Best practices, lessons learned and advice from your peers in the trenches.
A goal-oriented product roadmap is an agile planning tool that can help project leaders shift the conversation from tactical to strategic — from detailing features to agreeing on objectives and aligning stakeholders. Features are still provided, of course, but they are derived from the goals, which are measurable, not fuzzy.
What’s the quickest way to do a project? Do it right. And contrary to a popular backlash, processes can help. The key is understanding what process is necessary for the work at hand, and determining how it should evolve as things change. It’s not about bureaucracy, it’s about meeting the needs of your project.
A thinking tool called the Six Value Medals can help us identify and assess project risks that we might otherwise overlook. It offers a broader perspective on things that are important to organizations, groups and individuals than is usually found in the typical risk process.
There are inherent communication constraints when working virtually. Often ignored, however, are the potential equalizing benefits of virtual environments. One alternative practice that can help is to have all team members, even if they are collocated, call in to meetings. Here’s why.
Projects require people and organizations to change ... sometimes during execution, inevitably upon completion. Right in the middle is the project manager, who must communicate up, down and sideways to overcome resistance, gather influence and develop a sense of ownership among those affected.
Scary creatures and evil spirits are fine on Halloween, but they have no place in brainstorming sessions, where they’re sure to thwart innovative thinking. Here are five ways your organization may be scaring away good ideas, and tips for how to exorcize the most disruptive brainstorming demons.
What does it take to be a good project manager? Many believe the ability to plan and manage scope, schedule and budget can be applied to any project. Others believe that domain experience is more important. Some say both take a back seat to soft skills. But it’s not an either/or debate. It’s a balance that must be built.
Managing stakeholder expectations was a new addition to the PMBOK Guide in 2012, but savvy project managers have always understood the need to keep stakeholder interests in mind. Here is a primer on managing the stakeholders on your projects, including identifying their influence/power and developing a strategy for effective communication with them.
The challenges of managing distributed project teams are well documented. One way to overcome them is to create an integrated central hub of tools that allow team members to interact with relative ease. Here is a look at six cloud-based solutions that can help distributed teams collaborate and communicate more effectively.
The Digital PM Summit will bring together project management professionals in the digital media space to network, learn from one another, and collaboratively improve their approach to helping work get done. Here, conference organizer Brett Harned talks about the impetus for the conference, why it’s important, and what attendees should get out of it. [9:00]