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Best practices, lessons learned and advice from your peers in the trenches.

A Bigger Boat or Smaller Shark

- by Jerry Manas

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.

Estimate Before, During, After

- by Lawrence Putnam Jr

A common misperception is that an estimator’s job is done after a project’s parameters are set. On the contrary, estimation should be conducted throughout the project lifecycle to reflect inevitable changes and to improve estimates on other projects. Here are three ways to maximize estimating efforts — before, during and after your project is complete.

Thought-leaders and practitioners give voice to the latest trends, techniques and tools.

A Culture of Joy

- by Dave Prior

Richard Sheridan talks about building a work culture that is deeply focused on “the business value of joy” at Menlo Innovations, a custom software design firm where he is CEO and chief storyteller. He says it is simple — but not easy. Here, he shares some insights and lessons learned along the way. [19:40]

Let's Talk Kanban

- by Dave Prior

David J. Anderson describes Kanban as “a method without methodology.” And while it supports Agile goals — making progress with imperfect information, building high-trust environments — Kanban’s greatest value lives in its evolutionary approach to improving how organizations get things done. Here’s an in-depth interview with the CEO of Lean-Kanban University, trainer and author of three books. [37:30]

There's no one right way to get the job done — it's about context and striking a balance that suits the situation. Let's compare and contrast different approaches.

Portfolios: Company vs. Department Level

- by Tom Mochal

In establishing portfolio management processes, your organization must first answer a fundamental question about the scope of the portfolio. Do you want to manage your work at the enterprise level or a departmental level?

Managing Projects-Only vs. Whole Portfolio

- by Tom Mochal

Portfolio management processes help ensure that organizations allocate scarce resources to the work that produces the most value. But what constitutes “work”? Projects are the most important work for many organizations, but they may represent only a fraction of the money and resources that are allocated. Should you include other work in your portfolio management process, or focus only on projects?

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TOP CONTRIBUTORS

Andy Jordan

President, Roffensian Consulting Inc.
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Bart Gerardi

Sr. Technical Program Manager, Amazon.com
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Agile Consultant, BigVisible Solutions
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TOOLS & TRAINING

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Mavenlink provides powerful software and services to help organizations conduct business online. Our software combines advanced project management, resource planning, collaboration, and financial tools.

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Clarizen is a pure SaaS-based work execution platform that goes beyond project management, giving organizations a unified environment to get the right work done, faster. Clarizen gives you a comprehensive set of tools for managing projects, tasks.

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Changepoint helps businesses gain competitive advantage and increase profitability through complete portfolio visibility, planning insight, process automation, and improved resource utilization throughout a customer’s lifecycle. Changepoint’s busine

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Sciforma provides a flexible and easy to use Enterprise Project and Portfolio Management software solution for industries and companies of all sizes.

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