Think You’re Cut Out for PM in 2016? Take This Quiz!
By Joel Roberts
Are you sure you are ready for the challenges 2016 will bring to project management? PM is not immune to the technological revolution that is shaking other departments for a few decades now. There are definitive changes to follow as 2016 progresses and many of them can be the difference between projects’ life and death. Take this short 5 question survey and see if your company will be able to cope with these changes.
Are employees bringing their own devices to work lately?
- Yes, all employees use mix of integrated devices to work on company projects
- Some employees work on their personal laptops/tablets/phones
- No, they are using company provided computers
Have your project plans migrated to the cloud/company owned server yet?
- We are using cloud services for storing MS Project plans
- We are using own server
- We currently do not have a shared file storing solution in place
How are project management teams organized in your company? Read the Complete Article
4 Huge Problems that a Resource Planning Tool Solve
By Patricia Goh
For the communication, ease-of-use, integrations and accessibilities, you are not only taking better care of your business but also taking better care of your employees. The best part is that it doesn’t stop here, with the constant development of technology, you are looking at more and more issues being addressed by your trusted resource planner.
Figure 1: Significant Improvement by PM Software
This infographic shows the relationship between success and project management softwares. It is found that 77% of companies use project management softwares and 87% of high-performing companies use project management software. The business aspects significantly improved by project management software are team communication, final product quality, project that met budgets, projects that met deadlines and customer satisfaction. The distribution of these aspects are quite even, with team communication taking up 23.42%, final product quality, project that met budgets and project that met deadlines at 19.82%, and customer satisfaction not too far off at 17.12%. Read the Complete Article
What Do CIOs Need To Know About Hadoop?
By Jim Anderson
If there is one IT buzzword that gets everyone excited right now, then it’s “Big Data”. The idea behind Big Data is that with the right set of tools, companies can finally take a look at all of the data that they collect from multiple streams and pull it together in order to answer important business questions. Finally, the importance of information technology can be realized in everyone’s company. In order to perform Big Data operations, you need the right type of database. Hadoop is an open source database for dealing with big data that CIOs are getting excited over. However, should they be?
What Can You Use Hadoop To Do?
Hopefully, you like everyone else with the CIO job, look at any new IT buzzword with a bit of disdain. What, something new that promises to solve all of my problems? Read the Complete Article
How to Choose Project Management Software
By Claudia Vandermilt
Trying to manage all the moving pieces of a complex project using pen and paper can prove problematic. In the worst case scenario, deadlines are missed, critical tasks are overlooked and the entire undertaking gets sidelined before it even gets off the ground. That is precisely why project management tools have come into existence to help managers plan out, execute and oversee all aspects of the project management process from beginning to end.
Project management tools are designed to help enable easier oversight of each task involved in a complex project so managers can ensure on-time completion of all related tasks, balanced workloads for staff and sound time management. They are meant to enhance efficiency while ensuring that no detail is left unattended.
Project management software is not all alike, however. Managers seeking to invest in tools to help them better oversee large projects should take four main points into consideration when reviewing the options to determine which tools are suited to their needs:
Having the ability to carefully map out an entire project from beginning to end with all required tasks included is the hallmark of a solid project management program. Read the Complete Article
3 Signs Your Productivity Problems Are Linked to Poor Collaboration
By Richard Lepsinger
Anyone who has worked on a project that involved leaders from multiple departments or functions knows how quickly progress can come to a halt.
When various staff across different departments and locations are focusing on inconsistent requests and tasks from various leaders, the process can become messy, counterproductive and cumbersome. This lack of collaboration can hinder the execution of your product or service and ultimately impact your profit.
How can you tell if your company has a collaboration problem? Here are three key symptoms.
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- Misaligned Goals
The marketing director and sales director often find themselves at odds regarding what metrics they use to measure success. If the marketing director is tasked with boosting brand awareness and engagement, he’s going to put a greater emphasis on the things that show results for him, such as producing and sharing a popular video.
The Power of Collaboration or How to Get Traction in 3 Easy Steps
By Gail Severini
Have you ever found yourself struggling with a big idea, an analysis or a report?
As in: parts of it are clear in your mind but there are gaps and gray areas?
Sometimes I can get traction (make progress) by doing a “brain dump”, i.e. just get the ideas on paper or a white board then re-arrange them by editing. Sometimes I need a “jump start”.
Sometimes, when there are a lot of ideas which are not particularly well defined or prioritized that is more challenging (especially when I am under pressure to produce quickly).
My first “go to” approach, if I am working alone, is to find a thought partner, i.e. someone who thinks similarly (not the “same” but can flex between leading and following) and is always prepared to debate, extend and build together. Read the Complete Article
2015 Trends in Business Analysis and Project Management
By Andrea Brockmeier
Each year we like to reflect on what’s happened in the business analysis, project management, and Agile professions and make our predictions for the upcoming year. To summarize the trends we saw in 2014:
- Continued excitement about Agile projects with more informal communications and documentation and use of modeling tools to get from high-level user stories to detail needed to estimate and build them
- Focus on Design
- Cloud computing
- Greater interest in business analysis by project managers.
Below are the seven new trends we see in the Project Management and Business Analysis fields for 2015.
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- Making Agile work for organizations.
As the Agile bandwagon continues to grow, some organizations, previously reluctant to jump aboard, are running to catch up. Sometimes, though, Agile is implemented without much thought to unintended consequences of not having enough organizational commitment when adopting Agile. Although such things as not having dedicated teams, a dedicated business product owner, or extending time boxes to fit more work into an iteration sometimes works, there are often related issues, such as:
- Team burnout
- Less work being implemented
- Unmet customer expectations
We predict that organizations will find a way to make Agile work for them by becoming more purposeful in how they choose to adopt it.
The Perils of Intranet Projects
By Ksenia Woodgate
An intranet project is a major, complex undertaking. A typical intranet project can cost upwards of £250k, many cost significantly more, and many encounter problems that can impact time, cost and user adoption of the final solution.
I think there are three core causes of these problems in SharePoint Intranet projects, especially where they are being custom developed.
The first is that users have unrealistic expectations of what can be delivered with the budget available. End users see web sites like the BBC or Amazon or whatever, and they expect their intranet to be similar. They don’t consider that these sites have had millions of pounds spent on them. They expect developers to create the same kind of experience at a tiny fraction of the cost.
The second is the sheer technical complexity when you start thinking about things like menu navigation, news aggregation, content classification, page layouts, branding, responsive design, blogs, comments, calendars, polls, A-Zs, carousels, my sites, user profiles etc etc. Read the Complete Article
In Product Development, Project Management Builds on Process
By George Ellis
I’ve been spending a lot of time looking at project management tools and some of them are very cool. Tons of collaboration. Great mobile connectivity. Attractive, intuitive user interfaces. But very few of them tie to process. And that’s unfortunate because project management should be built on a foundation of process. Why? Lots of reasons.
Process tells you what your organization does under normal situations—we call it “standard work”. For example, when do you decide if you’re going to go for a patent? At what points do the developers connect with the manufacturing team? What steps do you take so quality levels with be acceptable when the product goes to the factory? If you don’t have process, you reinvent the wheel every time you plan a project. And so does every project manager in your company. Of course, process isn’t meant to be enough to do all your planning—not by a long shot. Read the Complete Article
No Ticket, No Party: 7 Benefits of Using Project Management Tools
By Cristina Santamarina
As project managers, we love issue and project tracking software like Basecamp, Redmine, JIRA and the long list of similar applications that let us put our noses in your work. We see them, too many times, as the panacea for miscommunication or project scope creep.
This would be so great, if only other parts involved in the project (developers, designers, testers, product owners, business managers and the long list of roles that usually get the real shit done) had the same feelings towards these tools. The truth is, they don’t.
Working with these systems is, for many of them, ‘not my job’. Small tasks are usually managed out of our systems, developers forget to put their tasks ‘in progress’, product owners omit part of their requirements and communicate them by email, and managers just drop by people’s desk to change deadlines, merciless! Read the Complete Article