June, 2019

Top Down vs. Bottom Up Management: What’s the Difference?

ProjectManager.com

It’s best to have a management style in place before attempting to carve out a piece of the marketplace or execute a big project. Two of the most popular approaches are top down and bottom up management, both of which provide a good introduction to the tenets of management.

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5 Powerful Ways to Improve Your Project Approval Process

Project Risk Coach

Many organizations have a Project Board that approves programs and projects resulting in a project portfolio. The Board chooses projects and programs that align and support the organization's mission, values, goals, and strategies.

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The Ultimate Guide to Easy Dashboards for Projects

Girl's Guide to PM

How do you get a quick overview of what is happening on your project? When deadlines seem to be zooming past at a frightening rate, and this is only one of several projects you are juggling at the same time, it can feel like you don’t have a grip on what’s happening on your project.

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130 Top Project Management Influencers of 2019

The Digital Project Manager

The post 130 Top Project Management Influencers of 2019 appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Leadership & Team Management

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Ask the "Right" Questions: Your Analytics-Guided Product Strategy

Speaker: Yoav Yechiam, Founder and Head Instructor, productMBA

Analytics are highly important for product managers - and yet, analytic implementations often fail to actually help us. It's not the technology, and it's not the tactics. In most cases, it's our approach that's misguiding us! Analytics are there to answer important product questions, not just to collect data. How can we be mindful of our analytics so they enable us, rather than confine us? Join Yoav Yechiam, Founder and head instructor at productMBA, as he explains best practices for a data-guided strategy that helps product managers get to the "why" of their biggest product goals.

All knowledge areas are important but some are more important than others

Kiron Bondale

I am occasionally asked by learners in my project management fundamental classes which is the most important knowledge area in the PMBOK® framework.

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Ecommerce SEO Tips for Easy Organic Wins

ProjectManager.com

Don’t you wish that your online shop was like Amazon, where people come to your site just looking to spend money? That’s the dream, right? Unfortunately, unless you have millions of dollars to throw into televisions spots, that’s not going to happen.

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12 Good Reasons You Are Struggling With Small Projects

Project Risk Coach

"Why am I still having problems with small projects? This plaintive question is one I'm asked from time to time. I'd like to give a few brief reasons why project managers struggle with small projects. Small things have a way of overmastering the great. This small press can destroy a kingdom."

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7 Tips for Easily Improving Project Risk Management with templates

Girl's Guide to PM

Risk management is a staple skill of project managers.

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What Everyone Should Know About Running Agile Projects

The Digital Project Manager

Put your theory and tools aside for a minute: Here’s something that everyone should know about how agile actually works in the real world. The post What Everyone Should Know About Running Agile Projects appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Agile

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What Is (and Isn’t) Product Management?

Speaker: Steve Johnson, VP of Products, Pragmatic Institute

Product Management is one of the most exciting - and most misunderstood - functions in technical organizations. Is it strategic or tactical? Is it a planning role or a support role? Many product professionals are unclear about what is (and isn't) product management. After all, product management spans many activities from business planning to market readiness. In this session, we’ll examine many product activities and artifacts for product strategy, planning, and growth, and introduce a simple tool that you can use in your organization to clarify the roles of product management and others. Steve Johnson explores the many roles of Product Management in this fun talk focused on why product managers should obsess on problems instead of solutions.

Agile advice from our ancestors

Kiron Bondale

Old sayings might not be the first thing which comes to mind when considering agility, there are many proverbs which are apropos. Two heads are better than one (or the similar Maasai proverb “One head cannot hold all wisdom.”)

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"Open" risk management

Musings on Project Management

To be open Every text and paper I've read describes risk management like many other project processes: open, transparent, available to any on the project team. Risks are identified, evaluated, ranked, made subject to some form of risk reduction paradigm; and everyone is made aware. Oh, but if it only were! Most of us can handle the text book process. It's more will than capability But, on. Risk Management

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How to Make a Company Retreat Unforgettable (with Location Examples)

ProjectManager.com

The business obsession with the bottom line, making more profits quarter after quarter, often neglects a fundamental aspect of productivity: downtime. Working is like exercise, if you keep working the same muscles nonstop, you’ll be too exhausted to get strong and healthy.

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How to Write SMART Project Goals

Project Risk Coach

What is the role of the project manager? The Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) says, "The project manager is the person assigned by the performing organization to lead the team that is responsible for achieving the project objectives (my italics)."

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Innovation: Five Signs You Might Be Faking It

Every company wants to be a leader in innovation, but how can you tell if your company is really innovating or just going through the motions? See the 5 signs you might be faking innovation and what to do if you are.

How to Use the SCARF Framework to Manage Change on Projects

Girl's Guide to PM

In a recent interview we asked Carole Osterweil, author of Project Delivery, Uncertainty and Neuroscience – A Leader’s Guide to Walking in Fog for her top tip for working in a VUCA environment. VUCA environments are v olatile, u ncertain, c omplex and a mbiguous. Carole Osterweil.

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5 Steps To Survive The Tidal Waves of Project Management

The Digital Project Manager

If you do any job for long enough, you’ll definitely weather a few storms. Project. The post 5 Steps To Survive The Tidal Waves of Project Management appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Career Development

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The perils of over proactivity

Kiron Bondale

At the start of our vacation, we had one stop en route to our final destination. We were supposed to have a two hour layover, but after landing we learned that our outbound flight would be delayed by another hour.

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What Can Monty Python and the Holy Grail Teach Us About Project Management? Find Out Here

Brad Egeland

What can Monty Python and the Holy Grail teach us about project management? There are 5. no 6 things to be exact. I will tell you what they are in an upcoming article on the APM site. Stay tuned for a go-live link posted here

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Plan for Product Launch Success with Data and Analytics

Speaker: Piyanka Jain, President and CEO, Aryng

When you launch new feature (or an entirely new product), there are many questions that you'll need to answer. Is the feature being adopted? Do your customers like it, or does it need to be improved? Was the launch successful? Well, that all depends on how you define success. Join Piyanka Jain, President and CEO of Aryng, as she explains why - and how - you should use data and analytics to define and track a successful launch.

Facebooks Ads vs Google Ads: What’s the Difference?

ProjectManager.com

Are you interested in promoting your business online? If so, you’ve probably heard that you should start with either Facebook or Google ads. They’re both popular platforms, and they offer ad space, so they’re probably the same, right?

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Who calls anymore?

Musings on Project Management

Who calls anymore? Some, but many fewer than before. unless it's a robo call It's surely not news that a lot of business communication has moved to the text and email. Fair enough But, that leaves much more communication open loop and unacknowledged than is/was the case with the telephone call. That may not end well. Such open loop communications violates basic control-loop theory. To wit Project Management

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Can you use Slack for project management?

Girl's Guide to PM

The short answer is no. At least, not by itself. When used effectively, Slack is a powerful add-on to your project management toolkit. Slack is a collaboration tool for teams.

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Video: How To Motivate An Overworked Team?

The Digital Project Manager

Learn ways to approach your team asking to deliver extra work when you know they’re already maxed out in this quick video offering project manager tips. The post Video: How To Motivate An Overworked Team? appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.

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The Magic of Intent: Start Knowing The Goals of Your Users

Speaker: Terhi Hanninen, Senior Product Manager, Zalando, and Dr. Franziska Roth, Senior User Researcher, Zalando

It's important to know your users - what are their preferences, pain points, ultimate goals? With user research and usage data, you can get a great idea of how your users act. The tricky part is, very few users reliably act the same way every time they use your product. Join Terhi Hanninen, Senior Product Manager, and Dr. Franziska Roth, Senior User Researcher at Zalando, as they explain how they were able to reach a new level of user understanding - by taking their user research and segmenting their users by point-in-time intent. You'll leave with a strategy to change how your product team, and organization at large, understands your users.

Project management guide: Tips, strategies, best practices

Moira Alexander

Managing any project can become a slippery slope when your organization doesn’t have a solid grasp of all the moving pieces. Project management can be a complex discipline to understand and navigate. After all, there are enough key phases, knowledge areas, and project management-specific terms to fill a glossary. To simplify the key components of successful project management, CIO has put together this guide to understanding project management — the phases, knowledge areas, tools and more.

All Project Data is at Risk

Brad Egeland

IT is responsible for the security of the data in the organization, right? It’s their concern, their problem, their effort. Someone else is taking care of it and, as project managers, we don’t need to worry about it on our individual projects…correct?

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What Is Confirmation Bias and How Is It Affecting Your Career?

ProjectManager.com

The mind is the instrument we use to perceive and process reality, but sometimes it can’t be trusted to act on its best behalf. How can we trust ourselves and our senses to lead us accurately and without bias? That’s an issue everyone must face, both personally and professionally.

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Understood. misunderstood

Musings on Project Management

The blog at herdingcats provided this little bit of wit: Don't write so that you can be understood, write so that you can't be misunderstood. William Howard Taft Taft has a good point there: Not only to be understood (meaning + context) But to not be misunderstood (meaning + context + motivations or expectations) Not so fast! It's often not that simple. You want not to be misunderstood communication Quotations

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Meet Your Goals with a Practical Product Strategy

Speaker: Nils Davis, Principal, NPD Associates

Whether you manage a feature, a product, or a whole suite of products, you likely have some goals that you're trying to meet. But do you have a strategy? Strategy and goals are different. It's your strategy that allows you to make decisions that help you meet your goals in the first place. For example, if you want grow your revenue, your strategy may be to enter a new market - and you may decide to make your product stand out in that market by adding analytics. If you want to have an articulated strategy that you can use to make decisions, stay on-track, and meet your product goals, this is the webinar for you! Join Nils Davis, author of The Secret Product Manager Handbook, as he explains how you can get your team aligned to a practical product strategy.

A Beginner’s Guide to Project Status Reporting

Online PM Courses

It isn't enough to deliver your project. You also need to let people know. That means learning the basics of tracking progress and project status reporting. The post A Beginner’s Guide to Project Status Reporting appeared first on OnlinePMCourses.

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What Is Hive? Detailed Hive Project Management Tool Overview

The Digital Project Manager

What is Hive? Read on to discover how Hive works—what problems it can help you. The post What Is Hive? Detailed Hive Project Management Tool Overview appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Tools Tools Planning Tools PM Tools Resource Scheduling Sponsored

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Advanced Filtering in Excel

The IIL Blog

By Bob Umlas, Excel MVP. In this blog I’ll continue the discussion from my last blog on basic filtering. This one is on advanced filtering. Let’s continue with the same worksheet used from the last blog: You can use advanced filtering for any of the features you use basic filtering.

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