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  • An Agile Primer: Operations and the “Backlog Lifecycle”

    Project Management Articles - PM Hut
    PM Hut
    26 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    An Agile Primer: Operations and the “Backlog Lifecycle” By Chuck Snead In the simplest sense, the product backlog for an Agile Development project may be described as a prioritized list of user stories representing the desired features and functions for a product. As a tool for estimating, controlling, and baselining product development, the backlog has a beginning, [...]
  • Agile Project Management in easy steps

    The Tao of Project Management
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:16 am
    David Morris and I have just finished updating the second edition of Agile Project Management in easy steps. We have expanded the book from 192 to 216 pages, with new chapters covering Feature-Driven Development and Agile at Scale. Most of the hard work has been done by David, who is an expert in the field and who will be taking over the book entirely from the next edition. It has been interesting collaborating with someone on the other side of the world (Auckland, NZ) and 12 hours time difference. And even more pleasurable is the fact that he is my son, so I'm going to be leaving the book in…
  • How To Build A Checklist In 6 Steps

    Project Management Hacks
    bruce
    26 May 2015 | 6:13 am
    Checklists are powerful tools that we all need to use. Earlier this year, I shared my Weekly Review checklist. In today’s article, I will explain how to build a checklist to improve your performance at work. Adding a checklist to your professional toolbox is one of the best ways to reliably improve the quality of your work. My approach to the checklist is influenced by Atul Gawande‘s excellent 2009 book “The Checklist Manifesto.” Gawande comes to the checklist from the world of surgery where mistakes cause lawsuits, injuries and death. In reading his book and applying…
  • Portfolio Kanban Board

    Pawel Brodzinski on Software Project Management
    Pawel Brodzinski
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    One thing that I learned quickly when I started experimenting with Portfolio Kanban is that a classic, flow-driven board design isn’t particularly good in vast majority of cases. Board Designs Long story short, I ended up redesigning the board structure completely and it worked much better. In fact, it worked so well that I started proposing such a design as a starting point whenever working with portfolio Kanban. Interestingly enough, as Kanban adoption of portfolio level progressed I started seeing completely different approaches to visualization. Not that they were worse. They just…
  • Dilbert on empowering staff

    The Digital Project Manager
    Ben Aston
    4 May 2015 | 12:48 am
    Posted in The PM life The post Dilbert on empowering staff appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.
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  • Value of MVP and Knowledge Discovery Process

    Pawel Brodzinski
    22 May 2015 | 12:14 pm
    By now Minimal Viable Product (MVP) is for me mostly a buzzword. While I’m a huge fan of the idea since I learned it from Lean Startup, these days I feel like one can label anything an MVP. Given that Lunar Logic is a web software shop we often talk with startups that want to build their product. I think I can recall one or maybe two ideas that were really minimal in a way that they would validate a hypothesis and yet require least work to build. A normal case is when I can easily figure out a way of validating a hypothesis without building a half or even two thirds of an initial “MVP”.
  • Why We Want Women in Teams

    Pawel Brodzinski
    12 May 2015 | 12:59 pm
    One of the messages that I frequently share is that we need more women in our teams. By now I’ve faced the whole spectrum of reactions to this message, from calling me a feminist to furious attacks pointing how I discriminate women. If nothing else people are opinionated on that topic and there’s a lot of shallow, and unfair, buzz when it comes to role of women in IT. Personally, I am guilty too. I’ve been caught off guard a few times when I simply shared the short message – “we need more women in our teams” – and didn’t properly explained the long story behind. Collective…
  • Culture Pockets

    Pawel Brodzinski
    30 Apr 2015 | 1:59 pm
    Organizational culture is one of these areas that I pay a lot of attention to. Over years I started valuing the role of the culture increasingly more and more. The biggest difficulty though is that organizational culture is a challenging beast to control. Organizational Culture organizational culture the behavior of humans who are part of an organization and the meanings that the people react to their actions includes the organization values, visions, norms, working language, systems, symbols, beliefs, and habits If we look at how organizational culture is defined there are two things that…
  • Portfolio Kanban Board

    Pawel Brodzinski
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    One thing that I learned quickly when I started experimenting with Portfolio Kanban is that a classic, flow-driven board design isn’t particularly good in vast majority of cases. Board Designs Long story short, I ended up redesigning the board structure completely and it worked much better. In fact, it worked so well that I started proposing such a design as a starting point whenever working with portfolio Kanban. Interestingly enough, as Kanban adoption of portfolio level progressed I started seeing completely different approaches to visualization. Not that they were worse. They just…
  • The Fallacy of Shu-Ha-Ri

    Pawel Brodzinski
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:28 am
    Shu-Ha-Ri is frequently used as a good model that shows how we adopt new skills. The general idea is pretty simple. First, we just follow the rules. We don’t ask how the thing works, we just do the basic training. That’s Shu level. Then we move to understanding what we are doing. Instead of simply following the rules we try to grasp why the stuff we’re doing works and why the bigger whole was structured the way it was. We still follow the rules though. That’s Ha level. Finally, we get fluent with what we do and we also have deep understanding of it. We are ready to break the rules.
 
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  • Starting the Project With Both Feet on the Ground

    15 May 2015 | 12:31 pm
    When the call to start a new project comes, we're often excited, nervous, skeptical, and ambitious all at the same time. Excited to show what I can do with a new project from beginning to end. Why? Many times we get charged with taking over someone else's mess. Or restarting an old project that had paused for a few months. So we have a new project. Now what do we do with it to ensure that we start with both feet on the ground?
  • Looking for Blue Skies

    4 May 2015 | 7:32 am
    Plenty of people in this world are more than happy to tell you about all the things that are going wrong or that will go wrong. Project management is no exception. For every project that is executed, there will be a host of people involved who will spend all their time talking about why it will not be successful. How everything will go wrong before the project is over. A project manager should not fall into this pessimistic attitude, though.
  • Looking Forward to Spring

    6 Apr 2015 | 9:45 am
    Winter is not always the most enjoyable season. Cold, rain, snow, ice, bare trees, and shorter days can make you feel as though spring will never arrive. Every year, though, spring shows up. The trees bloom. People head back outside to soak up the sun. At times, life on projects sometimes feels like winter. The never-ending meetings. The schedule overruns. The unexpected problems. You might feel like the project end date will never come.
  • Estimating Project Work Gone Wrong

    21 Mar 2015 | 2:03 am
    Estimating project work is fraught with opportunities for things to go badly. The customer wants new work done on the project - work that isn't currently part of the scope, of course. Or perhaps the project hasn't started yet and you're still putting time and energy into good solid work estimations that will turn into timeframes of effort in your master schedule. The possibilities are endless.
  • 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.
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    The Tao of Project Management

  • Guide Dogs for the Blind

    22 May 2015 | 7:35 am
    I had a contact from a young lady from the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association a short while back and have arranged to go and spend a day with them next Tuesday. We will be looking at their re-launch of their Corporate Program Office, which should be very interesting and very much in line with what I will be speaking on at the PMI Netherlands Conference in three weeks time.Meanwhile In Easy Steps (my publishers) have started reviewing the revised Agile Project Management book co-authored with David Morris this time. So we wait with bated breath for any…
  • PMI Netherlands Summit

    8 May 2015 | 1:31 am
    I've been working on my slides for the talk to the PMI Netherlands Summit on 11th June and decided to go with lots of visual images and no bullet points. Quite good fun but I thought I had better put the text of what I will be saying on the slide notes as it will be the only handout the delegates get. I thought the title slide looked nice...
  • APMies v2

    24 Apr 2015 | 4:12 am
    The publishers have downloaded the new version of the book from Dropbox so now it's fingers crossed time. As it is the second edition and is now co-authored by David Morris, they have given us a new cover:Let's hope they don't find any problems or mistakes!
  • Agile Project Management in easy steps

    17 Apr 2015 | 3:16 am
    David Morris and I have just finished updating the second edition of Agile Project Management in easy steps. We have expanded the book from 192 to 216 pages, with new chapters covering Feature-Driven Development and Agile at Scale. Most of the hard work has been done by David, who is an expert in the field and who will be taking over the book entirely from the next edition. It has been interesting collaborating with someone on the other side of the world (Auckland, NZ) and 12 hours time difference. And even more pleasurable is the fact that he is my son, so I'm going to be leaving the book in…
  • PMI Netherlands Summit

    10 Apr 2015 | 9:15 am
    I mentioned last week that I had been invited to speak at the PMI Netherlands Summit and the program has now been finalized at: http://www.pmi-netherlands-summit.com/The central theme is The secret of Project Management; next practices demystified and the presentations will elaborate on Project Management circa 2025. What is the secret of successful project management, what are those next practices we need to adopt? During the Summit they will demystify next practices from both a scientific and real-life perspective and will consider:Next practices of…
 
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  • A Sample Corporate Email Policy Part 2

    27 May 2015 | 2:13 pm
    6.    Policy. It is the policy of the corporation that all electronic mail systems (e-mail systems) should only be used for business related or "business day" communication. E-mail systems and all e-mail generated using t...
  • A sample Corporate Email Policy Part 1

    25 May 2015 | 4:37 pm
    TO:    All Employees Network Systems Administrators FROM: Director - Division of XXX SUBJECT: Corporate Policy on Electronic Mail (E-Mail) 1.    Purpose. To provide guidance to employees concerning their ri...
  • A Sample Corporate Password Policy

    24 May 2015 | 4:08 pm
    We would like to take this opportunity to share with managers and staff a few pointers on security awareness. We hope you understand the need for our security policies and procedures and apply them while using network computers, laptops and mobile de...
  • Better E-Mail Security Policies

    23 May 2015 | 10:23 am
    The use of e-mail is creating a whole new set of issues for the network administrator and network user to worry about. Some recent court cases have held that e-mail on privately owned computer systems is subject to the same rules of privacy as othe...
  • Better Virus Prevention & Discovery Part 3

    22 May 2015 | 4:36 pm
    Here are some tips on preventing and handling virus infections: ¦    Computer viruses must be considered a fact of life, like the flu or the common cold. Assume that at some point one or more disks, USB devices, files or apps will ...
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    Project Management Articles - PM Hut

  • PMI Certification Changes: What You Need to Know

    PM Hut
    27 May 2015 | 8:22 am
    PMI Certification Changes: What You Need to Know By Andrea Brockmeier There is no grass growing under the feet of folks at PMI. And that’s going to have most of us hopping this summer and into fall as we work to make sense of what’s happening in the PMI certification world and the implications for each of [...]
  • An Agile Primer: Operations and the “Backlog Lifecycle”

    PM Hut
    26 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    An Agile Primer: Operations and the “Backlog Lifecycle” By Chuck Snead In the simplest sense, the product backlog for an Agile Development project may be described as a prioritized list of user stories representing the desired features and functions for a product. As a tool for estimating, controlling, and baselining product development, the backlog has a beginning, [...]
  • Project Leadership Interview with Benoit Jolin - Head of Global Supplier Experience, Expedia Inc

    PM Hut
    25 May 2015 | 9:01 am
    Project Leadership Interview with Benoit Jolin - Head of Global Supplier Experience, Expedia Inc By Susanne Madsen One of the project leaders I interviewed for my recent book The Power of Project Leadership was Benoit Jolin. I first met Benoit when I facilitated a project leadership session for Expedia. I was taken aback by his insights and [...]
  • The Third of 8 Habits of Highly Successful Project Managers: Organize for Success!

    PM Hut
    24 May 2015 | 10:56 am
    The Third of 8 Habits of Highly Successful Project Managers: Organize for Success! By Richard Morreale So far in this series, The 8 Habits of Very Successful Project Managers, we have covered the first Habit – Know Your Outcome, and the second Habit – Plan the Achievement. In this issue of the Monthly we will be covering [...]
  • Are You Leading for the Future?

    PM Hut
    22 May 2015 | 8:42 am
    Are You Leading for the Future? By Mary Kelly I recently asked a group of executives who they were grooming to lead their company in 20 years. They gave me blank stares as answers. “We are worried about next quarter. We are not even worried about next year.” Exactly. And that is the problem. Many executives are so busy worrying [...]
 
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    The Project Management Podcast

  • Episode 320: Changes to the PMP PDU Categories Explained (Free) #PMOT

    21 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Play Now: This episode is sponsored by The Best PMP Exam Simulator: At the end of 2015, the Project Management Institute (PMI) is going to make changes to the way PMI certified project managers have to earn their Professional Development Units (PDUs). And in this episode we are going to explore these changes with John Kleine (https://www.linkedin.com/pub/john-kleine/10/aa1/613), who is PMI’s Global Manager of Certification Products. He is right at the heart of these changes.But before we start let me give you a disclaimer here: If you are not PMI certified and you never intend to become a…
  • Episode 319: Three Urgent Project Case Studies (Premium)

    17 May 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 PMP Exam Simulator: Last week, Stephen Wearne introduced us all to the basics of Managing the Urgent and Unexpected. We heard some of the lessons he learned, some best practices and what we can implement in order to prepare our organizations. So from the perspective of a project manager who is put in charge of urgent projects, we have the basics. But there is of course more to learn by revisiting actual urgent…
  • Episode 318: How to Manage an Urgent Project (Free)

    10 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Play Now: This episode is sponsored by PMP Exam Simulator: Have you ever had an urgent or unexpected project come across your desk? Not just an important project, but an urgent one? If you answer is “Yes - I have managed urgent projects” then you are actually in the minority because most of us will actually never have to manage such a project. Professor Stephen Wearne explains this in his book “Managing the Urgent and Unexpected” as follows: "Urgent and unexpected projects have to be rare in business or government to be economically and socially tolerable. Any such urgent and…
  • Episode 317: The Details Behind Project Workflow Management (Premium)

    30 Apr 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 PM PrepCast for The PMP Exam: If you are like me then Project Workflow Management, the topic that we discussed with Daniel Epstein (https://www.linkedin.com/pub/dan-epstein/1/10b/308) and Rich Maltzman (https://www.linkedin.com/in/exclaim) last week, needs a bit more discussion. For example, I want to know why Dr Harold Kerzner thinks that it’s the best thing since sliced bread, how it is "better" than…
  • Episode 316: Project Workflow Management (Free)

    17 Apr 2015 | 3:21 pm
    Play Now: This episode is sponsored by The PM PrepCast for The PMP Exam: Today, we are going to take a look at a business process approach that is quite new and quite unique called Project Workflow Management. When I initially asked Daniel Epstein (https://www.linkedin.com/pub/dan-epstein/1/10b/308) and Rich Maltzman (https://www.linkedin.com/in/exclaim) to come on the program for this interview I didn’t quite know what to expect. I knew that they had written a book about Project Workflow Management, but what I didn’t know is that the book is only part of the package. Their website…
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  • BA Effectiveness survey

    Craig Brown
    21 May 2015 | 2:44 pm
    I am running an NPS like survey on Business Analysts. I'd appreciate your sharing this out to your professional network.  What do people think about Business  Analysts?So far I have close to 100 responses and there is a pretty positive set of feedback.  The comments are interesting as well. I want more though and I need your help. Share this out for me.http://bit.ly/1JRnYGc I'll publish the results here in August.
  • Agile; an unfinished epiphany

    Kelsey van Haaster
    16 May 2015 | 1:07 am
    Kelsey van HaasterMay 16th 2015Earlier this week, I was giving a talk about Agility and how the ideas behind it might scale to an organisational level, when I was asked the following question;Agile Business Analysts and Product Owners Meet-up GroupVisual notes by Lynn CazalyFeb 2015“I had understood that the idea of Agile was in fact under review and that people are questioning some of the ideas behind it, particularly around the usefulness of some of the practices … what do you think about that?”I was initially surprised by the question, but gathered myself together sufficient to say;…
  • Product Owner, Updated

    Craig Brown
    13 May 2015 | 2:15 pm
    How would I describe a Product Owner?I am writing this description in response to the below Mkie Cohn description of a Product Owner. Mike's description isn't wrong per se, but it is almost ten years old and maybe can do with a refresh. I'll qualify this description by saying that there are actually many incarnations of the role, and my view is locking things down to one model is useful for recruiters and beginners, but should quickly fall away in deference to the context and strengths of the people in play on any particular team.Mike Cohn's description of a Product Owner is here. You might…
  • All Quadrants, All Levels!

    Craig Brown
    2 May 2015 | 5:56 pm
    I am revisiting the AQAL model. I looked at it a few years ago and found it overwhelming. It seemed overly complicated, hard to parse and not easily actionable. In the years since I am more able to make sense of it, but it's taking work.Some of the challenges;It feels shamanistic and I come from a (probably overly) rational path, and so it is easy to get skeptical and want to walk away from the reading and understanding. Even framing that sentence probably rules investigation out to a bunch of people.The meme isn't there. The secret to Scrum was the simple meme that enabled it to travel from…
  • Agile Project Management Course | 14-15 may via Swinburne University

    Craig Brown
    29 Apr 2015 | 5:10 pm
    Come to my course on Agile Project Management later this month via Swinburne University.It is fun, informative and pragmatic. All good things, right?You can sign up here! The course runs in Melbourne CBD on 14-15th May.The content runs through some basic "What is Agile" and then through a handful of popular agile frameworks. It also looks at how the agile way of working intersects with the role of the project manager and how a project manager can shift the way they work to deliver more reliable and higher value project outcomes.Its a pretty good two days and I reckon worth your while if…
 
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  • 10 Reasons Why Social Media Marketing is Important for Every Business

    Jason and Company
    22 May 2015 | 2:55 am
    10 Reasons Why Social Media Marketing is Important for Every Business.
  • Micro Management

    passionframework
    21 May 2015 | 9:54 pm
    Micro Management is all about getting to desks and seeing who is doing what and ensuring work gets completed in time. John is an excellent micro manager and he keeps a close tab on day-to-day happening in the company. His friend Ronnie is of an opinion that team should be self managed.. John ‘No one is ever self managed in this world.. we were born to be groomed and continuously groomed’ Ronnie ‘But someone is doing grooming right. That person is self managed’ John giggles John ‘For all you know that person is being managed by spouse’ Ronnie ‘it is…
  • 6 Free Student Affairs MOOCs for Summer 2015

    arielbloomer
    21 May 2015 | 3:45 pm
    Women in Leadership: Inspiring Positive Change—Case Western Reserve University via Coursera—May 15th, 5 weeks “We will examine the opportunities, challenges, trade-offs, and organizational dynamics experienced by women in work organizations, as well as reflect on and practice effective individual behaviors. “ Think about how to improve leadership within your university by being aware of gender dynamics, and how to inspire your students to be leaders. Budgeting and Scheduling Projects—University of California, Irvine via Coursera—May 18th, 2015, 4 weeks “A good project schedule…
  • What would an American "House of Clicks" look like?

    steve@bayintegratedmarketing.com
    21 May 2015 | 10:29 am
    by Lloyd Alter (@lloydalter) © Houseplans In Sweden, the big property site Hemnet designed a house based on consumer preferences and it turned out small, efficient and modern. Wondering what an American version would look like, I contacted Dan Gregory, Editor in Chief ofHouseplans.com, which has been selling complete house plans since 2004, with over 100,000 homes built. They come in all styles and sizes, and people put down real money, about a thousand dollars, to buy a set of plans so I thought they would be a real indicator of what people are really interested in when they finally build…
  • #Microsoft #Ignite 2015 Wrap up #ProjectServer #SharePoint 2016

    Giles Hamson
    21 May 2015 | 8:34 am
    So the week of MS Ignite is over, and there is whole lot of information to absorb. I had been closely following to all the happenings and announcements, and in this post i will summarize my take away of information related to SharePoint and Project Server. So Microsoft has confirmed, that SharePoint Server 2016 (and Project Server) will become generally available in second quarter of 2016, with a public beta planned for last quarter of 2015.  Microsoft has also confirmed that they will continue to release on-premises version of SharePoint/Project Server, however considering…
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  • Project Managers, Stress is YOUR Spice. Use it successfully.

    MMeloni
    19 May 2015 | 3:58 pm
    “Stress is like spice – in the right proportion it enhances the flavor of a dish. Too little produces a bland, dull meal; too much may choke you.” ~Donald Tubesing A little bit of stress is good for you. In fact stress can improve your performance and your productivity. Think about studying for an exam […]
  • Be Emotional and Build a High-Performing Team

    MMeloni
    16 Apr 2015 | 3:52 pm
    Be Emotional and Build a High-Performing Team “As a business student, you don’t want to show compassion; you don’t want to let your guard down, you’re taught to be strong and not show emotion.” This is a quote from Samantha Serna, a business student who was drafted with other members of her class to participate […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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!
 
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  • When the BEST Example is a BAD Example

    admin
    25 May 2015 | 7:18 pm
    When the BEST Example is a BAD Example “From good examples we learn how to be. From bad examples we learn how not to be. An observant and willing student can learn from any circumstance.”  – Richelle E. Goodrich When you were a child, you might have found yourself thinking, “When I grow up I will never…” And of course you can fill in the blank as to what it is you would never do. Or perhaps you looked at something your parents did and thought to yourself, “When I grow up I will never make my children do the dishes.” Or “I will abolish chores and bedtime!” Oh come on…
  • Take a Moment

    admin
    17 May 2015 | 9:58 pm
    Take a Moment True confession. Recently I have been watching re-runs of ‘Ally McBeal’, a television show that aired from 1997 until 2002. One of the lead characters is an eccentric lawyer by name of John Cage. His character is infamous for his offbeat behaviors and expressions. He is particularly known for adopting a rather pensive expression and then saying, “I need to take a moment.” He then sits for as long as he deems necessary, staring into space without saying a word. The fact that he does that quite freely and in the middle of many situations is disconcerting to his…
  • First You Form an Opinion

    admin
    11 May 2015 | 3:13 am
    “First you form an opinion, then you gather proof.” This might be a good way to research and write a paper or an article. Although it is a good idea to be flexible with your opinion if you do not find the proof to back it up.   It is NOT a necessarily a good way to make life decisions. After a few minutes of discussion, my colleague told me what he really wanted. He told me that what he really wanted was to work in a specific field. “Then why don’t you?” I asked. “I can’t do it because I do not know anyone else in that field, I will never get in.” He replied. There it was…
  • How Do You Like Your Stress? Extra Spicy?

    admin
    3 May 2015 | 10:58 pm
    A little bit of stress is good for you. In fact stress can improve your performance and your productivity. Think about studying for an exam or training for a 5K race. This is good stress; you push yourself towards a difficult yet obtainable goal. Think about presentations you make to your project steering committee or to your executive management. You may feel a bit nervous or stressed about presenting to such an important group of people. Hopefully this stress leads you to prepare your best presentation. Eustress is the word for productive stress. Eustress actually means good stress.
  • Plan the Party and Wave Goodbye!

    admin
    26 Apr 2015 | 9:47 pm
    “Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.” – Aristotle One of your team members just gave notice. What is your reaction? There are some team members whose departure is a relief. Let’s imagine that is not the case. This is someone you hate to see leave. What do you say, what do you do? Do you become angry when a team member gives notice? Do you feel disappointed and betrayed? Perhaps you see the departing team member as a traitor. Immediately you treat him or her with hostility. Perhaps you give him or her the cold shoulder. You might remove this person from the project or send…
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  • If only common sense was…. well common!

    Ron Rosenhead
    21 May 2015 | 2:44 am
    The above idea came from a tweet I saw in April. It read: I must admit I was taken aback by this. Why? Before explaining fully let me say a thank you to Operation Saves Lives, they probably never intended the above to go in the direction I am going to take it. So why was I taken aback? Well … Read More >Related Posts:Why do projects fail? It’s because we do not exert enough…Where is your project Gateway review?So, what have I learned this year 1?Project sign off – do people really know what this means?How good are your listening skills?
  • Sorry, there’s not enough information to do this project

    Ron Rosenhead
    5 May 2015 | 3:16 am
    Many of the blogs I write are as a result of something that has happened working on a client assignment. This one is no different. The above words “Sorry, there’s not enough information to do this project” were spoken by a manager on a project management course. The person suggested that the case study (project brief – 283 words long) … Read More >Related Posts:Project sponsors; how good are you at briefing your project…“Can you show me how to produce a Gantt chart?”Good project management skills are not enoughPractical project management training – it…
  • Recognition; it’s such a powerful tool

    Ron Rosenhead
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:01 am
    I took a rest and for some background noise, put the TV on. The programme was Undercover Boss. (For a full description of the programme go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Undercover_Boss ) This episode was based around a Calgary Transit where the boss went undercover to discover how the company was doing. I caught the last 10 minutes. It was fascinating. I was … Read More >Related Posts:So, how good are you?Project sponsors; how good are you at briefing your project…Who are your good project management role models?What do you do when someone does not take responsibility?Do…
  • This is why change control is so important

    Ron Rosenhead
    7 Apr 2015 | 2:10 am
    It was the final afternoon of the project management course and one of the participants had everyone listening. She was new to the company and said a number of very important things: she was the only one in the family who did not go into the family business – a building company the family company made a significant amount of money … Read More >Related Posts:Sometimes an idea is so simple you wonder why it is not…They threw ‘it’ awayDoes your client keep changing their mind?Project sign off – do people really know what this means?Why is project management so…
  • Save yourself time and money on your projects. How …?

    Ron Rosenhead
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:13 am
    Now I know that this goes against the traditional definition of what is a project, but how about this to save you time and money?How about producing a simple record of the project you have just worked on so the next time it can save you time? This is not as daft as it sounds! The quarterly or half yearly … Read More >Related Posts:Sounds like a plan…. but will it work?Do you carry out a primary survey before starting a project?This is why change control is so importantMonitoring and control in projects is essential to avoid…Forget a stakeholder? That’s OK – you only…
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    Karol Zielinskis Blog - all kind of stuff around the web

  • Abraham Lincoln: The best way to predict your future is to create it

    Karol Zielinski
    20 May 2015 | 3:53 am
    The post Abraham Lincoln: The best way to predict your future is to create it appeared on Karol Zielinski.
  • Ricardo Semler: How to run a company with (almost) no rules

    Karol Zielinski
    14 May 2015 | 3:49 am
    The post Ricardo Semler: How to run a company with (almost) no rules appeared on Karol Zielinski.
  • How To Find A Graphic Designer For Your Startup?

    Karol Zielinski
    11 May 2015 | 6:36 am
    Finding a good – I mean really good – graphic designer for your startup is extremely important. Nowadays, it’s simply a crucial thing to have a well-designed tool. Finding a good – I mean really good – graphic designer for your startup is extremely important. Nowadays, it’s simply a crucial thing to have a well-designed […] The post How To Find A Graphic Designer For Your Startup? appeared on Karol Zielinski.
  • Winston Churchill: If you’re going through hell, keep going

    Karol Zielinski
    6 May 2015 | 4:40 am
    The post Winston Churchill: If you’re going through hell, keep going appeared on Karol Zielinski.
  • I Have a Business Idea. What Now?

    Karol Zielinski
    4 May 2015 | 6:32 am
    So you have your very-own business idea. It’s great and you know it. So what now? “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” ~ Beverly Sills Ok, so you have it. Your great business idea. You simply love it. You haven’t seen it working live yet, but you already love it. Simply thinking […] The post I Have a Business Idea. What Now? appeared on Karol Zielinski.
 
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    Rajiv Popat - ThousandtyOne! - .NET, Life and Logical Thoughts By Rajiv Popat

  • Trusting Your Best To Give Their Best.

    Rajiv Popat
    27 May 2015 | 1:42 pm
    (And the Art Of Keep Sending Them Up) Anyone who practices their craft fails. We'd all love to learn from other people's mistake, but when you become really good at something you slowly start experimenting with the basic laws of the field. The laws that not many before you have broken. Suddenly, you are in unchartered territories. The mistakes you make now are not mistakes that a lot of others have made; and there are not many examples to learn from. Your only option is taking small baby steps of experimentation and embracing failure when it shows up. Awesome organizations and companies…
  • Are You Listening To The Stories Your Failures Tell?

    Rajiv Popat
    25 May 2015 | 12:24 pm
    We live in a culture that celebrates success. If you want to understand how biased we are  towards success, ask a few candidates you interview these two questions and watch their enthusiasm take a nose-dive after sky-rocketing as they go from answering question one to answering question two: What were your three biggest achievements in your current organization? What were your three biggest failures in your current organization? There is nothing inherently bad or demeaning about failing and yet every time people have to talk about their own failures they either go completely silent or go…
  • Geeks and Introverts - The World Needs You.

    Rajiv Popat
    22 May 2015 | 1:06 pm
    While I was growing up, I was often called and classified as an introvert. Growing up as an introvert can be hard. You're constantly struggling with the rest of the world's pre-conceived notion of what smart means and bewildered by how the world confuses 'loud' for 'smart'. I was that typical nerd, who enjoyed the company of a very select group of friends, intellectual conversations and solitude.  Back then, I was also trying to fit in with the world's definition of a healthy teen who is loud and has a lot of equally loud friends. Those were difficult times and I have few fond memories…
  • The Perils Of The Passion Hypothesis

    Rajiv Popat
    20 May 2015 | 1:36 pm
    What's the most common career advice that most middle aged successful individuals dispense out to their younger generations today? Find what you love doing and start doing it (even if that involves dropping everything else you are doing). In 2005, when Steve Jobs took the podium at Stanford to give his commencement speech he offered similar advice to hundreds of young students gathered there to listen to, cling on to and learn from each word Jobs spoke. Jobs concluded his remarkable speech with the ending: You’ve got to find what you love…. The only way to do great work is to love what…
  • Hackers - Movies Vs. The Reality - Part 1

    Rajiv Popat
    18 May 2015 | 6:58 am
    In my book I talked about just how different reality is from what we see on screens and television. Television pushes drama which sells over-priced pop-corns in theaters but doesn't make awesome careers. I've written about that in a post too. Today's post is about Hackers and how real life ethical hacking is different from the hacking you see on Television. The stories we tell in Television often end with the hacker flipping keys at a couple of hundred wpm's and then raising his arms in glory when he yells "YES!" - he is in the system - he has broken the code. And he lives happily ever after…
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    Intervals

  • Managing Web Design Projects with Scrum

    John Reeve
    11 May 2015 | 3:08 pm
    Photo credit: VFS Digital Design Successful web design and development agencies share the same passions — we want to do good work and see our clients succeed. Because the web is a relatively new medium and is evolving every day, traditional software development methodologies often times get in the way. Designing and developing web sites requires methodologies that are as fluid as the medium. There are several Agile methodologies available, but Scrum is the best option for agencies. This is a story about our agency’s transition to Scrum, and how it made our work and our clients more…
  • Speeding Up PHP Web Apps With Xdebug and Cachegrind

    John Reeve
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:26 pm
    As Web developers we our best to ensure applications will perform under a variety of customer conditions. But, we can never account for every scenario before launching our app out into the wild. There is a good chance the application will encounter slowness at some point. It could be a week after launch, or a year. When the app does begin to show signs of slowing, we want to be ready to troubleshoot and resolve the slowness. We’ll be taking a look at our Web-based task management and time tracking software, Intervals, which recently experienced some slow page loads with one of its…
  • From Excel Spreadsheets to Online Time Tracking Software

    John Reeve
    10 Apr 2015 | 1:43 pm
    There are many valid reasons why an agency might be using Excel Spreadsheets to track people’s time. The data is securely stowed away on the local network. The software isn’t going to disappear if the vendor goes out of business. And, spreadsheets are flexible enough to build any number of custom reports to analyze the data. Tracking time with Excel spreadsheets undoubtedly gives an agency the most control and highest level of ownership of their data. However, there are several benefits that may make moving to online time tracking software worthwhile. Transitioning your agency’s time…
  • Time Tracking Tips for Creative Agencies

    John Reeve
    6 Apr 2015 | 2:53 pm
    Managing a creative agency should be both fun and challenging. Tracking time, however, is neither of those. It’s boring and tedious. Creative teams don’t to fill out time sheets. They want to focus on producing their best work, the type of work they can proudly display on the wall. In addition to creative pursuits, agencies also need to have some business acumen if they are going to succeed. And time tracking, as much as its disliked, is one of the best data-driven approaches to making good judgments and quick decisions. If your agency is considering adopting time tracking…
  • Choosing Online Time Tracking Software for Your Agency

    John Reeve
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:55 pm
    Anyone who’s ever been tasked with finding time tracking software for their agency knows the process can be overwhelming. A simple Google search reveals more options than any one person, or agency, could possibly evaluate in the limited amount of time given to the task. Slightly overwhelmed, we pick two or three that appear to be a good fit and trial each one, hoping at least one of them will work out in the end. If we know what to look for, choosing online tracking software can be less stressful. The following is a loose guideline for agencies diving into the selection process. Does…
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    Utpal Vaishnav

  • Do Things That Might Not Work

    Utpal Vaishnav
    19 May 2015 | 1:03 pm
    Huh? Are you insane? Certainly everyone wants this … assurance. When a wedding event is planned then the head of the family wants the assurance that the event will go well. When a new project is about to begin, the sponsor wants the assurance that it will be successful. When a new product line is launched, the Executives, VPs and Sr. Managers need assurance that it will work. When a startup is hiring a freelancer, they want certainty that the work freelancer would carry out will be extremely useful  to them (and since the freelancer is supposed to be needing the work, she should offer…
  • Will You Miss Me If I’m Gone?

    Utpal Vaishnav
    12 May 2015 | 9:05 am
    Recently read this news on TechCrunch: Secret App Shuts Down. Details here. It raises some questions and the answers to those questions come with an opportunity to reflect on important something. Here’re the questions: How would your app users react if you take the app down? How would your clients react if you stop providing your consulting services? How would your employer react if you put up your resignation? If you stop doing your work, will that be a setback for them? If your app is a clone of a popular app then no one would ever bother to notice if it is taken down. If the quality…
  • Mediocrity Is Not an Option

    Utpal Vaishnav
    26 Apr 2015 | 4:49 am
    Few days ago, one of my newly hired designers came to me to show a design that was not even mediocre at its best. He didn’t say anything but got back to his drawing board when I asked, “Is this your best work?” If I would have measured my blood pressure at that time, I’m sure it would be much higher. Not because the deadline was about to miss. Not because my designer’s capabilities was any less. It was because the premise that the designer operated from: mediocrity might work this time. No. Mediocrity won’t work. Not this time. Not anytime. If it works for…
  • How to Get the Shit Out of Your Coding Skills

    Utpal Vaishnav
    12 Mar 2015 | 1:14 am
    Do you know how to get the shit out of your coding skills? No? You can do two things with your coding skills. Sell your skills on per-hour basis, a pretty good source of income, or use your skill to create an app, a product and experience the compound returns on your skills sooner or later. The developer who writes the code aggressively, without regard for her peers earning pretty good income for more or less the same skills, and partying out loud on the weekends more frequently than she could, often ends up with more opportunities on her way and more possibilities to influence the world…
  • 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,…
 
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    Project Management Methodologies

  • Six Components of a Procurement Management Plan

    admin
    4 May 2015 | 8:10 am
    The Procurement Management Plan is a part of the overall Project Management Plan. The document describes how items will be procured during the project and the approach you will use to managing vendors on the project. Specific areas to describe include: Procurement process. This section provides a brief overview of the process requirements necessary to manage procurement of the identified needs. This process should include: Initiating a request Development of requirements (technical, timing, quality, constraints) Request approval Purchasing authority Bid / proposal review Contract management…
  • Schedule Estimating Threshold

    admin
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:09 am
    When you create a schedule you generally don’t know enough to enter all of the detailed activities the first time though. Instead, you identify large chunks of work first, and then break the larger chunks into smaller pieces. These smaller pieces are, in turn, broken down into still smaller and more discrete activities. This technique is referred to as creating a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS). A question people ask is how small the activities should be before they do not need to be broken down further. This is referred to as your “estimating threshold”. Work can be broken down into…
  • Manage the Schedule for Small Projects

    admin
    6 Apr 2015 | 10:49 am
    All projects need a schedule. If you have a small project perhaps the schedule is a simple checklist or Excel spreadsheet. As projects get larger they need more formal scheduling templates and tools. The processes you use to manage a schedule also vary depending on the size of the project. Large projects need a lot of schedule management rigor. Small projects can use a lighter process. The following steps can be used to mage the schedule of a small project. Review the schedule on a weekly basis. Identify activities that have been completed during the previous week and update the schedule to…
  • Define the Objectives of Your Project

    admin
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:21 am
    Objectives are concrete statements that describe the things the project is trying to achieve. They are included in your Project Charter. An objective should be written in a way that it can be evaluated at the conclusion of a project to see whether it was achieved. A well-worded objective will be Specific, Measurable, Attainable / Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound (SMART). (SMART is a technique for wording the objective. An objective does not absolutely have to be SMART to be valid.) An example of an objective statement might be to “upgrade the customer service telephone system by…
  • Four Steps to Show the Value of Training

    admin
    9 Mar 2015 | 10:01 am
    Many businesses struggle with whether they are getting their money’s worth in sending employees to training classes. This question can be applied to project management training as well as any other type of business training. You know the cost side of training too well. But how do you tell what the business value is? The most common way to determine value today is to ask the trainee whether he or she thinks the class was valuable. This is very touchy-feely and doesn’t give you much information to go on, but it is probably the most that most companies ask in terms of follow-up. A Rigorous…
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    Workfront

  • So you’re not an Workfront customer but liked what you saw in the iPad Workfront View demo? You’re in the right place.

    tigrantovmasyan
    11 May 2015 | 1:14 am
    View Workfront anywhere Real-time visibility into your work is right at your fingertips. Capture a complete view of all of your team’s work in a dynamic, customizable, real-time dashboard with a variety of available views and reports. Track jobs or campaigns by percent complete, watch your planned vs. actual hours, stay on top of budgets and costs, and anytime you need more information, just drill-down into individual tasks to see what’s really going on. With Workfront View you’ll get best-in-class work management reporting including: Live reports (no PDFs, nothing static) Ability to…
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    adambaker
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:38 am
    Remember to test the regular and long form submission after each roll. Please wait while I’m loading pages…
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    Project and Portfolio Management

  • Take a Moment

    25 May 2015 | 3:37 pm
    Take a Moment   True confession. Recently I have been watching re-runs of ‘Ally McBeal’, a television show that aired from 1997 until 2002. One of the lead characters is an eccentric lawyer by name of John Cage. His character is infamous for his offbeat behaviors and expressions. ...
  • Tim Bryce - ENGAGING YOUR WORKERS - 5/20/2015

    19 May 2015 | 8:02 am
    How to inspire and motivate the work force.
  • Master Delegation

    19 May 2015 | 6:05 am
    There is both an art and a science.
  • First You Form an Opinion

    17 May 2015 | 6:23 pm
    “First you form an opinion, then you gather proof.”   This might be a good way to research and write a paper or an article. Although it is a good idea to be flexible with your opinion if you do not find the proof to back it up.   It is NOT a necessarily a good way to make...
  • Project Management and Barriers to Delegation

    13 May 2015 | 4:06 am
    We have strategy.. & we use tools. Check it out!
 
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    projectsatwork.com

  • A New PM within the Portfolio

    25 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The role of the project manager is evolving in organizations that embrace portfolio management. The ‘new' PM will be expected to understand, protect and serve strategic goals that go beyond their own initiatives. That will require business acumen and comfortability with change, among other skills.
  • Drive Benefits Realization

    20 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Successful projects deliver value; they benefit their organizations. But many organizations bring a haphazard approach to benefits realization, from unrealistic business cases to short-sighted decisions during execution to a stunning lack of post-delivery accountability. Let's take a look at these issues, and what can be done about them.
  • Is Your Organization Ready for Scrum?

    17 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Consider these key points if you're trying to decide whether you - and your organization - are prepared to implement Scrum.
  • Maintain Credibility

    17 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Leadership requires trust from the team. It can't be earned overnight, but it can be destroyed very quickly. To maintain credibility, leaders must live up to the team's expectations while recognizing and addressing their weaknesses.
  • Organizational Agility

    12 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    At its core, Organizational Agility is about strategic responsiveness and functional flexibility. Companies that master it - that embrace rapid change as a source of energy and innovation - will thrive while others stagnate. Here is an introduction to the concept, including the driving forces behind it and the characteristics that define it.
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    Software And Articles On Project Management

  • How Does RationalPlan Position Against its Competitors?

    Tiberiu Ghioca
    27 May 2015 | 5:42 am
    While publishing our products over a specialized reviews directory we were asked: “How do you position yourself against your competitors?“. To summarize it the answer would be: “RationalPlan puts the accent on productivity and tries to be as easy to use as possible: straightforward and intuitive“. The Pareto principle (the 80/20 rule) Compared to other [...] Related posts: Project Management Software Alternative for Microsoft Project Review – RationalPlan Multi Project RationalPlan 4.11 – Improved Online Project Planning and Support for High Resolution…
  • Project Management Risks – Questions and Answers (Part 1)

    Cristina Neagu
    11 May 2015 | 1:24 am
    “To save all we must risk all”, Friedrich Schiller once said. If he were a project manager today, he might say, “To save all we must manage all risks”. Books, journals, corporate websites, YouTube, and discussion forums burst of information on risk management, because risk is inherent to every project just like uncertainty is inherent [...] Related posts: Brainstorming – Trendy or Not? Preparing for the Inconceivable Risk—Are You Ready for Black Swans? What to Do when the Customer is Delaying Your Project
  • RationalPlan 4.11 – Improved Online Project Planning and Support for High Resolution Monitors

    Tiberiu Ghioca
    19 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Stand By Soft is pleased to announce the release of RationalPlan 4.11. Current version comes with support for high resolutions screens, an improved web-based project management module for the Server product, better support for opening Microsoft© Project 2013 files, custom filters, more predefined roles and much more. Plus starting with this version RationalPlan is also available [...] Related posts: RationalPlan 4.10 – Project Management Software Now Also Online RationalPlan 4.9 – Better Mac OS X Integration and Improved Printing RationalPlan 4.8 – Hungarian Language…
  • Brainstorming – Trendy or Not?

    Cristina Neagu
    16 Jan 2015 | 4:34 am
    It’s popular. It’s a classic. Those who endorse it say it’s an effective technique for generating many ideas but not a standalone method, so it should be used with other creative techniques. Those who criticize it say it generates mediocre ideas that are likely never implemented as solutions to problems. But this 60-year old technique [...] Related posts: How to Minimize the Risk of Delaying Your Project by a Customer Project Team Productivity – Problems and Solutions What to Do when the Customer is Delaying Your Project
  • Project Management Glossary Of Terms – Pro — Pv

    Crina Popescu
    5 Jan 2015 | 2:51 am
    Program Definition Statement (“PDS”) Program Director Program Directorate Program Evaluation and Review Technique (“PERT”) Program Execution Phase Program Executive Program Identification Phase Program Management Program Management Office Program Manager Program Office Program Plan Program Planning Program Status Date Program Support Office (“PSO”) Programme Programmer Programmer Trainee Programming Programs Progress Progress Analysis Progress Bar Progress Date [...] Related posts: Project Management Glossary Of Terms – Pa — Pro Project…
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    BradEgeland.com - Blog

  • Book Review: Peter Taylor's "Real Project Management"

    27 May 2015 | 11:43 pm
    The skills and capabilities you WILL need for successful project delivery Real Project Management. What does that mean? Is there unreal project management? Is there project management that is meaningless, outdated, rigid to the point of not being helpful? Yes. That is what makes this book necessary. And, I might add… a great, enjoyable and informative read... Read the full article...
  • Why Are People Skipping My Meetings?

    27 May 2015 | 7:22 pm
    Project meetings are an essential part of every project engagement. It’s where project statuses get relayed, issues get discussed, assignments get reported on and clarified, and key group decisions are made. They must happen. And it’s really important that the key stakeholders are in attendance. You know the ones—usually your team, the customer and whoever else has more than a cursory interest in the project. If your key decision makers are skipping your meetings it can cause critical task or decision delays that need to be made immediately—not a week from now.
  • Retaining the Exiting Creative Project Client

    27 May 2015 | 10:54 am
    Unfortunately, clients come and go. And they do so for a variety of reasons. You can be the best consultant, ad agency, marketing guru or web designer, and if your small to medium sized client with limited resources hires someone internally to do what you are doing for them now, there just isn’t much you can do. What they are saying verbally or through actions is this: ”It’s not you, it’s me. I have a limited budget and I need to try to replace everything you do by hiring my cousin Ernie for awhile and let that fail before I justify bringing you back to do the work for…
  • How to Keep Your IT Project Sponsor Engaged

    27 May 2015 | 8:05 am
    Your project sponsor has disappeared and you need him for information, for decision-making, for tasks, and direction? But he is otherwise detained. Here are three strategies for keeping your disappearing project sponsor available to you when you need him most. Project managers are often operating as lone wolves on the projects they manage. They must make decisions, gather key information, make assignments, and call out project participants (good and bad) along the way if progress is an issue. We should be able to expect good participation from our project team members. We should be able to…
  • Staying the Course When Your Project is in Trouble

    26 May 2015 | 2:02 pm
    We all hit the wall at some point. Projects go awry, issues mount and we need to take action. The pressure mounts and tests our ability to make good sound decisions for our projects and for our project customers. What’s your point? At what point do you feel like you might be ready to pull all of your hair out and literally lose control? We all – at some time or another – reach that point where we just can’t take it anymore. And what it is depends on us. It may be too much distraction. It may be too much interruption. It may be too much stupidness (you’re…
 
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    Ron Rosenhead

  • If only common sense was…. well common!

    Ron Rosenhead
    21 May 2015 | 2:44 am
    The above idea came from a tweet I saw in April. It read: I must admit I was taken aback by this. Why? Before explaining fully let me say a thank you to Operation Saves Lives, they probably never intended the above to go in the direction I am going to take it. So why was I taken aback? Well … Read More >Related Posts:Why do projects fail? It’s because we do not exert enough…Where is your project Gateway review?So, what have I learned this year 1?Project sign off – do people really know what this means?How good are your listening skills?
  • Sorry, there’s not enough information to do this project

    Ron Rosenhead
    5 May 2015 | 3:16 am
    Many of the blogs I write are as a result of something that has happened working on a client assignment. This one is no different. The above words “Sorry, there’s not enough information to do this project” were spoken by a manager on a project management course. The person suggested that the case study (project brief – 283 words long) … Read More >Related Posts:Project sponsors; how good are you at briefing your project…“Can you show me how to produce a Gantt chart?”Good project management skills are not enoughPractical project management training – it…
  • Recognition; it’s such a powerful tool

    Ron Rosenhead
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:01 am
    I took a rest and for some background noise, put the TV on. The programme was Undercover Boss. (For a full description of the programme go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Undercover_Boss ) This episode was based around a Calgary Transit where the boss went undercover to discover how the company was doing. I caught the last 10 minutes. It was fascinating. I was … Read More >Related Posts:So, how good are you?Project sponsors; how good are you at briefing your project…Who are your good project management role models?What do you do when someone does not take responsibility?Do…
  • This is why change control is so important

    Ron Rosenhead
    7 Apr 2015 | 2:10 am
    It was the final afternoon of the project management course and one of the participants had everyone listening. She was new to the company and said a number of very important things: she was the only one in the family who did not go into the family business – a building company the family company made a significant amount of money … Read More >Related Posts:Sometimes an idea is so simple you wonder why it is not…They threw ‘it’ awayDoes your client keep changing their mind?Project sign off – do people really know what this means?Why is project management so…
  • Save yourself time and money on your projects. How …?

    Ron Rosenhead
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:13 am
    Now I know that this goes against the traditional definition of what is a project, but how about this to save you time and money?How about producing a simple record of the project you have just worked on so the next time it can save you time? This is not as daft as it sounds! The quarterly or half yearly … Read More >Related Posts:Sounds like a plan…. but will it work?Do you carry out a primary survey before starting a project?This is why change control is so importantMonitoring and control in projects is essential to avoid…Forget a stakeholder? That’s OK – you only…
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    managewell.net

  • How fast you can change?

    TV
    15 May 2015 | 7:42 pm
    Speed is not how fast you can drive and deliver. It is how fast you can change and adapt. And life and product development have more hairpin bends than you think...
  • Stop ‘teaching’ students about entrepreneurship…!

    TV
    7 Apr 2015 | 10:07 am
    Last weekend, I was at one of the youngest IIMs - IIM Udaipur to be a mentor at their annual event Prarambh where students and young entrepreneurs slog for 32 non-stop hours to build a 'startup'. No, not just a cool code hack but a (near-real) startup. The event ends with the teams pitching to real VCs. And who knows what can happen there...
  • 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.
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    The Critical Path by Derek Huether

  • What is the goal?

    Derek Huether
    30 Apr 2015 | 10:26 am
    What is the goal? I seem to lead with that question a lot these days. Is the goal to practice Scrum? Is the goal to apply SAFe? Is the goal to use some other Agile delivery framework? Is the goal to uphold the values and principles of the Agile Manifesto? They are all means to an end. Your goal depends on your organization. Fundamentally, every for-profit organization I’ve come in contact with has pretty much the same primary goal. Make money! Before committing budget for that next project, let’s first ask ourselves if we know our core business drivers. Common Business Drivers…
  • My Personality Assessment

    Derek Huether
    8 Mar 2015 | 3:54 pm
    I recently took a personality assessment for LeadingAgile.  I didn’t know what to expect.  I wasn’t happy with all of the choices that were presented to me but I answered all of the questions the best that I could.  Below is the outcome of the assessment.  When I showed it to my wife, she laughed and nodded her head. Regardless if this was a partial result or the full readout, they kind of nailed it. Strengths: Assumes the weight of the world on his shoulders Probably more good than bad, but his focus in personal goals and relentless intensity can make for a person who will…
  • 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…
 
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  • Throw Off the Shackles of MS Excel in the PMO

    Lindsay Scott
    18 May 2015 | 4:55 am
    Microsoft products such as MS Excel and MS Project have long been go to tools for the PMO. In fact MS Excel in particular has become so ingrained as PMO tool that over 90% of PMOs use it has their main tool for reporting and analysis. Yet many have a love / hate relationship with it which has stemmed from MS Excel being repeatedly used for something which it was never designed to do – provide a project organisation with the information to make decisions.Over the lifetime of a PMO being in operation, MS Excel was always going to feature in the early starter kit, after all, it was readily…
  • Advancing the PMO – What Next After Implementing a PMO Tool?

    Lindsay Scott
    18 May 2015 | 2:47 am
    PMOs which have implemented software and tools to allow more automation in their work are not content with stopping at basic reporting functions, they want to maximise the functionality available to them. So what do PMOs focus on when it comes to moving their services onto the next level of maturity? It’s resource management.Last week I caught up with Gero Renker of Program Framework to find out more about what PMOs and organisations are interested in when it comes to taking automation of their processes to the next level and why resource management is popular.We know that initial PMO tool…
  • Inside P3O – Why PMO Practitioners Take the Training

    Lindsay Scott
    8 May 2015 | 3:55 am
    Back in 2008 the PMO community here in the UK saw a new guidance emerge which was focused on Portfolio, Programme and Project Offices (P3O). It was seen as a great step forward in giving PMOs more exposure within the programme and project management world. The guidance, since 2008, has already been refreshed and updated (that author, Eileen Roden will be speaking at The PMO Conference). Over the last seven years PMO practitioners have also chosen to undertake the accompanying training and examinations.We caught up with PMO Conference exhibitor SPOCE who are the only exhibitor at the…
  • How to Implement a PMO Tool

    Lindsay Scott
    6 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    Is that the million-dollar question that many PMOs face today? Recognising that there is no silver bullet for the successful implementation of PMO tools or even choosing the right tool for their programme and project organisations. The prospect of implementing the right tool is daunting but the decision is becoming an increasingly necessary one.In order to become better at what they do, PMOs need to automate where they can in order to free up their time to add more value in areas which currently cannot be automated. The areas which help to improve project capability such as scenario planning,…
  • Creating value from change

    Lynda Bourne
    3 May 2015 | 1:30 am
    There is a steadily increasing focus within organisations on managing change and maximising the opportunities change is supposed to generate through realised benefits and value creation.  The question this post asks is ‘What are the responsibilities of the project manager when it comes to managing these changes?’In part, the answer to this question depends on what aspect of the change you are dealing with. At one level, projects are initiated to instigate change. When the project is complete there is a new ‘product, service or result’ created, which means things are different –…
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  • Risk Response Strategies for Negative Risks or Threats

    Fahad Usmani
    30 Apr 2015 | 11:17 am
    As we know, risks are not always bad; sometimes they can bring some opportunities as well. Negative risks or threats have a negative impact on the project objective and positive risks have a positive impact on the project objective. Therefore, risk response strategies to manage positive and negative risks are different. In the PMBOK Guide, […]
  • What is a Workaround?

    Fahad Usmani
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:33 am
    In this blog I have discussed the workaround many times in some blog posts and in comments. Although this is not a very difficult concept, a few visitors asked me to write about it. They have some doubts such as: What is a workaround? Which plan is used for workarounds (contingency plan or fallback plan)? […]
  • 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 […]
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  • If only common sense was…. well common!

    Ron Rosenhead
    21 May 2015 | 2:44 am
    The above idea came from a tweet I saw in April. It read: I must admit I was taken aback by this. Why? Before explaining fully let me say a thank you to Operation Saves Lives, they probably never intended the above to go in the direction I am going to take it. So why was I taken aback? Well … Read More >Related Posts:Why do projects fail? It’s because we do not exert enough…Where is your project Gateway review?So, what have I learned this year 1?Project sign off – do people really know what this means?How good are your listening skills?
  • Sorry, there’s not enough information to do this project

    Ron Rosenhead
    5 May 2015 | 3:16 am
    Many of the blogs I write are as a result of something that has happened working on a client assignment. This one is no different. The above words “Sorry, there’s not enough information to do this project” were spoken by a manager on a project management course. The person suggested that the case study (project brief – 283 words long) … Read More >Related Posts:Project sponsors; how good are you at briefing your project…“Can you show me how to produce a Gantt chart?”Good project management skills are not enoughPractical project management training – it…
  • Recognition; it’s such a powerful tool

    Ron Rosenhead
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:01 am
    I took a rest and for some background noise, put the TV on. The programme was Undercover Boss. (For a full description of the programme go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Undercover_Boss ) This episode was based around a Calgary Transit where the boss went undercover to discover how the company was doing. I caught the last 10 minutes. It was fascinating. I was … Read More >Related Posts:So, how good are you?Project sponsors; how good are you at briefing your project…Who are your good project management role models?What do you do when someone does not take responsibility?Do…
  • This is why change control is so important

    Ron Rosenhead
    7 Apr 2015 | 2:10 am
    It was the final afternoon of the project management course and one of the participants had everyone listening. She was new to the company and said a number of very important things: she was the only one in the family who did not go into the family business – a building company the family company made a significant amount of money … Read More >Related Posts:Sometimes an idea is so simple you wonder why it is not…They threw ‘it’ awayDoes your client keep changing their mind?Project sign off – do people really know what this means?Why is project management so…
  • Save yourself time and money on your projects. How …?

    Ron Rosenhead
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:13 am
    Now I know that this goes against the traditional definition of what is a project, but how about this to save you time and money?How about producing a simple record of the project you have just worked on so the next time it can save you time? This is not as daft as it sounds! The quarterly or half yearly … Read More >Related Posts:Sounds like a plan…. but will it work?Do you carry out a primary survey before starting a project?This is why change control is so importantMonitoring and control in projects is essential to avoid…Forget a stakeholder? That’s OK – you only…
 
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    Focus on Training Blog

  • Microsoft Project 2013 – Tips and Help

    Rex
    11 May 2015 | 3:26 am
    Our tips and links will help you find the information you need to use MS Project more effectively. Microsoft Project remains the most widely deployed software tool for project management. Many people have some limited awareness of the software – often based on the earlier 2003 and 2007 versions. The last two releases (Project 2010 & Project 2013) have added considerable functionality, recognition of Agile processes, greater ability to share data, and integration with other Microsoft Office software. Focus is a leading Microsoft Project training specialist.  During the past 12 months we…
  • BCSWomen in World Record Attempt

    admin
    11 May 2015 | 1:57 am
    BCSWomen will undertake a Guinness World Record attempt to achieve the largest number of individuals learning to code an Android App. The attempt takes place on Saturday 13th June and to be successful they need to achieve more than 1000 learners. BCSWomen look to promote careers in IT, especially to women. The record attempt is a way to demonstrate that a career in IT can be fun and interesting. The Free Android Workshop will take place at approximately 30 locations across the UK and is designed as a ‘family fun day’ – with app building in mixed age groups. The event is suitable…
  • Health & Safety Management Jobs – Average Salary £46,000

    Rex
    28 Apr 2015 | 9:31 am
    The average salary for Health and Safety management jobs is now £46,000 though there is considerable variation by sector. There is a growing expectation that job candidates will hold NEBOSH or IOSH qualifications. The annual Jobs Barometer is based on a survey of all nationally advertised health and safety positions in February and March 2015. It is undertaken each year by the National Examination Board in Occupational Health & Safety. H&S Jobs by Sector By far the strongest sector for Health & Safety jobs can be seen to be construction and civil engineering Salaries are also…
  • Why Bother With Agile?

    admin
    28 Apr 2015 | 2:32 am
    The academic arguments for Agile versus Waterfall can look marginal. In the real world the difference can mean business success or failure. This is true of this case study – the first project on which we had to go Agile. Our client was the first to market and has secured a leadership position as a result. The system was for the monitoring of grain temperatures in barns and silos and the control of cooling equipment. This type of system is now thought of Internet of Things (IoT), but the term hadn’t been invented then. Expert Contributor Peter Marriott is Director and Technical…
  • 70:20:10 Model for Learning & Development

    Rex
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:24 am
    What’s it mean for me? Does it apply to IT, Project Management and Agile skills? What should I be doing differently? We take a “back to basics” look at what the 70-20-10 Learning Model means and how it can or should be used. What is the 70:20:10 Model? The model evolved from observations by academic researchers in the 1980s and 1990s. They noted  that workers learn most of what they need to do their jobs in the workplace rather than in the classroom.  The three US based researchers, Morgan McCall, Michael M. Lombardo and Robert A. Eichinger, were investigating the key developmental…
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    Project Management Software | Online PM System | Easy Projects » Blog

  • How to Maximize your Effectiveness as a Project Manager

    Ash Aujla
    22 May 2015 | 6:39 am
    “Of all the things I’ve done, the most vital is coordinating the talents of those who work for us and pointing them towards a certain goal.” – Walt Disney Project management is a huge responsibility in any context, and it has to be conducted effectively so that projects are completed both on time and on budget (or as near to the deadline and budget limit as possible). While the failure of some projects to meet these criteria can often be put down to external factors, they can often be put down to mismanagement of the project, or at least management that wasn’t as effective as might…
  • Easy Projects Update: Time Logging from Activity Center

    Easy Projects
    20 May 2015 | 12:49 pm
    You can now enter time straight from the Activity Center!   Click on the new “Add time entry” button to open a weekly calendar view, where you can input your hours and any relevant notes. The “Add time entry” button can be added to your Activity Center View by clicking on the “Customize fields” icon: Please note that the Time Entry button only appears in tasks to which you’ve been assigned.     The post Easy Projects Update: Time Logging from Activity Center appeared first on Project Management Software | Online PM System | Easy Projects.
  • Easy Projects Update: New Report Generator

    Vadim Katcherovski
    18 May 2015 | 10:55 am
    We are very excited to present our latest update to Easy Projects: totally redesigned and improved Report Generator. Here are the major highlights of the new version… New report types: Bar Chart, Pie Chart, Metric In addition to a regular table report, it’s now possible to create bar charts, pie charts or metrics as your reports. For both chart types you can specify a category and a value. The Metric report will display a single numeric value. Other fields can be used as filters and hidden from a chart or metric. Group, hide and aggregate functions The new report designer allows you to…
  • Easy Projects Update: Health Indicator

    Ash Aujla
    11 May 2015 | 12:29 pm
      We’ve recently added some options to how Easy Projects calculates project health. In the Activity Center, the Health Indicator is a great way to tell whether or not your project or activity is in trouble. By default, health is calculated using two formulas, Schedule Performance Index (SPI) and Cost Performance Index (CPI). The formulas are as follows: and In the past, you needed both CPI and SPI to calculate project or activity health. But not all companies log time or use estimated hours. To solve their needs, we’ve recently included the option to use one of the formulas, if the…
  • Expert Interview: Can Large Businesses Stay Agile?

    Ash Aujla
    11 May 2015 | 11:00 am
          Ash Aujla, the Director of Marketing at EasyProjects, was a recent guest on the TechnologyAdvice Expert Interview Series to share her insight on the project management industry. The series, which is hosted by TechnologyAdvice’s Clark Buckner, explores a variety of business and technology landscapes through conversations with industry leaders. Aujla joined Buckner to discuss how to invigorate enterprise level companies with agile project management strategies, remote working trends, and the use of agile project management methodology in more than just software teams.
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    CobaltPM » Blog

  • End the Day with a Bang

    Ben Ferris
    27 May 2015 | 4:44 am
    We have looked in the past at starting the day with a bang, and this is something which will get you off to a great start and go a long way to ensuring that you get a lot out of your day at work. However, what about ending your day with a bang as well? I sometimes travel home at the end of the day with some regrets about not having taken full advantage of my time in the office. There are some days in which I feel that I haven’t gotten very far or, even worse, have gone backwards. To avoid this happening I would suggest trying to end your days with a bang whenever you have the energy to do…
  • Could You Be an Inspirational Project Manager?

    Ben Ferris
    20 May 2015 | 4:42 am
    There is someone on your project who needs to inspire everyone else and if you are the project manager then that person is you. The idea of being inspirational for other people might come naturally to you but it isn’t quite so easy for some project managers to handle this part of the role. So what can you do if you feel that you need to do more in order to inspire your team as much as possible? Get Inspired You can’t be expected to inspire others if you aren’t inspired, can you? As the leader of the project you need to feel inspired by the piece of work you are doing. There are a few…
  • Getting the Right Project Atmosphere

    Ben Ferris
    13 May 2015 | 1:38 am
    The atmosphere you manage to build up in your project office is going to go a long way towards determining how successful the piece of work is. If you haven’t ever thought about this before then now could be a good time to do so. Inspiring Surroundings Here’s a little test for you to take before you start working the next day you go into the office. Take a seat and look around you to see how inspired you feel. If you are surrounded by those charmless office dividers then the answer is probably not very. There are lots of things you can do in order to make your surrounding more inspiring.
  • Are You a Project Manager of Action?

    Ben Ferris
    6 May 2015 | 2:35 am
    There are two different types of project manager I have come across in my career; those who get things done and those who talk about it but never seem to produce anything tangible. Talking is necessary in every project, as this is how you will build up a strong team spirit, find out what is needing done and resolve problems. However, until you become a project manager who knows how to turn their thoughts and plans into action you won’t be able to say that you do a great job. So how will you go about this? Know When to Talk and When to Produce There is a time for talking and a time for…
  • Will Your Project Management Role Provide a More Global View of Work?

    Ben Ferris
    29 Apr 2015 | 3:33 am
    Most jobs have traditionally restricted our view of the world to a strictly local or regional outlook. For example, when I started in my first ever job I worked beside people who lived in the same town as me and all of my customers lived within a couple of miles of the office, just as I did. This is a comfortable way of working and I guess that a lot of people pass their entire careers in this sort of environment. However, if you feel that you would like a more global view of work then a project manager role could be just what you need. Travel on Business The furthest I had travelled in my…
 
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    The Digital Project Manager

  • 10 top tips for how to create a statement of work: an introduction

    Ben Aston
    17 May 2015 | 1:24 am
    Posted in Statements of work This 10 top tips series will explore how to create a statement of work or scope of work document, often also referred to as a SoW. It’s the third in our trio of project management foundations, and they go hand-in-hand with our previous 10 Top Tips series – creating timing plans and creating estimates. The truth is, it’s tempting to not bother with a statement of work (SoW), and people can get a little over... The post 10 top tips for how to create a statement of work: an introduction appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.
  • Dilbert on empowering staff

    Ben Aston
    4 May 2015 | 12:48 am
    Posted in The PM life The post Dilbert on empowering staff appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.
  • Leadership produces leaders

    Ben Aston
    21 Apr 2015 | 3:32 am
    Posted in General Unknown ~ Unknown The post Leadership produces leaders appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.
  • Built With

    Ben Aston
    13 Apr 2015 | 11:22 pm
    Posted in Tools http:// Built With is a handy tool to find out what a site is built with, their CMS, CDN, and analytics provider without having to right click, view source and start poring through the code. Find out the technology behind websites and download lists of leads using specific web technologies. The post Built With appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.
  • Making projects profitable

    Ben Aston
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:01 am
    Posted in General Are your projects profitable? Beyond simply charging more, what can we do to make our projects more profitable in an industry that’s becoming increasingly commoditized and demanding more for less? What are the skills we need to develop and tools we can use to ensure that we’re delivering value to our agency as well as our clients? Deltek TrafficLive hosted an interesting debate at SXSW called Cocktails, Conversation, and Creative Leaders where members from the creative... The post Making projects profitable appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.
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  • Doodle Software Review: Overview – Features – Pricing

    Jose Maria Delos Santos
    27 May 2015 | 7:14 am
    Need a simple project management software to manage your team? Check-out our valuable and unique Top 15 Web Applications 2015. Overview Presentation Doodle is an online scheduling service that is free and easy to use. Instead of sending several emails to every person that is being invited for a meeting or get-together until a tentative date is arrived at, and then calling each one for confirmation, users can now accomplish this in a few simple steps, taking only a total of two emails. It is the world’s leading online scheduling service that works with existing calendar apps and lets…
  • How to Become a Project Manager – A Training Course Review

    Jose Maria Delos Santos
    26 May 2015 | 9:41 am
    Need a simple project management software to manage your team? Check-out our valuable and unique Top 15 Web Applications 2015. Course Description Project Management: How to Become a Project Manager course is a popular English-language course from Udemy that reflects the great need for as well as the promise of a rewarding career of a project manager. A global economy that is now project-driven is requiring more skilled and qualified project professionals. However, project management is a discipline of principles, processes and best practices. Therefore, aspiring students need to learn…
  • dapulse – New Features, Improved UI and Zapier Integration

    Jose Maria Delos Santos
    25 May 2015 | 4:24 am
    Need a simple project management software to manage your team? Check-out our valuable and unique Top 15 Web Applications 2015. dapulse visual project management software has announced a set of new Board improvements and features to help its users work faster and be more focused on their projects. A more intuitive interface is providing better experience due to fewer clicks and smarter navigation. Also, a Zapier integration enables users to connect dapulse to more applications. All of these translate to a more capable and flexible project management solution that allows users to focus on the…
  • Hidden Strengths – A Book Review

    Jose Maria Delos Santos
    22 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    Need a simple project management software to manage your team? Check-out our valuable and unique Top 15 Web Applications 2015. Hidden Strengths: Unleashing the Crucial Leadership Skills You Already Have presents to readers a resource that when discovered and developed will help people become agile and adaptive, and propel them successfully forward in their career. The book defines strengths, weaknesses and middle skills, which are described as neither strengths nor weaknesses, and their usual ratio and proportions. The authors explain that relying too much on strengths can make people too…
  • Ento Software Review: Overview – Features – Pricing

    Jose Maria Delos Santos
    21 May 2015 | 6:22 am
    Need a simple project management software to manage your team? Check-out our valuable and unique Top 15 Web Applications 2015. Overview Presentation Ento is a web-based employee scheduling and workforce management software. It is an easy-to-use software for managers who need a flexible scheduling and attendance application. Companies who employ part-time or casual employees can have a difficult time organizing and managing shifts to make sure that there is always someone who will cover a shift and do the work. Posting a schedule of some sort on a board or even using a spreadsheet is a poor…
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    PMIS Consulting

  • Why Benefits Realisation is not Return on Investment!

    Kevin Lonergan
    15 May 2015 | 8:45 am
    Benefits Realisation is a new concept, having only come about in the last decade or so. As such its application and definition are not yet mature. It is applicable to all aspects of public and private sector activity where any form of change is being sought that is intended to achieve some form of advantage (or benefit) for the key stakeholders of that organisation.  In the private sector, Return on Investment (ROI) will often be of key interest – in the public sector, efficiency is always key, but ROI driven benefits realisation may well drive entirely the wrong focus and may even…
  • Why it should be called ‘benefits realisation’

    Kevin Lonergan
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:06 am
    Over the past decade the topic of Benefits realisation has emerged and is gaining much interest.  In some circles it is being referred to as benefits management. We do not agree with this and here’s why. The goal of the concept is to provide real focus on, and visibility of the actual realisation of the planned benefits in any business change, throughout the change cycle.  The goal is not (just) to wrap a management process (consisting of templates, reports, maybe even graphs etc) around this task.  That by itself achieves very little.  Therefore, the name is actually very…
  • Benefits Realisation – context drives the terminology

    Kevin Lonergan
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:10 am
    There are discussions on LinkedIn etc around the slow rate of take-up of Benefits realisation and why this may be.  Some argue the language does not help people to understand the subject and may contribute towards the rate of take up. Among this, some propose their own ideas for what it could be called, using either new terminology or terminology that is used in similar topics.  The most common of the latter usually involves the use of the world value.  Neither of these proposals or ideas necessarily help – in fact they can make the matter (of terminology) even worse. Why […]
  • 10 reasons why Prince2 is not even close to ‘best practice’

    Kevin Lonergan
    28 Mar 2015 | 8:57 am
    The current custodians of Prince2: 2009 ®  (the UK Government’s ageing PM Method), who look after it on their behalf, by virtue of winning a contract to do so, state on their website that Prince2 is “Global best practice”. That is quite a claim! This is a personal view (backed up the references in the links below), however from someone who has been involved in projects all his career (inside and outside the public sector), who believes that Prince2 (as written) has never been, and even more importantly, especially today, is a very long way from ‘best practice’, let alone…
  • 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…
 
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    The Digital Project Manager - eCommerce and Web

  • SEO Guide to Keyword Research for Beginners

    TheDigitalPM
    17 May 2015 | 3:41 pm
    In case you are new to the universe of ecommerce or digital marketing in general, you’ve likely heard about search engine optimization (SEO). In our current reality where the lion’s share of online traffic stems from a string of text typed into a search box, search engine optimization can be the main factor in the fate of your business. SEO incorporates numerous strategies yet the underlying principal is that you’re helping Google and internet search engines better understand what your ecommerce website is about and what it offers (fyi, it can be a static website too, it…
  • What is the difference between “pay” and “capture” operations?

    TheDigitalPM
    14 May 2015 | 10:43 am
    Q. What is the difference between “pay” and “capture” operations? pay() – Register payment fact: update self totals from the invoice / Update totals… capture() – Capture the payment online * Requires an invoice. If there is no invoice specified, will automatically prepare an invoice for order * Updates transactions hierarchy, if required * Updates payment totals, updates order status and adds proper comments   The post What is the difference between “pay” and “capture” operations? appeared first on The Digital Project Manager - eCommerce and Web.
  • Which method is used for translating strings, and on which types of objects is it generally available?

    TheDigitalPM
    14 May 2015 | 10:42 am
    Q. Which method is used for translating strings, and on which types of objects is it generally available? Mage_Core_Helper_Abstract::__() .. helper objects The post Which method is used for translating strings, and on which types of objects is it generally available? appeared first on The Digital Project Manager - eCommerce and Web.
  • What is the difference between payment method and payment classes?

    TheDigitalPM
    14 May 2015 | 10:41 am
    Q. What is the difference between payment method and payment classes (such as order_payment, quote_payment, etc.)? Payment model is the abstract of an instance payment method and it works with database. Payment model can be Mage_Sales_Model_Order_Payment or Mage_Sales_Model_Quote_Payment depending on checkout stage. And the database is stored corresponding with tables sales_flat_order_payment and sales_flat_quote_payment. However, Quote_Payment doesn’t have any method to process the order.   The post What is the difference between payment method and payment classes? appeared first on…
  • Explain lifecycle of a Magento Block?

    TheDigitalPM
    14 May 2015 | 10:40 am
    Q. Explain lifecycle of a Magento Block? _prepareLayout() method is called immediately after a block has been added to the layout object for the first time. _beforeToHtml() method is called immediately before a block’s HTML content is rendered. _afterToHtml() method is called immediately after a block’s HTML content is generated. _beforeChildToHtml() is called when a parent renders one of its children (through a call to $this->getChildHtml(‘name’)). The post Explain lifecycle of a Magento Block? appeared first on The Digital Project Manager - eCommerce and Web.
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    Project Management Hacks

  • How To Build A Checklist In 6 Steps

    bruce
    26 May 2015 | 6:13 am
    Checklists are powerful tools that we all need to use. Earlier this year, I shared my Weekly Review checklist. In today’s article, I will explain how to build a checklist to improve your performance at work. Adding a checklist to your professional toolbox is one of the best ways to reliably improve the quality of your work. My approach to the checklist is influenced by Atul Gawande‘s excellent 2009 book “The Checklist Manifesto.” Gawande comes to the checklist from the world of surgery where mistakes cause lawsuits, injuries and death. In reading his book and applying…
  • How To Build Trust At Work

    bruce
    19 May 2015 | 3:20 am
    Image Credit: Trust by Geralt (Pixabay.com) Without trust, your ability to achieve significant work is limited. Low trust environments operate much slower than high trust environments. The unique pressures of project work make trust even more important. Limited time makes it difficult to accomodate traditional off site meetings and trust building exercises. Before you become discouraged at building trust, let’s consider the following points on trust What The Research Says About Trust 39% of Canadians trust what their senior leaders say and less than four in 10 feel that senior…
  • The Professional Development Tripod: Leadership, Strategic Management & Technology

    bruce
    12 May 2015 | 11:25 am
    Continuing Education Requirements (PMI, 2015) On May 6, the Project Management Institute announced exciting changes for continuing education requirements. These changes present an excellent opportunity for us to increase our value. In this article, I will analyze the requirements. You will also learn how these changes will help you to get ahead in your career. The below image summarizes part of the continuing education requirements PMI announced: Where Did The Education Requirements Come From? In order to offer valuable education and professional resources, the Institute regularly reviews the…
  • Why You Need A Weekly Review To Become More Productive

    bruce
    5 May 2015 | 5:37 am
    Image by Sophieja23 (Pixabay.com) The Weekly Review is one of the most powerful self-management tools that I have learned. In this post, I will explain why the Weekly Review is a powerful productivity tool. In addition, you will also learn what goes into my Weekly Review. I often find it helpful to learn how an individual uses an ideas, so I hope this post will inspire you to start a Weekly Review (or improve your existing practice). A few years ago, I discovered the principle from reading David Allen’s book “Getting Things Done.” In brief, the Weekly Review is a recurring…
  • Leading Yourself With Getting Things Done

    bruce
    28 Apr 2015 | 8:09 am
    Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen In 2015, David Allen published a new edition of his classic business book “Getting Things Done.” I’m taking this opportunity to return to this outstanding methodology and share some of my observations with you. Personal productivity and organization are key resources we use to lead ourselves to success. Returning to these ideas from time to time is important because productivity habits and systems often decay without deliberate work. For those new to Getting Things Done, here are a few key points to know…
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