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  • Lean Kanban Central Europe Leadership Track

    Pawel Brodzinski on Software Project Management
    Pawel Brodzinski
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:56 am
    There’s a question I get asked pretty frequently: which conference I would recommend to attend. Of course the answer is always contextual but surprisingly often after some further inquiry I recommend Lean Kanban Central Europe. On one hand it’s the content. Even today I remember all the keynotes from the first LKCE three years ago. That’s how much that stuck. Since then the program was only getting better. Then, there is exposure to new ideas. Lean Kanban series of conferences are surprisingly consistent when it comes to bringing to the mix new concepts, models and methods. One can bet…
  • Portfolio Kanban and Doing the Right Thing

    Pawel Brodzinski on Software Project Management
    Pawel Brodzinski
    2 Nov 2014 | 12:35 pm
    There’s an ongoing discussion that I occasionally refresh with Markus Andrezak on usefulness of applying Kanban to manage portfolio and generally to the process of figuring out which products should be built. What is Portfolio One obvious thing that we can start with is focusing on a specific context. After all portfolio is a pretty loaded word and it is used in all sorts of situations. While my goal isn’t to boil down portfolio discussion to only few available options I see at least three distinctively different cases. There are organizations that ore focused on project work. A typical…
  • Happiness Index as Team Sustainability Metric

    Pawel Brodzinski on Software Project Management
    Pawel Brodzinski
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:46 pm
    One of the discussions that happened during Don Reinertsen’s product development workshop was the one about absorbing turbulence. Absorbing turbulence is a metaphor for how well a team deals with unplanned variability of the process. These would be situations like arrival of a bigger batch of features to build, or especially complex work items, etc. Normally, every team is suitable to absorb some turbulence. Beyond that point this capability will not be sufficient and the situation would quickly escalate. A good example may be that the team would gracefully deal with some additional…
  • Ubuntu and Servant Leadership Styles of Leading

    Project Management Articles - PM Hut
    PM Hut
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:52 am
    Ubuntu and Servant Leadership Styles of Leading By Iris Billy Markets and workforces are increasingly global and diverse and it is clear that change is so rapid that leaders cannot hope to keep pace with all developments, much less be responsible for the innovation needed to keep ahead of them. For leaders and decision makers who practice [...]
  • Don’t Let Your Decisions Stress You Out

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    Ben Ferris
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:38 am
    We all know that the project manager job can be stressful and perhaps the part of it which usually causes most stress is around the decision making aspect. This is when you need to take responsibility for the project and work out how to take it forward in the right way. If this part of the role is causing you sleepless nights and worry filled days then maybe it is time that you found a way to stop your decisions stressing you out so much. Here are a few of the best methods for doing this which I have come across. Know What You Are Deciding The most frightening part of making a decision is…
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    PMWorld Library

  • Emils Pulmanis appointed International Correspondent for PM World in Latvia

    SohhoS
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:53 pm
      PM PEOPLE NEWS Professional leader and PhD Candidate at University of Latvia to report project management news from Riga 19 November 2014 – Dallas, USA and Riga, Latvia – PM World has announced that Emils Pulmanis has agreed to serve as an international correspondent for the PM World Jou...
  • Free Project Management Books for November Drawing Announced

    SohhoS
    7 Nov 2014 | 1:09 pm
      PM PUBLISHING NEWS Eight program and project management books offered for end of November drawing; winners to receive a free book 1 November 2014 – Dallas, Texas, USA – PM World has announced the books to be offered for the November 2014 drawing in the FREE BOOKS program through the PM Wor...
  • Call for Papers for December PM World Journal

    SohhoS
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:51 am
      CALL FOR PAPERS PMWJ invites articles and papers to highlight project management achievement and lessons learned during 2014 26 October 2014 – Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World is inviting authors around the world to submit new works for publication in the December edition of the PM World ...
  • Testing PMWL Repost

    SohhoS
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:38 pm
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    Pawel Brodzinski on Software Project Management

  • Happiness Index as Team Sustainability Metric

    Pawel Brodzinski
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:46 pm
    One of the discussions that happened during Don Reinertsen’s product development workshop was the one about absorbing turbulence. Absorbing turbulence is a metaphor for how well a team deals with unplanned variability of the process. These would be situations like arrival of a bigger batch of features to build, or especially complex work items, etc. Normally, every team is suitable to absorb some turbulence. Beyond that point this capability will not be sufficient and the situation would quickly escalate. A good example may be that the team would gracefully deal with some additional…
  • Two Rules of Autonomy

    Pawel Brodzinski
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:23 pm
    One thing that we are doing at Lunar Logic is we evolve toward no management model of leadership. This means a lot of small changes that all happen with the same attitude at heart: to distribute more and more decision-making power across the whole company. This by the way also means systematically stripping down the management from that power. The latter is easy in our case as the management is limited to me and I kind of launched the whole process. I would have to be either a hypocrite or a schizophrenic to resist the changes. Luckily enough I believe I’m neither. (Unless that other me has…
  • Portfolio Kanban and Doing the Right Thing

    Pawel Brodzinski
    2 Nov 2014 | 12:35 pm
    There’s an ongoing discussion that I occasionally refresh with Markus Andrezak on usefulness of applying Kanban to manage portfolio and generally to the process of figuring out which products should be built. What is Portfolio One obvious thing that we can start with is focusing on a specific context. After all portfolio is a pretty loaded word and it is used in all sorts of situations. While my goal isn’t to boil down portfolio discussion to only few available options I see at least three distinctively different cases. There are organizations that ore focused on project work. A typical…
  • Lean Kanban Central Europe Leadership Track

    Pawel Brodzinski
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:56 am
    There’s a question I get asked pretty frequently: which conference I would recommend to attend. Of course the answer is always contextual but surprisingly often after some further inquiry I recommend Lean Kanban Central Europe. On one hand it’s the content. Even today I remember all the keynotes from the first LKCE three years ago. That’s how much that stuck. Since then the program was only getting better. Then, there is exposure to new ideas. Lean Kanban series of conferences are surprisingly consistent when it comes to bringing to the mix new concepts, models and methods. One can bet…
  • Practices, Principles, Values

    Pawel Brodzinski
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:46 am
    I was never a fan of recipes. Even less so when I heard that I have to apply them by the book. What I found over years was that books rarely, if ever, describe a context that is close enough to mine. This means that specific solutions wouldn’t be applicable in the same way as described in the original source. This is why I typically look for more abstracted knowledge and treat more context-dependent advice as rather inspiration that a real advice. From what I see that’s not a common attitude. I am surprised how frequently at conferences I would hear an argument that the sessions weren’t…
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    Project Management Articles | Project Smart

  • Portland, Maine...I Don't Know Where That Is

    10 Nov 2014 | 8:13 am
    You know those times when a project customer wants something on a project that no one on your team has ever heard of? No one has checked out that technology. No one is even sure that what they are asking for is even possible...let alone practical. You're tempted to say, "What are you even talking about?!?" What do you do? You certainly don't want to seem ignorant or agree to something you don't know much about.
  • The Four Stages of Recovering a Project

    9 Nov 2014 | 9:32 am
    If a project is in trouble, the project manager needs to work to recover it and get the schedule back on track. Hopefully, it's not too late to still meet the project deadlines and goals. Performing a project recovery is not a fun or easy task, but setting out a simple track to follow will help the project manager recover the project. And it always feels good to save the day on a project.
  • How to Avoid 12 Common Mistakes in Project Management

    8 Nov 2014 | 11:05 am
    Every project manager potentially faces countless mistakes that affect projects, cause delays and, in some cases, contribute to complete project failure. In this article, I take a back-to-basics look at why so many organisations run projects poorly. I also offer solutions to tighten up the PM process. Here are 12 common mistakes in project management—and how you can avoid them.
  • What Do Best Practices Mean to You?

    1 Nov 2014 | 4:04 am
    I think best practices – as they pertain to project management – can be just about anything that makes sense, gets the job done efficiently, keeps your projects on track, and your customers happy. That said, not everything applies. Giving each customer Starbucks gift cards is a nice gesture, but doesn't really fall under "best practices." Pure and simple, there are some fundamental concepts on how to best proceed on an activity.
  • 4 Reasons for Missed Project Deadlines and How to Get Back on Track — Part 2

    18 Oct 2014 | 12:16 pm
    In Part 1 of this two-part series, we looked at the first two of what I consider to be the four main reasons that project deadlines are usually missed. I welcome your input. There are nearly limitless reasons project deadlines are missed. I'm sure you have lots of experiences to share. I'm generalising here to keep this series from becoming an actual book, but let's share and discuss as well.
 
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    The Tao of Project Management

  • Bonfire Night

    14 Nov 2014 | 9:51 am
    Topsham Rugby Club have one of, if not the finest bonfire nights and firework displays in the South West of England and this year I volunteered to help. It was all fairly hectic on the night and we held a wash up meeting on Wednesday to review it. Just like a post project review and there were a lot of interesting learnings from it but I want to pick just one:In previous years I understand it was run on a fairly dictatorial manner with one person pulling all the strings. This year we just trusted the team to get on with things and lo and behold it worked! So the way is once again…
  • PMI Netherlands Summit

    17 Oct 2014 | 2:02 am
    I was pleased once again to be invited to join the PMI Netherlands Summit blog team for 2015. In the immortal words of the song: "This could be the last time."This year's PMI Netherlands Summit 2014 was again a success for the PMI Netherlands Chapter and CKC Seminars and, based on this, they are already preparing for the next edition on:Thursday, June 11th 2015 Conference Center Spant! in Bussum, The NetherlandsThe central theme of the 2015 edition is: The secret of Project Management; next practices demystified (and I am all for demystifying project management).Conference…
  • Ending and Beginning

    3 Oct 2014 | 4:55 am
    Last week’s blog (81) was a reflection on the last chapter of the Tao so we have come to the end of the cycle, but out of the ending comes a new beginning.  Life, learning and project management are very much like the four seasons:  Spring  We are born and try things out to see what happens and through this we begin to understand how things work.  Summer  We continue to develop, ripen and blossom into maturity.  Autumn  We grow older, wiser and start to reflect on our experiences.  Winter  We have fulfilled our purpose so we wither and die.
  • 81: The Reward

    26 Sep 2014 | 8:27 am
    Chapter 81 is the final chapter in the Tao and likewise this blog.  The ProjectHaving just completed Project Program and Portfolio Management in easy steps, I particularly enjoyed saying thank you to the friends and colleagues who helped me along with the publisher, who as ever added some nice touches with their illustrations on the chapter heading pages.  Despite some problems along the way, the project was successful and the whole team can take the credit for that as they did it.  The next project is to plan and execute an update to Agile Project Management in easy steps with…
  • 80: A Simple Life

    19 Sep 2014 | 6:53 am
    Keep It Simple Stupid (KISS) is one of my favourite acronyms.  As project managers, if we want to be free we must act and live simply.  The poor project manager tries every new tool that appears and reads every new project management book that comes out, hoping it will give him the edge.  The world is always full of new and exciting things, so what?  The Way  The wise project manager is happy to use whatever he has and is content with wherever he is. There is no point in trying to solve a problem by moving somewhere else, changing employers or friends.  He knows…
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    IT Management & Trends Blogs

  • Top 10 Predictions for the ERP Software Industry in 2015

    26 Nov 2014 | 2:11 am
    Another year is about to draw to a close, which is always a good time to look back on accomplishments from the last year and look forward to the upcoming new year. In 2014, much in the ERP software industry stayed the same, but plenty of things changed as well.
  • Top 10 Predictions for the ERP Software Industry in 2015

    26 Nov 2014 | 2:11 am
    Another year is about to draw to a close, which is always a good time to look back on accomplishments from the last year and look forward to the upcoming new year. In 2014, much in the ERP software industry stayed the same, but plenty of things changed as well.
  • Workstation Documentation for Disaster Recovery

    24 Nov 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Each network workstation should be documented, and that documentation should be kept within easy reach of that workstation as well as in a central location accessible to the LAN administrator and support staff. The information should include: 1....
  • Server Documentation for Disaster Recovery

    23 Nov 2014 | 11:20 am
    Each network file server, communications server, host or other server should be fully documented, and that documentation should be put in a binder that is kept within easy reach of that file server. The information should include:    ...
  • Documenting Cabling for Disaster Recovery

    20 Nov 2014 | 2:27 pm
    With today's cabling systems, cabling is one of the easiest parts of your network to document. Proper cabling documentation is one of the best ways to cut troubleshooting time. Unfortunately, most cabling systems are not properly documented. Here are...
 
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    Project Management Articles - PM Hut

  • Ubuntu and Servant Leadership Styles of Leading

    PM Hut
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:52 am
    Ubuntu and Servant Leadership Styles of Leading By Iris Billy Markets and workforces are increasingly global and diverse and it is clear that change is so rapid that leaders cannot hope to keep pace with all developments, much less be responsible for the innovation needed to keep ahead of them. For leaders and decision makers who practice [...]
  • Communication Not Collaboration

    PM Hut
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:22 am
    Communication Not Collaboration By Demian Entrekin When we talk about “collaboration”, we are also talking about communication. In our view, “collaboration” is a part of the broader topic of communication. Collaboration is essential to how we work, but effective communication remains the overarching goal. We want to be able to separate the signal from the noise. At our [...]
  • Relational Leadership

    PM Hut
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:13 am
    Relational Leadership By Iris Billy The perspective of relational leadership is defined as a pattern of relationship between workers and managers to determine what is to be done and how to do it (Gergen, 2010). Each party learns from the other, with workers contributing the more focused in-depth knowledge associated with their roles while managers contribute the [...]
  • Inquiry: A Better Way to Work in a Team

    PM Hut
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Inquiry: A Better Way to Work in a Team By George Ellis It’s a common problem: you have an idea that you want to sell inside your company. It might be for a new product or to purchase a new software tool or to create a pricey training event. Anytime you think big, expect push back. First, [...]
  • 4 Keys to Leading

    PM Hut
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:46 am
    4 Keys to Leading By Chevine Anderson Leading is a hard job and an enriching choice, but it is also based on being able to make hard choices. When desire and skill meet, you have a leader and a leader needs tools to accomplish their goals. While working with leaders, as a consultant, for numerous years has [...]
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    Project, Program and Portfolio Management

  • Women in IT offers R30k bursary

    18 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Female representation in IT is not where it should be, says Nonceba Rasmeni, project manager at WIIT. Women in IT (WIIT) is offering a bursary to a young woman studying towards an IT qualification and entering her final year of study in 2015.
  • ‘Water knife’ machine to help with road repair projects

    17 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
      Shanghai’s road construction authority will use an innovative water-cutting technique to repair elevated highways, bridges and tunnels across the city next year in an effort to reduce noise.
  • Virtual Conference Marks International Project Manager Day

    17 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Yale University has issuead the following news release: The first International Project Managers Day at Yale, an event for the Yale Project Manager community coordinated by Yale ITS Project Management representatives, took place on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at Yale’s West Campus conference center. Attendees from across the university enjoyed talks on expanding knowledge and building skills specific to project management.
  • From design to delivery; Infrastructure mega schemes drive demand for project managers to lead and coordinate the whole process, writes Wong Yat-hei

    15 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    With several huge local infrastructure projects in the works, such as the proposed third runway at Chek Lap Kok airport and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge, project managers are in high demand. Aedas is an international architecture and design practice actively looking for architects with project management experience to manage projects in Hong Kong and Macau. Frank McGoldrick, a director on the global board at Aedas, sees many opportunities for international architects to flourish and contribute to the built environment worldwide. This is especially true in Asia, where massive urbanisation…
  • Texas: Applied Project Management Forum

    15 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    The University of Texas at Dallas, The state of Texas has issued the following news release: Applied Project Management ForumTuesday, Nov 186 p.m. - 8 p.m. Location: JSOM 1.118
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    The Project Management Podcast

  • Episode 297: Still No Time to Manage Project Requirements (Free) #PMOT #PMICongress

    23 Nov 2014 | 11:14 pm
    Play Now: This Interview with Elizabeth Larson was recorded at the PMI Global Congress 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. Many of us know that poor requirements management is a major source of failed projects. But who has time to manage requirements? Elizabeth's presentation "Still No Time to Manage Requirements - My Project Is Later Than Ever" and our interview answers frequently asked questions about requirements management. Why should we manage requirements? What is the definition of requirements management? Do we really need a requirements management plan? How does business analysis play into…
  • Episode 296: Five PM Competencies to Successfully Drive Strategic Initiatives (Free)

    16 Nov 2014 | 11:14 pm
    Play Now: This Interview with Jack Ferraro was recorded at the PMI Global Congress 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. Project leaders are needed to lead and sustain strategic efforts by creating experiences that initiate the transformation of people - starting with themselves - then systems and, ultimately, the organization. The qualities that make the strategic project leader unique are efficiency, customization, foresight, and connectedness. In our interview Jack Ferraro explains the five competencies that a project leader needs to lead strategic initiatives. These competencies enable building and…
  • Episode 295: PMI Certifications and their Value for Your Project Management Career (Free)

    16 Nov 2014 | 11:14 pm
    Play Now: This Interview with Frank Schettini was recorded at the PMI Global Congress 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. Frank Schettini is Vice President of Information Technology for the Project Management Institute (PMI). But our interview has nothing to do with IT whatsoever. Instead, we focus on PMI's suite of professional certifications and their value to project managers in their careers. We begin by discussing the 30th anniversary of the Project Management Professional (PMP) credential and if the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) will ever overtake the PMP certificate. Then we switch…
  • Episode 294: The PM Role in a Lean and Agile World (Free)

    11 Nov 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Play Now: This Interview with Dave Cornelius was recorded at the PMI Global Congress 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. The project manager is a highly skilled knowledge worker who has received rigorous training and knowledge in the process of achieving a globally recognized certification. At the same time, in the lean and agile world, the project manager does not have an official role. The project manager’s role is distributed between the agile team members. However, the knowledge and skills obtained through certification is transferable in the lean and agile organization. In a competitive business…
  • Episode 292: Tap Your Interpersonal Skills to Shine as a Project Manager (Free)

    7 Nov 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Play Now: This Interview with Kristy Tan Neckowicz and Dev Ramcharan was recorded at the PMI Global Congress 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. In their presentation, Kristy Tan Neckowicz (http://www.linkedin.com/in/kristytanpmp) and Dev Ramcharan reviewed harnessing leadership skills necessary to advance your PM career and shine in your role, how to hone your interpersonal and communications skills to manage teams and stakeholders and discussed ways to realize the critical importance of coaching and mentoring in your career, to demonstrate value to your organization. And in our interview we open the…
 
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    Better Projects

  • The Lean Startup Gif

    Craig Brown
    6 Nov 2014 | 2:08 am
    Gif from Kotaku
  • A planning technique: Split team planning

    Craig Brown
    3 Nov 2014 | 7:47 pm
    When your team grows too big to have small conversations how do you include everyone in the planning process?This is an idea I had for a team that has grown slightly larger than conversation size. It hasn't been field tested yet, but is an extension of what I have done before to reasonably good results. We will try it out soon and see how it goes. I am sharing it here in case someone else wants to experiment with the method. Let me know your thoughts.What is the opportunity?The situation is that the software development team has grown to about 11 people and when the team come together to plan…
  • The Last Retrospective

    Kelsey van Haaster
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Almost 12 months ago, I wrote a post entitled Installing Scrum, The Hard Way. That post was about the experience of working with a team of people who had accepted the challenge to use an Agile approach to solving a problem of gargantuan proportions, under the most challenging of circumstances. We are now all a year older, many years wiser and have sprinted together 34 times. It is also time for me to say farewell and move on to other opportunities, but before I do there are a few things I would like to put on the record in the form of a thank you note to the team.  Dear team, Even a year…
  • Transcendent Purpose

    Craig Brown
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:42 pm
    You probably know the "What Motivates Us" video; Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose.In the engineering team we work hard on building on an existing culture of autonomy and mastery. Great people are given the latitude to tackle interesting challenges the way they feel is best. We have an egalitarian culture where everyone is encouraged to challenge the status quo and push for what they think this the best way forward. We support team members with training opportunities, on the job coaching, conferences, regular actives like retrospectives and the engineering debrief.Photo by Tim Norris from…
  • When have you helped another team?

    Craig Brown
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:02 pm
    It's all very well getting your own stuff done well and to target, but how often do we stop and ut our own goals aside to help others?When have you helped someone on another team? Share your story below in the comments.
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  • Does a leader really matter? - Part II

    ramadvice
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:30 am
    In the first part of this article on whether a leader really matters we saw the fortunes of Manchester United in successive years under two different leaders. (Does a leader really matter? – Part I) The second of these events is from the arena of politics. Dr. Manmohan Singh took over as the Prime Minister of India on the backdrop of his achievements as Finance Minister when India opened its markets and changed its socialistic stand towards a more capitalistic stand. At that time of his taking over India, the India story was really blooming over a decade of consistent growth under…
  • Effective Issue and Defect management in Engineering and Construction

    webforumblog
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:17 am
    Managing issues and defects in fabrications or snag lists in finished buildings is a vital part of all phases in engineering and construction projects. Whether is it minor amendments to a design model or drawing that need alteration, defects found on a client inspection or general maintenance issues covered under a supplier warranty these all need addressing by the relevant responsible person or allocated resource. How well are these issues managed at the moment in your projects and are they all visible in the same place for management oversight? Can subcontractors and inspectors from other…
  • Technology and management

    Pat Weaver
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:16 am
    As many readers of this blog know, I am interested in history focused on understanding how the professional discipline of project management has evolved over the years. But digging into the history of project management inevitable involves the history of management and the evolution of technology.  And one immutable fact is that every new technology and every new idea creates winners and losers. The new ‘thing’ is implemented using project management processes and overall society benefits. The current collection of ‘history papers’ are freely available for downloading at:…
  • Be Wary of the Big Idea

    Alex P Acton
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    When’s the last time you had a Big Idea? The kind of idea would solve everything, leapfrog the competition or revolutionize your industry. You’ve probably had one or two, or at least listened to a Big Idea pitch from someone you know. I recently came across this piece by Michael Hobbes that makes the case for being wary of those Big Ideas in international development, but truthfully, the implications of Big Ideas echo across all industries. When we get a Big Idea, we suddenly have the answer. The daily grind seems less grindy, and we’ve got that elusive thing that so many meetings and…
  • Management in agile projects

    Christo Martens
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:22 am
    In Scrum there are two management roles: the Scrum Master and the Product Owner. In other methodologies the project manager role is also known. How do and can they coexist? The picture below describes the influence on the project of each management role. Manager lives at the boundary Scrum Master The Scrum Master informs the outside world on the agile way of working of the team. Within the development team he encourages open communication. At the iteration end the Scrum Master organizes a retrospective to let the team reflect themselves. The Scrum Master takes impediments away in order to…
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    Project Management Tips || Project Management, Collaboration and Knowledge Management Blog

  • How to manage dependencies

    Elizabeth Harrin
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:36 am
    Project managers need to be able to manage dependencies because otherwise project delivery is at risk. If you don’t know what items your project relies on from other projects or teams, you can’t plan and manage that work. It falls outside of your project, but not your sphere of influence and it’s important to control dependencies as far as you are able. Of course, some dependencies also fall within your own project: these are the ones that other project managers are relying on. While your project might be able to succeed regardless of the situation with these tasks, the business as a…
  • Don’t skimp on these project areas

    Elizabeth Harrin
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:34 am
    When you are really busy, where should you focus your attention as a project manager? It’s unrealistic to think that you can achieve everything. If you are anything like me you’ll have a really long To Do list and no real chance of getting it all done by the end of the month, let alone the end of the day. Prioritisation is the answer. It’s the only way that you’ll get what needs to happen done while not letting anyone down. When you have to decide between project activities, these are the essentials: communication, risk management, team management and scheduling. If I have to decide…
  • 5 Soft Skills for project issue management

    Elizabeth Harrin
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:56 am
    Last week we looked at the personal qualities that help you manage project risk more effectively. This week I wanted to look at something similar: the skills you need to be able to tackle project issue management effectively. You might think that they are the same but there are some key differences, namely that when you are talking about risk you are talking about things that have not yet happened. When you talk about and need to act on issues, they are very real and are affecting your project right now. Let’s dive in to the 5 soft skills that I think are important for managing project…
  • Personal qualities for project risk management

    Elizabeth Harrin
    5 Nov 2014 | 3:55 am
    Managing risk is often considered a technical project management skill. There is a formal process to move a risk through from a concept or worry that someone has to a fully-analysed potential problem with an action plan, and then through to closure once the mitigation work has completed or the risk has passed. However, there are some important personal qualities, or soft skills, that make some project managers better at managing risk than others. You can learn these – they aren’t innate so it’s perfectly possible to improve your risk management skills by practicing these soft skills and…
  • What is Value Management?

    Elizabeth Harrin
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:48 am
    Value management is something that project managers should be aware of. In fact, the Association for Project Management in the UK has a specific interest group dedicated to value management. It’s a structured approach to defining what value means to a business and that’s essential to make sure that projects are aligned to strategy. A value management framework should give you the ability to define what your company needs, any problems and opportunities and then take these and review what the right solution should be. Sounds difficult? The main problem with value management is that it’s…
 
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  • Happy International Project Management Day

    MMeloni
    4 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Being a project manager is not such a big deal. There are only a few things you need to do. All you have to do is: Create a compelling vision out of the potentially vague set of goals that you have been handed Motivate an already over extended team to work even more hours on […] The post Happy International Project Management Day appeared first on PMStudent.
  • Four Tips to Enhance your Leadership Success

    MMeloni
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:29 am
    How to Lead Like it Matters I received a copy of this article and I thought, “There are some good ideas here, maybe I should write something about this.” Then I realized, I don’t need to write something about this, I just need to share it with you. Enjoy! How to Lead Like it Matters […] The post Four Tips to Enhance your Leadership Success appeared first on PMStudent.
  • A Tale of Two PMOs

    MMeloni
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:14 am
    I recently came across a statistic that states that 50% of all Project Management Offices (PMOs) fail. It seemed high to me. But when I reflected on my own personal experience in setting up two different PMO’s I can tell you that my experience supports that statistic. One PMO was successful and one PMO was […] The post A Tale of Two PMOs appeared first on PMStudent.
  • 4 Ways To Refresh Your PM Career In One Hour

    MMeloni
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Stress is a fact of the project management world. The responsibility to deliver projects, week after week, gradually wears you down. On a Friday morning, you finally deliver a major project. Before you can even start to unwind, someone asks you to join another project. Suddenly, the sweet experience of a well delivered project fades […] The post 4 Ways To Refresh Your PM Career In One Hour appeared first on PMStudent.
  • How Not to Start Off Behind Schedule

    MMeloni
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Last time we discussed strategic reserve time and now we are taking a closer look. If you want to make schedule promises that you can keep then you want to make sure you are really allocating your resources accurately. Project managers all complain that they and their teams are handed unrealistic deadlines. Did it ever […] The post How Not to Start Off Behind Schedule appeared first on PMStudent.
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    Keeping the Peace

  • Thank you for Being Difficult

    admin
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:50 pm
    OK, that probably got your attention! I am not calling you difficult at all. I am noting that sometimes our most challenging people deserve some thanks. Have you ever worked for a horrible boss? Have you ever been stuck on a team with a co-worker who is chronically difficult? What about a family member who sets all of your nerves on edge? It would be amazing if you had not encountered at least one of these scenarios, or at least something very similar. In fact you may have encountered all of them. Here is a trick question for you. When was the last time you thanked one of these pain…
  • A Tale of Two PMOs

    admin
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    I recently came across a statistic that states that 50% of all Project Management Offices (PMOs) fail. That seems so high, but when I reflect on my own personal experience in setting up two different PMO’s I can tell you that my experience supports that statistic. One PMO was successful and one PMO was not. Of course two experiences is hardly a solid scientific sampling. Yet it has prompted me to bring you a tale of two PMOs. The first PMO I was involved in had support from the very top. Our Executive Vice President was very much on board with the idea of the PMO. She could see that…
  • Why Not Do Some Weight Lifting?

    admin
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:59 am
    “There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” – John Holmes What is your exercise plan this week? Will you take a yoga class or do some Pilates? Have a trainer help you with some weight training? I hope you do have time to take a walk or go to the gym or go for a run. This is not just about reminding you to keep in shape. Yes it is a good idea for you to walk to meetings using the long route, or to take the stairs whenever possible. Both of these are good ideas. Being a leader is about mind, body and spirit. I am asking you to consider another…
  • Happy International Project Management Day

    admin
    5 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Being a project manager is not such a big deal. There are only a few things you need to do. All you have to do is: Create a compelling vision out of the potentially vague set of goals that you have been handed Motivate an already over extended team to work even more hours on YOUR project Remind stakeholders that a team allocated 50% cannot complete the project in half the time Stop scope creep while keeping stakeholders happy Constructively manage conflict Squeeze 2 hours of productivity out of every hour your work And be in charge of anything/everything that could possibly somehow be related…
  • Stop Asking Why? NO, Start Asking Why!

    admin
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    “Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.” – Leo Burnett There you are, preparing for your team meeting. You have that one team member who asks questions about almost everything you say. Quite frankly, they make you tired. You find yourself dreading the meeting. You find yourself trying to make sure you have an answer for every potential question that she is going to ask you. Certainly that is very draining. Have you ever stopped to consider why she asks so many questions? Have you had a chance to sit back and look at the…
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    Ron Rosenhead

  • Different country, same project management issues

    Ron Rosenhead
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:53 am
    This last 2 years has seen me visit Switzerland (4 times), Northern Ireland (twice), Amsterdam, USA (3 times) and UAE. (This is in addition to the many different visits to various parts of mainland UK.) The experience has been good and the groups very passionate about learning and project management. I usually include a session on what goes wrong in projects. What … Read More >Related Posts:Getting more for less requires engagement to succeed.Do you really engage with stakeholders?“The problem is not the problem. Your attitude to the…Where’s your project &…
  • Do you really engage with stakeholders?

    Ron Rosenhead
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:48 am
    I came home after a long day looking forward to a lazy evening relaxing. But as I approached my garage (behind my house) the way was blocked by a lorry discharging its load. To explain; there is a building site at the end of the road where a series of apartments is being built (whatever happened to the word flat?). … Read More >Related Posts:Project management terminolgy – what a turn offHow much project management information do you share?Different country, same project management issuesAre you burning out your project managers?What do you need to change to be more effective?
  • So, how good are you?

    Ron Rosenhead
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:57 am
    I said; “So why not score yourself against the criteria you have just developed? “ The course participants launched themselves into the activity and they took it just a bit further than even I imagined! So let me explain what they were actually doing and how it came about. During a recent project management course we were discussing the need … Read More >Related Posts:How often do you take the helicopter view?Good project management skills are not enoughAre people skills the final project management frontier?Do you believe in this project?Who are your good project management…
  • Have you really tested out your project before delivery?

    Ron Rosenhead
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:16 am
    Last weekend saw the UK carry out a national exercise to test out the UK’s plans to tackle Ebola. While often being critical of the government this is a good sign; testing to see how well we deal with a possible outbreak of Ebola. It reminded me of the many occasions during courses, when someone describes a big project that … Read More >Related Posts:Stop that project roll out – ensure you pilot it first.Why is project management so fragmented in companies?Do you carry out a primary survey before starting a project?Project managers need to cope with uncertainty. What…
  • How can you develop your company’s project management culture?

    Ron Rosenhead
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:11 am
    There is a connection between the last two blog posts and this article. Over the last few weeks, I have written a couple of blog posts that have generated a lot of traffic. Why is project management so fragmented in companies? What is OPM? I reflected on these articles, and thought they need a link. For me, the link is … Read More >Related Posts:Why is project management so fragmented in companies?Lost, but we reached our destination. Like your projects?What is OPM?The effect of project and portfolio management on share…Today’s quiz question on project management is…
 
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    the Intervals Blog by Pelago

  • How to Build Long Lasting Client Relationships

    John Reeve
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:49 pm
    The secret to running a successful agency isn’t your great portfolio, newly redesigned web site, or the designer furniture in your office. It’s the relationships you forge with your clients. A bad relationship with a big name client will get you nowhere. But, a good relationship with a smaller client will result in more profitable, sustainable and quality work. A year or two after starting our agency, we learned this lesson the hard way. When a big name client came knocking on our door, we went out of our way to work with them. The promise of including their name and logo on…
  • New Feature: HipChat Integration with the Work Request Queue

    John Reeve
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:05 pm
    The request queue has a new feature that integrates incoming work requests with HipChat, the popular messaging app. When a new work request shows up in your request queue, Intervals will notify your HipChat room. Once the message appears in your HipChat room it becomes part of your chat history, where you can discuss it with your team, and click on the link to view more details and assign the request as a task. An example showing how the notifications will appear in HipChat Integrating your request queue with HipChat is a quick and simple process. To get started using this feature, log in…
  • Intervals October Update

    John Reeve
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:24 pm
    We have some exciting new features to announce this month. Our latest round of updates introduces checklists, a new task snapshot report, and a new Kanban board. In addition, we’ve made several smaller improvements. Read on to find out more… Task Checklists Task checklists make it possible to create one task containing several to-dos, making it easy to see at a glance what’s been done, and what’s still incomplete. This feature is located in the advanced editor when creating or updating a task. Once the checklist has been created, task owners and assignees can mark items…
  • Introducing the Intervals Kanban Board

    John Reeve
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:22 pm
    A new online task management tool using the Agile practice of Kanban. The Intervals team has completed the beta release of our Kanban board. And it’s open to anyone with an Intervals account (Don’t have one? Create one here). Our Kanban board is designed to help you visualize task workflow and interact with tasks using a simple online variation of the card sorting methodology introduced by Toyota over 60 years ago. What is Kanban? Kanban was created by Toyota in the 1950s to help control the logistical chain in a production system. In other words, it helped Toyota become more…
  • New Intervals Feature: Task Checklists

    John Reeve
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Breaking down a project into smaller tasks is a simpler way to structure and manage your workflow. But there are times when you need to break down a task into smaller to-do lists. To accommodate this need, Intervals has added task checklists to the summary and comment fields. Instead of creating one task per to-do, task checklists make it possible to create one task containing several to-dos, making it easy to see at a glance what’s been done, and what’s still incomplete. This feature is located in the advanced editor when creating or updating a task. Then click on the…
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    Project Management Methodologies

  • Four Responsibilities of Executives on Projects

    admin
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:40 pm
    An executive has administrative or supervisory authority in an organization. That authority is used in a number of ways on projects. An executive is typically responsible for the Business Case of a project, which is used to determine whether the project should even be started. Once the project is approved they can impact the success of your project in four key areas. 1. Sponsorship and Funding Every project within a company starts with an idea. It’s hard for that idea to go much further without backing from the right person and some money to make it happen. An executive can provide the…
  • Create Schedule Management Plan

    admin
    3 Nov 2014 | 6:38 pm
    The Schedule Management Plan describes the process used to develop and manage the project schedule. Not all projects need a Schedule Management Plan, but if your project has a complex schedule that requires special handling, you may find this plan helpful. The components of the Schedule Management Plan can include: Roles and responsibilities. You can describe different roles and their ability to access the project schedule. Schedule owner. This is probably the project manager. Who can update? Normally the project manager, but on larger projects it could be more complex. For instance, a…
  • Five Options for Project Start Dates

    admin
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:02 am
    One of the characteristics of a project is that it is a temporary endeavor. In other words there is a start and end-date. This seems simple enough until you start to try to define exactly what these dates mean. Is it after the Project Charter is signed? Is it when the schedule is finalized? There are no universally recommended definition for either date. It depends on each organization and whether there are any implications for choosing one alternative over another. Here are some of the options for identifying the project start-date. The need/idea is generated. The definition you choose can…
  • Seven Components to a Risk Management Plan

    admin
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:34 am
    The Risk Management Plan describes how you will define and manage risk on the project. This document does not actually describe the risks and the responses. This document defines the process and techniques you will use to define the risks and the responses. The information in this plan includes: Roles and responsibilities. This section describes the leading and supporting roles in the risk management process. The project manager typically has overall responsibility for risk management, unless the team is large enough that this role can be delegated to another team member – perhaps a…
  • Five Project Management Mistakes, Mistake 3

    admin
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:34 am
    Mistake #3: Not Keeping Schedule Up-to-Date Many project managers create an initial schedule but then don’t do a good job of updating the schedule during the project. There are trouble signs that the schedule is not being updated. The project manager cannot tell exactly what work is remaining to complete the project. The project manager is unsure whether they will complete the project on-time. The project manager does not know what the critical path of activities is. Team members are not sure what they need to work on next (or even what they should be working on now). It is a problem…
 
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    projectsatwork.com

  • Powered By Purpose

    23 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    How much influence does any one individual have on an organization's culture or values? What about the "culture" of a project or program, from accountability to communication? Here are 10 ways that you can make an impact in establishing a flourishing culture around core values.
  • The Learning Curve

    23 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Organizations can no longer depend on all-knowing leaders or better mousetraps to succeed. In today's rapidly changing marketplace, the only way to develop and sustain a competitive advantage is to create a high-performance learning culture. Here are four fundamental steps to build it.
  • Transformation Troubles

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Large enterprises view Business Transformation as essential to their ability to compete, but struggle with execution, according to a new study by Oracle and Forbes. Here are key findings from the study, including the roles of innovation, risk, and project portfolio management tools.
  • The Turkey Problem

    19 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Sometimes success breeds failure. When project managers blindly apply old methods to new circumstances, they fall victim to the turkey problem. Assuming stability, they don't adapt new frameworks or solutions when warranted. Here are five ways to combine mastery and originality as you approach your next project.
  • The First Jeep, A PM Story

    18 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A new book tells the little-known story of a small team of engineers and designers who created the four-wheel drive, all-terrain vehicle that is credited as one of the reasons the Allies won World War II. Along the way, it provides valuable project management lessons still relevant today.
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    Project Management Professional Mentor-www.ritetracconsult.com.ng;info@ritetracconsult.com.ng

  • PMP Paper Based Test Schedule for Nigeria 2015

    22 Nov 2014 | 7:02 am
    PMP Paper Based Test  Schedule for Nigeria 2015 PMI (Project Management Institute USA) has recently published exam schedules for 2015.This is a great time to plan ahead to write your Certification exams in the coming year.PMP Certification remains the top global certification that is most sought after (Google research to find out)Contact 08037090474 or 08038769323 now if you need any assistance with registration, documenting your 4,500 hours and scheduling your own exam. Call 08037090474 or 08038769323 for a scheduled simulated Mock Exam to ascertain your preparedness for the PMP…
  • Easily earn over 40PDUs between October - December 2014

    8 Oct 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Easily earn over 40PDUs  between October -December 2014Are you bothered about your Professional Development Units?PDUs are for Re-certification on PMI'S Global Certifications.The Five Processes of ITIL Service Operation-October 9th 2014 and Earn 1PDU FREE!http://www.itmpi.org/PMPEducationalCollateral/LiveWebinars%28PDUs%29/WebinarView/tabid/708/ArticleId/9265/The-Five-Processes-of-ITIL-Service-Operation.aspxWe also offer ITIL Foundation and Intermediate Training Services in Nigeria learn moreAttend Saving Troubled Projects by the Risk Managment Community of Practice 14th October 2014 and…
  • Earn Residual Income with Ritetrac Consulting Nigeria Ltd.

    7 Oct 2014 | 12:39 am
    Earn Residual income with Ritetrac Consulting and get paid over and over. Also hiring Digital Marketers with 2years experience!Be financially ready for the holiday season Early!Help us while helping yourself!We are implementing our new affiliate program - you make referrals to companies and individuals needing different levels ofProject Management Consulting Services,training and certification preparation.We offer lucrative bonuses - cash payouts.Let's talk this week. Call for private chat.Ojiugo Ajunwa MBA,PMPRitetrac Consulting Nigeria LtdEarn.www.ritetracconsult.com.ngSkype:…
  • Digital Marketing Training Workshop in Abuja,Nigeria.

    6 Oct 2014 | 2:51 am
    Course Details: Digital Marketing Training Workshop Meet,Greet,Learn and Earn more income in your business while attending our 1st Digital Marketing Training Workshop in Abuja,Nigeria. Course Description:Traditional "outbound" marketing tactics that dominated the pre-digital/ internet world are now alarmingly ineffective. We all have the power to filter out advertising and we're not afraid to use it. The customer is in control. The communications process begins if and when the customer wants. Without advertising. Without phone calls. Without you. Instead of pushing out messages via paid…
  • Career Planning Helpful Tips!

    5 Aug 2014 | 3:03 am
     Career Planning Helpful Tips!Creating a Career plan is actually the first step towards achieving career success.The quote "Fail to plan and plan to fail" says it all.These days with the right knowledge and the right digital technology know-how your Career planning can be achieved effectively.To create a Career plan for yourself subscribe to www.careers.com this website will help you learn how to create a successful CV,prepare for an interview and manage your career.Then there is Linkedin.com which ensures you showcase your profile/work experience to an international audience,join groups…
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    BradEgeland.com - Blog

  • Subjective vs. Objective Project Management

    18 Nov 2014 | 4:44 pm
    Lets start this one off by looking at some definitions… Subjective: based on or influenced by personal feelings, tastes, or opinions. Objective: observable; able to be seen or proven; based on fact. My wife and I got into a bit of a debate the other day on subjectivity vs. objectivity. It centered on the Ebola virus and when you’re symptom free vs. showing symptoms. Since certain symptoms aren’t so black and white like vomiting vs. fatigue, I say symptom-free is subjective. She said that I’m using the term wrong. I’m going to objectively say she’s wrong,…
  • Can Creativity be Counterproductive?

    18 Nov 2014 | 10:56 am
    We want project teams and team members to be thinking outside the box as much as possible when coming up with a solution to a client’s needs. No question about that – it’s part of the “game” of finding the perfect fit for that client to make them happy and feel like they are getting the biggest bang for their buck. So, can creativity be counterproductive? I feel that we can sometimes be overly excited about pleasing our client and showing our creative skills that we can do too much for the client and go out of bounds on what we had agreed to as the scope of work…
  • Client Meetings are Better at Chez Frou: Expense Reports in Workamajig

    18 Nov 2014 | 9:18 am
    Digital media strategy isn’t something that most clients understand without a lot of explaining, and my personal preference is to explain it to them over a nice, long lunch at a reasonably nice restaurant. Of course, after a certain alpaca incident, management cut up the Calico company credit card, so I’m paying for those lunches up front. When you’re paying for things like food and gas out of pocket, you’re concerned about two main things: getting your money back as quickly as possible, and not having to bring in an accountant or your six-year-old daughter to figure…
  • Determing Project Value: The $10,000 iPod!

    3 Nov 2014 | 5:22 pm
    We often make decisions and deals and run projects that may not seem like winners. They may not seem like we’re getting a very good deal in the process. But that may just be a surface view of the project value. In the mid-2000s my wife received a free iPod at the Apple store with her purchase of a new MacBook Pro. She didn't really have a need for it so she gave it to our third oldest son. Eventually he got a newer iPod and gave the free one to his older brother. Then, about 4 or 5 years ago my wife and son came to me wanting to make the iPhone switch. I was still in contract with…
  • Keeping it Simple: Steps to Improve Your PM Way of Life - Part 1

    2 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Work smarter, not harder or longer or crazier… If you’re like me, you try not to take the most difficult route to the end solution.  You try to find an easy, efficient way to solve your problem.  And, if you’re like me, you may still end up taking the hard route, even when you didn’t start out with that intention.  Why?  Well, sometimes it’s stubbornness.  I’ve often thought my own plans were better than someone else’s only to find out in the end that I was wrong.  Sometimes it’s poor planning.  More time…
 
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    Project Management Tips || Project Management, Collaboration and Knowledge Management Blog

  • How to manage dependencies

    Elizabeth Harrin
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:36 am
    Project managers need to be able to manage dependencies because otherwise project delivery is at risk. If you don’t know what items your project relies on from other projects or teams, you can’t plan and manage that work. It falls outside of your project, but not your sphere of influence and it’s important to control dependencies as far as you are able. Of course, some dependencies also fall within your own project: these are the ones that other project managers are relying on. While your project might be able to succeed regardless of the situation with these tasks, the business as a…
  • Don’t skimp on these project areas

    Elizabeth Harrin
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:34 am
    When you are really busy, where should you focus your attention as a project manager? It’s unrealistic to think that you can achieve everything. If you are anything like me you’ll have a really long To Do list and no real chance of getting it all done by the end of the month, let alone the end of the day. Prioritisation is the answer. It’s the only way that you’ll get what needs to happen done while not letting anyone down. When you have to decide between project activities, these are the essentials: communication, risk management, team management and scheduling. If I have to decide…
  • 5 Soft Skills for project issue management

    Elizabeth Harrin
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:56 am
    Last week we looked at the personal qualities that help you manage project risk more effectively. This week I wanted to look at something similar: the skills you need to be able to tackle project issue management effectively. You might think that they are the same but there are some key differences, namely that when you are talking about risk you are talking about things that have not yet happened. When you talk about and need to act on issues, they are very real and are affecting your project right now. Let’s dive in to the 5 soft skills that I think are important for managing project…
  • Personal qualities for project risk management

    Elizabeth Harrin
    5 Nov 2014 | 3:55 am
    Managing risk is often considered a technical project management skill. There is a formal process to move a risk through from a concept or worry that someone has to a fully-analysed potential problem with an action plan, and then through to closure once the mitigation work has completed or the risk has passed. However, there are some important personal qualities, or soft skills, that make some project managers better at managing risk than others. You can learn these – they aren’t innate so it’s perfectly possible to improve your risk management skills by practicing these soft skills and…
  • What is Value Management?

    Elizabeth Harrin
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:48 am
    Value management is something that project managers should be aware of. In fact, the Association for Project Management in the UK has a specific interest group dedicated to value management. It’s a structured approach to defining what value means to a business and that’s essential to make sure that projects are aligned to strategy. A value management framework should give you the ability to define what your company needs, any problems and opportunities and then take these and review what the right solution should be. Sounds difficult? The main problem with value management is that it’s…
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    Ron Rosenhead

  • Different country, same project management issues

    Ron Rosenhead
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:53 am
    This last 2 years has seen me visit Switzerland (4 times), Northern Ireland (twice), Amsterdam, USA (3 times) and UAE. (This is in addition to the many different visits to various parts of mainland UK.) The experience has been good and the groups very passionate about learning and project management. I usually include a session on what goes wrong in projects. What … Read More >Related Posts:Getting more for less requires engagement to succeed.Do you really engage with stakeholders?“The problem is not the problem. Your attitude to the…Where’s your project &…
  • Do you really engage with stakeholders?

    Ron Rosenhead
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:48 am
    I came home after a long day looking forward to a lazy evening relaxing. But as I approached my garage (behind my house) the way was blocked by a lorry discharging its load. To explain; there is a building site at the end of the road where a series of apartments is being built (whatever happened to the word flat?). … Read More >Related Posts:Project management terminolgy – what a turn offHow much project management information do you share?Different country, same project management issuesAre you burning out your project managers?What do you need to change to be more effective?
  • So, how good are you?

    Ron Rosenhead
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:57 am
    I said; “So why not score yourself against the criteria you have just developed? “ The course participants launched themselves into the activity and they took it just a bit further than even I imagined! So let me explain what they were actually doing and how it came about. During a recent project management course we were discussing the need … Read More >Related Posts:How often do you take the helicopter view?Good project management skills are not enoughAre people skills the final project management frontier?Do you believe in this project?Who are your good project management…
  • Have you really tested out your project before delivery?

    Ron Rosenhead
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:16 am
    Last weekend saw the UK carry out a national exercise to test out the UK’s plans to tackle Ebola. While often being critical of the government this is a good sign; testing to see how well we deal with a possible outbreak of Ebola. It reminded me of the many occasions during courses, when someone describes a big project that … Read More >Related Posts:Stop that project roll out – ensure you pilot it first.Why is project management so fragmented in companies?Do you carry out a primary survey before starting a project?Project managers need to cope with uncertainty. What…
  • How can you develop your company’s project management culture?

    Ron Rosenhead
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:11 am
    There is a connection between the last two blog posts and this article. Over the last few weeks, I have written a couple of blog posts that have generated a lot of traffic. Why is project management so fragmented in companies? What is OPM? I reflected on these articles, and thought they need a link. For me, the link is … Read More >Related Posts:Why is project management so fragmented in companies?Lost, but we reached our destination. Like your projects?What is OPM?The effect of project and portfolio management on share…Today’s quiz question on project management is…
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    The Critical Path by Derek Huether

  • Time to Replace Backlog Grooming

    Derek Huether
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:18 am
    The Problem Over the last few years, I’ve worked with numerous teams. One thing they all struggle with is backlog grooming.  They all know they need to do it.  Unfortunately, they all seem to struggle with when to do it or who should do it.  The most interesting struggle with backlog grooming happened two years ago.  The “story time” meetings took place at the beginning of a month-long sprint. The manager stated, the work to be completed and delivered during that sprint had to be refined within the same sprint.  This helped explain why the team thought they needed…
  • How to Add cards to a Kanban Board With Your Voice

    Derek Huether
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:44 pm
    I’m a fan of LeanKit, Personal Kanban, and Lifehacker.  So, what about adding cards to a Personal Kanban with no hands? My LeanKit Personal Kanban It’s an awesome tool. It allows me to visualize and control my work, through a web page or any of my Apple devices.  It doesn’t matter if I’m at home or work, I’m just trying to get stuff done and know what I need to do next.  Unfortunately, I’m not always at home or work.  I’m on the road.  I commute 1.5 to 2 hours (each way) to be with my client every day.  What can I say, I feel I can help my…
  • Vote for my AgileDC Personal Kanban Workshop

    Derek Huether
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:19 pm
    Submitting my Personal Kanban workshop to AgileDC This year, AgileDC will be held October 21 at the Kellogg Conference Center at Gallaudet University.  Coming off the popularity and success of my Personal Kanban workshop at Agile2014, I decided to submit an encore workshop to the AgileDC conference I need your help! Unlike in prior years where the conference organizers picked who would make the cut and who would not, this year it appears they are using Conference Engine and crowd sourcing it.  How does it work? 1. Click on the link that takes you to my session…
  • Feedback from Agile2014 Personal Kanban workshop

    Derek Huether
    10 Aug 2014 | 12:49 pm
    The votes and comments are in! A little over a week ago, I led a Personal Kanban workshop at Agile2014.  It was to be both informative and interactive. Below is what Agile Alliance sent me. Dear Derek Huether, Thank you for presenting at the Agile Alliance Agile2014 Conference; your session helped make the conference a real success! Please find attached the raw feedback data (including comments) for your session entitled “At home and work, how to get more stuff done. An introduction to Personal Kanban”, in which 14 attendees left feedback. The feedback questions are based on a 5…
  • Lean Coffee Baltimore Topics for August

    Derek Huether
    9 Aug 2014 | 5:10 am
    Lean Coffee Topics in dot-voted order Lean Coffee is a structured, but agenda-less meeting. Participants gather, build an agenda, and begin talking. Conversations are directed and productive because the agenda for the meeting was democratically generated. We met at Mad City Coffee at 07:30 . We enjoyed an hour and a half of coffee and conversation. August Topics Distributed Teams When everyone in your company is distributed, what are some ways you can stay connected? Paired Programming How do you sell paired programming to your organization? Management sees it as one for the price of two.
 
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    Project Accelerator News

  • Why do we still teach Maslow?

    Adrian Dooley
    3 Nov 2014 | 4:08 am
    This question was recently asked in a LinkedIn forum. It went on to say that Maslow was ‘disproven in the 1950s’ so we should not continue to teach it. In case you didn’t know. Maslow’s ‘hierarchy of needs’ is a theory of motivation published by Abraham Maslow in 1943. It was never based on any empirical research and was, in effect, Maslow’s opinion from his own experience. Its popularity arises from the fact that it ‘feels right’ on an intuitive level. In effect, any ‘disproval’ of Maslow’s theory would be a disproval if his opinion – which doesn’t make sense. But…
  • The six roles of Host Leadership

    Mark McKergow
    3 Nov 2014 | 1:59 am
    Leading a project is rather like hosting a party. The host helps to bring people together, makes sure they have what they need and know what’s expected of them, and then encourage them along the way (without doing all the work). We all know about hosting in some way already, but have you tried applying the same thinking to your project? Let’s look at six different roles which you can take on in hosting your project – we will meet these roles in the example of hosting a party. Which roles are you great at, and which might you want to use more in your project management? In advance The…
  • 5 Lessons to Learn from a Failing Project

    Sharifah Azzurah
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:57 am
    Projects do fail – no matter how big or small the scale of a project, and a Project Manager cannot avoid the risk of a failing project. In 2013, for instance, Avon Products Inc. halted its $125 million SAP system rollout. This “Promise” project was a new sales order management system commenced in 2009 in Canada and took 4 years to complete. The purpose of this new enterprise software system was to build and introduce a “real-time” ordering system via the web and mobile devices. There were multiple vendors involved in the project; SAP for its back-end system and IBM as its front…
  • Project Reports and the PMBOK

    Lynda Bourne
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:40 pm
    One of the less well understood parts of the PMBOK® Guide 5th Edition has been the significant refinement in the way project data is transformed into useful project reports; mainly due to the distributed information.  This short article will map the flow. The starting point is Chapter 3.8 – Project Information Figure 3-5. Project Data, Information and Report Flow © 2013 Project Management Institute This section recognises information changes in character as it is processed: Work performance data is the raw observations and measurements made during the execution of the project work.
  • Is the Future Looking Up for Project Management?

    Guest
    9 Oct 2014 | 3:31 am
    Like many other aspects of business, project management has changed enormously over the years. In recent times, the global economic downturn has had an impact on this area, affecting how businesses conduct their projects, manage and resource the people involved within the projects as well the strategies used to ensure a company stays competitive.   Recent research gathered in the Arras People Project Management Confidence Index report suggests that there is a renewed confidence in the industry following the economic downturn, ensuring that the future is looking positive for project…
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  • Six Myths About the PMP Certification Exam

    Fahad Usmani
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:31 am
    During my PMP exam preparation I encountered many myths regarding the PMP exam and application filing procedure, which causes me a lot of trouble and headaches. I believe that this may happen with you as well. However, if you trust any these rumors, your preparation may be badly affected, you may feel demoralized, and it […]
  • How to Get 21 Contact Hours of the PMI-ACP Training Program Online?

    Fahad Usmani
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:17 am
    Although this blog is dedicated to PMP exam preparation, I have noticed that many project managers are opting for PMI-ACP after passing the PMP exam. The PMI-ACP certification is for agile professionals who want to demonstrate their proficiency in agile project management. Therefore, I’m writing this blog post for those project managers who are interested […]
  • Control Quality versus Validate Scope

    Fahad Usmani
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:13 pm
    While reviewing my old blog posts I noticed a blog post describing the difference between the control quality and verify scope processes based on the fourth edition of the PMBOK Guide. As you know, the 5th edition of the PMBOK Guide has arrived, and it has many changes. The change which forced me to write […]
  • What is a Scatter Diagram (Correlation Chart)?

    Fahad Usmani
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:39 am
    If you ask me which tool out of the seven basic tools of quality looks difficult to understand, my answer would be: scatter diagram. Did you notice that I said, “Which tool looks difficult”? I did not say which tool is difficult to understand, or difficult to draw, or difficult to interpret, etc. Other charts […]
  • Fishbone (Cause and Effect or Ishikawa) Diagram

    Fahad Usmani
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:02 am
    Today we are going to discuss the fishbone diagram, which is one of the seven basic quality control tools. The fishbone diagram is also known as the Ishikawa diagram, cause and effect diagram, fishikawa diagram, and herringbone diagram. It got the name fishikawa because it was developed by Japanese professor Kaoru Ishikawa in 1960, a […]
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  • Different country, same project management issues

    Ron Rosenhead
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:53 am
    This last 2 years has seen me visit Switzerland (4 times), Northern Ireland (twice), Amsterdam, USA (3 times) and UAE. (This is in addition to the many different visits to various parts of mainland UK.) The experience has been good and the groups very passionate about learning and project management. I usually include a session on what goes wrong in projects. What … Read More >Related Posts:Getting more for less requires engagement to succeed.Do you really engage with stakeholders?“The problem is not the problem. Your attitude to the…Where’s your project &…
  • Do you really engage with stakeholders?

    Ron Rosenhead
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:48 am
    I came home after a long day looking forward to a lazy evening relaxing. But as I approached my garage (behind my house) the way was blocked by a lorry discharging its load. To explain; there is a building site at the end of the road where a series of apartments is being built (whatever happened to the word flat?). … Read More >Related Posts:Project management terminolgy – what a turn offHow much project management information do you share?Different country, same project management issuesAre you burning out your project managers?What do you need to change to be more effective?
  • So, how good are you?

    Ron Rosenhead
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:57 am
    I said; “So why not score yourself against the criteria you have just developed? “ The course participants launched themselves into the activity and they took it just a bit further than even I imagined! So let me explain what they were actually doing and how it came about. During a recent project management course we were discussing the need … Read More >Related Posts:How often do you take the helicopter view?Good project management skills are not enoughAre people skills the final project management frontier?Do you believe in this project?Who are your good project management…
  • Have you really tested out your project before delivery?

    Ron Rosenhead
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:16 am
    Last weekend saw the UK carry out a national exercise to test out the UK’s plans to tackle Ebola. While often being critical of the government this is a good sign; testing to see how well we deal with a possible outbreak of Ebola. It reminded me of the many occasions during courses, when someone describes a big project that … Read More >Related Posts:Stop that project roll out – ensure you pilot it first.Why is project management so fragmented in companies?Do you carry out a primary survey before starting a project?Project managers need to cope with uncertainty. What…
  • How can you develop your company’s project management culture?

    Ron Rosenhead
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:11 am
    There is a connection between the last two blog posts and this article. Over the last few weeks, I have written a couple of blog posts that have generated a lot of traffic. Why is project management so fragmented in companies? What is OPM? I reflected on these articles, and thought they need a link. For me, the link is … Read More >Related Posts:Why is project management so fragmented in companies?Lost, but we reached our destination. Like your projects?What is OPM?The effect of project and portfolio management on share…Today’s quiz question on project management is…
 
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  • Tech Partnership Training Fund

    Rex
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:07 am
    This new government fund offers grants of 50% to companies in the UK who invest in IT training. The target is to support development of IT skills which are of strategic importance to business growth and competitiveness. The Tech Partnership fund is administered through e-skills uk. Funding is earmarked either for short courses for existing IT professionals, or for longer term apprenticeship programmes. A fast turn-around, light touch process for assessment of funding applications has been promised. You may apply for up to 50% of the costs of your training, up to a maximum of either £1,000…
  • IT Salaries by Job Title

    Rex
    10 Nov 2014 | 4:47 am
    Our training advisors at FOCUS are often asked about salary prospects for a range of IT and Project Management certifications and job roles. This is beyond our area of expertise but there is good information available. We have summarised data from PayScale which provides some clues as to the salary ranges to expect. Senior software architects and BAs are towards the top of the tree. The Pay Scale data is based on the many people who undertake their online salary check. They show a median for a given job title plus an indicative spread. Clearly there tends to be a range based on experience and…
  • APM Project of the Year 2014 – Dawlish Sea Wall Emergency Works

    Rex
    10 Nov 2014 | 2:55 am
    The Association for Project Management is the leading professional body for project managers in the UK. At the annual APM Awards last week Project of the Year went to Network Rail for their emergency repair of the Dawlish Sea Wall. The Network Rail team also won the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) prestigious Brunel Medal in October. Opened in 1846, the South Devon Railway is the only rail connection from the west country to the rest of the UK. It is accustomed to extreme weather conditions. However, the severity of the storms in February 2014 caused chaos, cutting the west of the region…
  • Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) – Next Step for Scrum Specialists

    Rex
    10 Nov 2014 | 2:13 am
    Certified ScrumMaster is the most popular agile qualification.  It is awarded by the Scrum Alliance – which has a range of certification courses including Certified Scrum Product Owner and Certified Scrum Developer.  There is a higher level qualification which a growing number of agile specialists are working towards.  Certified Scrum Professionals are able to demonstrate a deep knowledge of Scrum and at least 3 years’ experience in Scrum roles. First, let’s clarify the terminology for those less familiar with Scrum: Certified ScrumMaster – CSM The facilitator of a Scrum team. The…
  • Software Testing Spend hits 26% – World Quality Report

    Rex
    7 Nov 2014 | 10:03 am
    The share of IT budgets spent on Software Testing and QA has increased from 18% in 2012 to 26% in 2014. This trend is driven by pressure for companies to ensure an exceptional user experience. Interestingly, more than half of all testing spend now relates to new capabilities, rather than projects to maintain and upgrade legacy systems and applications. Over 93% of organisations surveyed have started to use agile software development methods. The annual World Quality Report is based on a survey of over 1,500 specialists in 25 countries. It is undertaken by Capgemini, Sogeti and HP. The 6th…
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  • 4 Sure-Fire Ways You Can Destroy Team Morale

    Easy Projects
    12 Nov 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Office morale is and always has been a fragile thing. You can start a project with a strong, united team, only to have a collection of backbiting malcontents by the end—if you handle the situation the wrong way. Unfortunately, it’s really easy to do that. Especially if you use one of the guaranteed bad ideas below: You prioritize yourself Leaders are supposed to put their team members first. In a military organization, they’re the ones who eat last, sleep least, and work the most. They put the welfare of their team first. But if you place too much emphasis on what’s important to…
  • Focus Where You Are Free

    Vadim Katcherovski
    7 Nov 2014 | 9:06 am
    Last week I was very fortunate to attend the Mary Heiny Sensei Aikido seminar. Heiny Sensei is an amazing teacher who has been practicing Aikido for over forty-five years, more can be found about her amazing journey here. By the end of the day I had left with lots of great insights into technical and philosophical aspects of Aikido, however there was one idea that really struck close to home. During the practice, Heiny Sensei shared a tip from one of her own teachers: “When someone grabs you, don’t focus where you’ve been grabbed. Focus on where you are free”. Image source:…
  • 4 Mistakes Freshly-Promoted Managers Always Make

    Easy Projects
    5 Nov 2014 | 8:50 am
    Your company has recognized your stellar performance and promoted you to a manager role. Congratulations! This is a great accomplishment, no question. But it’s also going to be a very humbling experience as you stumble through your first few months. Chances are, you have no prior experience managing a team. Now, your organization might provide you with manager training (and if they don’t, ask), but it still takes time to adjust into the new role. And during that time, you’re probably going to make one of these four very common mistakes. Doing Your Old Job The problem with being a…
  • How to Give Bad News to Your Project Sponsor

    Easy Projects
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:08 am
    What happened the last time your project was hit by major problem? Did you have to update your project sponsor? Were you apprehensive about it? Nobody likes reporting bad news, especially when your sponsor is part of upper management. Part of this is the reaction that you get. A bad delivery could damage your reputation, affect your team’s standing, and possibly change the level of support your project sponsor’s willing to give. If the situation is really bad, it could even affect your job security. But there is a way to give bad news that keeps your head on your shoulders. Speak directly…
  • Project Management 101: What is a PICK Chart?

    Easy Projects
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:58 am
    Have you ever had a number of options available to you, but couldn’t decide which one worked best? I’m not talking about trivial decisions like what’s for lunch, or what TV show to watch. I’m talking about the significant, far-reaching choices you make as a project manager: which issue to tackle first, for example, or which project to prioritize. Consider using a PICK chart. What is a PICK chart? The PICK chart is a Lean Six Sigma tool that was first developed by Lockheed Martin for lean production. Its original purpose was for organizing ideas for process improvement and categorizing…
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  • Don’t Let Your Decisions Stress You Out

    Ben Ferris
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:38 am
    We all know that the project manager job can be stressful and perhaps the part of it which usually causes most stress is around the decision making aspect. This is when you need to take responsibility for the project and work out how to take it forward in the right way. If this part of the role is causing you sleepless nights and worry filled days then maybe it is time that you found a way to stop your decisions stressing you out so much. Here are a few of the best methods for doing this which I have come across. Know What You Are Deciding The most frightening part of making a decision is…
  • An Inch Is Better Than a Mile (in the Right Direction)

    Ben Ferris
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:21 am
    In most aspect of life I like to get things done quickly and move onto the next task. Cooking and washing the car, for example, are a couple of tasks which I like to race through as much as possible. However, when it comes to running a project there are times when it is far better to move forward an inch at a time rather than a mile, as long as you are going in the right direction. Get More Quality It can easy for a project to run away from you if you get too far ahead of yourself. If you are trying to finish the whole thing as quickly as possible then you run the risk of letting some aspects…
  • 5 Ways to Stop Being a Project Jerk

    Ben Ferris
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:14 am
    It isn’t impossible to be a project manager and be a good person at the same time. However, when you are under pressure to meet your milestones you might find that you end up being a project jerk at times. The good news is that when this happens you can do something about and start being as likeable as you want to be again. Get the Team Involved One of the worst things you can do when you are in project jerk mode is to take away the chance for your team members to get involved in the best parts of the work. Sure, it would be great to do all the best jobs on your own at times but you…
  • The 5 Top Things You Don’t Want to Hear First Thing in the Morning

    Ben Ferris
    5 Nov 2014 | 3:38 am
    I am a firm believer in the fact that the way you start your day largely defines how it will continue. This is why I hate to hear bad, unexpected things as I sit down with a hot coffee in my hand and switch on my computer. The System’s Down Don’t you just hate it when the system goes down first thing in the morning? At least when it happens later on in the day you will probably be in the swing of things and can carry on without the computer. However, if you are just in and your mind is a blank how you are going to even get started this way? The best suggestion I can come up with is to…
  • Enjoy Your Project Like a 70′s Disco, Dude

    Ben Ferris
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:02 am
    It was with a great deal of trepidation that I slipped on a pair of flared white trousers and attached a chest wig to my body. My best friend was getting married in a week and for his final night out with his friends and work colleagues he had decided to invite us all to a 70s retro night in a local disco. I had never gone to one of these events before and I had never felt any great affection for disco music either. However, I decided to try and enjoy the funky sounds of the Bee Gees and Gloria Gaynor as much as I could out of respect for my friend. In the end I enjoyed it far more than I had…
 
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  • How To Add Contingency Time To Your Schedule

    jason
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:15 am
    Contingency time is what you build into your project in case the project tasks take longer than you expect. I'm often asked what amount of contingency time is appropriate to build into your schedule and I'm sorry to say that I've never come across a scientific foolproof method of calculating how much extra time you should add to your project. The answer unfortunately is always: "It depends."Factors to consider include the level of confidence that the project manager and project team has in the task estimates how complex the project is whether or not the company has any experience in doing…
  • It’s Official: Risk Management Improves Project Success

    jason
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:15 am
    Managing project risk well is essential if you want your project to be successful. Your project is more likely to succeed when you use risk management. We've got the data to prove it. Over 30000 people around the world use ProjectManager.com and analyzing the results from real projects shows us that 78 of successful projects use risk management techniques and tools. It's definitely a technique that you should be using on your projects.Whether you use a spreadsheet that you created yourself or an advanced risk management monitoring tool the basic principles of risk management are the same. Do…
  • Help! I Made A Mistake!

    jason
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:15 am
    We're not all perfect in fact none of us are! Even that manager you admire from afar the one who never makes any mistakes on her projects and is always on top of the issues. You can bet that actually she has weaknesses and her projects hit problems just like anyone else; she's maybe just that little bit better at disguising them than you.One of the things that sets a great project manager apart from a good project manager is the ability to deal with problems and resolve issues as they arise. But before you can do that you first have to accept that there is a problem.That's easy enough to do…
  • There Is No Meal Without the Turkey: Manage Your Critical Path

    jason
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:15 am
    Your team sits around the table and theylook at you expectantly. You've got a 200-line project plan displaying on the wall and you're going through the progress this week. Everyone takes their turn sharing their status and then someone says "I'm really tight for time next week. What are the most important things on the schedule that I should be focusing on?"An unprepared project manager might struggle to answer that question and resort to looking at the tasks with upcoming deadlines.But you're not unprepared are you?With a few clicks you bring up the critical path and talk the team through…
  • Better Problem Solving in 5 Steps

    jason
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:15 am
    Watching reality TV programs like The Apprentice makes me wonder why they don't teach project management in schools! It's often funny to watch people try to solve problems without any idea of how to get the best result. It normally ends in disaster and if you are anything like me you'll be shouting at the television by the end offering the contestants helpful' advice about how to get things done effectively. Even cooking shows make me impatient: the participants always seem to be in a rush at the end to get their dishes out. Why don't they plan their time better?Of course reality TV isn't at…
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  • #Twoodo – Slack meets Asana

    Ben Aston
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Posted in GeneralTools http:// The conversations of Slack meet the accountability of Asana in Twoodo; a great free team collaboration platform that empowers users to create workflows naturally from conversations. The post #Twoodo – Slack meets Asana appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.
  • Secret (PM) Sauce – A guide to leading successful projects

    Ben Aston
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:21 am
    Posted in General Secret (PM) Sauce – A guide to leading successful projects from Ben Aston Projects always go wrong. We so often find ourselves working with dreadful clients, on awful projects, with terrible teams and before we know it, our projects have ended in failure. Is there hope? There is, when we start taking some responsibility as project managers, taking ownership and recognizing our role as project leaders. Leadership is about taking ownership – rather than just... The post Secret (PM) Sauce – A guide to leading successful projects appeared first on The Digital…
  • When you have another argument about what the Facebook Like button does, then prove it. Smugness.

    Ben Aston
    7 Nov 2014 | 12:11 am
    Posted in The PM life The post When you have another argument about what the Facebook Like button does, then prove it. Smugness. appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.
  • WhatFont – find fonts used in a webpages

    Ben Aston
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:50 am
    Posted in EstimatingTools http:// WhatFont is a handy Chrome extension to find out what web fonts are being used on a page just by hovering over them. It’s that simple. The post WhatFont – find fonts used in a webpages appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.
  • Live at the end of your comfort zone

    Ben Aston
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:19 am
    Posted in General ~ Unknown The post Live at the end of your comfort zone appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.
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  • Want a Successful Project? Try a ‘Pre-Mortem’

    Steven Gara
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:14 am
    Many companies host post-project meetings to discuss what worked and what didn’t, a process known as “post-mortems.” But instead of waiting until the end of a project to figure out what might have gone wrong, how about holding “pre-mortems,” in which all aspects of planning are discussed before everybody gets to work? The latter could help avert real failures. Click here to find project management jobs. With software projects, a pre-mortem might work something like this: At the very beginning of a project, make sure to block some time with the team to “spring forward.”…
  • 3 Things Business Analysts Should Know About Agile Methodology

    Steven Gara
    7 Nov 2014 | 5:34 am
    Over the past few years, software development has moved more rapidly toward Agile practices. This change impacts how business analysts perform their role. Click here to find business analysis jobs. Here are three key aspects of how business analytics works differently in an Agile environment: 1. The Analyst Evolves to Become a Key Player in Helping Companies Avoid Costly Software Development Problems There are many definitions of “software architecture,” but its ultimate point is to make sure that the development of the software product winds up satisfying the system’s requirements.
  • Opportunities Expand for Program Managers

    Myra Thomas
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:04 am
    As more companies look to better manage costs and align strategy across multiple tech projects, the role of program manager is gaining notice and becoming better-defined. And for some project managers, the job seems to be a logical next step. Program managers are responsible for overseeing a number of project teams at the same time with the mandate of meeting client and company needs. Making the leap isn’t for everyone, especially if you’re a long-time project manager more interested in the tech side of things, and not thrilled with the idea of regularly reporting to upper management.
  • Apple’s iOS Maps and the High Cost of Management Failure

    Nick Kolakowski
    10 Jun 2014 | 6:11 am
    In 2012, Apple abandoned its longtime reliance on Google’s mapping data to power its iOS Maps app, opting instead to go with data collected and curated in-house. The result was an epic disaster, with iOS users complaining that the new data was highly inaccurate. As Apple rushed to repair the damage, CEO Tim Cook even posted a public apology on the company’s website: “With the launch of our new Maps last week, we fell short on this commitment. We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better.” Click here to…
  • How to Estimate a Budget When the Project’s Undefined

    Catherine Powell
    5 Feb 2014 | 12:18 pm
    December and January are when most companies focus on budgets, but you can be asked to estimate a project most any time of the year. And no matter what happens, managers are always measured against their budgets, so you want to get your estimations right. But when we don’t know exactly what the dev team will be doing, we’ll have to take some educated guesses that involve estimates. That’s why managers fan out across their teams to start asking questions that involve lots of hand-waving and very few requirements. I once had a conversation with my team that went something like this: Me:…
 
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  • How To Add Contingency Time To Your Schedule

    jason
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:15 am
    Contingency time is what you build into your project in case the project tasks take longer than you expect. I'm often asked what amount of contingency time is appropriate to build into your schedule and I'm sorry to say that I've never come across a scientific foolproof method of calculating how much extra time you should add to your project. The answer unfortunately is always: "It depends."Factors to consider include the level of confidence that the project manager and project team has in the task estimates how complex the project is whether or not the company has any experience in doing…
  • It’s Official: Risk Management Improves Project Success

    jason
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:15 am
    Managing project risk well is essential if you want your project to be successful. Your project is more likely to succeed when you use risk management. We've got the data to prove it. Over 30000 people around the world use ProjectManager.com and analyzing the results from real projects shows us that 78 of successful projects use risk management techniques and tools. It's definitely a technique that you should be using on your projects.Whether you use a spreadsheet that you created yourself or an advanced risk management monitoring tool the basic principles of risk management are the same. Do…
  • Help! I Made A Mistake!

    jason
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:15 am
    We're not all perfect in fact none of us are! Even that manager you admire from afar the one who never makes any mistakes on her projects and is always on top of the issues. You can bet that actually she has weaknesses and her projects hit problems just like anyone else; she's maybe just that little bit better at disguising them than you.One of the things that sets a great project manager apart from a good project manager is the ability to deal with problems and resolve issues as they arise. But before you can do that you first have to accept that there is a problem.That's easy enough to do…
  • There Is No Meal Without the Turkey: Manage Your Critical Path

    jason
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:15 am
    Your team sits around the table and theylook at you expectantly. You've got a 200-line project plan displaying on the wall and you're going through the progress this week. Everyone takes their turn sharing their status and then someone says "I'm really tight for time next week. What are the most important things on the schedule that I should be focusing on?"An unprepared project manager might struggle to answer that question and resort to looking at the tasks with upcoming deadlines.But you're not unprepared are you?With a few clicks you bring up the critical path and talk the team through…
  • Better Problem Solving in 5 Steps

    jason
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:15 am
    Watching reality TV programs like The Apprentice makes me wonder why they don't teach project management in schools! It's often funny to watch people try to solve problems without any idea of how to get the best result. It normally ends in disaster and if you are anything like me you'll be shouting at the television by the end offering the contestants helpful' advice about how to get things done effectively. Even cooking shows make me impatient: the participants always seem to be in a rush at the end to get their dishes out. Why don't they plan their time better?Of course reality TV isn't at…
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  • How to Maintain the Most Productive Team Ever

    Trina M.
    16 Nov 2014 | 8:34 am
    According to the Guardian, economists have at last discovered tangible scientific proof that suggests a direct correlation between happy employees and increased productivity. In fact teams can clock up to about 12% enhanced productivity if the company is mindful of the needs and wants of the team members. In direct contrast, productivity may plummet by as much as 10% if the work environment is full of anxiety, stress and mistrust. However happy employees are not necessarily idle employees. You do not need to go the Sir Richard Branson way and give your team members the authorization to take…
  • How To Build a Dream Team From Scratch?

    Trina M.
    9 Nov 2014 | 4:22 am
    Build a Dream Team from scratch Have you ever tried to build a dream team? If you have then you know it’s easier said than done! By the very use of the word “dream” the possibility of actually assembling a congregation of individuals who work together in complete harmony shouldering their delegated roles perfectly is rendered quite bleak. Human beings have egos, they overlook details, they tend to make mistakes and biased decisions. These factors all act as road blocks on the way to the perfect team. But you can get close to the ideal team leveraging clever strategy and plain common…
  • How To Create Killer Buyer Personas: Basic & Advanced Strategies

    Trina M.
    2 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Buyer Personas: A Tricky Basket of Eggs A marketer or an ad agency creative? Thought so! Well, you are on the right page if you want to learn the secrets of the fine art of psychographic analysis or what the “inbound” driven marketers of today are calling buyer personas. Chances are you: – Have heard the term tossed around and are starting to feel the need for a tool to better understand your market(s) – Know the basics, even implement them in day to day work but are looking to take your persona crafting skills to the next level!   In either case, keep reading because we…
  • Qualities Of a Team Leader: How To Maintain Leadership In Meetings

    Trina M.
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Qualities of a Team Leader Series Have you ever struggled with being a good team leader? If you aren’t one of those lucky Type B personalities, it is likely you have. Being an excellent organizer and assiduous worker has nothing to do with leadership which is the measure of how we can inspire others to give their best and collaborate to achieve a common goal. WorkZone over the years has had the privilege of interacting with dozens of fantastic leaders worth getting inspired by and thus has decided to encapsulate its experiences into a series of short articles to help managers develop…
  • How To Manage Conflict Resolution: A Different Perspective

    Trina M.
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:25 am
    Image credit: Stuart Miles (Free Digital Photos) How to manage conflict resolution is a fairly popular subject right now. If you don’t believe what I say, simply ask that purveyor of all information Google and it will return 13400000 answers in less than 0.43 seconds. To understand conflict resolution, it is first important to understand all facets of conflict. GOOD OR BAD This article has been created after studying the responses of over 70 professional project managers who cumulatively have 500 years of management experience. So we can safely rely on their insights and the very first one…
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  • Happy Workforce Leading To Guaranteed Project Success

    Khemchand Joshi
    10 Nov 2014 | 4:42 am
      Many of us believe that success makes us happy, but people from diverse backgrounds have argued that there is a simple underlining concept, i.e. success doesn’t make us that happy as much as happiness can make us successful. Indeed, a right saying! Even in corporate set-ups, employers believe that to have a productive workforce, one must ensure maximum employee happiness. The more happy staff you have, more innovative ideas you get with better output and ROI. It’s not just the employer who has this sole responsibility of making the workforce happier, but the individuals can also…
  • Dealing With That Problem-Making Project Team Member

    Khemchand Joshi
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:49 am
    Efficiency of your project management strategy depends on how your team performs. Before taking decisions on factors like project budget, Gantt charts, statistics, risk analysis, etc., project managers must ensure that they have effective operational processes. Sometimes, even the team members can create such tough situations that are difficult to deal with. Many a times, managers just blame the team members for being less-productive, less-driven or non-cooperative. However, this may be the issue, but poor project management cannot be ignored at this ground. The reasons behind such team…
  • Self-Leadership Lessons By Benjamin Franklin

    Khemchand Joshi
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    A project manager or any other authoritative person may fail in leading the teams. This may happen for a number of reasons, but the most important reason is poor self-leadership. Indeed, this is the most critical task of all. For any individual to be successful as a leader it is very important to develop a set of practices that lead to personal leadership. Many leaders believe that leadership begins with leading yourself. Unless you can’t lead yourself, you are bound to fail as a leader! Benjamin Franklin, renowned polymath who performed various activities as an inventor, author, scientist,…
  • Time Management Tips That Guarantee Productivity Gains

    Khemchand Joshi
    25 Sep 2014 | 5:07 am
    Many project managers suffer from the same common problem of poor time management! In our previous post ‘Do You Question Your Time Management Capabilities?’, we stressed on finding whether you are managing your time effectively or not! The questions that were asked in the post pointed towards your fallouts as an in-effective time manager. In reality, no one can manage time with a cent percent accuracy, but what one can do is establish a balance for its optimum utilization for productive gains. Here are a few tips to improve your time management skills and ensure better results: Don’t be…
  • Do You Question Your Time Management Capabilities?

    Khemchand Joshi
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:37 am
    Do you wonder why you fail in many of your tasks even after having a full-proof task planning for successful project completion? May be the reason is poor time planning! Yes! That’s true. Many project managers feel that they are right in their project decisions, but the underlying fact is that they are not effectively controlling their time that limits them from performing extraordinarily. Here are a few questions that’ll help you take a reality check on what keeps you from demonstrating your real potential: Q1. Where do you lack in controlling your time that keeps you from being…
 
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  • A Project Manager, a Lawyer and a Dentist

    Kimberlin R. Wildman, JD, PMP
    13 Nov 2014 | 11:41 am
    As the year draws to a close, project managers in the United States partake in harvest festivals and celebrations of gratitude. We share in feasts, spend time with our loved ones and pause to give thanks for all we have. What does this have to do with lawyers and dentists? What do we have in common with them? Not much. For this, we can be thankful. Grab a slice of pumpkin roll and a hot beverage. Regardless of whether you’ll soon celebrate Thanksgiving, let’s enjoy this moment by takimg a good-humored look at our professional blessings. More Variety than a New Pack of…
  • Too Small for Project Management

    Kimberlin R. Wildman, JD, PMP
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:52 pm
    (This is a story about small business project management.) Once upon a time, in a land not so far away, there was a rather small business. They referred to themselves as Acme, Inc. (Follow along. Except for the name, this is a true story.) Acme provided a highly-specialized service to their customers. They were good at what they did. In fact, their work made some customers wealthy. Acme Was a Service ProviderAcme delivered the kind of service that was temporary in nature. For customer #1 they performed X for 6 months and for customer #2, they provided Y service until a specific result was…
  • Stress Is My Friend – We’re Tight Like That!

    Kimberlin R. Wildman, JD, PMP
    10 Jul 2014 | 6:24 am
    This is NOT a typical post about stress. We don’t tell you that stress is bad; because it’s not. We don’t tell you that stress is your enemy; because it isn’t. We’re telling you that stress is awesome! It rocks! It’s your friend. If you believe us, it might one day save your life. It’s All in Your HeadThe harm caused by stress stems from how we perceive it. It’s not stress that kills, it’s how we think about it that can bring on a premature heart attack. That’s right! A recent study suggests that, the negative things we believe about stress is…
  • Quiet the Noise of Negative Stakeholders

    Kimberlin R. Wildman, JD, PMP
    26 Jun 2014 | 12:21 pm
    If there’s a project underway, negative stakeholders will be there. You can count on it. They’re not always easy to spot, but on occasion, their existence is painfully obvious. Whether they’re a noisemaker on the front end or a stealth trouble maker behind the scenes, it’s your job to manage them. Who’s a Negative Stakeholder?Negative stakeholders are those who will be, or perceive themselves to be, negatively affected by the project. They could be individuals, groups, or entire organizations and they exist for numerous reasons. Some seem to exist as though it’s the calling of…
  • Kickoff Meetings | Be a Leader, not a Holder

    Kimberlin R. Wildman, JD, PMP
    5 Jun 2014 | 10:03 am
    If you’re a person who manages projects, do yourself a favor. Learn to lead powerful kickoff meetings. Learn to take control of a project, to seek input, and to place everyone on the same page. Step to the front of each project with purpose, set the tone, and deliver a solid kickoff. Don’t “Hold” a Kickoff Meeting, Lead ItSome people define a project kickoff meeting as the first meeting with the client and the project team. In their minds, as soon as the project is initiated, a project kickoff meeting should be held. They believe its primary value is to introduce everyone and announce…
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  • What is Agile Project Management? Slideshare Presentation

    Kevin Lonergan
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:03 pm
    We have published a short presentation on Slideshare here: What is Agile Project Management. It describes: the difference between traditional and Agile project management. the key elements of Agile how Agile works the benefits of using Agile the most common mistakes using Agile the type of projects where you may be able to use Agile. Please feel free to share this presentation – it is free to use for all but may not be copied or used by others for commercial purposes.
  • Is Agile any good, bad or just a religion?

    Kevin Lonergan
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:42 am
    There are huge debates across the Internet, including some very angry ones, about whether Agile works, is good or not, and even if it is a ‘religion’ (as preached by the Agile zealots) or as some even put it, is total “crap”. When Project Management was first introduced, words like religion were used then. It was like an ‘act of faith, as a few core people believed in its capacity to bring good to something really hard to do well (deliver projects while keeping all people happy), while countless others asked, where’s the proof? There is proof now, but it has taken a long…
  • Why Opportunity in projects should never be called ‘Risk’!

    Kevin Lonergan
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:06 am
    There has crept into the project management worlds on both sides of the pond in recent times, (although PMBoK®  from PMI has recently reversed this – see footnote), the practice of classifying  opportunity as ‘risk’ and trying to manage them via a single process.  This bothers me, quite a lot and here’s why. Project Risk management is an important and poorly practiced element of project management. Many educated people involved in projects in large scale business have a poor understanding of the management of project risk today, and that includes far too many ‘project…
  • What makes a great project manager?

    Kevin Lonergan
    7 Oct 2014 | 2:32 pm
    There are many blog posts and discussions on “What makes a great project manager” – it’s another question you could write a book on, but here we are summarising a few important ideas, observations and experiences. Firstly, let’s deal with one question that gets us absolutely nowhere! Places like Linkedin abound with questions like “what is the single most important quality of a great project manager”.  There is no one such thing.  It’s a pointless debate.  Sure, there are things that are high up the list, but none on their own will get you…
  • The Challenge of Virtual Project Teams

    Kevin Lonergan
    25 Sep 2014 | 2:22 am
    Many organisations are needing to or wanting to deliver projects today via virtual project teams. Business activity requires this, given the global nature of projects and the various parties and partners who can be involved in any given project.  The way we all work today, with a heavy use of the Internet also encourages or enables this. Despite this, there are some major challenges for virtual teams that more co-located teams might not have to understand or overcome.  Let me provide one fairly recent example to highlight just one major potential issue. A customer of ours is a global…
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  • top 9 famous quotes of chanakya

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    23 Nov 2014 | 12:39 am
    The post top 9 famous quotes of chanakya appeared first on Palchoice. Chanakya was an acclaimed Indian teacher, philosopher, and royal advisor. A professor of economics and political science at the ancient Takshashila University, Chanakya is widely credited for having played the most important role in the establishment of the Maurya Empire. Maurya empire was the first empire in archaeologically recorded history to rule most of the Indian subcontinent. [...] The post top 9 famous quotes of chanakya appeared first on Palchoice.
  • 7 ways to motivate yourself for studies

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    17 Nov 2014 | 6:55 am
    The post 7 ways to motivate yourself for studies appeared first on Palchoice. Do you find it difficult to motivate yourself for studies? Or do you want to find the ways to motivate your children for studies? If your answer is yes to above questions then I think you are landed on the right place. In this article, I am going to share some of the practical things [...] The post 7 ways to motivate yourself for studies appeared first on Palchoice.
  • Walking lesson: learn to walk really?

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    12 Nov 2014 | 11:35 am
    The post Walking lesson: learn to walk really? appeared first on Palchoice. Since I was working continuously sitting in front of the computer my mother was forcing me to go for a walk in the park. I also needed a break so I decided to go for an evening walk and get refreshed. But this evening walk turn out to be very fruitful for me in more [...] The post Walking lesson: learn to walk really? appeared first on Palchoice.
  • 12 ways to increase your productivity

    admin
    5 Nov 2014 | 11:24 am
    The post 12 ways to increase your productivity appeared first on Palchoice. We all want to achieve success in our life. That’s why we are working so hard to be a part of top 1% of the population who are called success. So what is the secret of this top 1 % of the population? It’s hard work. I hope this has not shocked you. Everybody knows [...] The post 12 ways to increase your productivity appeared first on Palchoice.
  • Top 10 secrets of happy people

    admin
    2 Nov 2014 | 12:40 pm
    The post Top 10 secrets of happy people appeared first on Palchoice. Why some people are naturally happier than others? Whatever be the circumstances they seem to adjust well and successfully search reasons for happiness. It’s not that they don’t suffer like others or that they never get sad in life. But they still look happier than others around them. Do they know any secret? If yes, [...] The post Top 10 secrets of happy people appeared first on Palchoice.
 
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  • Digital Privacy Is “The New Frontier Of Human Rights” – TechCrunch

    TheDigitalPM
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:12 am
    The impact of mass, digitally-enabled state surveillance upon individuals’ privacy has been described as “the new frontier of human rights” by Member of the European Parliament, Claude Moraes, who was giving an annual lecture on behalf of the Centre for Research into Information, Surveillance and Privacy at the London School of Economics on Friday. Moraes is chair of the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE), which conducted an inquiry into electronic mass surveillance of European Union citizens last year, in the wake of Edward…
  • Shooting for Sales? Give Marketing the Right Weapons

    TheDigitalPM
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:38 pm
    The question today is not whether the technology exists, but which technology you should employ. Anything that marketing can use to get sales closer to the target — that is, a customer who’s ready to buy — is useful. However, choosing the right technology can make a big difference in the degree of productivity increased technology provides.  The old saw is that sales is a numbers game. That’s kind of true — but less so every passing year. In reality, it’s becoming a productivity game: How can we make the sales people in our businesses as productive as…
  • SEO: Focusing on your keywords

    TheDigitalPM
    9 Oct 2014 | 6:25 pm
    An entire book could be written on keyword distribution for e-commerce websites; however, as the aim of this post is to cover the first aspects of optimizing a eCommerce store, we cannot go into too much depth. Instead, we’ll focus on three major considerations when choosing where to place our keywords within a eCommerce store: Purpose: What is the purpose of optimizing this keyword? Relevance: Is the keyword relevant to the page we have chosen to optimize it for? Structure: Does the structure of the website re-enforce the nature of our keyword? The purpose for choosing keywords to…
  • What payment methods and payment functionality are available only in Magento Enterprise Edition?

    TheDigitalPM
    9 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
      What payment methods and payment functionality are available only in Magento Enterprise Edition?   Types of payment methods: PayPal, PayPal Express, Check or Money Order, Sage Pay Direct, Bank Transfer, Zero Subtotal Checkout, Purchase order, authorize.net, cybersource, braintree, and a few more processors. Store credit, rewards points, and gift card (stock funct.) are payment methods as well. The post What payment methods and payment functionality are available only in Magento Enterprise Edition? appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.
  • What marketing and merchandising features are available only in Magento Enterprise Edition?

    TheDigitalPM
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:59 pm
      What marketing and merchandising features are available only in Magento EE?   CMS+ (Enhanced Content Management System) Build complex content pages with an easy to use WYSIWYG editor; insert rich content; create menus and page hierarchy for CMS pages; control publishing privileges Rich Merchandising Suite (RMS) Target your marketing efforts to your customers and increase conversion rates – suggest products, set up automated rule-based product selection and marketing banners based on customer segment Private (Club) Sales including Events, Invitations and Site access…
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