April, 2024

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Kanban vs. Scrum: What’s the Difference?

ProjectManager.com

Kanban and scrum are agile project management methodologies that can be used for similar purposes, but each has its unique pros and cons. As a project manager, it’s important to understand the difference between kanban and scrum so you can determine the best approach for your team. So, which is the best project management method if we compare kanban vs. scrum?

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New training: Change Management Workshop

Rebel’s Guide to PM

As project managers, most of us know how important it is to make sure that what we deliver is actually useful and used by the people we deliver it for. That’s where change management comes in. Have you ever wished someone could give you the secret to dealing with resistance to change? Me too! I’m sorry to say there isn’t a secret exactly. It’s more a collection of best practices, real-world advice and tried-and-tested strategies for speedy and stress-free change management.

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“Cashing In” on Undone Work

Scrum.org

Velocity is a complementary practice many Scrum teams use to plan future work. Here’s how it works: A team selects a point system and decides that certain types of work are worth one point and other types of work may be worth different point values. Every Sprint, the team adds up points for each Product Backlog item (PBI) that meets the Definition of Done by the end of the Sprint.

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Black diamond risk management

Musings on Project Management

If you snow ski, you understand the risk of a Black Diamond run: it's a moniker or label for a path that is risk all the way, and you take it (for the challenge? the thrill? the war story bragging rights?) even though there may be a lesser risk on another way down.

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Understand Digital Debt, Form a Team, Set Goals, and Plan Roadmap for Transformation

Understanding digital debt is crucial before digital transformation. Assemble a team to assess internal operations, market pressures, and digital debt's impact. Define future digital vision with measurable goals. Refine hypotheses and conduct market analysis. Develop a roadmap for transformation with defined projects, cost estimates, and governance.

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Do Structured and Disciplined Agile Transformations Exist?

Leading Agile

Understanding where you are as an organization and where you want to go is essential to transformation. Understanding that creating the conditions for teams, backlogs, and working tested product to exist is the real work of the transformation is critical. The next most important aspect of transformation is being able to demonstrate progress through tangible metrics that will resonate with executives.

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How to Create a Timeline in Excel (Free Templates Included)

ProjectManager.com

Excel is a versatile spreadsheet tool that can create a variety of graphs, charts and forms, including timelines for projects. In this blog, we’ll go through each step needed to create a timeline in Excel and explain the advantages and disadvantages of doing so. Why Should You Create a Project Timeline in Excel? Learn how to create a timeline that can be used to visualize how tasks or projects will be executed over time, identify who will be responsible for completing them and identify milestone

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10 common resource management problems and how to fix them

Rebel’s Guide to PM

I mentor project managers, and the types of problems that people come up with on calls are not technical issues for the most part. Mostly, people want to chat about other people. Or “resources” as we unkindly call people in project management. Stakeholders, project team members, the colleagues doing the actual work: these are all humans with their own To Do lists, objectives set by their managers and personal and professional goals.

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Der unsichtbare Feind der Agilität: So deckst du ihn auf

Scrum.org

Kommen dir diese Situationen bekannt vor? Vor dem eigentlichen Sprint Planning im Team muss der Product Owner noch weitere Abstimmungsrunden mit anderen Teams drehen, damit die Arbeit für den Sprint geplant werden kann. Im Daily Scrum berichten die Entwickler, dass sie nicht weiterarbeiten können, da die Datenbankspezialistin nicht auf ihre Anfragen reagiert.

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Wanted: AI Tokens

Musings on Project Management

12 trillionThe estimated number of tokens used to train OpenAI’s GPT-4, according to Pablo Villalobos, who studies AI for research institute Epoch. He thinks a newer model like GPT-5 would need up to 100 trillion tokens for training if researchers follow the current growth trajectory. OpenAI doesn’t disclose details of the training material for GPT-4.

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Strategic Project Finance Essentials: A Project Manager’s Guide to Financial Metrics

Speaker: Ketan Jahagirdar - Sopheon’s Director of Product Management

Empower yourself as a project manager with insights that directly influence the financial landscape and strategic direction of your organization! Join us for a deep dive into the world of financial strategy, as we dissect key metrics that drive CFOs and business leaders’ investment decisions. This session will equip you with the necessary tools to craft compelling business cases as well as a comprehensive understanding of the crucial distinction between capital expenditure and operational expend

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Risky Analysis: Pitfalls and Good Practices in Estimating Likelihood

Online PM Courses

Basic risk analysis is easy to understand. But there's one pitfall that too many Project Managers fail to avoid: estimating likelihood. The post Risky Analysis: Pitfalls and Good Practices in Estimating Likelihood appeared first on OnlinePMCourses.

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Planning Your Agile Transformation Journey

Leading Agile

Not every agile transformation looks the same. To ensure that your transformation is heading in the right direction, you must first understand the value system of your business and the demands of the markets you serve. This understanding will enable your organization to tailor the methodology to meet your specific business needs and ensure that you deliver valuable increments of working-tested products into the market.

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Trello Kanban Board: Key Features, Pros, Cons & Alternatives

ProjectManager.com

Choosing the best kanban software for your team might be overwhelming, especially if you’re not sure of what features to look for. That’s why we’ve reviewed Trello’s kanban board and identified its key features, pros and cons to help you better understand how it compares to other kanban software. Does Trello Have a Kanban Board? Yes, Trello is software by Atlassian that offers five project management tools: kanban boards, project timelines, calendars, dashboards and tables.

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7 Steps To A Project Management Capability Assessment

Rebel’s Guide to PM

As a program manager, PMO or project team leader, you probably think about how to plan upcoming work. And that includes the requirements for developing the project management capability in the organisation to deliver the upcoming projects. It’s easy to think that certification is the answer to developing capability in your project managers, but it’s better to take a step back from that.

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20 Common Mistakes Made by Inexperienced Project Managers

You’ve read the PMBOK® Guide several times, taken the certification exam for project managers, passed, and you are now a PMP®. So why do you keep making rookie mistakes? This whitepaper shows 20 of the most common mistakes that young or inexperienced project managers make, issues that can cost significant time and money. It's a good starting point for understanding how and why many PMs get themsleves into trouble, and provides guidance on the types of issues that PMs need to understand.

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Navigating Resistance: The Agile Adoption Journey for Effective Leadership

Scrum.org

The path to success change is often strewn with obstacles, primarily due to resistance from within the organisation itself. Understanding these barriers is crucial for any VP of Delivery aiming to lead an agile transformation successfully. Let's explore the ten common sources of resistance and discuss the importance of addressing these challenges to ensure successful leadership and project implementation. 1.

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Efficient product quality design

Musings on Project Management

I'm borrowing shamelessly from an essay by D. Miessler about efficiency in security design for user products by generalizing to the quality -- in the broadest sense -- of a product.

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How to write an executive summary stakeholders will love

Planio

Project managers are born communicators. According to some estimates , PMs spend 90% of their time communicating with team members, sponsors, and stakeholders. An executive summary is your secret weapon when it comes to project communication. Whether it’s a business case, project plan, or market analysis, an executive summary is a great way to get the project’s most important information across quickly and clearly.

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Generative AI for Business: Top 7 Productivity Boosts

NimbleWork

Artificial intelligence (AI) has been all the rage these days. Bet you have heard of or tried using ChatGPT, allowing you to generate pieces of content. This tool is a perfect example of generative AI used for various businesses across different industries. Generative AI has recently become a game-changer in business. This technology has the power to boost your business and scale your operations.

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The Big Payoff of Application Analytics

Outdated or absent analytics won’t cut it in today’s data-driven applications – not for your end users, your development team, or your business. That’s what drove the five companies in this e-book to change their approach to analytics. Download this e-book to learn about the unique problems each company faced and how they achieved huge returns beyond expectation by embedding analytics into applications.

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Google Sheets Kanban Board Template: Manage Workflows Online

ProjectManager.com

A kanban board is a project management tool that manages workflows and processes using two key elements: kanban cards, which represent tasks, and kanban columns which divide the kanban board vertically to represent steps or stages of completion for them. When first invented in 1940, kanban boards were analog tools that could be made with pen and paper.

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Why you should schedule around people, not tasks

Rebel’s Guide to PM

The nature of the modern business environment is constantly evolving. Project management has wrought much change. From plotting Gantt charts by hand to the modern day explosion of project management software solutions, everything is different – including the nature of work itself. To illustrate, Roger L. Martin, former dean at Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, gives an example of how work is a series of projects in an article in the Harvard Business Review: Think of a fre

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Embracing Stakeholder Performance in Your Transition to a Scrum Master (From PM to PSM 15)

Scrum.org

Transitioning from a traditional project manager to a Scrum Master requires a shift in mindset, especially in how you engage with stakeholders. Stakeholder "Performance", while traditionally viewed through a project management lens, offers valuable insights for this journey. In Scrum, the focus shifts from managing stakeholders in a project to fostering collaboration and alignment in a product or initiative environment.

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Understanding the Work of an Agile Transformation

Leading Agile

Agile is really about designing a System of Delivery that can produce the business results that matter to your executives and key stakeholders. But, in most large organizations, there are a ton of underlying issues that end up getting in the way. And a cultural shift in mindset or an even more dogmatic approach to Agile practices aren’t going to fix the organizational impediments that prevent organizations from adopting Agile and establishing a high-performing System of Delivery.

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How to Stay Competitive in the Evolving State of Martech

Marketing technology is essential for B2B marketers to stay competitive in a rapidly changing digital landscape — and with 53% of marketers experiencing legacy technology issues and limitations, they’re researching innovations to expand and refine their technology stacks. To help practitioners keep up with the rapidly evolving martech landscape, this special report will discuss: How practitioners are integrating technologies and systems to encourage information-sharing between departments and pr

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How to use time blocking to boost your productivity

Planio

Time is one of the resources no one seems to ever have enough of — which is why it’s so surprising that a recent study found that only 18% of people use a time management technique to stay on track. Even worse, the same study found that 25% of people openly admit to abandoning their daily schedule the second an urgent task comes across their desks. Whether you’re a manager, developer, or team leader, one of the best ways to reduce the amount of chaos and reactiveness in your day is to practice t

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Case Study: Q agency – Resource Allocation for Development Teams

Ganttic

Croatian-based Q agency knows a thing or two about software development. For more than 10 years, they have been helping companies around the world bridge the gap between great ideas and exciting products. Whether it’s a digital travel platform for the largest British publishing house in the UK, building psychological testing platforms for a leading employment agency, or partnering with ground-breaking medical researchers to develop a contactless measurement system and 3D body scanning app, they

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Free Google Sheets Timeline Template: Create Plans Online

ProjectManager.com

When managing teams, it’s essential to create timelines to track their progress as they execute their tasks. Project management software is the most efficient way to create timelines to plan, assign and track their tasks. Other tools can be used to create timelines, though, such as Excel spreadsheets or Google Sheets. This Google Sheets timeline template can create a timeline in just four simple steps that won’t require any formulas or any advanced settings.

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How to facilitate a project meeting

Rebel’s Guide to PM

Project managers need to be good at facilitation because we run a lot of meetings and take part in a lot of discussions. A lot of facilitation happens during project initiation. But you also want to be able to draw on your facilitation skills throughout the life of your project. I’ve run literally hundreds of project meetings during my career, probably thousands.

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From Complexity to Clarity: Strategies for Effective Compliance and Security Measures

Speaker: Erika R. Bales, Esq.

When we talk about “compliance and security," most companies want to ensure that steps are being taken to protect what they value most – people, data, real or personal property, intellectual property, digital assets, or any other number of other things - and it’s more important than ever that safeguards are in place. Let’s step back and focus on the idea that no matter how complicated the compliance and security regime, it should be able to be distilled down to a checklist.