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.

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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. However, you should also consider how good they are at doing the work of projects – project management.

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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. It gives you another opportunity to check that you haven’t missed anything out.

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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. So how do we do it? Engagement is closely related to motivation.

2019 387

Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life with Nir Eyal

Speaker: Nir Eyal

Ever get the feeling the world is full of too many distractions? Research shows the ability to stay focused is a competitive advantage, in work and in life. However, in an age of ever-increasing demands on our attention how do we stay productive and stay sane? In this webinar, Nir provides research-backed, practical advice, and memorable strategies for managing distraction and our time. Nir Eyal shares findings of his five years of research into how to master what he calls, "the skill of the century," the power to be "Indistractable."

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. How To

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How To Run A Sprint Planning Meeting Like A Boss (+ Meeting Agenda)

The Digital Project Manager

Are you actually doing what you want to accomplish with your sprint planning meetings? Here’s an overview of sprint planning meetings, why and how to do them, and a free sprint planning meeting agenda template. The post How To Run A Sprint Planning Meeting Like A Boss (+ Meeting Agenda) appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Agile How-to Guides How-to Managing And Controling How-to Project Planning Topics

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.

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). In the UK, employers have to consider your request, but they don’t have to grant it.

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How To Run A Sprint Retrospective That Actually Leads To Change

The Digital Project Manager

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.

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Before Transforming The Experience, You Need to Disrupt Yourself

Speaker: Vivek Bedi, Product Expert and Keynote Speaker

Every company is (soon to be) a technology company. Undergoing digital transformation is the key to succeeding in this digital era - but the process isn’t all innovation and shiny new tech. Join Vivek Bedi, a product expert with 18 years of experience across Fortune 100 companies and startups alike, as he shares his expertise on how to strike the right transformation balance and change your product mindset.

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. You have to set the tone for success.

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 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? Managing projects is a secondary part of their role, at least to start with. How To Create A Shared Understanding.

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How to Improve Problem Solving with Lessons Learned

Girl's Guide to PM

But how do you come up with the answer? Sometimes, the answer to a problem is staring you in the face. There is only one sensible solution to fixing an issue. You are confident that using that approach is going to get you where you need to be. How To

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7 project management tips

How to manage projects within a fragmented workforce

How to Make a Cost Management Plan

ProjectManager.com

You know how it goes—you’re a few months out from a deadline, and your team isn’t anywhere close to finishing the project. You’re quickly running out of budget and time, and you’re starting to stress. How can you stop this from happening? How to Properly Track Results.

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How to Plan an Event

ProjectManager.com

Need to know how to plan an event? This blog will go over everything you need to consider when planning an event, including an easy-to-use checklist. Key Elements to Consider When Event Planning. The first thing to consider when planning an event is the date.

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

The Digital Project Manager

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.

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How to handle Bikeshedding: Parkinson’s Law of Triviality

Project Bliss

Have you ever found yourself in a meeting discussing something relatively unimportant, yet the time and energy everyone poured into the topic seemed to go on and on? It seemed that everyone had an opinion and needed to have a say. How to Correct Bikeshedding? How-To

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Project Manager's Guide to Getting Things Done

9 tips on how to manage your team’s workload

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

The Digital Project Manager

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

How to Write a Business Case

ProjectManager.com

A business case is the way you prove to your client, customer or stakeholder that the product you’re pitching is a sound investment. Below, we illustrate the steps to writing one that will sway them. Projects fail without having a solid business case to rest on.

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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? You may even want to host one yourself. DURATION: 1 to 1.5

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How to Create a PERT Chart

ProjectManager.com

But what is a PERT chart and how does it assist project managers when they’re working on larger, more complex projects? It’s a graphic representation of the timeline of a project, which gives project managers the tools they need to breakdown each of the project’s tasks for analysis.

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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.

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. And you don’t need to have six sigma training to use this simple tool. When to Use a SIPOC. It's an easy and helpful place to start.

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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. To get round this, you need a data taxonomy. An information taxonomy is simply a way to classify data. Why You Need To Classify Data.

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How to Prioritize Work When Everything Is #1

LiquidPlanner

You can count on technical projects, no matter how well-planned, to involve change orders, re-prioritization and the regular appearance of surprises. Knowing how to prioritize work affects the success of your project, the engagement of your team, and your role as a leader.

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How to Improve Problem Solving with Lessons Learned

Project Bliss

But how do you come up with the answer? Sometimes, the answer to a problem is staring you in the face. There is only one sensible solution to fixing an issue. You are confident that using that approach is going to get you where you need to be. How-To

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Encouraging Innovation in an Established Product Culture

Speaker: Richard Cardran, Chief Creative Officer and VP Strategy, HIA Technologies

Innovation is both a process and an outcome. The best way to begin innovating your products is by innovating your internal process. We'll explore the challenges, solutions, and hands-on techniques for becoming a successful "agent of change" within a well-established product culture. We'll examine the importance of UX and user-centric feature analysis, the adaptation of Agile Methodologies to the creative process, as well as a way to drive successful culture change for setting expectations and winning approvals with cross-functional stakeholders. Innovation and Leadership go hand in hand. Join Richard Cardran, Chief Creative Officer and VP Strategy, HIA Technologies, as we assess some case studies to see how to lead with a clear strategy well-defined tactics, and an unbiased understanding of the fundamental question: "why are you innovating?"

How to Make a Stakeholder Management Plan

ProjectManager.com

They are typically involved in the approval process and can either make a project difficult or extremely easy—depending on how well they’re managed via a stakeholder management plan. Given their influence, it’d be unwise to neglect your stakeholder management plan.

How to Plan a Webinar

ProjectManager.com

Jennifer Bridges, PMP, shows you everything you need to know to plan a webinar. In Review – How to Plan a Webinar. As when planning any project , Jennifer noted that the first step is to go through the who, what, when, where, why and how of the webinar.

How to Make a Risk Management Plan

ProjectManager.com

Some risks are bound to become problem areas—like executing a project over the holidays and having to plan the project timeline around them. But there are many risks within any given project that, when unchecked, can come as unwelcome surprises to you and your team.

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How to Handle Chronic Complainers

ProjectManager.com

Sometimes that can be hard to manage, even with team management tools. Watch Jennifer Bridges, PMP, to understand where chronic complainers are coming from, and learn strategies for keeping everyone happy and productive. In Review – How to Handle Chronic Complainers.

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Leverage Your Organization for Best Product Decisions

Speaker: Rene Kolga, Senior Director of Product and Marketing, Nyotron

You can learn a lot by studying your product data, but the real magic happens when product managers blend different types of data from different sources. If you want to blend data and intuition to make bold decisions that move your product forward, you'll need to open yourself up to new data sources - but where do you get this new information? Rene Kolga, Senior Director of Product and Marketing at Nyotron, knows the answer: from other teams in your organization! Join us as Rene goes through the different teams you'll find in a B2B organization, how to build a strong relationship with those teams, and what kinds of insights you can get that will benefit your product.

How To Write A Statement Of Work The Easy Way (With A Free, Editable Template)

The Digital Project Manager

And a statement of work is the worst, because it’s a lot of work to produce – and even just a tiny mistake, can have massive repercussions. The post How To Write A Statement Of Work The Easy Way (With A Free, Editable Template) appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Agile How-to Guides How-to Project Initiation How-to Project Planning PM Skills & Best Practices Risk Management Scope Management Stakeholder Management Topics

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How To Estimate Projects: The Complete Guide To Project Budget & Cost Estimation

The Digital Project Manager

Estimating successfully is all about getting the right amount of funding to enable you to successfully deliver a project. But creating a project budget that works – delivering worthwhile value for a client at a cost that’s still going to make a respectable profit for the agency is a tricky balance, so how do you do it right? The post How To Estimate Projects: The Complete Guide To Project Budget & Cost Estimation appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.

Ask a PM: How to Get Proper Estimates

LiquidPlanner

We do a lot of projects that are innovative (for us), and my development colleagues always seem reluctant when it comes to project planning. How do you deal with a team that refuses to estimate how long tasks will take? Below, I’ll give you some suggestions to try.

Pilot Study – How to Make It Work

ProjectManager.com

Projects are risky, and project managers seek to reduce that risk. There are many ways in which they can do this, from a risk assessment to researching historical data on like projects and thorough planning. Why waste time, effort and money on a project that is destined to fail?

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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.