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4 Essential Skills Every Project Manager Should Have

The IIL Blog

By Jean-Roch HOULLIER and Olivia Le Jeune In an increasingly complex world characterized by growing uncertainty and the multiplication of transformations (e.g. technological, environmental, societal), project managers need to develop new skills. Among them are four skills essential for every project manager to have. In this article, we describe, and comment based on our experience in the project management context.

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Harnessing the Power of the Muses: How Ancient Inspiration Fuels Modern Project Management

MPUG

Introduction: First, I am not writing this to be highbrow; besides technical and project management topics, I have enjoyed history and mythology for years. I recently watched an old Greek mythology movie from the early 80’s, and I had a revelation: the muses and project management. The world is dynamic, and it has probably always been so. Project management is there to facilitate the accomplishment of the organization’s goals.

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Mitigating Uncertainties: A Deep Dive into IT Project Risk Management 

nTask

Navigating the complexities of IT project management requires a precision approach, much like an engineer designing a skyscraper in an earthquake zone. Every element, from the foundation to the pinnacle, must be meticulously planned with risk management at the forefront to ensure stability amidst the tremors of unexpected challenges.

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10,000 project interns

Musings on Project Management

David Miessiler has this idea about AI tools that are "good enough" to make a real project impact. He says, in part: To me. in both offensive and defensive security use cases, the main advantage of AI will not be its exceptional (superhuman) capabilities, but rather the ability to apply pretty-good-intern or moderate-SME level expertise to billions more analysis points than before.

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Acclaim Projects Helps Deliver Innovation Projects on Time and on Budget

This large intercity transportation company for people and freight employs 100+ IT employees and contractors across North America and Europe and spends $10MM annually for approximately 50 inflight projects. The company needed the right financial tools to budget for innovation initiatives and real-time information on spending and forecasting. This transportation company turned to Acclaim Projects by Sopheon to help deliver projects on time and within budget.

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Power BI Gantt Chart: A How-to Guide With Pros, Cons & Alternatives

ProjectManager.com

Microsoft Power BI is a data analysis software that allows you to use various tools such as spreadsheets, pie charts, stacked bars and other types of diagrams to visualize project or business data, including the Power BI Gantt chart. Power BI allows you to import data from a variety of file formats and sources such as Microsoft Excel, SAP, Oracle, Google Analytics and other software and applications, which makes it a versatile tool that most organizations can use for data analysis.

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3 E's drive success

Musings on Project Management

Lee Cockerell, a retired Disney executive and author of several successful business books, says this about the people you want on your project: Hire and retain people who value "reliability" in commitments and relationships, and Hire and retain people who value the "3 E's" (or maybe it's 4 E's)Education + Exposure + Experience = ExcellenceCockerell's points should be self evident:People

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Agile vs Waterfall: Embracing the Hybrid Project Revolution

NimbleWork

When the Agile methodology was first introduced, it was embraced as a welcome replacement to the rigid Waterfall approach. The community largely accepted Agile and Waterfall as mutually exclusive project management paradigms. This led to segmented fractions in the community, where either side presented opposing views with skepticism. Critics of Agile believed that Agile simply translates into fast failure.

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Mastering Complexity: Systems Thinking is a Key Skill (From PM to PSM 07)

Scrum.org

As Project Managers transition into Scrum Masters, they encounter the principle of recognizing, evaluating, and responding to system interactions. This principle, rooted in systems thinking, is crucial in understanding and managing the complex, interdependent nature of Scrum initiatives. In Scrum, systems thinking involves acknowledging the dynamic interactions within the team, the product, and the broader organizational and market environment.

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The Buyer Value Equation, Strategy, & Project Management

The Strategic Project Manager

This post introduces the Buyer Value Equation – a simple concept that is challenging in practice but a powerful and focusing. It then digs deeper into the two components of the framework: Benefits and Cost. For clarity, it discusses the pros and cons of the framework. Finally, it looks at the impact and application of the Buyer Value Equation framework for developing strategy and managing projects.

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

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 expendi

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How to Make a Gantt Chart in Word (Template Included)

ProjectManager.com

Project documentation, such as the project budget, project schedule or project plan, is critical for the successful delivery of projects. Because of that, as a project manager, you should be familiar with tools to create your project documents. Microsoft Word is one of those tools. While it won’t help you with all the documents, charts or diagrams that you need to manage a project, it can help you create some of them.

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What should a project timeline include?

Rebel’s Guide to PM

A project timeline is a visual representation of the tasks that make up the project, showing the sequence of events and key dates. Let’s be clear: I’m not talking about a detailed project Gantt chart, PERT chart or a flow chart. I’m talking about a lovely, professional looking slide (or slide-shaped screen) that shows the project activity in chronological order.

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What is a RAID Log?

Project Risk Coach

The RAID log serves as a central repository for documenting, monitoring, and managing critical project elements throughout the project lifecycle. It helps in ensuring that potential problems are identified, prioritized, and addressed promptly, facilitating better communication among project stakeholders and contributing to the overall success of the project.

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Unveiling Organizational Value: Leveraging Sprint Retrospectives for Improvement

Scrum.org

My last blog talked about how to show management how scrum helps the organization overall. Now, let's delve deeper into one of its core activities and examine how its transparency can vividly demonstrate value to your organization. Among the five Scrum events, the Sprint Retrospective stands out as a pivotal opportunity for showcasing self-management.

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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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Gantt Chart vs. Kanban Board: Pros, Cons, Similarities & Differences

ProjectManager.com

Many project management tools can help you plan, manage and track your projects. Gantt charts are the granddaddy of them all, but kanban boards are the young upstart. If we compare Gantt charts vs. kanban boards we’ll find both are valuable to your project in different ways. Let’s take a look at kanban vs. Gantt charts to explain what each is, with an example showing how they work, and their pros and cons.

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How Do you Make a Retrospective an Interesting Session?

NimbleWork

We speak to a lot of project teams, and there’s one common thread that runs throughout those conversations: the pressure to do more without taking more time or resource. Many teams lean into retrospectives to help uncover areas where processes could be slicker, where engagement hasn’t been as effective as it could and to look for areas of improvement.

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Innovative Tools for Remote Team Collaboration and Productivity

The IIL Blog

By Ray W. Frohnhoefer February 21, 2024 The work landscape has evolved significantly with increased remote employment. In this era of more dispersed teams, the key to success lies in effective communication, collaboration, and productivity tools tailored for remote work. Let’s explore the innovative solutions that enhance remote team communication, collaboration, and productivity, acknowledging these tools’ crucial role in fostering efficient workflows.

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Scrum Master Gehalt 2024 — die Umfrageergebnisse 🇩🇪

Scrum.org

In Kürze: Der Scrum Master Gehaltsreport 2024 — Wie schneiden Sie im Vergleich ab? Die Studie „Scrum Master Gehalt 2024“ ist die fünfte Ausgabe der Branchenumfrage nach 2017, 2019, 2022 und 2023. Dieser kostenlose Gehaltsbericht basiert auf den Antworten von 1.114 Teilnehmern aus aller Welt. Wenn Sie in diesem Jahr über eine Karriereentscheidung nachdenken, z.

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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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Embracing Sustainability: A Universal Responsibility Across Professions

Green Project Management

Since GPM launched 15 years ago, the landscape of sustainability has undergone a remarkable transformation. Back then, sustainability was often relegated to a niche corner at conferences, viewed through the lens of “trends” and “the future” – a promising yet distant consideration. Those days, however, are now firmly in the rearview mirror.

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Empathy, Trust, and Alignment: Stakeholder Management Tactics for Agile Leaders

Leading Agile

In the face of change, many people inside large organizations are often left with more questions than answers. Do I have the ability to lead my team through this? Do I possess the necessary skills? Will my role become obsolete? Is my job safe? A good change management strategy accounts for these questions and tries to reduce the angst surrounding the change by deploying solid stakeholder management practices.

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Using Artificial Intelligence to Track Project Performance

The IIL Blog

By Cynthia Snyder Dionisio There are a multitude of ways we can use artificial intelligence (AI) to help us manage projects. This is the first in a series of articles that will explore different ways you can leverage various types of AI to help you save time and improve your outcomes. This article will focus on using AI for performance tracking. There is no doubt that AI is great at analyzing data.

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The Scrum Master Salary Report 2024

Scrum.org

TL; DR: The Scrum Master Salary Report 2024 — How Do You Compare? The Scrum Master Salary Report 2024 is the fifth edition of the industry survey after 2017, 2019, 2022, and 2023. This free report is based on the answers of 1,114 participants globally. If you are considering a career decision this year, maybe whether you should join the industry as a junior Scrum Master, move to a new organization, or go independent, you will find the report’s information beneficial.

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3 ‘Must-Dos’ for Addressing Digital Transformation Challenges

Digital transformation projects are crucial, with global spending projected to hit $3.4 trillion by 2026. However, they often fail at a rate of about 70%. To enhance success: Employee Buy-in: Acknowledge concerns and establish a change management team to communicate benefits transparently. Identify Processes and Tools: Form a digital transformation office to establish metrics, workstream lifecycles, data capture, and tool selection.

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Digital Health Literacy: Empowering Patients to Navigate Online Health Information Safely

Binfire

Introduction to Online Health Information Safety In today’s digital era, the proliferation of online health information has rendered digital health literacy a crucial skill for individuals seeking to manage their well-being. The accessibility of health-related websites, forums, and social media platforms has empowered patients to actively engage in their healthcare journeys by seeking information online.

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Top 5 Power BI Features for Project Managers: Visualize Your Data Like a Pro

MPUG

Are you tired of drowning in spreadsheets and struggling to translate project data into meaningful insights? As a project manager, clear and concise communication is crucial for success. Enter Power BI, Microsoft’s game-changing data visualization tool designed to empower you to tell your project story effectively. But with a vast array of features, where do you begin?

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15 Recruiting Tools to Use in 2024

Teamweek

It might feel easy to dip into despair every time you hear about a new technology threatening to make us all redundant and take over the world, but humans and technology actually make a great team — especially as a recruiter. With the right recruiting tools, you can let the robots do the heavy lifting while achieving better results for your team and candidates.

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Minimum Viable Product or Minimum Inspectable Increment

Scrum.org

If you’ve used agile, you’ve heard of creating the minimum viable product (MVP). MVP has been thrown around so much and for so long that the term’s original power is lost. The original intent is that if you make an MVP, you are making something valuable that your customers can use, albeit without many bells and whistles. Unfortunately, the phrases “minimum viable product” or “minimum valuable product” is open to interpretation, especially when the phrases’ intent isn’t clear.

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From Concepts to Actionable Insights: Powering Digital Transformation Success

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

70% of most digital transformation projects fail. Learn how you can quickly improve that success rate. To be successful, digital transformation involves the strategic application of digitalization to improve a business’ entire system of production, procurement, sales, operations, human resources, and financial management. In short, to basically transform the way a company makes money and delivers value to customers.