Project Management

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  • How to Make Changes on a Project

    Project Management Articles | Project Smart
    31 Dec 2014 | 8:45 am
    It is never fun to make changes, especially amidst a big project, but at times change is necessary. There might be personnel who are not working out, or the scope might be wrong or ill-defined, or perhaps the schedule needs to be overhauled; all of these things and others can cause changes on the project. If change is indeed necessary for the project, then the following checklist will help ensure that all bases are covered.
  • How Much Do Project Managers Earn?

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    MMeloni
    6 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    How much will I earn as a project Manager? How much do other project managers earn? Does it really matter if I have my PMP? In the spirit of the phrase, ‘A picture speaks a thousand words’ and with thanks to ProjectManager.com, this infographic will answer most of your questions. Enjoy! The post How Much Do Project Managers Earn? appeared first on PMStudent.
  • Inadequate Risk Management

    The Tao of Project Management
    13 Feb 2015 | 2:56 am
    Why Projects Really FailThis is the extra cause of project failure I added to my original nine to make a nice, solid ten causes, based on more recent study. Right from the outset poor project managers seem to plan their projects on the assumption that nothing will go wrong. Unfortunately for them Murphy's Law never fails to deliver.On the other hand a wise project manager knows that things will go wrong and allows for that in the initial planning exercise. They then spend time, with the project team, looking for potential risks that could impact the project. Having identified the risks, they…
  • Start the Project by Thinking About How it Should End

    BradEgeland.com - Blog
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:17 pm
    I realize this is a quote from Stephen Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” This one came to mind due to a recent post I saw on Twitter and it hit me that this is perfectly oriented toward project management. All PMs and all business professionals, really, should be keeping this mindset. Long range vision – not just the here and now. Start the project with the end in mind. What this quote really means is: begin each day, task, or project with a clear vision of your desired direction and destination, and then continue by flexing your proactive muscles to make…
  • Project Managers: Get Your Hands Dirty!

    Project Management Articles - PM Hut
    PM Hut
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:37 am
    Project Managers: Get Your Hands Dirty! By Pam Stanton Most project leaders realize it’s their job to focus on the overall strategy and track progress. Few project leaders, and few humans for that matter, are inspired by tedious tasks. Yet from every strategic cloud, some tactical rain must fall. In every project, there’s a point where the work [...]
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    Pawel Brodzinski on Software Project Management

  • Why We Fail to Change

    Pawel Brodzinski
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:48 am
    I’d love to get a beer each time I hear a story about management imposing a change on teams and facing strong resistance. It would be like an almost unlimited source of that decent beverage. Literally every time I’d fancy a beer I’d be like “Hey, does anybody have an agile implementation story to share?” One common excuse is that people don’t like the change. That is surprising given how adaptable humankind has proven to be. I rather subscribe to the idea that people don’t mind the change; they don’t like being changed. Unfortunately being changed part is the story of oh so…
  • Story Points and Velocity: The Good Bits

    Pawel Brodzinski
    18 Feb 2015 | 5:42 am
    You get what you measure. The old truth we keep forgetting about so often. Story Points and Velocity One relevant context to remember this is when we measure progress of project teams. The set that was wildly popularized along with Scrum is story point estimation, most typically with Planning Poker as a method to come up with the estimates, and measuring velocity. In such a set velocity, which simply is a number of story points completed in an iteration, is a primary measurement of pace. I don’t say the whole set is evil. What is evil though is how it is frequently used. Story point is…
  • Decision Making Process

    Pawel Brodzinski
    12 Feb 2015 | 12:44 pm
    I’m a strong proponent of participatory leadership model where everyone takes part in leading a team or even an organization. A part of leading is making decisions. After all if all decisions still have to be made, or at least approved, by a manager it isn’t much of participatory leadership. (Benevolent) Dictatorship The most typical starting point is that someone with power makes all decisions. As a result commonly seen hierarchies are just complicated structures of dictatorships. As a manager within my small kingdom I can do what I want as long as I don’t cross the line drawn by my…
  • Economic Value of Slack Time

    Pawel Brodzinski
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:25 pm
    I ranted on 100% utilization a few years ago already. Let me add another thread to that discussion. We have a ton of everyday stories that show how brain-dead the idea of maximizing utilization is. Sometimes we can figure out how it translates to work organization as well. Interestingly, what Don Reinertsen teaches us is that queuing theory says exactly the same. As we go up with utilization lead time or wait time goes up as well. Except the latter grows exponentially. It looks roughly like that. But wait, does it mean that we should strive to have as low utilization as possible? I mean,…
  • On Feedback (Again)

    Pawel Brodzinski
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:52 pm
    I’ve heard that question quite a few times after I shared my feedback with somebody: “What am I supposed to do with such feedback?” The question may imply that feedback e.g. wasn’t “actionable” or something. Anyway, I have an answer for that. It goes: “Whatever the hell you want.” Yup. Exactly that. In fact this is precisely what I’d love you to do. As the opposite to: getting defensive, explaining yourself, finding excuses, bringing other interpretations, and so on and so forth. Feedback is not an attack. You don’t need to defend yourself. It isn’t an interrogation…
 
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    Project Management Articles | Project Smart

  • It's Easy to Give the Good News

    15 Feb 2015 | 8:32 am
    As I think back to some treacherous experiences in my project management career, I'm reminded of the huge difference between giving good news and bad news to the project client. It's so easy to pick up the phone to say the project is rolled out successfully, on time, on budget or that the latest deliverable is coming a week early and it's ready for review. It's so much harder to wrap your head around how to break bad news.
  • Getting In Over Your Head

    31 Jan 2015 | 3:54 am
    Everybody gets in over their head at some point. Maybe you've been assigned to a project that you have no idea how you are going to finish at all, much less on time and on budget. Or maybe you've been handed somebody else's project schedule but are expected to update it and discuss it intelligently in a client meeting after lunch. Whatever it is, there are times in your career when you will feel like you are in over your head.
  • 3 Reasons We Say Yes to Impossible Projects

    25 Jan 2015 | 7:57 am
    Superman. OK, he has his Kryptonite weakness, but that's about it. Let's get one thing straight - as a group, project managers are not comparable to Superman. So why are project managers so eager to jump into a sinking, stinking project when the opportunity arises? OK, yes, some aren't so ready to do that. But I have done it many times and will likely do it again. I've seen many of my colleagues do it willingly as well. So I know I'm not alone.
  • How to Make Changes on a Project

    31 Dec 2014 | 8:45 am
    It is never fun to make changes, especially amidst a big project, but at times change is necessary. There might be personnel who are not working out, or the scope might be wrong or ill-defined, or perhaps the schedule needs to be overhauled; all of these things and others can cause changes on the project. If change is indeed necessary for the project, then the following checklist will help ensure that all bases are covered.
  • Project Smart's 10 Most Popular Articles of 2014

    24 Dec 2014 | 11:38 am
    As we prepare to close the door on 2014, the editorial team at Project Smart looks at the most popular articles we published in the past 12 months. With one exception, the top 10 articles focus on improving as a project manager. It's not surprising, as businesses are becoming increasingly project led, and as a consequence more of us are becoming project managers.
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    The Tao of Project Management

  • The Real Cause

    20 Feb 2015 | 3:34 am
    Why Projects Really FailOver the past ten weeks I've listed the top ten ‘causes’ often cited for project failure. But as we have seen they all turn out to be just symptoms of poor project management. So let's bite the bullet, the real reason projects fail is just poor project management.Wise project managers are aware of these symptoms as they will have learned about them the hard way from their own early projects. They take the necessary steps to ensure they don’t have these problems in future on their projects. But that still leaves us with the problem of what to do…
  • Inadequate Risk Management

    13 Feb 2015 | 2:56 am
    Why Projects Really FailThis is the extra cause of project failure I added to my original nine to make a nice, solid ten causes, based on more recent study. Right from the outset poor project managers seem to plan their projects on the assumption that nothing will go wrong. Unfortunately for them Murphy's Law never fails to deliver.On the other hand a wise project manager knows that things will go wrong and allows for that in the initial planning exercise. They then spend time, with the project team, looking for potential risks that could impact the project. Having identified the risks, they…
  • Lack of Resources

    6 Feb 2015 | 4:31 am
    Why Projects Really FailLack of the right resources at the right time can derail a project. OK I hear you say, this one can’t be a symptom of poor project management, can it? Well consider how a wise project manager deals with the problem. Firstly they don’t wait for it to happen, they assume it will happen and take steps to get the resources they need, when they need them through top management support. If the business can’t provide the resources then the project can’t be critical to the business and should be stopped. Failure to deal with this is yet another symptom of poor project…
  • Poorly Defined Responsibilities

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:13 am
    Why Projects Really FailPoorly defined responsibilities can again be linked to poor communications. If team members don’t have well defined responsibilities and understand what those responsibilities are, they will do the things they think are important, or even worse, the things they enjoy doing and the project will turn into a nightmare. The wise project manager makes sure everyone in the team knows what is expected of them, what they need to do, and when they need to do it by. I always liked to produce a Deliverables Checklist for each stage of a project, listing all…
  • Lack of Stakeholder Ownership

    23 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Why Projects Really FailProject stakeholders are defined as anyone with a vested interest in a project. They can have a positive interest (they will benefit from the project) or a negative interest (they see some disadvantage from the project) but they are still stakeholders. They can help or hinder a project and as project managers we neglect them at our peril.But if the stakeholders don’t actually care about the project or take any responsibility or interest in it, then why is the project being carried out? This 'cause of failure' is closely linked with poor communication and top…
 
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  • Selecting Reliable Disk Systems

    28 Feb 2015 | 7:19 am
    Over the last few years disk drives have become more reliable. Still, they do occasionally fail, and you need to be prepared for that eventuality. You have numerous choices of interfaces, drive capacities and fault-tolerant configurations.   W...
  • HP Buying Aruba? Waste of Money - Maybe

    27 Feb 2015 | 6:49 am
    HP is probably already trapped in a perpetual catch-up treadmill behind Cisco/Meraki. Acquiring Aruba Networks will assist with market consolidation, but will certainly not fill the gap between their own product lines and Cisco?s.
  • Selecting Reliable Servers Part 2

    26 Feb 2015 | 8:37 am
    Specialized servers are designed or sold specifically as file servers. They usually have features or attributes that, according to the vendor, make them uniquely suited to file service. Those features may include proprietary, high-performance LAN or ...
  • Business Process Reengineering: Current vs. Future State

    25 Feb 2015 | 2:11 am
    Business process reengineering and improvement is one of the most critical aspects of an ERP implementation. In fact, according to our2014 Business Process Management Report, organizations that effectively define and document business process improvements as part of their enterprise software initiatives are much more likely to complete their projects on-time and on-budget.
  • Business Process Reengineering: Current vs. Future State

    25 Feb 2015 | 2:11 am
    Business process reengineering and improvement is one of the most critical aspects of an ERP implementation. In fact, according to our2014 Business Process Management Report, organizations that effectively define and document business process improvements as part of their enterprise software initiatives are much more likely to complete their projects on-time and on-budget.
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    Project Management Articles - PM Hut

  • How Do You Know that Your Project Plan Is Fully Baked?

    PM Hut
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:58 am
    How Do You Know that Your Project Plan Is Fully Baked? By Kiron D. Bondale “It’s the question that drives us, Neo. It’s the question that brought you here. You know the question, just as I did.” No, it’s not “What is the Matrix?” but rather, how do you know when your team has done enough project planning [...]
  • How To Thrive Under Bad Leadership

    PM Hut
    1 Mar 2015 | 6:58 pm
    How To Thrive Under Bad Leadership By Randy Hall I get the question a lot. How can I be a successful leader if the people above me are, well, idiots? Or worse even, what if they are egotistical, unethical jerks? The good news is that you can still become the right leader for your team and those [...]
  • Do You Believe in this Project?

    PM Hut
    28 Feb 2015 | 5:46 am
    Do You Believe in this Project? By Ron Rosenhead I often receive really interesting issues on project management courses however one recently was new: I have been asked to work on a project I do not believe in. What should I do? This course participant was involved in what was termed by her sponsor and the senior managers [...]
  • Project Managers: Get Your Hands Dirty!

    PM Hut
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:37 am
    Project Managers: Get Your Hands Dirty! By Pam Stanton Most project leaders realize it’s their job to focus on the overall strategy and track progress. Few project leaders, and few humans for that matter, are inspired by tedious tasks. Yet from every strategic cloud, some tactical rain must fall. In every project, there’s a point where the work [...]
  • Why Project Phases Aren’t a Project Management Concept

    PM Hut
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:11 am
    Why Project Phases Aren’t a Project Management Concept By Ben Snyder, CEO of Systemation There are lots of people who think project phases are a project management related concept. The fact is, project phases are more of a work and deliverable concept. Project phases get confused with the project management process groups defined by the Project Management [...]
 
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    Project, Program and Portfolio Management

  • Is 2015 the year for agile adoption or failure?

    23 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    This year may be the year that the pendulum swings towards more rapid adoption, or a large agile failure...According to Lyndon King, Software Delivery Manager of BSG: "South Africa is at the forefront of agile adoption when compared with international markets; however existing pressure on business and the lack of the required skills mean that organisations often don't take the opportunity to transition to agile. I believe there is a general market understanding that an agile approach offers a company more flexibility and responsiveness to deliver working software on a consistent basis."
  • Experts - Health Sector Needs Trained Project Managers

    21 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    HEALTH experts have called on the government and development partners to ensure better qualifications of people appointed to manage the projects in health and other development schemes in the country.
  • University-Level Project Management Curriculum and Resources Now Available from PMI

    18 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    The Project Management Institute issued the following news release: University faculty and scholars seeking to advance their course offerings in project management can now access new resources from the Project Management Institute (PMI,) the world's largest not-for-profit professional association. PMI's Project Management Curriculum and Resources, which are available at PMITeach.org, were developed with input from university faculty from around the world to help institutions prepare the future workforce for one of the most in-demand and financially lucrative professions: by 2020, 15.7 million…
  • Sindh irrigated agriculture project being launched with World Bank assistance

    18 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    Sindh Irrigated Agriculture Productivity Enhancement Project (SIAPEP) at an estimated cost of Rs 31.32 billion would be launched with the assistance of World Bank (WB) to improve agricultural productivity among small and medium size farmers.
  • Workfront Survey Finds That Project Managers' Workloads Have Increased Significantly; Research shows more than a third of project managers have over ten hours of extra work per week

    18 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
     Workfront, formerly known as AtTask, the leading provider of cloud-basedEnterprise Work Managementsolutions, has announced results from a study that looks at a day in the life of a project manager. Results showed that 55% of project managers stated that in 2014 their workload increased significantly, resulting in 38% of project managers having to say "no" to projects, work overtime, or outsource at least 6-10 hours of work per week.
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    The Project Management Podcast

  • Special: Sensible PM Podcast - PMI's Project Management Certifications (Free) #PMOT

    28 Feb 2015 | 11:16 am
    Play Now: This episode is sponsored by The PM PrepCast for The PMP Exam: In this special episode we introduce you to Mark Phillipy who is the host of The Sensible Project Manager Podcast). Mark invited myself and Kevin Reilly to the program to discuss all eight PMI certification exams. Here is what Mark wrote about this discussion: The Project Management Institute (PMI) has seven certifications for project managers and one for business analysts. Cornelius Fichtner and Kevin Reilly join Mark to discuss these certifications and end up providing details about each certification. This episode was…
  • Episode 310: Conscious Software Development (Free)

    19 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Play Now: This episode is sponsored by The PM PrepCast for The PMP Exam: In November of 2014 I was one of 21 speakers for the Conscious Software Development Telesummit (conscioussoftwaredevelopment.com). My topic was "Project Management will Make Me a Better Developer... Right?". Now you might think that conscious software development is not for you, because you don’t really know what it means, it sounds a bit "new age" and it’s not about project management! And frankly, that’s how I felt at first as well. But then I saw that nearly half of the presenters of the telesummit had been…
  • Episode 309: The Power of Project Leadership (Free)

    12 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Play Now: This episode is sponsored by The PM PrepCast for The PMP Exam: Susanne Madsen (www.susannemadsen.com) is back on the show today to talk about many of the leadership concepts she puts forward in her new book titled The Power of Project Leadership. And we have a lot of great tips for you -- all taken from the book. Here is a quote about Susanne’s book: Managing projects is exciting and fun. But there comes a moment in every project manager’s career when you realize that there must be more than just bringing tasks to completion. This is the moment when you realize that you want to…
  • Episode 307: Four Ways to Build and Maintain High-Performing Teams (Free)

    29 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Play Now: Individuals make up our project teams, and we project managers, all too often, are gauged based on what these teams can accomplish, which is why building and maintaining high-performing teams should always be a priority for you and me. How to do this was recently described in an article titled Four Ways to Build and Maintain High-Performing Teams. And so I’m very pleased to welcome Maria Kozlova (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/maria-kozlova/9/76/336) from Comindware on the show today to discuss these four ways. Oh… and spoiler alert… one of them is collaboration. Below are the…
  • Episode 308: Managing Projects in the highly Creative and Dynamic Marketing Environment (Premium)

    24 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    This episode is reserved for subscribers of the Premium Podcast. Learn how to subscribe to the Premium Podcast to access this interview and transcript... This episode is sponsored by The Agile PrepCast for The PMI-ACP Exam: Are you managing projects in marketing? If yes, then… perfect. Because this interview is for you with tips and tricks and insights. And if your answer is no, then… it’s still for you! And that’s because because marketing projects and the approaches used are not that different. Maria Kozlova (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/maria-kozlova/9/76/336) from Comindware speaks…
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  • How to Facilitate a Meeting when you have Skin in the Game

    312Drew
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:50 am
    We are planning a series of projects at work that will bust silos and work cross-divisionally and so forth. I’m facilitating an upcoming meeting, and I am not neutral–I will be directly affected by the outcome of this meeting. So the people in the room will be right to wonder if I am steering the conversation towards a result that suits me. Here’s the plan: I’m going to be transparent with the group at the beginning — while I intend to be neutral facilitator, I have skin in the game and I will include my point of view in the discussion as a participant. I will…
  • Updated Checklist.

    Rjackson901
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:27 am
    Here is a post about my updated checklist from toodledo, and this has been set out so that i can check back and make sure that I have completed all the tasks that I need to have done to pass this assignment. the checklist itself was quite useful once made and I found that it made it a lot easier for me to check tasks off, completing them after I have written the criteria into my own words.
  • Traditional versus nontraditional projects

    LINUS FERNANDES
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:31 pm
    Executive View of Project Management Old View New View Project management is a career path. Project
  • The 5 Stages of Travel: How ?

    Kenny
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:22 pm
    The 5 Stages of Travel: How to maximise your marketing impact. When it comes to marketing your offer, you may have thought there were only two stages of travel to worry about: the research stage and the booking stage. However, Google has released an interactive infographic that identifies five stages of travel: dreaming, planning, booking, experiencing and sharing. It’s important for online marketers to target their audience at each one of these stages to maximise your reach. Stage 1: Dreaming Every holiday starts with a dream. An advert on TV; a cooking show featuring the latest celebrity…
  • 3 Tips to Set Project Management Priorities

    Mickey
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:50 pm
 
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  • How To Use Social Media To Hire The Perfect Employee For Your Current Project

    Anna Rodriquez
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:32 am
    As the influx of social media permeates nearly every aspect of life including job prospects and career, companies are incorporating it in their recruitment for projects that require bringing in new employees. Doing so not only saves time and costs, but it also allows project managers to better gauge the candidates and pick the best team members. More and more job seekers realize that social media can help people get a job faster. Couple that fact with the volume of netizens using social media as an extension of themselves and you have the perfect recipe for scouring the Web for top notch…
  • 5 Ways to wow your sponsor

    Elizabeth Harrin
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:22 am
    When you start working with a new project sponsor it’s important to make a good impression. Here are 5 ways to wow them with your project management prowess. 1. Hit your deadlines Project sponsors – and all managers when you think about it – appreciate someone who delivers what they say they are going to deliver. Hit your deadlines. If you can’t manage to make your deadlines and deliver your project actions on time, then at least have the courtesy to let them know. It’s poor stakeholder management if you let the dates drift without reporting back that a significant task has passed…
  • What skills do PMs need to lead complex projects?

    Elizabeth Harrin
    14 Feb 2015 | 3:27 am
    According to PMI’s Navigating Complexity: A Practice Guide, there are 6 skills that project managers should develop in order to excel at managing complex projects. Let’s take a look at what they are and how you can get them. Expertise Complex projects benefit from a project manager who has domain knowledge. Subject matter expertise can really help as it’s based on real-life, practical experience of this industry sector or discipline. How do I get it? Expertise is gained over a long period of time. It relies on carrying forward the learning from one project to another and working in a…
  • How to spot a priority project

    Elizabeth Harrin
    10 Feb 2015 | 3:24 am
    I was on the train recently and noticed the sticker announcing that the seats near the door were for priority customers: those with mobility problems, pregnant women and those with infants. Then it went on: “Please remember that the need for this seat may not be immediately obvious.” Priority projects might not look obvious either. The projects that are the top of the list may not appear that exciting from the outside. Here’s how you spot a priority project. They enable something else Some projects aren’t glamorous in themselves. Think, for example, of a network upgrade. That…
  • 5 Amazing Planning Techniques

    Elizabeth Harrin
    3 Feb 2015 | 3:20 am
    How do you plan a project? I see many project managers sitting down with sticky notes or a laptop and trying to collate information from emails and conversations into one plan. There’s nothing wrong with sticky notes and laptops, by the way. It’s the ‘trying to do it all yourself’ part that is a problem. If you want an amazing plan, you have to use amazing planning techniques, and it is virtually impossible to do that alone. Let me explain more, and share another four tips for creating a great project plan as well. 1. Work as a team It’s really important to realise that as a project…
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  • 3 Tips for Setting Remote Workers Up for Success

    MMeloni
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:45 am
    Are you adding team members to your virtual team? More and more of us work remotely. Not everyone enjoys working remotely and not everyone is a good candidate to work remotely. In a previous discussion we covered how to maintain a high profile while working remotely. Now let’s talk about how to set your remote […] The post 3 Tips for Setting Remote Workers Up for Success appeared first on PMStudent.
  • Working Remotely? Three Tips to Maintain a High Profile

    MMeloni
    6 Feb 2015 | 10:12 am
    Do you work remotely? Or do you want to work remotely, but are concerned that you will miss out on attention, acknowledgement and advancement? You do not have to be in the office to get ahead. But, you do want to be smart when you work remotely. Here are three tips for you to use […] The post Working Remotely? Three Tips to Maintain a High Profile appeared first on PMStudent.
  • How Much Do Project Managers Earn?

    MMeloni
    6 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    How much will I earn as a project Manager? How much do other project managers earn? Does it really matter if I have my PMP? In the spirit of the phrase, ‘A picture speaks a thousand words’ and with thanks to ProjectManager.com, this infographic will answer most of your questions. Enjoy! The post How Much Do Project Managers Earn? appeared first on PMStudent.
  • Project Managers: 5 Tips for Peaceful Holidays

    MMeloni
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:28 am
    Do you love this time of year or do you dread it? Your holiday experience can be really upsetting, tiring and stressful OR your holiday season can truly be one of peace and joy. The choice is up to YOU. Your thoughts and actions during this time will define your holiday experience. You cannot control […] The post Project Managers: 5 Tips for Peaceful Holidays appeared first on PMStudent.
  • 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.
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  • Working Remotely? Three Tips to Maintain a High Profile

    admin
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:17 am
    “When a man is out of sight, it is not too long before he is out of mind.”  Thomas Kempis Do you work remotely? Or do you want to work remotely, but are concerned that you will miss out on attention, acknowledgement and advancement? You do not have to be in the office to get ahead. But, you do want to be smart when you work remotely. Here are three tips for you to use to work remotely and keep a high profile. Over communicate – Don’t let people wonder what you are working on, don’t let people wonder what you are up to and definitely do not let people wonder how to find you. Make…
  • Be Powerful, Be Wise

    admin
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:19 pm
    “ Use power wisely and kindly because the human spirit is fragile.” - Anonymous You are sitting at your desk and you just completed watching a video. The video was work related, but that is hard to tell right now because the last frame of the video (which is frozen on your screen) shows an animated character. Someone walks by, looks at your screen and then looks at you and says, “Working hard or hardly working?” Your reaction to their words just might be heavily influenced by whom it is. If it is a peer or a friend, you are probably nonchalant in your reply. You might simply…
  • Start with YOUR Corner First

    admin
    16 Feb 2015 | 8:19 am
    “There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving… and that’s your own self.” - Aldous Huxley World hunger. World peace. Global warming. No access to clean drinking water. No access to education. Discrimination. There are so many causes to choose from. Chances are I have not even listed your favorite cause. I am not trying to stress you out. We have many opportunities to improve our people and our planet. From a less global perspective we have many opportunities to improve our immediate communities and we definitely have team members we would love…
  • How to Build a Ship

    admin
    9 Feb 2015 | 12:49 pm
    “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry The above quote is the poetic way of saying what your mom might have told you. I do not know your mother, but maybe she did not speak to you in prose. Perhaps she said it this way, “Actions speak louder than words.” Mom was right. How wildly impractical. Just inspire people to want to take to the sea and they will build a ship. What about the plans? What kind…
  • Don’t Just Say It, Be It

    admin
    2 Feb 2015 | 10:16 am
    “What you are stands over you and thunders so, I cannot hear what you say to the contrary. ” - Ralph Waldo Emerson Have you been writing much poetry lately? Maybe not, but I bet you can really make your scope documents and your schedules into works of art. And when challenges arise, I bet you and your team find creative ways to problem solve and deliver an excellent product or service. The above quote is the poetic way of saying what your mom might have told you. I do not know your mother, but maybe she did not speak to you in prose. Perhaps she said it this way, “Actions speak louder…
 
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  • What a great report – every company should read it

    Ron Rosenhead
    18 Feb 2015 | 2:48 am
    I like to try and keep up with my reading and was directed to a PMI report: Capturing the Value of Project Management. PMI produce an annual Pulse of the Profession report every year and this is an updated from 2015. I will give you a reference to the report at the end however do try and read what is … Read More >Related Posts:Where is my project update report?Reflection – 400 BlogsInstead of a project report, I wrote you this….Failed project costs taxpayers £50millionProject estimating – optimistic planning bias strikes…
  • Project sponsor or project manager?

    Ron Rosenhead
    3 Feb 2015 | 1:48 am
    Last week I wrote about the issue of roles – essentially, am I sponsor or a project manager? I want to continue the theme of project sponsorship and a presentation I did for the British Computer Society, PromsG. The talk was called Project Sponsorship – Bridging the Gap. The audience were a mix of project management professionals and consultants. Before … Read More >Related Posts:Who are your good project management role models?Today’s quiz question on project management is…Will you join us? Master Class – Strategies for Project…So, how good are you?Reflection –…
  • Why was there real tension in the room?

    Ron Rosenhead
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:14 am
    The 14 people were clearly struggling. They were reluctant to engage with each other or with me. What was going on? Let me set the scene a bit more. This was a course for project sponsors and the group were all senior managers. We spoke about the research which all pointed to the importance of the sponsor role, and the … Read More >Related Posts:Project sponsor or project manager?Who are your good project management role models?Do you believe in this project?Making project management compulsory. What do you think?How to say no without saying no!
  • Public or in house training – the choice is yours

    Ron Rosenhead
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:21 am
    My company, Project Agency receives a wide range of range of requests for services from clients. Over the last few months some of have asked if we run public courses, as they do not have sufficient people for an in house course. I am pleased to say we will be running a range of public courses through 2015: The Perfect … Read More >Related Posts:Will you join us? Master Class – Strategies for Project…Practical project management training – it works!What a great report – every company should read itWhy is project management so fragmented in companies?Have you really…
  • So, what have I learned this year II?

    Ron Rosenhead
    6 Jan 2015 | 3:50 am
    I wrote the first part of this blog article in late December and this week sees more learning from 2014. NOTE: these are elements I have seen during the year, not made up! So, to repeat my introduction from the last blog posting: ‘As the year draws to a close, I sat last Sunday and decided it was time to … Read More >Related Posts:So, what have I learned this year 1?Reflection – 400 BlogsThe 7 deadly sins of project managementLessons learned or lessons identified…?Who are your good project management role models?
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    Karol Zielinskis Blog - all kind of stuff around the web

  • A Pivot is Worth Experiencing

    Karol Zielinski
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:52 am
    When a man has an idea, it has to be a billion-dollar idea. The idea is good (if not the best). The way in which he wants to achieve something, is exactly the one that will give him the desired effect. When a man has an idea, it has to be a billion-dollar idea. The […] The post A Pivot is Worth Experiencing appeared on Karol Zielinski.
  • Gary Vaynerchuk: One Is Greater Than Zero

    Karol Zielinski
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:24 am
    The post Gary Vaynerchuk: One Is Greater Than Zero appeared on Karol Zielinski.
  • Business opportunities by Richard Branson [QUOTE]

    Karol Zielinski
    12 Feb 2015 | 11:41 pm
    The post Business opportunities by Richard Branson [QUOTE] appeared on Karol Zielinski.
  • Business is Networking

    Karol Zielinski
    10 Feb 2015 | 6:53 am
    No marketing. No ads, no banners, no conferences, no social media. My first customers, Or partners were always a result of earlier networking. I’m going back in time: To the time of my first year at university. My first company. Service, software house. Where did my first customer come from? By recommendation. A friend invited […] The post Business is Networking appeared on Karol Zielinski.
  • What’s Worth Measuring in Your Startup?

    Karol Zielinski
    4 Feb 2015 | 10:24 am
    It is common to think, that startuppers are nice guys, who in their companies run lean methods of management. Not necessarily worrying too much about some kind of procedures, documents, summaries, or forecasts. They are simply like that and work like that, how their hearts tell them. It is common to think, that startuppers are […] The post What’s Worth Measuring in Your Startup? appeared on Karol Zielinski.
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    the Intervals Blog by Pelago

  • Buying Web-based Project Management Software

    John Reeve
    13 Feb 2015 | 2:44 pm
    The adoption rate of web-based project management software among small businesses has been steadily increasing the last few years. Businesses are embracing the software’s ability to connect remote teams and reduce IT budgets. In light of this trend, the folks at SoftwareAdvice.com, an online project management technology consultancy, have put together a buyers report based on their interactions with hundreds of small businesses. Key findings A majority of prospective software buyers (58 percent) use a single method for project management. Seventy percent of prospective buyers in our…
  • The Quantifiable Agency: Using Time Tracking Data to Measure Project Health

    John Reeve
    13 Jan 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Wearable fitness trackers are at the forefront of one of the fastest growing industries today. These devices empower people to take their health into their own hands. By tracking and analyzing our body’s data we can make more informed decisions about our health and well-being. This trend in tracking our bodies is becoming widely known as the quantifiable self. Tracking health is not just for individuals. Agencies have a lot to gain from tracking and analyzing their own business health. Most already track revenues and profits, but what about time?  Time is one metric, like…
  • Intervals Tip: The Right-Click

    John Reeve
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:17 pm
    While most of the Intervals application is simple and straightforward, there are some features that are less obvious. One such feature is the right-click contextual menu. Features reserved for more advanced scenarios where the customer is already familiar with the basics. When viewing a list of tasks, milestones, or projects, Intervals will respond to a right-click by displaying a menu of options for updating part of that item. For example, right-clicking on a task will give you the option to change its status, add a comment, and more. The right-click contextual menu makes updating your…
  • Five Simple PostgreSQL Optimizations for Improving Performance

    John Reeve
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:40 pm
    The Open Source PostgreSQL database is one of the most popular relational databases. More and more Web developers and DBAs are choosing PostgreSQL for it’s stability and reliability. The out-of-the-box install of PostgreSQL is good, but a few basic configuration changes can make it much faster while using fewer system resources. Tuning a database can be overwhelming for web developers, so we’ve kept these recommendations simple and conservative. To squeeze the most performance out of PostgreSQL we recommend hiring a company that specializes in PostgreSQL. shared_buffers The…
  • Five Linux Commands Every Web Developer Should Know

    John Reeve
    10 Dec 2014 | 3:42 pm
    The prevalence of code frameworks has benefited web developers greatly. Web developers can focus in on the application layer of the software stack and churn out web sites with unprecedented quality and speed. Meanwhile, the database layer and operating system are largely unaffected by the application. That is, until something goes wrong. In my 20 years as a web developer, performance issues have typically been the result of application inefficiencies introduced by myself and other developers. The application is hogging too much RAM, or running a poorly written database query, and chaos…
 
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    Utpal Vaishnav

  • Screw It, Let’s Do It!

    Utpal Vaishnav
    22 Feb 2015 | 5:39 am
    “Screw It, Let’s Do It!” ~ Sir Richard Branson This is one of the most powerful advices one could ever get. It’s powerful because it can change lives. It’s powerful because it works … however, it’s not so easy to make it work. The reason is your #1 enemy who pretends to be your friend and lives inside you. Outside enemies are relatively easy to deal with. You know who they are. You know what their intentions are. You know you have to be careful or you’re gone. But the enemy inside you, the voice of procrastination and resistance,…
  • In Search of Self-Worth

    Utpal Vaishnav
    18 Feb 2015 | 7:09 am
    Do you know what’s your self worth? Are you in search of things that are beyond the logical boundaries of sorts? Do you believe in … yourself, your vision, your co-founders, your product idea … … and your startup so deeply that others find your beliefs highly opinionated, unreasonable and outside the generally accepted norms? If so, then chances are you might be creating your destiny in a way you won’t regret later. But if your default is to never sound opinionated, unreasonable and you always strive to act within the accepted norms, then you’re probably…
  • Startup Founders And Social Validation

    Utpal Vaishnav
    3 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    What is your first response when you encounter a tremor? You wonder if anyone else has also noticed the tremor. The need for “validation” is widespread and happens for incidents that don’t involve tremor as well. If those in your group feel something, you’ll too. That’s the reason we look around before we start clapping on really good speech by that inspiring guest speaker. Why should it matter if people in  your group felt the way you did about the episode? Because it matters. A lot. Social validation matters. Startup founders are no different. They…
  • The Perfect Time to Do the Exercise

    Utpal Vaishnav
    13 Jan 2015 | 10:54 am
    The perfect time to do the exercise is when you don’t feel like doing it. The perfect time to do the exercise is when you don’t feel like it will have an immediate positive impact on your belly fat. The perfect time to exercise is when you have a choice not to do it. The perfect time to exercise is when you have realized that doing exercise is important and it is more worth than the time, energy and efforts it will take. Same is the case with learning a new skill or taking your spouse on an intentional date after 15 years of marriage. Same is the case with doing anything that you…
  • My Website Has Lost Weight – Feeling Lean!

    Utpal Vaishnav
    8 Jan 2015 | 11:55 am
    Let me confess this – I wasn’t very excited about how my website looked in 2014. I knew that my website didn’t look bad. It wasn’t too cluttered and it was based on Genesis, an industry standard WordPress theme framework upon which I built a custom child theme in early 2013. My website looked okay (except my photo in the middle as I was carrying 8 kg more weight than what I am today). It was mobile responsive. It loaded fast. It was search optimized and it just worked. But I was feeling that the UX of my website could have been better. “The more you…
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    Project Management Methodologies

  • Three Techniques for Scope Change Management

    admin
    23 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    1. Hold Everyone Accountable for Scope Management Many scope management processes work well at the project manager level, but get compromised by team members. If the project manager is diligent in enforcing the scope change rules, your customer may try to go directly to team members for changes. The bottom line is that everyone needs to be held accountable for the scope management process. Team members must understand the process and why it is important. Your customer  must also understand the process and its importance. Don’t consider these procedures to be only of interest to the…
  • Five Steps Before Estimating Work

    admin
    9 Feb 2015 | 8:24 am
    Estimating is hard enough. It is even harder if you are not prepared. Estimating a 20 hour chunk of work is not so hard. Estimating for full projects or large chunks of work can be challenging. Templates can help, but consider the following steps before you begin the estimating process. Get a clear picture of the work that is being estimated Many problems with estimation come because the estimator is not really sure what the work entails. You should avoid estimating work that you do not understand. This should not imply that you can know every detail. The estimating contingency is a way to…
  • Understand the Risk Tolerance Level in Your Organization

    admin
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:37 am
    All projects have risks and all risks have the potential for negatively impacting the project. You use risk management to determine the risks that are important enough to manage. During the risk identification process, you may encounter many risks that have some likelihood to occur and have a marginal impact to the project. The question to ask is whether the risk has enough impact on the project to worry about (this same question occurs for both qualitative and quantitative approaches). The answer says something about your risk tolerance. For example, let’s say you identify a risk that is…
  • The Power of the Aligned Organization

    admin
    12 Jan 2015 | 10:33 am
    When was the last time you rode in a car with wheels that were not properly aligned? Chances are it was a pretty rough ride. The car either pulled in one direction, making it hard work to keep it in your lane, or, it worked against itself as one tire pointed one way and another tire another way. The same thing can happen in our companies. The ride can be pretty bumpy, not to mention noisy, unless everyone is pointed in the same direction. That’s why it’s important to understand the five benefits of an aligned organization Benefit #1 – Ensures Everyone Works on the Right Things The first…
  • The Customer May Not Know Enough to Completely Define the Project

    admin
    29 Dec 2014 | 10:29 am
    Sometimes the project manager places too high an expectation on the amount of foresight and vision that customers and sponsors have. In many cases, the project manager will go to the customer looking for answers to help define the project and the customer will not have all of the information needed. This happens all the time and it does not mean that the customer does not know what they are doing. In many cases, especially for large projects, the customer has a vision of what the end results will be, but cannot yet articulate this vision into concrete objectives, deliverables and scope. …
 
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    projectsatwork.com

  • 2015 Agile PM Software Report

    24 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    A new research report from Software Advice sheds light on which functionalities of agile project management software have the greatest impact on efficiency, and the extent to which agile methods are used in teams beyond software development.
  • Yin-Yang Leadership

    24 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The ability to fully support and enable your team to grow, and at the same time challenge and stretch it, is a skill that can be learned and honed over time. Let's look at how you can do this by using the concepts of yang (which pushes continous improvement and innovation) and yin (which steps back and enables the team to do so).
  • Portfolio With A View

    22 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    An organization's cultural behaviors, processes and tools shape the way project information is reported, which, in turn, shapes decision-making at the executive level. In order to improve visibility into project portfolios, we must first reduce the fear of raising red flags - and then go beyond our comfort zones to start looking differently at what we see.
  • Scrum Alliance Launches Training Program

    22 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The new Added Qualifications certificate-based program will provide training in more advanced, business-critical topics, starting with Scaling Scrum Fundamentals.
  • The Strategic PMO

    22 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The strategic PMO goes beyond tactical execution and helps an organization bridge the gap between high-level strategy and project implementation. Here is a roadmap to get there by focusing on capabilities, prioritization, resource allocation, value realization and, ultimately, delivery, which encompasses measuring, understanding variance, predicting, realigning and reallocating.
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    BradEgeland.com - Blog

  • Good Information is Important to Your Project's Success

    2 Mar 2015 | 5:06 pm
    While we are emerging, somewhat, from difficult economic times, we still aren’t out of the woods just yet.  Projects are still going on hold, unemployment numbers were dropping but have now seemed to level out, and the housing market is no longer improving as it was so quickly before. What does this mean for business and projects?  Smaller teams, fewer resources, tighter budgets and shorter lead times mean that project management becomes ever more critical and the decision-making process becomes even more demanding.  CIOs, managers and project managers need to have access…
  • Why Resource Management is Better from a Dedicated PM

    2 Mar 2015 | 11:27 am
    I can't say that there is a magic formula to being a creative project manager. I’m not saying that project managers are awesome individuals with skills no one else possesses. There are some key criteria, I believe, that go along with being a solid project manager. But not all are critical and many organizations are ok with using roaming resources to lead one-off creative projects from time to time like possibly a lead designer or top marketing individual in the company – especially in smaller creative industry organizations. What I’m going to do is present a case for the…
  • Start the Project by Thinking About How it Should End

    27 Feb 2015 | 8:17 pm
    I realize this is a quote from Stephen Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” This one came to mind due to a recent post I saw on Twitter and it hit me that this is perfectly oriented toward project management. All PMs and all business professionals, really, should be keeping this mindset. Long range vision – not just the here and now. Start the project with the end in mind. What this quote really means is: begin each day, task, or project with a clear vision of your desired direction and destination, and then continue by flexing your proactive muscles to make…
  • What Resource Management Tasks Cause You the Most Pain?

    24 Feb 2015 | 5:31 pm
    Calling all creative project managers. What is your least favorite resource management task on the projects you manage? Resource forecasting?  Resolving conflicts between the team members you manage?... Read the full article...
  • Would Your Creative Client Hire Your Ad Agency Again?

    24 Feb 2015 | 8:57 am
    Do you ever ask yourself or your team this question as you’re working on a creative project? “Would this client hire our ad agency again to work on their next creative product rollout or marketing campaign?” While client satisfaction should probably always be our ultimate goal, we are often too busy in the here and now to  consider what’s going on with the client; are they excited about what we are doing for them, and will they want more? But that needs to be in our thoughts – especially if we are a strategic link to keeping a firm viable, grabbing new…
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    Project Management Tips || Project Management, Collaboration and Knowledge Management Blog

  • How To Use Social Media To Hire The Perfect Employee For Your Current Project

    Anna Rodriquez
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:32 am
    As the influx of social media permeates nearly every aspect of life including job prospects and career, companies are incorporating it in their recruitment for projects that require bringing in new employees. Doing so not only saves time and costs, but it also allows project managers to better gauge the candidates and pick the best team members. More and more job seekers realize that social media can help people get a job faster. Couple that fact with the volume of netizens using social media as an extension of themselves and you have the perfect recipe for scouring the Web for top notch…
  • 5 Ways to wow your sponsor

    Elizabeth Harrin
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:22 am
    When you start working with a new project sponsor it’s important to make a good impression. Here are 5 ways to wow them with your project management prowess. 1. Hit your deadlines Project sponsors – and all managers when you think about it – appreciate someone who delivers what they say they are going to deliver. Hit your deadlines. If you can’t manage to make your deadlines and deliver your project actions on time, then at least have the courtesy to let them know. It’s poor stakeholder management if you let the dates drift without reporting back that a significant task has passed…
  • What skills do PMs need to lead complex projects?

    Elizabeth Harrin
    14 Feb 2015 | 3:27 am
    According to PMI’s Navigating Complexity: A Practice Guide, there are 6 skills that project managers should develop in order to excel at managing complex projects. Let’s take a look at what they are and how you can get them. Expertise Complex projects benefit from a project manager who has domain knowledge. Subject matter expertise can really help as it’s based on real-life, practical experience of this industry sector or discipline. How do I get it? Expertise is gained over a long period of time. It relies on carrying forward the learning from one project to another and working in a…
  • How to spot a priority project

    Elizabeth Harrin
    10 Feb 2015 | 3:24 am
    I was on the train recently and noticed the sticker announcing that the seats near the door were for priority customers: those with mobility problems, pregnant women and those with infants. Then it went on: “Please remember that the need for this seat may not be immediately obvious.” Priority projects might not look obvious either. The projects that are the top of the list may not appear that exciting from the outside. Here’s how you spot a priority project. They enable something else Some projects aren’t glamorous in themselves. Think, for example, of a network upgrade. That…
  • 5 Amazing Planning Techniques

    Elizabeth Harrin
    3 Feb 2015 | 3:20 am
    How do you plan a project? I see many project managers sitting down with sticky notes or a laptop and trying to collate information from emails and conversations into one plan. There’s nothing wrong with sticky notes and laptops, by the way. It’s the ‘trying to do it all yourself’ part that is a problem. If you want an amazing plan, you have to use amazing planning techniques, and it is virtually impossible to do that alone. Let me explain more, and share another four tips for creating a great project plan as well. 1. Work as a team It’s really important to realise that as a project…
 
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    Ron Rosenhead

  • What a great report – every company should read it

    Ron Rosenhead
    18 Feb 2015 | 2:48 am
    I like to try and keep up with my reading and was directed to a PMI report: Capturing the Value of Project Management. PMI produce an annual Pulse of the Profession report every year and this is an updated from 2015. I will give you a reference to the report at the end however do try and read what is … Read More >Related Posts:Where is my project update report?Reflection – 400 BlogsInstead of a project report, I wrote you this….Failed project costs taxpayers £50millionProject estimating – optimistic planning bias strikes…
  • Project sponsor or project manager?

    Ron Rosenhead
    3 Feb 2015 | 1:48 am
    Last week I wrote about the issue of roles – essentially, am I sponsor or a project manager? I want to continue the theme of project sponsorship and a presentation I did for the British Computer Society, PromsG. The talk was called Project Sponsorship – Bridging the Gap. The audience were a mix of project management professionals and consultants. Before … Read More >Related Posts:Who are your good project management role models?Today’s quiz question on project management is…Will you join us? Master Class – Strategies for Project…So, how good are you?Reflection –…
  • Why was there real tension in the room?

    Ron Rosenhead
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:14 am
    The 14 people were clearly struggling. They were reluctant to engage with each other or with me. What was going on? Let me set the scene a bit more. This was a course for project sponsors and the group were all senior managers. We spoke about the research which all pointed to the importance of the sponsor role, and the … Read More >Related Posts:Project sponsor or project manager?Who are your good project management role models?Do you believe in this project?Making project management compulsory. What do you think?How to say no without saying no!
  • Public or in house training – the choice is yours

    Ron Rosenhead
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:21 am
    My company, Project Agency receives a wide range of range of requests for services from clients. Over the last few months some of have asked if we run public courses, as they do not have sufficient people for an in house course. I am pleased to say we will be running a range of public courses through 2015: The Perfect … Read More >Related Posts:Will you join us? Master Class – Strategies for Project…Practical project management training – it works!What a great report – every company should read itWhy is project management so fragmented in companies?Have you really…
  • So, what have I learned this year II?

    Ron Rosenhead
    6 Jan 2015 | 3:50 am
    I wrote the first part of this blog article in late December and this week sees more learning from 2014. NOTE: these are elements I have seen during the year, not made up! So, to repeat my introduction from the last blog posting: ‘As the year draws to a close, I sat last Sunday and decided it was time to … Read More >Related Posts:So, what have I learned this year 1?Reflection – 400 BlogsThe 7 deadly sins of project managementLessons learned or lessons identified…?Who are your good project management role models?
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    managewell.net

  • Using blog as a teaching aid

    TV
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:36 am
    Last year, I started conducting an experiment in my classes. For the class assignment, I asked my students to write a blog post that they would need to share among all class mates. Also, I insisted that the blog post be visible to anyone on the internet. Here's why I did that:
  • Want best impact? Change yourself!

    TV
    16 Feb 2015 | 2:02 am
    A lot of us want to create an impact, especially the ones that comes in B-I-G font size. Change the world. Stop global warming. Establish world peace. Find cancer cure. Stop wars. Leave a legacy that lasts forever. We want to conquer the world with our ideas, our creation, our accomplishments.
  • What 16months of stay at Antarctica taught me?

    TV
    8 Jan 2015 | 8:55 pm
    It's been twenty years since I went to the magnificent seventh continent (which, ironically, became the first continent that I visited, apart from Asia, where I was born and grew up). I just have to close my eye for a few seconds, and I am still able to teleport myself back to majestic and pristine Antarctica, and the Indian station Maitriwhich was my home for 16 months during 1993-95.
  • Is your talent adorning the restroom?

    TV
    2 Jan 2015 | 6:39 am
    On my recent visit to a wonderful new luxury hotel in town, I found it very interesting that an artist's work was commissioned right outside the restroom. It seemed, at least to me, that the only reason that painter, or rather her talent, was of any particular importance to the hotel designers was if she could paint something that fitted the small wall that welcomed people to the restroom.
  • Why do you pay people? No, really?

    TV
    7 Dec 2014 | 9:18 am
    I think the only reason why we (must) pay people is so they bring ideas to the workplace. New, big, fresh, stolen, borrowed, bold, controversial, unscientific, unproven, risky, weak, potential gamechangers, disruptor of status quo, creative, ridiculous, audacious (big hairy audacious is even better), slayer of mindless bureaucracy, harbingers of change...just about anything will do as long as they bring something to the workplace, as opposed to just being a plug-and-play part in the giant corporate machinery whose daily activities are pretty much pre-decided as per the giant process manual.
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    The Critical Path by Derek Huether

  • Is Agile Now a Social Movement?

    Derek Huether
    21 Feb 2015 | 11:21 am
    Mike Cottmeyer, LeadingAgile’s founder, asked the question on the company blog. When Did Agile Become a Social Movement? It seems to me back in the day, agile was about getting product into market faster… it was about working with customers to make sure we were building the stuff they really wanted… it was about craftsmanship and quality and excellence. There is a part of me that feels like some of us have taken things like self-organization, empowerment, and collaboration to an illogical extreme. Potentially to the detriment of some of our other goals. Though I do not agree with…
  • You Need More Process and Tools

    Derek Huether
    16 Feb 2015 | 4:22 am
    Even in an environment where you have a single, ideal, co-located cross-functional team, I believe you’re going to need processes and tools. The more complex and distributed your organization, the more processes and tools you’re going to need. Doesn’t sound very agile does it? Well, get over it. You’re going to need processes and tools to enable individuals and interactions. If you can’t sit in your chair and make direct eye contact with everyone on your team, you need more processes and tools. Hell, even if you can see everyone, you’ll still need…
  • Eliminating waste with reusable story cards

    Derek Huether
    11 Jan 2015 | 7:23 am
    When coaching clients who use physical team boards, I’m seeing more of them gravitate away from pins and painters tape and toward the use of magnetic whiteboards, sticky-notes and index cards. I see them making a substantial upfront investment in the whiteboards and then again with magnets. If the magnets are too costly, I see them make the lessor but incremental investment in painters tape, post-it notes and paper index cards.  So, how do you eliminate the waste of the disposable index card or post-it note?  Just combine the magnet and card! To be clear, I’ve got no skin in the…
  • Agile Zombies – Fight the Dead. Fear the Living

    Derek Huether
    6 Dec 2014 | 11:51 am
    Agile Zombies – Fight the Dead. Fear the Living Inspired by artwork by Pictofigo The post Agile Zombies – Fight the Dead. Fear the Living appeared first on The Critical Path by Derek Huether. Related posts: Waterfall Zombie vs. Agile Zombie The Cave of Zombies Feedback is Good Against Zombies Identify Stakeholders (& Zombies) Agile Process Posters v2.0
  • Could a Patent Troll Kill Agile?

    Derek Huether
    30 Nov 2014 | 7:35 am
    Patent Trolls I don’t personally own any patents but perhaps I should reconsider.  If you own a patent, you can sue people for infringing on it.  You don’t have to actually create anything valuable. You just sue people and make money.  You’d think it sounds crazy but it’s happening!  People known as “patent trolls” are buying patents for the sole purpose of suing others.  One guy in Texas owns a patent and sent out 9,000 letter demanding $1000.  The violation?  He claimed to have patents that cover any networked “scan-to-email” function.
 
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    Project Accelerator News

  • Problems, conflicts and decisions

    Lynda Bourne
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:51 pm
    Whilst frequently treated as separate topics, conflict management, problem solving and decision making are interrelated and all are focused on achieving the best possible outcome.In an ideal world there would always be sufficient information and rational maturity to treat everything as a problem and apply the following steps to reach the optimum solution:Investigate the problem.Define the problem (the way it is defined will influence the solution).Identify the root cause.Define the solution space.Generate options – this can include: – Group creative processes such as brainstorming;…
  • Project Managers Work One Day a Week for Free

    Lindsay Scott
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:35 am
    In the latest Project Management Benchmark Report from Arras People, the independent annual report of the project management industry, of over 2000 practitioners polled, it was found that the average practitioner delivering +20% on top of their contracted hours. Working one extra day a week for no extra remuneration is a common occurrence yet wage levels in general still remain stagnant for the majority of project managers.This is the tenth year of providing insights into the lives and careers of project managers and those who work in the project management profession. The report, starting…
  • Project Challenge Returns to Birmingham

    Lindsay Scott
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:32 am
    Project Challenge returns to Birmingham this Spring, or should that be zooms back to Birmingham as it is being held at the National Motorcycle Museum on 25-26th March 2015. The venue choice has already made a fair few project managers register already but if you’re not into your Triumphs or Nortons there is still plenty to entice you.Lindsay Scott from Arras People is back again, presenting on project management careers. This time Lindsay will be talking about Project Management Careers – 7 Ways to Make Yours Better. It’s bumper packed session taking you through many different aspects…
  • What happens when a project goes red?

    Paul Naybour
    20 Feb 2015 | 9:59 am
    I’ve previously blogged about the use of RAG reporting for project status. This an effective way of highlighting the project status to senior managers using Red, Amber and Green assigns for the status the project. However given that 70% of projects failed to achieve the objectives then we can expect most projects to go through Red or Amber light during their lifetime. However many project managers are reluctant to make the project Red status. The feel the flagging up a red status is an admission of failure and the project manager will be blamed for the condition the project. This the…
  • GrowthAccelerator Leadership & Management Grants

    Paul Naybour
    11 Feb 2015 | 8:17 am
    Eligible companies that are accepted onto GrowthAccelerator (now part of the Business Growth Service) are able to access £2,000 of match-funded training grants towards the leadership and management training of eligible senior managers within the business.This “Leadership & Management” grant is available to small and medium businesses with an annual turnover of less than £40m p.a. and with fewer than 250 full-time employees.The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) have also announced a pilot scheme called the Growth Impact Pilot to test how well small businesses…
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  • What is a Monte Carlo Simulation?

    Fahad Usmani
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:25 am
    If you are involved in risk management, you must be aware of the Monte Carlo simulation. The Monte Carlo simulation is a quantitative risk analysis technique which is used to identify the risk level of completing the project. This is one of the most important techniques in risk management; however, you will not see a […]
  • A Short Guide to Expected Monetary Value (EMV)

    Fahad Usmani
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:50 am
    I am writing this blog post on expected monetary value (EMV) upon receiving a request from a visitor of my blog named Mohammad Anjum. This technique is an important part of risk management, which is usually used in large and complex projects. Expected monetary value is used in the Perform Quantitative Risks Analysis process, and […]
  • A List of the Best and Free PMP Exam Study Resources

    Fahad Usmani
    26 Dec 2014 | 1:19 am
    I know that every PMP aspirant is always looking for PMP exam study resources to help them in their studies. This has happened with me as well; I also used to do a lot of research on the Internet to find the free or the cheapest PMP exam material. During my search on PMP exam […]
  • 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 […]
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  • What a great report – every company should read it

    Ron Rosenhead
    18 Feb 2015 | 2:48 am
    I like to try and keep up with my reading and was directed to a PMI report: Capturing the Value of Project Management. PMI produce an annual Pulse of the Profession report every year and this is an updated from 2015. I will give you a reference to the report at the end however do try and read what is … Read More >Related Posts:Where is my project update report?Reflection – 400 BlogsInstead of a project report, I wrote you this….Failed project costs taxpayers £50millionProject estimating – optimistic planning bias strikes…
  • Project sponsor or project manager?

    Ron Rosenhead
    3 Feb 2015 | 1:48 am
    Last week I wrote about the issue of roles – essentially, am I sponsor or a project manager? I want to continue the theme of project sponsorship and a presentation I did for the British Computer Society, PromsG. The talk was called Project Sponsorship – Bridging the Gap. The audience were a mix of project management professionals and consultants. Before … Read More >Related Posts:Who are your good project management role models?Today’s quiz question on project management is…Will you join us? Master Class – Strategies for Project…So, how good are you?Reflection –…
  • Why was there real tension in the room?

    Ron Rosenhead
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:14 am
    The 14 people were clearly struggling. They were reluctant to engage with each other or with me. What was going on? Let me set the scene a bit more. This was a course for project sponsors and the group were all senior managers. We spoke about the research which all pointed to the importance of the sponsor role, and the … Read More >Related Posts:Project sponsor or project manager?Who are your good project management role models?Do you believe in this project?Making project management compulsory. What do you think?How to say no without saying no!
  • Public or in house training – the choice is yours

    Ron Rosenhead
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:21 am
    My company, Project Agency receives a wide range of range of requests for services from clients. Over the last few months some of have asked if we run public courses, as they do not have sufficient people for an in house course. I am pleased to say we will be running a range of public courses through 2015: The Perfect … Read More >Related Posts:Will you join us? Master Class – Strategies for Project…Practical project management training – it works!What a great report – every company should read itWhy is project management so fragmented in companies?Have you really…
  • So, what have I learned this year II?

    Ron Rosenhead
    6 Jan 2015 | 3:50 am
    I wrote the first part of this blog article in late December and this week sees more learning from 2014. NOTE: these are elements I have seen during the year, not made up! So, to repeat my introduction from the last blog posting: ‘As the year draws to a close, I sat last Sunday and decided it was time to … Read More >Related Posts:So, what have I learned this year 1?Reflection – 400 BlogsThe 7 deadly sins of project managementLessons learned or lessons identified…?Who are your good project management role models?
 
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  • Project Managers: Do Interior Designers understand their value?

    Ralph Dopping
    15 Feb 2015 | 9:24 am
    Project Managers are from Mars, Interior Designers are from Venus. These days our clients, more often than not, bring Project Managers to the table and personally, I applaud them for it. Yes, this Interior Designer appreciates the Project Managers role on the project team. It makes as much sense to have Project Managers on a project as it does any other discipline. I don’t say that lightly because I have had my fair share of negative experiences over the years. You know, those experiences where some Project Managers are a less than stellar human beings and understand their jobs are, for…
  • The Principles of Collaborative Project Delivery

    Ralph Dopping
    8 Feb 2015 | 7:14 am
    Early in 2012 I was approached by a continuing education association and offered an opportunity to prepare a presentation on how collaboration influences project delivery. The brief on the topic I received was the following: Collaborative project delivery breaks down the silos of responsibility requiring close cooperation among all major participants and aligns participant success to project success. That really got me thinking about what I had done in my career that could demonstrate the topic in a tangible way. I very quickly realized that I only had to look to my current team at the time…
  • Competence: the best designed app ever

    Ralph Dopping
    17 Jan 2015 | 12:07 pm
    You can’t fake your way through anything these days. This reminder is courtesy of Daniel Pink, whose new book To Sell is Human warns that in an age where anyone can find anything out online there’s less opportunity for the consumer to be taken advantage of. I have finished the book, and the thoughts around information parity made a big impression on me. The Interior Design industry has also evolved in this regard. Clients are becoming much more sophisticated. Access to information, be it about products, processes or ideas, presents Interior Designers not only with the challenge of keeping…
  • Quantitative data: Can it improve client relationships?

    Ralph Dopping
    4 Jan 2015 | 5:58 am
    Have you ever tried to measure the quality of your relationships? When Interior Designers map out physical workspace for our clients, we observe their behavior as part of the design process. We look for reactions to our compiled data, and we take cues from their responses to better understand their needs. As a natural part of the process we start to develop a relationship. The interactions within that relationship are an integral part of the design process, because that’s where problems get resolved. Our relationships with our clients influence the success of our projects a number of ways.
  • Behavior: Influencing workplace design.

    Ralph Dopping
    3 Jan 2015 | 12:50 pm
    Is behavior even something you consider when designing a workplace? Some people wear their hearts on their sleeves but we all wear our behavior on our sleeves. Good or bad, it’s there for us all to see. If you consider our behavior makes us who we are and our actions essentially define us it’s important to ensure we are fully aware how our actions impact those around us. It stands to reason, for any leadership professional, regardless of vocation, if we want to elicit a certain outcome there’s no better way than to lead by example. As Interior Designers we are not formally trained…
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  • How Will You Spend Your Day at Work?

    Ben Ferris
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:49 am
    When you are in the midst of a busy project your days can fly by in the blink of an eye. In my experience it can be extremely stressful to discover that it is now 11 o’clock, you haven’t done anything you had planned to do in the first couple of hours at work and the coffee which has been on your desk for two hours is now stone cold. So how you can organise your day in order to spend your time in a better way? I have never found a scientific way of doing this but here are the tips I have picked up over the years. Prioritize the Tasks It kind of makes sense to do the urgent stuff first,…
  • Which Cartoon Character Would You Have on Your Project Team?

    Ben Ferris
    18 Feb 2015 | 3:45 am
    My little girl makes sure that I see plenty of cartoons even when I would rather be doing something else like sleeping. If it isn’t Dora running about with that annoying little monkey of hers it is that little boy who thinks he is a knight from the Middle Ages. Anyway, as I tried to close my tired eyes and block out the singing of the Backyardigans this morning I fell into a strange kind of stupor in which I imagined working on a project with some cartoon characters. Here are some of the people and animals who I started to think about as project workers, and my thoughts on how they might…
  • Could You Be an Olympic Gold Medalist in Project Management?

    Ben Ferris
    11 Feb 2015 | 3:41 am
    One of the best presentations I have ever been to was given by a UK Olympic medal holder. On the face of it someone who had won gold by cycling around a track didn’t seem to have a lot to teach a bunch of experienced project managers. However, as he talked about the dedication and positive thinking which goes into a genuine Olympic attempt it was clear to us all that we could put a lot of his tips into practice in our jobs. So, if there was an Olympic games for project managers how would you do? To find out the answer I reckon that we need to consider the points below. How Dedicated Are…
  • 5 People Who Can Help You Become a Better Project Manager

    Ben Ferris
    4 Feb 2015 | 2:29 am
    We all want to become a better project manager if we can but how will you do this? There are a number of different ways of improving your performance and, therefore, your career. Perhaps it would be best to consider this point in terms of the people who could help you in this aspect. You There is no doubt that the person who has most control of your career and your performance is you. If you have worked in other types of role in which this wasn’t the case then now is a good time for you to consider how big a part your own attitude plays in your development as a project leader. Are you…
  • Let the Dalai Lama Give You a Little More Project Wisdom

    Ben Ferris
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:54 am
    If we look hard enough we can find inspiring and heart warming phrases in lots of different places. Best of all, we can usually always adapt the best ones to our life and our current situations no matter who we are and what we do. For example, one of my personal heroes is the Dalai Lama (the 14th one if you are keeping count). I don’t look up to him for religious reasons really. I just find that he comes across as a simple, wise person who has a lot of good stuff to tell us. He might never have seen a project plan or been to a project definition meeting in his life but let’s see how some…
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  • Wishful Thinking as a Management Style

    Shim Marom
    5 Feb 2015 | 10:42 pm
    I haven’t been here for awhile and while I’ve been busy (actually, very busy) I couldn’t resist the following message: WISHFUL THINKING IS NOT A RECOMMENDED RISK MITIGATION STRATEGY Think about it!
  • My PMI Australia Conference Presentation re Transforming to Agile

    Shim Marom
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:54 pm
    I had the pleasure of presenting at the Australia PMI Conference in Melbourne yesterday. The topic was “Transform yourself from Traditional to Agile Project Manager”.  
  • PMI Australia Conference 2014

    Shim Marom
    6 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
      In case you’re in Melbourne early September and happen to attend the Australian PMI Conference don’t forget to look me up. I will be presenting a session on “Transform yourself from traditional to Agile project manager”. Here’s my submitted abstract: For many ‘traditional’ project managers the encounter with agile and agility is a confrontational one. While many project managers have been trained in the art of project management based on a set of governance principles grounded in command-and-control related management techniques; managing projects in…
  • Musings About Coaching

    Shim Marom
    4 Aug 2014 | 10:30 pm
    I come across many people that call themselves ‘coaches’. I come across ‘coaches’ that certainly ‘talk the talk’ but have no real experience to back that up. And here’s my dilemma: Should I take such coaches seriously? Can one become a coach by knowing the domain (as opposed to ‘doing’ in the domain)? Am I just too damn closed minded? Think about it!
  • Musings About #Agile #Retrospectives

    Shim Marom
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Like many things in life, Retrospective – as a concept – can have many layers of abstraction. At the superficial level it can be used to identify symptoms and find ways dealing with them. At a deeper level it can be used to highlight symptoms and attempt a rudimentary root-cause-analysis and possible experiments to address them. At a fundamental level it can be used to highlight symptoms, explore their causes and explore the attitudes and motivations that need changing in order to better address such occurrences in the future. If I understand this correctly, deeper retrospection and…
 
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  • How to Manage Scope on Your Project

    jason
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:15 am
    What is your project actually going to deliver? No not the high-level one-line pitch about creating more value for customers or whatever it is that your project sponsor talks about. The full list of tangible products that your project is working on.You should have one of these in fact this scope statement is one of the most useful documents that a project manager uses. It clearly states everything that the project will deliver so if it isn't on the list your project resources shouldn't be working on it.That's all fine in theory isn't it? But how do you do' scope management? It's really very…
  • How To Earn PDUs From Your Day Job

    jason
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:15 am
    As a PMI Project Management Professional (PMP) you have to keep your certification up to date with a program of continuous professional development. This is called the Continuing Certification Requirements. You have to earn Professional Development Units over a 3-year period in order to maintain your credential. At the end of the 3-year period you have to attest to having done your professional development.However project managers are busy people and trying to fit in professional development can be tricky when you are scheduling your projects by day and planning dinners by night. When do you…
  • 5 Tests for Project Success

    jason
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:15 am
    The start of a projectusually begins with a clearly definedbusiness case however formal or informal this might be. Someone comes up with an idea puts some detail around it and then presents it to whatever body does the approving of projects in your organization.It's at that point before the project planning begins that your project should pass the specific tests to determine its chances of success.Does yours? Check out these tests to determine whether your project is poised to achieve the best possible outcome...Test #1: Does Your ProjectAlign WithStrategy?Projects are always done for a…
  • How to Save a Failing Project

    jason
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:15 am
    When every status update you get from the project team makes you feel less confident about the project it's time to do something. Projects get into difficulties for all kinds of reasons the trick is in knowing how to get them out before your project is doomed to fail.Read our 4-step guide to learn how to save your failing project.How to know if your project is failingFirst let's define what's meant by a project that is failing. Your project is in trouble and in need of saving if you determine that one or more of these situations will happen:Your project is over the acceptable budget…
  • 5 Ways to Manage Up

    jason
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:15 am
    Project Managers need to know how to manage up down and sideways in an organization including those more senior than you such asC-Suite andsenior project leadership.Here aresome insights into how to best work with and leverage executive experience for the benefit of all.We all have to report to someone.Some executives are collaborative others are dictatorial. Somemay be completely hands off while others will want to run your project for you. Some are fun to work with while others are definitely not. The question is: How can you manage someone who is more senior than you?When Your Project…
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  • Join Deltek Traffic Live’s Cocktails & Conversation event for DPM at SXSW Interactive 2015

    Ben Aston
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:38 pm
    Posted in General SXSW is now recognised as one of the world’s most influential dates on the calendar for interactive technology, music and film. If you’re a digital project manager lucky enough to be headed to SXSW Interactive this year, be sure to start off your trip at Kickoff SXSW with Cocktails, Conversation and Creative Leaders, a free event hosted by Deltek Traffic Live on Thursday, March 12 from 4:00pm – 7:00pm at Abel’s on the Lake. Sadly I won’t... The post Join Deltek Traffic Live’s Cocktails & Conversation event for DPM at SXSW Interactive 2015 appeared…
  • 10 great Digital Project Management tools for February 2015

    Ben Aston
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:51 am
    Posted in GeneralTools Digital project management tools – we love them! If there’s one thing digital project managers agree on it’s that we all love finding great new tools! Anything that makes our lives easier and the job of project managing simpler has got to be a good thing. In this post, I’ve chosen a few of my favorite digital project management tools I’m currently using as well as some alternatives to which are worth checking out because... The post 10 great Digital Project Management tools for February 2015 appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.
  • Punchtime for Trello

    Ben Aston
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:14 pm
    Posted in Tools http:// Add some nifty browser integrated or mobile app time tracking to tasks on your project with Punchtime – a great freemium time analysis tool and plugin for Trello. The post Punchtime for Trello appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.
  • How to run a great project discovery workshop - Ask the right questions

    Ben Aston
    20 Feb 2015 | 7:36 am
    Posted in General A common cause of project failure or an unhappy client at the end of a project is that the client didn’t get what they thought they’d be getting. It’s no one’s fault in particular; clients can find it hard define their briefs and as agencies, we can be guilty of not being clear about what we’re actually delivering. So how can we ensure that we’re all on the same page? It starts off during the... The post How to run a great project discovery workshop - Ask the right questions appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.
  • Dilbert on the importance of building a great project team

    Ben Aston
    19 Feb 2015 | 11:23 pm
    Posted in General The post Dilbert on the importance of building a great project team appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.
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  • Why can agile project management fail

    admin
    4 Feb 2015 | 12:05 pm
    The switch to Agile project management can be exciting at first. There seems to be a lot of collaboration going on since team members are all learning new terminology and practices together. However, things can start getting rocky a few weeks or months into the transition. Here are some of the most common reasons Agile fails. The Team Doesn’t Understand the Basics Agile serves as a foundation for many different methods or frameworks of software development. If the team has no understanding of Agile principles, they can easily become confused when they are asked to switch to Scrum,…
  • 4 Reasons Why Agile Development Could Benefit Every Business

    admin
    29 Dec 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Traditional methods of project management have not always delivered the right outcome, at the right cost, according to the right timescale. As such, many businesses are turning to agile project development as a means of delivering change. With agile development, project teams concentrate on short, intensive phases of work (called iterations), which focus on key tasks (known as user stories). Unlike more traditional methods of development, project teams put less effort into the design up-front, and spend more time developing the needs that the user has identified.  Learn more about the…
  • Cloud Based Project Management Software can help your business

    admin
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:21 am
    Businesses must remain competitive in this rapidly changing world of technology. There is a constant need to find more efficient ways to keep up with the new trends in industries all over the world.  In order to keep their competitive edge it has become increasingly necessary for a business to have access to their informational data beyond the outdated 9 to 5 shifts of previous years.  Those that are still trying to maintain hard data in older systems are finding that they are moving far to slow to keep up with the speed of the constantly evolving world.  This is especially true when it…
  • Tips on choosing the right Project Management Software

    admin
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:48 am
    Choosing the right project management software may require some level of technical knowledge and a foundation that most people won’t have.  While you may not want to go to the extent of taking on a major study of computer software you will need to have at least a basic understanding of the type of programs you need in order to make the best decision for your company. Sponsored by: Unfuddle.com Brings your projects to LIFE. Enjoy the process, LOVE the result! Consider the advice of Jennifer Lonoff Schiff of CIO,“The best project management software in the world will not help your…
  • Agile Tutorial video

    admin
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:37 am
    Do you need to learn Agile? Check out this quick introduction video about Agile and delivering customer value to your customers. This quick Agile tutorial is focused to the Scrum methodology.
 
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  • How to Manage Scope on Your Project

    jason
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:15 am
    What is your project actually going to deliver? No not the high-level one-line pitch about creating more value for customers or whatever it is that your project sponsor talks about. The full list of tangible products that your project is working on.You should have one of these in fact this scope statement is one of the most useful documents that a project manager uses. It clearly states everything that the project will deliver so if it isn't on the list your project resources shouldn't be working on it.That's all fine in theory isn't it? But how do you do' scope management? It's really very…
  • How To Earn PDUs From Your Day Job

    jason
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:15 am
    As a PMI Project Management Professional (PMP) you have to keep your certification up to date with a program of continuous professional development. This is called the Continuing Certification Requirements. You have to earn Professional Development Units over a 3-year period in order to maintain your credential. At the end of the 3-year period you have to attest to having done your professional development.However project managers are busy people and trying to fit in professional development can be tricky when you are scheduling your projects by day and planning dinners by night. When do you…
  • 5 Tests for Project Success

    jason
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:15 am
    The start of a projectusually begins with a clearly definedbusiness case however formal or informal this might be. Someone comes up with an idea puts some detail around it and then presents it to whatever body does the approving of projects in your organization.It's at that point before the project planning begins that your project should pass the specific tests to determine its chances of success.Does yours? Check out these tests to determine whether your project is poised to achieve the best possible outcome...Test #1: Does Your ProjectAlign WithStrategy?Projects are always done for a…
  • How to Save a Failing Project

    jason
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:15 am
    When every status update you get from the project team makes you feel less confident about the project it's time to do something. Projects get into difficulties for all kinds of reasons the trick is in knowing how to get them out before your project is doomed to fail.Read our 4-step guide to learn how to save your failing project.How to know if your project is failingFirst let's define what's meant by a project that is failing. Your project is in trouble and in need of saving if you determine that one or more of these situations will happen:Your project is over the acceptable budget…
  • 5 Ways to Manage Up

    jason
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:15 am
    Project Managers need to know how to manage up down and sideways in an organization including those more senior than you such asC-Suite andsenior project leadership.Here aresome insights into how to best work with and leverage executive experience for the benefit of all.We all have to report to someone.Some executives are collaborative others are dictatorial. Somemay be completely hands off while others will want to run your project for you. Some are fun to work with while others are definitely not. The question is: How can you manage someone who is more senior than you?When Your Project…
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  • What You Need To Do While Managing Virtual Teams!

    Khemchand Joshi
    15 Feb 2015 | 11:39 pm
    As businesses continue to expand globally, working teams and their managers are increasingly getting separated by many miles and different time zones. Though, the virtual concept has many advantages to it, but at the same time, it presents a number of managerial challenges for the organization. Online working pattern makes the work being done less formalized and even the companies don’t have clear policies on how to manage virtual project teams. Today, leading a project team simply means leading people located at different offices, in different countries and different time zones.
  • Preparing Project Governance Plans For Better Project Proceeding

    Khemchand Joshi
    3 Feb 2015 | 3:43 am
    Project decisions are made within strict boundaries and effective project governance. Project governance is one of the most crucial aspects and is considered as the primary process deliverable as a part of the fast paced management process. Since it is very essential for optimized project execution, it is taken as a high priority deliverable. A governance plan mainly serves four key roles while managing a project: Promote productivity, consistency and adherence to stakeholders’ expectations Take in use pre-defined practices to produce quality deliverables Deploy flexible practices …
  • Lead Your Teams In Nelson Mandela’s Style!

    Khemchand Joshi
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:54 am
    As the world still remembers the legacy and teachings of former South African President and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Nelson Mandela, business communities take the leadership lessons from the leader. His leadership skills are relevant at every organizational level and give a direction to the leaders where they need to put their efforts. Here are the main leadership lessons that he left for the world: Leadership is Not Positional: You always don’t need a position to take the lead during certain situations. Mr. Nelson Mandela is a classic example of it. As President, he only served for 5…
  • Hit The Calendar Of 2015 With A Smart Team

    Khemchand Joshi
    23 Dec 2014 | 10:53 pm
    As the holiday season is about to begin, everyone is making plans for Christmas & New Year party. Amidst of all the fun and frolic, you need to think deeply as to how to use the season as perfect time to evaluate your yearlong performance and events that took place to plan a strong beginning for the next year. Here are the tips to make it a great year ending leaving behind a lot of opportunities for you to grab in 2015! Make Your List Of Success & Failures Make a list of all your achievements and shortlist which ones you want to achieve again. For your failures, write them down,…
  • Solve Project Mysteries Like A Detective

    Khemchand Joshi
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:22 am
    None of the project is immune to come to a situation where it needs to be diagnosed. You need to evaluate the entire set of series and drill down deeper like Sherlock Holmes to solve serious project mysteries. The strategy to solve these project puzzles and issues is as follows: Collect details: Whenever there is an issue, firstly gather all the related details and data. Just don’t go with what the team members have to say, investigate all the reports and each task preceding and its processing. Filter out the information that may help you in finding the root cause. Make Interpretations:…
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  • Why Hazards and risk are not the same on projects

    Kevin Lonergan
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:05 am
    Project risk management presents many challenges to project teams.  Two of them are understanding (across a broad enough range of people) and application, getting it done early enough in the project, when you are always very busy, so that it can have a genuinely positive impact on the project. In relation to understanding, there are many discussions that you can see around the Web on this topic, which demonstrate levels of understanding are not always where we might like them to be.  One such discussion is ‘hazards’ and ’risks’ – are they the same or are they different and if…
  • Why “Management by Exception” has no place on projects

    Kevin Lonergan
    2 Feb 2015 | 2:40 am
    Firstly, may we say this:  however strange this may sound, this post assumes that we start out really wanting to deliver the full project successfully, on time and within budget?  Next we have to ask the question, “how often does that really happen?”  This is the context for much of what follows. One thing we need to be clear on – we are not advocating that Project Managers sit on the shoulders of team members every day so that they see progress and issues – some will refer to that as micro management. At the same time, we are referring to a working environment that uses and…
  • New Video – What Makes a Great Project Manager?

    Kevin Lonergan
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:20 am
    We have just launched a new Video on “What makes a great Project Manager”.  As well as a brand new course on the same topic. Please feel free to comment at the foot of this post, as we would like to hear other people’s view on what makes the difference between an average and a great project manager.  We also have another post on developing great PMs in your business. Lastly, we have a strong belief that is it not one thing alone, but a combination of factors that make the difference.    
  • Brand new Course: “How to be a great project manager”

    Kevin Lonergan
    12 Jan 2015 | 4:50 am
    It is fairly rare to see a genuinely unique offering around the topic of project management, but we believe, this may well be one.  It’s a brand new course on “How to be a great project manager“. Many people believe that being a great project manager has very little to do with Gantt charts and methods, and everything to do with the degree to which individuals exercise a leadership role on projects.  This is not a pure leadership course, but it is a course on what that translates to in practical terms in the life of a project manager. During the course we will share the…
  • How to develop great project managers in any business.

    Kevin Lonergan
    4 Jan 2015 | 7:07 am
    Here’s an interesting question.  How do you find and develop great project managers in business?  Firstly, what do we mean by find?  Let’s be very honest – not everyone (who try’s) makes a good, let alone a great, project manager.  It requires an unusual combination of skills that you simply don’t find in very many people.    So, let’s start perhaps with: “how not to”: Too many people still find their way into project management more by accident than design.  By this we mean they are not first appointed to the role after a…
 
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  • SEO for Magento – Default Settings for Head Section

    TheDigitalPM
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:32 pm
    As Magento is such a substantial framework, each component can’t be relied upon to be manually entered before being utilized in the system. That is the reason Magento has a fall-back procedure in place for a lot of configurable choices. These can be found within System > Configuration > Design > HTML Head. For SEO purposes, the main default elements we are interested in are: Default Title - the Default Title of the pages.  This will only print to the source code when there isn’t an explicit title written in. Default Description – the Default Title would be…
  • Q&A: How do I get my new project started?

    TheDigitalPM
    28 Feb 2015 | 7:54 pm
    I’m an experienced individual contributor but very new to project management. How do I get my new project up and going? Getting Going Initiation into project management regularly involves turning into ‘‘accidental project manager.’’ Most of us get into it unexpectedly. One day you are tending to our own particular personal business and doing a great job as a team member. All of a sudden, without warning, someone taps you on the shoulder and says, ‘‘Surprise! You are now a project manager.’’ Working on a project and leading a project would seem to have much in…
  • Paul Boag (Shopify) Shares a Favorite Ecommerce Project

    TheDigitalPM
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:37 pm
    In Part 1 of my interview with Paul Boag, we discussed the importance of making a name for yourself in the web industry. Content marketing has played a key part in his own success and that of the agency he co-founded, Headscape. Of course, getting the “gig” is only the first hurdle – you have to deliver good work too. In Part II of my interview with Paul Boag, I ask Paul about his experiences working on ecommerce projects. What follows is an illuminating and unusual insight into an ecommerce site catering for a demographic where the typical user is over 60. Keir: You’ve worked on a…
  • SEO: Adjusting the Magento system configuration

    TheDigitalPM
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:42 pm
    Before I get into this post, I will put a bit of a disclaimer on it and say it is a bit more technical than some of the other SEO posts.  If you don’t feel comfortable doing these more technical tasks yourself, you can hire a freelance developer, or even contact me. A truly speedy and simple alteration we can make to our entire website URL structure is to remove the default index.php string that is appended to the base URL—for example, http://www.mywebsite.com/index.php/productname.html—and also auto-redirect to our base URL if the non-www version of our domain is entered.  You…
  • Q & A: What are the habits of successful project managers?

    TheDigitalPM
    18 Feb 2015 | 6:51 pm
    The question from Steve R. of Lincoln Nebraska is “What are the habits of successful project managers?” I think habits & propensities are one thing, but overall attitude is more important. Successful project managers have a lot in common with all good supervisors (sales, education, etc.) in any field.  Specifically, good project managers are first and foremost people oriented and quickly establish effective working relationships with their team members and colleagues. One of the greatest contrasts between a project manager and an individual team member is the means by…
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  • Organizing Marketing Team Communications: Do Your Workflow and Tools Add Up?

    pavel
    16 Feb 2015 | 3:59 am
    The marketing and sales department is usually depicted in pop culture as the busiest, frantic, most chaotic and stressful department in an organization. It may not equal the frenzied busyness of an emergency surgery department in a life-and-death situation, but this stereotype holds water. When launching a new product, service, event, or online marketing campaign, a marketing team has a lot on their hands. Effective communication, therefore, is an imperative, “effective” being the operative word. If you’re the marketing manager, how do you alleviate chaos and streamline communications…
  • Comindware to present its flagship solution Comindware Tracker at the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference 2015

    pavel
    13 Feb 2015 | 7:49 am
    Comindware, a leading provider of products and services for predictive Project Management and adaptive Business Process Management is going to exhibit its solutions at the “Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference 2015”. The conference is taking place on February 18-20, 2015 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando Florida and is a great source for the latest in operational and quality improvement tools, methods and concepts such as lean, Six Sigma, productivity, benchmarking, simulation and project management. The conference program is aimed at providing participants with countless…
  • What Is End-To-End Process

    pavel
    9 Feb 2015 | 6:39 am
    BPM is full of terms that are either ambiguous (which is inevitable to some extent) or taken for granted. One term that no one bothers to explain is “end-to-end process”. Some people believe it means a process spanning through the organization from one end to another. However, it’s rather the description of a cross-functional process. End-to-end characteristic of a process emphasizes another aspect: it’s a process that comprises all the work that should be done to achieve the process goal. Therefore, end-to-end means “from the very beginning to the very end”. But what exactly are…
  • First Impression of the Industry Thought Leader – Comindware Tracker

    pavel
    4 Feb 2015 | 5:11 am
    We are pleased to have one of the most influential thought leaders in (BPM) Business Process Management, Nathaniel Palmer, to give a detailed review of Comindware Tracker. The Editor-in-Chief of BPM.com, an Executive Director of the Workflow Management Coalition and co-author of a dozen books on technology and business transformation, Nathaniel thoroughly analysis Comindware’s solution and deliver’s his unique perspective on it. In his article on BPM.com, he first asks the fundamental question of “Where Does Comindware Tracker Make the Most Sense?” After answering this, he defines the…
  • Four Ways to build and Maintain High – Performing teams

    pavel
    3 Feb 2015 | 2:22 am
    In a recent Project Management Podcast, Comindware’s Product Marketing Director, Maria Kozlova, discussed the essentials of project management. In her interview, she touched on: How does a high performing team look today Which priorities you should keep in mind What is unique about Comindware Project Management solution Follow the link and listen. The post Four Ways to build and Maintain High – Performing teams appeared first on Comindware Blog.
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  • How To Motivate Others: 2 Approaches For Motivation

    bruce
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:15 am
    Teamwork by pmbbun (Pixabay) Do you like to issue orders at work? Unless you’re in the military and blessed with the presence of George Washington, simply issuing commands and orders to others is unlikely to be successful in today’s workplace. Motivating people at work is one of the greatest professional challenges we face in the world of work. Over time, the best psychological and management thinkers have come up with several answers. In today’s post, I will review the principles we use to motivate others to get work done. From time to time, we can all benefit from studying…
  • Why Motivating Yourself Matters and How To Do It

    bruce
    17 Feb 2015 | 1:56 pm
    Image by: Arya Ziai (Flickr) Before you can lead others to higher results, you must master your own motivation. Learn why motivating yourself matters and six motivation strategies you use today to increase your productivity and satisfaction. Increasing complexity and the pace of change make it difficult to know if we are making progress. If your work involves knowledge and creativity, our day to day work swings between satisfying and frustrating several times each day. For our purposes, I define motivation as follows: The (conscious or unconscious) stimulus for action towards a desired goal,…
  • Three Ways Humility Improves Your Effectiveness At Work

    bruce
    9 Feb 2015 | 10:10 pm
    Image Credit: John Hope (www.johnhopephotography.com) Your attitude plays a key role in shaping your approach to work. As John C Maxwell explains in his book The Difference Maker, a good attitude is a valuable asset that keeps you going. Cultivating the right attitude for professional success takes effort however. Appreciating the importance of humility is a key way to sustain your attitude. Defining Humility: Nobody Has All The Answers Being humble has several meanings. In the definitions I have read, it is favourably contrasted with pride and arrogance. In that sense, I see humility as…
  • How To Advance Your Career With Associations – 8 Career Advancement Tips

    bruce
    3 Feb 2015 | 9:24 am
    Career advancement – more money, more recognition or simply more options – is a driving goal for many of us. Yet, the Web and everyday conversation is full of frustrated people who can’t catch a break. Consider the following insights from recent articles and research studies. Those rumors you hear of the highly educated person performing a job that does not draw on their capabilities is a daily reality. Underemployment and Frustration: A Growing Trend For Many Professionals 23% of recent U.S. college graduates held part time jobs (35 hours per week or less) in 2011 compared to 14% in…
  • The ABC Problem Solving Strategy

    bruce
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:01 pm
    Change and challenges are constant realities in our work and personal lives. Occasionally, we enjoy surprises – Amazon delivers a package early or our investments deliver higher than expected performance. Such surprises are easy to understand and appreciate on their own merits. Problems, especially those from the external environment, are more frustrating. Consider the following challenges I’ve experienced over the past few years: Unexpected household furniture delivery. Furniture was delivered a week ahead of schedule and required much more household work than expected to get the…
 
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