2024

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What Is Kanban? Meaning, Definitions & Best Practices

ProjectManager.com

Kanban is all the rage in project management. In fact, kanban has grown so much in popularity, there are now countless project management tools to help people plan and prioritize tasks on kanban boards, which are visual panels with virtual cards that can be moved around by the user to arrange orders of tasks or to-do items. If you’re not familiar with this methodology, there’s a high chance you’re asking yourself “what is kanban” or “what does kanban mean?

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The secret weapon to precise project planning: Parametric estimating (with examples!)

Rebel’s Guide to PM

What is parametric estimation? Parametric estimating is a form of project estimation that works for time, resource and cost estimates. It uses parameters (characteristics) to create estimates based on what you already know, so in that respect it’s useful for a project manager because it’s reliable. You get accurate data because they are data-based and thought-through – it’s a quantitative approach.

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Agile is Not. Agile is.

Scrum.org

In today's fast-paced and ever-changing business environment, organizations continuously seek ways to enhance their productivity, flexibility, and ability to deliver value. Agile ways of working have emerged as a popular approach to address these challenges, but there are still many misconceptions about what Agile truly represents. This article aims to clarify these misconceptions by exploring what Agile is not and what Agile is, providing a clearer understanding of its principles and practices.

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IPM Day 2024: 20 Years of Recognizing Project Managers for their Outstanding Contributions to the World

The IIL Blog

By E. LaVerne Johnson Founder, President, and CEO A look back at the history, impact, and evolution of International Project Management Day, and what lies ahead for the profession. What is IPM Day and Why It Matters The International Project Management Day (IPM Day) is our way of giving back. We set aside the first Thursday in November each year to recognize the great work that project managers do every day all over the world.

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Demystifying DAPs: A Practical Guide to Digital Adoption Success

Speaker: Pulkit Agrawal

Digital Adoption Platforms (DAPs) are revolutionizing the way organizations interact with and optimize their software applications. As digital transformation continues to accelerate, DAPs have become essential tools for enhancing user engagement and software efficiency. This session is your guide into the robust world of DAPs, exploring their origins, evolution, and the current trends shaping their development.

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How to do customer acquisition the right way in 2024

Planio

You can build the best product in the world, but without a solid customer acquisition strategy (and the right team to pull it off), no one will ever use it. But customer acquisition isn’t just about getting users for your product — it can be life or death for your company as a whole. In the last five years, the average cost of acquiring a new customer has increased by a staggering 60%.

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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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Top 15 Capacity Planning Tools for Your Business [2024]

Epicflow Blog

Capacity planning is a crucial practice for organizations aiming to optimize resources, adapt to changing business needs, and deliver projects on time and within budget. However, with an increasing number of projects and limited resources engaged in other projects, effective capacity planning becomes a significant challenge. This is where a robust capacity planning solution comes into play.

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Navigating the Human Element in Agile: A Deep Dive into Team Dynamics and Collaboration

NimbleWork

The Agile project management methodology encourages organizations to empower teams with clear responsibility and authority, so they can work together to autonomously develop ingenious and innovative solutions. From the workforce perspective, this requires trust between team members, cross-functional teams, business executives and stakeholders. It also requires a structured mechanism for collaboration and information sharing, a guiding framework that maps interdependencies between individuals and

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Understanding Activities

MPUG

Project management is a complex undertaking that requires careful planning, execution, and monitoring. One of the key components of successful project management is breaking the project down into smaller, manageable activities. This not only helps in tracking progress and identifying potential issues, but also ensures that the project is completed on time, within scope, and to the desired quality standards.

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Provide Real Value in Your Applications with Data and Analytics

The complexity of financial data, the need for real-time insight, and the demand for user-friendly visualizations can seem daunting when it comes to analytics - but there is an easier way. With Logi Symphony, we aim to turn these challenges into opportunities. Our platform empowers you to seamlessly integrate advanced data analytics, generative AI, data visualization, and pixel-perfect reporting into your applications, transforming raw data into actionable insights.

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Cumulative Cost and Budget Spreadsheet Tool

PM Times

As both a Project Management practitioner and a College Professor and University Instructor, I have found that there are very few simple-to-use templates for creating a time-based project schedule and budget. This package has a series of 4 Excel spreadsheets (but any standard spreadsheet program should also work) that allow a student or practitioner to […] The post Cumulative Cost and Budget Spreadsheet Tool appeared first on Project Management Articles, Webinars, Templates and Jobs.

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How to Prioritize Tasks With Personal Kanban Boards

ProjectManager.com

It’s Friday evening, 6:00 pm and you’re watching the clock while stuck in a meeting that feels like it’ll never end. Even worse, you have a bunch of tasks that haven’t been completed, invoices to file and reports to create. You’re so busy that in reality, you get nothing done. If this is your case, a personal kanban board could help you plan, schedule and track all these tasks so you can manage your workload without feeling overwhelmed.

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Project Management Job Titles: Understanding the Types of Roles in Project Management

Rebel’s Guide to PM

If you’re searching for a project management job, you’ve no doubt come across a range of different job titles. Which one should you go for? The ‘project manager’ job descriptions have a wide variety of roles and duties, which can make it hard to know what’s right for you. And therein lies the challenge. What ‘project manager’ means to one business will be slightly different to how another company uses the term.

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You can't skip Refinement

Scrum.org

Some teams think that if they skip refinement, they're saving time, but that's not true at all. Teams must understand what is needed before they can deliver value. Refinement will happen. It's just a matter of whether it will be done in Sprint Planning, during the Sprint, or whether you will do it in advance of the Sprint as part of regular, planned refinement activities.

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Your Guide To Transitioning Into Product Management: Essentials For New PMs

Speaker: Leslie Grandy, Product Executive & Drew Weaver, Senior Program Manager

Are you considering a shift to product management or just starting your journey as a Product Manager? Join Leslie Grandy and Drew Weaver for an insightful webinar designed to help you seamlessly transition into this dynamic role. Whether you're looking to pivot your career or enhance your existing skills, this session will equip you with the knowledge and tools to succeed!

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10 Emerging Project Management Trends In 2024.

The IIL Blog

By Elissa Farrow, Ph.D. and Harold Kerzner, Ph.D. December 13, 2023 Introduction Project management, is a dynamic field, continually evolving in response to changing business needs and technological advancements. Stepping into 2024, we believe that the project management trends will reflect a notable shift from traditional methodologies towards more dynamic, business-focused, and people-centric approaches.

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What makes a good manager? 9 essential qualities and skills

Planio

Managers who build trust, provide mentorship, and inspire those around them drive a 70% increase in their team’s productivity and engagement. But unfortunately, it’s an upside many managers miss out on. In reality: Nearly half of all employees say they simply don’t trust their manager to have their back. Despite a busy workload and multiple responsibilities, the best managers find a way to blend their hard and soft skills to deliver on their goals while providing support, direction, and guidance

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What is the Difference between Organizational Change and Business Transformation?

Online PM Courses

Organizational Change and Business Transformation are terms Project Managers encounter. It can be tricky to distinguish them. Let’s have a go. The post What is the Difference between Organizational Change and Business Transformation? appeared first on OnlinePMCourses.

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Exploring the Benefits of an Agile Application Modernization Approach

Leading Agile

Suppose you are a leader at a company that developed an important application over an extended timeframe: 10, 20, or even 30+ years. Maybe this system is used internally as a critical part of operating your business. Perhaps it is sold to other companies. Unless you have been constantly refactoring and modernizing this asset over its history, problems begin to emerge: On-premises infrastructure costs are not competitive.

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Don’t Get Left Behind: Leveraging Modern Product Management Across the Organization

Speaker: Kat Conner

The challenge of delivering the right product at the right time while aligning with strategic objectives is more pressing than ever. Product management is evolving and gaining greater recognition as the means to creating this connection. Join our upcoming webinar and learn how to streamline your product development processes, infuse product thinking across the organization, and bridge the gap between vision and delivery.

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How to Manage Competing Priorities: 5 Effective Strategies and 5 Tips to Prevent Them

Epicflow Blog

Whether at work or in everyday life, we don’t like to appear in situations where we don’t know which way to turn because there are too many tasks, and everything is important. However, it’s common in the modern fast-paced project environment — overlapping deadlines, the same resources required for several projects, or competing stakeholder requirements, to name a few.

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Transitioning from Waterfall to Agile: Strategies for Success

NimbleWork

As the Agile project management framework reaches adoption maturity at lean, progressive and disruptive startup firms, many teams at established organizations are struggling to fully embrace the Agile project management framework at scale. This is substantiated by the fact that large enterprises are slow to embrace change, and Agile is predominantly driven by a shift in mindset, culture and process of operating at speed.

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Scope Creep: How to Prevent a Major Source of Project Failure

MPUG

Why do projects go wrong? One major reason is scope creep. Stakeholders keep adding work for the team, without providing the extra resources they need, or enough time to do it. In the end, something has to give, and sometimes that results in an obvious project failure. This is scope creep, and we need to stop it. What is Scope Creep? At some point early in the development of a project, we need to establish the scope of that project.

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The Rhinoceros In The Room (Risk Analysis and How to Tame Your “Unicorn”)

PM Times

Imagine going to the pet rescue organization in your town to get a new pet, and you look at several adorable dogs and cats, and then the staff person says, “Well, there’s one that we’re not sure we’re going to be able to find a home for. Would you like to see him?” You’re there […] The post The Rhinoceros In The Room (Risk Analysis and How to Tame Your “Unicorn”) appeared first on Project Management Articles, Webinars, Templates and Jobs.

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The Project Clinic: Assessing Project Health, Planning, and Execution

Speaker: Ketan Jahagirdar

Picture your projects as patients, each with its own unique rhythm and pulse, thriving under your care 🥼 🩺 Step into the role of an innovative project doctor in our upcoming webinar! This session is your guide to evaluating the health of your projects through Waterfall and Agile practices like Scrum and Kanban. We’ll explore the vital signs of project success through the lens of the “iron triangle” metrics, using deliverables as tracers.

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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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20 Practical tips to get (and stay) organized at work

Rebel’s Guide to PM

What is the best way to get organized at work? Well, the answer, as with so many personal productivity things, is that it depends. However, given that a study by Alteryx and IDC shows that being digitally disorganized can cost you up to 14 hours per week ! You'll see a very fast return once you start trying to be more organized in your job. While there isn't a once-size-fits-all approach, there are some good practices and tried-and-tested methods that you can have a go at.

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The Psychological Aspects of Estimation

Scrum.org

Estimation is often viewed through the lens of techniques and tools. However, an often overlooked dimension is the psychological aspect. Understanding the human psychology behind estimation can lead to better team dynamics and, ultimately, more successful projects. This article delves into the psychological factors influencing Estimation and how to leverage them for better outcomes.

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Agile Beyond IT: Lean Thinking

The IIL Blog

By Alan Zucker Agile is a mindset described by a set of values and principles. It traces its roots to Lean, which is also foundational to other modern management theories. Lean’s primary focus is delivering value quickly and eliminating waste. Toyota was a Lean pioneer. Out of necessity, it needed to be very efficient to compete. It dramatically decreased the cost of rework by building quality into every process step.

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Toward a Unified Project Management Understanding

The objective of this research is to dispel misunderstandings about crucial project management terms and their definitions. It aims to accurately place these terms and facilitate a comprehensive global understanding of their meanings.