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  • Model Risk Manager

    Project Management Resources, Templates, Books, Tools, News :: PMToolbox
    pmtoolbox
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:07 am
    Santander Bank, N.A. - New York City, NY - , Basel II/ III and CCAR. Strong knowledge of financial products in the banking industry. Strong project management capabilities. Experience in the analytics or quantitative research team at a leading financia...No visits yet
  • The Challenge of Project Management Lessons Learned

    PMIS Consulting
    Kevin Lonergan
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:44 pm
    There is much written about the need to do ‘Lessons Learned’ on projects. Most of this focuses on having a meeting or similar to discuss the items that are worthy of capture under this heading.  There is often little, if not even nil discussion about how ‘we’ in business actually make use of this information, in other words make sure that at least the negative side of what is uncovered does not happen on future projects. The other challenge, is that even if you attempt to do this, it is a very difficult thing to do in any business of any size. Let me share one…
  • Project Risk Assessment: worked example on Slideshare

    PMIS Consulting
    Kevin Lonergan
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:55 am
    We have published a short presentation on Slideshare here: Project Risk Assessment  Worked Example. Some key notes on the above: it only covers the stage of conducting a qualitative assessment of a collection of project risk – it does not cover risk identification or risk management planning. it contains hints and tips and things to avoid which are common mistakes made when people first do this. it contains some important notes on proper and improper use of risk scores, and what they should always be used for. Please feel free to share this presentation – it is free to use for…
  • It’s About Risk; NO it’s About Communication

    Keeping the Peace
    admin
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    When I teach project management and I’m talking about risk management with my class I tell them that project management is risk management. When I talk to them about communication management I tell them that project management is really focused around communications. Of course after I have told them both of these things I have to joke with them about being schizophrenic. I don’t think I am. (Would I know if I were?) The truth is I want everyone to consider walking around with a mindset of thinking, “What could happen?” When your team member tells you they’re going to finish an…
  • SAP Financial Project Manager

    Project Management Resources, Templates, Books, Tools, News :: PMToolbox
    pmtoolbox
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:59 am
    Kforce Technology - Alpharetta, GA - RESPONSIBILITIES: Kforce is seeking a seasoned SAP Financial Project Manager for a fortune 15 company. Responsible for managing the overall performance and delivery of cross-functional projects ranging from $500k up...No visits yet
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    Project Management Articles | Project Smart

  • 4 Reasons for Missed Project Deadlines and How to Get Back on Track — Part 2

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

    12 Oct 2014 | 7:50 am
    Have you ever managed the perfect project? One where you've not missed one single deadline along the way? How about a project that went through its entire lifecycle without moving a milestone or sliding a few tasks or phases here and there? Not likely. The concept of being able to deliver everything – and I mean everything – on time on any given project is fairly fictional. Staying exactly on track is almost never in the cards.
  • Project Commitment = Project Success – Part 2

    6 Oct 2014 | 12:02 pm
    In Part 1 of this two-part series, we began looking at how project commitment, especially among your project team members, can significantly impact—and increase—your likelihood of a successful project rollout and end. Now let's consider two more factors that breed commitment and contribute to project success, full team participation and a project leader who delegates and shares control.
  • Project Commitment = Project Success – Part 1

    5 Oct 2014 | 9:18 am
    More than 50% of all projects already fail – there's no need to increase that percentage by failing to include the full project team in ownership of the project's overall mission. Every project needs a strong leader to have a decent chance of success. An organised leader running a well-planned project is much more likely to achieve project success and customer satisfaction than an indecisive, inexperienced project leader.
  • Dealing with Problems on the Project

    4 Oct 2014 | 9:29 am
    Problems come in all shapes and sizes on projects. From personnel issues to coding errors to clients who are just never satisfied, problems can derail and delay projects from the very beginning of the initiation phase. Regardless of what the problem is, when it happens on a project, the project manager needs to take care of it.
 
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    The Tao of Project Management

  • PMI Netherlands Summit

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

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

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

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

    12 Sep 2014 | 2:04 am
    The ProjectI finally received my author’s copies of Project Program and Portfolio Management and I must say it looks good.  The publishers have added some nice images on the chapter header pages and made very few changes to my text.  However, the delivery service by Hermes was awful, they promised it early last week and it only arrived (via another courier) yesterday and the packaging was damaged.Looking back at the notes from my last major project I see that I was disappointed that I hadn’t been able to deliver everything I would have liked.  But on the positive side, the…
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  • Skills vs Skillz

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:02 pm
    I remember in my childhood a magazine that I used to love reading. It had crazy caricatures, weird stories and off the wall comics. In short it was a Mad magazine. One of those comics, one of my favourites, was called "Spy vs Spy" and it was about a black spy and a white spy battling it out in an endless struggle to one up each other.   This is not so much different from the
  • 20/20 Panoramic View of the ERP Industry - Part 1 of 3

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Each year, we make our predictions for the ERP software industry for the upcoming year. Sometimes we get it right, and sometimes we?re off base, so it?s clearly not an easy feat to predict the future in any industry ? especially one as dynamic as the enterprise software industry. However, we wanted to share our opinions of where the ERP software industry is headed in the next several years.
  • 20/20 Panoramic View of the ERP Industry - Part 1 of 3

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Each year, we make our predictions for the ERP software industry for the upcoming year. Sometimes we get it right, and sometimes we?re off base, so it?s clearly not an easy feat to predict the future in any industry ? especially one as dynamic as the enterprise software industry. However, we wanted to share our opinions of where the ERP software industry is headed in the next several years.
  • Build Better Project Teams

    21 Oct 2014 | 4:03 am
    Having been part of numerous startups and project teams, I was keenly interested in a relatively new online recruiting service out of Italy called Eggup. While I was in Rome, on a warm October morning, I had a chance to sit down for breakfast and chat with one of their founding members.
  • Disaster Recovery NEEDS Documentation

    19 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    One important tool for disaster prevention and recovery is good documentation. Proper documentation can prevent mistakes from happening and make sure that the recovery process goes smoothly. Manuals supplied with hardware and software are fine for wh...
 
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    Project Management Articles - PM Hut

  • 10 Habits of Highly Effective Project Managers

    PM Hut
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    10 Habits of Highly Effective Project Managers By Harry Hall “Risk comes from not knowing what you are doing.” - Warren Buffet Just because you’ve been a project manager since the days of “Gilligan’s Island” is no guarantee that you are getting better. As a matter of fact, you may be stumbling about trying to get off your island. [...]
  • The Way to Succeed in Leadership

    PM Hut
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:24 pm
    The Way to Succeed in Leadership By Brad Hanson Great leaders jump out of their environment and determine to do something different, something more important, than just being a manager. They motive, inspire, and drive change. The way to keep inspiration is to give it away. The way to have a great leadership personality is to radiate [...]
  • Learning to Swim in the Deep End

    PM Hut
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:10 am
    Learning to Swim in the Deep End By Darcy Anurca Every project manager has been thrown into the deep end of the pool. By “deep end of the pool” I mean that you’ve been thrown into some weird, technically challenging, scary projects that you probably knew nothing about. How do you initially survive being thrown into the [...]
  • Extracting Value from Consultants

    PM Hut
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:23 am
    Extracting Value from Consultants By Sabah al-Binali A standard joke in business is that consultants work by asking existing employees for the solution and then packaging it nicely, rubber stamping it and presenting it as their solution to senior executives. The pervasiveness of this joke in business points to the the deeply held belief that this characterization [...]
  • The Flies and the Bees: Tailoring Project Processes to Project Context

    PM Hut
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:10 am
    The Flies and the Bees: Tailoring Project Processes to Project Context By Alexander Laufer and Jeffrey Russell Peter Drucker argued that since the study of management began in the 1930s, several assumptions regarding the realities of management must be unlearned. One of these assumptions is that: “there is (or there must be) ONE right way to manage [...]
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    Project, Program and Portfolio Management

  • Fadana learns a lot from the team working at the MeerKAT

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    "WORKING at the SKA SA means that I'm one of the lucky few who are working towards delivering a unique radio telescope to the world," Gcobisa Fadana, project controller at MeerKAT, says.
  • Project Management Technology: A buzz of MNCs

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Developing project management skills, even if you are not a project manager, sets you apart from the crowd, says Shisam Bhattacharyya Are you feeling insecure in your job? Although an all-out career change may be a good choice for some, you don't need to make such a drastic move to breathe new life into your current position. Developing skills in project management, even if you're not a project manager, empowers you to make the most of your abilities and sets you apart from the crowd. Even making a modest improvement in how you work on projects can help you quickly rise above the mediocrity.
  • EXPO 2020

    19 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Projects worth Dh30 billion will be built across Dubai to further enhance the emirate's infrastructure in time to host Expo 2020, a senior official announced at the Dubai International Project Management Forum in Dubai last week. The two-day event, which is set to be an annual platform to discuss project management at the highest level, was inaugurated by Shaikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group.
  • Energy Assets' 'siteworks' division lands its biggest project contract

    16 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Gas metering specialist Energy Assets unveiled its biggest project management contract to date yesterday with a GBP1 million-plus deal with a renowned scientific research group.
  • Oconee trial expected to last two weeks

    9 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    WALHALLA — A project manager testified Wednesday that his company did not receive state inspection reports from employees of airport consultants Talbert & Bright “in a timely manner,” thus hampering work to fix problems at the Oconee County Regional Airport.
 
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    Project Management Resources, Templates, Books, Tools, News :: PMToolbox

  • Project Manager

    pmtoolbox
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:59 am
    Robert Half Technology - Des Moines, IA - Ref ID: 01500-9703672 Classification: Project Leader/Manager Compensation: $75,000.00 to $90,000.00 per year This is a Permanent hire position with one of our client companies in Des Moines, IA. Our clien...No visits yet
  • SAP Financial Project Manager

    pmtoolbox
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:59 am
    Kforce Technology - Alpharetta, GA - RESPONSIBILITIES: Kforce is seeking a seasoned SAP Financial Project Manager for a fortune 15 company. Responsible for managing the overall performance and delivery of cross-functional projects ranging from $500k up...No visits yet
  • What project managers are concerned with right now

    Lindsay Scott
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    This week was Project Challenge in London and if you didn’t make it – shame! you missed out on a good event. We’ve been doing these events for a while now and I think its fair to say the last few years have been somewhat slow. We can probably attribute this to the recession and ... The post What project managers are concerned with right now appeared first on How to Manage a Camel - Project Management and Recruitment.No visits yet
  • Model Risk Manager

    pmtoolbox
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:07 am
    Santander Bank, N.A. - New York City, NY - , Basel II/ III and CCAR. Strong knowledge of financial products in the banking industry. Strong project management capabilities. Experience in the analytics or quantitative research team at a leading financia...No visits yet
  • Project Manager, Life Sciences

    pmtoolbox
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:07 am
    Integrated Project Management Company, Inc. - San Francisco, CA - PROJECT MANAGER, LIFE SCIENCES IPM is a project management consulting firm that advises on and executes companies’ most complex initiatives. We take our client’s vision or challenge and transform it into an actionable roadmap and provide an onsite leader to drive the initiative through completion. With careful planning and rigorous execution, we help clients meet their goals and sustain them– efficiently, cost-effectively, and often ahead of schedule. Headquartered in Chicago with offices in... Boston, Los…
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    The Project Management Podcast

  • Episode 286: How to Migrate from Waterfall to Agile (Premium)

    18 Oct 2014 | 1:50 pm
    This episode is reserved for subscribers of the Premium Podcast. Learn how to subscribe to the Premium Podcast to access this interview and transcript... This episode is sponsored by The Agile PrepCast for The PMI-ACP Exam: Migrating from using a waterfall-based approach to an Agile approach for your projects is challenging. No doubt about it. Are there any best practices that you can follow in order to ease the migration pain? Shawn Dickerson (www.linkedin.com/pub/shawn-dickerson/1/97/607 / www.attask.com) says yes there are. In fact, by the end of this interview you will have heard a list…
  • Episode 289: Optimize Your Project Management Career - Part 3 - Late Career & Consulting (Free) #PMOT

    16 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Play Now: This is the third and final of three interviews in which Dev Ramcharan (http://ca.linkedin.com/pub/dev-ramcharan-pmp/1/677/750) from AROUCA Career Coaching (http://www.arouca-coach.com/) helps you to optimize and boost your career. In this interview we focus on the late career phase and also touch upon consulting. Allow me to repeat my recommendation on listening to this series of interviews one final time: You will get the most out of this series of interviews if you listen to them in sequence, no matter if you are currently in your early career, mid career or late career. This is…
  • Episode 288: Optimize Your Project Management Career - Part 2 - Mid Career (Free)

    8 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Play Now: This is the second of three interviews in which Dev Ramcharan (http://ca.linkedin.com/pub/dev-ramcharan-pmp/1/677/750) from AROUCA Career Coaching (http://www.arouca-coach.com/) helps you to optimize and boost your career. In this interview we focus on the mid-career phase, which starts about 2-3 years into your life as a project manager. In this interview you learn that there is an early mid-career and also a late mid-career, and that both require a different optimization approach. We talk about when and how often you should update the Career Optimization Package and how to…
  • Episode 287: Optimize Your Project Management Career - Part 1 - Early Career (Free)

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Play Now: If you are listening to this podcast, then you are most likely either someone who wants to start a career in project management or you are already working in the project management field and you want to advance in your career. Well… you have come to the right place. This is the first of three interviews that will help you optimize and boost your project management career. My guest is Dev Ramcharan (http://ca.linkedin.com/pub/dev-ramcharan-pmp/1/677/750). Dev is not only a PMP certified project manager, but he is also a professional career coach with AROUCA Career Coaching…
  • Episode 287: Download Your Free Career Optimization Package

    30 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Download PDF Version... Download DOC Version... The Free Career Optimization Package is developed and provided to you by Dev Ramcharan from AROUCA Career Coaching. It gives you the basics you need to optimize your career. Note: In episode 287, 288 and 289 I say that the free package is about 50 pages long, but the correct number is 32 pages. I'm sorry! I was looking at the wrong file. My mistake! Get the Premium Career Optimization Package The Career Optimization Package is also available as a Premium version. The Premium Package with its powerful toolset provides comprehensive, full…
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    Better Projects

  • The Last Retrospective

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

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

    Craig Brown
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:02 pm
    It's all very well getting your own stuff done well and to target, but how often do we stop and ut our own goals aside to help others?When have you helped someone on another team? Share your story below in the comments.
  • What parts of your job will get automated first?

    Craig Brown
    3 Oct 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Picture credit: chiarashine at flikrA recent article in the Economist provides more evidence that all-the-workforce is destined to be replaced by technology. What parts of your job will be first to go? And will you be happy to say goodbye to it?
  • How to Prevent Project Failure in 2014

    Bruce Harpham
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:12 pm
    Project failure is expensive, embarrassing and alarmingly common. Depending on your estimates - 5%-30% of all projects are successfully completed. Getting to the bottom of project failure is an important way to improve our project performance. If we don't put in the effort to learn, how will we ever make progress?Project failure is a problem in every industry and every country. Consider the following statistics. According to consulting firm KPMG, only 33% of projects were delivered on budget in 2012. (Source: KPMG's Project Management Survey Report 2013Only 5% of projects in the…
 
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  • The Deadliest Contaminant: Solving The Brain-Eating Amoeba

    laserlenz
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:12 am
    By Kevin Westerling @KevinOnWater As Halloween approaches and our TV screens fill with frights of all kinds, water managers have a real-life monster to worry about — a parasite (Naegleria fowleri) that’s been dubbed the “brain-eating amoeba.” The scary-sounding name is hardly unfounded considering the role of N. fowleri in causing primary amoebic meningoencephalitis (PAM), a brain disease that is nearly always fatal. Although PAM is still uncommon, recent news and developments are more concerning than comforting. The parasite itself has been in the news for some time, and the…
  • Betts Job ID 10398: In-Flight Entertainment President Americas & VP Content Provider Relationships

    Fiona
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:11 am
    The new digEcor is taking shape. Since adding the business to their Group in 2013, digEcor’s new own
  • David Laietta: WordPress Empowerment - Moving from Idea to MVP

    WordPress.tv
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:35 am
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  • The Difference Between Product and Project Management #ProductManagement

    rezania2013
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:30 am
    Product management and project management—they sound similar, and there’s (literally) only two letters that separate them. To top it off, these two concepts are commonly confused with each other, even by people experienced in product development! So it’s a classic case of tom-A-to tom-ah-to (tomato), right? Well, not so much. While they do sound similar, and there is a bit of an overlap between the two concepts, there are important differences. A successful Product Manager understands that without the proper project management, product development will hit a snag. They’re able to…
  • Scrum : Managing Changes through Prioritized Product Backlog

    diptangshub
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:39 pm
    Managing Changes through Prioritized Product Backlog Grooming A typical Prioritized Product Backlog will contain all User Stories, their time estimates which also includes any revised estimates, and the status of higher priority requirements. Any new or revised User Stories resulting from changes to business requirements, customer requests, external market conditions, and/or lessons learned from previous Sprints are also incorporated. One of the Product Owner’s key responsibilities is grooming the Prioritized Product Backlog to ensure the prioritized requirements in the Prioritized Product…
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    Project Management Tips || Project Management, Collaboration and Knowledge Management Blog

  • What is Value Management?

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

    Zoran
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:50 am
    Hiring new employees is not an easy task and can be extremely stressful. Many employers, thus, constantly try to investigate and come up with new ways in which they can make this entire stressful process much easier for them. With technologies such as webcams and video conferencing, conducting virtual interviews is now a possibility and could easily become a new way to hire future employees. Virtual interviews can be conducted from within the comfort of an employer’s home or office, and this is perhaps a great advantage in conducting virtual interviews. These are essentially like other job…
  • If you’ve never applied Risk Management to a project before

    Kevin Lonergan
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:49 am
    All projects face risks and risk management is a key process area of all major PM Bodies of Knowledge such as the PMI Body of Knowledge (PMBoK®).   If you have never applied risk management to a project before (and even if you have) the following centres around one of the biggest challenges you will likely have – getting people to think and share ideas about risk and capturing them in a productive way. Many projects and project team members are asked to apply risk management to their projects, meaning they have to do a number of things, including doing an assessment of the risks the…
  • The CORD Model of Productivity

    Elizabeth Harrin
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:47 am
    I’ve read How to be a Productivity Ninja this year in a bid to become more productive. The author, Graham Allcott, shares some strategies for making the most of your time, one of which is the CORD model of productivity. I think this is a great tool for project managers so here is a brief explanation of what it is all about. C: Capture and Collect In this step you capture all the stuff that you think you might have to do, or useful notes. In the project environment, that could be notes from a chance conversation in the corridor with your project finance manager, or the minutes of your…
  • How to present to your project stakeholders

    Elizabeth Harrin
    9 Oct 2014 | 3:46 am
    Got any presentations coming up? Sometimes it feels as if I’m constantly giving presentations, to different stakeholder groups and individuals. What matters during a project presentation is that you meet the objectives for the presentation so that your audience – whether that’s one person or 1000 – go away knowing what they need to know and having their questions answered. If you are new to giving stakeholder presentations on your projects here are some tips to help. Know your audience You may have heard this before, but it is really important. An audience of senior managers isn’t…
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  • A Tale of Two PMOs

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

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

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

    MMeloni
    3 Sep 2014 | 9:55 am
    Strategic reserve time? That sounds like some kind of secret code. What could it possibly be? And why should you bother to learn some fancy new term? Consider this scenario. You worked very hard to find out which resources were assigned to work on your project.You went to each functional or resource manager and asked […] The post Strategic Reserve Time, What’s That? appeared first on PMStudent.
  • 5 Project Management Techniques for Procrastinators

    MMeloni
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:58 am
    “Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.” Don Marquis Did you read the quote above and think, “Yesterday? I would be happy to be caught up with last Thursday?” This might be the perfect time to take a look at 5 project management best practices and how they can help you. 1) Define […] The post 5 Project Management Techniques for Procrastinators appeared first on PMStudent.
 
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    Keeping the Peace

  • It’s About Risk; NO it’s About Communication

    admin
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    When I teach project management and I’m talking about risk management with my class I tell them that project management is risk management. When I talk to them about communication management I tell them that project management is really focused around communications. Of course after I have told them both of these things I have to joke with them about being schizophrenic. I don’t think I am. (Would I know if I were?) The truth is I want everyone to consider walking around with a mindset of thinking, “What could happen?” When your team member tells you they’re going to finish an…
  • How to Lead Like it Matters

    admin
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    I received a copy of this article and I thought, “There are some good ideas here, maybe I should write something about this.” Then I realized, I don’t need to write something about this, I just need to share it with you. Enjoy! How to Lead Like it Matters by Roxi Bahar Hewertson Whether you’re a manager, executive, or CEO, your leadership style matters. Whether you’re running a large global firm, a small project team or an entrepreneurial venture, it’s the way you communicate and connect to other people that can, and will, make or break your success. The key lies with making each…
  • You SHOULD Know That

    admin
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:19 am
    Do you ever feel like people give you too much credit for knowing things? These are the people who look at you and say, “But YOU should have known that!” Or the ever popular “I should not have to tell you that.” On a good day perhaps you just smile and nod or say, “Sorry.” On other days your response might be a bit stronger, “If I KNEW everything then I would KNOW the winning lottery numbers and I would not be standing here right now.” Perhaps it really is a compliment. Someone considers you to be knowledgeable. Or they believe that you know them so well that you can and…
  • It’s a Plan NOT a Guarantee

    admin
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:55 am
    “What is the point of all of these estimates and plans if you cannot promise me with 100% certainty that the project will complete by December 15th?” This question came from the project sponsor. The team had just completed presenting their plan to him. He seemed happy enough, that is until he asked the question, “So you’re willing to guarantee me 100% that we will meet our target date of December 15?” As the project manager, Shane wanted to tell him yes. Of course he wanted to please his project sponsor and of course he was committed to meeting the date. But a 100% guarantee? Not…
  • KNOW the Rules, THEN Say NO to the Rules

    admin
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    How do you teach people when it is acceptable to break or bend the rules? I will be the first to tell you; “If you ignore a best practice and your project does not go well, you need to go back and pay attention to the best practice.” I also know that those of you who experience success don’t always play by the book. You understand the rules and what the rules should represent. You know that navigating the rules and breaking the rules when necessary is an art, it is not a science. Try as I might to explain this to people, the truth is I can’t really teach you when to break the rules.
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    Ron Rosenhead

  • Have you really tested out your project before delivery?

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

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

    Ron Rosenhead
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:09 am
    Hot on the heels of my last Blog posting: Why is project management so fragmented in companies? I received an invitation from my good friend Donnie MacNicol to attend a session he was running in Central London. The title for the evening was Organisational Project Management. I hear many of you ask, “What is that?” In order to answer the … Read More >Related Posts:Reflection – 400 BlogsWe should make it mandatory for ALL projects!The risks were high, but the project was successfulHow can you develop your company’s project management…Where’s your project &…
  • Why is project management so fragmented in companies?

    Ron Rosenhead
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:06 am
    I was in email discussion with a senior manager about project management. I asked a number of questions including; how things have progressed since running a wide range of project courses, who was now in overall control of project management and whether there had been any financial return on investment (ROI) from all the training, including working with the board … Read More >Related Posts:The demise of the training manager and the impact for…How can you develop your company’s project management…Do you have consistent project management?Who owns project management in…
  • Are you always thinking customer care in your projects?

    Ron Rosenhead
    3 Sep 2014 | 5:21 am
    It was a bad afternoon. I had three arguments on the phone. Two were with banks and one with a utility company. I put the phone down about 4-15 pm feeling exhausted and not happy. I decided the best therapy was to go for a walk and I enjoyed the sun of North London. It struck me part way through … Read More >Related Posts:What do your customers say about your project management…What do you need to change to be more effective?Instead of a project report, I wrote you this….C+ for effort but could you have done any better?Project Sponsor; will this meet your expectations?
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    Karol Zielinskis Blog - all kind of stuff around the web

  • Pomysł, pomysł… ciągle ten cholerny pomysł

    Karol Zielinski
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:12 am
    Wciąż słyszę od ludzi, że mają pomysł. I tylko pomysł. Albo pomysłu nie mają. Dlatego nic nie robią, dlatego stoją w miejscu. Srsly? Damn…! Jakiś czas temu przestałem jeździć po startupowych eventach. Nie dlatego, że przestały mi się podobać. Są ok. Po prostu skupiłem się na czymś innym. Rozmawiałem jednak ostatnio ze znajomymi i ta […] Post Pomysł, pomysł… ciągle ten cholerny pomysł z bloga Miedzy5a6.
  • Buyer persona. Wszystko, co musisz o niej wiedzieć

    Karol Zielinski
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:55 am
    Wymyśl sobie klienta swojego biznesu. Buyer persona – bo o nim tu oczywiście mowa. W tym wpisie znajdziesz wszystko, co o tej wyimaginowanej postaci wiedzieć musisz. Cały szkopuł polega na tym, że próbując dogodzić wszystkim nie dogodzisz nikomu. Nie ma produktu, usługi, czy bloga, który pasowałby każdemu. W tym miejscu wchodzi pojęcie buyer persona. Wyimaginowanej […] Post Buyer persona. Wszystko, co musisz o niej wiedzieć z bloga Miedzy5a6.
  • Gary Vaynerchuk: Building Personal Brand. Rób to, co sprawia Ci przyjemność

    Karol Zielinski
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    Post Gary Vaynerchuk: Building Personal Brand. Rób to, co sprawia Ci przyjemność z bloga Miedzy5a6.
  • Faktury w (web)biznesie. Arkadiusz Caryk w #RobieWebBiznes

    Karol Zielinski
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:54 am
    Każdy, kto kiedykolwiek próbował swoich sił w biznesie lubi wystawiać faktury. Bo to przecież dokument, na podstawie którego dostaniemy zapłatę. Nie każdy jednak robi to dobrze. Dziś w ramach serii Robię (web)biznes postaramy się rozwiać trochę wątpliwości związanych z tym właśnie zagadnieniem. Moim dzisiejszym gościem będzie Arkadiusz Caryk, redaktor infakt.pl. W inFakcie odpowiedzialny za tworzenie artykułów […] Post Faktury w (web)biznesie. Arkadiusz Caryk w #RobieWebBiznes z bloga Miedzy5a6.
  • Narzędzia dla (web) biznesu. Organizacja pracy, produktywność

    Karol Zielinski
    3 Oct 2014 | 2:23 am
    Istnieją w sieci narzędzia bez których naprawdę ciężko byłoby mi się obejść. Dziś chciałbym przedstawić te, które pomagają mi w codziennej pracy. Post Narzędzia dla (web) biznesu. Organizacja pracy, produktywność z bloga Miedzy5a6.
 
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    ThousandtyOne! - .NET, Life and Logical Thoughts By Rajiv Popat

  • Safely Disastrous.

    Rajiv Popat
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:21 am
    Your brain will play tricks with you every time you inch aware from safe: Doing that would be disastrous! Let's stick to something which we've done in the past. Something time tested. Something... Safe. There is an old saying that nothing in life is as good or as bad as it seems. That saying is now supported by rigorous and legitimate... science. Most of the times "disastrous" isn't as disastrous as you think. Most of the times "disastrous" is just a figure of expression and all it means is: Somewhat painful or borderline uncomfortable. Most of the times safe or harmless is much more…
  • Time To Overcome The Always Mindset.

    Rajiv Popat
    15 Mar 2014 | 7:53 am
    All Resistance often begins with an always mindset. This is what we have always done. What we have always said. How we have always worked. What we have always believed. No doubt your organization isn't morphing like an living organism that adapts, learns, improvises and changes the way your business has always worked. Personal lives are no different: This is what I have always worn. What I have always eaten. How I have always lived. What I have always done. The kind of people I have always been friends with. No wonder your career and life isn't bringing you new and meaningful challenges. No…
  • Minimalistic Artists - Part 1.

    Rajiv Popat
    17 Feb 2014 | 11:19 am
    Some environments shout out smart. That young random doctor in that fancy hospital for instance; The chamber, the white coat, the receptionist, the forms you fill before you are allowed to meet the doctor - all work to prime your brain with the belief that your doctor is smart. That you are in safe hands. Software is no different. The plush offices of that smart product company, the bean bags, the large television screens on the corridor, the huge long passageways, the professionally trimmed grass in the gardens that surround the office - all designed to prime the customers brain to believe…
  • Remapping The Windows Key On Your Keyboard.

    Rajiv Popat
    31 Jan 2014 | 1:34 pm
    My obsession for making a PC look like a Mac dates back to 2006. The quest is just as much about exploring new tools and utilities as it is about the esthetic element of having a Zen like desktop. Here's what my desktop looks like today: Getting a dock that looks like the Mac doc is easy. And so is getting a free utility that shows your outlook tasks and calendar items on your desktop. With the number of folks cribbing about the windows start screen, getting a launcher is even easier. Most of them will automatically map to your windows key and start off when you hit the windows key on your…
  • Your Relationship With Your Ideas - Part 1.

    Rajiv Popat
    25 Jan 2014 | 12:59 am
    Some ideas are demanding. They crystallize in your head and then they grab you by your collar demanding that you work on them. Others are more subtle and silent, gently whispering and seeking your attention. Some show up while you are having a shower and follow you through days, weeks and months occupying a silent calm place in your head. Some even spread like a virus and some have the potential of consuming your head and giving you a gush of dopamine much like Romantic love does. Like any real life relationship your relationship with your idea also changes with the volume of time you spend…
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    the Intervals Blog by Pelago

  • New Intervals Feature: Task Checklists

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

    John Reeve
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Intervals provides a comprehensive set of reports to help our customers get a better understanding of their time tracking and billing efforts. But during recent conversations with our customers , we got the feeling a report was missing. Questions about task productivity reports began bubbling up to the top. Questions like… How can I calculate the number of tasks Michael closed out last month? or How can I get a breakdown, by project, of Jennifer’s tasks due next week? Intervals could already answer these questions with a detailed listing of tasks, but extrapolating metrics…
  • Intervals Demo: Online Time, Task, and Project Management Software

    John Reeve
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:21 am
    When you sign up for a free 30 day trial of our software, Intervals, we offer a one hour demonstration. These guided tours are a great opportunity to review our time tracking and task management software, and ask any questions. To give you an idea of how these demonstrations go, we’ve recorded one. This video is of a typical demonstration and runs about 40 minutes. Any time you are introducing new software into your agency there is going to be a learning curve, which is why we’re here to help.  If you are interested in a demo for your agency, sign up for a free trial and then…
  • How to Keep Track of Projects Accurately When They Go Over Budget

    John Reeve
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Nobody wants a project to go over budget. But, despite our best intentions, some projects do require more time and money than we had originally estimated. Our first priority is to complete the project. But once the dust has settled, we’ll want to go back and see what went wrong. To figure out exactly why a project went over budget, we first need to make sure we are tracking our tasks and time properly from the beginning of the project. Secondly, we need to differentiate the budgeted work from the work that was done out of scope. Fortunately, Intervals makes it easy to differentiate…
  • Three Ways to Break Down a Project into Manageable Tasks

    John Reeve
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:12 pm
    You’ve shaken hands with the client, filed away the signed contract, and deposited your first payment. Now what? Before your team can dive into a project, the project manager must break down the scope of work into smaller, manageable tasks. This first step can seem daunting at first. Especially on larger projects. But once you find a methodology that works for you, the process becomes more intuitive. Having performed a few hundred trainings and webinars for our task management software, Intervals, I’ve discussed several different methodologies with our customers. In this post,…
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    Utpal Vaishnav

  • Your Mirror is a Powerful Tool

    Utpal Vaishnav
    27 Sep 2014 | 8:57 pm
    When did you last look at yourself through mirror? “Funny question,” you might think. “I look at mirror everyday!” Not so simple. Read on … You look at mirror to be aware about how you look like. If you haven’t combed your hair, you will comb it. If you have put on some weight, then you will join a personal fitness program. If the color of your shirt does not look good on you, you will change it. If you are aware about how you look, you will do something about it. Awareness. With higher level of awareness, you can make choices that matter to you. You look…
  • The New Phenomenal

    Utpal Vaishnav
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:12 am
    I have built a great app, it works on iOS8! And you have to eat at this restaurant, they serve you within just 15 minutes and they serve tasty food. And, their restaurant staff is polite too. Nothing is phenomenal about above examples. We live in the age where it is expected for an app to work on latest version of the OS that is just announced. And it is the most basic expectation from a restaurant to serve you tasty food in timely manner, with very good customer service. Means of experiences are so easily accessible (Tweet This!) that it is redefining what is phenomenal. Decades ago, in…
  • How to Become the Master of Knack?

    Utpal Vaishnav
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:47 pm
    I don’t know why more people aren’t talking about this… App Development is a knack! Just like Ikebana is a knack. Just like Knitting is a knack. Just like Public Speaking is a knack. Knack = There are certain principles to follow and master. When you implement those principles, you get predictable results. “Open your speech with this statement, communicate these 3 points swiftly, make people think about X point and Boom! your speech is loved.” The same works in App Development. “Get Agile, create a prototype, then develop an MVP, then test it in a niche…
  • Impatient Opportunist

    Utpal Vaishnav
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Impatient opportunist only cares about what’s “trending” today. He impatiently reads the startup news, studies the technology trends, bookmarks the stories of startups who have made it to Techcrunch or Mashable this week and talks about these examples everywhere he goes. His tone is typical, “They won, we lost and why the ‘hell’ we can’t think of such innovations” kind. For him, today’s hot trends are the thing to focus. Or even what he thinks of tomorrow’s things could be. He’ll intrude long-term strategy talks and speak…
  • Enforcement Vs. Choice

    Utpal Vaishnav
    3 Jun 2014 | 10:26 am
    When a Business Leader says, “I have so many expectations to fulfill, and so little time available.” It actually means that he’s not able to see. He’s not able to see the business priorities. He’s not able to see the important projects and tasks that need to get done. He is not able to see the opportunity to lead and take his career (and life at large) to the next level. The same Business Leader has time to go out to watch movies, spending hours on Facebook, attending funeral of neighbor’s mother-in-law or attend a professional skills development seminar.
 
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    Project Management Methodologies

  • Five Options for Project Start Dates

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

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

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

    admin
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:23 pm
    If you are a project manager dealing with what you perceive to be an unrealistic budget, the first thing you will want to do is discuss this with your sponsor to see if there are any factors that are driving the project budget. For instance, there may be budgetary restrictions. If you are a vendor, it is possible your sales people committed to a fixed price for the project. In some cases your manager or sponsor might set an arbitrary budget without much justification. It does not necessarily make your challenge any easier, but you may find that by better understanding the reason for the fixed…
  • Five Project Management Mistakes

    admin
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Mistake #2: Poor scope management practices Managing scope is one of the most critical aspects of managing a project. However, if you have not done a good job of defining scope, managing scope will be almost impossible. The purpose of defining scope is to clearly describe and gain agreement on the logical boundaries and deliverables of your project. The business requirements are gathered to provide more detail on the characteristics of the deliverables. Defining scope means that you have defined the project boundaries and deliverables, and the product requirements. These should all be…
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    projectsatwork.com

  • Agile Anti-Patterns: #6-7

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    There are many ways that story points are often used incorrectly by well-meaning teams. In the fourth installment of our series, we look at two more agile anti-patterns that seem like good ideas but aren't: allowing everyone to have a vote, and playing "Go Fish" during planning exercises.
  • Write Better User Stories

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Writing effective user stories on Agile projects requires collaboration between the product owner and team. The effort involves agreeing on the depth of technical detail in the story, ensuring that epics are appropriately broken down, and adding acceptance criteria. Let's look at some helpful examples for each step.
  • A Bigger Boat or Smaller Shark

    19 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    In the face of limited resources, executives and project leaders simply can't keep up with the shifting priorities, emergent activities and sheer complexity of managing demand across an entire organization. This is the fundamental issue that inspired a new handbook on resource management and capacity planning.
  • Choose or Lose

    19 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The ability to make informed, timely decisions is essential to the success of every project and program. If you find yourself hesitating when it comes to making a choice, here are eight steps that can help you be more decisive.
  • Mind the Decision Gaps

    19 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The challenges many organizations face when making critical decisions can be grouped into four key areas: constrained resources, process and technology gaps, and cultural issues. But these problems can be overcome with an approach that blends the best of individual and group contributions.
 
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    Fear No Project Blog - Focusing on the Management Side of Projects

  • 7 Tips to Manage your Email (and not let it manage you)!

    Bruce McGraw
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:57 pm
    If you are reading this post, then like me, you would love to have a good guide on how to effectively use EMAIL. Unfortunately I am not aware of a single guide for this!!  However, I thought I would share some best practices on how to use and not be used by email.  The key […]
  • IPMA 2014 – Innovation through Dialog

    Bruce McGraw
    3 Aug 2014 | 3:26 pm
    While I have a lot of readers who are in Europe – thank you for reading! – I know that many of my readers are here in the USA and always looking for a good reason to get out of the country.  I also know that some of you are members of the International Project Management […]
  • 5 Tips to Managing Organizational Change More Effectively

    Bruce McGraw
    22 Jun 2014 | 7:14 pm
    I have been in many organizations throughout my career and one thing I know – change is constant! In fact this week I had to adjust to a new change myself. I was talking with Dr. Karen McGraw, noted Organizational change and Leadership coach, and she offered to write a post on the subject for […]
  • Changing Technology, Process or organizations – Mistakes to Avoid in Change Management

    Bruce McGraw
    30 May 2014 | 12:57 pm
    I recently had the pleasure of participating in an article on Process Change.  Kathleen Irwin had been tasked with putting together the article to uncover tips on Costly mistakes that organizations should avoid when attempting to change technology, process(workflow) or team structure. You can read the entire article over at Software Advice’s site - Process […]
  • Top 3 Reasons Key Performers are Essential

    Bruce McGraw
    30 May 2014 | 8:29 am
    Our team has been in staffing mode for the last 2 weeks (Or as our HR staff says “Talent Acquisition mode”). Every time I am involved in starting up a new large program I start thinking about the people we are staffing into key project roles. I am constantly reminded by advisors that not everyone […]
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    Papercut Edge

  • Why Smart People Fail: The Keynote

    Geoff Crane
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:25 am
    Last night I had the pleasure of speaking at PMI Durham Highlands monthly meeting. The talk was called “Why Smart People Fail: The role of emotional intelligence in project success.” I had a great time putting this piece together, especially since it maps so closely with the work I’m doing a Trent University’s Emotion and Health Research Laboratory. Thanks so […]
  • 52 Tips to Break Into Project Management

    Geoff Crane
    6 Jun 2014 | 3:28 pm
  • Lessons from 40 PPM Experts on Making the Transition to Project Leadership

    Geoff Crane
    21 May 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Project Leadership — Lessons from 40 PPM Experts on Making the Transition from Project Management to Project Leadership from Studio B Productions, Inc.   In April of 2014, David Rogelberg approached me for a project he was working on. He was looking for 40 PPM experts to share their stories about making the transition from project management into project leadership. […]
  • The Annual Project Portfolio Capacity Planner

    Geoff Crane
    4 May 2014 | 7:14 pm
  • Why Every PM Should Worry About Risk Identification – And You Should Too!

    Geoff Crane
    26 Feb 2014 | 12:14 pm
    In 2007 I had a shattering – I mean shattering – nervous breakdown. Now, there were lots of contributing factors – I had many personal issues to deal with in the previous couple of years including repatriation and the death of a family member (a baby – it was horrible). But the catalyst was a monster project I was assigned […]
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    Project Management Professional Mentor-www.ritetracconsult.com.ng;info@ritetracconsult.com.ng

  • Easily earn over 40PDUs between October - December 2014

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

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

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

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

    1 Aug 2014 | 11:50 am
    Are you actively planning to write the PMP Exam in 2014?Some PMP Study Resources-The PMP Exam: How to Pass On Your First Try (Test Prep series) by Andy Crowe, - http://amzn.to/1nT4MMZ-Head First PMP: A Brain-Friendly Guide to Passing PMP Exam by Andrew Stellman and Jennifer Greene -http://oreil.ly/1kqyIQT- You can access free PMP Exam Questions at www.examfight.com/courses/pmp/; www.pmstudy.com and PMP Exam Simulated Questions at http://nanacast.com/vp/104827/238467/ and Free 3 day trial at http://nanacast.com/vp/104847/238467/
 
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    BradEgeland.com - Blog

  • How Do You Handle a Rogue Team Member?

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:13 pm
    I hope you never have to deal with this...but I'm sure some of our readers have.  You're managing a project, you have assigned tasks, set expectations, but still you have a very talented member of your project team who thinks they truly know what they really should be doing...  (please follow the link and join the discussion... I want your input!) Read the full article...
  • Passing the Project Baton

    21 Oct 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Handing off a project that is your baby is not often a very desirable thing to do. You kicked it off, you developed a good relationship with the team and the customer and you are making the decisions and making things happen. But sometimes, there comes that time when you have to hand it off because you’re needed elsewhere – on a project that is a higher priority or that needs your specific experience or expertise. How you go about executing this hand off process can sometimes mean success or failure to the project you’re handing off, and that success or failure can be traced…
  • 12 Ways to Make Life Easier for the Project Manager - Part 1

    21 Oct 2014 | 4:24 pm
    An easier road for the project manager – doesn’t that sound nice?  Since projects generally fail to one degree or another at a greater than 50% rate, we’ll take all the help we can get, right?  Project managers and their team members are constantly under pressure from all sides to perform and deliver.  The customer wants satisfaction and functionality – and they deserve it.  The executive team wants the project profit margin realized or exceeded – along with customer satisfaction (which means no angry calls from the client CEO).  And the…
  • What if Your Project Customer Makes a Poor Decision?

    21 Oct 2014 | 4:21 pm
    I was going to call this, "what if your project customer makes a stupid decision" but that sounded a bit harsh and maybe too subjective...even though we all make stupid decisions from time to time.  Ones where when we talk about them out loud or really take time to look back on what we did...we realize that it was definitely the wrong call for the situation. Read the full article...
  • Ebola and Risk Management

    15 Oct 2014 | 1:02 pm
    I feel strongly about this topic and I've started a discussion thread on the Project Smart forum at: http://www.projectsmart.co.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=2147I think we are seeing the tip of the iceberg here and I'm not sure what can be done, but I know we all need to be aware, and we all need to be educated and wary of the scams and misinformation that we will be subjected to (it has already started - at least on Facebook).  Please read my Project Smart discussion post and join in with your own thoughts - especially from a project management perspective.  Thanks.
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  • What is Value Management?

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

    Zoran
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:50 am
    Hiring new employees is not an easy task and can be extremely stressful. Many employers, thus, constantly try to investigate and come up with new ways in which they can make this entire stressful process much easier for them. With technologies such as webcams and video conferencing, conducting virtual interviews is now a possibility and could easily become a new way to hire future employees. Virtual interviews can be conducted from within the comfort of an employer’s home or office, and this is perhaps a great advantage in conducting virtual interviews. These are essentially like other job…
  • If you’ve never applied Risk Management to a project before

    Kevin Lonergan
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:49 am
    All projects face risks and risk management is a key process area of all major PM Bodies of Knowledge such as the PMI Body of Knowledge (PMBoK®).   If you have never applied risk management to a project before (and even if you have) the following centres around one of the biggest challenges you will likely have – getting people to think and share ideas about risk and capturing them in a productive way. Many projects and project team members are asked to apply risk management to their projects, meaning they have to do a number of things, including doing an assessment of the risks the…
  • The CORD Model of Productivity

    Elizabeth Harrin
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:47 am
    I’ve read How to be a Productivity Ninja this year in a bid to become more productive. The author, Graham Allcott, shares some strategies for making the most of your time, one of which is the CORD model of productivity. I think this is a great tool for project managers so here is a brief explanation of what it is all about. C: Capture and Collect In this step you capture all the stuff that you think you might have to do, or useful notes. In the project environment, that could be notes from a chance conversation in the corridor with your project finance manager, or the minutes of your…
  • How to present to your project stakeholders

    Elizabeth Harrin
    9 Oct 2014 | 3:46 am
    Got any presentations coming up? Sometimes it feels as if I’m constantly giving presentations, to different stakeholder groups and individuals. What matters during a project presentation is that you meet the objectives for the presentation so that your audience – whether that’s one person or 1000 – go away knowing what they need to know and having their questions answered. If you are new to giving stakeholder presentations on your projects here are some tips to help. Know your audience You may have heard this before, but it is really important. An audience of senior managers isn’t…
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  • Have you really tested out your project before delivery?

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

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

    Ron Rosenhead
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:09 am
    Hot on the heels of my last Blog posting: Why is project management so fragmented in companies? I received an invitation from my good friend Donnie MacNicol to attend a session he was running in Central London. The title for the evening was Organisational Project Management. I hear many of you ask, “What is that?” In order to answer the … Read More >Related Posts:Reflection – 400 BlogsWe should make it mandatory for ALL projects!The risks were high, but the project was successfulHow can you develop your company’s project management…Where’s your project &…
  • Why is project management so fragmented in companies?

    Ron Rosenhead
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:06 am
    I was in email discussion with a senior manager about project management. I asked a number of questions including; how things have progressed since running a wide range of project courses, who was now in overall control of project management and whether there had been any financial return on investment (ROI) from all the training, including working with the board … Read More >Related Posts:The demise of the training manager and the impact for…How can you develop your company’s project management…Do you have consistent project management?Who owns project management in…
  • Are you always thinking customer care in your projects?

    Ron Rosenhead
    3 Sep 2014 | 5:21 am
    It was a bad afternoon. I had three arguments on the phone. Two were with banks and one with a utility company. I put the phone down about 4-15 pm feeling exhausted and not happy. I decided the best therapy was to go for a walk and I enjoyed the sun of North London. It struck me part way through … Read More >Related Posts:What do your customers say about your project management…What do you need to change to be more effective?Instead of a project report, I wrote you this….C+ for effort but could you have done any better?Project Sponsor; will this meet your expectations?
 
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  • How to Add cards to a Kanban Board With Your Voice

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

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

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

    Derek Huether
    9 Aug 2014 | 5:10 am
    Lean Coffee Topics in dot-voted order Lean Coffee is a structured, but agenda-less meeting. Participants gather, build an agenda, and begin talking. Conversations are directed and productive because the agenda for the meeting was democratically generated. We met at Mad City Coffee at 07:30 . We enjoyed an hour and a half of coffee and conversation. August Topics Distributed Teams When everyone in your company is distributed, what are some ways you can stay connected? Paired Programming How do you sell paired programming to your organization? Management sees it as one for the price of two.
  • My Personal Kanban deck at Agile2014

    Derek Huether
    4 Aug 2014 | 7:51 pm
    Here is the deck from my Agile2014 workshop on Personal Kanban. Participants were introduced to the principles of Lean and the application of Kanban to visualize their work, limit distraction and waste, and get stuff done. I covered the core concepts outlined in Jim Benson and Tonianne DeMaria Barry’s book, Personal Kanban, to get attendees of my workshop started. Agile 2014 – Personal Kanban from Derek Huether Click here for Agile 2014 Workshop Tasks.pdf, referenced in my workshop The post My Personal Kanban deck at Agile2014 appeared first on The Critical Path by Derek Huether.
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  • 5 Lessons to Learn from a Failing Project

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

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

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

    Adrian Dooley
    3 Oct 2014 | 9:21 am
    Since its launch in May, the Praxis Framework has received plaudits from around the world. It is the first guide to combine knowledge, method, competence and capability maturity in a single integrated framework covering projects, programmes and portfolios. Praxis is free and community driven, and volunteers are already working to extend and enhance the basic method. The latest supporting product comes from PROJECT in a box who are delighted to announce the addition of a new methodology template to the set provided in all products from the free Community Edition through to the corporate…
  • PRINCE2 is the most popular training course but PMI’s PMP gives a greater return to a project manager

    Lindsay Scott
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:11 am
    According to the latest Arras People report The Project Management Training Report issued last week, the greatest return on a project management course or accreditation is the Project Management Institute’s PMP. In the latest independent and indepth report, various themes are covered: Salary levels for project practitioners based on the accreditations they have A look at which training courses are the most popular in the project management marketplace today Highlights that show the most experienced and in demand project practitioners have no accreditations at all. A comprehensive…
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  • How to Get 21 Contact Hours of the PMI-ACP Training Program Online?

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

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

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

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

    Fahad Usmani
    29 Jun 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Today I’m going to discuss the control chart and run chart upon a request from Umasankar Natarajan, who is a visitor to my blog and asked me to write on the seven quality control tools. So I decided to start with control charts. However, before studying the control chart, it is necessary to understand the […]
 
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  • Have you really tested out your project before delivery?

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

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

    Ron Rosenhead
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:09 am
    Hot on the heels of my last Blog posting: Why is project management so fragmented in companies? I received an invitation from my good friend Donnie MacNicol to attend a session he was running in Central London. The title for the evening was Organisational Project Management. I hear many of you ask, “What is that?” In order to answer the … Read More >Related Posts:Reflection – 400 BlogsWe should make it mandatory for ALL projects!The risks were high, but the project was successfulHow can you develop your company’s project management…Where’s your project &…
  • Why is project management so fragmented in companies?

    Ron Rosenhead
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:06 am
    I was in email discussion with a senior manager about project management. I asked a number of questions including; how things have progressed since running a wide range of project courses, who was now in overall control of project management and whether there had been any financial return on investment (ROI) from all the training, including working with the board … Read More >Related Posts:The demise of the training manager and the impact for…How can you develop your company’s project management…Do you have consistent project management?Who owns project management in…
  • Are you always thinking customer care in your projects?

    Ron Rosenhead
    3 Sep 2014 | 5:21 am
    It was a bad afternoon. I had three arguments on the phone. Two were with banks and one with a utility company. I put the phone down about 4-15 pm feeling exhausted and not happy. I decided the best therapy was to go for a walk and I enjoyed the sun of North London. It struck me part way through … Read More >Related Posts:What do your customers say about your project management…What do you need to change to be more effective?Instead of a project report, I wrote you this….C+ for effort but could you have done any better?Project Sponsor; will this meet your expectations?
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  • Managing Change in Organisations

    Rex
    8 Oct 2014 | 10:04 am
    Are you involved in change management? Have you ever wondered why change sometimes works and sometimes not? Managing change in organizations is the title of a “practice guide” from the Project Management Institute (PMI). It looks at the principles of change management and in particular how change interacts with projects and programmes. It makes for interesting reading. This summary and review highlights a few salient points from the 128 page document. It is available as a download from the PMI website – and we’ve added it to the our collection of expert resources. Find Change…
  • New ISTQB Agile Tester Extension Course

    Rex
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:51 am
    The Agile Tester Extension course is aimed at the 300,000 test professionals who already hold the ISTQB Foundation in software testing. The 2 day course covers the core principles of agile development projects and explains the very different contribution required from testers. It is pitched at an introductory level and provides a stepping stone to the more advanced Certified Agile Tester qualification from iSQI. Many testers find it difficult to adapt to an environment where they are expected to play a more central role throughout the development process. Lines can be blurred between testers…
  • Which Project Management Qualification is most Valuable?

    Rex
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:41 am
    PRINCE2 & MSP from Axelos. CAPM and PMP from the Project Management Institute. APMIC and APMP from the Association for Project Management. Which project management qualifications yield the highest earnings? New analysis by Arras People shows the salary distributions of project professionals holding different professional certifications. The group with PRINCE2 and related Axelos qualifications is regarded as the base-line; their median salary is £40k to £50k.  Of those project professionals following the PMI accreditation route 65% exceed this level of earnings. Curiously, the next best…
  • What is the ITIL® Expert Qualification?

    Rex
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:10 am
    The ITIL Expert qualification marks out those with the deep knowledge of IT Service Management. ITIL Expert is often needed by professionals aspiring to more senior IT management roles. ITIL best practice guidance for Service Management is used by the majority of major organisations worldwide. More than 250,000 people take the Foundation course each year. Only 5,000 progress to ITIL Expert. The certification scheme and beyond Foundation there are many optional routes.  Our latest “Essential Certifications” video guide provides an overview of the scheme. We have a variety of study…
  • IT Service Desk Tips

    Rex
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:28 am
    These “top tips” are key factors for you to address if you want to establish and operate a really effective IT Service Desk. The essence comes down to processes, people and continuous improvement. 1.    Service Desk rather than Help Desk Make sure that you focus on the needs of your customers and the business; don’t fall into the trap of simply providing technology driven problem resolution Ensure all staff are aware of the role they play in the business 2.    Robust and standardised processes Clear and straightforward processes including problem management Objective approach to…
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  • 5 Tips for a Successful First Project

    Easy Projects
    2 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    Few things are more thrilling (and nerve-wracking) than doing a project for the very first time. But you don’t want this inexperience to be an excuse for failure. You want to hit the ground running and show your new team that they can trust you to perform. To that end, I’ve assembled a few tips that can help you make a strong project management debut. 1. Do your homework Whether it’s a new career or a new industry, there are holes in your knowledge that you need to fill. Try to spend as much time as possible reading up on your new environment and studying any technical skills that…
  • Why a Worst Case Scenario is Your Best Idea

    Easy Projects
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:31 am
    Project managers aren’t paid to be optimists. And yet I’ve seen many project managers plan an ideal scenario and expect everything to run accordingly. And so, when the poop hits the proverbial fan, they’re caught flat-footed. They don’t know what to do and there are no more resources available to help, so the project spirals out of control and it eventually fails. What they should’ve done instead is construct another plan: a worst-case scenario. This is usually done in addition to the ideal project plan, so it definitely involves more work. But this is one of the best things you can…
  • Easy Projects Update: New Assignment Control function

    Easy Projects
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Sometimes you’ll encounter tasks that are too big for one person to handle. In Easy Projects, this means you’d assign multiple people to a single task. But sharing the workload is rarely an even split. That’s why Easy Projects is introducing the new Assignment Control feature. It is now possible to allocate different estimated hours to each assignee sharing a task. You first need to open the new Assignment Control panel, which replaces the old one in the Activity Center. Clicking on the icon in the upper right corner expands the window to display the Estimated Hours for each of the…
  • 6 Things You Should Never Say to Your Best Project Team Members

    Easy Projects
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:58 am
    Project managers are people managers. There’s no getting around it. You may be a great at organizing and planning, but if you can’t motivate and manage people, then you’re not going to get very far. I’ve seen and worked with quite a few project managers who are rude, abrasive, and insensitive to the point that their best people–valuable and loyal employees–have left or become demoralized. If you want to avoid the same mistakes that these “project demoralizers” make, then remove these words from your vocabulary: 1) “You’re too valuable.” This backhanded compliment…
  • Narrow Your Focus for Better Productivity

    Easy Projects
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Most project manager’s tasks lists are a dozen or more items long, and cover administration, client management, and team coordination. And that doesn’t even cover all the technical aspects of the job. As a result, project managers often jump between multiple tasks and projects in the span of an hour. That can make it difficult to keep your priorities straight. It might sound counter-intuitive, but the best way to keep up with all of your tasks is to take them one at a time, and not do them all at once. Remove Distractions In today’s knowledge-based workplace, it’s important to keep…
 
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  • Some Fun Games to Break the Ice at Meetings

    Ben Ferris
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    I really enjoy running some meetings but at other times it can be a real drag. Why is this? After thinking about the matter for a while I came to the conclusion that the amount of effort I put into making it an interesting event is probably the biggest factor. A huge part of this is the way the meeting kicks off. If you want to start a meeting in style then here are a few fun, simple games to get things going and break the ice. The Most Famous Person Who Went to Your School / College I really like this little game and it takes no time at all to play. All you need to do is tell everyone to…
  • Is It Time for a Break From Your Project?

    Ben Ferris
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:14 am
    There are a few fairly simple ways of telling whether you are in need of a break from your project. For example, if you are feeling burned out or you are getting more irritable than normal you could probably do with some time off. My favorite way of doing this is by taking a long weekend. This means that I leave work around lunchtime on Friday afternoon and head straight off somewhere. If I come back on Sunday night then I am ready for work on the Monday morning and have enjoyed a refreshing break without missing any more than a few hours of work. So how else can you make the most of this…
  • Would James Bond Make a Good Project Manager?

    Ben Ferris
    8 Oct 2014 | 3:35 am
    One of the classic James Bond films was on the TV last night and I couldn’t resist watching part of it. I am not sure of the name but it is the one where he is in a cable car and Jaws puts his teeth to good use. Anyway, I was a bit tired and my mind started to wander a bit. I got to thinking about whether or not 007 would make a good project manager or not. I even came up with a few project related puns on titles of some of his films but in the cold light of day none of them are any good so let’s just see whether he has the right skills to do the job. He Stays Cool Under Pressure…
  • Important Steps to Ensure Project Success

    Ben Ferris
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:06 am
    When you start out on a brand new project the end can seem an impossibly long way away. However, the very first days are no less important than any other stage along the way. In fact, the entire project lifecycle is filled with essential steps which you simply can’t afford to miss out. The list below isn’t exhaustive but it does cover some very important areas. Step 1 – Find Out What It Is All About I realize that you are unlikely to go into a new project without finding out anything about it. The point I want to make it that it is too easy to not give this step the respect it deserves.
  • Add Open Body Language to Your Project

    Ben Ferris
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:33 am
    I don’t claim to be an expert on body language, although I do remember being given a course on it a number of years ago. However, I have been in enough meetings and spoken to enough different types of people to have an idea what someone is unconsciously telling me when we are face to face. Body language which is negative or difficult to interpret can cause a lot of problems in your projects and it is something which you might not even be aware of. The following are a few of the best tips I have come across to help you turn this issue to your advantage instead of it being a problem. Be Open…
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  • Creating Reports is a Time Waster

    jason
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    How much time do you spend preparing project reports every week? Someone asked me that question recently and was genuinely surprised when I said hardly any time at all. She spent several hours per week customizing her project reports for different audiences and I know she isn't alone.The problem with spending so much time on project reports is that by the time you've finished writing them they are out of date. The project has moved on before your sponsor has even opened the latest status email and that's really frustrating when you're trying to use the information to solve a problem or…
  • Help! My Supplier Isn’t Doing Their Part

    jason
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    I've been having difficulties with the internet service at home recently so I rang to see if their customer support team could help. You can guess what happened next being kept on the line for ages while the agent worked through their script then being handed off to another team answering the same security questions again only to be told they would look into it and someone would call me back. They didn't. Talking to friends and colleagues this happens all the time with communications providers so I don't know why I was surprised. It was annoying and the problem still isn't fixed.Compare that…
  • How To Choose A Training Course

    jason
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    I've got the go ahead to sign up for a training course! Hurrah. Training is great as it keeps your skills up-to-date and is also a good way to recharge your batteries outside of the office. You'll meet new people and hopefully come back to work fully energized and ready to put your new skills into practice.The caveat is that I have to research and find the right training course for me. While it might sound easier for my company's Human Resources department to simply tell me what course to go on having the flexibility to select my own training is far better as I can make sure that it is going…
  • How To Get Your Project Team To Share Feedback

    jason
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    "How's your meal?" asked the waiter when my family and I were out for lunch last week. We replied that it was very good and we ordered some more water for the table. Restaurants often ask their staff to check with diners during a meal it's the easiest way to get feedback and it probably increases sales as well as it gives people the opportunity to order extra side dishes or more drinks. While I didn't think about work too deeply during our lunch it did jog my memory about a conversation I'd had with a colleague a few days before.I had been talking to another project manager and he confessed…
  • Easy Ways To Build Your Self-Confidence As A Project Manager

    jason
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    Having a bit of a crisis of confidence? It happens to us all especially when we start out in our careers. Project management is a very challenging job at times and it often involves working with people who are a lot more experienced and expert than you are. So it isn't surprising that sometimes project managers feel as if they don't know what they are doing and that they don't have confidence in their own abilities.While you might not be able to help feeling like that you can do something about it! Here are some easy ways to build your self-confidence as a project manager.Know The FactsOne of…
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  • Live at the end of your comfort zone

    Ben Aston
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:19 am
    Posted in General ~ Unknown The post Live at the end of your comfort zone appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.
  • Ten Top Tips for managing a project when it’s over

    Ben Aston
    2 Oct 2014 | 11:57 pm
    Posted in GeneralTen Tops Tips Just because your project is live, it doesn’t mean it’s over. One of the most overlooked parts of a project is post launch, after it’s gone live. In the euphoria and excitement (or just plain relief) of delivering a project, managing its closure should be considered a phase in its own right. Here’s ten tips to help you manage your projects effectively in the post-live phase of the project lifecycle. Managing projects effectively in this phase isn’t just a nice... The post Ten Top Tips for managing a project when it’s over…
  • Dilbert on the importance of proper project planning

    Ben Aston
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:26 am
    Posted in GeneralThe PM life The post Dilbert on the importance of proper project planning appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.
  • Test website load time with Pingdom

    Ben Aston
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:15 am
    Posted in Tools http://tools.pingdom.com/ Pingdom Tools allow you to analyze the load speed of your websites and learn how to make them faster. It’s a free tool that identifies what about a web page is fast, slow, too big and what best practices you’re not following so you can make your site faster, or prove to your client that it’s not actually slow at all! The post Test website load time with Pingdom appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.
  • Leading by enabling others

    Ben Aston
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:32 am
    Posted in General Unknown ~ Unknown The post Leading by enabling others appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.
 
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  • Tips on choosing the right Project Management Software

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

    admin
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:37 am
    Do you need to learn Agile? Check out this quick introduction video about Agile and delivering customer value to your customers. This quick Agile tutorial is focused to the Scrum methodology.
  • Using Asana for our startup review

    admin
    21 Sep 2014 | 8:09 am
    We have been using Asana for about three months for our startup project. It has helped us a lot in keeping our tasks in order and being more productive and we thought that it would be a nice idea to write a quick review about it. Asana was created by Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz and ex-engineer Justin Rosenstein to facilitate task management among teams. Latest it is more and more used by the startup community to enable better communication among team members and getting things done easier. We have been using Asana for our own startup project for a while and thought that it would be…
  • Project Management Job Interview Questions

    admin
    11 Aug 2013 | 1:28 am
    Project Managers are in increasing demand now a days and companies are looking for the best people they can find to fill the position. For this making an impression is the top most priority. Companies screen out individuals first; from their resumes, second and most important; from their interviews. This makes the interview the most important chance an individual has of making the right impression which can land you the job. It is a crucial step in getting a job for it offers you the chance to show all your knowledge and skills.  An interview is a chance to impress the interviewer into…
  • Project Manager Roles and Responsibilities for Software Projects

    admin
    6 Aug 2013 | 4:26 pm
    There is an increasing demand for project managers in the current world as more and more companies opt for undertaking their projects from others thus requiring project managers with the relevant background, education and experience. Job openings are expected to increase in the IT industry to 17% in the decade starting from 2008. A software project manager defines the requirements of the project, builds the project team, lays out a blue print for the whole project including the project scope and parameters, clearly communicates the goals of the project to the team; the targets to be achieved,…
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  • Creating Reports is a Time Waster

    jason
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    How much time do you spend preparing project reports every week? Someone asked me that question recently and was genuinely surprised when I said hardly any time at all. She spent several hours per week customizing her project reports for different audiences and I know she isn't alone.The problem with spending so much time on project reports is that by the time you've finished writing them they are out of date. The project has moved on before your sponsor has even opened the latest status email and that's really frustrating when you're trying to use the information to solve a problem or…
  • Help! My Supplier Isn’t Doing Their Part

    jason
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    I've been having difficulties with the internet service at home recently so I rang to see if their customer support team could help. You can guess what happened next being kept on the line for ages while the agent worked through their script then being handed off to another team answering the same security questions again only to be told they would look into it and someone would call me back. They didn't. Talking to friends and colleagues this happens all the time with communications providers so I don't know why I was surprised. It was annoying and the problem still isn't fixed.Compare that…
  • How To Choose A Training Course

    jason
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    I've got the go ahead to sign up for a training course! Hurrah. Training is great as it keeps your skills up-to-date and is also a good way to recharge your batteries outside of the office. You'll meet new people and hopefully come back to work fully energized and ready to put your new skills into practice.The caveat is that I have to research and find the right training course for me. While it might sound easier for my company's Human Resources department to simply tell me what course to go on having the flexibility to select my own training is far better as I can make sure that it is going…
  • How To Get Your Project Team To Share Feedback

    jason
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    "How's your meal?" asked the waiter when my family and I were out for lunch last week. We replied that it was very good and we ordered some more water for the table. Restaurants often ask their staff to check with diners during a meal it's the easiest way to get feedback and it probably increases sales as well as it gives people the opportunity to order extra side dishes or more drinks. While I didn't think about work too deeply during our lunch it did jog my memory about a conversation I'd had with a colleague a few days before.I had been talking to another project manager and he confessed…
  • Easy Ways To Build Your Self-Confidence As A Project Manager

    jason
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    Having a bit of a crisis of confidence? It happens to us all especially when we start out in our careers. Project management is a very challenging job at times and it often involves working with people who are a lot more experienced and expert than you are. So it isn't surprising that sometimes project managers feel as if they don't know what they are doing and that they don't have confidence in their own abilities.While you might not be able to help feeling like that you can do something about it! Here are some easy ways to build your self-confidence as a project manager.Know The FactsOne of…
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    WorkZone

  • HOW TO MANAGE CONFLICT RESOLUTION: A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE

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

    Trina M.
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Business Process Modeling (BPM) is not a recently coined term. It is the backbone of the process based productivity paradigm that was popularized in the 1967 article by S. Williams aptly titled “Business Process Modeling Improves Administrative Control”. BPM is not a stand-alone technique. Instead it is the umbrella under which thrives a whole host of process and model optimization practices most of which rely on visual representation and identification of inter-dependence between structured tasks and activities. Everything from the Gnatt chart of 1899 to the flow charts of the 1920s and…
  • HOW TO BE A GOOD ACCOUNT MANAGER

    Trina M.
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
    Account Manager Virtues In the uber competitive marketing and ad agency realms, account managers work as the idea generators, the front line company representatives and mentors to the junior staff members. This list is in no way all encompassing! Whoever introduced the concept of “wearing many hats” must have spent the day with an account manager. Ironically, even though account managers play such an important role in getting projects to the finish line and nurturing clients, more often than not, when a company decides to scrape the budget – their training investment suffers the most.
  • IS SCRUM OF ANY REAL USE TO TEAMS?

    Trina M.
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:01 pm
    It’s that easy & useful You are no big shot project manager with a plethora of fancy certifications. You do not understand the brouhaha about the PRINCE or the Waterfall model. Simply contemplating the jargon makes you woozy. So let me ask you…can the exalted SCRUM ever be of use to you? Or are you forever relegated to the woods seeing happy PMs discuss SCRUM and agile, throwing pitying glances your way? If this is you, then read on. Because the disparity is going to disappear and things are about to change! But before we proceed any further, a little house-keeping is in order.
  • A ROBUST MICROSOFT PROJECT ALTERNATIVE: WORKZONE

    Trina M.
    8 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    The article “Collaboration Omission” dealt with issues of import which make the possibility of embracing a Microsoft Project alternative not only feasible but imminent for growing teams and collaboration inclined companies. Before diving into the specifics of each feature WorkZone possesses, it is important to understand the provisions which the ideal Microsoft Project alternative must include in order for it to be deemed the “apotheosis” of project management platforms. Most management gurus repeatedly stress the underlying concept of transparency and simplicity in this supposedly…
 
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  • Self-Leadership Lessons By Benjamin Franklin

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

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

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

    Khemchand Joshi
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:16 am
    Gooooooooaaalll….!!!  The only word we shout with high spirits this month that gives us tremendous energy to live through this world cup fever. The ruckus created by team always outlives the ambiance. It not only keeps the fans and team united but also helps them set exemplary of team work and team-spirit. Similar is the case with Project Management, where the entire project team is responsible to streamline efforts and cater the best output. Whether it’s a coach or a project manager, handling the resources and extracting the best output from them are their prime tasks. Therefore, to…
  • Why Does An Organization Demand a Document Management System

    Khemchand Joshi
    27 May 2014 | 5:51 am
    The core objective of any enterprise is sustaining its productivity, keeping up with the profits and streamlining the operational structure. With the huge competition prevailing in the market, it becomes backbreaker for an organization to achieve the rank of glory with limited technology or resources. Hence, the question arises, “How does an organization as a whole strive to streamline its working methodologies??” Usually, the scenario of piles of files drooping here and there can be easily observed with no systematic approach to manage it. Thus, to handle those files, a unified solution…
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  • Flying Tray at Restaurants

    admin
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:42 am
    After the concept of drone photography the new concept of flying tray evolves and practically seen in the restaurant located in London. As per flying tray concept the food will be served to the customer by using flying trays, this technology will replace the concept of waiters. People living in any country globally have a […] The post Flying Tray at Restaurants appeared first on QsArticle.com.
  • Precision Machining and its Importance

    admin
    12 Oct 2014 | 11:15 pm
    Blending the human talent with the latest technological tools, engineers have made highly intricate machines that are used to build a large variety of items. To build any equipment, the most significant part is the expertise that can be delivered with precision machining. The vehicles we drive each day, airplanes carrying millions of passengers daily, […] The post Precision Machining and its Importance appeared first on QsArticle.com.
  • Six Ways Technology Is Transforming Healthcare

    admin
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The important role that technology plays in various sectors of the economy cannot be denied. In fact, everyone can agree that technology has revolutionized the way things are done in the modern world. With the use of technology, various tasks can be carried out faster, more accurately and with greater efficiency. One of the areas […] The post Six Ways Technology Is Transforming Healthcare appeared first on QsArticle.com.
  • Synthetic Greens – Make Your Lawns Trendy

    admin
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:46 am
    People are mostly concerned about enhancing their interior decor alone, but the outside area of your place such as the lawn also needs to look appealing enough. And what better option can you have for beautifying your lush green garden other than having a splendid golf course of your own. So get ready to turn […] The post Synthetic Greens – Make Your Lawns Trendy appeared first on QsArticle.com.
  • Brain to Brain Instant Messaging

    admin
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:32 am
    In the past decades no one could imagine to transmit messages in no time by using any mean of energy or technology. Science has revolutionized the world with its miracles, and this is the era where the common perception is that we have discovered everything but the fact was that “the road never ends”. Scientist […] The post Brain to Brain Instant Messaging appeared first on QsArticle.com.
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  • Project Management Certification Not a Decisive Factor

    richard
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Software advice analyzed 200 current digital project management job postings and to their surprise found that only 20% of employers required or preferred candidates with a PM certification, but that 75% sought applicants with industry-specific technical skills. This suggests that companies looking for a DPM place a greater importance on relevant technical skills over that of traditional PM certifications. The appreciation of project management certifications among Swedish employers was studied by researchers at Linnaeus University, using data collected from job advertisements for ICT project…
  • Is agility just modern project management?

    richard
    13 Sep 2014 | 11:07 pm
    Agile methods are well established from a software development perspective, and often viewed as a continuous delivery phenomenon. InfoQ just released a eMag with collected articles on agile project management. This eMag looks at project management in agile projects, challenging the myth of “we don’t need project management in agile projects.” One article is “Why the Agile Project Manager Is the Secret Sauce for Development Projects”. There are also several articles on implementing agility in construction and hardware product development projects. One example is a study of…
  • PM job candidate trends

    richard
    25 Jun 2014 | 10:51 pm
    An analysis of 300 job listings recently published by Software Advise, reveals what employers are looking for in project managers. A recent PMI report estimated that 6.2 million new project management jobs will be created in the US from 2010 to 2020. 79% of listings preferred or requested PMP certification To better understand the requirements of these jobs, project management researcher at Software Advice analyzed 300 current job openings for project managers to find: 79% of listings preferred or requested PMP certification; 50% of all project manager job listings require a college degree;…
  • Do I need to be certified to run successful projects?

    richard
    14 Jun 2014 | 11:52 pm
    I wile ago someone on LinkedIn posted this question in a group forum. The subject became one of the most debated post I’ve ever seen. PMPs, Doctors and non-certified professionals had a real showdown – The final battle between the nemeses! Some of the arguments against certifications within project management (such as PMI/PMP and PRINCE2): There is absolutely NO credible research linking those who are certified to more successful project outcomes or those who are NOT certified to less successful outcomes.  Certification is a one-time test that cannot stand the test of time. Even…
  • Do you have a PM role or title? Do you really know what it is?

    richard
    8 Jun 2014 | 4:30 am
                Are you sometimes confused about your project management title, as agile methods emerges? Is your organization thinking about enterprise agility, but don’t know how to scale agile in terms of project management? Are you hearing about management 3.0 and continuous improvement methods, as a way of getting things done rather in the form of projects? I can only speak for myself and I had this type of questions in my mind after again and again reading long debates on LinkedIn group forums, attending Agile seminars and PMI events. My conclusion is…
 
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  • Why Opportunity in projects should never be called ‘Risk’!

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

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

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

    Kevin Lonergan
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:44 pm
    There is much written about the need to do ‘Lessons Learned’ on projects. Most of this focuses on having a meeting or similar to discuss the items that are worthy of capture under this heading.  There is often little, if not even nil discussion about how ‘we’ in business actually make use of this information, in other words make sure that at least the negative side of what is uncovered does not happen on future projects. The other challenge, is that even if you attempt to do this, it is a very difficult thing to do in any business of any size. Let me share one…
  • Project Risk Assessment: worked example on Slideshare

    Kevin Lonergan
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:55 am
    We have published a short presentation on Slideshare here: Project Risk Assessment  Worked Example. Some key notes on the above: it only covers the stage of conducting a qualitative assessment of a collection of project risk – it does not cover risk identification or risk management planning. it contains hints and tips and things to avoid which are common mistakes made when people first do this. it contains some important notes on proper and improper use of risk scores, and what they should always be used for. Please feel free to share this presentation – it is free to use for…
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  • How to overcome terrific dip in motivation

    Santoshh Singh
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:14 pm
    The post How to overcome terrific dip in motivation appeared first on Palchoice. We sometimes get stuck half way in the project. Everything seems to go downhill. It seems like we can’t stand or survive anymore. We want to give up our work or project when it became harder to go on. Giving up the work seems the easiest way out. Is not it? I know many of [...] The post How to overcome terrific dip in motivation appeared first on Palchoice.
  • Sentences that successful people never use

    Santoshh Singh
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:25 pm
    The post Sentences that successful people never use appeared first on Palchoice.   Thoughts play a very important role in our life. We are at a place today where our thoughts have taken us. They shape our destination as they are the reasons we do something in life. That’s why words we choose play such an significant role in our life. We all keep on communicating with [...] The post Sentences that successful people never use appeared first on Palchoice.
  • albert einstein quotes:life lessons learned[infographic]

    Santoshh Singh
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:26 pm
    The post albert einstein quotes:life lessons learned[infographic] appeared first on Palchoice. One of the most inspiring persons in the history of mankind is albert einstein. He is my personal favorite and I look up to him for motivation whenever I feel low in life. And what’s a better way than reading albert einstein quotes? So what are best motivational albert einstein quotes? And what are the life [...] The post albert einstein quotes:life lessons learned[infographic] appeared first on Palchoice.
  • project management: why you should use cloud based PM tools

    admin
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:27 am
    The post project management: why you should use cloud based PM tools appeared first on Palchoice. How Cloud Based Project Management Enhances Your Company’s Performance ? If you look back even just as little as 10 years ago, few people had ever heard of the cloud.  It was a form of technology that was for the most part exclusive to a very specific group of businesses.  The average small business owner [...] The post project management: why you should use cloud based PM tools appeared first on Palchoice.
  • top 9 motivational hard working quotes

    Santoshh Singh
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:49 pm
    The post top 9 motivational hard working quotes appeared first on Palchoice. we all need motivation in order to keep performing at our best. In my quest to keep myself motivated, i came up with these top 9 motivational hard working quotes. These are not simple quotes to be read and forgotten. These are the pearls that i have chosen over a period of time. I have [...] The post top 9 motivational hard working quotes appeared first on Palchoice.
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    The Digital Project Manager

  • Shooting for Sales? Give Marketing the Right Weapons

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

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

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

    TheDigitalPM
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:59 pm
      What marketing and merchandising features are available only in Magento EE?   CMS+ (Enhanced Content Management System) Build complex content pages with an easy to use WYSIWYG editor; insert rich content; create menus and page hierarchy for CMS pages; control publishing privileges Rich Merchandising Suite (RMS) Target your marketing efforts to your customers and increase conversion rates – suggest products, set up automated rule-based product selection and marketing banners based on customer segment Private (Club) Sales including Events, Invitations and Site access…
  • What are the main differences in Magento indexing between Magento Community Edition 1.8 and EE 1.13?

    TheDigitalPM
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:58 pm
      What are the main differences in Magento indexing between Magento Community Edition 1.8 and EE 1.13?   Most indexing processes now run only to update products, categories, URL redirects, and so on that have changed—eliminating the need for manual full reindexing. Your Magento web store is not locked at any point during reindexing.  Reindexing is now a background process (update on save) The post What are the main differences in Magento indexing between Magento Community Edition 1.8 and EE 1.13? appeared first on The Digital Project Manager.
 
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