience I know that it’s a) hard to remember what decision you took, and b) difficult to find information hidden in meeting minutes to remind yourself of why that decision was taken.

2020 254

How to Track Percent Complete

Girl's Guide to PM

When you are trying to calculate percentage complete in a Gantt chart, you need to take into account various different figures, and get lots of information from other people. There are simple ways to track percent complete on your project, so you know what to input into your software. In this article we’ll look at 3 methods to track percent complete. It’s a way to track project progress – quite an important part of how to manage a project.

2019 278

How To Close A Project In PRINCE2

Girl's Guide to PM

If you aren’t using PRINCE, or if you want some general guidance as well about project closure documents and so on, read this next: How to close a project. This involves transferring ownership of the products to the operational team, and makes it clear that the project team are no longer responsible for them. The project manager and the team will be able to move on to their next assignment. How Does PRINCE2 Handle Closing a Project?

How to Manage Multiple Projects


Every action taken in one project needs to feed into the next with fluidity and poise, and when done right, a skilled portfolio manager can make it seem like no trouble at all. How to Know If You’re Managing Multiple Projects. That’s how they’re managed. Here’s how.

2020 265

BI Buyers Guide: Embedding Analytics in Your Software

The business intelligence market has exploded. And as the number of vendors grows, it gets harder to make sense of it all. Learn how to decide what features you need and get an evaluation framework for every technical and non-technical requirement you could imagine.

How to create a project budget

Girl's Guide to PM

Creating a project budget involves: being able to identify all the items that are going to cost money building a complete picture of what you need to spend getting approval for that amount. I have left items out of several project budgets and I can tell you it’s pretty embarrassing having to ask your project sponsor to approve spending from the reserves because you messed up the budget. Direct costs are going to form the bulk of your project budget.

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How To Manage Project Tolerances (with PRINCE2 Guide)

Girl's Guide to PM

Tolerances are an important part of being able to work autonomously as a project manager. You need to have the authority and freedom of action to be able to change the direction the work is going in. So how do you balance your need to make small changes on a regular basis and the sponsor’s role of being the ultimate decision-maker about changes? Welcome to the wonderful world of project tolerances. How are tolerances set?

How To Write A Project Scope Statement That’ll Save Your Bacon

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2020 208

How To Motivate Your Project Team

Girl's Guide to PM

Ruth Pearce knows everything there is to know about motivating your project team. I caught up with Ruth to find out more about how to motivate teams and why it’s something you should be actively doing. When we connect the goals of a project to those intrinsic motivators, we see amazing results. People will go further, think more creatively and consider more options to get the project done. So how do we do it? How do you get engagement?

2019 279

7 project management tips

How to manage projects within a fragmented workforce

Zombie Projects and How to Kill Them

Girl's Guide to PM

It simply consumes resources and carries on because no one has the foresight (or courage) to kill it off. It simply consumes resources and carries on because no one has the foresight (or courage) to kill it off. How to spot a zombie project. Projects and operational work coexist on large programmes so it is quite likely that at some point in your project management career you will be asked to get involved with operational work. How To

2019 221

How To Help Your Team Manage Project Risk

Girl's Guide to PM

You are also responsible for your team, and making sure they have the skills required to do their jobs. Part of a resource management plan is to build the skills of your team. Normally we’d think of that in terms of the technical skills they need to deliver the project, like taking a course in a programming language or brushing up their system maintenance skills. However, you should also consider how good they are at doing the work of projects – project management.

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How to hold a Brilliant Kick off Meeting

Girl's Guide to PM

In reality, you might have an internal kick off meeting for just your in-house team resources, and then another one with the client, when you are ready to share project information with them (and if you have a client). It is your chance to set the tone for the work to come, to start to build a culture of success, and – most importantly – to establish common goals. When to hold a kick off meeting. I look forward to seeing you there. How To

2019 270

How to Communicate Risks

Project Risk Coach

And one of the most important things to communicate is your risks. How do you communicate risks? How would you like for me to communicate with you? Find the person who has the appropriate knowledge of the risk and the skills to analyze, monitor, and respond to the risk.

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How to Package and Price Embedded Analytics

HOW TO PACKAGE & PRICE EMBEDDED ANALYTICS. Practical Frameworks to Monetize Embedded Analytics Table of Contents Embedding Analytics to Lift Value and Revenue. 1 Customize to Monetize: The Strategic Way to Create Tiered Offerings. According to the.

How to maintain a positive attitude about work

Girl's Guide to PM

And with everything else happening in the world, it can feel like a challenge to keep a positive attitude at work when team members are preoccupied or just don’t want to work on your project. Someone got in touch recently with that exact point, and asked: “How can you maintain a positive, cheerful attitude when working with team members or stakeholders who cast doubt on the project?”. Listen to their woes. You might need to do this away from them.

2020 265

How to Develop a Quality Management Plan

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2020 168

How To Present To Project Executives

Girl's Guide to PM

Today, I’m handing the blog over to Leigh Espy. In this piece, Leigh talks about how to tailor your presentations for C-suite level executives. As you grow in your project management career, you’ll be called upon to make various presentations. Presentations to executives can be very different than presenting project information to peers. How C-Suite and Other Project Management Presentations are Different. Go immediately to your bottom line.

How To Run A Sprint Retrospective That Actually Leads To Change

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Whether you’re new to the software development game or been a player for years, chances. The post How To Run A Sprint Retrospective That Actually Leads To Change appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Agile How-to Guides How-to Managing And Controling How-to Project Closing Leadership & Team Management PM Skills & Best Practices Topics

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Project Manager's Guide to Getting Things Done

9 tips on how to manage your team’s workload

How to Make a Quality Management Plan


If you’re tasked with producing a service or product, it not only needs to be delivered on time and within budget, but also at a level of quality that makes the service or product viable. For example, there might be legal or regulatory standards to meet.

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How To Create A Project Communication Plan (with FREE template)

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I used to think project communication plans were a waste of time for projects that. The post How To Create A Project Communication Plan (with FREE template) appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Communication How-to Guides How-to Project Planning Topics

2018 206

How to Network: Building Business Relationships That Feel Authentic

Project Bliss

Knowing how to network doesn’t come naturally for most pople. But sometimes knowing how to network can be tricky. But you can learn how to network in a way that feels natural and authentic. Read on to learn how. Read on to learn how.

2020 156

RACI Made Simple. How To Create A Responsibility Assignment Matrix That Actually Works

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How To Create A Responsibility Assignment Matrix That Actually Works appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. How-to Guides How-to Project Planning PM Skills & Best PracticesYou hear the term RACI, and inwardly groan. Far from the slightly exciting sounding acronym, The post RACI Made Simple.

2018 263

Rapid Product Research During Uncertain Times

Speaker: Holly Hester-Reilly, Founder and Product Management Coach, H2R Product Science

Every choice we make right now can make or break us. If we want our products to grow we need to practice rapid, continuous product discovery to understand and adapt to the changes in our customer’s lives. Join Holly Hester-Reilly as she shares her knowledge from years of experience teaching product managers and researchers on how to make evidence-based product decisions with rapid research.

Project Controls Simplified: How To Manage And Control Your Projects

The Digital Project Manager

What are project controls, and how can they help in risk management? Learn how to control projects by leveraging your existing project management reports. The post Project Controls Simplified: How To Manage And Control Your Projects appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. How-to Guides How-to Managing And Controling PM Skills & Best Practices Risk Management

How To Start Your Projects Right. A Complete Guide To Project Initiation

The Digital Project Manager

The beginning of a project: the calm before the storm or a manic rush to get things sorted ready for the core work to start? Whichever way it happens, the start of a project is critical to its future success. From estimating and scoping, to assigning resource, defining requirements, briefing in your team, the all important first meeting with the client—there’s a minefield of tasks out there which can shape how your project develops.

How to Ask for Part-Time Hours

Girl's Guide to PM

In this article I’ll share some tips on how I asked for part-time hours and how you can do the same. My switch from full-time to part-time hours (eventually). I wanted to be part-time for many years, and back when I was a Six Sigma Black Belt at my old employer I put in my first request for part-time working. In the UK, employers have to consider your request, but they don’t have to grant it. Do they believe the rest of the team have to pick up the slack?

2019 224

How To Start A Project As An Accidental Project Manager

Girl's Guide to PM

This article, How To Start A Project As An Accidental Project Manager , first appeared on Girl's Guide to PM. How do I get started? Simon Harris was our expert guest for the week, hosting the chat on the theme of ‘The Accidental PM’s Surgery’ and this is what he had to share about how to get started on a project. Managing projects is a secondary part of their role, at least to start with. How To Create A Shared Understanding.

2017 308

Leading Under Uncertainty

Speaker: Greg Coticchia, CEO & Founder of ENTRA

Organizations of all types and sizes are facing common challenges of how to deal with the uncertainty in our current professional and personal lives. How can you plan when you are uncertain of what's next? On a product level, how can you be sure of delivering the ‘right’ messaging, products, solutions, and services to customers? How do you survive to fight the fight another day? In this session, we will discuss important tips for you as a Product Manager dealing with uncertainty. At the same time, we will discuss another important aspect of dealing with uncertainty, and that is building trust, especially while many of us are working remotely or in new or different settings.

How to earn PDUs fast in 2020

Girl's Guide to PM

Is your re-certification cycle coming to an end for your PMI certificate? Do you need to quickly get your PDU total up to the minimum so you can stay certified? Read on for tips for how to earn PDUs fast. Review what you are eligible to claim.

2020 266

How to Manage Fixed Date Projects

Girl's Guide to PM

Weddings — in fact, event planners are excellent at managing fixed date projects because every event has a fixed date on which it will take place and the project to deliver the event has to be done on time. How to plan a fixed date project.

2020 223

Agile Practices: How to Run a Lean Coffee

Project Bliss

But that’s EXACTLY what it’s intended to be. It’s structured in a way that allows participants to quickly talk through various topics they choose in a short amount of time. How is a Lean Coffee better than that? Read on and find out how a lean coffee is a different kind of meeting than anything you may have experienced. You may even want to host one yourself. The original use was to support attendees in adopting agile work approaches. DURATION: 1 to 1.5

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How To Categorise Data in Project Management Software

Girl's Guide to PM

This article, How To Categorise Data in Project Management Software , first appeared on Girl's Guide to Project Management. Project management software tools are great in many ways, but when it comes to finding the data that you’ve entered… Sometimes I find my files disappear into the internet. To get round this, you need a data taxonomy. An information taxonomy is simply a way to classify data. That’s four ways to describe a single item!

2017 246

Design Hacks for Non-Designers: Ask Expert Laura Klein

Speaker: Laura Klein, Principal at Users Know and Author of UX for Lean Startups

We all have to make quick decisions about product interfaces, and there's not always a designer around when you need one. That doesn't mean that you're doomed to failure, though. Learn a few really common user experience design mistakes and how to avoid making them. Join UX designer and product management expert Laura Klein for a no-holds-barred Ask Me Anything session on UX design. Laura—principal of Users Know and author of Build Better Products and UX for Lean Startups—has over 20 years of experience helping companies innovate responsibly and improve their product development processes.